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MCC Announces 32 Awards in Drawing & Printmaking, Poetry, and Traditional Arts

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Kevin Frances, NEW APARTMENT, NEW CITY: SCENE 4 (2013), Japanese woodblock print

The Massachusetts Cultural Council is honored to announce the 2016 MCC Artist Fellowship awards in Drawing & Printmaking, Poetry, and Traditional Arts. Sixteen artists will receive fellowships of $12,000, and 16 artists will receive $1,000 finalist awards. See a list of this year’s fellows and finalists.

The awards are anonymously judged, based solely on the artistic quality and creative ability of the work submitted. Applications were open to all eligible Massachusetts artists. A total number of 708 applications were received: 351 in Drawing & Printmaking, 342 in Poetry, and 15 in Traditional Arts.

Ethan Murrow, DOODLEBUGGING (2015), sharpie on plywood set in concrete hole covered by glass

Dimitrios Klitsas carving at his bench (2014)

The Drawing & Printmaking panelists were Sandra Allen, Matt Brown, Deborah Davidson, and Scott Schnepf. The Poetry panelists were David Daniel, Cate Marvin, Ifeanyi Menkiti, and Emily Pettit. The Poetry readers were Karen Craigo, Oliver de la Paz, Danielle Legros Georges, James Heflin, Ashley M. Jones, Lee Ann Roripaugh, Karen Skolfield, and Stephen Tapscott. The Traditional Arts panelists were Eric A. Galm, Kate Kruckenmeyer, and Lynn Martin-Graton.

This is the first series of Artist Fellowships awards to be given by the MCC in 2016. In late May/early June 2016, MCC will announce awards in Choreography, Fiction/Creative Nonfiction, and Painting.

MCC is celebrating 40 years of Artist Fellowships in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Find a full list of 2016 Artist Fellowships awardees, to date.

Emily Lombardo, THE CAPRICHOS: PLATE 52 - WHAT A TAILOR CAN DO! (2014), etching

Kim Carlino, COSMOLOGICAL FORMATIONS, SERIES VII, XII, watercolor, ink, and mixed media on tyvek

Cover art from SPLIT THE CROW by Sarah Sousa (Parlor Press 2015)

Images: Kevin Frances, NEW APARTMENT, NEW CITY: SCENE 4 (2013), Japanese woodblock print; Ethan Murrow, DOODLEBUGGING (2015), sharpie on plywood set in concrete hole covered by glass; Dimitrios Klitsas carving at his bench (2014); Emily Lombardo, THE CAPRICHOS: PLATE 52 – WHAT A TAILOR CAN DO! (2014), etching; Kim Carlino, COSMOLOGICAL FORMATIONS, SERIES VII, XII, watercolor, ink, and mixed media on tyvek; cover art from SPLIT THE CROW by Sarah Sousa (Parlor Press 2015).

Cambodian Master Potter Yary Livan: A Life Shaped by Clay

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

During the Khmer Rouge genocide of the 1970s, Yary Livan‘s training in traditional Cambodian ceramics put his life in dire peril. But later, it also saved him – and a centuries-old tradition found new roots in Lowell, Massachusetts.


Video features music by past Music Composition Fellow Scott Wheeler

Yary Livan’s (Traditional Arts Fellow ’12) story exemplifies how keepers of tradition not only maintain vital practices but also deeply enrich their cultural and local communities. Such work is proudly supported by MCC’s Folk Arts and Heritage Program.

The Massachusetts Cultural Council is celebrating 40 Years of Fellowships, exploring the stories of amazing artists Massachusetts has funded since 1975.

Video Credits: narrated by Maggie Holtzberg, recorded by Kelly Bennett, edited by Dan Blask, Massachusetts Cultural Council; music by Scott Wheeler (Music Composition Fellow ’05), “City of Shadows,” BMOP/sound ©2014, performed by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, conducted by Gil Rose; additional footage by Tom Pich and the National Endowment for the Arts; additional images by Adrien Bisson, Documentation Center of Cambodia, Middlesex Community College, and Tom Pich.

The Massachusetts Cultural Council gratefully acknowledges Middlesex Community College, the Parker Foundation, and Lowell National Historical Park for providing vital support to the building and maintenance of the Cambodian Wood-Fire Kiln referenced in this video.

Fellows Notes – Nov 15

Friday, October 30th, 2015

This month, while the sunshine ebbs, the news from past awardees of MCC’s Artist Fellowships shines ever shinier.

Naoe Suzuki, LOVE, SUNSHINE, mixed media on laser cut paper

Liza Bingham and Zehra Khan are among the artists in Lost Cat: Art in the Age of Social Media, at Cape Code Museum of Art (11/24-1/17, events 12/5).

In October, the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) announced that 11 artists were selected for the City of Boston’s first artist-in-residence program, Boston AIR, including Peter DiMuro (MCC Choreography Fellow ’90), Georgie Friedman, Caleb Neelon, and Liz Nofziger.

Rebecca Doughty and Zehra Khan join Phillip Knoll for Animal/Animist at Room 83 Spring Gallery, in Watertown, MA, (11/5-12/20, reception 11/7, 5-7 PM).

Congratulations to the ten artists named as 2015 Brother Thomas Fellows, including past MCC awardees Raúl Gonzalez III, Masako Kamiya, Balla Kouyaté, and Danielle Legros Georges. The Fellows receive unrestricted grants of $15,000 through a fund established at the Boston Foundation in 2007 to honor the legacy of Brother Thomas Bezanson, a Benedictine monk and world-renowned ceramic artist.

Warren Mather and Janice Redman join Janice Jakielski in the show Not Really Practical at the Trustman Gallery at Simmons College (11/9-12/14, reception 11/12, 5-7 PM).

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Elizabeth Alexander has a solo show at Flanders Gallery in Raliegh, NC, A Changeable and Unpredictable Nature: Elizabeth Alexander, 11/6-12/8.

Stacey Alickman has a solo show, Humpty Dumpty II, at Kingston Gallery (thru 11/29, opening reception 11/6, 5:30-7:30 PM).

Alexandra Anthony recently had the U.K. Premiere of her film Lost in the Bewilderness which won the Odysseus Award for Best Creative Documentary at the London Greek Film Festival. The film garnered a positive Boston Globe review when it screened in the Arlington International Film Festival in October, and it will screen at the Wellesley College Davis Museum (Collins Cinema) 11/5, 6 PM, q&a with filmmaker to follow.

Domingo Barreres has a solo show at the Brookline Arts Center, Domingo Barreres: Myth, Reality And The Illusive Glimmer Of Recognition (thru 11/20).

Congratulations to Alice Bouvrie, whose documentary film A Chance to Dress won Best Documentary Short at the Arlington International Film Festival in October.

Laura Chasman has two portraits in the exhibition Director’s Favorites: 1999- 2015 at the New Britain Museum of American Art in CT (thru 1/3).

Candice Smith Corby has a solo show, Forever and Forever and Forever, Is a Long Time at Miller Yezerski Gallery (11/20-12/22, reception 12/4, 5-8 PM).

Patrick Donnelly has his inaugural reading as Poet Laureate of Northampton on 11/1, 4 PM, at the Smith College Neilson Library. He was Mass Poetry’s Poet in the Spotlight for October.

Vico Fabbris will teach Watercolor and Inventive Thinking at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for a five-week course (11/2-11/30).

Patrick Gabridge has the world premiere of his play Lab Rats at Boston’s Atlantic Wharf (11/6-11/15), in Salisbury, MD (11/19), and in Ocean City, MD (11/20-11/23).

John Gianvito‘s film WAKE (Subic) premiered at the Viennale in Oct/Nov.

Raúl Gonzalez III, along with winning at Brother Thomas Fellowship (see above), will have a solo show, Regalo, at the Boston University Annex Gallery (thru 12/13).

Eric Gottesman will celebrate the US launch of his new photography book Sudden Flowers at Foto DC, 11/8, 5 PM.

Deborah Henson-Conant, whose musical compositions are woven into several of the MCC’s 40 Years of Fellowships videos, wrote a great blog post about the impact of her two Massachusetts Artist Fellowships, in the ’80s.

Congratulations to Elizabeth James-Perry, who won an inaugural Rebecca Blunk Fund award from the New England Foundation for the Arts. The awards are grants of $2,500 each in unrestricted support to support the creation of new work and for professional development. The fund is in honor of the legacy of former NEFA executive director Rebecca Blunk, who passed away in 2014.

Ben Jolivet‘s play Cain and Abel had its world premiere at the Wilbury Theatre Group in Providence, RI.

Rebecca Kaiser Gibson joins Gary Whited for a reading at the Suffolk University Poetry Center (11/4, 7 PM).

Cristina Kotz Cornejo launches the inaugural Women in Motion Summit at Emerson College this month (11/9), a gathering of women in film/media to discuss experiences and effect change.

Kate Leary‘s story Holy Family will be published in the November 11 issue of Amazon Day One, a weekly literary journal for the Kindle. Day One features just one story and one poem by emerging writers per issue, plus author interviews. A week after the publication, the story will be available as a Kindle Single.

Rania Matar‘s photography book L’Enfant Femme is published this month. The book features an Introduction by Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, an essay by Lois Lowry, author of The Giver, and an afterword by Kristen Gresh, Estrellita and Yousuf Karsh Assistant Curator of Photographs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. This month, her work is exhibiting in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015 exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery, London (11/12-2/21).

Anne Neely has an exhibition of 30 watercolors inspired by living on the coast of Maine, traveling to Ireland for an Artist Residency in County Kerry, and a trip to Japan, called Transforming Place. It’s at The Robert Lehman Art Center at Brooks School in North Andover (thru 12/18).

Lisa Olivieri‘s documentary Blindsided is an official selection for the Broken Knuckle Film Festival.

Dave Ortega‘s 24-page comic Dias de Consuelo Issue I is now available! The publication is the first in a series about the artist’s 100-year old abuela, Consuelo Herrera, beginning in the tumultuous years of the Mexican Revolution. The artist will be participating in Comics Arts Brooklyn (11/7) where he will have copies of the Dias de Consuelo, as well as limited copies of Poor Mexico, a new zine published by Bien Vestido Press.

Naoe Suzuki has a solo exhibition, In Solidarity, at the University of Massachusetts Lowell Art Gallery (thru 11/25). A catalogue of Naoe’s work, Be Water, My Friend will be published this month. Earlier in the year, Naoe won a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, which enabled her to work on her project Water, is Taught by Thirst in Berlin and at Blue Mountain Center in the Adirondacks.

Joyce Van Dyke‘s play Daybreak (previously produced as departed/A Dream Play, is being produced at the Tufts University Balch Arena Theater (10/29-11/7), directed by Barbara Wallace Grossman (MCC board member!).

Read past Fellows Notes. If you’re a past fellow/finalist with news, let us know.

Image: Naoe Suzuki, LOVE, SUNSHINE, mixed media on laser cut paper.

Announcing the 2016 Artist Fellowships Program

Friday, August 14th, 2015

Sean Greene, HOW SOON IS NOW (2014), matte acrylic on canvas, 30 X 36 in

We’re excited to announce the launch of the 2016 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship Program. The Artist Fellowships are unrestricted, anonymously judged, competitive grants for individual artists in recognition of artistic excellence (please note the Traditional Arts category is not anonymously judged and has additional criteria).

There are two deadlines per fiscal year, divided by discipline. Applications are now being accepted in Drawing & Printmaking, Poetry, and Traditional Arts. Deadline: Monday, October 5, 2015.

MCC will accept applications in Choreography, Fiction/Creative Nonfiction, and Painting beginning December 15, 2015. Deadline: Monday, January 25, 2016.

Ellen LeBow, REVELATION DELUGE (2010), black ink on white clayboard, 62x38x2 in

Please note:

  • Pending approval by the MCC Board in early September, the fellowship award amount will be increased this year to $12,000 (from $10,000). The finalist award will remain at $1,000.
  • Applications in visual arts disciplines (this cycle, Drawing & Printmaking and Painting) are accepted through the CallforEntry.org (CaFE) system. Read an ArtSake post on preparing your images for CaFE.
  • Applications in Fiction/Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, and Traditional Arts are accepted through MCC’s online granting system.

Who should apply for an Artist Fellowship? Massachusetts artists creating original work who meet eligibility requirements (see guidelines) are encouraged to apply. Read our tips on applying for an MCC Artist Fellowship.

Still from Paul Matteson's TAKE IT OVER TRIO

Read full program guidelines, eligibility requirements, and application instructions.

Images: Sean Greene, HOW SOON IS NOW (2014), matte acrylic on canvas, 30 X 36 in; Ellen LeBow, REVELATION DELUGE (2010), black ink on white clayboard, 62x38x2 in; still from Paul Matteson‘s TAKE IT OVER TRIO.

Rhythmic Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015


Irish step dance taught by Kieran Jordan (2008 MCC Traditional Arts Fellow) to Emerald Rae Forman. (Cambridge, MA)

Of note: Miller Street Open Studios, Somerville, MA, April 10-12, 2015

Performing Artists, Visual Artists The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company invites artists from all disciplines to apply for Fair Verona, three open-air festivals that will transform some of Boston’s most cherished parks and local communities into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at their core. They will highlight performances and displays, workshops in the visual and performing arts, and interactive outdoor activities, including, but not limited to: mask making, painting, drawing, drum circle, dancing, fight choreography, improvisation, theater games, and more. Artists should indicate whether or not they are applying for a slot on the mainstage or at an adjoining booth. Learn more.
Deadline: April 15, 2015

Residency Opportunity The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, on the Oregon Coast, is currently accepting applications for artist residencies. for visual artists, writers, musicians,  as well as naturalists, ecologists, and environmental scientists. Learn more.
Deadline: April 17, 2015

Of note: Berkshire Brown Bag: SpaceFinder Mass, Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 12-1pm, Central Station, 66 Allen Street, Pittsfield MA. FREE, Registration Recommended. Do you have unique space for rent, or under-utilized space in the off season? Would you like to increase the accessibility of your space to artists in Berkshire County and beyond? Join Fractured Atlas, a New York City non-profit technology company, and Berkshire Creative for a presentation about a new creative workspace directory called SpaceFinder Mass. Learn how creative businesses and other property owners can attract new renters through this free resource. Developed by Fractured Atlas, SpaceFinder Mass is a project of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston with support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Poetry Entries are now being accepted from the University of Pittsburgh Press for the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize Competition. Winner receives a prize of $5,000 and publication for a debut poetry collection. Poets who have not published a full-length poetry collection may submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages. Learn more.
Deadline: April 30, 2015

Filmmakers Entries are now being accepted for the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (November 12-22, 2014, Philadelphia, PA) – Seeking films by, starring, and/or about Asian Americans in the following categories: Short (under 40 minutes), Narrative Feature (40 minutes or over), and Documentary Feature (40 minutes or over). Learn more.
Deadline: June 1, 2015

Exhibition Proposals Montserrat College of Art’s Frame 301 Gallery is currently accepting proposal submissions for artists to exhibit their work in the downtown of Beverly, MA. Each month a regional, national and or international artist is selected to install his or her work in the space. Frame 301 is currently accepting written proposals from artist who will then come and install site-specific work into the space. Open to all artists: regional, national and international. The process for selecting artists for Frame 301 will reflect the artist’s creativity as well as the artist’s understanding of art in the community. Application Instructions: Artist must submit a written proposal that includes an outline of intent for the temporary install of original artwork. If selected to show, artist will be required to be present for install as well as de-install at Frame 301. Submit a CD with 8-10 images, proposal (limited to 500 characters), bio/resume, artist statement and an image list including title, medium, and dimensions of work. A brief description of each image is optional. All CDs must be labeled with the artist’s name. All image files must be labeled 1.Lastname_title_jpg. Once selected, artist will be contacted with a date and time to come and install in the company of the Montserrat Gallery staff. Send CD and other accompanying print material to: Montserrat Gallery ATT: Sara Santarsiero, Montserrat College of Art, 23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA 01915
Deadline: Ongoing

Filmmakers Entries are now being accepted for the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (October 8-18, 2015, Seattle, WA) – Narrative Feature, Documentary Features (longer than 40 minutes), and Short (under 40 minutes). Learn more.
Deadline: June 1, 2015

Emerging Artist Residency Fellowship The Harpo Foundation’s Emerging Artist Residency Fellowship at the Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) was established in 2013 to provide an annual opportunity to an emerging visual artist 25 years and older who needs time and space to explore ideas and start new projects. Artist Fellows will receive a one-month residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute, which includes a handsomely appointed room with private bath, a beautiful, well-lit studio space, and a $500 travel stipend. Learn more.
Deadline: July 5, 2015

Fellows Notes – Oct 14

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

October! Welcome the Great Pumpkin and read this month’s news and notes of past MCC Artist Fellows/Finalists.

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Sachiko Akiyama and Beth Galston are both exhibiting in Branching Out: Trees as Art at Peabody Essex Museum in Salem (thru 9/20/15).

Andrew Mowbray, Cristi Rinklin, Deb Todd Wheeler, and Joe Wardwell join Dana Clancy, Audrey Goldstein, John Guthrie, and curator Resa Blatman for the exhibition Forecasted: Eight Artists Explore the Nature of Climate Change at Northeastern University’s Gallery 360 (10/1-11/5, opening reception 10/9).

Congratulations to Daniela Rivera and Hannah Verlin, both of whom were named 2015 School of the Museum of Fine Arts Traveling Fellows. The award goes to SMFA alumni, supporting travel for exploration and research critical to the artists’ careers; at the end of the fellowship, one artist will be selected for a solo show at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

Ben Berman was featured on GrubStreet’s The Grub Daily blog, writing about a file he keeps called “Poems to Plunder and/or Fix.”

Simeon Berry has poetry in issue 41.1 from Black Warrior Review. Read an interview with the poet on the journal’s Web site.

Steven Bogart‘s screenplay Blood’s Child was recently optioned by True Friend Productions.

Vincent Crotty had a solo show of paintings, Paintings of Ireland: A Sense of Place at Borgia Gallery at Elms College in Chicopee (thru 10/4).

Martin Edmunds will teach the workshop “Versification: The Essentials” as part of Open University at Wellfleet Preservation Hall (five Thursdays 10/23-11/20, 4 PM).

Samantha Fields will present a talk, “A Marvel of Modern Inefficiency” at American Textile History Museum in Lowell (10/5, 2 PM). She’s part of the Fiberart International exhibition there, on view thru 10/26. Her work Wallpapered space is featured in the exhibition Unraveled: Contemporary New England Fiber Art at The Museums of Old York Remick Gallery in York, Maine (thru 12/5). In December, she’ll present The Push and Pull—Exploring Liminal Spaces, a gallery walk-through of Fiber: Sculpture 1960–present at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Boston.

Eric Gottesman is publishing a new photography book, Sudden Flowers. The book is based on the artist’s ongoing collaboration with Sudden Flowers, a collective of children living in Addis Ababa. The book is being launched in London; watch for upcoming events in the U.S.

Joel Janowitz has an exhibition of paintings, Finding Yourself There, with painter Squeak Carnwath at Clark Gallery in Lincoln (10/7-11/22, opening reception 10/11, 4 PM).

Jesse Kreitzer is running a Kickstarter campaign for his film-in-progress Black Canaries, through 10/12. The project is a Kickstarter Staff Pick.

Ellen Raquel LeBow has a solo exhibition, The Storm: Large-Scale Drawings, at the Cape Cod Museum of Art (thru 11/9).

Melinda Lopez wrote a moving essay about grief, playwriting, and translating Lorca, for HowlRound.

Rachel Mello‘s newest cut silhouettes, a pair of “Sky Cranes,” are installed in New York at Red Hook’s Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition (thru 10/26).

Greg Mencoff has a solo exhibition, Chasing Artifacts, at Carroll and Sons Gallery in Boston (thru 11/1). Watch a video about the exhibition’s installation.

Anna Myer and Dancers will perform the work Between the Lines: A Work in Progress at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury (10/18-10/19, 10/24-10/26).

Monica Raymond‘s play The Owl Girl will be performed at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City (10/24-11/2). She’ll present a lecture and poetry reading in conjunction with the production. Also, she’ll have photographs in Cambridge Community Television‘s Narrative Photography exhibit, opening 10/5.

Brian Rosa has a solo exhibition, Convey, at the Mayors Art Gallery at Boston City Hall (10/1-11/17, opening reception 10/24, 4:30 PM).

Jo Ann Rothschild has a solo show, An Important Day at The Painting Center in New York (thru 10/25, opening reception 10/2, 6 PM).

Congratulations to Cam Terwilliger, whose novel-in-progress, Yet Wilderness Grew in My Heart received the 2014 James Jones First Novel Fellowship.

Read past Fellows Notes. If you’re a past fellow/finalist with news, let us know.

Image: Brian Rosa, CONVEY, part of an exhibition of the same name at the Mayor’s Gallery at Boston City Hall.

How Do You Define Success as an Artist?

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Roughly once a month, we pose questions to artists about their work and lives. We recently asked a group of artists, How do you define success, as an artist?

Ronan Noone, playwright and screenwriter
1: If I were a farrier I would like to be the farrier that is always called out to put the shoes on the horse, which means I am recognized as the best farrier in the village. Whether that will ever be the case is not as important as it being the goal to pursue – that is part of my definition of success.

2: I want to create something that gives you a feeling, that helps makes sense of the world, that puts shape on the ineffable, that is relevant, that lives beyond me – that is part of my definition of success.

3: The first layer of success, the veneer on the table is money and attention. It is a concrete goal. And in the early days it is how I measured myself and saw myself being measured. It gets in the way. Now I understand it has to do with persistence, craft and persistence – that is part of my definition of success.

4: And if people ask me what I’m working on and tell me they are looking forward to seeing it, which is maybe comparable to putting the shoes on their horse, – that is part of my definition of success.

Mary Bucci McCoy, painter
An important part of my definition of success in terms of my studio practice as a painter is making work that continually challenges and changes me, work that pushes the boundaries of my practice and opens up new possibilities. I think of every painting as an exploration; I rarely know where a painting will go when I begin. I am interested in paintings that take chances, paintings that surprise me, paintings that may even feel transgressive within the scope of my practice, because they knock my understanding of myself as a painter off-balance, and that drives the work forward. While it is critical that the work expands my knowledge in some way, I most value the paintings that give me more questions than answers: every question is potentially a painting.

Daphne Board, shoemaker
I enjoy making people comfortable. We often sacrifice physical comfort for the psychological comfort of being well-dressed and looking our best. Or, sometimes we are most comfortable being someone else entirely, inhabiting another persona or character that is entirely fantastic.The people who find me generally have very specific ideas about the kinds of shoes they want, maybe a design that has been only in their mind for years, or a kind of fit they have never experienced before. I strive to make beautiful footwear that functions well for whatever the circumstances may be. Consequently, I tend to measure success on an individual basis. Each pair of shoes is extremely important to me, each client is an individual that I enjoy getting to know, each new pair of shoes is an opportunity to build something special that has the power to transform how a person walks through their life.

Joo Lee Kang, visual artist
There’s a word – “Jangin-Jungshin” – in Korean. There’s no exact match in English, but it could be translated as “the spirit of a master,” if I try. When we say a person has “Jangin-Jungshin,” it means he does his best for the work that he believes is worth studying during his whole life. This spirit requires faith and self-discipline, and it always takes time to get there. I’m trying to have this spirit of a master when it comes to my art. Exploring persistently for my work and also having flexible thinking to look around are the qualities I picture for being a success as an artist.

Karen Skolfield, poet
My last six months have been a true embarrassment of riches: a book published, the MCC grant, the Split This Rock poetry prize, and most recently, the 2014 PEN New England Award in poetry. I’m over the moon. I find myself giggling at inappropriate moments. But yesterday, an astute journalist asked me, “So what’s the opposite of that? What does a lack of success look like?” I realized it’s not a lack of publishing or awards – I truly believe that so much of this is due to having my manuscript or application or book in the hands of the right readers. Slippery luck. There’s so much great writing out there, and I expect that I will only occasionally get to ring the bell.

When he asked, I understood that the opposite of success for me is not the lack of awards but the absence of writing. I went through nearly 10 years of writing very little, of forgetting the rush of a successful line. I’m so grateful to be back, writing. The awards and publications nudge me toward more writing, more success with writing’s joys.

Daphne Board is a custom shoemaker, a Certified Pedorthist, and a 2014 MCC Traditional Arts Finalist.

Joo Lee Kang is artist-in residence at Inside-Out Art Museum, Beijing in April-May, 2014, and she has upcoming exhibits at Gallery NAGA in Sep. 2014 and at the Museum of Art, University of New Hampshire in Oct.-Dec. 2014.

Mary Bucci McCoy has a solo exhibition of new paintings at Kingston Gallery in Boston, 4/2-4/27, reception 4/4, 5:30-8 PM.

Ronan Noone‘s play The Second Girl will be part of the Huntington Theatre’s 2014/2015 season. The Accident, a live-action short he wrote, is an Official Selection for the Boston International Film Festival, premiering 4/15, 6 PM at AMC/Loews Boston Common and screening again at the Montclair Film Festival. His short play S****y Neighbors is part of the Boston Theater Marathon on 5/11.

Karen Skolfield‘s poetry collection Frost in the Low Areas will receive the 2014 PEN/New England Book Award for poetry on 4/6, 2 PM, at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library.

Images: Mary Bucci McCoy, AFTER ALL (2012), acrylic on plywood, 10x6x1 in; women’s derby shoes by Daphne Board; Joo Lee Kang, BOUQUET OF NATURE #2 (2011), Ballpoint pen on paper, 55×85 in.

MCC Announces 30 Awards in Drawing, Poetry, and Traditional Arts

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

The Massachusetts Cultural Council is honored to announce the 2014 MCC Artist Fellowship awards in Drawing, Poetry, and Traditional Arts. Fifteen artists will receive fellowships of $10,000, and 15 artists will receive $500 finalist awards. See a list of this year’s fellows and finalists, to date.

The awards are anonymously judged, based solely on the artistic quality and creative ability of the work submitted*. Applications were open to all eligible Massachusetts artists. A total number of 706 applications were received; 409 in Drawing, 280 in Poetry, and 17 in Traditional Arts.

The Drawing panelists were John Adimando, Nancy Burns, Andrea Sherrill Evans, and Ellen Wiener. The Poetry panelists were Maggie Dietz, Jan Freeman, Gregory Pardlo, and Ron Slate; the Poetry readers were Rebecca Morgan Frank, Margaree Little, Solmaz Sharif, and Rodney Wittwer. The Traditional Arts panelists were Matthew Allen, Winnie Lambrecht, and Mildred L. Rahn.

This is the first series of Artist Fellowships awards to be given by the MCC in 2014. (In May 2014, MCC will announce awards in Choreography, Fiction/Creative Nonfiction, and Painting.)

Find a full list of 2014 Artist Fellowships awardees, to date.

* Awards are anonymously judged except in the case of Traditional Arts, which is not anonymous and has additional review criteria.

Images: Jieun Shin, Expedit/yemul-po with embroidered design of flowering tree (2011), watercolors on paper, 70×50 in; Michele Samour, Reflecting Pool: Beautiful Viruses (overhead view) (2011), pigmented Abaca paper pulp, 2-layered light box, 8x42x120 in; Ria Brodell, Katherina Hetzeldorger (2012), gouache on paper, 11×7 in.

Fellows Notes – Oct 13

Monday, September 30th, 2013

As Autumn marches on and becomes increasingly, well, autumnal, take a minute to read the latest news from MCC’s past and present Fellows/Finalists.

Still Life Lives! at Fitchburg Art Museum includes work by Matthew Gamber, Mary Kocol, Catherine McCarthy, Mary O’Malley, Shelley Reed, Janet Rickus, Evelyn Rydz, Tara Sellios, Randal Thurston, and Deb Todd Wheeler, among other artists. The exhibition runs through 1/12.

Sachiko Akiyama has a solo show, On Finding Home, at the University of Maine Museum of Art 10/4-1/4.

Rick Ashley gave a spotlight talk at the recent Danforth Art Fall Open House about his “Michael” series of photographs (some of which he submitted to win his MCC Fellowship).

Steven Barkhimer‘s play Windowmen (an early version of which he submitted for his MCC grant), will run at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre 10/31-11/24.

Ben Berman joins Robert Pinsky, Elisabeth Carter, and Gregory Lawless for a poetry reading on 10/6, 3 PM, at Chapel Hill Chauncy Hall Commons in Waltham.

Sarah Bliss is one of six moving-images artists awarded a monthlong residency in rural Scotland, sponsored by the Alchemy Film Festival. She’ll be working with Scottish sound artist James Wyness to document and record the cultural and environmental landscapes of the Tweed River Valley.

Prilla Smith Brackett recently took part in Hyde Park Open Studios. Also, two monoprints from her “Wellspring” Suite have been acquired by the Worcester Art Museum.

Seamus Connolly was honored at a ceremony in Washington D.C. as a National Heritage Fellow.

Rosalyn Driscoll‘s work, Generation, a collaborative installation with Czech filmmaker Tereza Stehlikova, will show at GV Art Gallery in London, (thru 10/5)

Jane Gillooly‘s film Suitcase of Love and Shame will screen at the MFA Boston 10/12, 3 PM.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Graver whose novel The End of the Point is on National Book Awards Longlist for Fiction.

Conley Harris received a Visual Art Residency at the Sanskriti Foundation for artists and writers in New Delhi, India, where he’ll be painting for the month of October.

Wendy Jehlen‘s solo dance work Lilith received a great review in Boston’s Weekly Dig.

Sarah Malakoff has published a new monograph of her photographs, Second Nature, and has a solo exhibition at Miller Yezerski Gallery (10/25-12/21, opening reception/book signing on 11/1, 6-8 PM).

Ilana Manolson‘s latest show, Flow, is at Clark Gallery 10/8-11/2. In addition to oil paintings, the show contains a series of large one-of-a-kind prints made this summer in Venice.

Brendan Mathews wrote a guest post about things he’s learned as a writing teacher, for the Ploughshares blog.

Caitlin McCarthy‘s television pilot script Pass/Fail is a quarter-finalist in the 2013 Final Draft Big Break Contest. Pass/Fail was also recently a finalist in the NYTVF’s first annual Voice and Vision: The NBC Drama Challenge.

Nathalie Miebach will have work in the 25th Anniversary of the Visual Arts Sea Grant at the University of Rhode Island (10/1-10/30), a celebration of artists who have won the award. She’ll also be showing at Climate Art: New Ways of Seeing Data (10/11-11/27) at the IMC Lab in New York City as part of the Marfa Dialogue series on Climate Change.

Kathryn Ramey was recently featured in an article in the Roslindale Transcript.

Matt Rich is in a group show investigating the intersection of painterly abstraction and the object at the Columbus College of Art and Design (10/11-1/10).

Susan Rivo has launched an Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign for her film Left on Pearl, running through 10/25. Read a Cambridge Chronicle article about the project.

Jieun Shin is in the group show System Preferences at SCA Contemporary Art in Albuquerque, NM (thru 11/1).

Leslie Sills will have her sculpture, Blue Hill Boy, published in 500 Ceramic Figures (Lark Publications, February 2014).

Peter Jay Shippy reads with Joshua Weiner as part of the Blacksmith House Poetry Series (10/28, 8 PM).

Read past Fellows Notes. If you’re a past fellow/finalist with news, let us know.

Image: Sachiko Akiyama, DREAM OF BIRDS (2003), polychromed wood, 37x16x19 in.

Deadline for Artist Fellowships in Drawing, Poetry, and Traditional Arts Is Oct. 7

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

To all Massachusetts artists in Drawing, Poetry, and Traditional Arts who are interested in applying for an MCC Artist Fellowship but haven’t started yet: there’s no time like the present. The deadline is Monday, October 7, 2013. Unrestricted grants of $10,000 and finalist grants of $500 are awarded to Massachusetts artists through a competitive, anonymously-judged process, based on artistic excellence of the work submitted.*

Since we are using different application systems than in past years (Culture Grants Online for Poetry and Traditional Arts; CallforEntry.org for Drawing), we’d recommend you begin your application as soon as possible to familiarize yourself with the forms.

You can find full program guidelines and information here:
http://www.massculturalcouncil.org/applications/fellows_guidelines.asp

Upcoming: Applications in Choreography, Fiction/Creative Nonfiction, and Painting will be accepted December 15, 2013-January 27, 2014.

* Note: the Traditional Arts category is not anonymously judged and has additional criteria.

Image: August Ventimiglia (Drawing Fellow ’12), UNTITLED (EVENT STUDY RED SERIES, NO. 1) (2009), red snap-line chalk on paper, 8×15 in. The artist’s solo show, BORROWED LINES, is at Matteawan Gallery in Beacon, New York (thru 10/5).


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