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Fellows Notes – May 17

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Mass Cultural Council is honored to support the work of individual artists. Fellows Notes is a monthly listing of the last news from awardees in our Artist Fellowships Program.

May 2017:

Hiding in Plain Sight: Folk Masters of Massachusetts showcase concert features past or current recipients of an Artist Fellowship or Traditional Arts Apprenticeship performing at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport (5/14, 5 PM).

Many superb poets, including numerous past Artist Fellows and Finalists, and taking part in the Massachusetts Poetry Festival (5/5-5/7, Salem, MA). Not to be missed: a reading by Mass Cultural Council Poetry Fellows Scott Challener, Aaron Krol, Richard Michelson, Sarah Sousa, and Elizabeth Witte (5/6, 2 PM), at the Peabody Essex Museum. Other current and past Artist Fellows/Finalist taking part include Tom Sleigh (one of the headliners), Kathleen Aguero, Maria Luisa Arroyo, Carrie Bennett, Duy Doan, Danielle Legros Georges, Regie Gibson, Richard Hoffman, and Rosann Kozlowski. Learn more.

Sophia Ainslie, Ken Beck, Masako Kamiya, Joo Lee Kang, and Mary Kocol are all taking part in the 40th anniversary event at Gallery Naga (5/5, 5-8 PM, after party from 8-11 PM).

Steven Barkhimer, John Kuntz, Melinda Lopez, and John Minigan all have plays published in the New England New Play Anthology (edited by Patrick Gabridge). An event featuring the book takes place at Porter Square Books (5/16, 7 PM).

Congratulations to Sarah Bliss and Allison Cekala, who are among the film artists attending the 2017 Flaherty Film Seminar as LEF New England Fellows.

Charles Coe's poem "Mnemonic" installed as part of Mass Poetry's Raining Poetry project

Charles Coe and Tanya Larkin are among the poets whose work is featured in Mass Poetry’s Raining Poetry project.

Samantha Fields, Matthew Gamber, Masako Kamiya, Justin Kimball, Kelly Popoff, Cristi Rinklin, and Daniela Rivera all received awards from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Artist’s Resource Trust Fund.

Kenji Nakayama and Ben Sloat are exhibiting in Absent at the Lesley University VanDernoot Gallery (5/11-6/10, opening reception 5/11, 6-8 PM).

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Elizabeth Alexander currently has work in the exhibition Deep Cuts: Contemporary Paper Cutting at Currier Museum of Art (thru 5/21). She has solo show, I May Not Be a Lion, at Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy (thru 6/18), with an artist talk 5/20, 10:30 AM-12 noon, moderated by Annie Carlano, Senior Curator of Craft, Design and Fashion at The Mint Museum. Work from her Heirloom series is currently featured in the touring State of the Art exhibitions from Crystal Bridges Art Museum.

Stacey Alickman has a solo exhibition, In Memory: works by Stacey Alickman, at Kingston Gallery (5/3-5/28, opening reception 5/5, 5:30-8:30 PM).

Steven Bogart directs Peerless for Company One Theatre (C1), performed at the Boston Public Library (thru 5-28, 7 PM). All tickets are pay-what-you-can in this production, produced in conjunction with the Library’s “All the City’s a Stage: A Season of Shakespeare.”

Sarah Braman is part of the group exhibition In the Abstract at MASS MoCA (opening reception 5/6, 5:30-7 PM).

Mark Cooper recently showed at Lesley University’s Lunder Art Center. Read a review in WBUR’s ARTery.

John Gianvito screened his film Profit motive and the whispering wind at Harvard Film Archive (5/1, 7 PM), part of its Cinema of Resistance series.

Sean Greene is exhibiting in Eye of the Song: Visual Art by Musicians at The Putney School’s Michael S. Currier Center Gallery (thru 5/20).

Carrie Gustafson exhibited in The Smithsonian Craft Show in April.

Mags Harries has a solo exhibition, Adrift, at Boston Sculptors Gallery (5/10-6/11, opening reception 5/20, 5-8 PM).

James Heflin‘s debut poetry collection Krakatoa Picnic has been published by Hedgerow Books.

Catherine Kernan has a solo show, perimeters, at Soprafina Gallery (5/5-5/27, artist’s reception 5/13, 2-4 PM).

Dawn Kramer will perform in an event called From the Horse’s Mouth, a benefit for The Dance Complex (5/5 and 5/6).

Jesse Kreitzer‘s film Black Canaries received “Special Jury Recognition for Short Narrative Film” at the Ashland Independent Film Festival (AIFF). This marks the 8th film festival award for Black Canaries.

Mira T. Lee is part of The Strategic Writer panel for the Muse and the Marketplace Conference (5/7, 1-2:30 PM).

Danielle Legros Georges reads her poetry in the Brookline Poetry Series at the Brookline Public Library (5/21, 2 PM).

Mary Lum has an exhibition, Assembly (Lorem Ipsum), at MASS MoCA (thru 5/28).

Matthew Mazzotta currently has work at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum NYC in a show called By the People: Designing a Better America. Read an ArtSake article about his recent project, Cloud House.

Cecelia Raker‘s play La Llorona will be produced by Fresh Ink Theatre at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (5/5-5/20).

Abraham Ravett‘s film Holding Hands with Ilse screened in the Massachusetts Multicultural International Film Festival at UMASS Amherst in April.

Marian Roth has a 20-year retrospective, On Bended Light, at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (5/5-7/16, opening reception 5/12, 6 PM).

Congratulations to Jim Shepard, who won the Rea Award, a $30,000 prize for a short story writer.

Leslie Sills has an exhibition of paintings, Sanctuary, at Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury, Vermont (thru 6/25, artist talk 6/22, 6 PM).

Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz has an exhibition, Arctic Abrasions, at Miller Yezerski (thru 5/23).

Jeff Warmouth will offer a presentation as part of the exhibit Games and Politics at Boston Cyberarts (5/17, 7-9 PM).

Debra Weisberg recently completed 22-ft long commission for Facebook Cambridge Office. Read more on ArtSake.

Linda K. Werthheimer wrote an essay for WBUR’s Cognoscenti about how her mother broadened her experience with diverse cultures.

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

Image: Charles Coe’s poem “Mnemonic” installed as part of Mass Poetry’s Raining Poetry project.

Fellows Notes – Apr 17

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

In April, a shower of news from past and present MCC Artist Fellowship awardees.

 

Natalie Alper, Anne Neely, Jo Ann Rothschild, and Maxine Yalovitz-Blankenship are part of the group exhibition Expanding Abstraction: New England Women Painters from 1950 to Now at the deCordova Museum (4/7-9/17).

MCC Artist Fellowship Program awardees Colleen Coyne, Cynthia Gunadi, Thomas McNeely, and Rosalind Pace read at Porter Square Books (4/21, 7 PM).

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Amy Archambault created the installation Hideout at Boston Children’s Museum (thru 6/18). Read about the installation in The Boston Globe.

Steven Bogart directs Peerless for Company One Theatre (C1), performed at the Boston Public Library (4/27-5-28, 7 PM). All tickets are pay-what-you-can in this production, produced in conjunction with the Library’s “All the City’s a Stage: A Season of Shakespeare.”

Meryl Cohn‘s play The Final Say is part of the Smith College New Playreading Series (4/6, 7:30 PM).

Nicole Duennebier‘s paintings are featured in Hi-Fructose, a contemporary art magazine.

Beth Galston has a solo exhibition, Luminous Garden, at the Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT (thru 7/17).

Christy Georg will give a slide lecture at Santa Fe Clay (4/14, 1 PM) about her project Great Guns, one of the most ambitious projects attempted in the 43-year history of the Kohler Arts/Industry Residency Program. Read about the project in ArtSake.

James Heflin‘s debut poetry collection Krakatoa Picnic will be published by Hedgerow Books (5/1).

Robert Knox‘s novel Suosso’s Lane, based on the Plymouth, Mass. origins of the infamous Sacco-Vanzetti case, was published by Web-e-Books as an ebook in late 2015. The paperback edition was published in April 2016. Robert discusses the novel at the Ventress Memorial Library in Marshfield (4/13, 7 PM). His first poetry collection, Gardeners Do It With Their Hands Dirty, is scheduled for publication later this month by Finishing Line Press. He reads from the collection at Plymouth Public Library (4/24, 7 PM). Currently, he is a contributing editor to the online poetry journal Verse-Virtual.com, and he currently has poetry published in the March edition.

Niho Kozuru‘s sculpture Longfellow Column has been acquired for the permanent collection of the Fuller Craft Museum. The mold for Longfellow Column comes from a balustrade at the Cambridge home of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Danielle Legros Georges reads at the Rozzie Reads Poetry/Open Mic at Roslindale House (4/27, 7 PM).

Yary Livan, master ceramist and National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellow, returns to the Loading Dock Gallery in April with One Man’s Journey: Restoring a Lost Tradition(3/29- 4/30).

Stephanie Lubkowski‘s solo viola piece Avanc will be performed in the Equilibrium Concert Series as part of their commissioning project concert at the New School of Music in Cambridge (4/15, 8 PM).

Rania Matar‘s work will be part of The Photography Show at AIPAD with Pictura Gallery in NYC, and of the exhibition Action at a Distance at Angela Meleca Gallery, in Columbus, OH. She has an artist talk at Gund Gallery at Kenyon College (4/4, 4 PM), coinciding with her current Mellon artist-in-residency and with the exhibition Aftermath: The Fallout of War — America and the Middle East.

Nathalie Miebach is exhibiting in State of the Art, Discovering American Art Now at the Mint Museum in Charlotte NC (4/22-9/3). She is also giving artist talks at Crystal Bridges Museum, part of a symposium called “Art in Conversation: Environment, Identity and Memory” (4/7-4/8), and at Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, FL as part of their “Future Environments” lecture series (4/19).

James Morrow and his company james morrow/The Movement present a free House Dance Jam at the Boston Center for the Arts Calderwood Pavilion 4/8, 6 PM).

Congratulations to Ethan Murrow, who won the 2017 Brooke and Hap Stein Emerging Arts Prize from the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville. This month, his solo show The Cowboy will exhibit at Winston Wachter Gallery in Seattle (4/18-6/20, reception 4/18 6-8 PM).

Abraham Ravett‘s film Holding Hands with Ilse will screen in the Massachusetts Multicultural International Film Festival at UMASS Amherst (4/19, 7:30 PM).

Monica Raymond wrote the texts for two songs, Snow Queen and The Garden in the Snow (composed by Charles Turner) to premiere at an all-day arts festival at Arts at the Armory (4/14).

Susan Rivo‘s documentary Left on Pearl has its official premiere at the Boston International Film Festival in the Paramount Center’s Bright Family Room (4/14, 5:30 PM).

Dawn Southworth has a solo exhibition of paintings and sculpture, Premonition, at Clark Gallery (4/4-5/9, reception 4/8, 4-7 PM).

Peter Snoad‘s documentary play, The Draft, about personal experiences with the Vietnam War draft, is now available on DVD and streaming through the Media Education Foundation. The play was filmed in performance during its premiere at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury where Peter was Visiting Playwright from 2013-15. Peter returns to Hibernian Hall when his short play Apple Pie is performed by Roxbury Repertory Theatre as part of its “Six Playwrights in Search of a Stage” festival (4/15-4/16).

Laurel Sparks is among the artists exhibiting in Witches at September Gallery in Hudson, NY (thru 5/7). Laurel will participate in an event, Witches Performance Night, on 4/22, 6–8 PM.

Joyce Van Dyke has a staged reading of her new play The Women Who Mapped the Stars at Central Square Theater (4/17, 8 PM). There will be a workshop production at the same theatre in May/June. Her play Daybreak will have a staged reading (4/21, 7:30 PM) at Pan Asian Repertory Theater in New York. Her new play Ballad for Americans will have a staged reading at Northeastern University (5/1).

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

Image: trailer for LEFT ON PEARL by Susan Rivo, premiering this month at the Boston International Film Festival.

Fellows Notes – Mar 17

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

It’s March, the equator is about to pass by the center of the sun (happy Spring Equinox), and our past Artist Fellowships awardees continue to shine with honors, exhibitions, readings, and so much more. Here’s the latest news.


Lisa Nilsson, from the 40 Years of Fellowships project. This month, the artist exhibits at the Currier Museum of Art

 

Elizabeth Alexander, Ambreen Butt, Fred H C Liang, Lisa Nilsson, Jane South, Randal Thurston, and August Ventimiglia are among the artists featured in Deep Cuts: Contemporary Paper Cutting at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH (thru 5/21.)

Laura Chasman and Leslie Sills join Nancy Gruskin for the exhibition Life: from life at room83 Spring in Watertown (3/9-4/22, reception 3/11, 3-5 PM).

Frannie Lindsay and Lynne Potts read as part of the Brookline Poetry Series at the Brookline Public Library Main Branch in Brookline Village (3/19, 2 PM).

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Sophia Ainslie has an exhibition of paintings at the Boston City Hall Mayor’s Art Gallery, in conjunction with Women’s History Month (thru 3/31).

Simeon Berry reads at the Gloucester Writers Center (3/15, 7:30 PM).

Ben Berman will read from his new poetry collection Figuring at the Figure at Brookline Booksmith (3/16, 7 PM).

Sarah Bliss curated and is presenting From the Farm at the Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival in Scotland. From the Farm is a curated program of 13 films made at the Independent Imaging Retreat (aka Film Farm) offered in rural Ontario every summer by Canadian experimental filmmaker Philip Hoffman and his dedicated staff.

Ria Brodell has a solo show of paintings, Butch Heroes, at
Gallery Kayafas (3/3-4/8, opening reception 3/3, 5:30-8 PM). She’ll also be releasing the limited edition book Butch Heroes: Paintings by Ria Brodell, with book signing and panel discussion 3/18, 3 PM.

Kim Carlino has a solo exhibition, The Primary Line, (3/1-3/28), at the UMass Amherst Herter Art Gallery.

Lucien Castaing-Taylor and collaborator Véréna Paravel, who are among the Foster Prize Artists at the ICA Boston, will give an in-gallery Foster Talk (3/16, 7 PM).

Caleb Cole has a solo show of photography, To Be Seen, at Gallery Kayafas (3/3-4/8, opening reception 3/3, 5:30-8 PM).

Harriet Diamond has a new installation, Driven from their Homes, at the Oxbow Gallery (3/2-3/26, reception 3/10, 5-8 PM, artist talk 3/23, 7 PM).

Congratulations to Duy Doan, winner of the 2017 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. The poet’s manuscript We Play a Game was selected by Series judge Carl Phillips.

Mary Jane Doherty is screening two of her early films, Gravity and Three Fish, as well as an excerpt of a new work, Sonic Boom Boom, as part of the DocYard Series at Brattle Theatre in Cambridge (3/20, 7 PM).

Andrew Haines has an exhibition of paintings, Distracted Driving, at Clark Gallery (thru 4/1, reception 3/4, 4:30-7 PM).

Shannon Heaton has a new podcast, Irish Music Stories, available on iTunes. This month, she performs in Portland, ME (3/17, 7 PM) and Medford, MA (3/18, 8 PM).

Joo Lee Kang has a solo show VictoriANimals at Gallery NAGA (3/3-3/25, opening reception 3/3, 6-8 PM).

Congratulations to Stefan Lanfer, whose play Prudence was selected to be part of a first ever reading of new plays at American Stage in Tampa, FL. Locally, the play will have public readings by the open theater project at Bella Luna Café (3/20) and by the Emerson Theatre Collaborative in CT (4/8) in April.

Stephanie Lubkowski‘s composition Right now, in a second will be performed by Transient Canvas at the Music Mansion in Providence, RI (3/3, 8 PM) and at the Equilibrium Concern Series at Third Life Studio in Somerville (3/4, 8 PM). Also, the Charles River Wind Ensemble will premiere all three movements of Stephanie’s wind ensemble piece Circles Circling at the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library in Lexington (3/13, 3 PM).

Richard Michelson‘s children’s book Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy was awarded the 2017 Sydney Taylor Silver Medal from Association of Jewish Librarians and a 2016 Junior Library Guild Gold Medal. His just-published picture book The Language of Angels received a 2017 Junior Library Guild Gold Medal. Richard will reading from my work in Seoul, South Korea (3/30) and at the Poetry Center at PCCC in Paterson NJ along with Mark Doty (4/1).

Nathalie Miebach has an artist talk/concert at the Clay Center for Arts and Sciences in Charleston, WV (3/22, 5-7 PM). It will will include musical performances by composers Mischa Salkind-Pearl and Matthew Jackfert, who have both written pieces about Nathalie’s work. Also this month, she’ll present artist talks at Winchester High School and Abington High School.

Stephen Mishol has a solo exhibition, Place at the Neiman Center at Columbia University School of the Arts (thru 3/17). His work is also featured in DRAW/Boston at the Massachusetts College of Art (thru 3/4).

Congratulations to Ethan Murrow, whose children’s book The Whale, co-created with Vita Murrow, was selected for the Longlist for the 2017 Kate Greenaway Medal.

Anne Neely is in the group exhibition Thinking About Water: Artists Reflect (3/22-6/30, opening reception 3/22, 7-9 PM) at The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum in Boston.

Brad Nelson has a solo exhibition This Tells Me Where I Am, at frosch&portmann in New York City (3/0-4/23, opening reception 3/9, 6-8 PM).

Masha Obolensky‘s play Marvelous Fruit will be read at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (3/19, 7 PM).

Gabriel Polonsky will screen and hold a director’s talk for his film Release from Reason (3/11, 3-5 PM), in conjunction with the Life: from life at room83 Spring Gallery. The documentary, currently in-progress, is about the life and work of Boston Expressionist painter Arthur Polonsky (the filmmaker’s father).

Monica Raymond recently returned from a three-week residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, where she showed work as part of an exhibit of Erasure Texts and read new poems and performed improvised poetry and music as part of INsideOUT (3/9). She will be reading poems from the sequence A Walk on Norfolk Street (set in Cambridge 2013, around the Boston Marathon bombings) at the Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center (3/28, 3 PM), part of a daylong symposium Women’s Sense of Place.

Shelley Reed has a solo exhibition, A Curious Nature, at Fitchburg Art Museum (thru 6/4, opening reception 3/12, 2-5 PM).

Tara Sellios has a solo exhibition of photography, Testimony, at Blue Sky Gallery in Portland OR (3/2-4/2, reception 3/2, 6-9 PM, artist talk 3/3, 12 PM).

Laurel Sparks is among the artists exhibiting in Witches at September Gallery in Hudson, NY (3/18-5/7, opening reception 3/18, 6-8 PM).

Naoe Suzuki has recently returned from a month-long residency at the Tokyo Wonder Site. Currently, she’s exhibiting in Cloudlands at the Albany International Airport (thru 7/31).

Cam Terwilliger‘s as yet unpublished novel Yet Wilderness Grew in My Heart is the winner of the 2017 Caledonia Novel Award.

Sarah Wentworth‘s photograph Rugosa Window, is one of the pieces in the Maud Morgan Art Center Chandler Gallery‘s 2017 Small Works Salon (3/20-4/14, reception 4/2, 3-5 PM). The exhibition was juried by gallery owner Howard Yezerski.

Kris Willcox‘s essay Love and Compost will soon be published in the Portland Review.

Evan Ziporyn was featured in WBUR’s ARTery for his orchestral version of David Bowie’s album Blackstar.

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

Image: interview with Lisa Nilsson, from the 40 Years of Fellowships project. This month, the artist exhibits at the Currier Museum of Art.

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.


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