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Highlights from 40 Years of Fellowships

Friday, June 10th, 2016

For the past year+, the Massachusetts Cultural Council has celebrated 40 Years of Fellowships, exploring the stories of some of the amazing artists the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has funded since 1975.

We’ve assembled some highlights:

The video features excerpts from our interviews with Melinda Lopez, Sean Greene, Carl Phillips, Lisa Nilsson, and Yary Livan. It also features music by Deborah Henson-Conant, Eric Hofbauer, Saelen Ghose, Scott Wheeler, and Laura Andel, as well as animation by Basia Goszczynska.

Learn more about the project. On MCC’s YouTube Channel, watch all 40 Years of Fellowships artist videos, to date.

Fellows Notes – Feb 16

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

It’s a Leap Year, so there’s an extra day this month to enjoy the awesomeness of Massachusetts artists!

For a taste, we offer news from past Fellows and Finalists of MCC’s Artist Fellowships.


Melinda Lopez, who has a new play opening this month (see below), in the 40 Years of Fellowships project

 

Two exhibitions at the University of New Hampshire Museum of Art feature past MCC awardees: Sophia Ainslie and Cristi Rinklin join Nathan Miner in the three-person exhibition, Groundswell, while Shelley Reed and Randall Thurston exhibit in Natural Wonder. Both shows run thru 4/3.

Elizabeth Alexander and Randall Thurston are both exhibiting in Paper and Blade: Modern Paper Cutting at the Fuller Craft Museum (thru 7/24).

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Deborah Abel of the Deborah Abel Dance Company recently returned home from a 3 city tour of India where she gave Bhakti Modern Dance master classes. See pictures from a master class at Kalakshetra Conservatory of Music and Dance in Chennai India in January.

Kati Agócs was recently featured on WBUR’s The ARTery for a recent concert of her work. Kati’s new CD The Debrecen Passion was featured by WQXR as its album of the week.

Allison Cekala‘s solo show Salt Mountain at the Howard Art Project was listed as Cate McQaid’s highlights from 2015, and her photo show Salt is on view at the Mayor’s Gallery at City Hall (thru 2/29). Allison’s project Fundir (which she submitted to win her 2015 fellowship) is a video piece tracking salt gathered from northern Chile and transported to Boston for winter road maintenance. She spoke on a segment in PRI’s The World about the road salt harvesting and transport process.

Alexander Chee‘s new novel Queen of the Night is published this month. He was interviewed on Late Night with Seth Meyers!

Georgie Friedman‘s video installation Slippery Slope is on view at the Wold Atrium of Union College in Schenectady, NY (thru 11/2016).

Matthew Gamber‘s Grammar, a survey of recent photography works, is on view at College of the Holy Cross Cantor Art Gallery (thru 2/27).

John Gianvito curated the four-person exhibition High Low at the Fort Point Arts Community Gallery (2/23-3/29, opening reception 3/3 5:30-7:30 PM).

Rebecca Kaiser Gibson was interviewed by Mass Poetry about her new book Opinel. She has upcoming readings at The Blacksmith House (2/22, with Michael Morse) and Boston Athenaeum (4/27).

Sean Greene is in the 20th Anniversary Exhibition at William Baczek Fine Arts (thru 3/12), and he’s among the artists who worked with a chair to create a new work, in Take a Seat at the UMass Amherst Museum of Contemporary Art (thru 2/27, silent auction 2/28).

Marky Kaufmann has a solo show, Landscapes and Prayers at Griffin Museum’s Digital Silver Imaging Gallery (thru 3/11, opening reception 2/18, 6-8 PM). Also, Marky curated and is exhibiting in Outspoken, a show of six female photographers (including Rania Matar), at Middlesex School in Concord.

Caroline Klocksiem has poetry in the latest issue of Opon.

Daniel Kornrumpf is exhibiting in Extrapolation at the Trustman Art Gallery at Simmons College (2/4-3/4, reception 2/4, 5-7 PM).

Joy Ladin recently received a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships, and she was featured in an interview on the NEA’s Art Works Blog.

Siobhan Landry was featured on Neighbor Media for a new film project exploring the abolitionist history of this region, specifically Georgetown, MA.

Sandy Litchfield‘s solo show Filterscape is on view at Carroll and Sons Gallery (thru 2/27).

Melinda Lopez (featured in the 40 Years of Fellowships video, above) has a new play, Back the Night at Boston Playwrights Theatre (2/4-2/28).

Rania Matar has gotten advance reviews for her new photography book L’Enfant-Femme from The Guardian, ARTslant, LensCulture, and The Daily Telegraph.

Cynthia Maurice is in the two-person show Out the Window & Around the Town at Brickbottom Art Gallery in Somerville (thru 2/27).

Rachel Mello co-curated and is exhibiting in the Sketchbook Show 2016 at the Nave Gallery (thru 3/3).

Vanessa Michalak recently accepted a position for the Spring semester as the “Emerging Artist in Residence” at Penn State, Altoona. She has an upcoming Exhibition in the McLanahan Gallery on campus (3/17-4/3).

Nathalie Miebach has pieces in two shows that are part of the State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now exhibition: Minneapolis Institute of Art (2/18-5/29) and Telfair Museum in Savannah, GA (2/19-9/4).

Anne Neely‘s Water Stories: Conversations in Paint and Sound, created with Halsey Burgund, is traveling from its original setting at the Museum of Science Boston to Old Dominion University Baron and Ellin Gordon Gallery in Norfolk, VA (thru 3/13).

Cecelia Raker is a 2016 PlayLab Fellow at Company One Theatre in Boston.

Kathryn Ramey has a new book, Experimental Filmmaking – BREAK THE MACHINE. There will be a book launch event on 2/4, 6-8 PM, at City Feed and Supply in Jamaica Plain, including a hand-drawn film workshop by AgX Film Collective.

Monica Raymond‘s play A to Z is a finalist for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education Award of Excellence in Playwriting.

Cristi Rinklin is among the artists exhibiting in Collaboration: The Artist and the Land at the Sharon Arts Center at the New Hampshire Institute of Art (thru 2/20).

Anna Ross wrote a moving tribute to C.D. Wright for the Mass Poetry blog.

Samuel Rowlett has a solo exhibition entitled Landscape Painting in the Expanded Field as part of the O P E N exhibition series at the Julian Scott Memorial Gallery at Johnson State College. At a gallery talk related to the exhibition, Samuel conducted an interactive digital painting session, with students and visitors using smartphones as both palette and canvas!

Mary Sherman‘s Eri, After Dark was performed at Drive-By Projects in January.

Sarah Slifer Swift is embarking on the second year of her Trident Live Art Series at Trident Gallery in Gloucester MA. The series is a platform for local and regional performance-based artists to show current projects in a salon setting. The upcoming show on 2/6, 7 PM features a new duet by Swift and cellist Kristen Miller.

Sarah Sousa (one of the brand new Poetry Fellows!) is featured in Mass Poetry’s Poem of the Moment, with her poem Epistle.

Laurel Sparks has a solo show, Magic Squares, at Sarah Lawrence College Barbara Walters Gallery (thru 3/13). There will be an artist lecture on 2/16, 4 PM.

TRIIIBE, aka the identical triplets Alicia, Kelly, and Sara Casilio along with photographer Cary Woliknsky, have a solo show at Fitchburg Art Museum, TRIIIBE: same difference (2/7-6/5, opening reception 2/7, 1-3 PM).

Evan Ziporyn was named one of the 40 Most Intriguing Musicians of 2016 by The Daily Beast.

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

Media: Melinda Lopez, interviewed at the Huntington Theatre Company, for the 40 Years of Fellowships project.

40 Years of Music Composition

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

If you watch the MCC’s 40 Years of Fellowships videos, which tell the stories of some of the incredible artists we’ve funded since 1975, the over-arching story (as we see it, anyway) is that when a community supports artists, the impact is wide-ranging and profound. But the project also tells a parallel story: each video features music by a past MCC Music Composition Fellow, and each composer offers a glimpse into the rich musical legacy of Massachusetts.

Here are the composers that we have been honored to partner with in the project, to date.

Laura Andel (Fellow ’99)
Originally from Argentina, Laura Andel studied jazz composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston before receiving her 1999 MCC Fellowship. Laura’s 1997 song “Sao Dao” (it was part of her 1999 MCC application!) moves and feels like a living creature: vivid, multi-textured, and vibrant. A section from the song accompanies the animated title sequence that plays before each of the videos. Longer sections from “Sao Dao” are featured in the stories of photographer Rania Matar and sculptor Niho Kozuru.

Deborah Henson-Conant (Fellow ’84, ’87)
Deborah Henson-Conant is a fascinating, one-of-a-kind performer and creator, with innovative compositions and performance techniques for the harp. Excerpts from her songs “996” and “Merceditas” are featured in the stories of playwright Melinda Lopez, filmmaker Alexandra Anthony, and the 40 Years of Fellowships Highlight Reel (embedded above). Deborah wrote that winning the state fellowships was a big part of the reason she chose to stay and create in Massachusetts.

Shirish Korde (Fellow ’79, ’01, ’07, ’11)
Highly respected and internationally acclaimed, Shirish Korde creates lush, textured, and sophisticated works drawing from diverse world traditions. He’s one of the most highly awarded artists in the history of the fellowships program; fitting, then, that his violin concerto “Svara-Yantra” is featured in the story of choreographers Diane Arvanites and Tommy Neblett, who have likewise won numerous awards over multiple decades.

Lewis Spratlan (Fellow ’75, ’88)
Lewis Spratlan‘s operas, choral works, and orchestral and other compositions are intellectually fertile and alive with surprises. His composition “Hesperus Is Phosphorus” is featured in the highlight reel above, as well as in Lewis’s own video for the series, which illuminates the long arc of a creative work (and the long arm of artist support!).

Sai Ghose (Fellow ’03)
Sai Ghose‘s jazz composition “The Changing Table” felt like a perfect fit for our conversation with poet Carl Phillips, for whom the fellowship marked the beginning of an incredible career. Whether it’s the title or the spontaneity of the Sai Ghose Trio‘s performance, the song seemed to us to exemplify the moment of change, when a new array of possibilities opens up (such as, say, the sudden windfall from an artist fellowship).

Scott Wheeler (Fellow ’05)
Scott Wheeler is a highly-acclaimed composer of concert music, often choral or dramatic work. Like other composers in this article, his MCC award is just one of many, many honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and multiple MacDowell Colony Residencies. An excerpt from “City of Shadows,” a work of haunting beauty and precision, accompanies the story of paper artist Lisa Nilsson, and multiple excerpts accompany a video featuring Cambodian master potter Yary Livan.

Eric Hofbauer (Fellow ’09)
Innovative and powerful jazz compositions are the specialty of Eric Hofbauer. His song “Surely Some Revelation Is at Hand” is complex, driving, and (we thought) a fine complement to the story of painter Sean Greene. Eric’s own story of winning the MCC Fellowship is a memorable one: at the time he won, the Great Recession was in full effect, and he called the fellowship his “jazz bailout” when it allowed him to keep several of his numerous musical projects afloat.

Sean Greene: Painting and Dealing with It

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Sean Greene‘s painting is driven by freedom, feeling, and, above all, exhilarating color. That’s the case whether he’s painting in his toothbrush-factory art studio, on the walls at Facebook’s office, or propped up recovering from a life-altering skateboarding accident. He paints, and he deals with it.


Video features music by past Music Composition Fellow Eric Hofbauer

Sean’s work is on exhibit at the Herter Gallery at UMass Amherst through December 14, in a group show at Geoffrey Young Gallery in Great Barrington through December 19, and in the Hive small works show at the Mingo Gallery in Beverly through January 30.

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

Video Credits: artwork courtesy of Sean Greene (Painting Fellow ’14); title animation by Basia Goszczynska (Film & Video Fellow ’13); intro music by Laura Andel (Music Composition Fellow ’99), “Sao Dao,” BMI ©1997, performed by the Laura Andel Orchestra; montage and closing music by Eric Hofbauer (Music Composition Fellow ’09), “Surely Some Revelation Is at Hand,” Eric Hofbauer/Creative Nation Music ©2011, performed by the Infrared Band.

Lisa Nilsson: Spell-binding Art in Paper

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Creating intricate works using a traditional paper technique called quilling, Lisa Nilsson doesn’t mind working slowly. But when her spell-binding art went viral, her career went through a swift transformation.

Lisa’s work was recently featured in the MCC Awardees in Crafts and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres exhibit at the New Art Center in Newton.

The Massachusetts Cultural Council is celebrating 40 Years of Fellowships by sharing video interviews with some of the extraordinary artists who have received Artist Fellowships since the program’s inception in 1975.

  • On MCC’s YouTube Channel, experience the stories of some of the amazing artists we’ve funded over the last 40 years.
  • If you’re a past Fellow or Finalist of the program, sign our Alumni Book to get back in touch and share your own story.
  • Contact us if you have ideas for the project.

Video Credits: images courtesy of Lisa Nilsson (Crafts Fellow ’15) and Pavel Zoubok Gallery; title animation by Basia Goszczynska (Film & Video Fellow ’13); intro music by Laura Andel (Music Composition Fellow ’99), “Sao Dao,” BMI ©1997, performed by the Laura Andel Orchestra; montage and closing 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; video footage from Lisa’s 2012 TEDMED talk courtesy of TEDMED.

Carl Phillips: Poetry of the Irreconcilable

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

In 1990, Carl Phillips was a high school Latin teacher in Falmouth when he had a chance encounter with a Massachusetts poet. That experience led him to apply for a state fellowship in poetry – and onto an extraordinary career exploring the irreconcilable forces of need and desire.

Carl Phillips’ thirteenth collection of poetry, Reconnaissance, was just published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Hear Carl discuss the collection on NPR.

The Massachusetts Cultural Council is celebrating 40 Years of Fellowships by sharing video interviews with some of the extraordinary artists who have received Artist Fellowships since the program’s inception in 1975.

  • On MCC’s YouTube Channel, experience the stories of some of the amazing artists we’ve funded over the last 40 years.
  • If you’re a past Fellow or Finalist of the program, sign our Alumni Book to get back in touch and share your own story.
  • Contact us if you have ideas for the project.

Video Credits: interview recorded at The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown; title animation by Basia Goszczynska (Film & Video Fellow ’13); intro music by Laura Andel (Music Composition Fellow ’99), “Sao Dao,” BMI ©1997, performed by the Laura Andel Orchestra; montage and closing music by Sai Ghose (Music Composition Fellow ’03), “Changing Table,” Summit Records ©2002, performed by the Sai Ghose Trio; portrait of Carl Phillips by Ben Kirchner, originally in The New Yorker, ©Ben Kirchner; video footage of Washington University, ©Washington University, 2011; still image credits: Martín Espada (Moyers and Company, 2013), Alan Dugan (Tom Philion/George Mason University, 1975), Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award invitation (Claremont Graduate University, 2002), Carl Phillips at Poets Forum (Brian Palmer/Academy of American Poets, 2008).

Learn about MCC Support for Artists

Monday, September 28th, 2015

This month, the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) has been holding a series of informational sessions about MCC Support for Individual Artists, exploring the grants, services, and other forms of support MCC and its partner organizations provide for individual artists.

The final event in this series takes place Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 7-8:30 PM, at the New Art Center in Newton. It’s free and open to the public, and as a bonus, the event coincides with an exhibition of art by MCC awardees in Crafts and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres.

Watch the video embedded above for a brief summary of the evening’s topic. While by no means covering all of MCC’s programs, it offers a snapshot of the MCC opportunities that most directly benefit individual artists.

Alexandra Anthony: a Filmmaking Tale Worthy of Myth

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

When she won a state fellowship in 1987, Alexandra Anthony thought her personal documentary Lost in the Bewilderness was nearly complete. But real life doesn’t have a neat ending. Like a journey out of Greek myth, the film project searched for decades before finding its way home.

The Massachusetts Cultural Council is celebrating 40 Years of Fellowships by sharing video interviews with some of the extraordinary artists who have received Artist Fellowships since the program’s inception in 1975.

  • On MCC’s YouTube Channel, experience the stories of some of the amazing artists we’ve funded over the last 40 years.
  • If you’re a past Fellow or Finalist of the program, sign our Alumni Book to get back in touch and share your own story.
  • Contact us if you have ideas for the project.

Video Credits: all film footage courtesy of Alexandra Anthony (Film & Video Fellow ’81, ’87, ’07); title animation by Basia Goszczynska (Film & Video Fellow 2013); intro music by Laura Andel (Music Composition Fellow 1999), “Sao Dao,” music by Laura Andel, BMI ©1997, performed by the Laura Andel Orchestra; montage and closing music by Deborah Henson-Conant (Music Composition Fellow 1984, ’87), “Merceditas” and “996” from “Invention and Alchemy” © 2006, performed/recorded by The Grand Rapids Symphony, David Lockington, Conductor.

Composer Lewis Spratlan: Long Journey of a Dream

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

American composer Lewis Spratlan won an Artist Fellowship the first year the grants were offered, in 1975. He had just begun working on an opera, Life Is a Dream, whose journey spanned five decades, from near-abandonment to the one of the highest honors in American music.

The Massachusetts Cultural Council is celebrating 40 Years of Fellowships by sharing video interviews with some of the extraordinary artists who have received Artist Fellowships since the program’s inception.

  • Visit MCC’s YouTube Channel to find more intriguing stories from past Fellows.
  • If you’re a past Fellow or Finalist of the program, sign our Alumni Book to get back in touch and share your own story.
  • Contact us if you have ideas for the project.
  • Use #YayArtists to follow the project in Twitter.

Video Credits: music by Lewis Spratlan (Music Composition Fellow 1975, ’88), “Hesperus Is Phosphorus” (Innova Recordings 2015), performed by Network for New Music and The Crossing, conducted by Donald Nally, in 2012; video footage of “Hesperus Is Phosphorus by Meg Sarachan; photographs courtesy of Lewis Spratlan, Samuel Masinter/Amherst College, and Santa Fe Opera Theater; title animation by Basia Goszczynska (Film & Video Fellow 2013); intro music by Laura Andel (Music Composition Fellow 1999); “Sao Dao,” music by Laura Andel, BMI ©1997, performed by the Laura Andel Orchestra.

Sculptor Niho Kozuru: Structure & Flow

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) is celebrating 40 Years of Fellowships by sharing video interviews with some of the extraordinary artists who have received Artist Fellowships since the program’s inception in 1975.

We were excited to visit with Niho Kozuru (Sculpture/Installation/New Genres Fellow ’09) during her solo exhibition at the Hess Gallery at Pine Manor College, in Winter 2015.

Descending from four generations of Japanese ceramicists, Niho Kozuru has an unmistakable connection to wheel-thrown forms. But she’s given the tradition a fascinating turn, creating brilliant cast and layered sculptures that balance structure and flow, control and happenstance.

See her work at the solo show Inter/Dimension at the University of Maine Museum of Art (thru 9/19/15) and the Boston Sculptors Gallery at Chesterwood exhibition (thru 10/12/15).

Participate in 40 Years of Fellowships:

Video Credits: still images by Niho Kozuru, courtesy of the artist and Miller Yezerski Gallery.; title animation by Basia Goszczynska (Film & Video Fellow ’13); music by Laura Andel (Music Composition Fellow ’99), SAO DAO, BMI ©1997, performed/recorded by the Laura Andel Orchestra on March 12th, 1997, Boston, MA. Full credits on the video’s YouTube page.


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