News and Notes from MCC Artist Fellows
We compile a monthly list of presentations, honors, publications, and events featuring past and present MCC Artist Fellows & Finalists. As you’ll see, the news is good – not just about these award-winning artists, but also about the breadth and vitality of contemporary arts throughout the Commonwealth and beyond.
Uniform, a solo exhibition by Mira Cantor (Drawing Fellow ’79), shows at the Moakley Courthouse in Boston through March 27. The show features 22 life-size portraits of Boston Police, examining the collaborative as well as the individual. Read Mira’s guest post about the show.
As part of the Storefront Artist Project, Gabrielle Senza curated a new show called Radical Detour. The show includes herself, as well as Peggy Diggs (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’07), the Guerrilla Girls, Eve Ensler, and Beverly Naidus. The opening reception is Friday, March 6th, from 68 PM at 124 Fenn Street, Pittsfield. Hours: Saturday and Sunday from 12-5 PM. For more information call 413-442-7201.
Michael Hoerman (Poetry Fellow ’04) reads in the Borders Poetry Series, sponsored by the Art Institute of Houston, at 8 PM on Tuesday, March 10 at Borders-River Oaks, 3025 Kirby in Houston, Texas. He also let us know that, having initiated the N.E.A.’s Poetry Out Loud program last year in Lowell, he is now consulting with the Texas Commission on the Arts to support the program at Houston high schools.
Reese Inman (Drawing Fellow ’08) has two shows opening this month: first is a solo exhibition called Remix at Gallery NAGA in Boston, March 5-28, opening reception Friday, March 6, 6-8 PM. She’s also part of the group show Blogpix at Denise Bibro Fine Art in New York, March 5-28, opening reception Thursday, March 5, 6-8 PM.
Ilana Manolson’s (Painting Fellow ’08) recent oil paintings, along with the pastels of Nicora Gangi, show in Looking Comes First at the Barrington Center for the Arts at Gordon College in Wenham, March 16-April 17.
Jane D. Marsching (Photography Fellow ’99) and Deb Todd Wheeler (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’03) have work in Near Everywhere, opening this week at GASP (Gallery Artists Studio Projects) in Brookline. The show features the work of Jane, Deb, and the show’s curator Ellen Driscoll alongside art by Marguerite Kahrl, Troy David Ouellete, Adriane Coburn, and Vivan Sundaram. It runs March 27-May 2, with an opening reception/artists’ talk on Friday, March 27, 5-8 PM.
Julie Miller (Drawing Fellow ’08) recently showed at the Steven Zevitas Gallery in Boston; read a review in the New England Journal of Aesthetic Research.
We received this update from Monica Raymond (Playwriting/New Theater Works Finalist ’07, Poetry Finalist ’08): “As part of a benefit for Theatre Unbound, a woman’s theatre in Minneapolis, I participated in their 24 Hour Play Festival this February 6th and 7th. My co-writer, Toni Halleen and I were one of six teams who wrote ten-minute plays all night February 6th and saw them performed the evening of February 7th. Plays had to include specified things including the song It’s Raining Men, the emotion of nostalgic lust, and a laundry dryer sheet. Our piece The Winston Will featured a struggling mother and daughter, an aggressive cleaning lady, a wildly obtrusive cell phone, and a lawyer trying to keep it all together. Also, my riff on a poem by David Ferry, Ashes and Dirt, appears online in the recent issues of protestpoems.org and babelfruit.org.
Allan Reeder (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Fellow ’06) is reading with poet Daniel Bosch and playwright Ronan Noone on Saturday, March 28, at 7 PM, in the Keiter Center at Walnut Hill School in Natick.
Salvatore Scibona (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Fellow ’06) is one of the five finalists for the New York Public Library’s Young Lion’s Fiction Award. The award is a $10,000 prize for a writer age 35 or younger for a novel or a collection of short stories. Salvatore’s novel The End, a finalist for the National Book Award, was published this past July. Read our interview with Salvatore.
Naoe Suzuki and Marguerite White (both 2006 Drawing Fellows), along with Maine artist Diana Cherbuliez, are showing in bound at the Clark University Schiltkamp Gallery, in Worcester. The show runs through April 10, 2009. Read Naoe’s witty and illuminating “nano-interview.”
Debra Weisberg (Drawing Fellow ’08) joins Michelle Samour (Crafts Fellow ’03), Audrey Goldstein, and Julia Shepley in Material Drawing at the Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham. The show runs March 7-May 17, opening reception Sat. March 7, 6-8 PM.
Are you a past fellow or finalist with an event, honor, or other bit of news you’d like to share? Tell us about it.
Images: Mira Cantor, drawings from UNIFORM (2009), Moakley Courthouse, Boston; Julie Miller, O(11) (2006), ink and paint marker on paper, 11.5 in x 11.5; Laurel Sparks, AMUSE BOUCHE (2003), acrylic, marble dust on linen, 68 in x 66 in; Debra Weisberg, GLOW DRAWING: DAY VERSION/NIGHT VERSION.