News and Notes from MCC Artist Fellows
Don’t forget about the upcoming exhibitions featuring groups of MCC-awarded artists: Uncommon Denominator is an exhibition of 2007 Photography fellows and finalists presented by Simmons College Trustman Gallery. Works by Ri Anderson, Claire Beckett, David Bookbinder, Stephen DiRado, Barry Goldstein, Adam Lampton, Rania Matar, Anne Rearick, Joshua Winer, and Tom Young will be on exhibit April 28 – May 30.
En Mass features 2007 Sculpture/Installation fellows, presented by Boston Sculptors Gallery. The exhibition runs May 21 – June 22; opening reception, June 6.
A number of fellows and finalists are participating in the Artadia Boston 2007 exhibition at the Boston Center for the Arts Mills Gallery. The show features artists awarded by Artadia, including Stephen Tourlentes (Photography Fellow ’05), John Osorio-Buck (Sculpture/Installation Finalist ’07), Hannah Barrett (Painting Fellow ’04), and Jane Marsching (Photography Finalist ’03). The show runs until June 15.
Speaking of Jane Marsching, she and Deb Todd Wheeler (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’03) are both exhibiting at the Allston Skirt Gallery. Jane’s “Test Site, Experiments at Blue Hill Observatory” is a solo exhibition of experiments in sound, video, performance, text, kites, and flags from Jane’s time as artist-in-residence at Blue Hill Observatory, Milton, MA this winter 2008. Deb Todd Wheeler’s “Consumer Garden” is a selection of photos created in conjunction with her inventive interactive show at “Live Experiments in Human Energy Exchange. Both shows are on exhibit until May 17.
Ken Beck (Painting Finalist ’06) will be included in the National Academy’s 183rd Invitational Exhibition at NYC’s National Academy Museum. Ken’s painting ‘Vermont’ will be on view May 29-September 7. Opening reception May 28, 6-9 PM.
Claire Beckett (Photography Fellow ’07), in addition to exhibiting in Uncommon Denominator, is part of Exposure: The 13th Annual Juried Exhibition at The Photographic Resource Center. The show runs May 23-July 2, opening reception May 22, 5:30-7:30 PM. Incidentally, Claire was recently named a Top 50 Winner in Photolucida’s juried Critical Mass Competition. Well done!
Visual art by Kurt Cole Eidsvig (Poetry Fellow ’04) is on exhibit in the Atrium Gallery (second floor of the Moakley Federal Courthouse). “Reference Point: New Work” features pieces made through painting and collage techniques. Pop culture images like baseball cards, restaurant menus, driver licenses, and more are given an emotional charge. Up through June.
Laura Harrington’s (Playwriting/New Theater Works Fellow ’97, ’05) new solo musical “Alice Unwrapped,” created in collaboration with composer Jennifer Giering, will be performed at NYC’s Zipper Factory, May 12-30. The show will be a part of a trio of world premiere solo musicals. Laura’s last collaboration with Giering, “Crossing Brooklyn,” premiered at the Transport Group this past fall.
Caleb Neelon (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’07) presents “Caleb Neelon Is Working On It,” a solo show at Carmichael Gallery in West Hollywood, May 10-30. Also, Caleb Neelon’s Book of Awesome, an overview of his work as an artist, author, and street painter, is now available from Ginko Press.
Monica Raymond’s (Playwriting/New Theater Works Finalist ’07) short play “Novices,” a contemporary take on “Taming of the Shrew” set in an Au Bon Pain, will be performed as part of the annual Boston Theatre Marathon, a festival featuring 50 10-minute plays by New England playwrights. The day of theatre takes place on May 11 at the Calderwood Pavilion of the Boston Center for the Arts. Also, Monica contributed to Jennifer Karmin’s public poetry performance project “4000 Words 4000 Dead.” The project is a public poetry memorial to US soldiers who died in Iraq, taking place in Chicago, May 2, 5-8:30 PM.
Mitch Ryerson (Crafts Finalist ’01) is giving a gallery talk in conjunction with his exhibition at French Library Boston. The show includes a new bench as well as photographs and maquettes of public seating in Boston and Paris. The gallery talk will be on Thursday, May 22, 6 PM.
Ranjani Saigal (Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program ’08) brings her mastery of Bharatanatyam traditional Indian choreography to a fascinating event at Lexington’s National Heritage Museum. Ramayana – A Visual Journey is a dance-drama presentation, combining live music, English narration, and traditional South Indian dance. The performance, which benefits Vision-Aid (an organization that serves the visually-disadvantaged in underserved areas), takes place on May 31, 3 PM, at the Museum of National Heritage.
Salvatore Scibona’s (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Fellow ’06) new novel The End will be published by Graywolf Press this month. Portions of the novel (in earlier drafts) were part of Salvatore’s successful application for a 2006 fellowship. Peer reviews for the novel include this rave from Z.Z. Packer: “Like no other contemporary writer, Salvatore Scibona is heir to Saul Bellow, Graham Greene, and Virginia Woolf, and his masterful novel stands as proof of it.” Well done, Salvatore!
Mary Sherman (Painting Finalist ’04) received a Fulbright for an artist-in-residence position at the Kuandu Museum, associated with the Taipei National University of the Arts, which will culminate in an exhibition at the Museum, opening July 9. The residency is May 10-July 11. In addition, in June, Mary will take a break from the residency to prepare a new public art work, opening at Shanghai’s Zendai MoMA on June 5.
Rachel Perry Welty’s (Drawing Fellow ’04) sculpture “Product,” made for Johnson & Johnson, is featured on the cover of the May 2008 issue of I.D. magazine. Another photo is inside the magazine, in the body of the article. The sculpture comprises more than 600 J&J products re-made in the miniature. Each year for the foreseeable future, as new Johnson & Johnson products are developed and brought to market, Welty will add their likenesses to the wall, a conceptual gesture that mimics the never-ending nature of consumption itself. Also this month, Rachel is exhibiting in a two-person show with Samantha Simpson at Gallery Joe in Philadelphia. Among her varied works is the brand new 7-minute video “Friends and Family.” The show runs May 2-June 28.
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