In 2016, Sean Padraic McCarthy won a Mass Cultural Council Artist Fellowship in Fiction/Creative Nonfiction. As he gets ready to publish his debut novel, In the Midst of the Sea on May 1, 2019, we asked him about his new book, the difficult balance of work+life+art, and what's next in his intriguing trajectory as a literary artist. What came first for In the Midst of the … [Read more...]
Highlighting the work and voices of individual artists.
Periodically, we pose questions about issues artists face in their work and lives. This month, we asked: What is your relationship to your early work? Amy Podmore, sculpture and multi-disciplinary artist Coming across older works conjure in me a multitude of responses, from stunned or embarrassed, to satisfied that the work still has some resonance for me. There was a … [Read more...]
Writer Tracy Strauss is about to publish her debut book, I Just Haven't Met You Yet (Skyhorse Publishing, May 2019), an "open love letter" to her future life partner. It's a memoir about relationships, reckoning with abuse, and finding a way to seen and understood. The book - and its journey to publication - is also a remarkable story of persistence and commitment as an … [Read more...]
Boston-based artist and illustrator Cagen Luse is the originator of Lunch Time ComiX, a biographical rendering of his family and growing up and living as a "racially ambiguous artist, father, foodie, sci-fi nerd and husband." He is also a member of Comics In Color (CiC), an organization that promotes comics by and about people of color in Boston who love comics and comic book … [Read more...]
The short film embedded above is by Emma Angen Rose, a collaboration with Ilana Manolson (Painting Fellow '18, '08). Manolson, who has a solo exhibition at the Cadogan Contemporary Gallery in London in April 2019, shared with us that when she received her most recent award (she won a $12,000 Fellowship in Painting in 2018), she took the opportunity to hire another artist for … [Read more...]