Fellows Notes is a monthly listing of the latest news from awardees in our Artist Fellowships Program.
Sean Downey, Tory Fair, Andrew Mowbray, Daniela Rivera, Joe Wardwell, and Doug Weathersby are among the artists exhibiting in Out of Our Closet: Celebrating 10 Years of LaMontagne Gallery (8/14-9/4, opening reception 8/16, 6-8 PM). This will be the debut show at the gallery’s new location in the South End at 460 Harrison Ave in Boston.
Patrick Gabridge and John Minigan both have plays in Festival@First 10: Heroes and Villains. The evening features ten 10-minute plays, at Theatre@First in Somerville (8/16-8/25).
Books by William Giraldi, Andrea Hairston, Danielle Legros Georges, Richard Michelson, Aaron Smith, and Daniel Tobin all received distinctions from the 2018 Massachusetts Book Awards.
Wendy Jehlen and Marlo Poras both have film projects that received Pre-Production Grants from the LEF Foundation Moving Image Fund. Choreographer and dance artist Wendy Jehlen is the producer of the film Conference of the Birds, which surrounds a diverse group of dancers developing a performance based on the 12th century Sufi poem, “Conference of the Birds.” Marlo Poras is the director of an as-yet-untitled documentary about two gay male ice dancers confronting the heterosexual conventions of their sport.
Elizabeth Alexander has a solo exhibition, Let Him Speak First, at William King Museum of Art in Abington, VA (8/2-12/30, opening reception 8/2, 6-8 PM).
Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro will have a 10-minute play read as part of an evening of performances sponsored by the Asian American Playwrights Coalition, at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA (8/6, 6-8 PM). A printed collection of the featured plays will be available.
Steve Almond has a new nonfiction book, Bad Stories, and has upcoming reading events including Tewksbury Library (8/2, 7 PM) and Bear Pond Books in Montpelier, VT (8/14, 7 PM). Watch him participate in a speaking panel on CSPAN.
Animations by the late Karen Aqua will open and close The Women of CCTV: A 30th Anniversary Video Retrospective from 1988-2018. It’s a 6 hour retrospective of videos featuring the stories of women on Cambridge Community Television, on 8/5, 12 PM-6 PM. Work by Karen Aqua screens at noon and again at 5:30 PM.
Amy Archambault has a solo exhibition, 16 on Center, at Boston Sculptors Gallery (8/29-9/30, 9/15 artists’ talk [4 PM] and reception [8 PM]). Her public artworks are featured in the exhibition Out in the Open at Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (thru 6/2019). Read a recent Holy Cross Magazine feature about the artist.
Jamie Cat Callan will read from her latest book Parisian Charm School at Titcombs Bookshop in Sandwich (8/7,3-4 PM), Sturgis Library in Barnstable (8/7, 6:30-7:30 PM), and Museum on the Green in Falmouth (8/9, 7-8 PM).
Candice Smith Corby is a 2018 Guest Artist at Fruitlands Museum, and she’s exhibiting in Inhabiting Folk Portraits (thru 3/2019), which features portraits from the museum’s collection with new paintings by the artist.
Rebecca Doughty has a solo exhibition of paintings, titled Tangles, at Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown (8/31-9/19).
Michael Dowling will have a staged reading of his play Tamarack House at The Stationary Factory in Dalton, MA (8/18, 8 PM).
Jane Dykema has a story in the latest issue of Guernica. The story, What We Can Learn from Ancient Asexuals, was the work the artist submitted when she received her Mass Cultural Council Artist Fellowship.
Beth Galston‘s public artworks are featured in the exhibition Out in the Open at Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (thru 6/2019). The artist is designing public art for the MBTA Green Line Extension Gilman Station, in Somerville.
Basia Goszczynska is among the artists exhibiting in Resilient, a group show at a space in Arverne, Queens, NY (8/11-8/19, opening gathering 8/11 6-9 PM). The artist was recently featured in Matha’s Vineyard Times for a project she created there, earlier this summer.
Congratulations to Lisa Gruenberg, whose memoir My City of Dreams has been accepted for publication and will be released by TidePool Press in early 2019. Her essay “Eulogy” will be published in the upcoming issue of Hospital Drive, the literary magazine for the University of Virginia Medical School.
Christopher Gustin curated and is exhibiting in CrossCurrents: Movements in Contemporary Ceramics at Highfield Hall and Gardens in Falmouth (thru 9/3).
Brece Honeycutt has two summer residencies: she was recently Artist-in-Residence at Norte Maar in Jay, NY, and this month she’ll be Artist-in-Residence at Naumkeag Historic House in Stockbridge (8/20-9/3, with a Pop-Up exhibition of work 8/30, 5-8 PM.
Congratulations to Alexis Ivy, whose poetry collection Taking the Homeless Census has won the Saturnalia Books Editor’s Prize and will be published in 2020. This month, she will read her poetry at Estragon Tapas in Boston’s South End (8/14, 7 PM).
Pagan Kennedy has developed a new podcast, The Great God of Depression, premiering 8/3 on PRX’s Radiotopia. It’s the story of brain scientist Alice Flaherty and her quest, along with writer William Styron, to better understand depression and its relationship to writing.
Niho Kozuru has a solo exhibition, Infinite Vibration, of three-dimensional sculptures into two-dimensional compositions. The exhibition is on view at the Society of Arts + Crafts (thru 9/29).
Congratulations to Jesse Kreitzer, whose film Black Canaries won the Juried Prize at this year’s PBS Online Film Festival. The filmmaker was was recently selected for a 2018 National Arts Strategies Creative Community Fellowship and the LEF/Flaherty Film Seminar Fellowship.
Dawn Lane premieres a new dance trio she choreographed, 30 Love, at Jacob’s Pillow (8/8, 6:15 PM). Conceived and directed by Lane, the work is a trio for Lane, Jane Goodrich, Leslie Nelson, and 30 tennis balls, with a sound score by Boston-based artist Allison O’Brien.
Ellen LeBow has an exhibition of work, Tree of Longing, at Rice Polak Gallery in Provincetown (8/16-8/5, opening reception 8/17, 7 PM).
Steve Locke has a public art installation, Three Deliberate Grays for Freddie (a Memorial for Freddie Gray), on view on the Façade at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (thru 1/21/19). The artist is a past artist-in-residence at the Gardner Museum. Greg Cook wrote a feature about this and other recent projects by the artist, for Wonderland.
Adam Mazo‘s film with Ben Pender-Cudlip, Dawnland, won the Jury Award for best feature documentary at the Woods Hole Film Festival. See upcoming screenings.
Caitlin McCarthy is a contributor to the recently published Idol Talk: Women Writers on the Teenage Infatuations That Changed Their Lives, an anthology edited by Elizabeth Searle and featuring Jill McCorkle, Marianne Leone, Ann Hood, and many others. There will be a reading event at Upstairs at Harvard General Store (8/30, 6-8 PM).
Gary Metras discusses his new book White Storm in an interview with Mass Poetry.
Kenji Nakayama created a sign for the Central Square Cultural District in Cambridge.
Kavita Pillay created a radio documentary, We Might as Well Be Finnish, part of a new collaboration between the BBC World Service and the Sundance Institute. She also created the short video on the documentary’s web page.
Susan Rivo‘s documentary Left on Pearl was awarded a $15,000 grant from Mass Humanities to support distribution and digital content.
Peter Snoad‘s new play, Going Wild, is one of six plays selected for Aloha Theatre’s Original Play Festival in Kealakekua, Hawaii, with a staged reading 8/16. Going Wild tells the story of a small-town librarian whose decision to convert her mole-infested lawn into a natural wild space propels her on a bizarre journey that shakes her faith in America as a bastion of freedom, democracy, and the rule of law.
Dariel Suarez‘s short story Protest was published in the inaugural issue of The Bare Life Review, a journal of immigrant and refugee literature.
Sarah Sutro has an exhibition of paintings and drawings, Dots and Pools, at Burnham Gold Gallery in North Adams (thru 8/22).
Nora Valdez is Artist-in-Residence at the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts in Jamaica Plain. She’s working with the school’s Teen Bridge program to create a public art project on the theme of “home.” There will be an unveiling event featuring the project’s work (8/25, 2-4 PM), as well as exhibitions throughout the Fall.
Yu-Wen Wu is among the artist exhibiting in Resistant Currents at the Boston Center for the Arts Mills Gallery (thru 9/23).
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Image: Rehearsing 30LOVE, a new dance trio featuring Jane Goodrich, Dawn Lane, and Leslie Nelson, choreographed by Dawn Lane.
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