June is here. Sunshine is real. Let’s experience some art.
Here are a few ideas, care of our Fellows Notes (current news of past MCC fellows/finalists).
We are excited to announce New and Recent Work by 13 Massachusetts Cultural Council Award Recipients in Painting and Drawing, an exhibition at Tufts University Art Gallery in Medford. The exhibition will run June 2 – July 31, 2011, with an opening reception Thursday, June 2, 5:30-8 PM. The 13 exhibiting artists are all Fellows in Drawing and Painting from the 2010 grant cycle, including: Cree Bruins, Christopher Faust (his painting Vanishing Point is above), Jan Johnson, Masako Kamiya, Yanick Lapuh, Joshua Meyer, Monica Nydam, Daniel Ranalli, Harold Reddicliffe, Matthew Rich, Cristi Rinklin, Evelyn Rydz, and Michael Zelehoski. There will be an Artists’ Talk on Thursday, June 2, 5-6 PM, featuring Cree Bruins, Jan Johnson, Yanick Lapuh, Joshua Meyer, and Michael Zelehoski.
Numerous MCC fellows/finalists contribute artwork to Flourish, a juried exhibition of alumni of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. The show, running June 8-July 9, 2011 in the Sandra & David Bakalar Gallery, features work by Elizabeth Alexander (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’11), Claire Beckett (Photography Fellow ’07), Candice Smith Corby (Painting Fellow ’08), and Adam Lampton (Photography Finalist ’07), among other MassArt alums. Tammy Dayton (Moth Design), Michelle Lamunière (curator, Harvard Art Museum), and Edward Saywell (curator, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston) served on the selection committee.
Six MCC fellows/finalists are in new issue of Hayden’s Ferry Review: Sally Bellerose (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Finalist ’04), Simeon Berry (Poetry Fellow ’06), Patrick Ryan Frank (Poetry Fellow ’06), Elizabeth Graver (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Fellow ’06), Caroline Klocksiem (Poetry Fellow ’08), and Tara L. Masih (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Finalist ’96).
Alan Colby (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’07) and Linda Price-Sneddon (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’01) both have work in a group show curated by Jeff Hull at A Street Gallery, 4 Clarendon St, Boston MA. The show runs June 4-30, 2011, with an opening reception Saturday, June 4, 3-5 PM.
Rebecca Doughty (Painting Finalist ’10), Eric Gottesman (Photography Fellow ’09), Frances Hamilton (Drawing Fellow ’98), and Dawn Southworth (Drawing/Printmaking/Artist Books Finalist ’04) are all exhibiting work in Picture Books, featuring art in all media that pictures, or, references a book within the composition, or, is a book of some kind. The show runs at Clark Gallery in Lincoln from June 6-August 6, 2011. There will be an opening reception 4-6 PM on Saturday, June 11, following a daylong sidewalk book sale.
Two MCC fellows/finalists are featured in the show Fresh Work: A Sampler of New England Photographers as part of the Flash Forward Festival Boston. Toni Pepe (Photography Finalist ’11) and Camilo Ramirez (Photography Fellow ’09) will both have work on display at the Fairmont Battery Wharf in Boston, June 3-June 5, 2011, with an opening reception on Friday, June 3, at 7 PM.
Alexander Chee (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Fellow ’10) is currently a Fellow at Civitella Ranieri in Umbertide, Italy. The residency encourages the creative process by providing uninterrupted time to devote to work, as well as a collaborative spirit with the visual artists, writers, and musicians who are invited as Fellows.
Laura Harrington (Playwriting Fellow ’05, ’97) will publish her new novel, Alice Bliss (Pamela Dorman Books, Penguin/Viking, 2011), in June 2011. She’ll have numerous author events in New England: Harvard Bookstore in Cambridge (Weds, June 8, 2011, 7 PM); Barnes & Noble in Peabody, MA (Thurs, 6/9, 7 PM); Jabberwocky Bookstore in Newburyport (Fri, 6/10, 7 PM); Concord Bookshop in Concord (Sun, 6/12, 3 PM); Broadside Bookshop in Northampton (Tues, 6/14, 7 PM); Toad Hall Books at the Rockport Library (Wed, 6/15, 7 PM); and a joint reading with fellow debut author Rebecca Makkai at the Boston Public Library (Tues, July 12, 2011, 6 PM). Read an ArtSake interview with Laura.
Rania Matar (Photography Fellow ’11, ’07) is among the ten photographers selected by Whitney Johnson, picture editor at The New Yorker, for inclusion in EXPOSURE 2011, the 16th chapter of the Photographic Resource Center’s juried members exhibition. Selected work will be on exhibition from Thursday, July 21 to Sunday, August 21, with an opening reception at the PRC on Thursday, July 21.
Koji Nakano (Music Composition Finalist ’11, ’09) will present the second concert in his Asian Young Musicians Connection, which commissions new music by Asian composers. The concert takes place Friday, June 3, 2011, 7:30 PM, at the California State University at San Bernardino Recital Hall.
Masha Obolensky‘s (Playwriting Finalist ’11) ten-minute Girls Play has been selected to participate in The Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival. The festival, now in its 36th year, takes place at The Lion Theatre on Theatre Row in NYC on July 19-24. Girls Play was the winner of the 2010 KCACTF National Ten-Minute Play Award.
On Saturday, June 11, 2011, Susan Rivo (Film & Video Finalist ’11) will have a work-in-progress screening of her fascinating documentary Left on Pearl at The Berkshire Conference on the History of Women at UMass-Amherst (Thu, June 9–Sun, June 12). Left on Pearl explores a forgotten episode in local history, when, in March 1971, a group of women took over a Harvard University building to dramatize the need for a Women’s Center. Susan will also participate in a panel discussion at the conference called “Documenting Second Wave Feminism through Film.” Learn about the conference.
Candice Smith Corby‘s (Painting Fellow ’08) autobiographical, deadpan-humored mixed-media paintings are part of Patio, an exhibition at Drive-By Projects in Watertown. The show, which also features Matthew Clowney, Amze Emmons, Steve Novick, and Douglas Weathersby, runs June 9-August 25, 2011, with an opening reception – featuring Weathersby’s lemonade stand! – Friday, June 10, 6-8 PM.
Cam Terwilliger (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Fellow ’08) has a short story, Cherry Town, in the most recent issue of The Literary Review. His story Reply Hazy appears in The Good Men Project. And he shares great advice gleaned from years of serving as a reader for literary journals and awards, in The Review Review.
Hannah Verlin (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’11) has a solo show, Knowing Not Knowing, at Boston Sculptors Gallery in Boston, through June 26, 2011. There’s a SOWA First Friday reception: June 3, 5–8 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: Chris Faust, VANISHING POINT (2010), Acrylic on canvas, 36×48 in; Camilo Ramirez, FLIGHT SUIT (2008), Archival Inkjet Print, 16 in x 20 in; Cover art for ALICE BLISS by Laura Harrington (Pamela Dorman Books, Penguin/Viking, 2011).