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.
Lisa Olstein (Poetry Fellow ’06) and Tracy Winn (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Fellow ’08) have both been nominated for Massachusetts Book Awards, Lisa for her poetry collection Lost Alphabet and Tracy for her short story collection Mrs. Somebody Somebody.
Steve Almond’s (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Fellow ’08) new book Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life has rocked, rolled, and saved (or at least made funnier) the lives of reviewers for BookPage, Publisher’s Weekly, and Time Out New York.
The Claire Andrade-Watkins (Film & Video Fellow ’09) documentary Some Kind of Funny Porto Rican?: A Cape Verdean American Story will have its broadcast premiere on Rhode Island PBS (Channel WSBE-TV 36) Saturday May 1, 7:00PM & Sunday May 2, 11:00PM. The screenings are part of the May 1-May 9 Whose History is it? Interpreting History, Memory and Culture schedule of events, programs, and activities celebrating Cape Verdean communities and history.
TRIIIBE, aka Alicia Casilio, Sara Casilio, Kelly Casilio, and Cary Wolinsky (Sculpture/Installation Fellows ’09), has a solo show of photographic works at Gallery Kayafas in Boston, through May 29, 2010. Dates to know: Friday, April 30, Crime Night, 6-9 PM; First Friday, May 7, Multiples Night (for look-alikes and like-a-looking), 6-9 PM; Friday, May 28, Last Chance!, 6-9 PM. Read a fascinating profile of TRIIIBE in the Boston Globe.
Congratulations to Rebecca Kaiser Gibson (Poetry Fellow ’08), who was recently awarded a Fulbright Scholar’s grant. She’ll be teaching creative writing in Hyderabad, India. Bravo! Also, this month Rebecca joins Charlie Digges, Henri Cole, and possibly others for a reading celebrating poet Deborah Digges, whose poetry collection The Wind Blows Through the Doors of My Heart is being posthumously published this month. The reading takes place at Pierre Menard Gallery in Cambridge, May 16, 3 PM, sponsored by the Grolier Bookshop. Read Deborah’s poem Write a Book a Year.
Jewelry by Tricia Harding (Crafts Fellow ’09) is in a two person exhibition entitled Two of a Kind: Enamels by Tricia Harding and Michael Romanik, at the Luke & Eloy Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA, through May 22, 2010.
Koji Nakano (Music Composition Finalist ’09) is one of the founders of the Asian Young Musicians’ Connection, which will hold its opening event on May 15, 2010, at Soochow University Performing Arts Center in Taipei. The Asian Young Musicians’ Connection commissions compositions from emerging Asian composers to be performed by world-class musicians at regular concerts in Asia and North America. The renowned Canadian string quartet, Borealis String Quartet, will premiere six string quartets (including one by Koji Nakano) at the May 15 event.
Caleb Neelon (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’07) will present an artist talk at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston on Friday, May 7 in conjunction with his Signs and Symbols project (showing at the MFA through Monday, September 6). There will be a reception for the project, a collaboration between Caleb and children from after-school programs and community organizations in Boston, on Friday, May 14, 5-7 PM. Later this month, Caleb’s Imagination Wall, a mural project created for Children’s Hospital Boston, will be on exhibit at Fourth Wall Projects in Boston (May 12-28). There will be be a reception for the exhibition on Friday, May 21, 6-9 PM. The Fourth Wall show is the last chance to see the Imagination Wall mural in person before it moves to another city. Caleb will also have a new set of paintings on sale, and will debut some clothing items as well, and all sales benefit the arts program at Children’s Hospital Boston.
Monica Raymond (Playwriting Finalist ’07, Poetry Finalist ’08) will give a talk at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education at 56 Brattle Street on Monday, May 3rd at 1:30 PM. It’s called “A Carbon Neutral Life,” and it’ll be about the insights Monica gleaned from her experience of ten years of living without fossil fuel in Cambridge.
Nick Rodrigues (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’07) is among the artists vying to see their concept realized for The Cambridge Street Project at CAC Gallery. Read about Nick’s Gossiping Birds, as well as those of the other Boston-area artists who are finalists for the contest, on ArtSake.
George Rosen (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Fellow ’08) has a short story, “A Second Language” (incidentally, it’s the story George submitted when he won his 2008 Artist Fellowship), in the current issue (#37) of the Harvard Review.
Irina Rozovsky (Photography Finalist ’09) is among the artists featured in EXPOSURE: The 15th Annual PRC Juried Exhibition, juried by Mia Fineman. The show runs through June 20, 2010 at the Photographic Resource Center in Boston. Read Irina’s guest blog on ArtSake discussing her current project.
Salvatore Scibona (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Fellow ’06) has received a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship! According to the Guggenheim website, the average fellowship grant in 2008 was was approximately $43,200. (On a sidenote: we humbly note that Salvatore’s remarkable literary winning streak – he’s won the Young Lion’s Award, a Whiting Award, and was a National Book Award Finalist – started when he won an MCC fellowship in 2006.)
Jeff Zimbalist’s (Film & Video Fellow ’05) documentary The Two Escobars, a film about the convergent stories of murdered soccer star Andrés Escobar and Columbian drug baron Pablo Escobar, was selected by the Tribeca Film Festival (including two screenings in May). It is also slated to screen in the upcoming Cannes International Film Festival and will have its broadcast premiere on ESPN on June 22.
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 and media: Joshua Meyer, AND THE LOVE THAT LOVES THE LOVE THAT LOVES TO LOVE (2009) Oil on canvas, 35×46 in; image from the proposed GOSSIPING BIRDS project by Nick Rodrigues.