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.
Of the nine finalists for the 2010 James and Audrey Foster Prize from the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, six are past MCC Fellows! This month, all finalists will be included in the James and Audrey Foster Prize Exhibition, running Sept. 22, 2010 – Jan. 17, 2011. The exhibition includes work by Robert de Saint Phalle, Eirik Johnson (Photography Fellow ’09), Fred H. C. Liang (Painting Fellow ’04, ’08), Rebecca Meyers (Film & Video Fellow ’09), Matthew Rich (Painting Fellow ’10), Daniela Rivera, Evelyn Rydz (Drawing Fellow ’10), Amie Siegel and Steve Tourlentes (Photography Fellow ’05). The winner of the prize, which recognizes and celebrates artists who live and work in Greater Boston, will be announced in early January 2011.
Three past fellows, Candice Smith Corby (Painting ’08), Cristi Rinklin (Drawing ’10), and Laurel Sparks (Painting ’04) are in the show Painting NOW, at the Grimshaw-Gudwicz Art Gallery at Bristol Community College, running September 9-October 21, 2010. There will be an opening reception Thursday, September 9, 6-8 PM.
Jane Brox (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Fellow ’04) has three Massachusetts readings of her new book of nonfiction Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light. She’ll read at the Andover Bookstore in Andover on Thursday, September 9, 7 PM, at Porter Square Books in Cambridge on Monday, September 27, 7 PM, and at the Boston College Murray Function Room on Tuesday, September 28, 7 PM.
Timothy Coleman (Crafts Finalist ’07) is exhibiting in the Society of Arts and Crafts Artist Award Exhibition in Boston. He is one of the three artists who received the 2010 award, which recognizes New England craft artists who demonstrate a mastery of their media and who create original and innovative work. The exhibition runs August 28 – October 31, with an opening reception Thursday, September 30, 6-8 PM.
Vico Fabbris (Painting Fellow ’06) is featured in the July/August 2010 Design New England. His art was selected as part of a model unit for the W Boston Hotel & Residences in Back Bay, designed by Meichi Peng and photographed by Michael J. Lee.
Liza Johnson’s (Film & Video Finalist ’07) film South of Ten will be featured in Hurricane Season, an evening of experimental documentary shorts reflecting the recent history of the Gulf Coast of the U.S. The screenings take place at the Issue Project in Brooklyn on September 15, at 8pm.
Rania Matar (Photography Fellow ’07) has a solo exhibition of photographs, A Girl and Her Room, at Gallery Kayafas in Boston. The photographs are on exhibit September 10 – October 16, 2010, with an opening reception Friday, September 10, 5:30-8 PM.
Cynthia Maurice (Drawing Fellow ’02) has a solo show, Fresh Cut: New Works on Paper, part of the New England Currents series at the Danforth Museum in Framingham. The exhibit runs September 12-November 7, with an opening reception September 12, 5-7 PM. There will be a gallery talk on Wednesday, October 6, 12:30 PM.
As mentioned above, Rebecca Meyers (Film & Video Fellow ’09) will be among the artists in the Foster Prize Exhibition at the ICA. What’s more, Rebeca’s film blue mantle, an ode to the sea as a beautiful and terrible force, will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, which runs September 9-19, 2010. Read a fascinating Q&A with Rebecca from the Boston Globe.
Caleb Neelon (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’07) recently returned from creating a new mural in China. He shares some images from the adventure on the arts blog My Love for You is a Stampede of Horses.
Anne Neely (Painting Finalist ’10) recently showed in Large/Small, a Gallery Selection at Lohin Geduld Gallery in NY (the exhibition closed September 3). She’ll be in the group show Water at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Ketchum, Idaho from September 10 to November 5. And she’ll be among the artists participating in the South End Open Studios on September 25 and 26th. Anne’s studio, on 535 Albany Street, 4th Floor, will be open 12-5 PM both days.
Henriette Lazaridis Power (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Fellow ’06) has a short story called “Uruguay” coming out in the November issue of Camera Obscura. She’s also just released another issue of The Drum, the online audio journal of new literature she founded.
Michael Zelehoski (Painting Fellow ’10) has a solo show, Objecthood, at the Christina Ray Gallery in NYC, September 9-October 10, with an opening reception Thursday, September 9, 7-9 PM. In the Huffington Post, Steven Mesler calls Michael the “next great artist.”
Jeff Zimbalist (Film & Video Fellow ’05) will screen The Two Escobars, the documentary he created with Michael Zimbalist, in Boston! It will have it’s Boston premiere at the Boston Film Festival, at the Stuart Street Playhouse in Boston on Saturday, September 18, at 4:45 PM. Tickets info. And watch the terrific new trailer on iTunes!
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Images and media: Rebecca Meyers, still from the film LIONS AND TIGERS AND BEARS (2006); Rachel Mello, WHITHER SHALL I WANDER (2009), Oil on hardboard cut to silhoutte, 21 1/2×31 1/2 in; Naoe Suzuki, COME, LITTLE GIRL, COME (2010), Mineral pigment and graphite on paper, 30×66 in.