News and Notes from MCC Artist Fellows
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 and beyond.
The MCC is proud to present the Commonwealth Reading Series, a series of readings featuring literary awardees from MCC’s Artist Fellowship Program, in January and February. Come hear some of this year’s fellows and finalists read their work in a statewide series, starting with an event on Thursday, January 8, 7 PM, at Grub Street in Boston. Read about all of the events.
If you are already thinking of warmer places and find yourself in Florida, the work of Vico Fabbris (Painting Fellow ’06) can be seen in an ongoing Gallery Artists exhibition at Reef Gallery in Key Largo, Florida.
Michael Gandolfi (Music Composition Fellow ’03) received a 2009 Grammy nomination in the Best Classical Contemporary Composition for his symphonic work The Garden of Cosmic Speculation (you can hear selections of the work on Michael’s website).
Robert Knox (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Finalist ’04) has a number of current and upcoming publications. Two excerpts from his novel-in-progress The Beautiful Idea are being published; the first is in the most recent issue of the California based literary journal Cadillac Cicatrix. The excerpt, titled “Dolly’s Hero,” is about the relationship between Italian immigrant and anarchist Bartolomeo Vanzetti (of the Sacco-Vanzetti case) and the young son of the family he boarded with in North Plymouth, Massachusetts, Beltrando Brini. Another excerpt, a description of a character’s encounter with an owl during a shambling attempt to run in the woods, is being published in the English periodical The Dawntreader. Furthermore, Robert’s creative nonfiction story “Once More to Long Island” was published in the 2008 issue of Tapestries: An Anthology.
The Foreigner by Francie Lin (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Fellow ’06) has been nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award by the Mystery Writers of America. Francie’s category is Best First Novel by an American Author. The awards ceremony is April 30 in NYC.
Allan Reeder’s (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Fellow ’06) short story “The Accident” has been published in Memorious. You can read the story online. Incidentally, Allan read a version of the story during the 2007 Commonwealth Reading Series – it’s great!
Michelle Samour (Crafts Fellow ’03) is among the artists selected by independent curator Meredyth Hyatt Moses to exhibit in A Fresh Look at Gallery NAGA. Moses’s selections, which reflect a wide range of aesthetics, materials, and dimensions, show January 7-31. Opening reception Friday, January 9.
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.