News and Notes from MCC Artist Fellows
The MCC is honored to partner with ArtSpace Maynard, who will host 2006 MCC Painting Fellows and Finalists in Painted Visions. This show represents the third partnership between MCC and the exceptional ArtSpace Maynard (a repurposed schoolhouse converted to artists’ work and gallery space). Painted Visions features paintings by Thaddeus Beal, Ken Beck, William Ciccariello, Frank Egloff, Vico Fabbris, Janet Rickus, Sarah Slavick, and Lucy White. It runs March 12-April 17, opening reception March 15, 1-3 PM.
AIB Gallery is featuring a show of their painting faculty that opens March 20th and runs through April 19th. Ken Beck (Painting Finalist ’06), Sarah Slavick (Painting Fellow ’06), Michael David (Painting Fellow ’02), Santiago Hernandez (Painting Fellow ’02) and 4 others are also in the show.
Jennifer Simms (Sculpture/Installation Finalist ’05) and Judy Riola (Painting Finalist ’02) are both featured in the New England/New Talent show at the Fitchburg Art Museum. Exhibition runs through June 1st.
David J. Bookbinder (Photography Fellow ’07) has launched an art-related blog on the spirituality portal Beliefnet.com. The blog, which features David’s Flower Mandala images, serves as a platform for a wide-ranging discussion of the transforming power of art, of all genres. David is hoping to use this forum to generate a lively worldwide discussion among artists, healers, and consumers of art. He is seeking artwork, stories, thoughts, and ideas about how art has influenced their lives.
Rob Dobson (Crafts Fellow ’07) bases his sculptures from salvaged materials on principles of improvisation and organic form derived from creative dance. He and colleague Helen Horigan will teach a series of Saturday afternoon classes in creative dance open to adults of any age and older teens. Classes are six Saturdays, starting March 29 (excluding May 3), at Third Life Studio, Union Square, Somerville.
Jane Gillooly’s (Film & Video Fellow ’07) documentary “Today the Hawk Takes One Chick” explores the stories of Swaziland’s “gogos” – grandmothers who have watched their children’s generation decimated by HIV/AIDS and who must raise their grandchildren as their own. The deeply moving film will be shown at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, Thurs. March 20, 8 PM (with the director); Sat. March 22, 2:30 PM (with the director); Sun. March 23 1 PM (with producer Tracey Kaplan); Thurs. March 27, 2 PM, Sat. March 29, 1 PM (with executive producer Pat Daoust); and Sun. April 6, 5:45 PM.
Derek Hurst (Music Composition Fellow ’07) premieres his composition “Clades” for orchestra and amplified quintet. The work is the result of a Fromm Commission and collaboration with members of Firebird Ensemble and Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Derek’s piece is part of Double Entendre: Premieres from inspired composers on March 29, 8 PM at Jordan Hall. Another performance will take place April 1st, 8 PM at the Lyceum in Brooklyn, NY.
Innovative filmmaker Liza Johnson (Film & Video Finalist ’03, ’07) has a number of exhibitions in the upcoming weeks. Her powerful short film ‘South of Ten’ screens at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco on March 28. Here in Massachusetts, ‘South of Ten’ will screen at MASS MoCA in North Adams on April 10. Then, her work will be included in a group show, 2Move:Migratory Aesthetics, at the Stenersen Museum in Oslo (March 27-May 10), the Solstice Gallery in Dublin (opening May 3), and the artspace Belfast Exposed (opening May 3).
Chloe Joan Lopez (Poetry Finalist ’06) has been named as a finalist in the 2007 Southwest Review Morton Marr Prize for formal poetry and a finalist in the 2008 Mississippi Review Prize. Look for her poetry to appear in the Mississippi Review’s Prize issue, available April 2008.
Irene Lusztig’s (Film & Video Fellow ’03) film “The Samantha Smith Project” will be screened as part of the Chicks Make Flicks Series. The film follows the parallel stories of Samantha Smith’s historic visit to the Soviet Union in 1983 as a “child diplomat” and a personal narrative of travel to Russia 15 years later, after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The free screening takes place Wed. March 12, 7 PM, on MIT’s campus at 77 Mass. Ave., Room 6-120. Chicks Make Flicks is sponsored by Women in Film & Video New England and the MIT Program in Women’s Studies.
Innovative work by Liz Nofziger (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’05) is on exhibit in two different Boston-area shows this month. Objects and Interventions: New work by Bebe Beard and Liz Nofziger shows at New England School of Art and Design Suffolk University, through March 15. Then, in Increment + Inversion at the Atlantic Works Gallery in East Boston, Liz and artist Todd Fairchild “swap dimensions” (as the gallery’s website puts it). While Liz, who often creates fascinating site-specific installations, contributes two-dimensional work to the show, Fairchild (a photographer under ordinary circumstances) offers three-dimensional work. The show runs March 7-29. Opening reception Fri., March 7, 6 PM, and Third Thursday Reception Thurs. March 20, 6 PM.
Marjorie Durko Puryear has a one-person exhibition Woven Notes and Memorabilia opening at the Fuller Craft Museum in the Courtyard Gallery. The show runs from March 15- July 20th. The public reception is Sunday, May 4th from 2-5pm.
Congratulations to Monica Raymond (Playwriting/New Theater Works Finalist ’07) who has received a prestigious Jerome Fellowship from the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis. Fellows receive a $9000 stipend and work in residence at The Playwrights’ Center for up to 12 months, with services that include workshops and readings with professional actors, dramaturgs and directors. In other news, a scene from Monica’s play “The Owl Girl” (read an excerpt) will be performed at Boston Playwrights Theatre as part of the Fund for Women Artists’ SWAN Day celebration. SWAN DAY is a new holiday initiated by the Fund for Women Artists to support women artists, and the afternoon at Boston Playwrights features scenes and monologues written and performed by Boston area theater women. Sat., March 29, 2 PM.
National Book Award Finalist Jim Shepard (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction ’02) has recently been announced as the recipient of the Story Prize for his story collection, Like You’d Understand, Anyway. The Story Prize includes an award of $20,000. Speaking of Jim, he’ll be reading this month as part of the Inkberry Reading Series. Inkberry, a great writers’ service organization out of North Adams, is welcoming him along with poet Trudy Ames, at Gallery 51 on Thursday, March 6, 7 PM.
Nina Wishnok (Drawing/Printmaking/Artist Books Fellow ’06) is participating in the traveling group show “Field Report: works by members of the Boston Printmakers,” at The Gallery at Barrington Center for the Arts. “Field Report” runs March 8-April 15, with an opening reception Sat., March 8, 4 PM. Nina is also in a group show at the Concord Art Association, called ‘New England Impressions: Exploring the Woodcut.’ The exhibition runs March 27-May 4, with an opening reception Thurs., March 27, 6 PM. Also, abrazos press, a professional and teaching studio Nina co-founded is having a studio-warming open house Sat. March 29, 3-6 PM.