Weekly Wrap-Up for February 10 – 16, 2017

a curious nature x the uncertainty principle x king solomon’s mines x witness to beauty 

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One Makes an Instrument of Themselves, and is Estranged Also

When: On view February 11 through March 11, 2017

Opening Reception: February 11, 6-9PM

Where: GRIN Gallery, 60 Valley St #3, Providence, RI 02909

How: Official Website 

What/Why: “In a society of employees dominated by the marketing mentality, it is inevitable that a personality market should arise. For in the great shift from manual skills to the art of ‘handling’, selling and servicing people, personal or even intimate traits of employees are drawn into the sphere of exchange and become commodities in the labor market… Kindness and friendliness become aspects of personalized service or of public relations of big firms, rationalized to further the sale of something. With anonymous insincerity, the successful person thus makes an instrument of his own appearance and personality…In the formulas of ‘personnel experts’, men and women are to be shaped into the ‘well rounded, acceptable, effective personality’ (to close the deal or to make the sale)…-p. 182-3, 187, “White Collar: The American Middle Classes,” C. Wright Mills

To work today means to sit in an office, a coffee shop, a co-works space, a couch. It means to speak more than move, spend time in front of a computer, send email, “move” “paper,” speak on conference calls, Skype, Google Hangout; it means to manage ideas and data over matter, and work with a team of people flung across the globe. Is this progress? We use corporate lingo to teach our children lessons. We use slogans to inspire our exercise routines. The anesthetization and homogeneity of corporate aesthetics have bled into our homes while the “office” looks ever more like a “home” (where’s the meditation room?). We re-perform roles that we’ve seen on tv and heard in training seminars. Are our therapists recycling jargon from Stuart Smalley? One Makes an Instrument of Themselves, and is Estranged Also is a body of work that investigates how the groupthink of contemporary corporate and freelance culture requires teamwork, and continual self, friend, and colleague management. Our concerns with this body of work are the commercialized self, the marketized private life, the one that is unknowingly produced by the corporate cum personal concerns that surround it, and to which it is unaware (how can it be?).

With this work we focused on the word manage, and other words that contain its root — man — to manipulate, to mandate, to manufacture. Dating from the 16th century the word manage is based on the Italian word mannegiare, which in turn is based on the Latin manus, or “hand.” Manage in its original form meant to “put a horse through the paces of the manège.” Essentially, to train a horse according to the conventions of the art of horsemanship. This undisguised reference to “training” fascinated us for its reference to the social training we undergo as citizens in a society, and for the blatant clash that occurs when flattened against new corporate structures in which words like team building, collaboration, intuition, and facilitation are used in the place of “management.” Your manager, no matter his title, is still putting you “through the paces of the manège.”

Lindsay Foster and Mimi Cabell both received MFA’s in photography and new media; Foster from CalArts, Cabell from RISD. Cabell further went on to receive a second MFA in electronic writing from Brown University. Each work with photography, video, performance, and language, and share a common interest in social engineering — both physical and non-physical in form, and the language that literally and symbolically shapes these physical and non-physical spaces. In 2015 Foster exhibited a new project, A Proper Hidden Frenzy at Akademie Schloss Solitude, and spoke in conversation about a connected project Lost Luggage Pos. 278 with curator Marina Fokidis on the Solitude Blog.

Mimi Cabell has recently shown work from her collaborative project Archeology of Counterinsurgency in Gothenburg, Sweden, published work in Cabinet magazine and Prodigal journal. Her collaborative work, American Psycho, was featured in Kunstforum’s fall 2016 ‘post-digitalism’ issue, and has been available at Printed Matter in New York, and Yvon Lambert Gallery in Paris. The two met met at the Akademie Schloss Solitude and have been working collaboratively since 2013. In 2014 they showed their series, Keep Shining,at Lotte Projektraum in Stuttgart, Germany. Their latest series series, Middle Management, was shown at the Soap Factory in Minneapolis in November 2016.”

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The Me Nobody Knows- Works by AVOne

When: On view March 03, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, January 20 at 7 PM – 11 PM

Where: LOT F GALLERY, 145 Pearl St, Boston, Massachusetts 02110

How: Official Website  

What/Why: Learn more about the exhibition here.

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Spring Exhibitions at the Rose

When: On view February 17 through June 11, 2017

Opening Reception: Thursday February 15, 5-8PM

Where: Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, 415 South St, Waltham, MA 02453

How: Official Website 

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The Medici’s Painter: Carlo Dolci and 17th Century Florence

When: On view February 10 through July 09, 2017

Where: Davis Museum, Wellesley College, 106 Central St, Wellesley, MA 02481

How: Official Website 

What/Why: The Medici’s Painter: Carlo Dolci and 17th-Century Florence is the first exhibition in America devoted to the luminous and meticulously rendered paintings and drawings of Italian artist Carlo Dolci (1616–1687). It provides an unprecedented opportunity to study the life and oeuvre of 17th-century Florence’s most important painter, whose reverence for detail, brilliant palette, and seemingly enameled surfaces earned the favor of patronage by the powerful Medici family.

Also on view..

Daphne Wright: Prayer Project

What/Why: “Encompassing diverse media and materials—including plaster, tinfoil, video, printmaking, found objects and performance—Daphne Wright’s work is eerie and unsettling, suggestive and moving. Prayer Project, an installation of meditative video portraits, was installed to dramatic effect in the chapel at the National Trust Tyntesfield as part of her major solo exhibition, Emotional Archeology, organized by the Arnolfini in Bristol in 2016. Curator Josephine Lanyon writes that “These tranquil, often silent, films place religions on an equal footing in their stripped down, human form, showing faith as a part of daily life. We are invited to explore the notion of communion, both in the sense of its religious connotations (a communion with god) but also in the old sense of the word as communication, community, or dialogue with the self or with an ‘other’.

Wright’s Prayer Project is in contemplative counterpoint to the devotional paintings on view in The Medici’s Painter: Carlo Dolci and 17th-Century Florence. While Dolci’s pictures expressed and encouraged religious piety, Wright’s filmic portraits create space for the quiet consideration of devotional diversity, inviting empathy and shared awareness.”

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Doug Weathersby: A Year in Review

When: On view through February 25, 2017

Where: VERY, 59 Wareham Street, Boston, MA

How: Official Website 

What/Why: “VERY presents A Year in Review, a culminating exhibition by Doug Weathersby Environmental Services LLC. Boston-based artist Doug Weathersby has owned and operated Environmental Services since 2002 with the promise to “provide you with fresh perspectives on your living and working space” all while fulfilling your home repair needs. Weathersby founded ES after receiving his MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art, and he quickly rose to prominence as the recipient of the Boston ICA’s Artist Prize in 2003.

ES projects cover everything from tidying up unruly basements and art studios to building cabinetry and installing artwork. During his tasks Weathersby collects, organizes, and rearranges various debris from the site. He chronicles his progress through a photo log where he records the details of his daily work: dust drawings, stacks of discarded wood, empty cans streaming with dried paint.

Weathersby’s sensitive documentation is a self-reflexive and light-hearted meditation on artistic process. He often displays his photographs in galleries alongside the materials depicted in them which he then transforms into sculptural installations. His recent solo shows include Paint Shed Showcase at the Solomon Projects in the Atlanta, Georgia and What is Yours is Mine at DODGEgallery in New York.

A Year in Review incorporates items that Weathersby has amassed from jobs over the course of the past year as well as site-specific installation and video. Generated by curiosity and a perpetual string of improvisations, Weathersby’s work frames and interrogates everyday environments to engineer new ways of seeing.

A Year in Review will be on view at VERY from January 14 to February 25, 2017. The Opening Reception is on January 14, 6-10 pm.”

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Pairings

When: On view February 11-April 30, 2017

Where: 555 Gallery, 555 E 2nd St, Boston, MA 02127

How: Official Website 

What/Why: “555 Gallery is pleased to present Parings in collaboration with Ouimillie and Camden Hydes

This exhibition features fine arts photography and contemporary furniture paired in a curated gallery installation.  Art and interior design will intersect on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the preview of Pairings at 555 Gallery in South Boston.  Attendees will be the first to view selections of the gallery’s collection of contemporary fine art photography paired with French and Danish furnishings from Beacon Hill’s Ouimillie boutique. 

Gallery owner, Susan Nalband, and Ouimillie founder, Millicent Cutler, are creating vignettes that will inspire ideas for showcasing art and design in one’s most personal environment:  the home.  “The fun thing is, it all works together,” said Nalband regarding the artists’ and designers’ pieces highlighted in the show.  They’re connecting two distinct neighborhoods, as well.  Nalband noted, “People love the idea of collaborations and we’re bringing together two different parts of town.”

Both Nalband and Cutler tend to shun the predictable, evident in the art and furnishings they host.  Pairings is another example of going beyond the expected, as it will be an opportunity to view home interiors in a gallery setting.  Cutler enthused, “What’s really cool is the playfulness of the combinations.”

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Walden: Four Views| Abelardo Morell

When: On view February 10 through August 20, 2017.

Where: Concord Museum, 53 Cambridge Turnpike, Concord, MA 01742

How: Official Website

What/Why: “ Concord, MA; (January 20, 2017) Concord Museum is launching the 2017 celebration of the bicentennial of the birth of Henry David Thoreau, one of America’s most thought-provoking writers and thinkers, with a deeply personal exhibition by photographer Abelardo Morell.  Walden: Four Views | Abelardo Morell will be on exhibit in the Concord Museum’s Wallace Kane Gallery from February 10 through August 20, 2017.

Guided and inspired by Henry David Thoreau’s journals and his seminal work Walden, Abelardo Morell has made panoramic photographic works that suggest a new perspective from which to look at Walden Pond. Whether by using his “tent-camera” to bring an image of Walden Pond onto the ground or creating a cliché verre picture of a body of water using ink on glass, Morell envisions the well-known landmark as a place where artistic invention opens up our consideration of the territory.

Now a Massachusetts resident, Morell was born in Havana, Cuba, immigrated to the United States in 1962, graduated from Bowdoin College, and received his MFA from Yale University. His work has been collected and shown in many galleries, institutions, and museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Chicago Art Institute, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Houston Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Victoria & Albert Museum, and over seventy other museums in the United States and abroad.  He is Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. Morell is perhaps most famous for his work in which he converts rooms into camera obscura in order to photograph the strange and delightful meeting of the outside world with the room’s interior. Abe Morell acknowledges a long-standing affinity to Thoreau that is being given expression in this exhibition, which is in part an encounter with the concept of transcendentalism”.

David Wood, Curator at the Concord Museum explained “Abe Morell is one of those rare artists, who has made the effort to explore Thoreau’s work on Thoreau’s own terms. The result is a series of works that transform Walden the place into Walden the idea, a feat notoriously difficult to accomplish.”

Margaret Burke, Executive Director of the Concord Museum stated, “We are extremely honored to have Abelardo Morell’s seminal work Walden: Four Views debut at the Concord Museum for the kick-off of Thoreau’s Bicentennial celebration. Morell’s inventive photography magically transports viewers to a new and ever more beautiful Walden.”

The Concord Museum holds the world’s largest and most significant collection of artifacts related to Henry David Thoreau, including the simple green desk on which he wrote many of the words that continue to resonate so profoundly throughout the United States and beyond.  The collection was the basis for two important projects which have made major contributions to Thoreau studies: An Observant Eye: The Thoreau Collection at the Concord Museum (2006), a catalogue by Museum Curator David Wood presenting Thoreau as a material culture historian; and Early Spring: Henry Thoreau and Climate Change (2013), an exhibition exploring Thoreau as a scientist and naturalist.

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THE UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPLE: An Exhibition About Chance, Wonder, & Quantum Mysteries by Emerging New England Photographers

When: On view through February 22, 2017

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 16th, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Where: Fort Point Arts Community (FPAC) Gallery, 300 Summer Street M1, Boston, MA 02210

How: Official Website 

What/Why: “The Fort Point Arts Community Gallery is pleased to announce The Uncertainty Principle: An Exhibition About Chance, Wonder, & Quantum Mysteries, curated by Renée Ricciardi. The Uncertainty Principle features photography-based work by emerging artists in the New England area. The show includes the artwork of graduate students who are completing their studies in 2017.

According to the uncertainty principle of physics, it is impossible to measure two properties of a quantum object (such as its position and momentum) simultaneously.

The Uncertainty Principle explores the intentionality and deliberateness of photography and how it relates to the unknown. The show explores the amount of control we have in art-making and how much of the creation of a photograph results in accidental splendor.

“Much of photography is precise and measurable and this show features the balance between knowing part of the equation and never truly knowing it’s end product,” says curator Renée Ricciardi. “Like the quantum theory, there is a limit to what can be known and measured at the same moment in time. Photography has a way of rendering magic, creating incalculable splendor that is at once impossible to place.”  

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Love/Lust

When: On view through February 26, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday February 10, 5-8PM

Where: Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118

How: Official Website

What/Why: Learn more about the exhibition here.

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Sage Sohier: Witness to Beauty 

When: On view February 15 through April 01, 2017

Where: Carroll and Sons, Harrison Ave, Boston, MA, 02118

How: Official Website 

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Steve McQueen: Ashes

When: On view February 15 through February 25, 2018

Where: ICA Boston, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston, MA 02210

How: Official Website 

What/Why: “A Venice Biennale standout by Academy Award–winning artist Steve McQueen makes its U.S. debut.”

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Members Prize Show

When: February 7 – March 25, 2017

Where: University Place Gallery | 124 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge MA 02138

How: Official Website

Opening Reception: Friday, February 10th 5:30-7:30pm

What/Why: “Juried by Randi Hopkins, Director of Visual Arts at the Boston Center of the Arts. More information here.”

Other CAA exhibits..

Inside Out | Small Group Show Featuring Christine Palamidessi, Siri Smedvig and Pip Shepley

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When: On view through February 24, 2017

Where: Kathryn Schultz Gallery, 25 Lowell St. Cambridge MA 02138

How: Official Website

Opening Reception: Friday, February 10th, 6-8pm

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A Curious Nature: Paintings by Shelley Reed

When: On view through February 12, 2017 – June 4, 2017

Where: Fitchburg Art Museum, 185 Elm Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420

How: Official Website 

What/Why: Learn more about the exhibition here!

Also on view..

A Feast of Beasts

When: On view February 12, 2017 – September 3, 2017

What/Why: Learn more about the exhibition here!

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Iteration 

When:  On view February 9 through March 11, 2017

Opening Reception:Saturday February 11, 2017 7-9PM

Where: Gallery 263, 263 Pearl St, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

How: Official Website 

What/Why: “Please join us in celebrating the National Juried Exhibition, “Iteration”, selected by Boston-based artists Denise Driscoll (Fountain Street Fine Art) & Nathalie Miebach (Miller Yezerski Gallery). Featuring the work of 37 artists from across the nation, “Iteration” embarks on obsessive, meditative, and organic journeys through varying media, including; ink, paint, graphite, fiber, encaustic, drypoint, video, photography, and much more.

“Iteration” features work by the following artists:
Ayako Abe-Miller / Gill Alexander / Peter Arvidson / Susan Bauer / Katina Bitsicas / Jody Boyer / Jackie Brown / Lindsey Caputo / Julie Carcione Cavaz / Jill Christian / Jeanne Ciravolo /Furen Dai / Patty deGrandpre / Madge Evers / Sherman Finch / Emily Garfield / Tony Holmquist / Alison Horvitz / Jim Kociuba / Mirela Kulovic / Ted Lilley / Alejandro Loureiro Lorenzo / Andy Mattern / Frank Mauceri / Maureen McCabe / Rosemary Meza-DesPlas / Loretta Park / Marcus Parsons / Dana Piazza / Taney Roniger / Sima Schloss / Rebecca Schnopp / Pamela Shipley / Rebecca Skinner / Lorraine Sullivan / Anna Swanson / Brenda van der Beek

On view February 9 through March 11, 2017.

About the exhibition:
Repetition in any endeavor builds skill, supports memory, and requires patience. The artists featured in Iteration relish in this method of practice. You’ll find concentrated, and playful, interpretations of the theme; from lyrical planes brimming with dazzling technique, to disrupted or paused patterns that take respite in negative space. Some artists seek order in the organic – fruit, hair, mushrooms, wood – and produce uncanny results. Other work depicts growth, while remarking on dilution or evolution as a result of repetition. Further artists consider automation, nodding to contemporary modes of information consumption by pixelating, layering, framing, and surveilling their subjects. Gesture is ample in this exhibition, whether through restrained acts of endurance, such as knotting, pinning, penciling, or dotting thousands of times, or in rhythmic, expressive strokes. Iteration examines compositions which are metronomic, yet gently capricious. 

Gallery 263 is deeply grateful for Denise Driscoll and Nathalie Miebach’s combined skills in selecting the artwork for this exhibition. 

Denise Driscoll is represented by Fountain Street Fine Art and Art in Giving. Additionally, her work has been exhibited at the Boston Center for the Arts, Babson College, Bunker Hill Community College, Lesley University, UMass-Amherst, The New Hampshire Institute of Art, Dana Hall Gallery, and the New Art Center. Driscoll holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology and Psychology from the University of South Carolina (1982) and an MFA from Lesley University College of Art and Design (2007). 

Nathalie Miebach is represented by Miller Yezerski Gallery in Boston, MA, and shows extensively nation-wide. Current exhibition highlights include: the Akron Art Museum (OH), Bakalar & Paine Gallery (MA), and the Children’s Museum of New York City. Miebach is a Global TED Talk speaker, and most recently was featured by CNN. She holds a BA in Political Science from Oberlin College, OH, and both a Master of Art Education and MFA from Massachusetts College of Art.”

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Busch-Reisinger Museum Lecture

When: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 6–7:30pm

Where: Harvard Art Museums, Menschel Hall, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

How: Official Website

What/Why: “From the 19th to the early 20th century, many American and European museums developed extensive collections of plaster casts. As a result of de-accessioning, however, many of these collections are less representative than they once were. In this talk, Frank Matthias Kammel, the deputy director general of the German National Museum in Nuremburg, will discuss the history of the Royal Museums in Berlin and the German National Museum, examining acquisition strategies, associated narratives, and the intentions behind museums’ representations of art and cultural history through plaster casts.

Adolphus Busch Hall is open to the public from 1 to 5pm on Wednesdays. The hall is located at 29 Kirkland Street.

Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway.

Free and open to the public”

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Closing Reception: MURMURATIONS: new work by Anya Smolnikova and Jared Williams

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When: February 11, 6-9PM

Where: Dorchester Art Project, 1486 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02122

How: Official Website 

What/Why: “Murmuration /mərməˈrāSHən/ : a flocking behavior in starlings. Without a centralized control structure dictating individual behavior, minor interactions and shifts in airflow lead to the emergence of an intelligent moving system – a mesmerizing display of dynamic collective survival through improvisation.

Murmurations is a month-long exhibition of recent drawings, paintings and a site-specific video installation by two Boston artists, Anya Smolnikova and Jared Williams.

The show is a visual representation of an intimate creative process between two artists working and living together. Murmurations is an experiment with the collision of opposing and complementary forces that arise during the process of relating and creating.

As the birds in a murmuration create beauty out of their strategy for survival, these two bodies of work merge and resonate to become the document of a shared adventure of two artists.

“We both like to draw, dance, make masks and be out in the woods, so we decided to make something together. We’re interested in the connection between People and Nature, the unseen parts, the rhythms underneath everything. To us, science and mythology are both so endlessly fascinating and through making art we can explore them simultaneously. Also, we were both the kind of kids who sat quietly in the corner making drawings of dead birds during our parents’ parties.” said the artists when talking about the origins of their collaboration.

Anya Smolnikova is an artist and educator working and living in Boston. Born in Belarus, she came to the US with her family in 1999. Her work in multiple media explores the space between observation and abstraction, as well as the tension between cultural inheritance and individual expression. Anya is a resident artist at Dorchester Art Project.

Jared Williams is a visual artist, dance-improviser and dance-arts curator. As a curator he has founded Electric Fish and co-founded New Movement Collaborative (NMC) – organizations that develop dance in Boston. This past Fall, NMC created the 1st annual Lion’s Jaw performance + dance festival. He is a believer in the power of art and movement as both a practice and a tool to support healing; build community; and create political and social change.

The Opening Reception for MURMURATIONS will be held on Saturday, January 14 from 6-9 pm, and feature live music by Jeffrey Lockhart and Keith Hollis. The Closing Reception on Saturday, February 11 from 6-9 pm will feature live music by Dr. Bob Singley.

Dorchester Art Project is located at 1486 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester MA, across from Fields Corner Station on the Red Line. Between the Opening Reception on 1/14, 6-9 and the Closing Reception on 2/11, 6-9, MURMURATIONS can be visited by appointment only and online at murmurationsart.com. To find out more about the artists individually, please visit their websites: asmolnikova.wordpress.com & jaredtwilliams.wordpress.com.”

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Art to Action

When: Sunday, February 12 at 2 PM – 5 PM

Where: Brilliance Tattoo, 957 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, Massachusetts 02215

How: Official Website 

What/Why: “Join us for an ass-kicking, fundraising art sale. Artists from all over Boston and beyond are donating their work to raise money for Greater Boston Legal Services and Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center.

http://www.riacboston.org/
https://www.gbls.org/

You get to go home with art, just make the check out to one of the organizations above. 

If that’s not enough to get you over to Brilliance Tattoo on Sunday Feb. 12th, We will also be raffling off tickets to performance arts venues including the Wilbur Theatre, Brattle Theatre, Nick’s Comedy Stop, The Comedy Scene in Foxboro, Laugh Boston, Israeli Stage and more! “

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The Better News Brigade: Do Something / Make Something / Be Heard / Get Paid

From the Desk of NEFA

 “If you are interested in being heard when it comes to the value of the arts, what can you do?

On a national level, we suggest that you sign up for the Americans for the Arts’ Arts Action Fund; it is free to join, and you will receive current information and action steps you can take.

We also suggest that you contact your federal elected officials and their staff (either by a phone call or by scheduling an in-person meeting), and communicate the value of the arts and your belief that the federal government should support the cultural sector. Share specific stories with them about how the arts enrich your local community. The NEA provides nationwide grants that impact every congressional district, and fuels the national funding structure that gives critical support for state arts agencies, local arts agencies, and regional arts organizations such as NEFA.

We also encourage you to be connected on the state level. Check with your state arts agency to see how you can sign up to be kept informed of legislative efforts. Some of New England’s states have state-wide advocacy groups, and others do not, but if you are on your state agency’s email list, you will be kept informed of legislative efforts to advance the arts in your community.”

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Artportunity via Mass Cultural Council ArtSake

Two Calls from Somerville Arts Council Somerville Arts Council has issued two calls to artists and presenters: The How To Fix The World Festival, a mini world’s fair about how to save the world, in June; and The Tiny Great Outdoors Festival, a celebration of urban wildlife and spring at Quincy Street Open Space, Somerville’s tiniest “urban wild,” in April. Learn more.
Deadline: February 19, 2017

Arist Residency Fund, Materials Fund and Rapid Response Fund c/o The Theater Offensive

ABOUT THE OUT’HOOD RESIDENCY PROGRAM:
The OUT’hood Residency Program supports the creation of artwork by, for and/or about LGBTQ people with intersecting identities. There are three tiers of support offered to Boston Area individual artists and artist groups through this program: Artist Residency Fund, Materials Fund & Rapid Response Fund. A panel composed of TTO staff and independent jurors from the community will review the proposals and conduct interviews. Awards will be announced March 31, 2017.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Individual artist or artist group based in Boston Area, with preference given to those that live in Dorchester, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain or the South End.
  • Performance-based work, including performance, spoken word, music, playwriting, drag, dance, movement, and mixed-media.
  • Work must be relevant to LGBTQ people with intersecting identities.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT: There are three tiers of financial support available to artist applicants. Each tier has a separate application process. Artists may apply for more that one tier, but separate applications are required. This application is for:

Tier 1: Artist Residency Fund – application deadline March 1, 2017
Level 1 – $4,500-$9,000 grant, plus $10,000-$20,000 in-kind resources, available to artists with sizeable performance-based projects seeking significant financial support for their time and substantial in-kind support for their work. An application and in-person interview will be required for this level of support.

Level 2 – $1,000-$2,000 grant, plus $2,500-$5,000 in-kind resources, available to artists with small-scale performance-based projects seeking modest financial support for their time and limited in-kind support for their work. An application and in-person interview will be required for this level of support.

Tier 2: Materials Fund – application deadline March 1, 2017 $100-$500 grants for artist materials related to an artistic discipline. For example, a drag queen is looking to replenish their make-up and foundation garment supply for an upcoming competition.

Tier 3: Rapid Response Fund – rolling deadline through June 30, 2017$100-$500 grants for the use by individual artists or artist groups quickly organizing public actions in response to current events. Non-artist groups may apply for this fund, but these funds must be used for the creation of art. For example, an environmental group or performance ensemble is writing a street theater piece for a local rally to highlight injustices in new EPA regulations and how it impacts queer people of color in Boston.

Learn more here!
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Several Opportunities c/o ArtsWorcester

1. Call for Art:The Seventeenth ArtsWorcester Biennial

Since 1985, the ArtsWorcester Biennial has exhibited the region’s best visual art, with an extraordinary range of works by leading and emerging artists. The juror of this year’s Biennial is Samantha Cataldo, Contemporary Arts Curator at the Currier Museum of Art.

In addition to a $1,000 cash prize, this year’s winner of the Sally R. Bishop Prize for Best In Show will have an installation in the galleries at the Worcester Art Museum in the 2017-18 season. Additional cash awards, given at the discretion of the juror, are supported by Hoche-Scofield Prize and Scholarship Fund of the Worcester Art Museum.

Additionally, we’re delighted to announce that the Members Council of the Worcester Art Museum is offering complimentary, one-year individual memberships to the first 160 artists submitting work to the Biennial. Learn more here

The submission deadline is March 19, 2017, and all submissions must be made electronically. A $15 fee applies to each work submitted, with a maximum of three works per artist. You may pay online through our website or by mailing a check to ArtsWorcester by the submission deadline. ArtsWorcester cannot accept or return work by shipment. You will be notified of the status of your work by April 4.”

2.) Call for Proposals: 2017-2018 Season- ArtsWorcester invites you to submit proposals for solo and group exhibitions for our 2017-2018 gallery season and corporate art program. We also seek performance art for our galleries. Proposals are evaluated first by a panel of art experts, and then by a second ad hoc committee. The due date is Wednesday, March 29, 2017.” Learn more here

2a.) ..As part of this year’s call for exhibits, we seek submissions specific to the Present Tense Prizeawarded to an artist whose work exemplifies new practices, artistic risk-taking, and excellence in execution. The Present Tense Prize winner receives an award of $1,000 and a solo exhibit on one floor of the Aurora Gallery, and will give an artist talk. You may submit separate proposals for a gallery exhibit and for the Present Tense Prize. Learn more here.

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Peabody Essex Museum – The Scarf Project: Nurturing the Tie Between Art and Healing

On the heels of PEM’s successful Dress for Success Boston shoe donation campaign, the museum has launched a new project in partnership with the Mass General Cancer Center to coincide with the WOW® World of WearableArt™ exhibition.
The World of Wearable Art™ supports the Breast Cancer Research Trust in New Zealand. In the same spirit of health, giving and healing, PEM has collaborated with artist Bonnie Ashmore and the Mass General Cancer Center to create a vibrant silk scarf.
Ashmore is a breast cancer survivor and her paintings explore the molecular structure of chemotherapeutic agents found in nature, and allude to the uncertain process of treatment and the mystery of healing.
The unique scarf features a reproduction of one of Ashmore’s paintings and will be sold in the Museum Shop beginning February 15. For every $60 scarf sold, another will be donated to a patient undergoing treatment at the Mass General Cancer Center.
The scarves will also be sold at the Images Boutique at the Mass General Cancer Center in Boston and at the Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center in Danvers.
The scarves will be given to patients at a makeover and scarf-tying workshop hosted by PEM later this spring and run by Kathleen Gill Bazazi, general manager of Images Boutique, and David Nichols, an internationally renowned makeup industry expert.
Through this partnership with Mass General Cancer Center, The Scarf Project seeks to help women ease the struggle to maintain strength, dignity and beauty during the physically and emotionally challenging time of cancer treatment.

Learn more here.


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