September Open Studios

Jamaal Peterman  and his studio mural at our July Open Studios

Jamaal Peterman and his studio mural at our July Open Studios


Date: Thursday, September 5, 2019
When: 5-7 PM
Where: Now in two locations on MASS MoCA’s Campus!
Building 13, 2nd Floor
Building 34, adjacent to A-OK BBQ

Let’s cling to those delights of summer just a little longer and enjoy an early September Open Studios at MASS MoCA! Our twelve artist residents have so much to show. We’re especially excited to present the final three artists of our special 2019 Puerto Rico Residency. Come see what they and the others have been up to this August, spark up a conversation over drinks, snacks and an abundance of fresh new contemporary art.


Participating Artists

Lauren Boilini
Monica Ching
Nick Fagan
Nicholas Fraser
Elizabeth Flood
Caroline Garcia
Trish Gibson
Víctor José González Ortiz
Zaida Adriana Goveo Balmaseda
Zoe Sasson
Anh Thuy Nguyen

Directions to the Studios

B.13 When you park in the main visitor lot at MASS MoCA, Building 13 is right in front of you. You’ll see Ferrin Contemporary and CYNTHIA-REEVES galleries on the first floor. Enter through the side door (on the end of the building farthest from Rt. 2) and take the stairs or elevator to the second floor.

B.34 Is located behind A-OK BBQ in the front entrance courtyard of MASS MoCA’s campus. When facing A-OK BBQ from Bright Ideas Brewing, just head around A-OK to the right and follow the ramp to the Studios entrance (black door).

July 27 Open Studios

Cool Down this summer with open studios at MASS MoCA, Saturday, July 27, 4-6pm.
The weather may be hot, but inside B13 & B34, there’s some cool art happening. Time for Open Studios at MASS MoCA! Our twelve artist residents are ready to impress. Come see what they’ve been up to this July, spark up a conversation over drinks, snacks and an abundance of fresh new contemporary art!

Welcome Boston Artists!

We are thrilled to share our ten Boston-based artists selected to join this year’s Matched Savings Program for our third year of partnership with the City of Boston!

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Alexander Davis is a performer, dance maker, and fiber artist who believes that all three mediums have the unifying power to create empathetic and dramatic responses from diverse audiences. Often drawing from pop culture, Alexander engages in performances that display the innate theatricality of everyday life and the universality of the human experience. Their performances illuminate underrepresented queer narratives and connect people to other people, the past to the present, and memories to dreams.

Moving forward, Alexander looks forward to investing in video and photographic documentation of their process, performances, and final products to improve their applications for residencies, grants and performance opportunities on a local and national level. These advancements will propel them into the next steps of their career, and allow them to continue building the momentum they have already gathered over the past three years.


Dancer, dance maker and dance producer Kristin Wagner creates small, intimate contemporary dance works to resonate with average, every day people. In sourcing movement from human habits, customs and compulsions, Kristin designs a physical vocabulary that is both unique and universal, resulting in work that is both deeply personal and incredibly ubiquitous.

Kristin is now institutionalizing her producing experience into Lady BOS Productions, a professional production company with a focus on presenting and cross-pollinating the work of local femme-identifying artists. Over the next two years, Lady BOS Productions will grow to sustain educational programming, several interdisciplinary events, and at least one major dance theater production per year.

Photo credit: Timothy Avery Photography


Seraah (Isnard Dupoux) is an interdisciplinary artist. His interests in the corporeal, ethereal, somatic, and the idea of the body as a conduit for myth-making/allegory are central to his work. Seraah values the ephemera of performance, which he often combines with intentional sound, light displays, a use of voice, physical movement, video and image to create sensorial inquiries into time.

Seraah would like to invest in software instruments to improve the overall sound quality of his music. Outside of the performance context, the higher quality sounds is more likely to attract clients for freelance composition and music production work.

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As an educator, artist, and entrepreneur, Timothy Hall draws inspiration from his lived experiences to chart the nuances of blackness, masculinity, and the beauty of life. Timothy is the co-owner of HipStory, a digital media production company dedicated to creating and showcasing the work of marginalized identities within media. He strives to help people build resiliency to do the things they care about.

Timothy is looking forward to continuing to build a community of art makers and to navigating the complex world we live in through his art. In order to do so, Timothy needs to upgrade key pieces of equipment, including his saxophone. After playing saxophone for twenty years, Timothy finds his current instrument is no longer suiting his artistic needs. By improving the equipment he has to work with, Timothy looks forward to uncovering his true potential and the potential of those he collaborates with.

Growing up in Tehran, an exposure to Persian art and Iranian politics increased Azita Moradkhani‘s sensitivity to the dynamics of vulnerability and violence that she explores in her art-making process. The female body, and its exposure to different social norms, is central to her work. Through her drawings and body castings, she examines displacement as an unnatural state we experience when we find ourselves insecure in our own body.

Azita wants to take her practice further by transferring her drawings onto the actual fabric she works with. Learning and exploring fabric printmaking techniques will help her to approach her body of work in a more tangible way, and using new media such as cloth will emphasize the marks of history and memory on the body. Through this process, Azita will step back from two-dimensional work and create more complex layers of three-dimensional objects to interact with.

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Ruby Rose Fox is a musical multimedia artist that combines theater, dance, and video. She focuses on stories that are the hardest to tell and offers cathartic experiences to her audience as a result. Ruby has tackled topics in her work from the emboldened KKK in Trump’s America to the death of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville to consumerism to internet bullying.

Securing home production equipment is the next step in Ruby’s career. Music production equipment will drastically cut her costs and let her invest cash and time into other parts of her career.

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Corinna D’Schoto works in layered forms of painting, sculpture, and installation. Playing with representation and reduction, she questions the relationship between the image and the painted object. Her practice distorts the familiar and intimates the alien to reinterpret how people navigate memory.

Corinna envisions creating lines of hand printed wallpaper featuring patterns made out of silhouettes of figures engaged in a variety of forms of invisible labor, from domestic to industrial. She likes the idea of re-inserting these histories into interior, domestic, and intimate spaces and enjoys the crossover from wallpaper’s traditional decorative form into a form that holds space for, and honors, histories that are often unobserved.

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Autumn Ahn is interested in performance as a site of live space. Her artistic focus lies in the nature of that site as an eroding archaeological world and also as a conceptual figuration of consciousness.

Autumn plans to grow her business through the purchase of a new website model. While her previous website serves its purpose well, the advanced upgrades in internet technology have left her in need of re-mapping the structure. For Autumn, this means updating the site host and its overall content.

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As a multi-instrumentalist, sound engineer, and music producer Christopher Pegram does everything from making tracks for rappers and singers to recording and collaborating with other musicians to create art that far surpasses one single vision. Finding the voice to reach out and work with other artists in his community has helped Christopher face the challenges of pursuing a career in the arts.

Christopher looks forward to expanding and professionalizing his studio equipment. These upgrades will not only improve the quality of his work but will also aid in building connections with other artists.

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Alexis Scheer is a playwright, actor, and producing artistic director of Off the Grid Theatre. Her plays are brazenly millennial and fiercely feminist, and reflective of her experience as a Jewish Latina. Alexis is passionate about creating theatre that pushes the boundaries of artistic ability and engenders social empathy.

As a young millennial theatre artist, Alexis hopes to achieve increased visibility as a game-changing Latinx leader through the creation of high quality social media content. She plans on acquiring critical equipment to make, record, and share her work in addition to traveling for research and development opportunities.

Our 2019 programming in Massachusetts is possible because of our wonderful funders & partners, specifically the Barr FoundationMassachusetts Growth Capital Corporation, The City of Boston and the United States Department of Agriculture.

Welcome NEFA Artists!

Marking our first year of partnership with New England Foundation for the Arts’ Creative City Boston, A4A is thrilled to welcome ten Creative City alumni artists into our matched savings program!

Creative City Boston Artist Grant provides project-specific funding to artists to create work that sparks public imagination, inspires community members to share in civic experience, and seizes opportunities to creatively engage important conversations taking place in Boston’s communities. By funding artists directly, NEFA is investing in artists’ creative agency as civic leaders in shifting public culture in Boston. NEFA believes that diverse cultural and artistic expressions are essential to more equitable, inclusive and vibrant public spaces and public life.

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Born and raised in India, dancer Chavi Bansal received her training from an early age in styles such as: Bharatnatyam, Bollywood, Martial Arts, and Indian Contemporary dance. Craving a broader dance vocabulary, Chavi moved to the Netherlands, where she earned her B.A. in Dance with specialization in Choreography. In 2010, Chavi founded her company, Vimoksha.

In the next two years Chavi is looking to move into more holistic movement practices by combining her knowledge of yoga/meditation, martial arts, and both Indian and Western dance. She would also like to instruct a range of targeted classes such as: meditation through movement, dance movement using martial arts, Bollywood dance, modern dance, and choreography.


Laura Baring-Gould creates large-scale public sculptures, epic ephemeral installations, and small intimate objects that create wonder in the palm of a hand.  A love of universal shapes and a fascination with elemental materials and archetypal structures form the common bond within her projects. Whether developed independently or through collaboration, each piece or experience is buoyant with mythological ballast.

With her renewed commitment to her practice, Laura believes that key investments need to be made for future opportunities in public art. These investments include a new and improved website and marketing/promotional materials. Laura’s ultimate goals is to expand her capacity of engagement to ensure that the most people are able to access her work.


Eve Boltax is a violist and creative musician. She performs throughout New England as a member of various orchestras, new music and chamber ensembles, and as a solo performer. Eve is currently expanding her composition and creative music making portfolio, including a new work for two musicians inspired by William Forsythe's work "Catalogue: First Edition." She has been selected to be one of the "Concert for One" artists, a public art performance project organized by the Celebrity Series.

In the coming years Eve would like to continue to grow her performance portfolio, teaching experience, and her work to help creatives do what they want through experiences in sensorymotor learning and nervous system regulation. To do the latter, she will be designing a new website for her Feldenkrais practice.

Photo credit: Heather McGrath

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Daniel Callahan considers himself a transmedia artist and designer; meaning that his work spans, mixes, morphs and ultimately transcends the mediums he uses. Known for his art technique of MassQing which uses the human face as canvas to reveal, rather than conceal, one's inner essence - Daniel strives to make work fosters meaningful discourse and activates deeper, more intimate exchanges that blur the lines between artist, subject and viewer.

Since graduating with an M.F.A. in Film and Video from Emerson College, Daniel has written and directed his first feature film Come On In; a psychological drama/thriller about an artists search for sanity and aims to continue filmmaking along with his other visual art practices. He plans to build his own multimedia art and design company, Create and Record. Through the company, he will offer a range of design services including: graphic design, web design and videography. This company will generate income and build his experience in order to fund and execute his own innovative fine art and film projects.


Silvia Chavez is an interdisciplinary artist interested in the role that art plays in the human need to connect on multiple levels: socially, environmentally and culturally. In her studio practice, she combines traditional methods of drawing and painting with experimental techniques in printmaking and collage to find a balance between the representational and abstract. Her work has gradually grown into the public realm through murals and community projects as part of her social practice.

For Silvia, the 2019-2020 period is shaping up for new great work opportunities. She has plans for six public art commissions, some community projects, and two solo exhibits. She is also doing an artist residency where she hopes to recharge, reflect, and create new work.


Composer, Beau Kenyon works in a combination of aural mediums: acoustic chamber music, live performance installations, and digitally produced sound art composed of found sounds. In recent years, Beau has become increasingly involved in interdisciplinary collaborations, working with choreographers, authors, visual artists, scientists, performers, and historians to activate public and other, non-traditional spaces.

Over the next two years, Beau plans to pursue opportunities outside of the Boston area while maintaining his relationships with Boston institutions, artists, and arts leaders. He recently received his first commission for a permanent outdoor sound and sculpture installation, to be created with sculptor and long-time collaborator Natalia Zubko. The piece will be installed in 2019 as part of a significant park renovation in Des Moines, IA.  


Carolyn Lewenberg is a public artist and organizer of public art initiatives. Her areas of expertise include sculpture, sculptural installation, social practice, environmental art, natural resource management, relationship building, youth development, curriculum development, and artistic collaboration. Common threads through her projects include making experiences for people to connect to natural systems and the built environment and building community through inclusive processes and interactive works.

Carolyn’s near future will include more creative placemaking and green infrastructure projects and spirit of place commissions. One of her upcoming projects includes organizing the Boston Harbor Artist-in-Residency program and Arts on The Edge Cruise.  


Yara Liceaga-Rojas is a queer, Afrocaribbean, Puerto Rican artist, a poet/writer, an organizer of cultural productions, and an educator. Her projects revolve around the visibility of marginalized subjects. She writes and publishes, performs at festivals, and coordinates projects that address origin, gender, race and class. Coming from a United States colony, Puerto Rico, Yara’s main concern is to be visible, since colonial subjects are often made invisible by not having representation.

Yara looks forward to expanding her robust portfolio of work by improving her website and marketing materials. What she wants most is to be able to live off her creative projects and to be able to raise her kids in a safe, caring environment where they can develop beautifully to their fullest potential.


Melissa Nussbaum Freeman is a theatre-maker/performance artist/activist. This means she writes, directs, acts, teaches, builds sets, issues the promotional materials and sends memos. Melissa cherishes working in collaboration with other artists, for she believes it is the space where creativity exponentially multiplies. Sometimes she will also create  performances, plays or installations around pressing issues, like the treatment of undocumented immigrants, and gather performance collaborators later.

Melissa wishes to pursue both local and global opportunities in the next two years. Her intention is to generate collaborations with local social equity and justice groups, such as the Lewis D. Brown Peace Institute in Fields Corner, Dorchester, where she lives and works. She hopes to increase her and her company’s presence, so that they will be readily called to participate in school, university, community, national, and international social justice events.

Photo credit: Marchaé Grair

Photo credit: Marchaé Grair

Artist Jesse Erin Posner conducts collaborative projects that create relationships between strangers, spark exchange and influence public space. Combining her political training as a community organizer with her background in directing and visual art, she works with groups to collectively imagine and enact interactive public actions.

Jesse envisions forming an ensemble of long-term collaborators who will engage the public through a series of experimental performances and actions.

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Ngoc-Tran Vu is a Vietnamese American multimedia artist, organizer, storyteller, and connector. Her artistic vision provokes thoughts and questions surrounding identity, community, politics, and spirituality. She strives to visually preserve the stories from communities of color and the refugee and immigrant experience of migration and displacement in order to establish modes of resistance. Ultimately, Ngoc-Tran is passionate about creating spaces and platforms for cross-cultural exchanges and about bringing critical discourse that challenges inequality at the intersection of culture and social justice.

Her vision in the next five years is to work on large-scale public and socially engaged art throughout the United States and internationally. In the meantime, she is busy preparing to make the transition by building her skills and available resources.

In addition to the New England Foundation of the Arts, our 2019 programming in Massachusetts is possible because of our wonderful funders & partners, specifically the Barr FoundationMassachusetts Growth Capital Corporation, and the United States Department of Agriculture.

Welcome Connecticut Artists!

Marking our second, non-consecutive year of artist professional development in Connecticut, A4A is thrilled to welcome ten new Connecticut artists into our matched savings program. Learn more about these amazing art-makers below!

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Using found wood, old paintings and discarded objects, Olivia Baldwin’s (Mansfield Center) work operates three-dimensionally, but arrives through the language of painting. It feeds on immediacy, but takes time to surface. Density and chroma figure prominently as she builds configurations until the assembled parts settle. Terrain, both familiar and foreign, is a constant in her work.

Olivia looks forward to re-documenting her work for her new and improved website. With an improved portfolio and site, she will pursue exhibition, grant, residency, and publication opportunities.  


Heidi Kirchofer (Harwinton) is a full-time circus performance and teaching artist. After street performing throughout Central and South America for two years, she has now settled in Connecticut. Over the years, Heidi has refined her artistic skills in circus, performance, costumes, sets, design and teaching that fuses academics with art.

After years of hard work to polish her artistry, craft, and business, Heidi feels it is time to push her success by updating her website and marketing materials, including social media.


Vocalist Sache - Gaye Y Marshall (Enfield) exhibits her craft through musicals, open mics, and showcases. She earned her BA in Arts and Entertainment Management from Dean College and in 2018 she worked with Connecticut Public Broadcasting (CPTV) on YUPntwk, where she provided insight on how to help, engage and support creatives such as herself.

In the next year, Sache hopes to create and distribute merchandise, develop a strong marketing plan, and increase the quality of her recording and mixing sessions. Not only does she want to improve the quality of her work, but expand her audience and reach.


Over the last year, Erika Santos (Bloomfield) discovered her work had developed into an exploration of the photographic process. She has been distressing photo negatives with everyday chemicals to play with the ideas of light and color, and accident vs. intentional destruction. The resulting images are more like paintings than portraits.

Erika aims to continue to grow her project, Dismantled and explore larger paper sizes, as well as hardware that allows her work to hang from the ceiling. She looks forward to expanding her online presence and learning how to market herself in new and innovative ways.

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Kevin Bishop (Norwich) is a professional violist, violinist, composer, and conductor. He is the Executive Director of Cuatro Puntos, a Connecticut non-profit dedicated to intercultural dialogue and universal access through the performance, writing, and teaching of music. Kevin is also the founder and a primary member of the Golden Scroll Soloists. They provide music for over 150 private events each year, but also perform concerts publicly.

After thirteen years of preparation, Kevin feels the time has come to elevate Golden Scroll Soloists from a local to a national/international level. This will begin by producing a professionally engineered album of eighteen of their best-sounding, pop music arrangements. The group will also produce videos for each track to increase their overall reach.


Writer Amity Gaige (West Hartford) is the author of three novels: O My Darling, The Folded World, and Schroder. Her novel Schroder has been translated into eighteen languages, and she has received a plethora of prizes and recognition for her work. Amity’s short stories, essays, and book reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Yale Review, and elsewhere. Amity now teaches at Yale and conducts the Squam Lake Novel Writers Retreat. In the coming year, Amity looks forward to publishing her fourth novel Sea Wife.


Artist Aly Maderson-Quinlog (Essex) is drawn to natural materials, forgotten objects, and myth. They use an eclectic range of cultural sources, processes, and handcraft techniques to create prints, books, and sculpture. Storytelling is at the core of their work, and sometimes Aly finds that their hands understand what they want to communicate before their eyes and mind can catch up.

Recently, Aly opened a bookbinding and arts education studio in New London, CT. They look forward to maintaining a sustainable practice that comes with this venture. Their hope is to support their non-profit work through teaching workshops and sales of art, zines, and bespoke bookbinding.


Throughout her filmmaking, Mitch McCabe (New Haven) has continually focused on the peculiarity of macro-trends in American culture. With themes rooted in self-identity and the clash between personal truth, materialism, and the visual world, her work reflects on social constructs of normalcy and the economy of social norms.

Moving forward, Mitch plans to upgrade to a new editing system and convert all of her current projects to AVID and Adobe Premiere. Not only would this addition advance her artistic practice; it would help attract freelance work. After these enhancements are made, Mitch hopes to re-frame her film- and art-making brand.

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With a broad background in art, Colin McMullan’s (Hartford) work includes a variety of humorous, conceptual, research-based, public, sculptural, performance, and installation forms. He prioritizes collaborative, social projects and reflects back on them through printed matter, films, and exhibitions.

Colin aims to improve marketing, publicity, and outreach for his projects. He hopes to create a website for his Tree Spa project, bring this work to more physical sites, and increase the overall visibility of his work.

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Monica Ong (Trumbull) is a visual poet whose new work fuses poetry with astronomy to explore the precarious territories of motherhood, women in science, and diaspora identity. These experiments seek to rewrite the sky from a female perspective and examine the power struggles that myth-making elicits. Recreating pages from historical astronomy books, she remixes diagrams and scientific syntax into lyrical poems.

As a visual poet who takes poetry off the page, Monica looks to produce poetry installations and limited edition broadsides that utilize special processes like letterpress and foil stamping. She is also looking forward to prototyping several works-in-progress for wall installations and light boxes to lend a sculptural dimension to her poems for exhibition spaces.

Our work in Connecticut is possible because of our wonderful funders & partners, including MASS MoCA, ArtBuilt, Northwest Connecticut Arts Council, Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition, Windham Arts, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Business Development Grant Program, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Assets for Independence Program (in partnership with the Midas Collaborative), and the State of CT’s Office of the Arts

Welcome Rhode Island Artists!

Marking our fifth year of partnership with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, A4A is thrilled to welcome 10 new Rhode Island artists into our matched savings program!

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Self-taught poet, playwright, actor, director, and writer Christopher Johnson (Providence) first started as a hip-hop artist, before serendipity brought him to the Nuyorican Poets Café in New York. Now, when Christopher sees movements, he wants to mimic them; when he hears unique syntax, phrases, and metaphors, he begins to work with them to make them his own.

Moving forward, Christopher plans to record and edit enough short videos to launch a YouTube channel centered on equality in the justice system. Police violence is not new, but with the advent of cellphones and social media, video and art can cast a new light that humanizes victims and draws empathy from otherwise apathetic audiences.

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Kelsey Miller’s (Portsmouth) practice expands on printmaking’s inherent qualities of repetition and layering, such as iterative mark-making, the layering of ink, and the accumulation of panels for an immersive installation. Kelsey draws content from daily immediacy—like the continuously updating news cycle or weather forecasts—and from longer-term accumulations—like the information revealed by sifting through archived documents and scientific data.

Kelsey recently turned her two-car garage into a spacious art studio and acquired an etching press that she will be moving in later this summer. Her vision is to have the studio be a space in which she can make and exhibit her own work, offer printmaking workshops to the community, and eventually host artist residencies.

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Glass artist Chris Taylor (Riverside) is the founder of Craft Advisory, a studio practice that challenges conventions of art and design by allowing his viewers to indulge in the tactile nature of sculptures outside of an art context.

Chris aspires to expand Craft Advisory’s audience and looks forward to developing new distribution opportunities to sell his work. Additionally, he seeks to solidify the inner workings of Craft Advisory to ensure the continued success of the program.

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Matthew Kramer (Providence) is a cartoonist, illustrator, and visual artist. His comics focus on the elegance of commonplace speech and its relation to literary arts through the poetry of everyday words, gestures, and looks. The work is grounded in the visual ballet of expression and uses dialogue and inner monologue to create lyrical moments.

In the near future, Matthew plans do delve deeper into the comic community by making zines, prints, and merchandise of his work. He feels that publishing in this way is a prerequisite for certain comic prizes and conventions, which he also hopes to apply for in the future.

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Fiber artist Veronica Mays (Portsmouth) loves to design and create art quilts that reflect her African American heritage. She derives inspiration from the feel of fabric and the anticipation of the project itself. Veronica uses African-inspired fabrics to create pieces that emanate her culture. Portrait quilts are of particular interest to her.

Veronica’s ultimate goal is to transition from being a public high school English teacher to a full time quilt artist. She practices her craft on a regular basis, but would like to continue learning at a higher level. She intends to learn more about fabric dyeing in particular. She would also like to enter three or more quilt competitions and enroll in classes to help master her craft.

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Ryan Dean (Providence) finds the root of his practice in printmaking, with a specialization in intaglio processes, screen printing and letterpress. Ryan’s proudest achievement is his business, LUMUKU. Through this business he has created bilingual card games that bring people together as they learn new languages. He enjoys using his design skills to help people learn in new, innovative ways, while having fun.

After successfully completing a Kickstarter campaign, Ryan created and professionally printed his second bilingual card game, HALF + MEDIO. He has since introduced this game to the world and is working on a distribution and marketing plan to ensure the greatest success.

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Hernan Jourdan’s (Providence) practice spans from site-specific experiences to performances to writing. His interventions take place in unexpected places and moments or at crafted events he organizes. This acute attention to space is related to his bicultural experience of the world as someone born and raised in Buenos Aires but living and working in Rhode Island.

He speaks of his lived account as a Latino living in the US with the podcast “Thank You For Listening.” For the past four years he has been focused on writing about the series of personal and historical events that took him from South to North America.


Nafis White (Providence) steeps her work in her identity and culture. She celebrates the inventiveness, care and love people—especially Black Women—share through their fingertips: plaiting revolution and building community through hairdressing. Nafis weaves as a devotional art to honor the legacy, knowledge and technology developed by and carried on by people of her ancestry.

Nafis sees having a close-knit artist community as being beneficial to her overall practice. She looks forward to growing public exposure to her work and herself as an artist. One of the first steps will be a remodel of her website to make it more directed toward promotion and social media.


Jenine Bressner (Johnston) has been sculpting glass with torches and laser cutting textiles since 1998. She strives to make work that surprises her, that satisfies a desire to see something she’s never seen before. She takes pride in having taught and shown work all over the world.

After making necessary repairs to her laser cutter, Jenine plans to write and produce a children's book. For it, she will create dioramas of fantasy landscapes made of handmade glass and laser-cut textile elements. She will photograph the dioramas as the book’s illustrations and sell prints of those photographs.


Anastasia Azure (Pawtucket) combines ancient weaving techniques, traditional metalsmithing and contemporary materials to explore the elegance of geometry. Her sculptures create sophisticated serenity in a space, while her jewelry is innovative and bold, yet classic and wearable.

Looking forward, Anastasia’s goal is for her work to reach a wider audience through further development of her website.

In addition to the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, our 2019 programming in Rhode Island is possible because of our wonderful funders & partnersspecifically the United States Department of Agriculture.


Open Studios, June 15th

Bring On SummeR!
witH Open Studios At MASS MOCA

Date: Saturday, June 15
When: 5-7 PM
Where: Now in two locations on MASS MoCA’s Campus!
Building 13, 2nd Floor
Building 34, adjacent to A-OK BBQ

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Kyle Larson, work in progress

It’s that time again for Open Studios at MASS MoCA! Our twelve artist residents have hit the ground running and are cranking out work at an inspiring rate. Swing by on June 15th to see what three weeks of self-directed creative focus can look like! Not to mention these guys are a particularly delightful bunch. Come spark up a conversation over drinks, snacks and an abundance of fresh new contemporary art!

Participating Artists

Mahwish Chishty
Carola Cintrón-Moscoso
Maria de Los Angeles
Fidencio Fifield-Perez
Amalia Galdona Broche
Sue Johnson
Anna Kristensen
Kyle Larson
Glorimar Marrero-Sánchez
Natalia Nakazawa
Dominic Palarchio
Justin Stafford

Directions to the Studios

B.13 When you park in the main visitor lot at MASS MoCA, Building 13 is right in front of you. You’ll see Ferrin Contemporary and CYNTHIA-REEVES galleries on the first floor. Enter through the side door (on the end of the building farthest from Rt. 2) and take the stairs or elevator to the second floor.

B.34 Is located behind A-OK BBQ in the front entrance courtyard of MASS MoCA’s campus. When facing A-OK BBQ from Bright Ideas Brewing, just head around A-OK to the right and follow the ramp to the Studios entrance (black door).

Open Studios & Block Party! May 25th

MASS MoCA is Turning 20!
Let’s Celebrate with an Open Studios (and much more)

Date: Saturday, May 25th
When: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Where: Now in two locations on MASS MoCA’s Campus!
Building 13, 2nd Floor
Building 34, adjacent to A-OK BBQ

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Famous Artist Laura McMillian, House Party: A Parade to Find Home, 2017 (photography by Tod Seelie)

On May 25th, MASS MoCA is throwing a big 20th birthday party spread across the museum campus. The Studios at MASS MoCA are joining in the fun by hosting a free Open Studios during the Block Party portion of the evening. In the courtyard right outside our doors there will be lawn games, live music, and lively performances (including new work by our very own artist-in-residence, Laura McMillian, starting at 5:45pm, and again at 7:00pm). Inside our studios, you’ll find an array of enticing visual work from our 12 visiting artists. Come meet our artists and grab a beer and some snacks before heading to the amazing Tank and the Bangas in Concert. (And be sure to arrive by 5:45to see Laura McMillian’s first performance and to check out the free Opening Reception for 4 new exhibitions in MASS MoCA’s galleries, from 5:30 - 7:00, before joining our Open Studios from 6:30 - 8:30. So much to see! You won’t want to miss it.)

Participating Artists

Margery Amdur
Becca Barolli
Javier Bosques
Annette Cyr
Samantha Fein
Vanessa Hernández Gracia
Sarah Jenkins
Nahee Kim
Laura McMillian
Richard-Jonathan Nelson
Zipporah Thompson
Luisa Valderrama

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Laura McMillian, House Party: A Parade to Find Home, 2017 (photography by Tod Seelie)

Live Performances by
Famous Artist Laura McMillian

Artist-in-residence Laura McMillian will be performing two new works during MASS MoCA’s 20th Anniversary Block Party (May 25th) in conjunction with our Open Studios. Both short performances will take place outside in Courtyard A.

A Camping Tale, two performances at 5:45pm and 7:00pm
The live theatrical storytelling of an unexpected encounter with a beast in the German wild. This performance features an intricate costume that transforms as the narrative unfolds. 

The Secret Life of an Armchair, on view during the Block Party
Explores the inner fantasies, fears, and wandering thoughts of an armchair navigating the doldrums of domesticity.