Welcome Puerto Rican Artists!

The Studios at MASS MoCA is buzzing with spring energy and we couldn't be more excited to be welcoming our first funded artist from Puerto Rico this week!

We have raised funds to offer 6 residency slots at the Studios this spring/summer 2018 for Puerto Rican artists who were impacted by Hurricane Maria. The devastation to the island has disrupted the careers of many artists in Puerto Rico, and we created this residency opportunity to provide much needed time, space, and financial and professional support to help artists rebuild their art practices and pursue new opportunities.

Read about this exciting set of artists here and be sure to keep an eye out for future Open Studios events that these fantastic artists will be participating in so you can come say hello.


  Lost Port , 2017, acrylic, ballpoint pen and colored pencil on paper, 76 x 150 in

Lost Port, 2017, acrylic, ballpoint pen and colored pencil on paper, 76 x 150 in

Gamaliel Rodriguez was our first artist resident to arrive this Wednesday! Using pen and ink on paper, Gamaliel has been working on a series of drawings that depict aerial and panoramic views of unreal industrial, military or civilian areas. These areas are non-traditional places because most of them are created from his own inventions, studies, investigations, and memories of abandoned industries, hotels and other built environments. These elaborate photorealistic scenes have the quality of engraving but also evoke architectural drawings and the photography of the mid-twentieth century.

While as the Studios, Gamaliel plans to use the medium of drawing to share his experience of Hurricane Maria and its aftermath. He hopes this experience will allow fellow artists in the program to talk about the topic and use the Studios as a laboratory of ideas. Gamaliel will be in residence from April 11 – May 1, and will participate in the Open Studios on April 28th.


Ada Bobonis creates installations that  explore the relationship between the individual and their environment, referencing urban environments and modern architecture. She is interested in urban places that are under construction, isolated and undefined. These include sites and buildings that have changed their function and places where the past and the present coexist. Given how the uncertainty and precariousness generated by the hurricane caused such widespread exhaustion, Ada hopes to regain energy while at the Studios. She plans to work on models and drawings in preparation for a continued trilogy of exhibitions dedicated to three places in California: Sequoia, Salton Sea and the L.A. River. Ada will be in residence from May 2 – June 12.

  Residual,  2017. Casa del Sargento, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Residual, 2017. Casa del Sargento, San Juan, Puerto Rico.


   Description w/o Place #7 , Assemblage (Canvas, vinyl,plastic, paper, drawing on wall), 9' x 12' x 3'

Description w/o Place #7, Assemblage (Canvas, vinyl,plastic, paper, drawing on wall), 9' x 12' x 3'

For the last 20 years, Ivelisse Jimenez has worked with assemblage and installation, using materials such as plastic, fabric, vinyl, plexiglass, paper, and canvas, within the language of painting and abstraction. Through the process of working abstractly, she is interested in how meaning is made and the complexity of interpretation that is present in the work. At the Studios, Ivelisse plans to use the time and studio space to stabilize her artistic practice and integrate the experience of this disaster into her work. She will be in residence from May 2 – June 12.

 


Lilliam Nieves is an educator, writer and artist working in a range of mediums from painting and photography to installation and video. Her courageous work reflects how female stereotypes and societal consumerism have created particular beauty rituals of an excessive and incomprehensible nature. She says in her application:

“For so many years, Puerto Rico continues to be a political dilemma for the United States and for Puerto Ricans themselves. It is my observation that those in the diaspora often make themselves felt with more fury. I want to find the homeland as a ritual, without detaching myself from being Puerto Rican, feeling like I am the diaspora, without being so -- being part of the United States without being (although on the island they believe they live in a state). I want to keep feeling the Caribbean even if it freezes my bones, always to be Puerto Rican forever.”

Lilliam will be in residence from May 2 – June 12.

   Beauty Queen II,     caoba rosa y tinta, 5'x3'x1”

Beauty Queen II,  caoba rosa y tinta, 5'x3'x1”


   Pulmón abierto (Open Lung)    Site-specific performance, performance documentation          

Pulmón abierto (Open Lung) Site-specific performance, performance documentation          

Natalie Falero is an interdisciplinary artist working in the mediums of performance, video, photography, and installation. Her work deals with the body as a sensor and processor of trauma, interacting with cultural and social-political constructs, and exploring social injustices related to discrimination of race and gender, sexual violence, and colonialism. While at the Studios, Natalie plans to continue a body of work in which she examines the experience of being in constant movement, exploring what becomes of the search for basic resources; how does it feel to not belong, trying to find a place to call home, and how does this impact the psyche and the physical body? She also asks, how do we share the experience of being displaced? And what are the aesthetics of displacement and resilience? Natalie will be in residence from June 27 - July 17.


During Hurricane Maria, Rogelio Baez-Vega lost the two story building that housed his workspace and home. Nevertheless, he was able to turn his apartment's dining room into a makeshift artist studio and has been painting a series titled "Colonial Suites."  These are large format oil and gold powder pigment paintings where he explores Puerto Rico's colonial status through its constructed landscape, focusing on the governor's mansion, La Fortaleza. At the Studios, he hopes to build back a base from which to obtain economic sustainability, expand his technical skills, and explore a variety of graphic media. Rogelio will be in residence from August 1 – September 11.

   Flores para Fortaleza   , from the “Colonial Suites” series, 2017, oil on canvas, 50” x 71”

Flores para Fortaleza, from the “Colonial Suites” series, 2017, oil on canvas, 50” x 71”


The emergency residency opportunity for artists in Puerto Rico has been generously supported by the Dorothea L. Leonhardt Foundation, the Rudin Foundation, Richard & Leslie Morgenthal, and several anonymous donors. We are deeply grateful for their support.

 

 

 

 

Open Studios, April 28th

We're hosting an Open Studios!

And this time, it's in collaboration with other arts organizations in our building.
Read below for details!

Open Studios by the Studios at MASS MoCA
Saturday, April 28th
5:00-7:00 PM


BUILDING 13
On the campus of MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA

 
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B13 Open House

Celebrate the art and artists in Building 13 at MASS MoCA. View ongoing and new exhibitions, meet artists and see work-in-process in The Studios at MASS MoCA, and browse the galleries and archive at The Artist Book Foundation. 

Spring Building 13 Open House on the MASS MoCA campus is a part of ArtWeek, a statewide program highlighting the importance of supporting the arts in Massachusetts. ArtWeek takes place April 27–May 6. 

Location:
Building 13 is located at 1315 MASS MoCA Way at the south end of the museum complex. The museum’s beautifully restored 19-century mill buildings featuring galleries, eateries, and a multi-venue center for the performing arts. MASS MoCA hosts a constellation of creative artists, innovative programs, cultural institutions, businesses, and lovers of great art, food, and drink, who all come together to infuse the historic factory setting with vibrant culture and commerce.


The Studios at MASS MoCA Open House

 
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Images courtesy of Max Colby

5:00 - 7:00 PM
We invite you to join us for our first Open Studios of the Spring season! Our new group of residents, diverse in their practices, are eager to share their work with you. From fiber-based sculptures to silkscreen prints and readings, there's a little something for everyone at this upcoming event. 

It’s free, so tell your friends -- or come alone and make new friends! Refreshments are on the house.

Participating Artists:

Hyun Jung Ahn
Paolo Arao
Max Colby
Simone Couto
Danielle Ezzo
David Greenwood
Alexandra Forsyth Martinez
Gamaliel Rodriguez
Hui-Ying Tsai
Jon Verney

The Artist Book Foundation

3:00 - 5:30 PM
In conjunction with the current exhibition: TOM BLACKWELL, Motorcycles and Mannequins, there will be a panel discussion on the iconic status of the motorcycle in American culture and the role Photorealism plays as a strong and appropriate genre for its representation in art. Featuring artist, Tom Blackwell, and Photorealism expert, Louis Meisel.

Ferrin Contemporary

4:00 - 6:00 PM
DIRECTIONS: Sergei Isupov, the first exhibition in a series in which the gallery will shine focus on artists whose recent work captures a transitional moment in their creative process.The artist Sergei Isupov will demonstrate his figure-ground painting technique and discuss the new directions explored in his recent works.

CYNTHIA-REEVES

5:00 - 7:00 PM
CHINESE ABSTRACTION - an exhibition that brings together artwork in diverse media by four contemporary Chinese artists. The show features minimalist paintings by Shen Chen; monumental watercolors of the urban landscape by Paul Ching- Bor; rich abstract oil paintings by Lianghong Feng; and, work by Cui Fei, whose abstract drawings, photographs, and installations evoke Chinese calligraphy through the use of organic materials.

Art in the Building 13 Common Areas

Evan Hauser, courtesy of Ferrin Contemporary
Yechel Gagnon - custom-made and hand carved plywood, courtesy of CYNTHIA-REEVES


1st Floor
CYNTHIA-REEVES
Ferrin Contemporary

2nd Floor
The Artist Book Foundation
The Studios at MASS MoCA, a program by Assets for Artists


Click here to find the Press Release. 

Open Studios, March 29th

Thursday, March 29th
5:00-7:00 PM

The Studios at MASS MoCA

Building 13, 2nd Floor on MASS MoCA’s Campus

We hope that you'll join us at the end of the month for our next Open Studios on March 29th! Our current group is eager to share what they've been working on, and we're eager to invite you to come and take a look.  

 
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Work-in-progress by Petros Chrisostomou

 

Our events are free, so tell your friends -- or come alone and make new friends! You’ll be able to connect with our current group of artists, meander through the studios discovering works-in-progress, and enjoy refreshments on us.
 

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:

Rachel Bacon
Petros Chrisostomou
InKyoung Chun
Jannice Chung
Maria Jose Gimenez
Marisa Hricovsky
Suzy Kopf
Cynthia O'Brien
Jinie Park
Hiba Schahbaz


Directions to the Studios:
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.

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Welcome Holyoke Artists!

The creative economy is booming in Holyoke and we couldn't be more excited to be partnering with the city for a third year in a row. We are thrilled to introduce the newest additions to our Holyoke Matched Savings Program -- our biggest and most eclectic group yet.

Whether photographing the lively food culture of the Pioneer Valley, painstakingly restoring a historically significant violin, or passing down the secrets of metal craftsmanship to Holyoke's next generation, these nine artists are fueling creative resurgence and bringing fresh energy, art and skill to the Paper City.


Sarah Coates' work teeters on the edge of art and design. While Sarah has an extensive education in contemporary jewelry that informs their creations, their work intentionally crosses the boundaries of jewelry making and expands into the realms of sculpture, installation, design, and writing. Conceptually, Sarah's work focuses on the schism between adulthood and growing up. Utilizing a material jamboree of hand-made or time-worn items to refine their own narrative, Sarah muddles with memories, simultaneously creating and getting lost in that same story. To Sarah, this particular brew of reality and fiction, steeped from the materials they use, is akin to making magic.

 Sarah Coates,  This is My Hugging Cactus and So Can You , 2016  

Sarah Coates, This is My Hugging Cactus and So Can You, 2016
 


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little cat metals

A classically trained metalsmith, Carol Joannidi of Little Cat Metals hand-fabricates timelessly modern jewelry with recycled American metal. She strives to create lightweight but durable designs using positive and negative space. Stone setting is always done by hand and each bezel is custom for the unique stone used. Carol was raised on Martha’s Vineyard surrounded by educators, artists, cooks, storytellers, and other creatives. Now residing in Holyoke, her designs are inspired by nature, math/science, and her surroundings.


Creating a distinctive and immersive experience for the viewer is Chris Nelson’s main goal. To achieve this he designs and builds site-responsive installations that complement their environments, often employing kinetic elements, sound and colored lighting. These pieces address the interaction between person and space, both on physical and emotional levels. Chris is interested in how people relate to a given space or environment and how their perspective changes as they navigate throughout that space.

 Chris Nelson,  303 ZONE 4 , 2015

Chris Nelson, 303 ZONE 4, 2015


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Sarah Peck is a luthier who concentrates on early stringed instruments. She makes and restores instruments in the viola da gamba family, all if which were popular during the 15th to 18th centuries. Her work includes historic practices in carving and decoration all the while trying to maintain playability that represents the best historical practices. Years of intensive work and study in Connecticut, Massachusetts, England and New York make Sarah not only an expert in her craft, but also in the history and development of Baroque instruments. Whether the task at hand is the painstaking restoration of a historically significant instrument or the routine repair and maintenance of a violin, Sarah spends the time deemed necessary to do the finest work.


Carlos Peña is an artist and activist who has been designing and screen printing garments for over 15 years. His prints address themes of social justice, using bilingual/Spanglish text along with images that reference pop culture and empower black and brown communities. Carlos is originally from the Dominican Republic, was raised in New York City and now resides in Holyoke. After deciding to turn his printing skills into a business, he opened Paper City Clothing on Dwight Street, where he currently offers a variety of screen printing and image transfer services along with community workshops.

 Community workshop run by Paper City Clothing Company

Community workshop run by Paper City Clothing Company


 Kamil Peters

Kamil Peters

Drawing inspiration from concepts of rebirth, mortality and nature, Kamil Peters uses steel, found objects, scrap metal and reclaimed wood to fabricate fine art and commercial pieces. His creations are heavily influenced by ancient artifacts but reflect our current culture. He explores a variety of textures, patinas and other finishing techniques to enhance the natural beauty of the found metal he uses. Through his career, Kamil has had the enduring goal of sharing his knowledge with others, particularly young people. In passing down the secrets of metal craftsmanship and sculpture, which he does at his Holyoke shop, The Diesel Works, he is fulfilling a sense of responsibility and paying homage to the tradition.


Matthew Johnson builds high quality, environmentally conscious furniture and custom cabinetry for residential and commercial clients. He founded Piedmont Woodcraft in 2011 on the premise that high quality, thoughtful design is as important as respecting the environment and limiting waste. To this end, Matthew's work uses naturally-based, environmentally friendly finishes and recycled or reclaimed wood and metals. Matthew frequents regional lumber yards throughout Massachusetts and greater New England that specialize in reclaimed lumber, seeking out wood with a history to use in my projects. Each piece is unique in some way, with a story of its own to tell.

 Matthew Johnson, Two part wormy maple coffee table

Matthew Johnson, Two part wormy maple coffee table


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Dominic Perri is a professional food photographer who documents food culture for a variety of publications, businesses, and personal projects. He grew up in north New Jersey in a large Italian family where he developed his love for food at an early age. Dominic's photos range from close-up images of food at restaurants, to portraits of chefs, to his more recent work about the food "process." Being surrounded by farms and a lively food culture in the Pioneer Valley, Dominic is inspired to capture the life of food: the people that grow it, the hands that mold it, and the communities that enjoy it.


For Luis Salazar, video is the perfect medium to feature stories of individuals in divided communities in an effort to create awareness and bring people together. He has been a videographer since age 16. Luis' first documentary project was telling the stories of those impacted by terrorism in his home country, Peru. After an extensive career in Latin America, he moved to Brooklyn, NY and started the hyperlocal media platform, The New Regulars. There he created the film Locality, a living map of artists, leaders, and small business owners in Crown Heights. Luis is currently working producing a second season in Holyoke.

 Luis Salazar,  Locality (film still) , 2016

Luis Salazar, Locality (film still), 2016

Workshop Opportunities for CT Artists

Hey Connecticut Artists!

Assets for Artists is back with FREE professional development workshops for CT-based artists in all disciplines. If you're serious about strengthening your practice, learning from art business and marketing experts, and connecting with fellow artists & makers, we hope you'll sign up!

This is our third year of partnership with the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development / Office of the Arts and three of the state's powerhouse arts councils: Northwest Connecticut Arts CouncilSoutheastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition, and Windham Arts. Together, we're pleased to present you with our 2018 CT workshops, made possible with support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Business Development Grant Program.

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To request a seat in any of the workshops listed below, email Briana at bhalpin@massmoca.org with your name, home address, and artist website or brief description of your artistic practice.

Preference will be given to artists from rural areas of Connecticut, but artists from urban CT may also enroll if space allows. Participation is FREE! 

The Assets for Artists program promotes equal opportunity and seeks diversity in its workshop participants.

 

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Beyond the MFA: Understanding Your Art Practice as a Business with Kim Faler

Thursday, April 19  |  1:30 - 5:30pm  |  New Hartford, CT

Kim Faler is an installation artist who has been awarded Rauschenberg and Artpace residencies and has exhibited at MASS MoCA and Art Dubai. 

In this workshop, participants will create a framework for understanding their practice as a business and a strategic plan for advancing their goals. Tools will include artist statements, portfolios, and website review, as well as understanding budgets & finance, time management, and fundraising. 

Recommended for non-commercial artists with an installation-based / conceptual practice. 

 

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Create Success: Selling Your Work at High-End Art Markets, Craft Shows & Artisan Festivals with Laura Baring-Gould

Friday, May 11  |  1-5pm  |  Goshen, CT

Laura Baring-Gould's practice includes award-winning installations, public artworks and small bronzes sold in galleries, juried shows and through private commissions. In this workshop participants will explore the rich entrepreneurial opportunities and challenges present in making, marketing and selling their artwork. Specific topics will include strategies for show applications and selection, product pricing and diversity, financial accounting / tax reporting, client interactions, promotion and the importance of sustaining creative buoyancy. 

 

Artist in Business with Dee Boyle-Clapp

Due to popular demand, this workshop will be offered in two separate times/locations:
Saturday, May 12  |  9:30am - 5pm  |  Hampton, CT
Friday, May 18  |  9:30am - 5pm  |  Groton, CT

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Building on her 25 years of experience in the arts, Dee Boyle-Clapp now directs the Arts Extension Service at UMASS. In this training, she will introduce the elements of a business plan and information helpful for running your artist-based business. Through a mix of instruction and guided activities you will learn how to create a series of attainable business goals that shape the future of your art-based business, including how to describe your work, hire outside experts, handle financial details, and structure your business. 

Most suitable for commercial and craft-based artists.


Our work in Connecticut is possible because of our wonderful funders & partners

Welcome Boston Artists!

Boston, you continue to impress! For the second year in a row, we are delighted to partner with the City of Boston to bring 10 Boston-based artists into our Matched Savings Program. 

So here they are. Working in painting, fashion design, choreography, public art, experimental music, journalism and hip-hop, these 10 artists are pushing the limits of their individual mediums and making some radical and relevant work.


 from the  Lookbook  of Cassandra Cacoq, 2015

from the Lookbook of Cassandra Cacoq, 2015

Cassandra Cacoq designs and creates unique, fashion-forward accessories, apparel and wearable art. Trained in chemistry, her science background greatly influences her artistic process. She is a Boston native and the founder of QUUEENN, an emerging lifestyle brand that specializes in unique handmade accessories. The collection utilizes fresh and exciting textiles from all over the globe to create a line that embodies subtle statements and bold accents.


 Sawool Kim,  Index 24 - relic : bird languages translator,  2017

Sawool Kim, Index 24 - relic : bird languages translator, 2017

With a particular focus on entities that are close to extinction (both living and not), Sawool Kim paints hybrid conglomerations of animals, plants and relics that are entangled and rewoven together to form new surreal landscapes. Like in a lucid dream, her scenes follow their own logic. Fantasy and reality intersect and overlap, unconscious-ness and clarity come together and existence and non-existence explore one another. To Sawool, the world is a set of images, a visual dictionary with which to index in her work. In this way she revives what is disappearing. Sawool was born in South Korea and has been living and working in Boston since 2013.


 Lena McCarthy,  Crecimiento (Growth) , 2017

Lena McCarthy, Crecimiento (Growth), 2017

While living in Santiago, Chile, Lena McCarthy became actively involved in the local street art and printmaking scene. Currently she resides in Boston where she is a practicing artist and muralist. Lena approaches mural painting as gift giving. Using symbols such as a pair of hands or anatomical heart, she transforms forgotten city spaces with painted reminders of humanity. Interacting with the public while working has also been a gift, allowing her design process to evolve into a more fluid give-and-take with the community.


 Jessie Jeanne & Dancers

Jessie Jeanne & Dancers

Jesse Jeanne Stinnett’s choreography disrupts social hierarchies and gives voice to those who have been systematically oppressed or silenced. Her company, Jessie Jeanne & Dancers (JJ&D), draws upon movement, speech, and lived experience as vehicles for change. Through creative process they traverse cultural and interpersonal boundaries, unearthing new pathways of communication and connection between dancer and audience. Her dance-making practice is largely informed by her experience as a woman -- drawing upon European, British, and American contemporary dance traditions in addition to meditation and somatically-informed research methods.


Candace McDuffie is a dedicated journalist and teacher specializing in critical and creative thinking. She writes about how race, gender and pop culture intersect and is especially invested in giving a platform to marginalized and underrepresented voices. Her work has been featured in publications such as Forbes, Glamour, Teen Vogue, Vibe, Racked, Brooklyn Magazine, Fusion, WBUR, Metro, and The Daily Dot. She currently teaches creative writing at GrubStreet, a Boston-based nonprofit writing center.

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Candace McDuffie


 Andria Nicodemou

Andria Nicodemou

Andria Nicodemou is a vibraphone player who is always searching for new sounds that push her work beyond conventional music boundaries. Focusing on improvised, experimental avant-garde and free jazz music idioms, her music is characterized as “open-ended” play, where movement, theatricality and sound are equally important. A performer at heart, she loves working on interdisciplinary art projects in collaboration with visual artists and dancers.


Sara Pajunen is a violinist and composer with training in classical music and contemporary improvisation. Her output has touched folk, electro-acoustic, tango, and sound art. Known for projects surrounding her Finnish ancestry, Pajunen’s work approaches culture and tradition in progressive yet reverent ways.

  Sara Pajunen

Sara Pajunen


 Gianna Stewart , Iceberg , FPAC Floating Public Art, Fort Point Channel, Boston, MA, 2018 (photo credit: Robert Gilliam)

Gianna Stewart, Iceberg, FPAC Floating Public Art, Fort Point Channel, Boston, MA, 2018 (photo credit: Robert Gilliam)

Inspiration for Gianna Stewart’s large-scale public artwork always begins with the place itself. Being site-specific, some works are motivated by the simple experience of the space, such as feeling a subtle breeze or watching the trailing hand of a passerby. Other works illuminate current events involving the Boston landscape or engage with the historic significance of a site. The ability to shape the way everyday people experience everyday spaces is what draws Gianna to public art. Her bold sculptural forms bring public attention to what often lies just below the visible surface of a place.


Billy Dean Thomas also known as “The Queer B.I.G“ is a musician who challenges the hip hop game with lyrics that align with #blacklivesmatter and inter-sectional feminism while highlighting the difficulties of growing up in NYC. Their musical career began at the age of 8 playing congas and being a part of an advanced Poetry/Performance program. Hip Hop has been a vehicle for Billy Dean to redefine their artistic identity as well as their gender identity and expression. They love re-purposing concepts, paying homage to iconic artists, ideas and images to reinvent their own version of popular culture. With music composition, visual concept and performance, Billy Dean reflects on what it means to be a queer brown female-bodied artist in what is said to be “a young man's sport.”

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Billy Dean Thomas


 Ngoc-Tran Vu,  Community in Action: A Mural for Vietnamese People  ,  Phở Hoà Restaurant in Dorchester, MA 2017 (Photo by Courtney Regan )

Ngoc-Tran Vu, Community in Action: A Mural for Vietnamese People, Phở Hoà Restaurant in Dorchester, MA
2017 (Photo by Courtney Regan )

Ngoc-Tran Vu is a Vietnamese American multimedia and transnational artist who believes in the power of art to provoke thoughts and questions surrounding identity, community, politics, and spirituality. Her socially engaged work draws from her experience as a community organizer, educator, and healer. Through creative collaborations such as painting murals and organizing community workshops, Ngoc-Tran visually preserves stories from communities of color as well as refugee and immigrant experiences of migration and displacement. She in interested in the intersections of art, cultures and activism. With her work she hopes to establish new narratives and modes of resistance.

Welcome Massachusetts Statewide Artists!

Assets for Artists is pleased to announce the latest group of artists to join our Massachusetts cohort! From a variety of cities and towns across the state, these amazing artists, designers and musicians wow us with the breadth and depth of their creative pursuits.

In the upcoming weeks, we'll also be announcing new enrollments in Boston, Holyoke, and Lawrence, MA. Stay tuned!

 Roya Amigh ,   the world is that kind of sleep , 2016

Roya Amigh, the world is that kind of sleep, 2016

By configuring cut paper with materials such as lace, dandelions and cardboard, Roya Amigh’s installations take storytelling into a physical and non-linear realm. Using imagery based on Persian miniatures, she creates line drawings built from bits of glued thread and intertwines them throughout her fragile structures. Drawing on her identity as an Iranian woman, her work reveals suspended moments of memory in order to realize the uncertain border between meditation and rumination. Roya currently lives and works in the Boston area.


Taylor Apostol's sculpture is rooted in the desire to capture memories of place and body as they continually expand, contract, blur and contort. Two years living in Florence and Carrara, Italy ignited her passion for stone carving and plaster casting. Her process often leaves imprints of her body at work or traces of the environment where the objects take form. With intricately carved surfaces and bold color treatments, her work gives physical form to the transformation of a memory. She currently lives and works in the Boston area.

 Taylor Apostol,  You're Growing on Me, 2017

Taylor Apostol, You're Growing on Me, 2017


 Lea Chiara

Lea Chiara

Lea Chiara is a folksinger and songwriter who grew up in the rich music scene of Western Massachusetts. Her music affords her an increasingly mobile lifestyle, and Lea spins soulful story-songs and boot-stomping, waltzy vignettes about her travels. Lea is also a visual artist who makes paintings, masks and colleges. These practices inform each other and occasionally exist together in performance pieces. With painting as her first love and activism at her core, her songs have a visual quality, combining poetry and natural imagery to carry important messages about the unsung heroes of everyday life. She currently calls Easthampton home.


Studying the violin since the age of five has enabled Michael Hustedde to cultivate an exciting musical career for himself a professional violinist. Originally from Lexington, KY, he has established himself as a sought-after soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player in the greater Boston area, playing with ensembles such as the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Marsh Chapel Collegium. Michael’s creative explorations have led him to varied repertoire and styles and allowed him to perform around the world with orchestra tours. Next he plans on recording a high-quality solo album.

 Michael Hustedde

Michael Hustedde


 Felipe Ortiz,  Port Charlotte , 2017

Felipe Ortiz, Port Charlotte, 2017

Travels between his native Colombia and the United States have inspired Felipe Ortiz’s practice as a painter and muralist. In his series ““Explosive Nature” he draws elements from Colombia’s vibrant culture, colors, sounds and dense natural scenery. Other work focuses on the vast landscape and fast-paced urban environments of the United States. By plucking elements from both locations and merging them with different painting themes and styles, he creates his own idealistic pictorial visions. Felipe lives and works in the Boston area.


Nicholas John Winkler was introduced to glass at a very young age due to his father’s career as a ceramic engineer in the glass lighting industry. In 1994 his family moved to Corning, NY where he was exposed to renowned glass artists from around the world at the Corning Museum of glass, awakening his own interest in glass as an art medium. Glass allows Nicholas to take something that is intangible, an idea or a feeling, and make it tangible. By cutting and carving the glass to reveal interior layers, his work suggests that our present consciousness is based entirely off of past experiences. The layers of color in his work represent a timeline of these experiences. Nicholas lives and works in Northborough.

 Nicholas John,  Juicy Fruit

Nicholas John, Juicy Fruit


 Amelia C. Young,  Flamingophones,  2016 (ongoing)

Amelia C. Young, Flamingophones, 2016 (ongoing)

Amelia C. Young is a visual artist and sculptor of “devices” - objects and installations that change the way people interact with their worlds. Based in the Boston area, her work uses the cultural languages of consumer objects, waste materials, and the body to explore experiences of mental health and sustain-ability. Her process begins by examining a banal or harmful situation, such as plastic packaging or depression, then redesigning the central object or architecture into a plaything or explorable space.


Adrienne Harris is a Lowell based artist who creates illustrations for notebooks, binders, folders, and other school products. Her illustrations are fantastical in nature and focus on mythological creatures such as dragons and griffins. With her work she hopes to captivate a younger audience of school-aged children and adolescents who also enjoy dreaming up fantastical creatures.

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2018 Workshops for Rhode Island Artists

Hey Rhode Island Artists!

Assets for Artists is back with FREE professional development workshops for RI-based artists in all disciplines, made possible with support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Business Development Grant Program. If you're serious about strengthening your practice, learning from art business and marketing experts, and connecting with fellow artists & makers, we hope you'll sign up!

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To request a seat in any of the workshops listed below, email Briana at bhalpin@massmoca.org with your name, home address, and artist website or brief description of your artistic practice.

Preference will be given to artists from rural areas of Rhode Island, but artists from urban RI may also enroll if space allows. Participation is FREE!

The Assets for Artists program promotes equal opportunity and seeks diversity in its workshop participants.

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Artist in Business w/ Dee Boyle-Clapp
Saturday, April 7  |  9:30am - 5pm  |  Bristol

Building on her 25 years of experience in the arts, Dee Boyle-Clapp now directs the Arts Extension Service at UMASS. In this training, she will introduce the elements of a business plan and information helpful for running your artist-based business. Through a mix of instruction and guided activities you will learn how to create a series of attainable business goals that shape the future of your art-based business, including how to describe your work, hire outside experts, handle financial details, and structure your business. 

Most suitable for commercial and craft-based artists.

 

Find Your Message: Branding & Marketing for Visual Artists w/ Jessica Burko
Thursday, May 10  |  12 - 5pm (group workshop)  |  Portsmouth
Friday, May 11 (individual 30-min meetings for select artists)  |  Portsmouth

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Jessica Burko is an exhibiting artist, curator, and arts marketing professional.

This is a 2-part event. Artists will be invited to participate in Day 1 only OR in Days 1 & 2. (Only a small number of artists selected for the group training on Day 1 will be offered individual time on Day 2.)

Day 1: May 10 — Group Workshop
Jessica will help visual artists and craftspeople gain a better understanding of how to present their work, how to identify their target audience, and how to create a detailed marketing plan while building the confidence to implement it.

Day 2: May 11 — 1-on-1 “Doctor’s Hours”
Selected artists will be invited to meet individually (for approximately 30 minutes) with Jessica Burko for an in-depth discussion of specific marketing questions and concerns, and to review their arts marketing strategies.

Recommended for visual artists and craftspeople.

 

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Beyond the MFA: Understanding Your Art Practice as a Business with Kim Faler
Thursday, May 17  |  1-6pm  |  Wickford, RI

Kim Faler is an installation artist who has been awarded Rauschenberg and Artpace residencies and has exhibited at MASS MoCA and Art Dubai. 

In this workshop, participants will create a framework for understanding their practice as a business and a strategic plan for advancing their goals. Tools will include artist statements, portfolios, and website review, as well as understanding budgets & finance, time management, and fundraising. 

Recommended for non-commercial artists with an installation-based / conceptual practice. 

 

Our work in Rhode Island is possible because of our wonderful funders & partners.

Artist Opportunities: March & April

(If you have a great opportunity to share, please send suggestions to assetsforartists@massmoca.org.)


Residency in Sunset Park, Brooklyn

The NARS residency supports emerging and mid-career artists and curators working across all disciplines through three and six-month residencies, creating a space for artistic dialogue and international cultural exchange for an extended period of time.

NARS offers 24/7 access to furnished, private or semi-private studio spaces (280-325 sq ft) in our diverse artist community in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. As a studio based residency, the focus is on the artistic process and the experimentation that results from working alongside other artists, within New York's cultural and sociopolitical context.

Deadline: March 9
Application fee: $35

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6TH ANNUAL SUMMER MARKET 

Hudson River Exchange invites Makers, Vintage Collectors, Farmers, Community Curators and Food Purveyors to join us at Summer Market, June 23rd – 24th, 2018. Summer Market showcases 80 of the best independent artists, designers, and collectors of Upstate New York and attracts thousands of devotees of local handmade. The festival includes a selection of traveling makers that bring the spirit of exchange from other regions. You can find applications listed by category here.

Deadline: March 15th
Entry Fee: $20


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Immersive Residency in Pittsburgh

Bunker Projects, artist residency and experimental gallery space in Pittsburgh, seeks emerging artists for an immersive live, work, exhibition residency. Bunker provides selected artists the space and support to lead a rigorous self-directed practice for a period of 3-4 months (shorter proposals are accepted). Bunker is a non-profit artist driven program that pairs residency with immersive cultural programming. We exhibit new contemporary art monthly, coinciding with our neighborhoods First Friday.

Deadline: March 16th
Entry Fee: $15


STARTS Prize 2018 Open Call

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Grand prize of the European Commission honoring Innovation in Technology, Industry and Society stimulated by the Arts. Appointed by the European Commission, Ars Electronica, BOZAR and Waag Society are launching a prize to select the most pioneering collaborations and results in the field of creativity and innovation at the crossings of science and technology with the arts. The STARTS Prize focuses on artistic works that influence or change the way we look at technology, and on innovative forms of collaboration between the ICT sector and the world of art and culture.

Extended Deadline: March 12th
No Entry Fee


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Call for proposals

NARS Foundation is accepting proposals from artists and curators for solo exhibitions and curated group exhibitions in our two gallery spaces in Brooklyn, NY. NARS will invite select applicants to further develop proposals and provide the space, support, and resources to mount ambitious and compelling exhibitions. Proposals will be considered and developed for either exhibition space, for shows running from 3-6 weeks.

Deadline: March 26
Application fee: $20


International Call for Entries

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The Center for Fine Art Photography's Black and White 2018 Call for Entry and Gallery Exhibition is Currently Open for Submissions. All Black and White imagery is eligible for submission. All types of photographic processes are eligible for this exhibition. This includes all film, alternative processes, traditional, digital,  and all post-production techniques. All subject matter is welcome. All sizes are eligible.

Deadline: March 28th
Entry Fee: MEMBERS | $24 for the three images.
NON-MEMBERS | $38 for the first three images.


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2 New Experimental Residencies

OVERLAND ARTWORKS (OLAW) is currently accepting applications for two new experimental artist residencies, ALT-Residency and 24/2. OLAW is committed to creating social practice projects dedicated to experimental approaches of art world conventions in order to study the possibilities and accessibilities of a creative lifestyle.

As an alternative artist residency, ALT- is interested in simplifying the typical residency model by solely providing mental components (accessibility, accountability, affirmation, and attention) of a residency program rather than the physical (space & supplies).

24/2 is a 48 hour experimental exercise that any and every artist can participate in. A weekend residency of sorts – 24/2 is the simpler, extra-accessible, commitment-phobe little sister of OLAW's ALT- Residency Project.

Deadline: April 1st
No Entry Fee


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Grants for new performance ArT in NYC

The Franklin Furnace Fund awards grants annually to emerging artists to enable them to produce major performance art works in New York. Grants range between $2,000 and $10,000 based on the peer review panel allocation of funding received by Franklin Furnace. Franklin Furnace has no curator; each year a new panel of artists reviews all proposals. This peer panel system allows all kinds of artists from all over the world an equal shot at presenting their work. Every year the panel changes, as do the definitions of “emerging artist" and "performance art." So if at first you don't succeed, please try again.

Deadline: April 1st
No Entry Fee


Call for Accessible Art

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HUBweek, in collaboration with Union Point, is pleased to present a call for accessible, multi-sensory art. We are commissioning a work of public art or a public art experience that is accessible to a broad range of audiences along the full spectrum of ability. We invite artists of all abilities to create a work, program, or series of programs that incorporates perspectives of, or substantial input from, individuals with disabilities or related organizations or advocacy groups.

Selected projects will be eligible to receive up to $25,000 in funding to produce their work. All works will be debuted at HUBweek 2018 and then be housed and/or performed at Union Point.  Apply here!

Deadline: April 2nd
No Entry Fee


Make a BIG Woodcut Print

BIG INK has teamed up with Dedee Shattuck Gallery in Westport, MA, for two one-day large woodcut printing sessions Saturday and Sunday, June 16th and 17th, 2018. We’ll be utilizing BIG INK’s mobile etching press to pull prints. Artists are invited to submit a proposal to create a woodcut, at least 24” x 36” in dimension.

Deadline: April 9, 2018
No Entry Fee

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8-week Summer Artist Residency

The Brookline Arts Center is seeking proposals for an eight-week artist residency in our historic art center in Brookline, MA. One dynamic artist or small collaborative group will have the opportunity to experiment and expand their body of work with the support of the BAC. Artist(s) selected will design, create and exhibit an installation or series of work in our unique gallery space. The residency will provide five weeks of artistic development and culminate with a three-week public exhibition. All media welcome. The residency runs from July 27-September 21, 2018.

Deadline: April 13th
Entry Fee: $35


Community Arts Fellowship

Driving transformation through arts and culture can be daunting, difficult and often lonely. Creative Community Fellows brings cultural trailblazers across New England together for five months, to be part of something bigger, to learn life-changing skills and to see dreams become reality.

Deadline: April 22nd
No Entry Fee

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Open Studios, March 1st

Thursday, March 1st
5:00-7:00 PM

The Studios at MASS MoCA

Building 13, 2nd Floor on MASS MoCA’s Campus

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Ryan Scails and Heesun Shin interact with Shin's work-in-progress.
Photograph by Sally Bozzuto.


Creativity is flowing and the weather's warming up. What's not to celebrate? Come join us at our next Open Studios on March 1st. It’s free, so tell your friends -- or come alone and make new friends! You’ll be able to connect with our current group of artists, meander through the studios discovering works-in-progress, and enjoy a drink on us.

Among the 10 artists you’ll meet at this Open Studios is Sarah Sweeney, who is undertaking a fascinating exploration of how augmented reality tools could be used to help make visible the people who are missing from our lives.
 

Participating Artists:

Sally Bozzuto
Petros Chrisostomou
Priscilla Dobler
Raul Gonzalez
Marisa Hricovsky
Adrienne Reynolds
Ryan Scails
Heesun Shin
Sarah Sweeney
Zhiyuan Yang


Directions to the Studios:
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.