Open Studios, April 20th

Spring is here!
Let’s celebrate with an Open Studios

Date: Saturday, April 20th
When: 4:30-6:30 PM
Where: Now in two locations on MASS MoCA’s Campus!
Building 13, 2nd Floor
Building 34, adjacent to A-OK BBQ

Twelve more artists have landed in North Adams this month and they are busy creating away in the Studios! They’re churning out graphic novels, quilted plastics, photo collages, video installations, wearable weaving, tattooed pig skin and paintings of all varieties. We’ve seen it all these past two weeks and you can too at Open Studios on Saturday, April 20th before the Mitski concert at MASS MoCA. Help yourself to drinks and snacks and join us as we meander between Building 13 and our new studios in Building 34 to soak it all in.

Participating Artists

Blanche Nettles Powers
Felix Beaudry
Pauline Galiana
Shani Jamila
Corwin Levi
Erica Molesworth
Logan Nichols-Chestnut
Hyunjung Rhee
Shane Smith
Zoran Starcevic
CD Wu
Jiawei Zhao

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).

April Artist Opportunities

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


Parent Artist AIRspace Residency

Abrons Arts Center (New York, NY) recognizes the unique challenges faced by working artists who are also raising children. With support from Sustainable Arts Foundation, Abrons is pleased to announce the launch of its Parent Artist AIRspace Residency, which provides targeted resources to the needs of working artists and their families. This residency provides support for 2 parent artists working in the visual arts, music, and/or literary arts. This residency will provide studio space, free tuition to Abrons Arts Camp for 1 child, a stipend, administrative resources, and opportunities for intergenerational interaction for 6 weeks in the summer of 2019.

Deadline: April 8th
No Entry Fee


The Face of Climate Change

Converge Las Cruces (Las Cruces, New Mexico), exhibiting at the Cottonwood Gallery at the Southwest Environmental Center in Las Cruces, New Mexico, announces The Face of Climate Change, a juried group photography exhibition.

Global warming, rising sea levels, shrinking habitats and extreme weather are all well known effects of climate change. The exhibition: The Face of Climate Change, will examine through a photographer's eye the changes occurring around us everyday. The exhibition seeks to document, comment and share our current visual environmental status.

Deadline: April 8th
Entry Fee: $25


Portraiture: Through the Lens

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Black Box Gallery (Portland, Oregon) is excited to announce a group photography exhibition on contemporary portraiture. Pose and Gesture, Image and Identity, Documentary and Street, Travel, Constructed Narrative, Self Portrait, Environmental, Vernacular and Snapshot, Family Narrative, Fashion and Nude, all have visual statements to make in the world of portraiture photography. What is the character, attitude and expression of contemporary portrait photography?

Deadline: April 11th
Entry Fee: $35


Artist Residency + Open Studios

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BronxArtSpace (Bronx, NY) invites Bronx-based artists to apply for its Artist Residency + Open Studios program. The program responds to a crucial need for studio space and professional development opportunities for emerging Bronx artists.

For the summer selected Bronx-based artists will have 24-hour access to a studio space at Park Ave. Additionally, artists will be awarded $500 to use towards materials. Given the unique location of this year's residency, BAS seeks artists who would benefit from regular engagement with the public by leading free workshops, programs, and wall space to display their works, while simultaneously benefitting from being within a community of artists.

Deadline: April 13th
No Entry Fee


Dear Earth

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Chicago's Woman Made Gallery (Chicago, Illinois) Openlands, and Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods partner to illuminate women’s voices of action and hope for the planet. Together, we invite artists to submit artwork that highly reflects personal concerns and connections to the natural environment where they live.

Dear Earth was inspired by Sibylle Szaggars Redford whose performance, The Way of The Rain, was created as a “love letter to Mother Earth.” Szaggars Redford and her husband, Robert Redford, were Brushwood Center’s 2018 environmental leadership award recipients.

All applicants should submit a brief artist statement. The first sentence of the statement should begin, “Dear Earth…[add your message of action, hope, or inspiration]”.

Works in all media are welcome.

Deadline: April 19th
Entry Fee: $30


Martin Henry Freeman Memorial Sculpture

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The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center (West Rutland, VT) seeks artists to design a large-scale portrait bust of Martin Henry Freeman, first African American president of an American college. The marble memorial will become part of the Downtown Rutland Sculpture Trail, a collection of public sculpture planned for completion and placement in this historic Vermont city .Rutland native Martin Henry Freeman was born in 1826. He attended Middlebury College, graduating in 1849. After serving as president of Allegheny Institute (which became Avery College) he emigrated to Africa where he was professor and president of Liberia College until his death in 1889.

The maquette is to be sculpted in clay, to be reproduced in plaster for enlargement and translation to marble. The finished sculpture will be carved at the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center.

Deadline: April 19th
No Entry Fee


Summer Residency Program

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Each summer, Gallery 263 offers their 700-square foot space in Cambridge, MA to artists of all media and experience levels. Artists benefit from full access to their space and amenities, participate in critiques or community outreach projects, and conclude their stay with a week-long exhibition. The Residency is a non-live-in, shared opportunity, and is typically awarded to up to four solo artists or one collective. The studio rental fee is $275 per artist.

Deadline: April 21st

Entry Fee: $30


Laboratory Call For Fall Residents

Laboratory’s (Spokane, Washington) mission is to provide practicing interactive artists with the time, space, and freedom to make thoughtful and innovative work. They offer space to live and work, tools, mentorship, and connections to make that happen. Plus, a $200 a month stipend if you have the right to work in the USA. For their Fall 19 residency, they are looking for artists interested in spending 2-3 months between September 1st to November 30th in 2019, working on projects in any of their three tracks: production, research, and learning.

Deadline: April 27th
No Entry Fee


Art Hawaii International: Call to Artists for Installations

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Art Hawaii International (Honolulu, Hawaii) is a contemporary art fair with inaugural dates November 6-10, 2019, located in Honolulu at Hawaii Convention Center. The spectacular location will bring local visitors, as well as destination art travelers from around the world.

AHI exhibitors include vetted international galleries, museums, art foundations, art publications, art films and art talks. The art fair program includes annual curatorial themes highlighting important subjects through art. AHI philosophy includes building better bridges to art knowledge for visitors through AHI proprietary app, kiosks and informational sources. We provide personal service for AHI attendees, especially Asia-centric visitors in their language, to obtain information on exhibitors and the artwork, to further cultivate art collectors, art lovers and art buyers.

Deadline: April 30th
No Entry Fee


Red

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Red is a color that calls up associations of love, luck, passion, and violence but also the mementos of childhood, such as balloons and toys. It is found in Paleolithic painting, China’s imperial and popular imagery, the Dutch Renaissance, it is also present in the contemporary graphic texts of Barbara Kruger and the abstract etchings of Anish Kapoor. This is the second installment of Site:Brooklyn’s (Brooklyn, New York) ongoing investigation into color: its meaning, its roles, and place in contemporary practice. Site: Brooklyn is seeking works in all genres and mediums.

This is the second installment of Site:Brooklyn’s ongoing investigation into color: its meaning, its roles, and place in contemporary practice. What does red mean to you?

Deadline: May 2nd
Entry Fee: $35


Open Call for Artists in the AD Industry

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If you’re an artist working in the advertising industry, Times Square Arts, Advertising Week, and the Out of Home Advertising Association of America (New York, NY) invite you to submit original moving image artwork to Midnight Moment, the world’s largest, longest-running digital art exhibition. The selected 3-minute work will be shown on electronic billboards throughout Times Square every night in September 2019.

Deadline: May 6th
No Entry Fee


A4A Spring Workshop Opportunities

Assets for Artists is back with FREE professional development workshops for artists in all disciplines, made possible with support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Business Development Grant Program. We have a great roster of workshops lined up in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island this April & May.

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. Be sure to specify the date & location of the session you’re interested in.

Preference will be given to artists from rural areas of Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut but non-rural artists may also enroll if space allows. Participation is FREE! Workshops will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

The A4A program promotes equal opportunity and seeks diversity in its workshop participants.


ARTIST IN BUSINESS w/ Dee Boyle-Clapp

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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.

Available sessions:

Sunday, April 7th | 9:30am - 5pm | North Adams, MA

Friday, April 12th | 9:30am - 5pm | Warwick, RI

Saturday, May 11th | 10am - 4:30pm | New London, CT


BUSINESS THINKING FOR PERFORMING ARTISTS w/ Amy Smith

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Amy Smith, Co-Director of Headlong Dance Theater and Headlong Performance Institute in Philadelphia, has worked internationally as a choreographer, director and performer. In this interactive workshop, performing artists in all fields — music, dance, theater, comedy, and more — will set goals and learn skills they can implement right away. Topics include valuing your time and other issues related to self-employment, long term financial thinking, “real cost” budgeting for projects and for your life, fundraising and other revenue streams, and goal setting for the business of your artistic practice.

Suitable for artists in all performing disciplines.

Available session:

Monday, April 22nd | 10am - 5pm | Providence, RI


FIND YOUR MESSAGE: Branding & Marketing for Visual Artists w/ Jessica Burko

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Jessica Burko a Boston-based exhibiting artist, curator, and arts marketing professional. In this workshop, Jessica will help visual artists and craftspeople gain a better understanding of how to present their work, identify their target audience, and create a detailed marketing plan while building the confidence to implement it.

On the day following the group workshop, selected artists will be invited to meet individually (for 30 minutes) with Jessica for an in-depth discussion of specific marketing questions and concerns, and to review their arts marketing strategies.

Recommended for visual artists and craftspeople.

Available sessions:

Thursday, May 2nd | 1pm - 6pm | Bristol, RI
One-on-one sessions with selected artists will be held on Friday, May 3rd.

Friday, May 17th | 1pm - 6pm | Winsted, CT
One-on-one sessions with selected artists will be held on Saturday, May 18th.

In requesting this workshop, please specify if you’d like a one-on-one session (if available) the day following the group workshop.


UNDERSTANDING YOUR VISUAL ART PRACTICE AS A BUSINESS w/ Kim Faler

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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. Participants will receive guidance on improving their artist statements, portfolios, websites, budgeting, time management, and fundraising.

Recommended for fine / non-commercial visual artists.

Available session:

Wednesday, May 8th | 1 - 6pm | North Adams, MA


Our work is possible because of our wonderful funders & partners, including the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business Development Program. Our Rhode Island workshops are happening in partnership with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Our Connecticut workshops are happening thanks to a partnership with the CT Office of the Arts, Northwestern CT Arts Council, Southeastern CT Cultural Coalition, and Windham Arts.

Open Studios, March 30th

Come celebrate
the Opening of our new Studio ANNEX!

Date: Saturday, March 30th
When: 4:30-6:30 PM
Where: Now in two locations on MASS MoCA’s Campus!
Building 13, 2nd Floor
Building 34, adjacent to A-OK BBQ

Michael Menchaca   , in Building 13

Michael Menchaca, in Building 13

Printing presses in Building 34

Printing presses in Building 34

March is an exciting month here at the Studios at MASS MoCA! We opened the doors to a second and brand new studio space in Building 34. It is equipped with 4 new private studios, 2 looms, and 2 presses, including a flatbed hydraulic press and a rebuilt Dickerson combination etching press. We’ve grown from 8 to 12 artists a month. Come explore their work and check out the new digs at Open Studios on Saturday, March 30th.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:

Patricia Ayres
J Carpenter
Courtney Dudley
Laura Escobar
Anna Gustafson
Nikolai Ishchuk
Jia-Jen Lin
Michael Menchaca
Yuria Okamura
Barbarita Polster
Julie Wolfe
Chin Chih Yang

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).

March Artist Opportunities

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


Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program

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Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program (Roswell, NM) provides studio-based visual artists with the unique opportunity to concentrate on their work in a supportive, collegial environment for a whole year. The program’s interest is in strengthening the vitality of the visual art in New Mexico and it has been a catalyst in broadening community understanding of contemporary art for over fifty years. A monthly stipend is provided, and families are welcome.

Deadline: March 15th

No Entry Fee


L’ Atelier Berkshire Art Gallery: Call for Artists

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Be a featured artist in the Berkshires! L’Atelier Berkshire Art Gallery (Great Barrington, MA) run by Assets for Artists alum Natalie Tyler is now accepting applications for their spring exhibition. All mediums of art are considered.

Deadline: March 15th

Entry Fee: $35


Open Call for Artists - "Green: The Impossible Color"

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Of all the colors in the rainbow, green is perhaps the most mutable and multifaceted. As a color, it can lean towards yellow, blue, gray, or brown, while still remaining unquestionably itself. Green evokes associations of landscape and nature – everything from the palest new spring buds to the dark evergreens of deep winter. Yet it can also remind us of cities and the man made – green glass skyscrapers, copper rooftops, the Statue of Liberty, and printed money. Emotionally, green has long signified envy, a pit of snakes coiled in the body. But add white and the color turns minty, suggesting more pleasant and peaceful states of mind.  What does green mean to you? How does this elusive color make its way into your work, either as the star player or in a supporting role? The Painting Center (New York, NY) is interested in work in all media (under 48” in any direction) featuring green in any of its manifestations for this juried exhibition. This exhibition is open to all media.

Deadline: March 25th

Entry Fee: $40


Women’s Studio Workshop

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Women's Studio Workshop (Rosendale, NY) is now accepting applications for: The Art-in-Ed Workspace Residency - an opportunity for artists with teaching experience, knowledge of intaglio/silkscreen/hand papermaking processes and interest in working with local students; the Chili Bowl Workspace Residency - an opportunity for ceramicists who want to participate in WSW’s biggest community event of the year; and The Studio Workspace Residency - a four- to six-week opportunity for artists to create new work. Each program invites artists in all stages of their careers to fully immerse themselves in WSW’s supportive environment.

Deadline: April 1st

No Entry Fee


White Mountain National Forest Artist in Residence Program

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The White Mountain National Forest (WMNF), established in 1918, now encompasses nearly 800,000 acres in New Hampshire and western Maine. It includes beautiful woods, waterfalls, rivers, and rugged mountains. The WMNF Artist in Residence (Northern New Hampshire) program offers professional and emerging artists in all disciplines – visual and performing artists, craftspeople, writers, composers, eco, media, and social practice artists – an opportunity to pursue their particular art form while being inspired by the Forest and sharing their work and their artistic process with members of the public. Selected artists will spend three weeks or more in the National Forest this summer, bunking with WMNF trail crew at Mead Base at the southern edge of the national forest. Artists will have time to work on their art, develop public programming, help inspire connections and celebrate the power of the arts.

Deadline: April 5th

No Entry Fee


The Bogliasco Foundation Study Center

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The Bogliasco Foundation's Study Center is located on the Italian Riviera in the village of Bogliasco, which is situated on the southeastern city limits of Genoa in northern Italy. Since the Study Center was founded in 1996, it has hosted more than 950 fellows from 58 countries. The Bogliasco Foundation’s Study Center (Genoa, Italy) provides no-cost, month-long residency fellowships to artists and scholars working on projects in Archaeology, Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Classics, Dance, Film/Video, History, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Theater, and the Visual Arts. Fellows are provided with living quarters, full board, and a separate private studio.

Deadline: April 15th

No Entry Fee


Adaptations: Living with Change Residencies at A Studio in the Woods

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A Studio in the Woods (New Orleans, LA) is now accepting applications for Adaptations: Living with Change Residencies. Residencies are 6 weeks, will take place between September 2019 and May 2020, and include a  $2500 stipend and $2000 materials budget. The call is open to artists of all disciplines who have demonstrated an established dialogue with environmental and culturally related issues and a commitment to seeking and plumbing new depths. A Studio in the Woods asks artists to describe in detail how the region will affect their work, to propose a public component to their residency, and to suggest ways in which they will engage with the local community.

Deadline: April 22nd

Entry Fee: $15


Call for Entries: “Habitats”

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Target Gallery (Alexandria, VA) invites artists working in all visual media to submit to "Habitats". In this group exhibition, "Habitats" will explore the relationship between humans and nature, creating a dialogue on the impact that we make on the earth and our environments.


Deadline: April 28th

Entry Fee: $35



Makers Market: Call for Artists

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Storrowton (West Springfield, MA) is looking for makers of all kinds for their new summer makers market on June 15, 2019. Vendors will be selected based on product appeal to the target audience, professionalism, online presence, aesthetic, uniqueness, and availability within the product category. Makers Market is curated and, though they love makers of all kinds, they will select a diverse group of quality makers for the event.

Deadline: April 30th

No Entry Fee (Applicable fees upon acceptance)


Call for Entry: Helpful Discomfort

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Hidden Currencies (New York, NY) presents hécatombe, an extension of the collective through print. They are seeking open calls for their 1st edition. For hécatombe’s first edition, Hidden Currencies is  examining the implications of discomfort and its potential to inspire growth, regression, fear, and hope. Discomfort can reflect a projected incongruence of identity, fueled by the pressures of society and self. This discomfort can be at the epicenter of our dissonance from society: we now face the question if it is the individual or the society which should be made to feel uncomfortable. If so, what is the utility of discomfort for each party? Now accepting submissions from any medium which explore this theme to be printed in our first edition, including but not limited to: writing, painting, sculpture, photography, installations, games, data sets, experiments, multimedia, etc.

Deadline: May 1st

Entry Fee: $5



Welcome, North Adams Project Artists!

We have a new batch of North Adams Project artists to introduce, and we couldn’t be more excited! This year’s cohort is a mix of longer-term North Adams residents and newer arrivals. What they have in common is the feeling that North Adams is an especially opportune place to be making work and growing creatively in 2019. Here’s a little information about their practices and goals for the coming year.


With a background in illustration, relief printing, and arts education, Gloria Calderón-Sáenz finds her recent work to include painting and carving on wood as well as mixed media-collages made of discarded packing materials. Gloria’s passion for collaboration between art disciplines has led her to create work with musicians, dancers, and poets. She describes her work as a journal of up-rootedness; a place for ritual and transformation and a tool to ask questions and start conversation.

Since settling into her newly purchased North Adams home and studio, Gloria plans to create a series of woodcuts about the rivers surrounding North Adams, and will continue her series Post Industrial Molas consisting of big format collages and paintings on reclaimed paper. With her work gaining momentum, Gloria hopes to publish a limited edition book about her art and creative practice.


Petros Chrisostomou constructs hybrid spaces, combining the concerns of artist, sculptor and curator. His work, as much sculptural as photographic, draws inspiration from concepts of hyperreality. Petros’ work questions how we interpret objects using a range of incongruous visual clues, obscure constellations of objects and spaces, with symbolically rich contexts.

While based in New York, Petros participated in a Studios at MASS MoCA residency and grew excited about the flourishing creative environment in North Adams. He made the move to North Adams in fall 2018. Petros looks forward to the flexibility to create work on a larger and more ambitious scale, whilst working with local fabricators and artisans in the community to achieve projects that he would not otherwise have the opportunity to make.


In addition to being an artist, Julia Dixon is a creative economy and cultural planning consultant as well as a freelance writer. While Julia is known for self-portraiture, her latest paintings seek to explore absence and presence through a combination of symbolism and realism. She has been working on a protest portrait series since 2017.

As a North Adams resident for nearly a decade, Julia is ready to devote serious time and attention to commissioned portraiture as a second source of income. She looks forward to creating a website that showcases her work and promotes commissions as a service. Julia hopes to move toward more full-time painting as her commission-based work increases.


Danielle Klebes finds that people in flux serve as the main subject of her work. While her paintings are not specifically narrative, they include pictorial clues to the experience of the subjects. The figures, captured in moments of uncertainty and isolation, are close in proximity but emotionally distant. Danielle’s use of cool, colorful, and unnatural palettes highlight disconnection and a lack of intimacy.

Looking forward, Danielle is interested in exploring identity in her paintings, a theme that she finds particularly relevant in North Adams, with its dueling personalities as an ever-expanding art hub and historic blue-collar factory city. The places where those two identities meet (murals on walls of brick buildings) are especially intriguing to her. To Danielle, those spaces serve as a reminder that identity is acquired and changeable versus inherent and permanent.


As a Bahamian-born artist who has chosen to live abroad, Anina Major is interested in migration, displacement, and the relationship between self and place. Working in clay and textiles as well as installation and performance, Anina recreates cultural artifacts and explores the emotional complexities of her own journeys.

In "Sunburst" (pictured), a blowfish-like orb embodies a protective spirit of place. Anina comments, "The abstract object of power and aggression is suspended vertically by net and chain with gravitational balance to suggest a moment of stability."

Anina became interested in North Adams as a possible home base after completing a residency with the Studios at MASS MoCA in summer 2018. She is currently an AIR with the 36 Chase & Barns residency in North Adams, and plans to establish her own sculpture studio after that program ends.


Ariel Rosenblum has been working with textiles for over a decade, in many ways refining her craft and artistic voice. Her practice is informed by research, improvisation, and experimentation, guided by a deep respect for materials. Ariel remains mindful of the fact that her practice was once integral to clothing, warming, comforting, and adorning the body for most of human history. Reflecting on materials and use allows Ariel to explore touch and texture, making objects and wall pieces that aim to illicit a quiet visceral response to their tactility, materiality, and making.

Ariel plans to set up a small studio to produce and sell home textiles, including rugs, blankets, and pillows using regionally sourced wool. She also hopes to create furniture collaboratives with woodworkers. After successfully growing her textile business, Ariel intends to teach textile workshops in her studio for adults and children, but also in collaboration with school and gallery programs in the Berkshires.


As a photographer and painter, Jon Verney sees his creative practice rooted in curiosity, chance, and haptic experimentation. He is most fascinated with exploring material transformation through an alchemical approach to image-making. This approach has led Jon dissect, reverse, and dismantle traditional photographic processes. His images are left to resemble fragmented memories eroding into abstraction, their dissolution suggesting larger forces of flux and change.

After years of deepening his commitment to his practice, Jon feels the next step in his career is to start constructing artworks that are eminently “showable.” Outsourcing labor such as printing and framing to professional shops is something that Jon looks forward to. He feels outsourcing would elevate the presentation and value of his pieces, as well as grant him more time to focus on the creation of the work itself.


Cein Watson believes that sometimes a book needs its own space, or a painting needs its own tea room. Based around this belief, Cien builds architecture based around art objects instead of art objects around architecture.

Cein feels that now is the perfect time in his career to take advantage of all that North Adams has to offer. Seeking grants and applying for public art work projects would help Cein construct spaces for both public and private clients, while simultaneously building the capacity and safety of his North Adams woodworking studio.


Emilee Yawn is an artist and community arts advocate, whose artwork attempts to start a reflective dialogue about our cultural experiences and expectations. Her recent bodies of work are concerned with the themes of movement and density, both physically and metaphorically. Emilee’s collage work plays on the limitations of two-dimensional materials and gives a new meaning to “found imagery.” The potential she sees in the City of North Adams is among her top passions. Through her involvement with the Finding North Adams project Emilee discovered a disconnect between the local and art communities, and she was eager to help make a change.

Currently, Emilee works in the North Adams Kiosk, a project designed to encourage tourists to explore North Adams. She hopes to make this project into a joyous, collaborative part of the community by giving art tourists a reason to discover all that North Adams has to offer.



Open Studios, February 28th

meet our new artists and
explore evolving works in progress!

Date: Thursday, February 28th
When: 4:30-6:30 PM
Where: Building 13, 2nd Floor on MASS MoCA’s Campus

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residents perusing new drawings by Matthew Constant

February has been an active month at the Studios with a continuous flow of new artists and creative energy. Join us in celebration of their progress on Thursday, February 28th from 4:30-6:30pm. We have artists working across disciplines such as painting, installation, performance and sound. Collaborations have already started to take shape. Come on by and you’ll be sure to experience both visual and aural splendor!

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:

Matthew Alan Constant
Rachel Devorah Rome
Anna Gustafson
Andrew Hladky
Michael Menchaca
Katya Popova
Tricia Townes
Derrick Velasquez

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.

TRACES OF DREAMT CHILDREN

Are You Pregnant?

Artist Giuseppina Giordano would love to speak with you!

Giuseppina Giordano is an artist-in-residence at MASS MoCA thru February 19, 2019. She believes in the creative and transformative potential of pregnant women and invites you to participate in an art project.

If you are pregnant, or if you know anyone who is pregnant and who might like to spend 15 minutes being interviewed at MASS MoCA, please reach out to Giuseppina at giuseppinagiordano.info@gmail.com.

TRACES OF DREAMT CHILDREN is a prejudices-free research project for a book and work of public art that collects the personal experiences of pregnant women with particular emphasis on the dreams and the infinite possibilities that unfold during pregnancy.

This is a life-long project for Giuseppina. Her goal is to create the conditions to trace the psychological transformations that a pregnant woman experiences. Ultimately, her dream is to develop a network of women who together build a place, in the public space of each participating community, that becomes the opposite of a cemetery: a place focused on the living -- on transformations, uncertainties, and the future -- in which each pregnant woman is an agent of change for a new reading of pregnancy.

Giuseppina has been working on this project in several countries, and is excited to make connections with pregnant women in different settings, and help build a shared artistic and social practice that can be sustained over time.

At this stage of the project, she is looking for pregnant women who live within a short drive of MASS MoCA, or are visiting the museum, and want to share experiences of their pregnancy with her by answering questions concerning: the first moments of pregnancy, body sensitivity, fears, dreams and the special self-awareness that comes with pregnancy.


To participate reach out to Giuseppina at giuseppinagiordano.info@gmail.com.
Visting MASS MoCA for the day? Stop by Giuseppina’s studio at MASS MoCA, Building 13 on the second floor.

For more about Giuseppina’s work visit her website here.

This project is supported by The Secular Society, Virginia, USA





Open Studios, January 26th

Our next Open Studios
is on FREE DAY
at MASS MoCA!  

Date: Saturday, January 26th
When: 3:00 - 6:00 PM
Where: Building 13, 2nd Floor on MASS MoCA’s Campus

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Xiao Wang at work in his studio

On Free Day MASS MoCA will throw open the doors to the museum for free and fill the galleries with art-making activities, lively discussion, and pop-up performance. The Studios at MASS MoCA is joining in the fun with an extended Open Studios starting at 3pm! Swing by the Studios after a free visit to the museum to catch work in progress by our newest artists in residence. This month, our artists have joined us from across the globe, traveling from Italy, Portugal, South Korea, China and all corners of the U.S. Come see what they have been up to in North Adams!


PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:

Giuseppina Giordano
Erin Gleason
Barbara Ishikura
Christopher Jagmin
June Lee
Marisa Pilo
Autumn Wallace
Xiao Wang

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.

Hear From Our 2016 CT Artists

Back in 2016, Assets for Artists enrolled 10 Connecticut creatives in our Matched Savings Program. It was our first time working in CT. Three years later, we’ve asked them to share updates on their practice and thoughts on how the A4A program has impacted them.

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Judith Kruger, Litchfield, CT (judithkruger.com)

Judith is a visual artist whose paintings, prints, and mixed media works utilize natural materials and address the human-earth connection. Judith had a full practice coming into A4A, but the program helped her make important changes to her business strategy that are paying off with more efficiency and higher profits. 

After writing her business plan with A4A, Judith increased her workshop teaching and mentoring to have a stronger financial base for her studio practice. She also deployed new strategies for building her “brand,” hired out some of her administrative responsibilities, and paid off much of her credit card debt. A4A grant funding allowed Judith to buy a new computer, which helped to streamline virtually everything she does.

In Judith’s words: “In a nutshell, viewing my work more as a business since A4A has proven to be very beneficial. I am working with a new gallery and my work production is increasing when I am in the studio. I will have 4 new mentoring clients for 2019. One of my galleries has asked that I start curating for them. I've committed to 2 shows for 2019 and am really clear about and happy with my work direction. It's busier, yet much more focused and easier. That says it all.”

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A4A's support came at a crucial time for me and its emphasis on art as a business helped me take the long view of my career and set achievable and appropriate goals.

- Will Holub, Old Lyme, CT (willholub.com)

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I am being collected by major institutions, and being exhibited.

My record keeping is better as are my business goals.

- Marion Belanger, Guilford, CT (marionbelanger.com)

Joseph Brien, Falls Village, CT (lostartworkshops.com)

Joe Brien is a fine furniture maker and the proprietor of Lost Art Workshops, offering hands-on classes in traditional craft and wilderness survival. Joe had been practicing woodworking for over 25 years before joining A4A, and he found that the program helped to clarify his business and financial goals, guide his time management, and improve his marketing strategy. With input from an A4A workshop on branding and marketing, Joe redesigned his website, and has received positive feedback from clients on the new look. 

Joe says: “I recently presented a promotional package to a new client. They are very impressed with my knowledge and are thrilled with my ideas.”

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Ready to apply? Return to our announcement page, or go directly to the application for our CT 2019 Matching Savings Program!