Artist Residency Program

The BCA's Artist Residency Program provides a platform and support for the development of new work, while simultaneously offering artists unique opportunities to connect and collaborate with our community. Artists-in-residence each receive studio and funding support during their fifteen-week stay at the BCA.

Updated information about the BCA's 2014 Artist Residency Program will be posted here once available.

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2014 Artist | Cathy McLaurin PDF Print E-mail

February 3 - May 16
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block-talkArtist Talk
February 27 | 7 pm
Mills Gallery

 

 

block-wkshpA Community Conversation
March 22 | 1 pm
Mills Gallery

Come tell us about yourself! Artist Cathy McLaurin and the Boston Center for the Arts host an afternoon of story sharing. Bring a personal object that you feel communicates your history and experience. Both your object and story can become a part of a special exhibit in the Mills. Enjoy refreshments and tell us about your object and story.

 

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Saturday, May 3 | 1-3 pm
Tour at 1pm | Community Exhibition Celebration at 2pm
Mills Gallery

Join Cathy McLaurin for the culmination of her 15-week residency at the Boston Center for the Arts with a tour (of sorts) of the BCA campus as well as its South End neighborhood, followed by a community exhibition. Based on research and interviews with BCA artists and staff, as well as local residents, McLaurin leads a tour that reveals lesser known histories of a familiar place. In addition, a community display of personal objects accompanied by labels co-written by the items’ owners visually reveal more neighborhood stories.

 

While in residency at the Boston Center for the Arts from February 3 through May 16, artist Cathy McLaurin will create a tour of Boston’s historic South End neighborhood, drawing on methodology including “on the ground” interactions with community members and historical research.  Her practice involves media ranging from performance, video and drawing to dialogue and writing, used to develop an in-depth narrative of place, reflecting issues and experiences such as repressed history, tradition, trauma and larger political and economic forces.

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Image credit: Cathy McLaurin, Untitled still from video, No place like home, HD video 30:00, 2012-13

 
2013 Artist | Azadeh Tajpour PDF Print E-mail

azadeah tajpour 2September 9 - December 20
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block-talkArtist Talk
September 26 | 7pm
Mills Gallery

 

 

block-talkShifting Borders: Artist Round-Table Discussion
Monday, November 25 | 7pm
Mills Gallery

Join us for a round-table conversation with BCA Artist Resident Azadeh Tajpour and artists Shirin Mazaffari and Parastoo Ahovan.

Three Iranian-born artists discuss issues raised by their artwork, including the shifting border between "us" and "other" for artists exploring personal history in the context of international events.

Presented in conjunction with Tajpour's current project at the BCA, utilizing images of late 19th century Iranian women found in Harvard's digital archive "Women's Worlds in Qajar Iran," these artists will talk about strategies and challenges involved with the use of archival material in art-making, examine changing views of ethnography and gender, and question authenticity and ambiguity in representation.

Audience participation in the conversation is invited and encouraged.

 

 

Tajpour’s current project, Shifting Context, grows out of her involvement in “Women’s Worlds in Qajar Iran,” a Harvard University digital archive project. Tajpour’s research led her to uncover late 19th and early 20th century photographs and texts describing Iranian women of this era. The representations of these women in the archives raised questions for Tajpour about the nature of meaning as gleaned from historical records and archives, and about how to build a sense of engagement and context from such sources. These questions will inform her multi-media project at the BCA.

Tajpour’s past work includes a study of the 2009-2010 upheavals in Tehran as captured by protestors (often with phone cameras) running in the midst of conflict or from a place of hiding. This work has taken the form of paintings that freeze moments of turmoil, as well as video and installation works that examine the layers of mediation that inform political and personal consciousness.

Born in 1979 in Tehran, Azadeh Tajpour received a BS in Physics from Sharif University. She moved to Los Angeles in 2004 where she received an MA in Art History from California State University, Los Angeles and an MFA from Claremont Graduate University. She has lived and worked in Somerville, MA since 2010. She has received awards from the Somerville Art Council, the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Armory Center for the Arts and CE & Bertha Harsh.

Tajpour has participated in an Art Omi residency and exhibited at CSU Long Beach, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA, McNish Gallery and Jaus Gallery, Los Angeles, Claremont Graduate University East Gallery, Peggy Phelps Gallery and LAAA Gallery 825, among others. She will participate at the 31st International Symposium of Contemporary Art of Baie-Saint- Paul, Québec, Canada in August 2013. Her recent video installation will be exhibited in the Open West in the United Kingdom in 2013.

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Image credit: Azadeh Tajpour, Untitled, Digital print on Vellum, 8.5 x 11 in., 2013

 
2013 Artist | Edie Bresler PDF Print E-mail

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March 4 – June 14, 2013
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This Spring, the BCA will welcome local Somerville artist Edie Bresler, whose practice is based on collaborative, social practices. At the BCA, Bresler seeks to create an alternative financial model for our economy, one that is built on systems of trust and trade-exchange. Throughout Bresler’s residency, she will set up informal, participatory “street studios” in the BCA’s neighborhood where she will engage with passersby to create interactive visual and written portraits. For their participation, “currency” will be exchanged, which can be traded for a portrait at an informal BCA community day. Dates for Bresler’s community days will be posted in the Spring.

IMAGE CREDIT: Edie Bresler, Exchange Economy Edie Bresler, Exchange Economy Harry Patel and family, Jay's Food, Beer and Wine, 2012, Lowell, MA.


block-talkArtist Talk with Edie Bresler
Wednesday, March 20 | 7-8 pm | Mills Gallery at the BCA
Current Artist Resident Edie Bresler discusses her current project Exchange Economy.
 
 

 

block-wkshpExchange Economy Community Photo Day with current Artist Resident Edie Bresler
Saturday, April 6 | 2-5 pm | Artist Studio Building Lobby at the BCA
Free and open to the public
During her 15-week residency, Bresler will be developing her interactive project Exchange Economy. Using photography, she will examine ideas of value by creating an alternative economic model built on systems of recycling, trust and trade-exchange.

 

block-wkshpExchange Economy Community Photo Day with current Artist Resident Edie Bresler
Wednesday, May 15 | 6:30-9:30 pm | Artist Studio Building Lobby at the BCA
Free and open to the public
During her 15-week residency, Bresler will be developing her interactive project Exchange Economy. Using photography, she will examine ideas of value by creating an alternative economic model built on systems of recycling, trust and trade-exchange.

 

block-wkshpExchange Economy Community Photo Day with current Artist Resident Edie Bresler
Saturday, June 15 | 2-5 pm | Artist Studio Building Lobby at the BCA
Free and open to the public
During her 15-week residency, Bresler will be developing her interactive project Exchange Economy. Using photography, she will examine ideas of value by creating an alternative economic model built on systems of recycling, trust and trade-exchange.

 
2012 Artist | Siobhan Rigg PDF Print E-mail

After Now
September 4, 2012 – December 23, 2012
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after nowWashington, DC-based artist Rigg explores ways in which current socio-political issues affect a community’s immediate environment and quality of life. Given the economic uncertainties that define the ongoing late-2000s recession and a broader sense of unease about social and environmental futures, Rigg's project, After Now incorporates methods utilized in science fiction writing to ask participants to describe their own sense of possible futures. Rigg adapts these techniques to everyday life, transforming ideals into concrete activities for individuals to narrate their own world order. Portions of the resulting audio recordings of interviews and public conversations will ultimately be translated into concrete, three-dimensional models of the objects and places in the participants’ stories.

block-talkArtist Talk: Wednesday, September 19 | 6 pm | Mills Gallery

 

 

 

block-wkshpThe Future Looks Like This: An evening of rational and irrational charette and conversation
Thursday, November 15 | 7 pm | Mills Gallery at the BCA

Free and open to the public

To register of for more information contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 617.426.1119

How is the economic crisis changing what is possible?
Draw the landscape of the future as you imagine it using the science fiction strategy of world building (no artistic virtuosity is expected!).

End Times vs. The Five-Year Plan
Take inspiration and perhaps solace in highlights from the history of planning and foretelling the future.

Contribute to the After Now Library
Be a part of a larger collection of conversations and interviews about modeling the future. Portions of the workshop will be audio recorded.

In Exchange?
In thanks for your participation, you will receive a hand-made compendium of the After Now materials made in Boston this Fall.

What’s a charette?
A collaborative session of designers, citizens, planners or other interested parties often used to generate design solutions for real world problems. Formats vary, but they are usually set to a deadline to generate ideas quickly – the goal is ideas rather than finished product.

 

IMAGE CREDIT: Siobhan Rigg, After Now: Open Invitation for Open Meetings, 2012

 
2012 Artist | Stacy Scibelli PDF Print E-mail

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March 5, 2012 – June 17, 2012
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Stacy Scibelli will take “playing dress-up” to a whole new level. Her interactive, sculptural fashion design blends traditional craft with contemporary art. Consisting of unique, ambiguous, hand-made garments, her project involves the audience creatively by allowing them to try on her garments any way they please, encouraging direct interactions and dialogue among strangers. While in residency, Scibelli will further her exploration into public engagement and expression with free workshops ranging from wearable art to pickling.

Scibelli has just recently relocated to Boston to pursue teaching at Mount Ida College and Lasell College. She is a recipient of an Assets for Artists Grant through the Midas Collaborative with a community partner in Mass MOCA, a Franklin Furnace Grant, a project grant from Possible Futures in Atlanta GA, and a residency in Portland ME.

Wearable Art Workshop | Thursday, May 17 6-8 pm | Mills Gallery
Reimagine recycled objects and clothing to create a unique, collaborative, wearable sculpture.

Drop-In Shoe-making/shining Workshop and Open Studio | Saturday, June 9 1-4 pm | Artist Studios Building
Stacy will open her studio and share her work! Also, drop-in to create a simple slipper shoe out of paper and leather or learn some simple shoe-shining techniques.

 
2011 - 2012 Artist | Jae Rhim Lee PDF Print E-mail

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October 11, 2011 – January 22, 2012
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With her mushroom death suit and infinity mushroom, Jae Rhim Lee asks us to think about alternative burial practices and engage with the process of decomposition on a personal level. The Infinity Burial Project blurs the lines between contemporary art and science in its consideration of practical and psychological issues of death. At the BCA Lee will develop the Decompiculture Society, a membership society to promote death acceptance and the practice of decompiculture (the cultivation of decomposing organisms). Decompinauts will have the opportunity to learn about mushroom cultivation and attend field trips to funeral-related places of interest.

What happens to my body after I die? Join us for a workshop that examines the many personal and cultural choices we make about death and decomposition, and explores the environmental impact of many customs we take for granted.

The afternoon will include an overview of mainstream and alternative postmortem options, a series of guest speakers with a question and answer session and a group discussion. Questions that will be examined include:

What are some guidelines to help me decide what I want to do with my body after I die?
How do I talk to my family about what I want?
What are the legal considerations of choosing how to dispose of my body?
What kind of language and/or legal tools do I need to declare my wishes?

 
2010 - 2011 Artist Residents PDF Print E-mail

Zhangping (Spring 2011)
Christy Georg (Winter 2010-2011)
William Cravis (Fall 2010)
Jesse Kaminsky (Spring 2010)

 

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