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.

The call for applications for the 2014-2015 Artist Residency Program is now closed.

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Pat Falco PDF Print E-mail

pat falco a celebration of diversitySeptember 8 - December 19, 2014

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Pat Falco's Boston Contemporary Art Museum for Contemporary Art, Artists, and their Contemporaries participating in Boston's First Night to ring in 2015

Follow Pat Falco's UNTITLED NOVEMBER, a series of daily interventions in the BCA's South End neighborhood and beyond, November 1-30, 2014.


Pat Falco, who founded Lincoln Art Projects in Waltham and runs the Distillery Gallery in South Boston, creates deadpan, hilarious yet pointed text-based signs and objects that he deploys in the public realm to provoke conversation about challenging contemporary issues. During his residency at the BCA, he continues his exploration of the intersection of art and activism with significant participation from the BCA community.

Boston native Pat Falco is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art & Design. In 2011, he founded Lincoln Arts Project, an alternative gallery/project space in Waltham, MA, and he has run the Distillery Gallery in South Boston since 2012. His art practice revolves around everyday life, using text and found objects to highlight the absurd and interacting with his surroundings using a humorous approach.

For the past two years, Falco has primarily focused on installing text-based signs and objects around the city. Their purpose ranges from acting as a catalyst for conversation about city-related issues to bringing attention to under-recognized topics.

block-wkshpSign UP! Take to the Streets
November 1 | 1-4pm
Mills Gallery at the BCA
Be the change at the BCA! Join our Artist Resident Pat Falco and bring your voice into the public sphere. Create personalized picket signs during our November workshop. All ideas, whether political, humorous, absurd or personal, are fair game! We want to hear what you have to say, together let's take those signs to the streets of Boston!
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Image: Pat Falco, Untitled, 2014, acrylic on wood

James Leonard PDF Print E-mail

james leonard seeking divinersFebruary 2 - May 15, 2015

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James Leonard grapples with themes of memory, time and impermanence through the lenses of mortality and climate change.  At the BCA, he will continue an ongoing project that involves consulting psychics, diviners and spiritualists about death, its impact and the world we leave behind, and invites the public to join in and raise their own specific climate-change related concerns.

James Leonard is a Brooklyn-based artist who works across a range of media, including performance, installation, video, drawing and painting. He received a BFA in 1996 from Syracuse University with concentrations in painting, video, and philosophy. In 2004, he received an MFA with a concentration in complex systems theory from the University of Michigan. Over the past ten years, Leonard has exhibited work in numerous art spaces and established festivals, including Fuse Works, Photoville and the Front Room Gallery. In his work, he explores themes of climate, impermanence, the physic and memory.

At the BCA, Leonard plans to continue progress towards on his ongoing process-based performance 99 Ways to Die, in which he consults psychics and other diviners about his death, its impact and the world he will leave behind. He will further develop the project in collaboration with local sources, and will invite the BCA community to participate in his research and to raise their own questions about impermanence and climate change.


Artist's statement:

"I am very pleased to announce this coming spring, I will serve as the 2015 Boston Center for the Arts Artist Resident. While there, I will continue developing a new body of performances and socially-engaged art events, including my forthcoming 99 Ways to Die--a process based performance in which I collaborate with numerous psychics and seers.

Building on last year's performance A Kiss For Luck, which explored themes of loss and material memory, I turn my attention to the intersections between foresight and impermanence.

Adopting a series of familiar structures including fortune-telling readings, group therapy sessions, and scholarly summits, I will work with psychics, academics and members of the public to explore the art of projective storytelling--how we talk to one another about the future--as we grapple with the coming impacts of climate change."


Image: James Leonard, SeekingDiviners3475642660, street campaign, 2014-ongoing



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