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Maya Erdelyi | Walk Cycle
September 11–December 22, 2017
Fall Visual Artist Residency

Animator Maya Erdelyi presents Walk Cycle, a project born from both a deeply personal experience and the refugee experience as a whole. Erdelyi will explore possibilities for constructing a series of wheatpaste posters depicting images based on her grandmother’s long midnight walk through the forests of Hungary to escape the violence of World War II. When visually sequenced together by the viewer, the posters will animate into an actual walk cycle, moving through many different kinds of walls and spaces, including neglected spaces, which reference the need for some refugees to survive by not being seen.

Erdelyi will reach out to refugees or descendants of refugees in the Boston area, perhaps including their stories into her work with the addition of recorded interviews. The concept of the Walk Cycle, in Erdelyi’s own words, “connects the physical act of [walking] to the unnerving reality that we are living in a time of seeing history repeat itself.”

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Mobile Incubator

Lucas Spivey | Mobile Incubator
July 20–October 22, 2017
Opening Reception | Thursday, July 20
Summer Public Art Residency on BCA Plaza

The Mobile Incubator is, physically, an overhauled 1957 Shasta camper, but Lucas Spivey has replaced the trailer’s original functionality with those of a home office and recording studio. The mobile office, complete with faux-yard and patio furniture, will act as a catalyst for collaboration between the realms of arts/culture and business. Spivey will host podcasts with entrepreneurs, researchers and thought leaders each week and present these to the public, while also holding drop-in sessions to perform pro bono business development for artists and cultural organizations.

The core focus of Spivey’s project is to encourage the exchange of information between creative- and business-minded individuals. “Arts and culture have a great deal to gain from the essentials of business,” Spivey contends. “And business has a lot to gain from the creativity and freedom so central to the arts.”

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Artist Residency Program 2016-2017 PDF Print E-mail

Announcing Boston Center for the Arts 2016–2017 Artist Residents Chanel Thervil, Nabeela Vega and Tim McCool

Boston, MA—Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) is pleased to announce that artists Chanel Thervil, Nabeela Vega and Timothy McCool have been selected as BCA 2016–2017 Artist Residents. In a newly implemented process reflecting the socially-engaged and public-facing nature of all three of our annual Artist Residencies, the BCA will combine its public calls for these opportunities into a single annual call going forward. Please keep an eye out for an announcement of our 2017–2018 Artist Residents in summer 2017.

Chanel ThervilNabeela VegaTimothy McCool
Left to right: Chanel Thervil, Nabeela Vega, Timothy McCool

BCA 2016–2017 Artist Residency Program: Focus on Public Engagement

The Artist Residency Program at the BCA provides studio space for three artists during the 2016–2017 season: a Public Artist Resident from June through August 2016, and Artist Residencies during September–December 2016 and January–May 2017. These process-oriented residencies are intended to provide an environment where artists can experiment with their craft, develop their focus or test new ideas and simultaneously engage in vital public dialogue. Artists are selected through an annual, juried Open Call process.

The BCA's Artist Residency Program puts special emphasis on artist projects that engage the public in direct and innovative ways, through collaborative activities, participatory public installations, performance, intervention or other imaginative activation. Whether their practice is studio-, street-, or performance-based, artists are invited to use this opportunity to explore art that has public interaction and participation as significant elements.

Summer Public Art Project Support

Eastern Bank

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Chanel Thervil | BCA Public Artist Resident June 6–August 26, 2016

Chanel Thervil has been selected as the BCA's summer 2016 Public Art Resident, to realize her project Emergence: What does hope look like?—a participatory temporary public art project that explores notions of aspiration and optimism. The project includes several public conversations as well as the creation of a sculpture that will be created with community input and located on the BCA's public plaza from July 14 through October 26, 2016.

Thervil is a Haitian American artist and educator who creates mixed media artwork that explores the relationship between the multiplicity of individual identity while simultaneously existing as a part of a larger community. She has exhibited her work and taught art in public schools, galleries, and museum settings in New York City and Boston. In addition to her work with sparc! the ArtMobile at MassArt's Center for Art and Community Partnerships, she currently serves as the Community Outreach Coordinator and Visual Arts Teaching Artist at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.

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Tim McCool | BCA Artist Resident January 30–May 12, 2017

Timothy McCool proposes a project that aims to bring the public together in a congratulatory celebration…exactly what these congratulations are for will be up to each individual. Developing over the course of a series of public programs, McCool will be erecting ceremonial podiums and holding award ceremonies to laud our community for unconventional, self-designated qualities and achievements, using humor and a unique visual style to bring into question the way we value ourselves and our contributions.

McCool is a Boston-based painter, drawer and installation artist. Originally from Pittsburgh, McCool moved to Boston to pursue an undergraduate degree at Boston College. He received his Master's in Fine Arts from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. McCool has exhibited his work at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Carroll & Sons Gallery, Bentley University, and the Essex Art Center.

Public Programs

Trophy Collage Workshop | Drink & Draw
Thursday, February 16 | 6–7:30 pm
Mills Gallery

Trophy Collage Workshop | Family Friendly!
Sunday, March 19 | 3 – 4:30 pm
Mills Gallery

Celebrate Yourself! | Self-congratulatory Ceremonial Award Ceremony
Saturday, April 29 | 2–4:30 pm
BCA Plaza

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