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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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Nabeela Vega | BCA Artist Resident September 12–December 23, 2016

During their residency at the BCA, Nabeela Vega will continue their project Visiting Thahab, in which Vega explores the Muslim femme's presence in contemporary, domestic and foreign spaces through performance, sculpture and installation activated by social intervention. Vega's intention is to explore the identity of a Muslim femme in the post 9/11 diaspora, through the persona of Thahab ("body in gold"), using humor and banal actions to engage audiences in communication and intimacy.

Vega is a South Asian gender/queer media artist whose expressions utilize photography, performance and moving image to explore post 9/11 narratives that intersect with South Asian diasporic experiences. Vega maintains the personal is political—which expands the work from an orientalist lens into considering its role in digital, intimate and banal spaces. Aesthetically, these narratives follow several tropes. Most commonly: persona, gold and autobiography, to build and communicate with the viewer. Their work has been exhibited nationally, internationally & in publications like The Boston Globe, The Washington Post and The Aerogram.

Click here for information about Noise/Touch, Nabeela Vega's public program at the BCA.

Elisa H. Hamilton PDF Print E-mail

February 1 - May 13, 2016

Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) is pleased to announce that BCA Artist Resident Elisa H. Hamilton will begin her residency on February 1, 2016. This fifteen-week, public engagement-focused residency is intended to provide an environment where artists can experiment with their craft, develop their focus, test new ideas and simultaneously spark and participate in vital public dialogue.

Elisa H. HamiltonSupermarket
left: Elisa H. Hamilton, photo credit Joel Benjamin; right: Elisa H. Hamilton, Supermarket, ink and marker on paper, 2016

For her residency project at the BCA, Hamilton poses playful yet vital questions that use the familiar conventions of the archetypal superhero as a unifying construct. She asks: If you could have one superpower, what would it be and how would you use it? What if there were a store where you could buy that superpower, and the only way you could purchase it was by believing it to be possible? During her residency at the BCA, Hamilton will develop her project Supermarket, utilizing the BCA as the site of a series of conversations and workshops inviting the public to engage in a creative dialogue that explores acts of greatness, courage and how we can wield our powers to better communities.

Free and Public Programs

The (Super)Power of Love
Thursday, February 11 | 6:30–7:30pm

Interactive workshop for all ages

Love isn't just a force of nature, it's also a force within ourselves; an inherent superpower within each one of us.  This interactive workshop explores the force of love, using the exchange of experiences and sharing of unique “vessels of love” created by Hamilton for her BCA residency project.  Participants each take home a unique vessel.

Supermaking: The  Supermarket So Far
Sunday, March 20 | 1–3pm

Artist’s talk and interactive demonstration.

Imagining the Supermarket/Sharing our Superstories
Sunday, May 1 | 1–3pm

Participants will interact with Hamilton’s superpower objects and share what they would want to see in the “real” Supermarket in this public conversation examining acts of greatness that individuals have experienced and identifying superpowers that connect to those.

About the Artist

Elisa H. Hamilton is a multimedia artist whose work focuses on the joy found in our everyday places, objects, and experiences. A New England native, she is a proud graduate of Massachusetts College of Art and Design where she earned her BFA in Painting in 2007 and continues a strong connection with the school, currently serving on the Board of Trustees. She maintains a diligent studio practice and has taught at The Eliot School, Harvard Summer School, and Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her work has been extensively shown in both solo and group exhibitions, as well as recognized by the press and her peers. Her projects include Silver Lining, a public art initiative that challenged the public to seek the good in our ordinary lives, An Apple A Day, an installation of 365 apple drawings at The Fitchburg Art Museum as part of their 2013 exhibition Still Life Lives, and Dance Spot, an ongoing interactive public art experience that transforms ordinary spaces into dance floors.

Ian Deleón PDF Print E-mail

September 8 - December 18, 2015

Ian Deleón's residency project at the BCA, Public Personae will be a critical exploration of the social aspects of the artist's work in performance, curation, writing, and dialogue. During the residency period, Deleón will organize a series of public events throughout the BCA campus that foreground concerns of engagement, participation, collaboration, and spectatorship. Events will include a mix of experimental performances, workshops, video screenings, multi-lingual group readings, vendor-booth style public interventions and drop-in critique sessions, created in collaboration with local and out-of-state practitioners whose cultural production hinges on the social. Through this programming, Public Personae aims to undercut the consumptive tendencies of artistic presentation/participation in favor of an ethics of communal preparation and digestion.

Ian Deleón (b. 1987, Miami, 2nd generation Cuban/Brazilian) is an artist, writer, and independent scholar currently based in Boston, MA. He is the Contemporary Department Assistant at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; an editorial contributor to ARC Magazine and Big Red & Shiny, among other publications; and an active member of the Todo Bajo Control & Social Health Performance Club artist groups. Deleón has exhibited videos, installations, performances, and 2-D work in Cuba, Trinidad, Martinique, Puerto Rico, Barcelona, Berlin, Beijing, Vancouver, and throughout the Northeast of the United States.


Public Personae: Bodies in Transit // Bodies in Tumult (part 1)
Free Afternoon Public Performance series on the BCA Plaza
(or in the BCA Mills Gallery if weather is uncooperative)
Curated by BCA Fall 2015 Artist Resident Ian Deleón

This public event presents three short-duration interactive art projects on the BCA Plaza, revolving around themes including an exploration of the commodification of black bodies/black lives and the stereotypes and myths that perpetuate this process; experimentation with new forms of narrative and the transformative role of storytelling; and personal and activist possibilities raised by the act of reading together.

The projects being presented:

  1. PIGEON HOLE a pop-up storefront installation by artists Jennifer Hall and Soledad Boyd, taking place in front of the BCA plaza garden, on the Tremont Street side, near corner of Tremont and Clarendon;
  2. The Water Bearer/La portadora de aqua site-specific performance by Dey Hernández, in front of the Mills Gallery; and
  3. READERS a gathering of collaborators organized by Ekua Holmes and Chanel Thervil, in and around the BCA plaza garden


Public Personae: Bodies in Transit//Bodies in Tumult (part 2)
Free Public Performance series
Saturday, December 19, 2015 | 4-7pm
Curated by BCA Fall 2015 Artist Resident Ian Deleón

This public event presents an afternoon of performances that push the limits of identity, materiality and consciousness. Four new artist projects feature three site-specific performance debuts and a multimedia presentation in the BCA’s Black Box Theatre.

The projects being presented:

  3. Adam Rose + Eames Armstrong
  4. Madge of Honor

In greater detail:

  1. In ESSENTIAL DEPARTURES, Tif Robinette presents documentation and testimony from Essential Departures, a collaborative and experimental performance art workshop held at Rosekill Farm in upstate New York last summer. The workshop, organized with Poppy Jackson (UK) and Jill McDermid (NYC), breaks with women’s historically fraught, imposed ‘bond’ with nature by activating the inherent political potency of the female body/activist body within a natural context.
  2. Essential Departures
    Performance at Essential Departures by Jessi T Walsh

  3. AGROFEMME is a Brooklyn-based performance artist exploring subjects including: the sublime and the abject often informed by an investigation of esoteric and occult texts, the 19th century avant garde, post-humanist theories and radical queer feminism. Agrofemme’s work attempts to unionize empathetic spirituality, healing and radical action.

  5. Adam Rose + Eames Armstrong are two Chicago and Washington, DC-based interdisciplinary artists who explore the elusive nature of the mind-body relationship through dance, performance and collaborative experimentation. Adam is the Artistic Director of Antibody Corporation, specializing in presenting work from the standpoint of a theoretical Antibody – amorphous and evading categorization. Eames is the found of Aether Art Projects, and currently pursuing an MFA at George Washington University.
  6. Adam Rose + Eames Armstrong Adam Rose + Eames Armstrong

  7. MADGE OF HONOR is a queer performance artist whose work centers on the body as a site of both socialization and rebellion.  Madge uses femininity, sexuality and spectacle to expose and confront social conventions, construction and our collective fantasies/pathologies about race and gender, drawing on nightclub traditions of drag and burlesque.  Madge also engages with physically and psychically demanding endurance and time-based work.

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