REGISTRATION FOR DECEMBER 14 ARTISTS HELP DESK SESSION COMING SOON.
Looking for feedback on a new project or body of work? Need advice on how to approach a gallery, or get the word out about your art to critics and collectors? Trying to create or update your website, apply for a grant or expand your network?
HELP IS ON THE WAY!
Boston Center for the Arts and ArtMorpheus are bringing artists and experts together in bi-monthly ARTISTS HELP DESK sessions, providing the opportunity for one-on-one consultations with art professionals including curators, gallerists, writers, outreach strategists, marketing whizzes and more.
Register for up to four 20-minutes consultations per session, at a cost of $25/consultation.
ARTISTS HELP DESK 2016–2017, Wednesdays, 6–8:30pm in the BCA Mills Gallery:
PLUS SPECIAL SESSIONS TO BE ANNOUNCED.
October 19 panel of experts:
Silvia López Chavez has her roots in the Dominican Republic. She believes in using the power of the creative process as an agent for positive change. Her collaborations with community groups include murals and public art projects in Cambridge, Boston, Lynn, Beverly, Danvers and Marblehead.
In 2016 Chavez was the recipient of a Creative City grant from New England Foundation for the Arts for Lemonade Stand—an interactive art pop-up installation throughout the city of Boston. In 2015, through a Boston Foundation grant, Chavez was commissioned by the Design Studio for Social Intervention (DS4Si) to create a temporary public art installation called Color Up! in Dorchester, MA. The project invited the community to help design and apply temporary spray-painted patterns to surrounding areas of the Upham’s Corner train station as part of the Lighting The Line project. In 2013, Chavez received a Massachusetts Cultural Council grant for Fresh Air: Portraits of Chelsea project; which explored the environmental and political aspects within air quality issues in Chelsea, MA.
Chavez holds a BFA in Illustration (’00) from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions including the Fitchburg Art Museum, The Boston Children’s Museum, the New Hampshire Institute of Art, Mills, Grossman and Towne, Bakalar & Paine galleries at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. In 2014 Chavez was appointed by the City of Boston Mayor’s Office as a Boston Creates Steering Committee member to help shape a cultural plan for the city. She is currently an artist in residence at Boston Children's Hospital and continues her studio art practice at the Boston Center for the Arts in the South End.
www.silvialopezchavez.com | Instagram: @silvialopezchavez | Twitter: @Art_Design_Love
Kate Gilbert is an artist and activist deeply committed to supporting the arts as a catalyst for transformation—of our cities, our relationships, and ourselves. In her artwork, curatorial projects and public art organization Now + There she strives to facilitate joy and spontaneity and to help propel public appreciation of contemporary art practices.
Kate's 20-year experience with Boston arts and design organizations culminated in the development of the Greenway's public art strategy in 2011, and in 2014–2015, the opening of the artLAB, an outdoor laboratory for experimental public art at the Lawn on D.
She is now parlaying that experience into Now + There, an arts organization dedicated to delivering impactful temporary public art projects in Greater Boston that give voice to community. N+T’s current project, “Public Trust” by Paul Ramirez Jonas, is a 21-day project in three locations that asks the public to give a promise they can keep and juxtaposes it with promises taken from the headline news sparking a conversation about the value of one’s word.
Vera Ingrid Grant is the director of the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art at the Hutchins Center, Harvard University—located in Harvard Square. She recently curated THE WOVEN ARC (Summer 2016); and the Art of Jazz: NOTES (Spring 2016) at the Cooper Gallery; and The Persuasions of James Montford at Boston Center for the Arts (Spring 2015). Her curatorial approach engages theories of visual culture to create an immersive exhibition experience charged with object driven dialogues. Grant is a Fulbright Scholar (University of Hamburg), has an MA in Modern European History from Stanford University, and was a 2015–2016 fellow at the Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) in New York City.
Ethan Vogt is a filmmaker, festival producer, and curator who brings a decade of experience developing art and immersive media projects that are innovative in form and content. He was based in New York City for 12 years before returning to Boston in 2015 to serve as the Director of Programming of ILLUMINUS, a nighttime, site-specific contemporary art festival that attracted over 30,000 people. Trained as a cinematographer, his credits include “On Common Ground” a feature-length documentary which premiered at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) at New Films / New Directors. He was a Producer of three critically acclaimed feature films by Andrew Bujalski, including Beeswax, Mutual Appreciation and Funny Ha Ha, named “one of the ten most influential films of the decade” by A.O. Scott in the New York Times.
In 2010, Ethan co-founded Nuit Blanche New York (NBNY) to design and produce large-scale contemporary art festivals, specializing in site-specific light, sound, and projection work. Under his lead, NBNY collaborated with innovative cultural institutions and brands including The New Museum, Kickstarter, Audi North America, Arts Brookfield, and Red Bull Music Academy as well as developing projects with notable artists including Vito Acconci, Rita Ackermann, Marilyn Minter, and Krzysztof Wodiczko. In 2014, Ethan conceived and directed Camden Night Gardens an arts-based creative placemaking initiative selected for a $475,000 ArtPlace grant and recognized with a Pinnacle Award from the International Downtown Association. In 2016, Night Gardens was selected by the Boston Mayor's Office for New Urban Mechanics in the Public Space Invitational.
May 10, 2016 panel of experts:
Fabio Fernandez is Executive Director of The Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston. He previously served as the Exhibitions Director at the Society and as Associate Curator at Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Fernández has planned and executed national exhibitions that presented fresh explorations into the conceptual, technical and material approaches of contemporary makers. Curated exhibitions include The Theater of Repetition: Slipcast Ceramics, POP Craft, and Wendy Maruyama: Executive Order 9066.
Fernández is a notable advocate in the craft community. He serves as a Trustee of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine and has been a visiting critic at universities around the country. He has served as a juror on numerous grant panels and is a founding committee member of the Make/Speak Lecture Series in Boston. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan and a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Seton Hall University in New Jersey.
Corey Oberlander is the co-founder and director of GRIN, a contemporary gallery located in Providence, Rhode Island. Graduating from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2010, Corey moved to Providence, RI to open the gallery in 2013. Since then, GRIN has put together over 30 exhibitions, including artists from all over the world. GRIN has been featured in Hyperallergic, ArtInfo, Artsy, Big Red & Shiny, Take magazine and the Boston Globe, and was voted Best Gallery in Rhode Island in 2015. GRINs intent is to develop an intellectually demanding yet aesthetically pleasing program, focusing on emerging interdisciplinary artists with a devotion to process and conceptual advancement.
grinprovidence.com | coreyoberlander.com
Kathleen Smith Redman currently teaches the history of art at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She was the Exhibitions Director at the New Art Center from 2010-2015 where she directed the Curatorial Opportunity Program. She has been an Adjunct Professor around the Boston area since 2009 and she continues to work on independent curatorial projects. She received a BA from Williams College where she studied art history and practice and an MA from Tufts University in the history of art.
Lindsey Stapleton is is the co-founder and director of GRIN, a contemporary gallery located in Providence, Rhode Island. After graduating from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2009, Lindsey moved to San Francisco where she focused on her personal practice before moving back east to open GRIN in 2013. Since opening, GRIN has put an emphasis on developing the careers of emerging and underexposed artist who have a strong focus on both process and content. Among others, GRIN has been featured in GRIN has been featured in Hyperallergic, ArtInfo, Artsy, ArtSpace, and Take Magazine and was voted Best Gallery in Rhode Island in 2015.
grinprovidence.com | lindseystapleton.com
March’s panel of experts:
John Andress is the Associate Director of Performing Arts at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. At the ICA/Boston he has organized performances by artists in many different disciplines including Ragnar Kjartansson, Miranda July, Andrea Fraser, Kid Koala, the Jack Quartet, Matthew Ritchie, and Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg. He co-curated the ICA’s 2015 Foster Prize, which included a gallery exhibition and 40 live performances throughout the run of the show. John also performs regularly as a percussionist with the Callithumpian Consort, working with renowned composers Steve Reich, Alvin Lucier, Tristan Murail, Christian Wolff, and Fred Hirsch.
Photo credit: Izzy Berden
Bonnie Bastien is an Independent Producer of Artist Programs and Projects. She came to this work in 2006 when she became curator for the Artist-in-Research Residency program at the Berwick Research Institute, a small 501c3 art non-profit based in Roxbury. That program supported interdisciplinary artists creating experimental, research-based projects in Boston. Since then she has created a small residency program in her hometown of Southbridge with the Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts and Humanities. Bonnie is presently the Curator and Co-Founder of the Artist-in-Residence program at The Public Library of Brookline which just launched its inaugural call for proposals this February.
Pam Campanaro is the Associate Curator of Exhibitions & Programs at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA. She received her MA in Exhibition and Museum Studies from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2011 and a BA in Art History and Museum Studies from Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA in 2009. Campanaro has curated exhibitions at: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Houston, TX), Find & Form Space (Boston, MA), The Samek Art Museum at Bucknell University (Lewisburg, PA) and Montserrat Galleries (Beverly, MA). Campanaro was the 2015 curator-in-residence at FLOAT: A Tactical Walking Camp, a program of The Luminary in St. Louis, MO. Most recently, Campanaro's proposal for You Are Here You Are Here was selected by the New Art Center's Curatorial Opportunity Program (COP), an open-call curatorial platform that investigates contemporary culture through the visual arts, for their 2015–2016 exhibition season. She is the recipient of the 2013 New England Museum Association (NEMA) University Products Award, an annual grant given to one curator in the New England region. In 2012, Campanaro published, “Labors of Language: Crafting A Revival for Medium in Contemporary Art” and presented the project at the Critical Information Conference at the School of Visual Arts, New York. She is presently a contributor to The American Alliance of Museums: The Center For The Future of Museums, Big Red & Shiny, and Art New England.
Corey Oberlander and Lindsey Stapleton are the founders and directors of GRIN, a contemporary gallery located in Providence, Rhode Island. Graduating from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2010 and 2009 respectively, they each focused on their personal studio practice before opening the gallery in 2013. Since opening GRIN, they have been featured in Hyperallergic, ArtInfo, Artsy, Big Red & Shiny, Take magazine and the Boston Globe, and were voted Best Gallery in Rhode Island in 2015. Their intent is to develop an intellectually demanding yet aesthetically pleasing program, focusing on emerging interdisciplinary artists with a devotion to process and conceptual advancement.
grinprovidence.com | lindseystapleton.com | coreyoberlander.com
January’s panel of experts:
Joseph Carroll is the owner of Carroll and Sons Art Gallery in Boston's SoWa art district. He ran the Bernard Toale Gallery before taking it over in the summer of 2008 and reopening the space as Carroll and Sons that September. Prior to managing Bernard Toale Gallery for five years, Joseph worked for three years with Dan Elias at Elias Fine Art. Joseph holds an MA from New York University and a BFA from Miami University in Ohio.
mRaúl Gonzalez was born in El Paso, Texas and grew up going back and forth between El Paso and Ciudad Juárez, México. He is an award winning artist and illustrator living in Medford MA. He has exhibited his work widely in the northeast including solo exhibitions at Carroll and Sons, Boston, Boston University, The Cambridge School of Weston, Artspace, Raleigh, North Carolina and his first solo museum exhibition at the Museum of Art, University of New Hampshire. He is the illustrator of the critically acclaimed graphic novel Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper which was published by Chronicle Books. Lowriders in Space was nominated for the prestigious Texas Bluebonnet award by the Texas Library Association. Book two in the series, Lowriders to the Center of the Earth is slated for release on July 5, 2016. Cathy Camper and Raul Gonzalez III are currently working on a short story for the Guys Read anthology published by Walden Media. He is also a regular contributor to SpongeBob Squarepants Comics. In 2011 Beautiful/Decay in collaboration with Canson awarded him a Wet Paint Grant. In 2009 Gonzalez received an award from the Artadia Foundation for Art and Culture. In 2015 he received a fellowship from the Brother Thomas Foundation. Gonzalez is committed to introducing youth to the visual arts and has taught in the education departments of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In 2011 Gonzalez collaborated with over 125 kids from all over the city of Boston to create a work titled “and their Families” for the Linde Family Wing of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Gonzalez lives in Medford, MA, with Elaine Bay and their son Raúl the Four.
Lillian Hsu has been Director of Public Art and Exhibitions since 2006 at Cambridge Arts, the arts agency for the City of Cambridge, where she manages long-term and temporary public art projects for the City, including the Percent-for-Art program and Gallery 344. For three years prior to that Lillian administered education and outreach for the Cambridge Public Art Program. Her projects included Public Art ACTS, in collaboration with the Underground Railway Theatre, and Public Art/Moving Site, in partnership with New Haven, CT and Bellows Falls, VT, which was awarded one of the best public art projects of 2006 by the Americans for the Arts/Public Art Network. Lillian is also an artist and educator and studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Wellesley College. Her work has been shown throughout New England and is in the permanent collections of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Rose Art Museum of Brandeis University, and private collections. Her work includes sculpture, drawing, collaborative projects, and written word.
Lexi Lee Sullivan is a contemporary art curator currently working for a private collection. She recently curated Walking Sculpture:1967-2015 at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, which was accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue on the subject of walking as an artistic practice distributed by Yale University Press. She also recently curated Lesley Dill and PLATFORM: 13 Roberley Bell at deCordova, as well as BRINKv1 at the Mills Gallery at the BCA, In Search of the Miraculous at the Concord Art Association as well as The 2013 deCordova Biennial, Retreat: Jean Shin and Brian Ripel, PLATFORM 10: Dan Peterman, second nature: abstract photography then and now, and Rachel Perry Welty 24/7 at deCordova.
Sullivan previously worked at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and was a co-founder of the event series PopRally. She received an MA from Tufts University and a BA from Williams College.
Photo: Melissa Blackall Photography
November’s panel of experts:
Maggie Cavallo is a curator and educator based in Boston, MA dedicated to providing dynamic learning experiences with, through and for the arts. Through various experiences within and outside of institutions, she has developed an holistic approach to supporting artists' professional development by considering their personal needs and goals, assisting with artist writing and providing contextualization for their work in the wider world.
Recent projects and exhibitions include Beyond the Lesson Plan: A Dialogue on Teaching and Learning in the Arts and Standard Practice an exhibition of recent work by Joanna Tam both at Montserrat College of Art, re: no subject featuring the photographs of Vela Oma, Genesis Baez, Todd Danforth and DEAD ART STAR at UMASS Amherst and The Highest Closet, featuring work by Sarah Hill, Hayley Morgenstern, Creighton Paecht Baxter and Jessica Borusky at the 301 Gallery.
Cavallo is also the co-founder of Alter Projects, a social-hybrid company that provides arts programming and consultation to corporate clients, non-profit organizations and artists themselves. Clients include the AIDS Action Committee, the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston and Illuminus Boston. Cavallo was the Curator of Education at Montserrat College of Art from 2010-2015 and is currently acting as a researcher and Teaching Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she is co-developing a course on Art, Design and Public Learning. She received a BA in Media, Society and the Arts from SUNY Purchase and an Ed.M in Arts in Education from Harvard University.
Lucas Antony Cowan leads the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy’s efforts in bringing world-class temporary exhibitions of contemporary public art to the park system in Boston, MA. Cowan was previously the Director of Public Art Programs with the Maryland State Arts Council, and the Senior Curator of Exhibits for the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture and Millennium Park in Chicago. Cowan attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Master in Art in Art Administration program and holds a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art where he studied Fiber and Material Studies. Cowan has served on the Board of Trustees for the International Sculpture Center, publisher of Sculpture magazine, and was a founding member of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s Junior Board.
Marlon Forrester, born in Georgetown, Guyana, South America, is a multidisciplinary artist and educator and a graduate of School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Yale University School of Art. His work focuses on bringing to light the subtle differences found in racial archetypes of the black male body through the lens of sports, media, and popular culture.
Al Miner became the Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in fall 2010. There Miner has curated several exhibitions including Evelyn Rydz: Forever Yours, Dawit L. Petros: Sense of Place, and Ori Gersht: History Repeating. His current exhibition in Boston is Gonzalo Fuenmayor: Tropical Mythologies, and in April 2016 he’ll open Megacities Asia, a large-scale group exhibition of Asian sculpture and installation art to be accompanied by a catalogue.
Prior to the MFA, Miner worked at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Smithsonian Institution’s museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Washington D.C. There Miner curated projects with Dan Graham and Yoko Ono, managed the touring video art exhibition, The Cinema Effect, and served as coordinating curator for the first North American retrospective of the work of artist Blinky Palermo. He has received fellowships from the Association of Art Museum Curators, Goethe-Institut, the American Alliance of Museums, Artis foundation, the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Smithsonian Institution among other honors.
Additionally, Miner’s passion for the art and artists of our time stems from his own background and practice as an artist. He was educated at Randolph College, Queens College/CUNY, and the George Washington University.
September's panel of experts:
Judy Fox works with co-curator Ginger Duggan, under the moniker c2 (curatorsquared), to develop exhibitions of contemporary art and design that explore current issues in culture.
With an undergraduate degree from Bryn Mawr College and graduate degree from the University of Minnesota, Judy trained at Walker Art Center. She was curator at the Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College; Museum of Art, RISD; Institute of Contemporary Art Boston and has been Visiting Curator at Harvard Art Museums and Krannert Art Museum-University of Illinois.
Duggan and Fox have organized exhibitions for Boston Society of Architects; Design Museum Holon- Israel; Krannert Art Museum-University of Illinois; Tufts University Art Gallery, Medford MA; Ulrich Art Museum-Wichita State University KS; Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University, Middletown CT and Pratt Manhattan, NY.
Their writing has been published internationally. The Association of Art Museum Curators has recognized their exhibitions with awards and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Elisabeth Stone Graham Foundation have supported their work.
Sarah Hutt is the Public Art Consultant for the Fund for the Arts at the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA). She has built her career developing opportunities for visual artists. In her tenure in the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs she served as the Director of Visual Arts and Director of the Boston Arts Commission, reestablishing the public art program and overseeing the 500+ collection. She is also founder of the Boston Open Studio Coalition, was involved with the creation of the artist live workspace program, and developed a range of creative economy opportunities for artists.
Hutt is a working artist who exhibits nationally and has received awards and fellowships from numerous organizations including the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Pollack-Krasner Foundation and Boston Society of Architecture. She is a graduate of the Boston Museum School where she was awarded a 5th year Fellowship. Her work is included in many private and public collections including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Harvard’s Fogg Art Museum. She serves as a board member and panelist, visiting artist and lecturer to museums, galleries and organizations throughout the country.
PHOTO CREDIT: David Binder
Christina Lanzl, PhD, co-founder of the Urban Culture Institute, is an experienced public art consultant and cultural planner with more than 20 years experience working with public and private sector clients, cultural institutions, communities and artists. Among her public art consulting clients are the MBTA and the City of Boston. She was recently appointed Project Director of the Fort Point Arts Community and oversees FPAC’s Art Lending program.
Christina offers a unique set of qualifications that encompasses her extensive experience in developing and managing art, public art and exhibition programs, combined with a commitment to the arts in the community and a background as a visual artist. She is particularly versed in artist portfolio review, public art facilitation and cultural planning, public engagement, research and education, and regularly presents to professional audiences, recently at conferences of Americans for the Arts Public Art Network and the International Sculpture Center. Publications include essays on the arts, public art and culture as well as a documentation of public art from the fifties to the seventies for the German government.
She is founding co-chair of the Placemaking Network at the Boston Society of Architects/AIA, belongs to the Placemaking Leadership Council and teaches placemaking at the Wentworth Institute of Technology. Christina serves on the board of cultureNOW, an online public art resource based in New York City. Trained in the U.S. and in Germany, she holds degrees in art history (Ph.D. with concentration in Public Art, University of Munich; M.A., Boston University), and information management (Diploma, Academy of Media, Stuttgart, Germany).
Tiffany Shea York joined the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston in 2000 to manage the Artist-in-Residence program, contemporary exhibitions and public programs. Since then she has worked with over 70 artists from around the globe and helped realize nearly 40 exhibitions, artist’s projects, and performances at the museum. She served on the advisory committee for Mansion as Muse at the Victoria Mansion, Portland, ME and on artist selection committies for the Fenway Alliance, Boston. Tiffany received her BA at Tufts University and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Prior to the Gardner she worked as a jeweler and co-founded and directed Boston’s White Elephant Gallery, which exhibited work of up-and-coming artists in all media.