About the Artist Studios
The Artist Studios at the Boston Center for the Arts are dedicated to providing affordable workspace and a supportive environment to artists in all disciplines, and at all stages of artistic development. Artists working in studios at the BCA include painters, printmakers, sculptors, filmmakers, craftspeople, writers, performing artists and other art-related organizations.
The building includes fifty work-only studios for artists and arts organizations (studios are not live-in spaces). Studio sizes range from 110 sq ft to 1500 sq ft.
Artists and arts organizations are selected and placed in studios at the BCA through an application and jury-review process as studios become available.
If you would like more information on the Artist Studios or are interested in applying for a studio, please refer to the application instructions.
St. Cloud Building
At the BCA since 1992
"My work delves into the intangible aspect of the tangible. I think of my paintings as dreamscapes, or psychological environments, that can hopefully provide a platform for reflection and discovery. The figure is used metaphorically, with a penchant for the absurd."
The Dutch Masters and Italian Renaissance painters left an indelible imprint on Deborah as she explored the personal context of self-expression in her art. A reverence for painters of the past is evident in her work, where old world style combines with contemporary images in dream-like worlds rich with symbolism. Van Auten has spent her adult years in San Francisco, London, Boston, and New York where she studied at the Art Students League, School of Visual Arts, and was awarded a scholarship to the Salmagundi Club.
The award-winning work of Van Auten is in many private collections, and has been exhibited nationally. She has been featured in such publications as Art News, Art in America, American Art Collector, Southwest Art Magazine, Who’s Who in Visual Art, The Boston Globe, Art New England, among others.
Cats, oil on linen, 28 x 32
Dark Horse, oil on linen, 30 x 30
Gargoyle, oil on linen, 28 x 32
Super Dog, oil on linen, 25 x 25
At the BCA since 1999
In the seventh grade I learned everything was made of molecules. The idea of a cosmos quivering with an invisible, vital force fascinated me. This notion of all things being somehow connected changed my perception of the world around me and continues to influence and inform my creative process and art.
My work considers the natural world, its various organisms, and the issues that affect them. I am interested in ubiquitous vulnerabilities, strengths, and contradictions that create connections. Inspired by biology, politics, and memory I collect my raw material from a variety of sources: some planned, others by chance.
For the last several years, I have primarily been a painter that likes to draw. Graphite speaks to me. I like its versatile spectrum of possibility, its simplicity. Occasionally, I combine graphite with gesso, paint, or other materials to create layers of images that float in and out of view. Alongside this process lurks a collector that accumulates and assembles strange stuff-- more times than not harvested from the sidewalks and streets. Hovering somewhere between 2 and 3 dimensional work, I create off the wall sculptures that often recycle found objects by combining them with unlikely elements.
My aim is to contemplate systems of existence and their occasional dissolution, to present work that considers what it means to be an integral part of the universe, and the importance of these interrelations.
Cranes for Japan, 2011, mixed media on masonite, 12" x 12"
Freefall, 2009, mixed media on paper, 40" x 38.5"
Kill #1, 2012, graphite, gesso on paper, 24" x 22"
Pigeonholed, 2011, mixed media, 22" x 19.5"
at BCA since 2006
Sculpture, installation, jewelry and much more.
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