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Chanel Thervil
Emergence: What does hope look like?
July 21–October 16, 2016
BCA Plaza

Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) is pleased to announce that Boston-based artist Chanel Thervil has been selected as the Public Artist Resident for BCA’s summer 2016 Public Art Residency, 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 located on the BCA’s public plaza from July 21 through October 16 2016. This is the fourth consecutive year of the BCA’s juried summer temporary public art residency, which gives artists the opportunity to engage the public on the BCA plaza through art during the summer and fall months.

Image credit: Chanel Thervil
Image credit: Chanel Thervil

Thervil’s project is envisioned as a communal tree of hope, built based on direct community input. Thervil is an educator as well as an artist, and her experience with engaging the public around art is a key component of this project. She will be creating a sculpture that takes the form of a tree, with a central core that will be embellished with colorful leaf and branch forms. The sculpture will grow and evolve over the course of the summer based on a series of community conversations. Starting in June 2016, Thervil will be inviting passersby on the BCA Plaza to reflect on the question, “What does hope look like to you?”, in order to contribute to the process of bringing Emergence to life and watch it grow on the plaza over the course of several months.

Follow Thervil's process on her blog about the project.

About the Artist:

Chanel Thervil is a Haitian American artist and educator obsessed with contemporary art, pop culture, and corny jokes. She creates mixed media artwork that explores the relationship between the multiplicity of individual identity while simultaneously existing as a part of a larger community. Overall, she is fueled to create by the need to generate positivity and uplift in spite of uncertainty. 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.

Public Programs: Free and Open to the Public

All public programs take place on the BCA Plaza, outside the garden at 539 Tremont Street

SHARE SOME HOPE: Community Survey
What does hope look like to you? Come out to the BCA plaza to make written and visual responses to this question with BCA's public art resident Chanel Thervil. Your responses will be integrated into the design for a public art sculpture to be unveiled on July 21!

Friday June 10 | 5–8pm
Sunday June 12 | Noon–3pm
Additional dates to be announced

EMERGENCE: What does hope look like?
Opening Reception and Community Creativity

Thursday July 21 | 6–8pm

Read about Emergence: What does hope look like? in Boston Magazine, and read an interview with Thervil about her process in What's on Their Mind?, part of BCA's bimonthly newsletter.

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. Full details about our call for the 2017–2018 season will be posted on the BCA’s website and publicized throughout the area in early Fall 2016.

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.

Program Overview

The Public Art Residency at Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) provides an annual opportunity for an artist or artist team to activate the public BCA Plaza with interactive, temporary public art. It is a twelve-week, process-oriented residency, selected through a juried, open call process. The residency provides an environment for artists to experiment with their craft, develop their focus or test new ideas while simultaneously engaging in active public dialogue.

The residency is awarded to one artist (or artist team) per year to create a temporary public artwork for the BCA’s historic plaza that highlights the BCA as an artistic hub. The program encourages artists to connect to the public not only by way of the completed, temporary artwork, but also throughout the process of developing and realizing their residency project. It is an ideal opportunity for emerging or experienced artists who would like to further develop a piece that engages a variety of audiences and adds to the arts experience of the BCA campus.

Deadline for submission for proposals for Summer 2016 Residency closed on February 21, 2016. Summer 2016 jurors: Camilø Álvårez, Owner/Director/Curator/ Preparator, Samsøñ, Boston, MA; Maggie Cavallo, Curator, Educator and Co-Founder of Alter Projects; and Meg Rotzel, Arts Program Manager at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University. View our recently closed call for submissions here.

Project support:

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