GRANT AND RESIDENCY APPLICATION TIPS by Laura Shabott (Laura Shabott is a Provincetown artist, writer and actor. An SMFA graduate , she has returned to painting and drawing after 23 years in other mediums through a Romano Rizk Scholarship from the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. In this feature, she shares her tips for successful grant writing) Most creative people tend to focus on the process of art making and ignore the money part. But receiving a grant isn’t only about the cash; it is a public acknowledgement of excellence, and we need that validation in order to sustain and thrive as serious artists. So why not go for it? Someone is going to get that grant — it might as well be you. Below are best practices for applying along with a compilation of resources. RESEARCH WHICH GRANTS ARE RIGHT FOR YOU Monies for artists often have specific … [Read more...] about Grants and Residencies: ARTISTS GO FOR IT
A POST-MODERN DREAMSCAPE by Kristin Nord New Canaan, Connecticut - It is during the fallow months in New Canaan, when the trees are a constellation of trunks and branches, that many of the town’s modernist houses come readily into view. Boasting one of the most significant collections of such homes in the United States, New Canaan now counts 91 structures still standing from the estimated 118 that were built from 1939 through 1979. At the center of this collection are works by “The Harvard Five,” a band of architects whose only similarity, truly, was that they each studied under Walter Gropius at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Philip Johnson used his New Canaan estate as his personal archi- tectural laboratory. Marcel Breuer and one-time students Eliot Noyes, John Johansen and Landis Gores set up shop for what became an architec- tural industry. Many other … [Read more...] about NEW CANAAN, CONNECTICUT
100 YEARS OF ARCHITECTURE AT YALE by Kristin Nord New Haven, Connecticut - Later this spring, after almost 20 years, Robert A.M. Stern will be passing the torch as the dean of Yale’s School of Architecture to Deborah Berke, architect and founder of the New York-based Deborah Berke Partners. The exhibition on view through May 7 in the school’s Rudolph Hall gallery was developed in large part from a renowned spring seminar taught by Stern that looked at various studies of architecture — and the at-times tempestuous relationship with the building in which that education has taken place. The exhibition draws upon a large body of work, including video with cameos of the school’s legendary teachers and examples of student projects, fanning out to trace the chronological development and spaces of more than 30 other major schools of architecture throughout the world. Stern’s … [Read more...] about PEDAGOGY AND PLACE
CHALLENGING GENDER EXPRESSION AT ARTSPACE by J. Fatima Martins New Haven, Connecticut - As expected, Artspace New Haven has presented another challenging and amusing statement exhibition. “hello, world!” is an entertaining, absurdist and intellectual mixed-media, mixed- technology exhibition featuring erotic taco eating, vaginal pillows, muscle men, battling blonde wigs, Lorde lyrics, surreal hazy interiors, a Venn Diagram of dysfunctional family dynamics, videos of an artist’s head submerged in various watery locations, photographs that were buried and retrieved, a woman covered in golden drapery and a statement about hard bones and soft tongues. The works, which range from standard two-dimensional wall hangings — paintings and prints — to film and video and a kinetic installation, are displayed in three main gallery spaces and the central hallway as well as the bathroom … [Read more...] about Hello, World!
EXPLORING HUE AT VAN VESSEM by Don Wilkinson Tiverton, Rhode Island - Along with red and yellow, blue is part of a holy trinity of primary colors from which all other hues are born. Its manifestations include navy, azure, baby blue, indigo, periwinkle, the absurdly named “true blue” and many others. It is ripe with symbolism: tranquility, peace and relaxation; conversely, it can be the avatar of melancholy, sadness and depression. In some parts of the world, it is the color of conservatism, while in the United States, blue connotes liber- alism. In religion, it was the favored hue to celebrate Jupiter, top dog in the ancient Roman pagan pantheon. In Catholicism, it is associated with the Virgin Mary; in Hinduism, it is the skin tone of Shiva, Vishnu and other gods. It is the color of the police, of the Navy, of one of the items a bride should wear for luck, of … [Read more...] about BLAUWW: CELEBRATING BLUE
UNDER-30 ARTISTS PUSH THE BOUNDARIES by Franklin W. Liu Cambridge, Mass. - Regardless of the prevailing generational societal values we identify with, is there an artist’s natural inclination to negate what came before in producing art that will be seen as a significant departure from previous generations’ work? The Cambridge Art Association (CAA) ponders these social dynamics when presenting the works of a select group of emerging artists aged 18 to 30 years old in its first exhibition of 2016, “30. Below.” Twenty-five artists were selected from a total of 150 artworks submitted for CAA’s consideration in what is CAA’s first emerging-artist exhibition bracketed by age category. Tinti was especially excited about “the breadth and diversity of eclectic materials, media and motiva- tions of the submissions,” and was further impressed by numerous works in which the … [Read more...] about A NEW GENERATION AT CAA