March/April 2018

Artscope 73, March/April 2018 The Girl Who Sat on the Couch Too Long by Mia Cross | Artscope Magazine
art: The Girl Who Sat on the Couch Too Long
artist: Mia Cross
medium: Oil on canvas
theme: Figurative Work

Through a diverse body of work spanning multiple mediums and themes, Mia Cross explores color, the human figure, and narrative. Her oil paintings, and in particular her portraiture, demonstrate a fixed fascination with pattern and skin. When
painting, Cross pays special care to creating engaging color relationships, sometimes harmonious and sometimes dissonant. Cross stitches her colors together like a quilt, often laying them down with a palette knife and leaving them untouched for the remainder of the painting process. Her recent work explores where the figure begins and ends when immersed in its surroundings. Often her titles provide insight to the story she envisioned, as demonstrated by “The Girl Who Sat on the Couch Too Long.”

Mia Cross launched her career in 2014, following her graduation from Boston University with a double major in Painting and Sculpture. In 2016 she received the “Emerging Artist Award” presented by the Danforth Museum in Framingham, MA. Cross has been the recipient of multiple grants, including the Blanche Colman Grant and a Mass MoCa Match Grant. She has also participated in several artist residencies in the past few years, spending several weeks in 2017 at the Vermont Studio Center through a Boston University alumni grant, and a month in 2016 as an artist in residence at the Goetemann Residency at the Rocky Neck Art Colony in Gloucester, MA. Her work has been featured in numerous galleries and exhibits throughout New England. Currently, Cross’ 140-foot mural, “We the People II,” brightens the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston MA. Cross is a member of Fountain Street Gallery in Boston and recently moved into a studio at 450 Harrison Ave in the SoWa art district. To follow her day-to-day work, visit her on Instagram, @miaxart, or visit her website at

  • Jurors:
  • Julie Barry, Director of Community Arts, Cambridge Arts
  • Kim Alemian, President, N.A.W.A. MA Chapter and Graphic Designer/Webmaster, South Shore Art Center
  • Michele L'Heureux, Director & Curator of the Galleries, Montserrat Gallery

Centerfold Contest

Your work can be Artscope’s next Centerfold. Work by established and emerging artists welcome. For the May/June 2018 issue we will be accepting submissions in the medium of industrial design. Send up to three images and your statement with contact information to: by April 15, 2018. Submit low resolution images for review. High resolution images must be available to be reproduced up to 9” x 12” according to the orientation of the work selected. The centerfold will be selected based on visual and/or conceptual quality, by a panel of three arts professionals.