Artist Opportunities: Shows and Exhibitions (April, 2015 – May, 2015)

Listed below are opportunities to participate in juried shows and compete for space in group exhibitions.  Check them out!

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For an entire month, IAC transforms it’s gallery space into a screening theater, where artists works are projected onto a 10’ x10’ screen and viewed by audiences of up to 100 people per screening. They accept works by local, national and international artists.

Deadline: April 1st, 2015

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Artist Spotlight: Ryan Casey

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Photo by Whitney Browne

We’re featuring another of our terrific new  Massachusetts artists, Ryan Casey! Ryan is a tap dancer from Woburn, Massachusetts who leads a dance company out of Boston. Ryan uses his towering, 6’8” talent to create engaging, inventive, rhythm-based tap work that is at once thoughtful and humorous. Alongside his “freakishly clean footwork … reminiscent of Fred Astaire” (Dance Magazine), Ryan’s performances are smart and delightful.

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Ryan and his company  have presented original, full-length shows, including “Transitions” and “Class Act,” throughout the Northeast. They have performed with the Inside/Out series at Jacob’s Pillow, the Massachusetts Dance Festival, Dance for Life Boston, the Dance for World Community Festival, and Luminarium Dance’s 24-Hour ChoreoFest, with appearances on The Steve Katsos Show and in New York City, with David Parker’s “Soaking WET” series at the West End Theater and Symphony Space’s “Stam-pede.”

Ryan trained under Thelma Goldberg and Kelly Kaleta with the Legacy Dance Company of The Dance Inn in Lexington, Massachusetts. He also served as Dance Captain of Aaron Tolson’s New England Tap Ensemble, was a founding member of Dorrance Dance and has performed as a guest artist with the Jump Rhythm Jazz Project. You may have seen him on So You Think You Can Dance or read one of his articles for Dance Studio Life, Dance Spirit or Dance Teacher. Currently teaching at Boston University, The Dance Inn and Impulse Dance

Photo by Kelly Chadwick

Photo by Kelly Chadwick

Center, Ryan choreographs for the University of Connecticut Tap Team and is a proud alumnus of NYU, The National YoungArts Foundation and The School at Jacob’s Pillow. He was featured in the December 2013 issue of Dance Studio Life and named a 2014 Choreography finalist by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

In addition to his creative dance practice, Ryan is also an active freelance journalist. He has been published on, Dance Spirit, Dance Teacher, Dance Studio Life and NYU’s Washington Square News, among other platforms. His writing takes special interest in arts journalism and other intersections of performing arts and writing!

We’re excited to have Ryan’s talent and exuberance in our program! For more of Ryan visit his website.

Artist Spotlight: Mary-Ellen Beattie

Beattie, MayMary-Ellen Beattie, also known as May, is a installation artist and photographer from nearby Clarksburg. May is another of the fantastic Massachusetts artists to recently join our program. May creates interactive installation pieces by reusing and reconfiguring natural and manmade materials. She reinvents environments and life forms with the (mis)uses of common objects. Her work shows that re-forming materials into the unintended can lead to strange, interesting, and sometimes absurd juxtapositions.

May’s work is heavily invested in viewer interaction and she aims for the viewer or participant to have an unexpected experience with the materials. For Beattie, Mayexample, the project pictured right is constructed out of trash bags and a small re-purposed door.  The viewer is invited to climb inside the small structure and interact with the all-consuming plastic that lines the inside. As the participant moves and shifts in the enclosed space, the plastic rustles creating an ethereal rain-like sound as the translucent material diffuses a soft, natural light.

May received a BA from Dickinson College in 2012.  She has exhibited her work widely across the Northeast in such places as the Nantucket Island Beattie, MaySchool of  Design & The Arts, Dickinson College, and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She has also exhibited her ceramic work internationally at the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in China.

If you’re a North Adams local, you’ve probably seen May around town! She currently works as a gallery assistant at MCLA’s Gallery 51 and is an active member of the local Berkshire arts scene.

Head to her website to keep up to date on May’s latest projects.

Artist Spotlight: Justine Barrett Figura

Today we’re featuring Justine Barrett Figura! Justine is a ceramic artist based in Shelburne Falls, and she joined our Massachusetts program in early 2015. Since receiving her BFA in Ceramics from Alfred University in 2010, Justine has held apprenticeships with respected potters Donna Polseno and Richard Hensley.  She also works with Molly Cantor in addition to developing her own distinct body of work.

Barrett Figura, JustineJustine’s functional work aspires to make the daily (and sometimes mundane) acts of eating, drinking, and cooking intimate and special. Justine writes of her practice: “As a potter, I strive to bring something gratifying to the table. Making pots requires one to think about each detail that goes into an object. Shape, form, size, texture, color are all questions begging for conclusion and clarity. More than anything, the process of making takes time, and similarly time should be spent in using handmade objects.” Justine’s work shows the consideration and care that goes into each piece. She hopes each of her pieces inspires users to live with intention, ritualize the ordinary, and amplify beauty in every possible space.

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Justine’s most recent endeavor is a collaborative business with her husband and fellow artist, Grant Figura. Grant is a printmaker whose drawings and prints will be displayed on Justine’s ceramic forms. Justine and Grant began planning Tandem Ceramics last fall, and thanks to a fully-funded Kickstarter, they are launching their new porcelain pottery line this coming spring! The collection will feature hand-crafted, artisan-quality items for the home adorned with beautifully simple imagery. For more information, you can check out their Kickstarter video and head to their Facebook for updates.

And for more Justine, check out her beautiful website which features her functional pottery.

Artist Spotlight: Dan Battat

Battat, DanDan Battat, one of our new Massachusetts enrollees, is a skilled glass artist from the Pioneer Valley. Driven to bring elegance and fine functionality into daily life, his work ranges from sculpture to sturdy everyday drinking glasses to intricate stemware and artisan jewelry. Dan specializes in flame-worked glass, but also pursues off-hand furnace blowing.

Battat, DanDan is inspired by traditional Venetian glassblowing as well as the early twentieth century German school of industrial art and design, the Bauhaus. Dan’s amazing handmade glass goods play the line between fine art and industrial design, functional and non-functional, practical and conceptual.

Battat, DanDan began working with glass in high school, and continued his formal education in glass in college. In addition to earning his bachelor’s degree in Studio Art and Design from Hampshire College, Dan has studied at the Corning Museum of Glass, the Diablo Glass School, and MetalWerx. Dan has shown his work at the All Fired Up Gallery in West Stockbridge, MA, the HampshireBattat, Dan College Main Gallery, the Hampshire College Tavern Art Gallery, SnowFarm: The New England Craft Program, and the North Cambridge Glass School (NOCA at APG).

Dan currently resides in Hadley, MA and maintains a personal flame-working studio within Brick CoWorkshop, a collaboratively managed light industrial workspace in Holyoke, MA.

Check out the rest of Dan’s work on his website, Etsy, and keep up with his glass escapades on his blog!