Chelsea Granger, an illustrator and performer from Amherst, is one of the new grantees in our Massachusetts program. Chelsea’s visual artistry honors nature and humanity with a quiet spirit of reverence in her minimalist drawings. She illuminates rituals, gatherings, mourning and celebration alongside the current social and political narratives of our time.
Chelsea earned her BFA in painting from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2008 and then completed a Foundations Year at the Parsons School of Design. Chelsea has exhibited her work in venues across Massachusetts including the Mingo Gallery in Beverly, Blueprint and Flying Object in Hadley, and Sticks and Bricks in Northampton. She has been published in The Radder, LOOM, Broadway and Thresher, and Spirit of Change.
Chelsea is also a member of the Royal Frog Ballet, an eclectic collaboration that creates performances for community gatherings. The Ballet crafts immersive seasonal performances using large-scale handmade sculptural installations as props. The natural landscape provides both setting and inspiration for their special blend of folk art: equal parts cheeky, conceptual, and ritualistic. For summer 2015, the Royal Frog Ballet is working on “With All the Ripeness That We Carry,” a fecund outdoors spectacle that will feature live music, wild dancing, moon clowns, and more.