Assets for Artists is pleased to announce our newest crop of North Adams artists!
In 2014, MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program launched its North Adams Project, offering incentives and support services to artists interested in building an artistic practice in North Adams. Now, in the program’s third year, we are welcoming ten new artists into our North Adams Project.
This project was made possible by generous funding from the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation, MountainOne, the Surdna Foundation, and the United States Department of Agriculture, plus continued program support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Citizens Bank, Berkshire Bank, and Assets for Independence.
With works ranging from videography to architecture, sculpture to millinery, and comics to puppets, these artists are doing amazing work. Welcome to A4A, artists!
We’re pleased to introduce our 10 newest participants:
Photographer Augusta Rose creates crisp, vibrant imagery with lots of natural lighting through an unobtrusive approach. Rose’s work as a documentarian has a strong focus on capturing the honesty of pure unfiltered human emotion. Much of her work has strong roots in the realm of women’s empowerment.
Anne Roecklein’s collages inspire awe as well as curiosity. Roecklein’s work take on 2D, 3D, and installation forms, combining found materials and invented images, meant to evoke both the allure and frustration of desire-seeking.
David Lane works at the intersection of performance, puppetry and visual arts. Lane’s work explores performing objects as tools of story telling. Lane’s most recent work has been the exploration of performance through the use of illuminated, articulate, lantern-puppets.
David Miller is a comic book artist. Miller’s most recent work has been hosting a live stream panel delving into his work on MALEFIC. His work focuses on developing stories and ideas for his clients while mastering his craft to create an audience.
Derek Parker’s work delves deep beneath the surface, exploring how we perceive and interact with objects and places around us, questioning the nature of utility and purpose. Parker’s diverse body of work incorporates sculptural objects, site-specific installations, and public art.
James Jarzyniecki creates bold forms inspired by the molecular structure. As a multi-disciplinary designer, his work encompasses architecture, art and publication. Working as a generalist, Jarzyniecki strives to become a temporary expert in each medium.
Working directly with clients, videographer Joe Aidonidis creates content that is true to both his client’s vision as well as his own artistic vision. Through his work, Aidonidis provides his audience with interesting, informative, and well-produced custom content, using audio and video to highlight hidden talent and humanitarian causes.
As Scout Millinery, Karen King imbues traditional millinery craftsmanship with a fresh spirit to create beautiful hats reminiscent of the 1930s and 1940s. King’s passion for millinery stems from her background in theater costume design.
Mandy Johnson works as a multi-disciplinary designer, architect, and multimedia artist. Johnson’s work has a heavy focus on landscape, color theory, natural materials, and simplicity of design. Travel and sense of place also play a significant role in Johnson’s creative research and inspiration.
Penelope Taylor prides herself on being an educator and game designer, as well as a museum professional. As a museum educator, Taylor’s work engages the senses and connects artists’ work with nature. In Taylor’s own creative work, she explores how humans generate and share knowledge about nature and animals.