Here they are: The 12 Massachusetts artists we enrolled in our 2017 statewide program. (That’s how we describe artists who aren’t based in one of our special partner communities, like Boston.) Our new A4Aers include dancers, performers, sculptors, visual artists, fiber artists, and writers.
Welcome to A4A, artists!
Focusing on the ways in which we process and internalize our surroundings and experiences, Agathi Pavlidis’ work tries to find the balance of control and chaos, making sense of what is out of our hands, and defining things we don’t fully understand. Pavlidis is based in Somerville.
Turners Falls-based artist Fafnir Adamites uses her work to address trauma, memory, and the emotional turmoil inherited from past generations. Through repetitious processes, Adamites physically engages with and meditates on the concepts driving each piece. Material exploration is the base from which Fafnir’s work stems.
Jan Freeman is an established poet and publisher based in Ashfield. She is the founder of Paris Press, a publishing company dedicated to groundbreaking, yet often overlooked literary works by women authors. Lately Freeman has entered into a period of rebirth, redefining her work in both style and subject matter.
Laura Baring-Gould’s work derives from a desire to connect place, beauty, and wonder to satisfy deep yet buoyant needs. Laura’s work as a site-specific sculptor has evolved to community-based projects and public sculptures to create environments of introspection and awe. Baring-Gould is based on Somerville.
Founder and curator of Midday Movement, Marissa Molinar draws upon her skills as a professional contemporary dancer, freelance consultant, and community activist to engage and support Boston’s dance community. Molinar strives to inspire artistic excellence and exemplify the power of persistence.
Mia Cross’ work hones in on dissecting human features – a challenge that she welcomes with open arms. Working in both oil paint and sculpture at her Framingham studio, Mia’s recent work focuses on figurative work and facial depiction, something that allows her endless possibilities.
To Quincy-based musician Michael Hardin, music is about community, spirituality, and experimentation. His work strives to combine his passion for music, technology, and education in ways that encourage creativity and imagination.
Poet and a performer Patrick Gaughan’s work aims to humanize, to close the gap between contemporary patriots and our founding fathers, and to peel back the skin on ingrained relationships to entertainment. Through the use of humor, Patrick attempts to pry audiences open and attack their vulnerable preconceptions. Patrick is based in Northampton.
Through the use of live performance, Waltham-based artist Sandrine Schaefer explores the parameters and the potential of time, the corporeal, and the conceptual body. Her work intends to break traditional viewing behaviors. Schaefer is the co-founder of The Past Tense, an art initiative that produces and archives live art events, festivals, and exchanges in transient places.
Somerville-based artist Shannon Forrester integrates Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies into her work, exploring sociological and psychological ideas in richly symbolic canvases and collages.
Fiber artist Stacey Piwinski’s work is about material, process, and most recently time and the involvement of others. Twisting, wrapping, weaving, cutting, and painting, the meanings of the material reveal themselves to her. Piwinski’s work aims to re-contextualize the material itself into the very essence of another, letting the fabric tell the story. Piwinski is based in Medford.
Northampton-based performance artist Sue Huang prioritizes the active over the passive, bringing her work to fruition through audience participation. Huang’s work takes on many forms, from sculpture to site-specific installations, often complicating the roles of the artist and the audience. Huang reconfigures the frameworks through which we experience art, inviting the audience to enter and interact with it.
A huge thanks to the generous funders who make our Massachusetts programming possible: Massachusetts Cultural Council, Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation, United States Department of Agriculture, Surdna Foundation, MountainOne Bank, Berkshire Bank, and the Assets for Independence Program of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.