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How Do You Incorporate the "True" in Your Art?

Artist Voices

Fellows Notes

Massachusetts Poetry Festival 2012

How Do You Incorporate the "True" in Your Art?

Matt Brackett, The Familiars (2011)

Matt Brackett, The Familiars (2011)

We've been discussing some of the practical and creative issues artists face in their careers.
Recently, we asked artists of different disciplines, How do you incorporate the "true" in your art?

What is (or isn't) true in a work of art can be a source of controversy, inspiration, or discovery. Some artists, like nonfiction writer/event host Tracy Slater, adhere closely to factual truth, while writer Gregory Hischak takes real, historical characters on flights of imagination. For filmmakers Carolyn Shadid Lewis and Julie Akeret and painter Matt Brackett, "unreal" elements can evoke a different form of truth: "a kind of trusting covenant," as Brackett puts it, "between an artist and a viewer through which all meaning in the arts is found."

Read artists' intriguing responses, and share how you approach "the truth" in your work.

Artist Voices

Ria Brodell, D. Catalina 'Antonio' de Erauso (In progress)

Ria Brodell, D. Catalina "Antonio" de Erauso (In progress)

Our blog ArtSake is a place to explore, celebrate, and advance the creative work of Massachusetts individual artists.

Every week, we round up a list of opportunities for artists, a way to find your next contest, artist residency, call to artists, publication, and more.
Cristi Rinklin discusses her installation of diluvial, translucent art at the Currier Museum and the crowdfunding campaign to support it.
In "Cur8or," we ask 8 questions of local curators. Read recent Cur8tions with Ellen Wetmore and Beth Kantrowitz.

Peek into the studios (and creative minds) of Ria Brodell and Constance Jacobson.
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Fellows Notes

Stephen Tourlentes, Comstock, NY State Prison (2009). Stephen Tourlentes: Of Lengths and Measures is at Carroll and Sons Gallery 4/4-5/19

Stephen Tourlentes, Comstock, NY State Prison (2009). Stephen Tourlentes: Of Lengths and Measures is at Carroll and Sons Gallery 4/4-5/19

Fellows Notes shares the events, exhibitions, and honors of past and present MCC Artist Fellows/Finalists. In April:

  • New DVD of animated films by the late Karen Aqua
  • Prilla Smith Brackett's visual art at Maud Morgan Arts & Boston Public Library
  • Pagan Kennedy to teach innovative nonfiction "Career Lab"
  • Award-winning poetry book from Patrick Ryan Frank
  • Solo show for Bob Oppenheim at Simmons College

Read the Fellows Notes.

Massachusetts Poetry Festival 2012

Poster designed by Randi Giles

Poster designed by Randi Giles

O flames that glowed! O hearts that yearned... for the Massachusetts Poetry Festival!

The Mass Poetry Festival (April 20-22, 2012) is a schedule of events, workshops, performances, and readings in Salem, MA, organized by MassPoetry.org.

From the downloadable Common Threads reading program (which includes the Longfellow poem quoted above) to the Improbable Places Poetry site-specific installation; from the rich schedule of readings and workshops to Steve Almond's crowd-pleasing Bad Poetry Contest, the festival is a great chance to be immersed in the craft, experience, and joy of poetry.

See some of our picks from the intriguing schedule.

 

The MCC's Artist Department:

Kelly Bennett, Exhibitions Curator/Program Coordinator (Visual Arts & Choreography)
Dan Blask, Program Coordinator (Literary Arts & Film/Video, Music Composition)
Maggie Holtzberg, Folk Arts Program Manager

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