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Thursday, December 31 2015

MASS MoCA Seeks Artists

Adapted from a MASS MoCA press release:

If you're an artist who wants more time and space to work on your craft, this might just be the opportunity for you.  The Studios at MASS MoCA is a new residency program that nourishes artists with housing and studio space adjacent to, and on, the museum’s extensive grounds.  Residency sessions from one to ten weeks are available from April through September, 2016.  The program is open to all practicing artists seeking time and space to create new work.

The Studios at MASS MoCA is supported by the museum’s Assets for Artists program, which provides financial and business assistance to hundreds of working artists throughout the Northeast. Assets for Artists was instrumental in establishing the Makers’ Mill, a printmaking and fiber arts makerspace on Main Street in North Adams that serves both visiting artists and the local community, as well as managing the North Adams Project, which focuses on relocating artists to the museum’s home city.

“As our constituency grows to include artists from five states, we hear from many that they would love to have a residency at MASS MoCA,” says Blair Benjamin, Director of Assets for Artists. “When the perfect studio space became available here, and with newly renovated apartments right across the street, we had everything in place to create a vibrant residency program.”

In a successful test run, The Studios program included participants from New York, Boston, Chicago, and as far away as Eugene, Oregon. “The proximity of working in a studio on the campus of MASS MoCA and having access to the museum provides an experience unlike any other residency I have attended,” says painter and installation artist Elizabeth Knowles of New York City. “My residency week was not only incredibly productive, but also refreshing and enlivening to my art making.”

“We’re excited to bring a rotation of professional artists into our community — to live downtown, patronize local merchants, and add a stream of fresh energy to the local arts scene,” says Benjamin.

The Studios at MASS MoCA will accept residency applications through January 8, 2016.  To submit the online application, and for more information about the program, please visit massmoca.org/studios.

The Studios at MASS MoCA program is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Pine Cone Hill, The Red Lion Inn, Rabbit Air, Jackie Sedlock Pottery, Daniel Bellow Porcelain, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and Williams College.

About MASS MoCA

MASS MoCA is one of the world's liveliest (and largest) centers for making and enjoying today's most important art, music, dance, theater, film, and video. Hundreds of works of visual and performing art have been created on its 19th-century factory campus during fabrication and rehearsal residencies, making MASS MoCA among the most productive sites in the country for the creation and presentation of new art. More platform than box, MASS MoCA strives to bring to its audiences art experiences that are fresh, engaging, and transformative.

MASS MoCA’s galleries are open 11AM to 5PM every day, except Tuesdays, through spring 2016.  The Hall Art Foundation’s Anselm Kiefer exhibition is open seasonally, spring through fall.  Gallery admission is $18 for adults, $16 for veterans and seniors, $12 for students, $8 for children ages 6 to 16, and free for children 5 and under. Members are admitted free year-round.  For additional information, please call (413) 662-2111 x1 or visit massmoca.org.

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