Although the Work Center remains temporarily closed, the wonderful work of our creative community continues. With the postponement of the Summer Program until 2021, we are committed to staying connected with our greater Work Center community in new ways. Look for our regular communications about weekly, virtual conversations and events with many of our Fellow and faculty poets, writers and artists who will be engaging in conversations with you from their homes and studios. Image above: Pete Hocking, For My Prayer Has Always Been Love (detail), 2019, oil on panel, 36” x 36”
VIRTUAL EVENTS AT THE WORK CENTER
WE REMEMBER MARY ARMSTRONG
Sadly, Mary A. Armstrong (two-year Visual Arts Fellow 1979-1981) suddenly passed away on May 14, 2020. An accomplished painter, Mary had numerous exhibitions with Victoria Munroe Gallery in Boston and New York City, and the Cross Mackenzie Gallery in Washington, DC. Her most recent exhibition, Conditions of Faith, was at the McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College in 2019. According to her family, “Mary lived and did everything with a burning bright intensity. Like her gardens, her life was rich in color and alive with the love of family and dedicated friends.” Memorial contributions may be made to the Fine Arts Center in Provincetown and the Ballenglen Arts Foundation.
PAUL LISICKY & ALEXANDER CHEE – INTERVIEWS FROM QUARANTINE
In the second episode of the Literary Hub’s LIC Reading Series – “Alumni Interviews From Quarantine,” host Catherine LaSota talks with writers Paul Lisicky (Writing Fellow 1992-1993 and 1991-1992), author of Later: My Life at the Edge of the World and Alexander Chee, author of How to Write an Autobiographical Novel.
“FUCK THE BREAD. THE BREAD IS OVER.” SABRINA ORAH MARK WRITES FOR THE PARIS REVIEW
Sabrina Orah Mark (Writing Fellow 2002-2003) and faculty member of the Work Center’s Online Writing Program (24PearlStreet), has been writing a wonderfully entertaining and highly praised monthly column for The Paris Review on fairytales and motherhood entitled "HAPPILY." She is the author of the poetry collections, The Babies and Tsim Tsum, and her first book of fiction, Wild Milk. Check out her new summer online writing class, "Writing Into the Silences" at FAWC.ORG/24.
PHYSICAL DISTANCING: VOICES AND ART FROM THE PANDEMIC
Peggy Gillespie is proposing a fundraising project for writers and artists needing support during this pandemic. Although the final format for the project is still in the planning stages, she has begun inviting interested writers and visual artists to reach out to her with poems, short prose, art and photographic pieces for inclusion in the project. All proceeds from sales of "Physical Distancing: Voices and Art From the Pandemic" will be donated to the Fine Arts Work Center, PEN and other nonprofit organizations. For more information, please click below to email Peggy Gillespie directly.
ONCE UPON A TIME: NARRATIVE IN ART
Watch a discussion led by Kelly Taxter, the Jewish Museum’s Barnett and Annalee Newman Curator of Contemporary Art, with Lisa Yuskavage (Visual Arts Fellow 1986-1987), artist Rachel Feinstein and filmmaker Tamara Jenkins – recorded on the evening of March 12th, 2020.
FELLOWS MICHAEL MENCHACA & KAMBUI OLUJIMI ARE FINALISTS FOR 2020 CREATIVE CAPITAL AWARDS
The “On Our Radar 2020” finalists for the 2020 Creative Capital Award grants have just been announced. Michael Menchaca’s (Visual Arts Fellow 2015-2016) Codex Silex Vallis (The Silicon Valley Codex) project (above left) and Kambui Olujimi’s (Visual Arts Fellow 2007-2008) Sublimation project (above right), have both advanced to the final round. The award supports artists with up to $50,000 in project funding, advisory services, career advancement resources and national networking opportunities.
A CONVERSATION WITH POETS MAJOR JACKSON & SONIA SANCHEZ
Celebrating National Poetry Month, the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage has just released an incredible conversation between award-winning poets, Major Jackson (Writing Fellow 2000-2001) and Sonia Sanchez. Originally filmed in 2017, this full-length piece has just recently been released. Hear Sanchez talk with Jackson (himself a former student of Sanchez’s) about her artistic legacy and share stories from her life as a writer, teacher, and activist.
MIRIAM BIRD GREENBERG NAMED DISTINGUISHED VISITING WRITER
Miriam Bird Greenberg (Writing Fellow 2012-2013) has been named as the 2020-21 Distinguished Visiting Writer for Cornell College’s Center for the Literary Arts. Award-winning author of In the Volcano's Mouth, Greenberg will teach a documentary poetry class entitled, “Fieldwork: Poetry as Investigative Practice“ during which students will discover how fieldwork can inform and enrich creative writing.
“THEY CAME TO MAKE ART IN ISOLATION; THE PANDEMIC FORCED THEM TO STAY”
The Los Angeles Times has just published a story about the Work Center and other residency programs, and how artists and writers are managing the unforeseen difficulties they face with their residencies, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo above: Francisco Marquez (Writing Fellow 2019-2020) quarantined in his Provincetown, MA studio.