BCA Plaza Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts | 539 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116
Space is limited; respond by May 1
Now and There is pleased to announce their first panel discussion, Where's the Art? during ArtWeek Boston with co-sponsors NEFA's Fund for the Arts and Boston Center for the Arts along with other organizations who nurture artists and the artistic practice in Boston.
In the discussion of place-making and art-in-the-public-realm it often seems like the philosophies and interests of artists are left in the shadows. This panel will bring together a spectrum of artists – from social practice artists who often don’t have a tangible product to traditional sculptors – with designers. We’ll have a healthy discussion about the many definitions of public art.
This event is co-sponsored by NEFA's Fund For the Arts and the Boston Center for the Arts.
Moderated by Kate Gilbert, Now and There Director. Confirmed panelists as of 3/17:
- Cedric Douglas is an artist and designer, who combines the use of idea, graffiti ideology and raw creativity to connect, inspire, and interact with the community. Douglas is inspired by public art because of its accessibility. His latest project, The UpTruck (funded by The Boston Foundation) is a mobile arts lab that was created to engage residents in a co-visioned, co-created process leading to a final design and implementation of a permanent art structure for the Uphams Corner Community. Through this unconventional art and the design process the UP Truck has inspired spontaneous discovery, creativity, and fun.
- Megan McMillan, artist, writer and SMFA faculty member together with her partner Murray McMillan create a blend of installation, video, performance and photography. While the end result of the work is often video installation, they see the entire process — from animated digital models and concept drawings to their specific engagement with the people who participate to construction to filming to final installation — as equally essential to their practice. They recently created “The Shifting Space Around Us” for Toronto’s Nuit Blanche and “What We Loved and Forgot: Installation” for Boston's Lawn on D inaugural season.
- Liz Nofziger brought “Bounce”, a colorful, interactive outdoor installation to the BCA plaza last summer. Made up of three conjoined, regulation-sized ping pong tables, custom-engineered to form an oversized Community Ping Pong Court, the project added a sculpture presence to the plaza as well as sheer delight.
- Rob Trumbour is an architect, educator at Wentworth Institute of Technology and Design Principal at Artforming. Artforming is a Boston-based collective of artists, educators and design professionals whose mission is rooted in the conception, fabrication, and installation of multi-sensory public art and architecture intended to foster individual contemplation and open public dialog. Their site-specific installations are imbued with fundamental principles of architecture and art. Their resulting built work centers on environments, emerging technologies and the intersection of art and science.
RSVP: This event is free and open to the public however reservations are necessary. Visit Eventbrite by May 1 to save your seat!
CONTACT: Kate Gilbert | Now and There Director | 617.800.0354
All event meeting spaces and hotels are accessible for individuals using wheelchairs. Please contact Daniela Jacobson (617.951.0010 x528) by April 15 if other accommodations are required.
NEFA operates with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the six New England state arts agencies, and from corporations, foundations, and individuals.