Announcing Boston Center for the Arts 2016–2017 Artist Residents Chanel Thervil, Nabeela Vega and Tim McCool
Boston, MA—Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) is pleased to announce that artists Chanel Thervil, Nabeela Vega and Timothy McCool have been selected as BCA 2016–2017 Artist Residents. In a newly implemented process reflecting the socially-engaged and public-facing nature of all three of our annual Artist Residencies, the BCA will combine its public calls for these opportunities into a single annual call going forward. Please keep an eye out for our next Call for Applications for the BCA Artist Residency program—one application, three residency slots—in fall 2017.
Left to right: Chanel Thervil, Nabeela Vega, Timothy McCool
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Chanel Thervil | BCA Public Artist Resident June 6–August 26, 2016
Chanel Thervil has been selected as the BCA's summer 2016 Public Art Resident, to realize her project Emergence: What does hope look like?—a participatory temporary public art project that explores notions of aspiration and optimism. The project includes several public conversations as well as the creation of a sculpture that will be created with community input and located on the BCA's public plaza from July 14 through October 26, 2016.
Thervil is a Haitian American artist and educator who creates mixed media artwork that explores the relationship between the multiplicity of individual identity while simultaneously existing as a part of a larger community. She has exhibited her work and taught art in public schools, galleries, and museum settings in New York City and Boston. In addition to her work with sparc! the ArtMobile at MassArt's Center for Art and Community Partnerships, she currently serves as the Community Outreach Coordinator and Visual Arts Teaching Artist at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.
Nabeela Vega | BCA Artist Resident September 12–December 23, 2016
During their residency at the BCA, Nabeela Vega will continue their project Visiting Thahab, in which Vega explores the Muslim femme's presence in contemporary, domestic and foreign spaces through performance, sculpture and installation activated by social intervention. Vega's intention is to explore the identity of a Muslim femme in the post 9/11 diaspora, through the persona of Thahab ("body in gold"), using humor and banal actions to engage audiences in communication and intimacy.
Vega is a South Asian gender/queer media artist whose expressions utilize photography, performance and moving image to explore post 9/11 narratives that intersect with South Asian diasporic experiences. Vega maintains the personal is political—which expands the work from an orientalist lens into considering its role in digital, intimate and banal spaces. Aesthetically, these narratives follow several tropes. Most commonly: persona, gold and autobiography, to build and communicate with the viewer. Their work has been exhibited nationally, internationally & in publications like The Boston Globe, The Washington Post and The Aerogram.
Tim McCool | BCA Artist Resident January 30–May 12, 2017
Timothy McCool proposes a project that aims to bring the public together in a congratulatory celebration…exactly what these congratulations are for will be up to each individual. Developing over the course of a series of public programs, McCool will be erecting ceremonial podiums and holding award ceremonies to laud our community for unconventional, self-designated qualities and achievements, using humor and a unique visual style to bring into question the way we value ourselves and our contributions.
McCool is a Boston-based painter, drawer and installation artist. Originally from Pittsburgh, McCool moved to Boston to pursue an undergraduate degree at Boston College. He received his Master's in Fine Arts from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. McCool has exhibited his work at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Carroll & Sons Gallery, Bentley University, and the Essex Art Center.
BCA 2016–2017 Artist Residency Program: Focus on Public Engagement
The Artist Residency Program at the BCA provides studio space for three artists during the 2016–2017 season: a Public Artist Resident from June through August 2016, and Artist Residencies during September–December 2016 and January–May 2017. These process-oriented residencies are intended to provide an environment where artists can experiment with their craft, develop their focus or test new ideas and simultaneously engage in vital public dialogue. Artists are selected through an annual, juried Open Call process. Full details about our call for the 2017–2018 season will be posted on the BCA's website and publicized throughout the area in early Fall 2016.
The BCA's Artist Residency Program puts special emphasis on artist projects that engage the public in direct and innovative ways, through collaborative activities, participatory public installations, performance, intervention or other imaginative activation. Whether their practice is studio-, street-, or performance-based, artists are invited to use this opportunity to explore art that has public interaction and participation as significant elements.