Please join us in celebrating the new work of our four Summer 2015 Artists in Residence; Michele Lauriat, Lucy Lindsey, Suzanne Mahoney and Diana Jean Puglisi in “Fitted to the Latch“. Our Summer 2015 Artists in Residence have been making at Gallery 263 since June 1, and their residency will conclude at the end of July 11. We are proud to showcase their creations and works in progress from a productive six weeks!
The showcase will be on view from July 8-11, 12-7pm daily, with a reception commencing on Friday July 10, 7-9pm.
We also invite you to come early, at 6pm on July 10, for a discussion between Lucy Lindsey and Dr. Simon Griffith of Macquarie University about our impressions of the house sparrows among us, a topic intertwined in Lucy’s showcase installation.
More about our Residents’ projects:
Puglisi has been handing out postcards nationally with the help of friends. The postcards ask participants to draw a layout of their home or to share a memory or impactful event that occurred in their home. The received postcards will be exhibited along side the artist’s work and will be available to fill out throughout the exhibition.
Michele Lauriat makes oversized landscape drawings using gouache, watercolor, graphite, charcoal, and wax pencil on paper. Michele earned her BFA in 2002 at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and her MFA in 2011 at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her drawings have been exhibited nationally, including solo shows in Chicago, Vermont, and Massachusetts, and most recently in a two person show in Iowa. In 2014 Michele was named the Grant Wood Fellow in Drawing and Painting at the University of Iowa. In 2012 Michele participated in Artist Residencies at Zion National Park and Grand Canyon National Park.
In addition to being an Artist in Residence at Gallery 263 this summer, Michele will have a solo exhibition at Seen Gallery in Pawtucket, RI (July 11 through August 30). This fall Michele’s drawings will be included in a landscape exhibition at the Fitchburg Art Museum in Fitchburg, MA, as well as in a solo exhibition at the Beland Gallery in Lawrence, MA.
Suzanne Mahoney was born in Bennington, Vermont, studied Sculpture at the College of Visual Arts in Minnesota, and currently lives and works in Boston. Many moves between these places have been the impetus for working with discarded materials from homes such as wallpaper, floor tiles and carpet.
Suzanne’s work has been exhibited both locally and nationally recently showing in Massachusetts, Maine, Kentucky and Minnesota. Past achievements have included a Jerome Foundation Emerging Sculptor Grant and visiting artist residency at Bowling Green State University. Her work can be defined as both sculpture and painting primarily using mold-making and casting materials and collaged painting on wood panels.
In Lucy Lindsey‘s installation Passer domesticus, the house sparrow is around the around the world—in India, Sweden, Israel, Germany, Korea—and in the neighborhood, in local Cambridgeport and Riverside real estate listings. In a conversation with ornithologist Dr. Simon Griffith of Macquarie University on Friday, July 10, at 6pm EST, Lucy invites visitors to the gallery to discuss their own impressions of the house sparrows among us.
Lucy (b. 1984) grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and went to elementary school on Putnam Ave. She received her BA from the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University, where she works as a Teaching Assistant. Lucy will begin her MFA in Sculpture at the Yale School of Art in Fall 2015.
Simon Griffith is Professor of Evolutionary Biology, based at Macquarie University in Sydney. He grew up in London and after doing a degree in Zoology in Leeds (UK), went on to do a PhD focused on the house sparrow, and was based at Leicester UK, where he worked in the group that pioneered the use of DNA fingerprinting to understand animal behaviour. He then worked at the Universities of Uppsala (Sweden), and Oxford (UK), before moving to Australia in 2003. His research focuses on understanding how birds have evolved the colours that they exhibit and the mating and social behaviour they have. His research group has recently started a project investigating the way in which sparrows have become so well establised in Australia and around the world.
Thanks to a generous Project Grant from the Cambridge Arts Council, we have been able to cut studio fees to artists for our 2015 Artist Residency Program by more than 50%. We thank them for their support towards making this year’s program a full success.
Find out more about our Residency Program.