Kimberly Becker’s work accepted in 2015 MFA National Competition

SDA member Kimberly Becker’s work will be on display at the 2015 MFA National Competition Exhibition.  This exhibit is presented July 23 – August 14, 2015 at the First Street Gallery in NYC.   The opening reception is on Thursday, July 23 from 6-8 p.m.

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Janet Echelman speaks at Fuller Craft Museum

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Sunday, June 7, 2015, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Renowned fiber artist Janet Echelman will speak about reshaping public art and her monumental aerial sculpture on Sunday, June 7 at 7:00 pm followed by a reception. Echelman is the artist behind the public art sculpture “As If It Were Already Here” revealed at the Rose Kennedy Greenway now on view through October. Her talk is the culmination of Fuller Craft Museum’s Craft in Bloom weekend celebration. Tickets are $25. Space is limited. Click here to purchase your ticket online or call 508.588.6000.

6:00 pm Talk by Laura Jacinski, Project Design Manager for the Rose Kennedy Greenway

7:00 pm Keynote address by Janet Echelman followed by a reception.

About the Artist
Janet Echelman builds soft, billowing sculpture at the scale of buildings that respond to the forces of nature — wind, water, and light. She combines ancient craft with cutting-edge technology to create ultra-lightweight sculptures that move gently with the wind in ever-changing patterns. Her art becomes an inviting focal point for civic life and shifts from being an object you look at, to something you can get lost in.
Recent prominent works include: “As If It Were Already Here,” a monumental sculpture suspended over Boston’s Greenway; “Impatient Optimist,” a new ionic piece for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation campus in Seattle giving visual from to their mission; “Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks,” a 745-ft sculpture that premiered at the 2014 TED Conference; and “Water Sky Garden,” a commission for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
Recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, Echelman was named a 2012 Architectural Digest Innovator for “changing the very essence of urban spaces.” Her TED talk “Taking Imagination Seriously” has been translated into 34 languages with more than a million views. She received the 2014 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award in Visual Arts, honoring “the greatest innovators in America today.”
About Laura Jasinski
Planning and Design Manager, Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy
Laura Jasinski is the Planning and Design Manager for the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, the designated steward of the mile-and-a-half long Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston.
Laura joined the Conservancy in May of 2010 as an intern and has become a valued member of the organization’s leadership for her ability to manage complex projects and collaborate across Conservancy departments.
In her current and past roles, Laura served as the Project Manager for the development of the Greenway Carousel at the Tiffany & Co. Grove, the installation of the Dewey Square Demonstration Gardens, the recent installation of a monumental aerial sculpture by Janet Echelman named As If It Were Already Here, and the addition of several other park amenities. She also serves as a liaison to Boston’s design and development community to ensure that Conservancy projects both influence and align with citywide planning initiatives and adjacent developments. In July, Laura will take on the role of Director of Programs and Planning with the goal of further integrating successful park uses and events with capital improvement planning.
Laura holds a BA in Architectural Studies and an MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University. Laura’s thesis work on inclusive public spaces will be published in Fall 2015 by the Institute for Human Centered Design.

Do you know about our MA/RI Chapter’s Pinterest Board?

In case you missed last month’s post….here’s a reminder about our very own MA/RI Chapter’s Pinterest board.

Surface Design Association invites MA/RI SDA chapter members to join SDA on Pinterest.  There is a special MA/RI SDA board to which chapter members are invited to pin their textile artwork, images of textile work in progress, photos from their studios, and photos from textile art exhibits.  Guest pinning is by invitation, please contact Michelle for details (via this blog’s contact page).

Note to guest pinners:  please pin 2-3 photos per day max, and please select high quality images for this special SDA board.  Feel free to include your name and full description, including hashtags (#textileart, #artquilt), if appropriate.  Please pin only your own images and images of your work.  Additionally, you can pin from your own website and even better if you pin what you’ve got in your SDA member profile.  If you’d like to include pricing on your pins, please do so gracefully.

Join other members and happy pinning!

Carol Anne Grotrian quilts on display in 2 upcoming exhibitions

Exhibit: “Pieces from Life”
Janice Jones, Carol Anne Grotrian and Janice Hayes-Cha
May 8 – June 19, 2015

Quilts and collages by three artists who share techniques based on putting pieces together to form the diverse landscapes of our lives.

Opening reception: Friday, May 8, 5-7 pm

Essex Art Center
56 Island Street, Lawrence MA 01840
Mon-Fri, 10-6


Exhibit: Seasonal Palette
April 9 – July 26, 2015

Carol Anne Grotrian is among the thirty-seven international quilt artists were tasked with creating an original quilt reflecting the season that most inspires them. The resulting  kaleidoscope of colors, styles, techniques, and designs contrasts greatly to the uniformity of their size. Each quilt is about 78″ tall by 32″ wide, which makes for a powerful viewing experience. This stop in New England is one of many as the exhibit travels to four continents.

Artist’s Presentation & Gallery Talk: Saturday, July 11 at 11 am
Carol Anne Grotrian will discuss the process of conceptualizing and creating her original quilt, Silent Snow, The Creek is Singing, to meet the unique requirements for this exhibition. Her talk will be followed by commentary in the galleries.

The New England Quilt Museum
18 Shattuck St, Lowell, MA 01852
Tues-Sat, 10-4; Sun 12-4

“Traditional & Transformational” at NBAM plus ArtSpeak with Jiyoung Chung


“Traditional & Transformational”
Curator: Jiyoung Chung
May 8 – August 21, 2015
Reception: May 8th   6:00 – 8:00 PM
New Bedford Art Museum

This Joomchi and Beyond Exhibition is composed of 50 artists’ works from six countries; Korea, USA, Canada, Netherlands, Australia, and Poland.  Artists focus on Joomchi’s traditional beauty in two-dimensional works and by combining it with their own techniques to show its possibilities in two- and three-dimensional installation and wearable sculptural works.  The show is comprised of both traditional and transformational works.

ArtSpeak: Jiyoung Chung

Saturday, May 9th   10:00 – 11:00 AM
New Bedford Art Museum

Contemporary Joomchi artist & curator Jiyoung Chung explains the process behind an ancient textile technique and how this historic process has resurfaced in today’s art world.  Offered in conjunction with Traditional & Transformed, an exhibition of Joomchi by contemporary artists from around the world.  Free with admission.


“Piecework” at Mill Arts Project in Easthampton


Piecework is the appropriation and combination of disparate elements to create something new. Piecework takes the discarded and makes it valuable, even beautiful. Piecework is finding time to make work.

Mill Arts Project, Eastworks
116 Pleasant St, Easthampton, MA

Piecework will be on display May 9 – 30, 2015
Saturday, May 9, 2015:   Opening & Easthampton Art Walk, 5 – 8 pm

Gallery hours:
Fridays     12-6
Saturdays   12-5
also by appointment:

Upcoming exhibitions

Influence and Evolution: Fiber Sculpture then and now will be opening April 24th at Browngrotta Arts in Wilton, CT.  This will be on display through May 3, 2015.

Janet Echelman‘s aerial scuplture will be suspended over Boston’s Rose Kennedy Greenway from May ~ October 2015.  Tentative opening date is on May 11th!