Tricks of the Trade to conclude with 'Creating: How Can You Secure a Residency?'


NORTH ADAMS, MA - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' (MCLA) Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) announces the conclusion of this year's Tricks of the Trade series with "Creating: How Can You Secure a Residency?" on Tuesday through Thursday, April 13-15, at 6:30 p.m., at locations in North Adams, Pittsfield and Stockbridge.

The sessions are free and open to the public; however, pre-registration is required.

Jessica Conzo, BCRC coordinator, said the series has come full circle. "We have priced, branded, written about, showed and schmoozed about our work. Now it is time to find the time and space to be inspired and create new work."

Local artist and MCLA professor Melanie Mowinski will serve as the facilitator at each session. She will talk with artists about residency programs so they might choose the best one for them.

Three workshops will be held. The Tuesday, April 13, session will be held at MCLA Gallery 51 in North Adams and will feature Heather Phillips, director of the Contemporary Artist Center at Woodside in Troy, N.Y. The Wednesday, April 14, session will be held at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts in Pittsfield and will feature artist C. Ryder Cooley. The Thursday, April 15, session will be held at IS183 Art School in Stockbridge and will feature Calliope Nicholas, residency director of Millay Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz, N.Y.

All of the workshops will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Since 2005, Nicholas has been the residency director of Millay Colony for the Arts, which offers one-month residencies to visual artists, composers and writers between the months of April and November. She has direct oversight of all aspects of the residency process, from accepting and organizing applications for jurors, to assisting residents with travel plans to greeting them as they arrive to planning social events.

Nicholas also has been the director of Film Columbia Festival in Chatham, N.Y., since 2002, where her responsibilities include organizing the budget, committees and all events for the yearly, four-day film festival, which is attended by several thousand filmgoers. In addition, she is the producer of the Film Columbia High School Project, a summer filmmaking program for students.

Cooley is an inter-disciplinary artist, performer and musician. Working with found materials and personal mythologies, she creates cinematic performances and installation spaces. She is the creator of "Animalia: Stories of Collapse, Calamity and Departure," an animation, a performance and an illustrated artist book. The animation, a work-in-progress project, uses motion graphics to bring-to-life a series of mixed media drawings on found paper created by Ryder in 2009, which form the pages of the Animalia Book. The performance combines live music on accordion, upright bass and singing saw with movement, aerials and projections.

Phillips directs the Contemporary Artist Center (CAC) at Woodside, a multi-purpose art organization originally founded in North Adams. For the last 20 years, the CAC has fostered the creation and exhibition of insightful and engaging contemporary art.

Tricks of the Trade is a professional development seminar series for artists and creatives.  Started four years ago, the program recently expanded across the county. From November through April, Tricks of the Trade holds 18 seminars - each month one overarching topic is discussed in North, Central and South County. 

For more information, and/or to register, contact Conzo at 413-663-5253. 

Tricks of the Trade is a program of the MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center. The program is produced in collaboration with Berkshire Creative, Pittsfield's Office of Cultural Development, and IS183 Art School. For more information, call 413-663-5253, or go to tricksofthetrade .