Community Artist Spotlight Space

Community Artist Spotlight Space – Call For Artists

Deadline to apply: May 15, 2018 for 2019 Exhibition Calendar

Community Artist Spotlight Space is a new exhibition venue at Maud Morgan Art Center. It currently supports 3 exhibits per year. Two shows are usually scheduled in the spring session and one in the fall session. We invite community members such as artists who are currently enrolled in art classes or have taken classes at Maud Morgan Arts in the last few years, Maud Morgan Arts and Agassiz Baldwin Community staff and faculty, and artists living, working, studying, volunteering, or creating art in Cambridge to submit applications for the next exhibition cycle in 2019.

Submission materials:

  • Exhibition proposal
  • 8 -10 jpgs supporting the exhibition proposal. The images should be labeled with the artist’s name and should not exceed 2 megabytes.
  • Short bio or resume
  • List of images: Title of the piece, medium, dimensions and year.

Please email proposals to Boriana Kantcheva at with “Community Spotlight Space Proposal” in the subject line.



April 3 – April 30, 2018

Opening reception: Thursday, April 5, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

My initial obsession to document my daughter Appaloosa’s childhood is linked directly to the lack of imagery captured in my own youth. I have no memory of my parents taking photos of me. When I found one of the few that exist, it made me know that I exist too; it gave me confidence. It also made me anxious; I wondered why so little effort was made to record me.

Primarily, my project is a running record of a daughter growing up. I want to capture her moments of imagination, boredom and feminine providence as they unfold. It’s shot with the intimacy of a single parent, and with the urgency of middle-aged, since my relationship with mortality, the passage of time, and the inevitability of loss are more pronounced.

My daughter is mixed race and her childhood unfurls in the confined spaces that urban living demands. Because childhood reverie is often expressed as grounded in nature, sun-kissed, barefooted and blonde, I wonder how her confidence in the world is affected when her narrative is so likely to go unseen.

This project is ongoing.


Kristen Emack is a photographer and educator who lives and works in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She holds a degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and although she took some undergraduate course work, she is primarily a self-taught photographer.

Kristen has exhibited in group and solo shows in the Greater Boston area and was awarded a Women in Photography grant at Maine Media Workshops. In 2015, Scout Magazine named her Best Photographer in Cambridge. Her work has been published in PDN and Rangefinder, and was recently selected for the Call and Response: Art as Resistance exhibition hosted by Strange Fire Collective, as well as The Curated Fridge.

Kristen’s work includes two long-term projects that look at childhood, family and visibility.



October 2 – November 3, 2017

Reception: October 5, Thursday, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Hours: Monday to Friday, 3:00 – 6:00 pm

Community Artist Spotlight Space at Maud Morgan Arts is a new exhibition space that showcases the work of artists living and working in the community.

For the past several years, my work has concentrated on themes inspired by the Adirondack Mountains. I use paths of light and water to bring order out of what at first seems a chaotic landscape. As in Wallace Steven’s poem, Anecdote to a Jar, these elements, recently joined by figures, become focal points around which the painted landscape coalesces. Places resonate. As I sit and draw, order becomes clearer. To paraphrase the Scottish painter Joan Eardley, the more I see, the more there is to paint.

I have always painted. As a very young person, I studied with Ed Connolly and later, Richard Grosvenor, both in Newport Rhode Island. I attended the Rhode Island School of Design, graduating with a a bachelor of fine arts in 1974. In 1972 I attended Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, Scotland. In 2002 I completed a master of liberal arts degree in archeology from Harvard University.

I have been designing children’s books since 1977, and am presently art director at Charlesbridge Publishing, in Massachusetts. I have been Art Director of Children’s Trade Books at Houghton Mifflin, Creative Director at Little, Brown and Company, as well as running my own graphic design business, Ars Agassiz.


May 24 – June 11, 2017

Hours: Monday to Friday, 3:00 – 6:00 pm

Community Artist Spotlight Space at Maud Morgan Arts is a new exhibition space that showcases the work of artists living and working in the community.

Watercolors have been my art medium for most of my life although, when younger, I tried out acrylics and oils. I turned exclusively to watercolor painting when I had young children and time for painting was limited, often interrupted. Watercolor paints are non-toxic, easy to clean up and require relatively little equipment, all practical advantages, but I soon came to recognize the unique aesthetic qualities water color painting offers expressive work, among them: freshness, transparency and spontaneity.

However, they’re not an easy medium. Watercolor painting is an active process – the paint seems to have a mind of its own, moving on the paper, colors often interacting in unanticipated, sometimes wonderful, sometimes disastrous, ways. And the disasters are virtually impossible to correct, the best solution being to start over.

On a more personal note, I am now in my 94th year and, although I have always done art “on the side,” so to speak, my professional life involved teaching art in elementary schools and, later, college teaching. 66 of my years have been spent as a resident of Cambridge- first as an undergraduate, later as the wife of a professor and engaged in my own work in education. Now, sadly, I’m a widow, my husband died in the fall of 2014. I have four children, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

“Maud Morgan Arts” are particularly resonant words for me: I first met Maud in 1955 when she was teaching in Andover. I admired Maud and her work over many years. Now I’m reminded of her almost daily: a beautiful gold-framed Maud Morgan oil painting hangs on the wall in my study.


April 10-30, 2017

Reception: Thursday, April 13 at 6:00-7:30pm

Hours: Monday to Friday, 3:00 – 6:00 pm

Community Artist Spotlight Space at Maud Morgan Arts is a new exhibition space that showcases the work of artists living and working in the community.

In Seija’s childhood the world consisted of the fields surrounding her home, the nearby forests and lake. Her family’s dairy farm was like all the other farms of that era. Work was life’s meaning and it filled the days – summers in the fields, winters in the forest, and every day the cows.

Without romanticizing the past, this exhibition is a tribute to the work of the people of Seija’s village in Karelia, eastern Finland, and to all small scale farmers who share a similar story regardless of their country. Within the past half century the number of farmers in most developed countries has decreased from a majority to a small percentage of the population.  The theme of the exhibition springs from Seija’s personal experience as well as the universal story of our rural past. Now the villages dwindle, many farms are empty and the fields are reforested. Seija’s village is quieting and reflects this familiar change that can be observed from rural Japan to the deserted towns and villages in America.

Many of the paintings and related musings in this exhibition are compiled in the book Musings on Time Past.

The film below, A LACK THEREOF by Jussi Silliman (Seija’s son), provides more context for the exhibit.

Seija studied horticulture and her creative work extends from gardens to canvas. The acrylic paintings in this exhibition spring from her realistic observations from nature and it’s people and animals. Seija paints, bakes, knits, and grows and designs gardens in Cambridge where she lives with her family. She cherishes these skills and traditions that she acquired in the village that is portrayed in many of the paintings in this exhibition.