This Week in the Arts
Introducing the 2017 RNAC
Goetemann Fellowship Recipient,
Nathan Thomas Wilson
Introduction and Artist Talk:
Wednesday, July 5, 7 PM at the Cultural Center, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester.
Public Art Installation, Reception and Talk:
Tuesday, July 25 at 7 PM at Ocean Alliance, 32 Horton Street, Gloucester.
The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) and the Goetemann Artist Residency (GAR) welcome artist Nathan Thomas Wilson as the inaugural Goetemann Fellowship recipient. The Goetemann Fellowship is a new award, established in 2017 as a vehicle to bring public art to Rocky Neck.
This year, in partnership with Ocean Alliance, the Goetemann Artist Residency hosts Nathan Wilson at the residency studio on Madfish Wharf as he installs artwork on the grounds of Ocean Alliance, site of the former Wonson Paint Factory. Measuring 30 x 40 feet and located on the windswept Gloucester waterfront, in the gravel parking lot of the Ocean Alliance facility, the site is highly visible to passing fishing ships, sailing, and recreational boats, and provides public access for tourists and visitors on foot or by car. The installation is designed to illuminate the mission of Ocean Alliance that “strives to increase public awareness of the importance of whale and ocean health through research and public education.” The artist has open access to the site.
Wilson received an MFA at The University of Pennsylvania and earned a Post Graduate diploma in Visual Arts at Goldsmith’s College, London. He currently teaches at Emmanuel College in Boston and Curry College in Milton, MA as well as a class in Collaborative Sculpture at MIT in Cambridge, MA. He received a Lawrence Shprintz Award at The University of Pennsylvania and was a nominee for a Joan Mitchell MFA Award among others.
Wilson has installed several works of art in and around Boston and the RNAC/GAR is proud to welcome him to Cape Ann. At an opening talk on Wednesday, July 5, 7 PM, at the Cultural Center on Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street in Gloucester, Wilson talks about his work and creating installations. On Tuesday, July 25, 7 PM, at the installation site at 32 Horton Street, Gloucester, the results of his work on Rocky Neck will be revealed. In the event of inclement weather, the talk will be held at the Goetemann Residency Studio at 6 Madfish Wharf, 77 Rocky Neck Ave, Gloucester. Both events are free of charge and the public is invited to attend.
The Residency committee and RNAC place exceptional value on the year-round work performed by the Alliance. Their continuing efforts to protect existing whale populations while educating the public about the fragility of our oceans resonates with the entire world.
The Ocean Alliance strives to increase public awareness of the importance of whale and ocean health through research and public education. We work with our scientific partners to collect a broad spectrum of data on whales and ocean life. Ocean Alliance uses this data to advise educators, policy makers, and the general public on wise stewardship of the oceans to mitigate pollution, prevent the collapse of marine mammal populations, and promote ocean and human health. Ocean Alliance, Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit Organization, was founded in 1971.