Making it work: Young Artists finding Community in Boston

October 10, 2017 / 7:00 PM
Lunder Art Center, LUCAD, 1801 Massachusetts Avenue

The Flashpoint Photography Festival and Lesley University College of Art and Design BFA Photography (LUCAD) are excited to be hosting this panel discussion on how young creatives are surviving and creating in the Boston art scene. Our panelists have been organizing exhibitions, artist cooperatives and critique circles to carve and foster their own cultural experience and pave the way for the future in our community. Each contributor will explain the organization or the experience they have had in Boston, and how they see the future of the arts community that they belong.


Carlie Bristow is an artist, museum educator, youth development professional, and creative collaborator in Boston. She is the co-founder of artist collective Make Art and Cry, manager of poetry and cooking duo Adobo-Fish-Sauce and the Teen Programs Associate at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston where she leads their creative youth development programs. When she is not hanging out with the coolest teens in Boston, she is focused on creating art where food, the body, intimacy, voice and silence collide through performance art, video, and photography. She is particularly interested in creating spaces of creativity and fostering artistic exploration with Boston area artists.

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Aynel David Guerra is an artist, lawyer and an independent curator based in Boston. He studied law at the University of Havana, Oxford and Harvard University. He also holds a degree in International Relations from the Higher Institute of International Relations in Cuba. David founded Darkroom Boston in 2015, a project to display photography using unconventional forms at alternative spaces and combining photography with other artistic expressions. His passion for innovation in the arts has led him to collaborate on a variety of projects and exhibitions as a photographer and curator in Boston. His most recent project is AREA, a new alternative art space with several locations in the Boston area. 

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Candice Jackson is a Dorchester based, Afro-Latina artist. Her interests lie in accessing culture through both photography and the research of historical documents. Her work examines archival images as a means to make sense of past, present, and future, political and social issues. She holds a B.F.A. in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and is a recipient of several fellowships and residency awards, including her most recent residency at Arquetopia in Puebla, Mexico. She is also one of the founding members of an artist group of people of color from the Boston area that collaborate in critique and small arts projects and exhibitions.

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Moderated by Greer Muldowney

Greer Muldowney is an artist, photography professor and independent curator based in Boston, Massachusetts. She received an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Studio Art from Clark University, and an MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She is the creator of "Undergraduate Photography Now," a portfolio review and exhibition opportunity for photography students, and has acted as the Regional Coordinator for the Flash Forward Festival, and now the Director of the Flashpoint Festival. Muldowney currently teaches at Boston College, Boston University and Lesley University College of Art and Design. 

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