La historia de Green Street en Espanol

Current Staff / Selection Committee: Steve Aishman (photography), Dana Clancey (painting), Megan Cronin (sculpture), Megan Goltermann (sculpture), James Hull (painting / sculpture / activisim), Daniel Krcmer (sculpture), Heidi Marston (photography), Andrew Mowbray (sculpture and painting) Joseph Wardwell (painting), Douglas Weathersby ( painting, sculpture, installation, video), Donna Veverka (small metals, sculpture).

Since 1990 James Hull has been organizing exhibits and acting as an art handler and installation expert for gallery and museum exhibitions. Born in Atlanta, Georgia and trained at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Hull has worked at the Fernbank Science Center exhibiting dinosaurs fossils from China, at The Arts Festival of Atlanta installing site specific sculptures for an audience of over one million viewers, at The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (Nexus) as Chief Installer and Facility Manager for three years and as curator and organizer of the Annual King Plow Sculpture Show from 1991 - 1994. Since moving to Boston he has worked at The RISD Museum, The DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, the List Visual Arts Center at MIT and The ICA, Boston. Hull is the founding director of The Gallery @ Green Street and has been invited to give lectures, panel discussions and seminars by The MFA , The List Visual Art Center at MIT, Wellsley College, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Mass College of Art, Suffolk University and The Institute of Contemporary Art. Hull has a B.F.A. 1984 from the University of Georgia and a M.F.A. 1994 in Sculpture from Georgia State University. Megan Cronin is a working sculptor and works for a jewelry designer. She is a graduate of MassArt and her sculpture has been exhibited widely. Donna Veverka currently teaches Jewelry/Small Metals at Mass Art and has tauhgt sculpture at Suffolk University. Veverka was born in New York, has an undergraduate degree in Metals from Philadelphia College of the Arts and an M.F.A. in Sculpture from Mass Art. Another teacher, Joseph Wardwell, currently runs the Post-Bac painting studios at Brandeis University. Wardwell was born in Seattle, has an M.F.A. in painting from Boston University. He has also taught painting at B.U., was awarded a residency at the Vermont Studios in 1999 and developed a ten artist studio space, The Amory Painting Cooperative, in Jamaica Plain which he still oversees. Wardwell worked as an installer at the ICA and made his curatorial debut at Green Street in March of 2001. Kanishka Raja, from Calcutta, did undergraduate work at Hampshire College and received his M.F.A. in Painting from Southern Methodist University. He has taught art at the elementary school level for two years, worked as an installer at The Institute of Contemporary Art, Barbara Krakow Gallery and now manages the contemporary art collection of Ken Freed and therefore is now only in an advisory and supportive role for the gallery. Raja curated his first exhibit at Green Street "Alien: Art From And About Elsewhere" in 1999.

Community Service
The Gallery @ Green Street serves Jamaica Plain and Greater Boston primarily. The general audience is as broad as is possible due to our commuter hub location. In fact we are predisposed to come in contact with more underserved communities specifically because we are not an automobile oriented venue such as the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park. People who do not own a car are far more likely to come into The Gallery @ Green Street than those who drive to work ( but we do have free 30 minute parking right out front! -who else can say that in Boston). We are located in one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in Boston with large Dominican, Puerto Rican, African, Irish and African -American populations. English High School has a student population of over 90 % minorities.

For first three years, the spring exhibition schedule @ Green Street included an exhibit of "High School Heroes", featuring young, high school aged, artists working in neighborhood schools or local community programs. During the school year, over 1,000 high school students walk by The Gallery @ Green Street twice each day going to and from English High School, located about 300 yards down the bike path/walkway park known as The Southwest Corridor Park. The first High School Heroes exhibit featured sculpture and painting by artists chosen from English High School, Boston High School and Boston Latin in 1998. In 1999 our "High School Heroes 2" exhibited photography by artists from Egelston Community High School and youth participants of the Boston Photo Collaborative. In 2000 a group show "Young Photographers of Crossing Paths:" presented photos by artists from New Mission High School and Bikes Not Bombs youth apprenticeship program. We support and reward existing local art programs with greater visibility and give young artists their first taste of exhibiting their art at a "real" gallery.

The Gallery @ Green Street is also a local information hub and the gallery provides two bulletin boards for cultural listings, notices of events and artist studio spaces that are available. The gallery posts exhibition invitations from every gallery and institution that we receive information from and we encourage visitors to the gallery to go to other venues verbally at any opportunity. We even list apartments for rent and music and performances that are coming up. Stacks of invitations are dropped off by everyone and other visitors know to stop in to see what is going on by checking the cards neatly lining the front window sills.

Because there is no sense of competition between The Gallery @ Green Street and other Galleries and institutions we feel obligated to know what is going on around town and act as "Cultural Concierges". The Gallery @ Green Street's most important role is to be the great equalizer of culture-- everyone is on an equal footing in the subway . From that footing we use our communities rich diversity to quickly reach out to diverse populations as they drop in for coffee or to see the new exhibit. Our neighborhood has a residential program on Green Street for mobility impaired individuals and we are praised for the ease with which they can roll in and look at artwork. A new intern has begun translating our exterior signage and information on our press releases into spanish for the added benefit of our large community of spanish speakers. We also produce large print documents with each exhibit and by request for anyone free of charge.

The Gallery @ Green Street's staff of local artists donate their time to install and staff the gallery. Artists from the entire region (Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New York and Rhode Island) donate a work of art each year to a fund-raiser that helps pay for exhibits by their peers. The works donated are sold on a first come, first served basis in an event we call The "Mad Dash". The Gallery @ Green Street makes artwork available and affordable to a wider range of people once a year by selling any work in the exhibit for $150 (there are 150 works to choose from). Artists who donate to the 150 x 150 give 100% of the proceeds to The Gallery @ Green Street. This is our single largest source of donated annual income.

The Gallery @ Green Street's current support for exhibiting artists includes color postcards, monthly opening receptions, documentary images and videos, Press releases and occaisionally color catalogs ( produced in-house) not to mention an expeienced installation crew and staff and transportation of work to and from the exhibit. These services are provided at no charge to the artists. The implementation of these services is driven by our desire to produce "museum quality" exhibits and is made possible by our use of in-kind support from talented local artists who act as staff during our 31 hours of operation each week. All evening shifts and installation work is donated by staff artists. The Gallery @ Green Street advocates for artist housing and studio needs with the Boston Redevelopment Authority, Inspectional Services Division and The City Council, is a member of FPAC, and the Seaport Alliance for Neighborhood Design.

Our staff totals vary from 10 to13 (including the director) and our executive board consists of three artists that are also staff. The Gallery @ Green Street produces exhibits, free public receptions for every exhibit, educational artists' talks, a comprehensive web site, occaisional catalogs, screenings of artists' videos and an annual fund raising event. In addition, The Gallery @ Green Street produces short, documentary videos and web pages for each exhibit which are archived. While we are fully programmed as far as the phisical exhibition space is concerned, The Gallery @ Green Street realizes the spanish language outreach and greater advertising and promotion funding could increase our exposure and benefit to the community.

Help Us Keep Up The Good Work

Your 100% tax deductable contribution of any amount is greatly appreciated and can help us reach our goal of higher visibility and effectiveness in making contemporary art a larger part of Boston's daily life and to keep talented artists living in Boston where they add a social awareness and diversity of vision that is extremely valuable to Greater Boston (or any city).

Let us know what you think email:jameshull@jameshull.com

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