Exhibitions & Talks

Current Exhibitions, Actions, & Talks

2017

June 3 – September 24, 2017
Finding Solace in the Woods
Art on the Trails
The Southborough Open Land Foundation, in collaboration with Southborough Artist Catherine Weber, invites you to enjoy  Art on the Trails: Finding Solace in the Woods, on exhibit through September 24, 2017, at the  Elaine and Philip Beals Preserve, Southborough, Massachusetts. This exhibition of sculptural installations,  juried by Southborough resident Mary M. Tinti, former Curator of the Fitchburg Art Museum, is on view until September 24th.  Artists exhibiting are Freedom Baird, Lisa Barthelson, Gregory Barry, Chelsea Bradway, Crystal Blanchflower, Bill Cohn, Max Francis, Miley Francis, Hadley Horner, Linda Hoffman, Lydia J Musco, Aneleise Ruggles, and Catherine Weber. The theme, Finding Solace in the Woods, is in response to our constantly-connected culture and ever-challenging political climate, there are few places to find quiet moments of respite and meditation away from the stress of daily life.
Opening reception with artists’ introductions, Wednesday June 7, 6-8pm
Beals Preserve
144 Main Street, Southborough MA, (parking in the lot across the street from the preserve at Chestnut Hill Farm)

 

Saturday, June 17, 2017, 1-3pm
Human Nature Dictionary Public Word-Coining
Fox Festival Parade
Come make up new words for the Human Nature Dictionary!  This participatory art event will be part of the Fox Festival Parade presented by Arlington Public Art and the Fox Library. We’ll have a word-coining table set up, where all visitors are welcome to create new words and imagery to show that humans are a part of nature, not separate from it! No previous word-coining experience required! Non-English contributions to the dictionary are welcome. As are non-alphabet-based, symbolic contributions. This is an inclusive, experimental, poetic project in reclaiming language creation to reshape culture. We’ll be happy to see you there! The parade will be led by the awesome Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band, kicking-off the fun-filled Feast of the East Festival.
Fox Library
175 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA

 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 7-8:30pm
Slow Plastic
Presentation and discussion presented by Sustainable Melrose
With this talk and discussion we reclaim plastic as a social and cultural construct, and consider how it can be made differently, including at home in the kitchen! We look at plastic’s historical reputation as a tawdry imposter. We dig into the meaning of “synthetic” and consider that plastic might actually come from nature. We investigate plastic’s presence in fine art as both subject and medium. And we consider the sustainability tactic of venerating plastic. Sculptor Freedom Baird will present her research and lead the discussion, and show samples of her home-made Slow Plastic dinnerware. All are welcome!
Milano Senior Center, 201 West Foster St, Melrose, MA 02176

 

July 4, 2017 – July 2018
Outdoor Sculpture Park
Catskill Interpretive Center
This is the annual Outdoor Sculpture Park exhibition of the Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center whose mission is to protect and foster the environmental, cultural and economic well-being of the Catskill region. I’m delighted for the opportunity to install Tree-to-Ground on a tree in the Sculpture Park, for the coming year.
5096 Route 28, Mount Tremper, NY 12457
Open daily 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, Fridays 9:30 am to 6:30 pm

 

Past Events

2017

Saturday, May 20, 2017, 11am-3pm
Human + Nature Nest Building at Fresh Pond Day!
More than 70 visitors came by to make participatory art at Fresh Pond Day, the City of Cambridge’s fresh water festival celebrating the Fresh Pond reservoir, surrounding wildlife, and all things environmental!  At the Human + Nature nest-building table, all visitors were welcome to create animal nests out of human-made & nature-made materials — all biodegradable!  We celebrated the pond and it’s natural inhabitants —
Fresh Pond Reservoir, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway, Cambridge, MA

Saturday, April 29, 2017, 12-2pm
Public Word Coining at the Everything You Can Imagine is Real exhibition!
Human Nature Dictionary
Visitors made participatory art at the Everything You Can Imagine is Real exhibition presented by Studios Without Walls sculpture collaborative, and hosted by the Brookline Parks Department.  Human Nature Dictionary coordinators had a word-coining table set up, where all visitors were welcome to create new words and imagery to show that humans are a part of nature, not separate from it!
Frederick Law Olmsted’s Riverway Park
Chapel Street, Brookline, MA, across from the MBTA Longwood stop

April 26-May 24, 2017
Everything You Can Imagine is Real
Studios Without Walls

Outdoor sculpture exhibition of 14 site specific works, by Jeremy Angier & Anne Hirsch, Freedom Baird, Gail Jerauld Bos, Ann Eder, Janet Kawada, Milan Klic, Bette Ann Libby, Maria Ritz, Joe Wight, Martha Winston, and Wendy Wolf. Hosted by Brookline Parks and Open Spaces. Throughout the exhibit enjoy self-guided tours, Art Treasure Hunt and Fairie House building.
Meet the artists at the opening receptions on April 29th & 30th, 11am-5pm
Frederick Law Olmsted’s Riverway Park
Chapel Street, Brookline, MA, across from the MBTA Longwood stop

Friday, March 10, 2017, 7-9pm
We the People: The Art of Advocacy
Arlington Center for the Arts

Since January 20, 2017, millions of people around the world have taken to the streets to voice their beliefs in freedom, liberty and justice for all. With great creativity, marchers have carried thoughtful, hand-made signs, hats, sandwich boards, posters, and buttons. The Arlington Center for the Arts hosted this pop-up gallery exhibit, organized by education director Sarah Buyer, as part of the conversation during this pivotal moment of social activism. The exhibition featured politically-inspired contemporary artworks and artifacts which tell the larger story of what inspires our community to action. I’m delighted to have shown a poster in the exhibition, which I designed and distributed for the Women’s Marches in cities around the world on 1/21/17.
41 Foster Street, Arlington, MA 02474

Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 10:30am-12pm
Performing Materials
105th Annual College Art Association Conference

I participated in this panel session titled Performing Materials, at CAA’s Annual Conference. Works presented included: Interactive Art Machines by Sena Clara Creston and Charles Pezeshki of Washington State University, and The First Manifesto of Surrealism and Other Restagings, by Craig McDaniel, and Jean Robertson, Herron School of Art and Design, Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis, and my Slow Plastic work from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston.
Nassau Suite East/West, 2nd Floor, New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY

Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 7-9pm
Art for One, Art for All: Bringing Creativity to the Masses, public art discussion
Artisan’s Asylum, Non-Profit Community Fabrication Center and Makerspace
Art is an expression of our humanity, culture, and social commentary. Museums and galleries provide sanctuary to some of our greatest cultural treasures; however, it is the accessibility of public art that administers the biggest impact, giving people from all walks of life a chance to enjoy art. In recent years, the Greater Boston area has been home to many evocative art-related initiatives. The Somerville Arts Council and the Artisan’s Asylum hosted an evening with some of the area’s most dynamic public art creators. Participating Panelists were: Ann Hirsch, Bill Turville, Drew Van Zandt, Freedom Baird, Liz LaManche, and Michael Dewberry.
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street, Somerville, MA, 02143

Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Alive Enough Studio (Charrette)
NuVu Innovation School
I was delighted to join Rosa Weinberg, Spyridon Ampanavos and their students as part of a studio (charrette) to explore the nature of artificial consciousness, what constitutes machine pain, and possible stances on the ethical treatment of robots. After presentations and research, students designed and built robots that responds to physical abuse and elicit a user’s empathy (or don’t!).
NuVu, 450 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA

2016

Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 3-4:30pm
MassArt Senior Seminar – Life, Art, and Money
As part of the MassArt Senior Seminar series, artist Gary Duehr and I presented on making and exhibiting Public Art, followed by a lively discussion exploring the distinctions and overlaps between public art and resistance art.
Tower Auditorium, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, 621 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

Saturday, October 1, 2016
Somerville AgriCultural Festival at ARTFarm
I was happy to join local farmers and artists in Somerville’s first ever AgriCultural Festival – a celebration of everything we grow from the earth, and the people who grow it.  I hosted a Human + Nature Word-Coining, with the Human + Nature Field Desk. All visitors were welcome to create new words and imagery to show that humans are a part of nature, not separate from it! No previous word-coining experience was required! Non-English contributions to the dictionary were welcome, as were non-alphabet-based symbolic contributions! This was an inclusive, experimental, poetic project in reclaiming language creation to reshape culture.
ARTFarm, 10 Poplar Street, Somerville, MA 02143

July 25 – August 8, 2016, Opening Reception Aug 4
MassArt MFA Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition 2016
Featuring work from our eclectic cohort of sculptors, painters, and interdisciplinary artists who are completing our degrees this summer.  I’ll be showing the Human Nature Dictionary in its physical instantiation.
Bakalar Gallery and Design and Media Center Atrium
Massachusetts College of Art and Design, 621 Huntington Avenue, Boston MA 02115

July 23 – November 6, 2016
North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Show
This summer the the 19th Annual NBOSS exhibition will go up in parks and public places sited around the Village of North Bennington, VT. Organized by sculptor Joe Chirchirillo, the show features works by 38 sculptors from across the USA.
Opening reception Saturday, July 23 2016 4-8pm
Exhibition on view 24 hours a day until October 23, 2016
North Bennington, VT

Saturday, June 11, 2016, 11am-3pm
Public Word Coining at Fresh Pond Day!
Human Nature Dictionary
Come make some participatory art at Fresh Pond Day, the City of Cambridge’s fresh water festival celebrating the Fresh Pond reservoir, surrounding wildlife, and all things environmental!  Human Nature Dictionary coordinators will have a word-coining table set up, and all visitors are welcome to create new words and imagery to show that humans are a part of nature, not separate from it! No previous word-coining experience required! Art supplies will be available. Non-English contributions to the dictionary are welcome! As are non-alphabet-based symbolic contributions! This is an inclusive, experimental, poetic project in reclaiming language creation to reshape culture. We’ll be happy to see you there!
Fresh Pond Reservoir, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway, Cambridge, MA

Thursday, May 5, 2016, 6-8pm
Public Word Coining with Beer and Cookies at the Artisan’s Asylum!
Human Nature Dictionary
Come make some participatory art at the Artisan’s Asylum, Somerville MA’s extraordinary, eclectic, community-minded, 40,000 square foot maker-space! You are invited to infiltrate language by creating new words and imagery to show that humans are a part of nature, not separate from it. I’ll briefly introduce the open-content Human Nature Dictionary, then we’ll sit around snacking and cooking up new words and images. No previous word-coining experience required! Art supplies will be available. Non-English contributions to the dictionary are welcome! And so are non-alphabet-based symbolic contributions! This is an inclusive, experimental, poetic project in reclaiming language creation to reshape culture. All are welcome and creative sabotage of the words and definitions we create is also welcome. Feel free to invite people! Refreshments will be provided.
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street, Somerville, MA, 02143

Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 6:30pm
Sustainability Incubator Exhibition & Pecha Kucha Presentations

Exhibition Open: May 3 – May 15
Come to the final presentation of student, faculty, and staff projects incubated at MassArt this semester. Featuring work from Sustainability Micro Grant winners and Jane Marsching’s Sustainability Projects class.
MassArt’s beautiful, new Design and Media Center, 1st Floor, Incubator Room, 621 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

April 30 – May 22, 2016
Gateways – Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition
Opening reception and artist-led tours during Brookline Open Studios, April 30, 11am – 5pm
An exhibition of site-responsive sculpture at Riverway Park, Brookline, presented by Studios Without Walls sculpture collaborative, whose mission is to expand and educate audiences to appreciate, participate in, and become enriched by site-responsive sculpture, installation, and conceptual art. Curatorial committee: Bette Anne Libby, Wendy Wolf, Maria Ritz, and Freedom Baird.
Frederick Law Olmsted’s Riverway Park
Chapel Street, Brookline, MA, across from the MBTA Longwood stop

April 15 – November 19, 2016
ArtSpace Maynard’s Inaugural Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit
This is ArtSpace Maynard’s first Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit, organized by Grounds Art Committee co-chairs
Gwen Murphy and Brenda Cirioni. Opening celebration on May 14th in coordination with Second Saturdays, featuring mini open studios from 4-6pm, and a reception from 5-7pm. ArtSpace Maynard is a vibrant, non-profit community art center that houses artist’s studios, a large exhibition space, a printmaking studio, and a theater.
Artspace Maynard, 63 Summer St, Maynard, MA

Saturday, April 9 – Sunday April 24, 2016
Boston Biennial 4

The Biennial Project is tremendously proud to host The Boston Biennial 4 “A Wicked Good Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Art”. This highly anticipated fourth installment brings together artists from New England to New Zealand, selected from over 1100 entries from 28 states and 23 countries. This year, as always, the jurors are nearly as exciting as the artwork, with 20 celebrity participants such as gallery founders and Biennale veterans, local politicians and cultural leaders to reality show contestants, designers, professional artists, musicians and educators.
– – – Opening Gala reception: Saturday April 9th, 6-9pm, at Atlantic Works Gallery in East Boston
– – – Third Thursday reception: Thursday April 21, 6-9pm
– – – Closing Reception: Sunday April 24th, 4-6pm
– – – Gallery hours: Friday & Saturday, 2-6pm, or by appointment
Atlantic Works Gallery, 80 Border Street, East Boston, MA 02128

Thursday, April 7, 2016, 6:30-8pm
Public Word Coining with Wine and Cheese at MassArt’s Sustainability Incubator!
Human Nature Dictionary
Come make some participatory art at MassArt’s Sustainability Incubator in the beautiful, new Design and Media Center! You are invited to infiltrate the English language by creating new words and imagery to show that humans are a part of nature, not separate from it. MassArt MFA candidate Freedom Baird will introduce the open-content Human Nature Dictionary, then attendees will sit together snacking and cooking up new words and images. No previous word-coining experience required! Art supplies will be available, and you can bring your own as well. Feel free to invite people — all are welcome! This is a public-word coining and image making! Refreshments will be provided.
MassArt’s beautiful, new Design and Media Center, 1st Floor, Incubator Room, 621 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

Friday March 25, 2016, 10am-7pm
2016 New England Graduate Media Symposium – Assembling Bodies: Exchanges in Collaboration
This symposium will showcase projects that explore collaboration as a subject and selected graduates will engage in panel discussions surrounding collaborative methods of artistic production that raise questions about process, conflict, community engagement, agency and authorship. Our objective is to challenge how we think about various models and theoretical frameworks relating to collaboration and share these new approaches with a larger community. The keynote speaker will be Laurie Anderson. Please register in advance.
Paramount Center, Main Stage, 559 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111

March 21 – April 15, 2016
Small Works Salon 2016: Thesis/Antithesis
A juried exhibition of artwork at the Chandler Gallery. Juror: Distinguished artist Gerry Bergstein
Reception: Sunday, April 3, 2016, 3-5 pm
The Thesis/Antithesis exhibition deals with reconciling contradictory impulses – realism and fantasy, surreal and banal, sincere and ironic, abstract and representational, natural and synthetic, geometric and organic are just a few examples. The show includes small scale 2D and 3D works, including works on paper, collages, paintings and sculptures.
Chandler Gallery, Maud Morgan Arts, 20A Sacramento Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 6:30-8pm
Slow Plastic
Curated Conversations at MassArt’s Sustainability Incubator
With this talk and discussion we reclaim plastic as a social and cultural construct, and consider how it can be made differently, including at home in the kitchen! We look at plastic’s historical reputation as a tawdry imposter. We dig into the meaning of “synthetic” and consider that plastic might actually come from nature. We investigate plastic’s presence in fine art as both subject and medium. And we consider the sustainability tactic of venerating plastic. MassArt MFA candidate Freedom Baird led the discussion and showed samples of her home-made Slow Plastic dinnerware. All are welcome. Refreshments will be provided.
MassArt’s beautiful, new Design and Media Center, 1st Floor, Incubator Room, 621 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

Saturday, March 12, 2016, time TBD
Slow Plastic
Talk at Design Incubation’s Colloquium 2.5, Pecha Kucha style, at FIT

This brief presentation was part of Design Incubation‘s fifth Design Colloquium at FIT. In this talk, Slow Plastic, we reclaim plastic as a social and cultural construct, and consider how it can be made differently, including at home in the kitchen! We look at plastic’s historical reputation as a tawdry imposter. We dig into the meaning of “synthetic” and consider that plastic might actually come from nature. We investigate plastic’s presence and impact in the design world, and our responsibility to use it sustainably. And we consider the environmental tactic of venerating plastic. The artist brought samples of her home-made Slow Plastic dinnerware.
Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), 227 W 27th Street, New York, NY 10001

2015

June 14 – September 15, 2015
Art in the Park, Worcester, 2015
Art in the Park, Worcester is a celebration of large-scale sculptures, artists, friends, families, and community in historic Elm Park, Worcester, MA
Organized by Gloria Hall, Art in the Park Committee
Jurors: Susan Cross, curator of visual arts at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA; Amy Podmore, Professor and Sculptor at Williams College in Williamstown, MA; and Sculptor & Environmental Artist, Steven Siegel, NY
Frederick Law Olmsted’s Elm Park
Park Ave and Highland Street, Worcester, MA

Sunday, July 19, 2015
Hopsketch for Play Day at the Lawn on D
HopSketch is an evolving drawing+hopscotch game created by the players themselves as they hop, jump, sketch, write notes, and heed notes. Conceived and implemented by artists Freedom Baird and Joe Wight, HopSketch uses simple visual motifs, inexpensive art supplies, and thoughtful directions to let visitors play, express, and consider their connection to place. Hopsketch made its Boston debut during Play Day at the Lawn on D, a day of innovative art+play activities created by artists, designers, educators and architects. Commissioned by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority.
Lawn on D, 420 D Street, Boston, MA, 02210

July 10 – August 21, 2015
Boston Young Contemporaries
Jurors: Lucy Kim, Artist and Cofounder of Kijidome, Michelle Samour, Artist, Matt Phillips, Artist and Founder of Boston Young Contemporaries
Opening reception and awards Friday, July 10th 6-8pm
808 Gallery
808 Commonweath Ave, Boston, MA

May 9 – 31, 2015
Art Rocks Spy Pond
“Elements” An exhibit of sculpture & installation
Organized by Adria Arch, Juried by Lorri Berenberg
Opening reception: Saturday, May 9, 3-5pm, Artists talks at 3:30pm
Spy Pond Fun Day: Saturday, May 30, 1-4pm
Spy Pond Park, Arlington, MA 02474

April 25 – May 17, 2015
Studios Without Walls
“Seen/Not Seen” An exhibition of site-responsive sculpture at Riverway Park, Brookline
Organized by Bette Anne Libby, Kerri Schmidt, Wendy Wolf and Maria Ritz
Opening reception and artist-led tours during Brookline Open Studios, April 25 & 26, 11am – 5pm
Frederick Law Olmsted’s Riverway Park
Chapel Street, Brookline, MA, across from the MBTA Longwood stop

February 14 – March 14, 2015
Nave Gallery
Bite: Food as Art
Curated by Tori Costa and Sandy McDonald
Like art, food is a visual, sensory and social experience. Flavors and textures, aromas and taste are all elements that can be explored through artwork. Culture, memories and health are just some themes that can be viewed through the lens of food. Bite is an exploration of art made with food, art about food and/or food about art.
Opening Reception & Food Drive, Saturday, February 14 from 4-6pm
We will be collecting food and toiletries donations to support the Somerville Homeless Coalition’s Project Soup. A full list of needs are here.
Special Events:
Coffee Mandala Making Workshop, Hosted by Julia Tenney, Sunday, March 1; 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
Bite: Artist Talk Sunday, March 1; 3:30 pm-5:00 pm
Nave Gallery, Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church
155 Powderhouse Blvd., Somerville, MA 02144
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2014

October 11 – 24, 2014
Sculpture in the Park – Franklin Square Park, Boston
Join United South End Settlements for a sculpture and public art exhibition!
Opening celebration Saturday, October 11, from 1 – 3 pm
Corner of Washington Street and Newton Street, Boston, MA 02118
Participating Artists: Andrea Zampitella, Jessica Gandis, Milan Klic, Clyde Bango, Kyle Browne, Wendy Wolf, Freedom Baird, Monica Mitchell
Sculpture in the Park is a project of United South End Settlements, Boston Arts Commission, and the Boston Parks Department. Special thanks to our sponsors: the Friends of Blackstone/Franklin Square and the Blackstone/Franklin Square Neighborhood Association.

April 28 – May 9, 2014
Violence Transformed: Celebrating the Transformative Power of Art
Digital Display, Doric Hall, Massachusetts Statehouse
Artists Reception: Tuesday, April 29, 4-6
Images of two works will be included in the Violence Transformed 2014 Digital Display. This video will be shown on a continuous loop at all the venues during the year including the Violence Transformed show in Doric Hall.
Doric Hall, 2nd floor, Massachusetts State House, intersection of Beacon and Park St, Boston, MA 01233

March 20 – April 12, 2014
Gallery 263
Juried Exhibition of Massachusetts Artists
Guest Juror: Dina Deitsch, Curator of Contemporary Art at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
Come see 41 works by 38 MA residents!
Opening Reception: Friday, March 28, 7-9pm
263 Pearl Street, Cambridge, MA, 02139



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