June 2014: Independent Art Projects launches in North Adams

Independent Art Projects launches in North Adams as the newest tenant in MASS MoCA’s commercial real estate program.

Contemporary art dealers Leslie Ferrin and Cynthia Reeves are delighted to announce the opening of Independent Art Projects, a 2,500 square-foot, multi-purpose project space in North Adams, MA. Newly renovated, the space is part of the MASS MoCA complex and its commercial real estate and economic development program.

We are excited to welcome IAP to the MASS MoCA Campus where they’ll join our vibrant community of artists, makers, and professionals working together to revitalize North Adams. All of our tenants play a vital role in supporting the museum’s mission –- all of the rental income directly supports our art programs and facilities,” Larry Smallwood, Deputy Director, COO at MASS MoCA said.

Directed by Martina Caruso, the space at 1315 MASS MoCA Way on the ground floor of building 13, in front of the main parking lot, and closest to Main Street, will feature works by mid-career and established artists represented by Ferrin Contemporary, Cynthia-Reeves, and other galleries based in New England and New York City. Work shown will include all media: sculpture, ceramic, painting, drawing, and print, as well as photography and video.

We couldn’t be more pleased with this fit,” Reeves said. “MASS MoCA is a dynamic institution with the warmest and most collaborative team, all working together to make their campus an epicenter for contemporary art in New England. Leslie Ferrin and I are delighted to be part of this dialog around contemporary art, each of us bringing our distinctive, international program to this wonderful site.

A native of Italy, Caruso moved to the United States in 2010 to attend the Berkshire Hills Internship Program and work for the cultural economic development of the City of North Adams. She collaborated with several New York City cultural institutions, including International Center of Photography, Steven Kasher Gallery, Aperture Foundation, and The Drawing Center.

Independent Art Projects provides the opportunity to share our current projects in the Berkshires,” Leslie Ferrin, who directs Ferrin Contemporary, explained. “We are happy to include North Adams as one of the ongoing venues where we feature our represented artists and curated exhibitions. With this location, we join a community of outstanding institutional neighbors in the growing cultural corridor that runs from New York to Vermont.

Independent Art Projects joins a growing number of recently opened regional visual art venues among them Jack Shainman’s newest venture The School, in Kinderhook, NY, and The Wassaic Project in Wassaic, NY, to the south, and Hall Art Foundation in Reading, VT, to the north.

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