August 5, 2020
Area Code: Storefront Project – Mia Fabrizio
We are thrilled to be partnering with AREA CODE and Space Us to provide an opportunity for local artist, Mia Fabrizio, to showcase her art exhibition at Arsenal Yards. We encourage you to check out her artwork which can be found in the windows behind Ben & Jerry’s.
The Storefront Project section of AREA CODE was conceived in partnership with Stephanie Lee and Ellen Shakespear of Space Us to provide solo exhibition opportunities in public sites across Greater Boston. The Storefront Project showcases the works of New England graduate students (from class of 2020 and 2021) whose launch of their artistic careers was adversely impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. Boston-born-and-based curator Jen Mergel served as juror, and among the over 40 submissions from 4 states, she selected 12 artists whose works showed exceptional promise and innovation, as well as relevance and sensitivity to current cultural discourse. Chosen works were selected in dialogue with Ellen Tani and Marla McCleod and range in format and focus: digital video animations, sequinned garments, and oil paintings that evoke the resilience of Black lives; drywall engravings and paintings with gingham curtains address domesticity (and homebound life) from a critical feminist perspective; street photography and sheer fabric sculptures subtly and incisively critique gentrification and economic malaise; and evocative abstractions address anxieties, whether of a military veteran who is a single dad or those of us watching clime change before our eyes. Such projects will be displayed in storefronts and public spaces across the Greater Boston area providing opportunities to see works by foot, bike, public transit or car. A map of all projects with text about each piece will be available on the AREA CODE website. Learn more here.
About the Artist:
Mia Fabrizio is a 2020 MFA recipient from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. A multidisciplinary artist and educator, her work addresses topics at the intersection of sociology, architecture and visual art. Themes such as home, labor, culture and perceived binaries are examined through architectural and artistic materials and processes. Much like her work Mia is a compilation of all of her layers. A fourth generation Italian-American she grew up in a multigenerational home that houses her family as well as their hairdressing business. Native to the Philadelphia area, Fabrizio received a BFA from Tyler School of Art and an M.Ed. from Arcadia University. She has a dozen years experience teaching art within classrooms and alternative settings in this area where her family still resides. Mia and her partner Kath, currently live in Jamaica Plain, a diverse area of Boston MA. For more information visit: https://www.areacodeartfair.com/fabrizio
To support this artist with a direct donation, please use the following information: (Venmo) @mia-fabrizio (Paypal) firstname.lastname@example.org
About AREA CODE Art Fair:
AREA CODE is pleased to announce its selection of exhibiting artists, special projects, and programming in an inaugural art fair presenting work by contemporary artists with ties to New England. After receiving over 500 applications from across New England and around the world in just three weeks, over 130 artists have been selected for presentation. Informed by values of collective intelligence, transparent experimentation, and open access in the wake of COVID-19, the Fair has been developed in collaboration with a volunteer team of Boston-area curators, and will be free for exhibitors and viewers. Through online and decentralized in-person experiences across Boston, the Fair will feature works from New England’s most inspiring art galleries, nonprofit organizations, and individual artists (including recent graduate students) without gallery representation. Along with the Fair’s Main Section, AREA CODE will debut curated sections of performance art, drive-in or drive-by outdoor presentations of digital/video art, and storefront displays, along with live programming.
Artwork will be for sale on areacodeartfair.com beginning on August 1. Programming, screenings, and special events will take place throughout the entire month of August. The full list of participants can be found here.