MCLA Gallery 51 Presents 'Come Inside: Works by Joshua AM Ross'

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MCLA Gallery 51 announced its next exhibition, "Come Inside: Works by Joshua AM Ross" will run from Feb. 4, 2022, to May 20, 2022, with an opening event in person at the gallery on Main Street in North Adams from 5-7 p.m. on Feb. 4.  
 
Ross has been creating work for this exhibition as part of his MCLA Artist Lab residency, which began in fall 2021. To cap off his residency, he will offer closing remarks at a reception at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 1, in Murdock Hall Room 218 on the MCLA Campus.   
 
Both events are free and open to the public. Proof of vaccination is required to attend, and masks must be worn during the event regardless of vaccination status. Details may change based on any potential shift in MCLA COVID policies and protocols.  
 
About the exhibition 
 
This body of work by Ross is a representation of his continued search to bring the world, as he sees it, to life. Self-identified as a photographer, Ross reveals his talent for using pencil and exploring the palette beyond imagination.  
 
Ross's works can be viewed as an exercise in finding comfort within the discomfort, as well as being unclear about the orientation of the work and the viewer's relationship to it. For Ross, drawing is a type of performance, similar to what a painter may experience as the brush touches the canvas. The dozen large- and small-scale colored pencil drawings are meticulous, precise, and abstract, but still represent what is organic.  
 
Ross also questions weight and opacity, central components of his practice. In these works, he creates a place to better discuss Blackness or Darkness, history, space and contexts, versus the conventional ways and spaces. These works are environments with figures, in which the viewer has to question their gaze. 
 
 
About Joshua AM Ross 
 
Joshua AM Ross holds an MFA in Art at the University of California, Irvine, and a BFA in Photography from Herron School of Art in Indianapolis. Ross' research-based practice is an entrenched phenomenological approach that investigates institutional, bodily, and spatial structures that organize and influence perception. Ross' multi-disciplinary practice employs and appropriates a variety of material and media developed through relationships to methodologies inherently related to his research and archival experiences of photography. Some recent notable exhibits Ross has featured artwork include Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Queens LA, and Human Resources Los Angeles. 

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North Adams Awarded $200K for Mohawk Marquee Restoration

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city is receiving $200,000 in state funding toward the refurbishment of the landmark Mohawk Theater marquee. 
 
North Adams was awarded $200,000 from the Regional Economic Development Organization program, which is administered through the Massachusetts Office of Business Development. Some $2.1 million in the competitive grants were announced on Wednesday for 38 projects across the state, including more than $600,000 in the Berkshires. 
 
The status of the 1938 theater has been the center of numerous discussion on downtown development and not a few biennial mayor contests. The marquee was last restored two decades ago and, while it's had some maintenance since, its neon lighting is worse for wear. 
 
A proposal to sell the theater two years ago prompted the City Council to insist on conditions that the marquee would be not be removed by the buyer. Requests for proposals on the building have contained language requiring the marquee be restored as part of any deal. 
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