Current Staff: Leah Johnstone-Mosher (sculpture), James Hull (painting
/ sculpture / photography / video / criticism / activisim), Hannah
Barrett (painting), Matt Nash ( performance / sculpture).
Past Staff / Volunteers / Advisors:(THANK YOU!)
Cory Farinella (photography, flash animation, web design), Dan
Golden (painting), Rebecca Gordon (sculpture/installation), Brendan
Killian (painting), Danielle Krcmar (sculpture), Heidi Marston (photography),
Julia Smith (Dance), Elena White (sculpture), Alexis Granwell (painting
and printmaking), Amy Carpenter (sculpture, acvtivism, HD video),
Christina Dias (jewelry), Joshua Aster (painting), Steve Aishman
(photography), Dana Clancey (painting), Morgan Cohen (photography),
Megan Cronin (sculpture), Lina Mairia Giraldo (painting, photography,
digital collage, installation, activism), Megan Goltermann (sculpture),
Andrew Mowbray (sculpture and painting), Kanishka Raja (painting),
Joseph Wardwell (painting), Douglas Weathersby ( painting, sculpture,
installation, video), Donna Veverka (small metals, sculpture).
Since 1990 James Hull has been organizing exhibits and working
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, RISD,
The DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, the List Visual Arts Center
at MIT and The ICA, Boston.
Hull is the founding director of Gallery @ Green Street a.k.a.
Green Street Gallery (our newer name since 2003) and has been invited
to give lectures, panel discussions and seminars by The Museum of
Fine Arts, Boston, The List Visual Art Center at MIT, Cranbrook
University, Wellsley College, Edicott College, School of the Museum
of Fine Arts, Mass College of Art, Suffolk University, The Art Institute
of Boston, RISD 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.
The Green Street Gallery 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 or the Rose Museum @ Brandeis. People who do
not own/use a car are far more likely to come into Green Street
Gallery 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 at Green
Street Gallery 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 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"
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
Because there is no sense of competition between Green Street Gallery
and other Galleries and institutions we feel obligated to know what
is going on around town and act as "Cultural Concierges".
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 all of our neighbors 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.
We also record artist talks that can be downloaded to a computer
/ iPod or listened to on location by the visually impaired.
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 Green Street Gallery 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 Green Street
Gallery. This is our single largest source of donated annual income.
Green Street Gallery'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. Green Street Gallery 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. Green Street Gallery 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, Green Street Gallery 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, Green Street Gallery 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).