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from the Boston arts community:
Although I may be a museum (director) now, in my heart I am an Alternative
Space boy, and always try to support the underdog art spaces that seem
to make miracles with no funds. When I moved to Boston in 2000, I was
very curious about what this city had to offer in the way of such space.
I quickly met James Hull, and have always been amazed by the wonderful
work that (Gallery at) Green Street does, and the way the charming Mr.
Hull galvanizes a sense of an adventurous and committed art community
for this city. He is a living treasure and one need only spend a half
an hour sitting on Green Street’s sofa and see the scores of young
Turks and established artists check in with him to realize how crucial
his presence is for Boston visual arts.
- Bill Arning, Director, Contemporary Art Museum Houston. Former Curator,
MIT List Visual Arts Center and Board Member, Gallery @ Green Street
For an art
community to prosper, to flourish, to be audacious, striving, and nurturing
there needs to be a platform, a vision, and endurance. James Hull symbolizes
these functions in the Boston art community. For five years, he has
provided the place and space for artists to create. He is guiding, advising,
listening, and discovering, and it is mostly because of him that there
is a strong sense of an art c o m m u n i t y. In my eyes, James is
not only the catalyst for the Boston art scene, he is also the engine.
- Raphaela Platow, Director and Chief Curator, Contemporary Arts Center,
Cincinati. Former Curator, The Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University
I see the gallery as a part of a new potential paradigm for public space,
where art can be integrated into peoples’ everyday lives because it
has been made accessible geographically and financially. Being on the
volunteer staff at Green Street gives me opportunity to meet, assist
and form strong connections with other artists, and to see and participate
in the process of curating and installing shows. As an artist and teacher,
James’ dedication, vision, organization, and energy has inspired me
in my studio practice, teaching, and the pursuit of my own curatorial
- Danielle Krcmar, artist, faculty member SMFA, Gallery @ Green Street
2001 Massachusetts Cultural Council Award recipient
As a professional in the visual arts, I admire the high-quality and
widely-varied exhibitions that James Hull provides at the Gallery @
Green Street. And as a 20-year JP resident, I can testify to the vibrancy
and life that the Gallery has brought to a previously bleak and neglected
- Greg Heins, photographer for Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Jamaica Plain
With Gallery @ Green Street as a kind of home base, James Hull cuts
a path across Boston's traditional art boundaries. Artists, collectors
and neighborhood people meet in a way I never knew Boston to mix. He's
spirited, ambitious and smart -- someone more interested in making things
happen, than wondering if it's appropriate or possible. That alone would
be an enormous contribution to the Boston art scene, but James makes
really great things happen and I truly appreciate him for it.
- Sheila Pepe, artist, 2001 Tiffany Award Recipient, Bunting Institute
2002-03 faculty RISD and Director at Pratt Institute.
James Hull has made an important contribution to the Boston area art
community because of his innovative thinking, collaborative spirit,
boundless energy, and practical know-how. He conceives of unusual, inventive
projects, such as the Boston Drawing Project and the Gallery @ Green
Street, and actually gets them realized. Both projects have presented
to the public the work of countless, talented Boston area artists whose
work might otherwise not have been seen if it had not been for James's
creativity and resourcefulness.
- Rachel Rosenfield Lafo, Director of Richmond Gallery, Vancover. Former
Associate Curator Portland Art Museum, Oregon. Former Director of Curatorial
Affairs, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park
Every night I drive past Gallery @ Green Street on my way home from
the studio and my reaction is always one of disbelief. It seems inconceivable
that such a beautiful gallery could exist adjacent to a subway station,
that it would be run so professionally, and that someone would be willing
to offer such indefatigable and selfless support for local artists.
But my skepticism dissolves when I remember the force behind this institution.
Who, but James Hull, could render the impossible a reality with such
skill and alacrity?
- Bill Thompson, artist and Jamaica Plain resident
The best groundbreaking artwork only happens when artists take big risks
in their work and push what is possible within themselves to the very
edge. Showing this experimental work to the greater public requires
courage, intuition, and vision in a gallery director. James Hull is
one of those rare art professionals who welcomes the experiments of
hard-working artists and invites the entire spectrum of the public to
meet together in his Gallery @ Green Street. The combination is a perfect
celebration of curiosity, wonder, and discussion and Boston is a richer
place thanks to him.
- Chris Nau, artist, Drawing Area Faculty, School of the Museum of Fine
Arts, Boston. Staff, Somerville Arts Council, Gallery @ Green Street
James Hull is a dream to work with and has become the standard to which
I hold other art professionals. He's a very convincing art presenter
and consistently challenges his community, the Boston art audience as
well as artists to go to the next level. His enthusiasm for bringing
new work to new audiences is simultaneously entreprenurial, evangelical
- Carrie Moyer, painter and one-half of the public art project, Dyke
She has exhibited throughout the US and Europe and her work has been
widely anthologized and reviewed.
I had just moved to Boston and at open studios this person told me "This
work needs to be shown. I have just the idea..." It turned out to be
a real break for me. I found out later that the person was for real
and that his name was James Hull. Things move fast around him, his fast
and accurate eye as a curator, combined with his ability to infect others
with his enthusiasm, is both inspiring and encouraging.
- Line Bruntse, artist, former Montserrat faculty, Gallery @ Green Street
exhibitor, currently residing in Denmark
I have witnessed James Hull’s role as a catalyst in the wider art community
and also in my life as an artist. Working with him has encouraged me
to challenge the way I make art, to reconsider how I present my work
and to deepen my understanding of its conceptual basis. Having a show
at Green Street opened a door to a wider world of art colleagues and
opportunities. James is my art angel.
- Nancy Murphy Spicer, artist, 2000 Somerville Arts Council grant recipient,
Gallery @ Green Street exhibitor
James has made an important contribution to our efforts to start up
a contemporary art program here at Forest Hills Cemetery. His characteristic
mixture of enthusiasm and expertise helped connect us with local artists,
encourage their participation, and generate a “buzz” about the exhibitions.
Thanks in part to his participation, the Trust has been able to open
up an unfamiliar and unlikely venue a historic cemetery to adventurous
sculpture and installation work, drawing thousands of first-time visitors
to our site.
- Cecily Miller, Director, Forest Hills Educational Trust, Commonwealth
(while Director of the Somerville Arts Council)
JAMES HULL HAS A GENEROUS HEART. James Hull's belief that good art can
and should be truly accessible coupled with his sophistication, egalitarianism,
high standards, and huge energy has given Greater Boston a unique gathering
place for contemporary art a T stop. The Gallery @ Green Street is
an open crossroads for all kinds of art and all kinds of audiences.
What has always impressed me about James is his genuine respect for
all people artists, T-riders, neighborhood folks, curators, collectors,
art collectors, kids, students and his ability to engage them (he
never patronizes anyone). I believe his gift for inspiring the equally
wonderful people who work at the gallery without compensation, and his
ability to sustain the gallery's mission are testaments to his generous
- Jill Slosburg-Ackerman, artist, Professor of Art, MassArt and Board
Member, Gallery @ Green Street,
exhibitor and frequent visitor to the Gallery @ Green Street
its staff and supporters celebrating the 5th year of exhibitions at
the "Subway Gallery"
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