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N-town Q/A

February 14, 2014

Q&A: Joshua Boydston on a creative-driven life



Q: You just curated your first show, right?

A: Yeah, I’d been working here for about a year when I decided to do that. That was an experience I’d never had — I’d never hung art or lit art and it was just something I learned on the job here. But I thought, “You know, if I’m going to keep working here, I might as well just try my hand at it.”

And then me and Erinn (Gavaghan; NAC executive director), and really probably more Erinn if I’m being honest, came up with this idea of artists who are also really involved in music. I thought that was right in my wheelhouse and I thought I’d be happy to take lead of this. And it was an experience.

It’s nothing I’d ever done before and if you’d asked me in the weeks leading up to it if I ever wanted to curate again I probably would have said no. [laughing] It was definitely like herding cats sometimes, big group art shows.

But once it was up ... it was a fun experience to see my vision in the place. I did learn a lot. If I had to do it again I’d know all the things to do differently. There are maybe people who came through here that hadn’t seen that type of art. That’s kind of by design. We try to have it so varied in here so that one of the exhibits you’ll come see, you love. It was cool to serve an audience who maybe they hadn’t seen something they really liked in a while. It was cool to bring the artists together. All of them do similar things but none of them actually knew each other. You’d see them go off and chat with each other, so it was cool to see those connections and possible collaborations.

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