This page features a listing of my own published works,  as well as reviews, interviews and media coverage of projects I have worked on.

Published Works

Since 2006  I have been a contributor to Big Red and Shiny an online journal for Boston Art. My regular column on On The Town features photo and video documentation of hundreds of exhibitions in the Boston area. In many cases, the exhibitions, events and performances were not documented elsewhere.  Since the site was relaunched in 2012 I have been focusing on interviews of prominent individuals in the Boston arts community.

I have also contributed writing to independently published books, exhibition catalogues and other art sites over the years.

Below is a listing of my published works, the full text of many of these can be found in the archives of Big Red and Shiny.


“Full circle with Heidi Kayser” Big Red and Shiny, Volume 2, Issue #2,October 2012
Feature article in relaunch issue of Big Red and Shiny, an interview with Boston Cyberarts founder George Fifield.

“A conversation with George Fifield” Big Red and Shiny, Volume 2, Issue #1,October 2012
Feature article in relaunch issue of Big Red and Shiny, an interview with Boston Cyberarts founder George Fifield.

“Finding the Alternatives” Rifrákt press, July 2010.
Introduction essay for the book 25 Emerging Boston Artists 2010, published by the artists collective Refract

“On The Town” Big Red and Shiny, issue #135, August 2010.
Reflections on the evolution of the Boston art community over the course of the past ten years.

“In The Studio” Big Red and Shiny, issue #135, August 2010.
Video interview with artist Monica Nydam

“On the Town with MEME” Big Red and Shiny, issue #128, March 2010.
Video interview and exhibition tour with the curators of 8 Bits Per Pixel exhibit at MEME gallery in Cambridge, MA

“string theories” NESAD/SU, Exhibition Catalogue, (October 2008)
Catalogue essay for the exhibition string theories focusing on the interactions between art and science.

“Interventions and Objects”, NESADSU, (February 2008.)
Catalogue essay for the exhibition Interventions and Objects: New Works by Bebe Beard and Liz Nofziger at the New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University.

“Miami Heat”, Big Red and Shiny, issue # 55 (January 2007.)
Report on the 2006 Miami art fairs focusing on artists and dealers from the Boston arts scene.

“Studios @ 35 Artists at the Boston Center for the Arts”, Boston Center for the Arts, November 2006.
Curator’s essay for Boston Center for the Arts thirty–fifth anniversary exhibition at the Mills Gallery, featuring past and present studio artists in residence at the Boston Center for the Arts.

“A Chinatown Banquet Unveiled”, Big Red and Shiny, issue #42 (April 2006.)
News feature reporting on the unveiling of the Boston Chinatown Heritage project and “The Chinatown Banquet” video by artists Mike Blockstein and Jeremy Liu.

“A Conversation with iKatun”, Big Red and Shiny, issue #40 (April 2006.)
Interview with Kanarinka and Pirun founding members of the collaborative art group iKatun and The Institute for Infinitely Small Things.

“Art in Academia”, Big Red and Shiny, issue #35 (January 2006.)
Discussion on the relationship between art schools, academic arts and the professional art world.

“A Conversation with Liz Nofziger”, Big Red and Shiny, issue #30 (November 2005.)
Interview with multi-media artist Liz Nofziger.

“Why not us?”, Big Red and Shiny, issue # 16 (January 2005.)
Report on the 2004 Miami art fairs and its impact on the Boston arts community.

“Meng Bo in Boston” The Noch Magazine (July 2005.)
Review of Q for U, 2005 Boston Cyberarts, exhibition featuring Chinese multimedia artist Feng Meng Bo.

“Seeing Independant” The Noch Magazine (May 2005.) – online
Discussion about independent film-making, featuring interviews with actor/director Tony Shalhoub, actor/producer Lynne Adams and Mark Donadio director of Moody Street Studios.

“On the Town”, Big Red and Shiny. (2004 – 2010.) (
Photography from Boston area art exhibit openings, performances and other events.
Numerous photography columns.

Big Red Shindig

A time lapse video I made showing the Big Red and Shiny Relaunch Party at the Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston MA, September 29th, 2012. This video is composed of more than 1,460 still images.

Big Red Shindig

Click above for video.Produced by James Manning.First published on, November, 2012


Press, Reviews and Media Coverage for James Manning

The Boston Globe,  An Emerging Idea – by Cate McQuaid. August 28th, 2010
Interview about the Boston alternative arts scene and the Rifrákt artists collective.

The Boston GlobeWorld on a string – by Cate McQuaid. October 15, 2008
Review of NESAD/SU exhibition string theories.

The Boston Globe,  Small Space, Big Potential – by Cate McQuaid. July 30, 2008
Featured review of NESADSU exhibition Nascent.

The Boston GlobeSharing a taste for the subversive – by Cate McQuaid. February 28, 2008.
Review of NESADSU exhibition Interventions and Objects.

The Boston Phoenix,  A local collective subverts with the tiny – by Greg Cook. 
April 7, 2008.
Feature article about The Institute For Infinitely Small Things performance at the ICA.

Art New England,  The Stephen D. Paine Scholarship project. – by Diana Gaston. January 2008.
Interview on curatorial involvement with the Stephen D. Paine scholarship award.

The Boston Globe,  Pixnit was here. by Matthew Shaer. January 3, 2007.
Interviewed for article about curating ‘street art’ focusing on the work of Pixnit.

The Boston Globe, Her life was a fine art – by Sheela Raman. August 25, 2005.
Interview and preview of Kirsten Malone memorial exhibition.

The Improper Bostonian. Boston’s Best. July 13, 2005.
Award for Boston’s Best – Curator to Watch 2005.

Maverick Arts Magazine, Beer and Burgers by Charles Giuliano. Issue # 181, (April 2005)
Interview focusing on working with alternative gallery spaces.

The Boston Globe,  No alternative. –  by 

Geoff Edgers.  March 4, 2004.
Interview with discussion on the state of the Boston alternative art community.

The East Boston Sun Transcript, “Manning’s do-it-yourself gallery” by Frank Conte July 29th, 1998.
Cover page feature story about ArtVigor Gallery.