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Grey Held

Grey Held is a poet, a painter, an arts activist, and a collaborator.


As a visual artist — Grey creates poem-posters that blend the words of a poem with texture, color, line, and image–into something visually rich enough to entice viewers into reading poetry, both his own and those of one of his favorite poets–Emily Dickinson.


As a poet — Grey is a recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Creative Writing. Three books of his poetry have been published and he teaches a weekly workshop — The Poetry Round Table.


As an arts activist — he strives to bring poetry out of the book and into public spaces and has, for the past six years, created public poetry installations (in Newton) that connect contemporary poets (at all different levels of their career) with a wider audience.


As a collaborator — He has taught “collaborative drawing” in many venues, including New Art Center. He also works with his wife, Leslie Held, an award winning costume designer to create whimsical fabric collages, many of which were exhibited recently at New Art Center’s Holzwasser Gallery.


He holds an MFA degree from Tyler School of Art and a BS from MIT. Grey has taught at the New Art Center since 2016.


In the event of a COVID-related building closure, in-person classes will continue with live online learning (Zoom). In the case of equipment-intensive courses, the curriculum may be adjusted slightly. For example, all ceramics classes will continue with a handbuilding focus.

Please Note: Online registration for classes that begin on Monday or Saturday close the Friday before at 12PM. Online registration for classes that begin on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday close on the day before at 12PM. If class registration has closed online and you are interested in registering, please email Marte at

Adult Live Online Learning (Zoom) Classes: The “Student’s Email” you provide during registration will be emailed the Zoom link and login information one hour before the class begins.

Children/Teen Live Online Learning (Zoom) Classes: The email you provide at checkout will be emailed the Zoom link and login information one hour before the class begins.

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