Subject: Artists Newsletter December 22, 2018

View this email online if it doesn't display correctly
News and Opportunities for Artists of Fairfield County, CT
December 22, 2018
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is a nonprofit service organization that supports its members through unified marketing, capacity building, professional development, and advocacy services. This newsletter is sent to all who request it - but we ask that, if you are not a member, you explore membership benefits and consider joining this community of more than 600 individuals and organizations. See member benefits here. Join here.
Our new website has been live for seven weeks and so far 278 (of our 600) members (including 107 artists) have created their profiles on the site. All members are asked to please register as soon as possible. You will need a nice description of your work, together with 3 images: a square headshot, a wide "hero" image (like the one above) and a smaller, wide "reference image" used in the Meet Our Members page. Complete the simple form and upload your images at A new image app. makes it easy to upload your images. Contact us here with any questions.
The Greenwich Arts Council generously hosted a convening in early December, organized by the Cultural Alliance, of 13 arts councils and commissions from around the County. We invited representatives of three of these onto our monthly Spotlight on Arts & Culture interview show on WPKN 89.5 FM to talk about how they started, what issues they are currently working on, and what their future plans are. Hear the conversation here as a podcast, with Nancy Diamond (Westport Arts Advisory Committee), John Varamo (Stamford Arts Commission), and Susan Wallerstein (Norwalk Arts Commission).

Anthony Santomauro was born in New York City and has lived in Fairfield since 1976. He has been a practicing artist for over 40 years, working in pastels, charcoal, and acrylics. His professional art career began in 1975 when he received First Prize in the Juried Annual Exhibit of The Sumter South Carolina Artist Guild with “Massimo,” followed by a solo show. Studying drawing at Silvermine Guild of Artists, he was awarded the Faculty First Prize in drawing at the Annual Juried Student Exhibition of the Silvermine School of Arts in 1998, 2000 and 2001. He is a realistic artist whose detailed pastels, highly technical drawings and strongly felt paintings merge emotions with visual reality. He uses portraits to explore the variety and intensity of the human emotional experience. While observers are initially engaged by the realistic details of each piece, they soon become drawn into the domain and creativity of the artist’s mind. Whether it is beauty, rage, melancholy, malevolence or goodness, they are emerged into the world, power and emotion of each of his creations. In 2009 he was elected into the Salmagundi Club, New York City, where he has exhibited annually in juried shows, winning several awards. In 2015 he was elected to The Board of Directors of the Salmagundi Club, and to its Executive Committee as Corresponding Secretary. Anthony was chosen for the Directors Choice Exhibit at The Walsh Gallery, Fairfield University, in June and July 2011. His works are in many private collections in the United States, Canada and the US Virgin Islands, and his religious works are in the collections of St. Joseph Manor, Trumbull, and Maryknoll Missionaries, Maryknoll, New York. He is currently a member of the Easton Arts Councilthe Artists Collective of Westport and Art/Place. See his website and Facebook page.

Rosalind Shaffer was born and raised in New York, graduating with a BFA in painting from Syracuse University, and then studying in the MFA Painting Program at Brooklyn College. She became affiliated with Soho 20 Gallery in New York City and the J. Rosenthal Gallery in Chicago. At the same time, she cultivated a parallel career in fabric design, although it was fine art that tugged the deepest. Started out as a a painter, Rosalind soon felt the strong desire to pull the images beyond the flat plane of the canvas and started working in wood, creating figurative painted wood constructions that were meant to work in the environmental spaces in which they were displayed. She eventually found the flat planes of cut-out shapes too limiting, lacking the dimensionality she sought. Eventually it all seemed to come together when she discovered that clay was the perfect organic medium, allowing for the fluidity she wanted to create more sinuous form. She then discovered the Ancient Japanese technique of Raku, and was immediately drawn to the beauty and complexity created by its firing process: intricately crackled patterning occurs from extreme temperature changes, producing a richness of colors and textures from the black carbon and the minerals in the glazes that burst through to the surface during the firing process. She worked with Raku for a while, creating quiet, contemplative pieces. More recently, she says, she felt the need to create a body of work that acknowledges the political and sociological climate currently affecting all of us. The artist handles this narrative seriously at times but also adds a more humorous commentary to some of the work, which may be the best way to cope with our conflicted and uncertain world.  Rosalind is a member of WestonArts and was recently inducted into the Silvermine Guild of Artists. She had work included in Silvermine's 68th Art of the Northeast this year. See her website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
Those artists who have posted their profiles onto our new website, that launched Nov. 2, have their names in green with links to their profile. Please join them!
Peter Alexander, 
   Landscape Architect
Aishah Anailah, Multi Media
Tracey Anderson-Kollar, 
   Visual Artist
Francesca Andre,
Leslee Asch, 
   Curator, Writer
Frances Ashforth, Painter/ 
Louise Baranger, Musician
Patrice Barrett, Painter
Nina Bentley, Mixed 
Sue Benton, Photographer
Susanne Benton, Mixed 
Paul Berger, Photographer
Karla Bernstein, 
Thomas Berntsen, 
Elise Black, Painter
Tara Blackwell, Painter
Ziggy BoberSculptor 
Amy Bock, Painter
Andrea Bonfils, Mixed
   Media Artist
Dennis Bradbury, 
Carolyn Brady, 
Nancy Breakstone, 
Michael Brennecke, 
Janine Brown
Lucienne Buckner, 
Joy Bush, Photographer
Louise Cadoux,    
Bob Callahan, Painter
Donna Callighan
Linn Cassetta, Printmaker
Polly Castor, Painter
Alan Chapell, Musician
Ann Chernow
Eric Chiang, Painter
Frederic Chiu, Pianist
Yvonne ClavelouxPainter
Elaine ClaytonPainter 
   and Writer
Lauren Clayton, Painter
   Mixed Media
Rosa ColónPainter, Mixed
Tom Comerford, 
Penrhyn Cook, Photographer
Rod Cook, Photographer
Margaret Stapor Costa,
Adger Cowans, 
   Photographer and
Naomi Cruz, Painter
Dolly Curtis, Curator
Lisa Cuscuna, Painter
Dawn DahlPainter
Cris DamPainter/Muralist
Holly Danger, Video Artist
Betsy Davidson, Painter
Carlos DavilaPainter, 
Jane Davila, Fiber Artist/ 
   Mixed Media 
Cortney DavisWriter
John Deakins, Sculptor
Ken Delmar, Painter
Joseph Dermody, Painter/
   Sculptor/ Furniture 
Joyce DiCamillo, Musician
Barbara Kunin Dierolf, 
Eugenie DiserioPainter
Carol Nipomnich Dixon
   Mixed Media
Erin DolanPainter
Amy Dolego, Photography
Jennifer Drolet, Painter 
Ganga Duleep, Painter
David Dunlop, Painter
Philip Eliasoph, Writer
Jeanine Esposito, Mixed   
Katherine Evans, Painter 
Susan FehlingerPainter
Louise Flax, Mixed Media
David Laurence Flynn, 
   Lighting Designer
Heide FollinPainter
Christa Forrest, Painter
Rose-Marie Fox, Painter
Cecilia Moy Fradet, Painter/ 
Herm Freeman, Painter
Rebeca Fuchs, Painter
   Imperfection) Fiber Artist
Megan Garbe, Painter
Rhonda Gentry, Painter
Robin Jopp Gilmore, Mixed 
   Media and Upcycled 
Joe Gitterman, Sculptor
Scott GlaserPainter
William Glaser, 
Lori GlavinVisual Artist
Danielle Goldstein, 
Ellen GordonPainter; Mixed-media
Sue Brown Gordon,    
Ellen Gould, Photographer
Joyce Grasso, Painter/
Kristen Graves, Musician 
Len Grayeck, Painter
Jen Greely, Painter/ 
Carolina Guimarey, Multi-
   Media Artist
Dorothy Hafner, Sculptor
Don Hamerman, 
Mary Harold, 
Kate HendersonMixed 
   Media - ASSOCIATE
MaryEllen Hendricks,
Gwen HendrixFiber/ 
   Mixed Media
Lenore Eggleston Herbst
Tracy Hoffman, 
   Photographer & 
   Printmaker ASSOCIATE
Veronica Hofstetter, 
Sonya Huber, Writer
Yuko IkePainter
Jana Ireijo, Painter
Sholeh Janati, Painter 
Karen Kalkstein, Graphic 
Amy Kaplan, Painter 
Natasha Karpinskaia, Painter
Wayne Keeley, Writer, 
Karen Kent, Painter
Susan Keown, Painter/  
   Mixed Media/Ceramicist
Niki KetchmanSculptor/
Jin Hi Kim, Musician
Lesley Koenig, Painter
Moki Kokoris, Visual Artist
Richard Koleszar, Painter
Xiao Mai Kong, Painter
Michael Kozlowski, Painter
Joanie LandauJewelry 
Lydia Larson, Painter
Emily Hamilton Laux,
Katya Lebrija, Painter
Eric Jiaju Lee, Visual 
Julie LeffPainter
Susan LeggittPainter
Henry Lepetit, Painter
Julia-Rose Liptack, Painter
Barbara Loss, 
Shelley Lowell, Painter/ 
Jane Lubin, Mixed Media
Laurie MacLean, 
   Choreographer, Dancer
Mark Macrides, Painter, 
Jessica Makin, Painter/ 
Connie Manna, Painter
Mary Manning, Painter/
Elizabeth Marks, Painter
Fruma Markowitz
Barbara Mathis, Painter
Megan Bonneau McCool
Grace S. McEnaney, Painter
Nancy McTague-Stock
Shanna Melton, Poet
Peter Mendelson,
Toby Michaels, Painter
Annamari Mikkola
   Photographer, Designer, 
Jay Misencik, Photographer
Day Moore, Painter
Brechin Morgan, Painter
Meighan Morrison, Painter
Carol Mueller, 
Susan Murray, Painter
Aisha Nailah, MixedMedia/
Tava Naiyin, Dancer
Dale Najarian, Painter
Susan Newbold, Painter
Mary Newcomb, Painter
Jill Nichols, Painter
Eddie Niño, Painter
Julie O’Connor, 
Kazumasa Oda, Painter
   Performing/Visual Artist
Melissa Orme, Painter
Rose Palmiero, Painter
Steve Parton, Painter
Judy Peknik, Painter
Justin Perlman, Sculptor
Chris Perry, Book Artist
Jay Petrow, Painter
Laura Pflug, Painter
Igor Pikayzen, Violinist
Diane Pollack, Mixed Media
Karen Ponelli, Painter. 
Jennifer Prat, Photographer
Elizabeth Quesada, 
Tim Reimer, Painter
Gwen North Reiss, Poet
Dorothy Robertshaw, 
   Mixed Media
Lizzy Rockwell, Painter, 
   Illustrator, Author
Alyse Rosner, Painter/ 
   Mixed Media
Richard Sadlon, Musicians
Renee Santhouse, 
   Graphic Artist 
Ellen Schiffman, Fiber 
Norma Schlager, Fiber 
Marianne R. Schmidt, 
Guy Sealey, Multimedia
Katie Settel, Photographer
Barbara Shea, Writer
Norm Siegel, Painter
Lisa P. Silberman, 
Nomi Silverman, Printmaker
Phyllis Sinrich, 
Megan Smith-Harris, 
Cleo Sonneborn, Painter 
Rene Soto, Painter
Barbara Stewart, Painter
Pam Stoddart, Painter
Florence Suerig, Visual 
Denise Susalka, Painter
Janice Sweetwater, 
Susan Tabachnick, Sculptor
Mich Theebs, Poet, Painter
Alicia Thompson, Actress/ 
Dara Tomeo, Painter
Kris D. Toohey, Painter
Andrea Towey, Musician
Vincent Verrillo, Painter
Karen Vogel, Painter
Lee Walther, Mixed Media 
Ann Weiner, Multi-Media, 
Peggy Weis, MultiMedia
Gregg Welz, Paper Artist
Jahmane West, 
Cynthia Whalen, Painter
Elizabeth White, 
Jarvis Wilcox, Painter
Bruce Williams, Painter
Jen Williams, Painter
Jonah Wilner, Painter
Tammy Winser, Mixed 
Nancy Woodward, 
Jeffrey Wyant, Visual 
Gregg Ziebell, Painter
– Latest List by Town of Organization and Creative Business Members: – Latest List by Town of Artist Members: here
here See a List by Town of Artist Members: here❦ – See a List by Town of all Organization and Creative Business Members: here
Carol Nipomnich Dixon and Judy Peknik are among those artists who had work accepted into Faces and Figures, an exhibition at the Stamford Art Association, of work depicting human or non-human faces or figures, curated by Pam Ackley, painter and member of Silvermine Artists Guild and co-founder of the New Street Guild of Artists and the North Light Studio in Bridgeport. The show opens with a reception at the Stamford Art Association, Sun. Jan. 6, 4-6 pm
Miggs Burroughs, Mary Harold, Mary Ellen Hendricks, Karen Neems, and Joan Wheeler,
have their work in the Carriage Barn Art Center's 39th Annual Photography Show, curated by Susan Carlson & Claartje van Dijk, International Center of Photography, and opening with a reception Sat. Jan. 12, 4-6pm. with the jurors present.
Congratulations to Nancy Breakstone, Trace Burroughs, Niki Ketchman, Susan Leggitt, Day Moore, Cynthia Mullins, Justin Perlman, Rosalind Shaffer, and Vicki French Smith for being admitted to the Silvermine Guild of Artists. The exhibition of works by Guild New members runs Jan. 9-Feb. 6, at Silvermine Galleries, with an opening reception Sun. Jan 13. Details in our next Newsletter (Jan. 11).
Singer/songwriter Valerie Ahneman has produced a French-American Christmas album: Christmas with a French Twist  that brings some new musical arrangements to the well known Classics, sung in French and English. She wishes everyone Happy Holidays and hopes you will take a listen.
Nancy Breakstone will be the Featured Artist at the Rene Soto Gallery, 1 Wall Street, Norwalk, Jan. 2-31, with an opening reception Sat. Jan. 5, 6-10pm.  She will be showing a collection of new photographs from her recent trip to Costa Rica where she shoots natural patterns in the sand.  At right is The Herd (2018, digital photograph, 24x18, detail; click for complete image).  Nancy will also be showing her photographs at the Silvermine Guild of Artists New Member Exhibit, Jan. 9-Feb.6, that opens with a reception Sun. Jan. 13, 2-4pm.
Miggs Burroughs has his Be Nice lenticular image (at right) showing at the Carriage Barn Art Center'39th Annual Photography Showcurated by Susan Carlson & Claartje van Dijk, with the International Center of Photography, and opening with a reception Sat. Jan. 12, 4-6pm, with the jurors present.
Ann Chernow has new work included on the Allinson Gallery website, Dunham Pond Road East, Storrs, under: ‘Fine American Prints" by Ann Chernow - Time After Time (1989, lithograph and watercolor, 22 3/8” high x 3 5/8” wide). Click detail at right for complete image.
Musician, artist and designer, Joseph Dermody has a novel pitch this holiday season. He is raffling off one of his sculptures on Christmas Day. The framed 12x12 mixed media piece, at right, is valued at $500 and Joe is selling $20 raffle tickets here. Non-winning tickets will have a $20 value as vouchers for any future purchases you make from Joseph. Well report on who wins the piece in our next Newsletter.
Carol Nipomnich Dixon had her photograph Carnival Kid (14x11) accepted into the Stamford Art Association's Faces and Figures exhibition, opening Sun. Jan. 6. It captures a boy eating cotton candy after being face painted at the Greenwich Historical Society’s opening event at its Reimagined Campus. Click on detail for complete image.
Ellen Gordon has a solo show, Variations, at The Stamford Jewish Community Center’s Gallery, @ the J, (1035 Newfield Ave.) from Jan 3 through Feb. 28, 2019. A reception for the artist will be held on Thurs. Jan. 17, 6:30-7:30pm. Ellen's work in this show is inspired from drawings from private sessions with a model. The finished work speaks about the creative magic that happens when inspiration and form collide. The artwork itself is the result of a searching process – finding the shapes and lines in the figure and transcribing those lines into contemporary portrait compositions. At right, Cut Paper (2016, cut paper, 37x29, detail; click for complete image)
Karen Kent has a solo show, Whoo?, opening with a reception Thurs. Jan. 10, 5:30-7:30pm, at the New Canaan Library's Curtis Gallery. Karen will give a talk about the work in the show at 6pm. The sole subject of the exhibition is owls, in all their majestic, and sometimes mystical, glory. Karen has been exploring owls and their habitat for three years. Using mixed media, she shows the viewer owls that are exuberant and approach-able, sometimes even humorous. With bold, expressive brushstrokes and mixed media touches, Kent’s magnificent art gives each owl a distinct personality that grabs the viewer again and again. At right Joia (mixed media, 48x36, detail; click for complete image).
Congratulations to Niki Ketchman who was recently presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who. The announcement cites Niki's many leadership accomplishments and contributions to the art world as teacher, technician and of course as outstanding sculptor. And congratulations too, Niki, for your recent induction into the Silvermine Guild! More...
Connie Newton Stancell has two paintings from her series of twenty-seven Canyon Rhythms paintings in the Greenwich Pen Women's Creative Women exhibit at the Greenwich Arts Council's Bendheim Gallery, 299 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich. The exhibition runs through Thurs. Jan. 3, 2019This series of paintings was inspired by Stancell's trip to the Grand Canyon 2008. Canyon Rhythms XVIII (2010-2015, acrylic and tissue paper on canvas, 30x40) at right, is one of the paintings in the show. Click detail for complete image.

Sat. Jan. 5: Nancy Breakstone, Featured Artist, Rene Soto Gallery. Opening Reception, 6-10pm
Sun. Jan. 6: Faces and Figures, Stamford Art Association. Opening Reception, 4-6 (Carol Dixon, Judy Peknik).
Thurs. Jan. 10: Karen Kent, Whoo? New Canaan Library. Opening Reception, 5:30-7:30; artist's talk at 6pm.
Sat. Jan. 12: 39th Annual Photography Show, Carriage Barn Arts Center. Opening Reception, 4-6pm. (Miggs Burroughs, Mary Harold, Mary Ellen Hendricks, Karen Neems, and Joan Wheeler)
Sun. Dec. 13: Silvermine Guild of Artists New Members Show, Silvermine Galleries. Opening Reception, 2-4pm (Nancy Breakstone, Trace Burroughs, Niki Ketchman, Susan Leggitt, Day Moore, Cynthia Mullins, Justin Perlman, Rosalind Shaffer, and Vicki French Smith)
Sat. April 7: Kershner Gallery, Fairfield Public Library, In The Moment. Opening Reception, 4:30-7pm. (Lisa Cuscuna, Joyce Grasso, Susan Leggitt, and Dale Najarian)Sun. April 8: Rowayton Arts Center, Abstraction. Opening Reception, 4-6pm (Nancy Breakstone, Bevi Bullwinkel)Sat. April 14: Carol Nipomnich Dixon, Near and Far. Byram Shubert Branch Library, Greenwich library. Opening Reception 3-4:30pmMon. April 16: Jin Hi Kim, One Sky II. Crowell Concert Hall, Wesleyan University, 7pm.Wed. April 18: Jin Hi Kim, One Sky II, Yale university, Luce Hall, 34 hill house Ave., 7pm. Fri. April 20: carriage Barn Arts Center, Spectrum 2018. opening Reception, 6-8pm. (Bevi Bullwinkel, Miggs Burroughs, Trace Burroughs, Eric Chiang, Dawn Dahl, Eugenie Diserio, Heide Follin, Barry Guthertz, Emily Kelting, Katya Lebrija, Susan Leggitt, Julia Rose Liptak, Barbara Loss, Jessica makin, Kristin Merrill, Cynthia Mullins, Susan Murray, Julie O'Connor, Justin Perlman, Chris Perry, Jay Petrow, Diane Pollock, Barbara Ringer, Juliete Tehrani, Lee Walther, Al Coyote Weiner, Nancy Woodward).Sat. April 21: Colorblends House and Spring Garden, Inside Outside Pop Up Gallery. Open House and Gardens and Opening Reception 10am-6pm (Kristen Ambrosi, Amy Kaplan, Jahmane, Cynthia Mullins, Jahmane, Aisha Nailah, and Joan Wheeler)
Kershner Gallery, Fairfield Public Library,. Opening Reception, 4:30-7pm. (Lisa Cuscuna, Joyce Grasso, Susan Leggitt, and Dale Najarian) Rowayton Arts Center, Opening Reception, 4-6pm (Nancy Breakstone, Bevi Bullwinkel) Carol Nipomnich Dixon, Near and Far. Byram Shubert Branch Library, Greenwich library. Opening Reception 3-4:30pm Jin Hi Kim, One Sky II. Crowell Concert Hall, Wesleyan University, 7pm. Jin Hi Kim, One Sky II, Yale university, Luce Hall, 34 hill house Ave., 7pm. carriage Barn Arts Center, Spectrum 2018. opening Reception, 6-8pm. (Bevi Bullwinkel, Miggs Burroughs, Trace Burroughs, Eric Chiang, Dawn Dahl, Eugenie Diserio, Heide Follin, Barry Guthertz, Emily Kelting, Katya Lebrija, Susan Leggitt, Julia Rose Liptak, Barbara Loss, Jessica makin, Kristin Merrill, Cynthia Mullins, Susan Murray, Julie O'Connor, Justin Perlman, Chris Perry, Jay Petrow, Diane Pollock, Barbara Ringer, Juliete Tehrani, Lee Walther, Al Coyote Weiner, Nancy Woodward). Colorblends House and Spring Garden, Inside Outside Pop Up Gallery. Open House and Gardens and Opening Reception 10am-6pm (Kristen Ambrosi, Amy Kaplan, Jahmane, Cynthia Mullins, Jahmane, Aisha Nailah, and Joan Wheeler)Sat. April 7:In The Moment
Sun. April 8:AAbstractionbstraction
Sat. April 14:
Mon. April 16:
Wed. April 18:
Fri. April 20:
Sat. April 21:


The Friends of the Fairfield Public Library have announced that the deadline for submission for the Community Art Show to be held in the Library's   
Bruce S. Kershner Gallery, on the theme of Exploring Nature has been extended - due to a burst pipe and water damage in the library. Artists may submit one artwork only. Entry forms can be downloaded hereThe fee is $25 and the form, which includes the title, media, size, and price, must be mailed with a check by January 11Artwork drop-off for those accepted is now Feb. 1. The exhibition will run Feb. 4 - March 3, with a reception, Sat. Feb. 9.

Spectrum Gallery, Centerbook, CT, has announced its next exhibition, Time Passages, for which it seeks fine artists exploring the passage of time. Examples might be from new to old, young to older, day to night, etc.  To apply (and apply now!), send in one email message, to
● Title of show: Time Passages in subject line of your submissions
● 3 high resolution jpg files with title, medium, dimensions and price (no more than 1.5MB in size each)
● Biography in Word format (.doc or .docx, no resumes please)
● Contact information
Those whose work is accepted will be notified before the receiving dates (Jan 14-18, 12:30-4pm).


New York's Creative Time, with 40+ years of public art programming, has a call out for proposals for a new public work to take place in the late Spring/early Summer of 2019. Proposals will be accepted from Greater New York area residents working in any medium, and for works of any size or scale. The ideal project will have the potential to spark public dialogue and comment on a contemporary social issue. Anyone who considers themselves an emerging artist is encouraged to apply. All applicants are asked to submit a resume, bio, selected works, and a letter of intent detailing their proposal and interest in creating a public artwork with Creative Time. The open call is intended for emerging artists, regardless of age, at a critical career juncture in which the opportunity to experiment and receive resources from a major arts organization would be impactful. Artists must have experience conceiving and executing works or projects, but have not yet received a public art commission or substantial support from a major arts institution. Electronic submissions only. More details and to apply, click here.

In partnership with Westport Arts Advisory Committee, this concept exhibition will take place at the Westport Arts Center in March 2019 and will feature artists that reimagine and reinvent the Victorian-era conversation bench. The traditional tête-à-tête seat features chairs with S-shaped, curved backs facing opposite directions that share a center armrest. This conversation bench project is envisioned as a symbolic way to encourage conversation and civility within our community. We aim to foster dialogue in these polarized times–as people sit, talk and listen, their under-standing and tolerance of each other will organically improve. A contemporary re-imagining of the conversation bench will make this project relevant to today’s sensibilities. The categories—fantastical, functional, and collaborative—allow for a wide range of exhibitors with diverse artistic training and abilities. Jurors are: John Edelman, CEO, Design Within Reach,
Patricia Kane, Curator of American Decorative Arts, Yale University Art Gallery, and Paul Goldberger, Pulitzer Prize-winning American architecture critic and educator. The plan is that, ultimately, the winning bench will find a home along the Saugatuck River or be an installation piece that travels around town, or becomes part of Westport’s Permanent Art Collection. Creative programming developed by community organizations and centered around the idea of listening is the natural outgrowth of this project. To apply: submit digital photographs of prototype/ models and/or photographed renderings or drawings. Accepted entries of these digital images will be printed and shown for the exhibition. One entry is allowed per person. Up to three views of the entry may be submitted. There is a $20 entry fee per artist. Further details here.

Remarkable STEAM presents the 8th annual Maker Faire Westport to be held in downtown Westport, Connecticut from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday, April 27, 2019. Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire Westport is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire Westport to show what they are creating and to share what they are learning. Started in 2012, Maker Faire Westport has grown to become Connecticut’s largest single day event, attracting an estimated 13,500 attendees at its seventh annual event in 2018. Celebrating its eighth year, the theme this year is 8:  Cre8, Innov8, Educ8.  We are looking for interesting makers who want to be a part of this year’s event to showcase the compelling people, resources and experiences around usHighlights for the 2019 edition already committed include drone racing and the world’s largest globally crowdsourced 3D printed duck. We’re looking for creative, innovative people to showcase their skills and talents. Makers include artists, woodworkers, builders, musicians, people who sew, engineers, comedians, jugglers and more. Young and old are welcome. Students, hobbyists and even businesses are welcome to showcase what they do. Makers who want to be a part of Maker Faire Westport 2019 should apply to  The deadline for applying is Friday, February 15, 2019. Remarkable STEAM is the leading Connecticut organization that promotes innovation and creativity in the areas of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). For more information contact Mark Mathias. 

The Bruce Museum, Greenwich, invites you to submit a depiction of “your place” as part of a new community project of small artworks created entirely by the public for the public: Your Place Squared. Based on the popular 2012 Bruce Museum exhibition of self-portraits, "Your Face Squared," the Bruce Museum now asks participants to turn to the landscape for creative inspiration. The subjects of "Your Place Squared" can be a favorite landscape, your home, a room, or any space that you treasure as your own. The artworks can be created in any medium, including writing, drawing, painting, photography and collage. The criteria for display include art that: must be original and anonymous, must be 6 inches by 6 inches in size and no thicker than 3 inches, cannot be toxic or harmful. A signed consent/waiver form must accompany each piece, and there is a limit of 10 submissions per individual.
The Museum will accept artworks from January 2 through March 1, 2019, with submitted artwork on view in the Museum’s Bantle Lecture Gallery from March 9 through June 2, 2019. During the exhibition, visitors can also create additional pieces in the gallery, which will be added to the show.
Submission rules are here. Submission form is here.

The Center for Contemporary Printmaking (CCP) announces the 12th Biennial International Miniature Print Competition and Exhibition. This juried competition and exhibition, limited to works that are no more than four square inches (25.8 square cm), encourages artists to explore the miniature print format and provides them with an opportunity for exhibition. It is also an opportunity for artists and the public to view the current concerns of printmakers from around the world. Since its inception in 1997, the competition has attracted entries by more than 1500 artists from around the world and across the U.S.A. The International Miniature Print Competition is held every other year, alternating with CCP's other biennial, FootPrint International (for prints measuring exactly 12 x 12 in. square). All fine art printmaking mediums, including woodcut, intaglio, lithography, silkscreen, monotype, and original digital media are accepted. Prints may not exceed a total image area of 4 square inches (in any proportion). Each artist may submit up to three prints, for a fee of $30 for CCP members, $40 for non-members, and $50 for international entries. The juror is Tomas Vu-Danielprofessor at Columbia University School of the Arts since 1996, when he helped found the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies where he continues to serve as Director/Artistic Director. Full prospectus and submission form is here.
  • Run by WESTAF (Western States Arts Federation) this is a registry of opportunities, as well as an application management system. Registration required.
  • ArtSake: Archive of Calls for Artists, run by the Massachusetts Arts Council
  • "the art world's first and most accessed resource of its kind"
  • The Calls for Artists (can be indexed by state and deadline)
  • Scoop.It: Public Art RFPs and RFQs
  • NYFA Opportunities: Calls, Residencies and other opportunities. Can be indexed by date, location and type
  • NEW: No Film School recently released its list of opportunities for documentary, narrative, screenwriting, and new media projects with Winter 2019 deadlines
  • Poets & Writers - the most trusted resource for legitimate writing contests grants and awards available anywhere. See the P&W Grants Database

For more than three decades, the Artist in Residence program at The Bernheim Arboretum has attracted artists from around the world who seek to use Bernheim as their inspiration. The Bernheim Artist in Residenc (AIR) is awarded to up to four artists a year who are selected to create works within the forest and/or arboretum that are inspired by and potentially installed in the natural world. The AIR is available to artists of all mediums, including sculptors, installation artists, painters, photographers, environmental artists, sound, video, and performance artists. Applicants may be emerging or established artists on a regional, national or international level. Bernheim provides living quarters, a stipend up to $2,500 and studio space in exchange for a site-specific sculpture, project or exhibition, with at least one mutually agreed upon work of art left to the Bernheim Foundation. Also required is some form of public engagement such as a lecture, workshop or demonstr-tion. Artists are encouraged to explore ideas that reinforce Bernheim’s mission of “connecting people with nature” and to use their residency to take risks, investigate, experiment, and explore new avenues in their own work. High profile public and private events attract art enthusiasts and media attention, providing the artist an opportunity to advance her or his own skills and career while enhancing awareness of Bernheim’s goals and mission regionally, nationally and internationally. Click here to read a full explanation and specifics about the Artist in Residence program. If you have any questions, please contact Visual Arts Coordinator Jenny Zeller.

The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) offers small, catalytic grants of $500 to $1,000 directly to choreographers who identify and articulate a critical opportunity that will significantly advance their career in dance. The New England Dance Fund gives priority to timely opportunities with the goal of supporting a diverse group of artists from a range of cultures, disciplines, aesthetics, and career stages throughout all six New England states. Depending on the amount of funds available at a given deadline, applications for activities that would be eligible for a later deadline may be rolled over for consideration at the next deadline.To be eligible for the New England Dance Fund, choreographers must: 
● Have a Creative Ground profile with DANCE as the primary discipline.
● Reside full-time and make work in one of the six New England states.
● Fulfill the Requirements & Reports for Grant Recipients if awarded.
● Be applying for an opportunity that will take place through October 31, 2019.
Eligible opportunities may include, but are not limited to: residencies; research trips; conferences; workshops or other trainings that build creative or administrative skills; tour planning; publication expenses; documentation; video shoots; artist fees needed to prepare the work for a pivotal  presentation opportunity; hiring a consultant; mentorship. New England Dance Fund grants may be paid directly to individuals, 501c3 organizations, or to fiscal sponsors. New England Dance Fund grants are taxable income to the recipients and reportable to the IRS.  Grantees, including individuals, will receive a 1099 from NEFA if total payments exceed $600 within a calendar year. Apply here.


Casey Lesser, Creativity Editor at Artsy, responding to many artists' constant sense of fear and dread, of "impostor syndrome,"   reached out to eight leading artists to discover their strategies for boosting their confidence. Here are extracts from a few; read the complete article here
Ursula von Rydingsvaard
Follow Your Intuition
You will rarely know what the right thing to do is as there are so few absolutely right things in life… instead, follow the quiet nudges of your intuition.”
Let Doubt Into Your Work
The artists I admire most embed a sense of doubt—a questioning of what art is—within the work they make, and that is a method that I have adapted to my own practice.”
Paola Pivi
Jump into the Unknown

I can doubt pieces before making them, but I have to jump into the unknown to get somewhere. I have to dare to make them.”
Find an Audience Outside of your Circle
“Now I’m over-confident but this situation is fragile and if confronted with adverse criticism, you have to wrap yourself up in a nice wool blanket.”

The Coastal Arts Guild, in collaboration with SCORE Fairfield County, the Ferguson Library,  Stamford, and the Rowayton Arts Center present two free SCORE arts and business workshops at thHarry Bennett Branch - Ferguson Library115 Vine Rd., Stamford.
Cliff Ennico,a successful entrepreneur, author and performer, as well as a nationally recognized authority on legal issues in small business, teaches basic business, legal and tax skills necessary to survive. Topics include: 
● Who buys your creative product, and what are they looking for? 
● Giving the customer what they want without “selling out” and the art of making money from your art; 
● Developing a recognizable “brand image;” 
● Contracts, copyrights and trademarks; and more. Register here.
2. Mon Jan. 28, 6-8pm: Marketing Bootcamp for Artists & Creatives, led by Jane Davilaprintmaker, fiber, and mixed-media artist, with more than 25 years of retail and e-commerce experience, who is also the managing director of the NEST Arts Factory in Bridgeport. Jane has tons of tips and hints to expand your community on social media, reach customers, and develop strategies for creative email marketing and e-commerce. Learn how to efficiently and effectively use Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram to connect with fellow creatives, partner with brands, and sell your work. You will learn:
● how to create an effective social media strategy;
● when, where, and what to post online;
● how to balance time and energy online for maximum results;
● how to seek out opportunity; and
● how to analyze and track your results.
Generic image not representative of position below

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum seeks a Director of Education to enrich the Museum’s exceptional programming. Founded in 1964, The Aldrich is dedicated to fostering the work of pioneering artists whose ideas and interpretations of the world around us serve as a platform to encourage creative thinking. It is the only museum in Connecticut devoted to the art of our time, and throughout its 54-year history, has been a leading figure in current cultural dialogue presenting pioneering exhibitions of contemporary art, engaging its community through thought provoking interdisciplinary programs, and presenting innovative educational initiatives. Successful candidates will have a deep knowledge of contemporary artistic practice and a proven track record developing and implementing inventive and engaging programming for broad audiences. In addition to maintaining our active programs for youth and families, the Director of Education will be critical in conceptualizing and executing engaging programs for adults. As a core member of the Museum's senior management team, the Director of Education will work closely with curatorial staff on The Aldrich’s annual program of activities. In addition, the Director of Education will oversee the Museum’s robust calendar of school programs, which include longstanding school partnerships and an active roster of visits. Working with the curatorial department, the Director of Education is also responsible for the Museum’s interpretive materials, ensuring that the content of The Aldrich’s programs is accessible and engaging. Successful candidates will be flexible, collegial, and able to work collaboratively with the Museum’s team while also cultivating relationships with partners outside of The Aldrich. In addition, they will contribute to a positive organizational culture for Museum staff and volunteers. Qualifications: 
• 5-10 years of programming experience in a contemporary art institution 
• Knowledge of current trends and standards in K-12 education 
• Experience with program assessment 
• Experience leading a team of full and part-time employees. Application Instructions/ Public Contact Information: Send a cover letter and resume to:, with the subject line “Director of Education.” Qualified candidates will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

An established artist is seeking a part time Studio Assistant to work 2-3 days per week from their studio in New Haven. This opportunity offers exposure to the daily operations of a professional artist studio. You will directly assist the Studio Manager with tasks including: general office management, project management, exhibitions and installation oversight, consignment/loan agreements, note taking at task prioritization at meetings (travel required), grant writing, running errands and managing interns/ assistants as needed. The ideal candidate will have prior administration or office management experience, proficiency with the Adobe creative suite and exceptional organizational skills. Hourly wage is competitive, and this can become a full time position for the right person. The ideal candidate is interested in arts studio management as a career opportunity, and has an excellent work ethic and attitude. Ability to lift 100 lbs is ideal, and please note that physical tasks will be asked of you at times: assistance in moving artwork for studio visits, cleaning the studio. etc. Previous work in an artist studio IS NOT required. You will learn a lot in this position, and work with an amazing team of dedicated arts professionals who love what they do! This position starts part time, with opportunity to become a full time, salaried position. Responsibilities include: Update and maintain artwork inventory with comprehensive cataloguing information, images, location, exhibition history, artwork location etc.; Maintain comprehensive studio schedule (exhibitions, artwork production, photography, artist and studio appointments); Project management assistance (materials sourcing, budgeting, fabrication schedules, packing and shipping logistics); Maintain exhibition checklists, artist website, CV etc.; Co-ordinate travel and appointments on behalf of the artist. Travel with staff for meetings and events; Grant writing, copy editing and copy writing; Other general studio administrative tasks and errands. Qualifications include: 2 years experience as a registrar or administrative assistant; exceptional organization skills ideal, with an ability to oversee complex schedules; high attention to detail, capable of managing large volumes of data with accuracy and consistency; must be highly proficient in standard OS X software, capable of streamlining and automating repetitive computer based tasks; excellent written and verbal communication skills require. Strong interest in, or knowledge of, contemporary art, graphic design, or architecture. Knowledge of Adobe Photo-shop, Illustrator and InDesign. Drivers license a plus. To apply: place cover letter in body of email, attach relevant CV and writing sample if you have it. STUDIO ASSISTANT in subject line. Email via form here.
Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available
Franklin Street Works: Executive Director
Kennedy Center/Maggie Daly Arts Cooperative: Expressive Arts Facilitator/Therapist
One River School of Art & Design, Westport: Assistant Director
Dec. 31: City of Norwalk: Poet Laureate Nomination Deadline

Jan. c3: Milford Arts Center/Coastal Arts Guild: Go Figure Submission Deadline
Jan. c7: MassMOCA: Artist Residencies Application Deadline
Jan. 11: Fairfield Museum: Images 2019 Submission Deadline
Jan. 11: Bruce S. Kershner Gallery: Exploring Nature Application Deadline Extended
Jan. 14-18: Spectrum Gallery, Time Passages: Receiving - Apply Now
Jan. 14: SCORE Workshop, Stamford: Creative Business Legal & Tax Tips - Register
Jan. 14: Artists Campaign School: Application Deadline
Jan. 18: Creative Time: Open Call for Public Art Project in NYC
Jan. 21: Loading Dock Gallery: Fiberlicious Submission Deadline
Jan. 21: Bernheim Arboretum, KY: Artist in Residence Program: Application Deadline
Jan. 25: Westport Arts Center: Tête-à-Tête, Conversation Bench Submission Deadline
Jan. 28: SCORE Workshop, Stamford: Marketing Bootcamp for Creatives - Register

Feb. c1: Equinox Women's Short Film Festival, Alaska: Submission Deadline
Feb. c8: New England Foundation for the Arts: New England Dance Fund Application deadline
Feb. 15: Maker Faire Westport: Maker Application Deadline

Mar. c1: Bruce Museum, Your Place Squared Submission Deadline
Mar. c9: Center for Contemporary Printmaking: 12th International Miniature Print Competition
Mar. 16The Westport Fine Arts Festival: Application Deadline


Please help us expand the reach of our weekly E-Buzz newsletter with its selection of events taking place that week in our region. See the most recent issue. Share with a friend. Subscribe here 
Like anything here? Please Share it!
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is a 501(c)(3) cultural nonprofit membership organization. We are grateful to our members and our donors whose support enables us to do our work. Donations are always very welcome and may be made here. In particular, we are grateful for support from: 
Gate Lodge at Mathews Park, 301 West Ave, Norwalk, CT 06850, United States
You may unsubscribe or change your contact details at any time.