Subject: Artists Newsletter December 3, 2017

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News and Opportunities for Artists of Fairfield County, CT
DECEMBER 3, 2017
Next Issue: December 22 
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 575 individuals and organizations. You can sign up here.
Quote of the Week
Shepard Fairey, Welcome Visitor, 2017. Courtesy of Library Street Collective.

Everyone has more power than they know. Youthful idealism mixed with DIY principles of action can be incredibly transformative—so don’t squander your power.
Shepard Fairey, quoted in Alexxa Gotthardt, "Shepard Fairey on Keeping Obama’s “Hope” Alive in the Age of Trump," Artsy Nov 10, 2017
More Artists Talk Videos Available
Videos of the three artist talks given at the NEST Arts Factory Nov. 10, during the Bridgeport Art Trail, by Carlos Davila, Lauren Rago and Rick Shaefer are now available for viewing on our Artists Talk YouTube site. Subscribe to the series here.
Carlos Davila

See our Artists Talk Archive
Below is a linked list of artist members who now have their talks posted on our YouTube

Bridgeport residents: we invite you to a Creative Placemaking brainstorming session at the HSW Building, 1115 Main Street, Bridgeport, Wed. Dec. 6, 7:30-9:30pm. We are looking for grassroots ideas, issues and thoughts that you could hash out with others in town to prepare for the SHAPING COMMUNITY conference (see below) in January. Details and RSVP here
Shaping Community is scheduled for Jan. 23-24 at Stepping Stones Museum, Norwalk. Speakers include Kristina Newman-Scott (CT Office of the Arts), Jamie Bennett (ArtPlace America), Jennifer Hughes (National Endowment for the Arts) and Patrick McMahon (CT Main Street Center). Panels will explore the impact of Public Art, Artist Residencies, Artists Spaces, and New Narratives for our Towns, and one full day of workshops creating grant proposals to actively shape our communities. 
Second in a continuing series
Fairfield County nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and their audiences were responsible for filling 6,789 Full-Time Equivalent Jobs in the County in 2015. Fairfield County’s nonprofit arts and cultural organizations provide rewarding employment for more than just administrators, artists, curators, choreographers, and musicians. They also employ financial staff, facility managers, and salespeople. In addition, the spending by these organizations directly supports a wide array of other occupations spanning many industries that provide their goods and services (e.g., accounting, construction, event planning, legal, logistics, printing, and technology).
Source: Arts & Economic Prosperity 5: The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts & Cultural Organizations and Their Audiences in Fairfield County.


Elaine Clayton has been an artist, author and illustrator of books for children and adults since her mid-twenties. After teaching at independent progressive schools in Atlanta and Boston, she then took her MFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Elaine's books for adults have been on intuition, creativity and spirituality. She is a Reiki Master and former teacher and, at some point in her career, she realized that she was totally devoted to the healing arts. She says that all her art is about reaching points of illumination and of healing. As a painter she works primarily figuratively, expanding and exploring beyond the figure into abstract form and color, focusing on spiritual themes. Elaine writes that her work evolves out of stream-of-consciousness, intuitive expression and is meditative in process. Her intention as an artist is to find the places where we connect as humans, and to take the viewer into visual realms that are not necessarily logical. Elaine runs workshops on the connection between creativity and empathy and intuitive intelligence and development. Her practice is about empowerment and how to use intuitive intelligence and empathy to see how "even the hardest situations in life can lead us to better places and experiences." In 2014, she published Making Marks: Discover the Art of Intuitive Drawing and two books are due in Spring 2018. Elaine has a number of permanently installed murals, including at The Paideia School in Atlanta, and Candlewood Valley Pediatrics, New Milford. Elaine is a member of Art/Place Gallery in Fairfield and the Westport Arts Collective.  See Elaine’s website, Facebook page

Meighan Morrison is a painter schooled in the traditional chiaroscuro method, which she first applied to the figure and the portrait, and then to the simplified landscape, eventually arriving at a place of pure abstraction - "just the further distillation of color, light, movement and form." She studied fine art at Boston University before attending Parsons School of Design as an illustration major. Then, after a career in textile design and children's books, Meighan returned to painting, continuing her studies at the The Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She now has her studio at The NEST Art Factory in Bridgeport. Currently, she says, she is most "intrigued by how light emerges from shadow, how color cloaks form, how the accident foils the plan - unceremoniously rerouting the vision." She is engaged by the moment when opposites meet and determine each other: "Inside this little place, where yin and yang collide, we can sometimes catch a glimpse of a real life unearthliness." Meighan is carrying on the artistic tradition of her great, great grandfather Edmund Garrett, a renowned illustrator and painter, and mentor of American Impressionist Childe Hassam. Meighan's paintings are shown throughout New York and New England. They are part of private collections around the world which include prominent political figures and distinguished members of the entertainment industry. Most recently several large canvases were acquired by the New Stamford Hospital in Stamford, CT for its permanent collection. See Meighan's website, and Instagram, page.  
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Elizabeth Agresta, Painter
Valerie Ahneman, Musician
Peter Alexander, Landscape 
Tracey Anderson-Kollar, Visual 
Leslee Asch. Curator, Writer
Frances Ashforth, Painter/ 
Judith Bacal, Designer
Anna Badini, Painter
Mary Bailey, Sculptor & Writer
Louise Baranger, Musician
Patrice Barrett, Painter
Nina Bentley, Mixed Media/
Sue Benton, Photographer
Paul Berger, Photographer
Karla Bernstein, Photographer
Thomas Berntsen, Photographer/
Binnie Birstein, Painter/
Elise Black, Painter
Tara Blackwell, Painter
Ziggy Bober, Sculptor
Amy Bock, Painter
Amy Bonfils, Mixed Media Artist
Dennis Bradbury, Photographer
Carolyn Brady, Photographer
Nancy Breakstone, Photographer
Eric Brennan, Singer
Michael Brennecke, Painter
Wendy Brest, Mixed Media
Lucienne Buckner, Sculptor
Bevi Bullwinkel, Painter
Miggs Burroughs, Graphic Artist
Trace Burroughs, New Media
Joy Bush, Photographer
Louise Cadoux, Painter/Sculptor
Bob Callahan, Painter
Donna Callighan, Photographer
Patricia Campbell, Dancer
Linn Cassetta, Printmaker
Polly Castor, Painter
Carolyn Cavolo, Dancer
Ann Chernow, Painter/Printmaker
Eric Chiang, Painter
Frederic Chiu, Pianist
Elaine Clayton, Painter and Writer
Alicia Cobb, Painter
Joyce Colburn, Painter
Heidi Lewis Coleman, Mixed
Catherine Conroy, Photographer
Margaret Stapor Costa,
Adger Cowans, Photographer/
Naomi Cruz, Painter
Lisa Cuscuna, Painter
Dawn Dahl, Painter
Cris Dam, Painter/Muralist
Holly Danger, Video Artist
Betsy Davidson, Painter
Carlos Davila, Painter, Sculptor
Jane Davila, Fiber Artist/Mixed
Cortney Davis, Writer
John Deakins, Sculptor
Ken Delmar, Painter
Loren DePalma, Painter
Joseph Dermody, Painter/
   Sculptor/ Furniture Maker/
Emily Derr, Illustrator/Designer
Joyce DiCamillo, Musician
Barbara Kunin Dierolf, Painter
Jan Dilenschneider, Painter
Eugenie Diserio, Painter
Carol Nipomnich Dixon, Mixed
Erin Dolan, Painter
Amy Dolego, Photographer
Jennifer Drolet, Painter
David Dunlop, Painter
Kate Eisemann, Photographer
Philip Eliasoph, Writer
Jeanine Esposito, Mixed Media
Katherine Evans, Painter
Susan Fehlinger, Painter
Mary Ferguson, Photographer
Louise Flax, Mixed Media
Rosaida Flores, Dancer
David Laurence Flynn, Lighting
Heide Follin, Painter
Christa Forrest, Painter
Rose-Marie Fox, Painter
Cecilia Moy Fradet, Painter/ 
Herm Freeman, Painter
Joseph Fucigna, Sculptor
Megan Garbe, Painter

Sandy Garnett, Visual Artist/

Rhonda Gentry, Painterr
Racey Gilbert, Musician
Joe Gitterman, Sculptor
Leslie Giuliani, Mixed Media
Scott Glaser, Painter
William Glaser, Photographer
Lori Glavin, Visual Artist
Danielle Goldstein, Photographer
Ellen Gordon, Painter
Sue Brown Gordon, Painter/
Ellen Gould, Photographer
Nicole Grant-Paul, Painter
Joyce Grasso, Painter/
Kristen Graves, Musician
Len Grayeck, Painter
Jen Greely, MultiMedia/
Mindy Green, Mixed Media
Carolina Guimarey, Mixed Media
Barry Guthertz, Photographer
Dorothy Hafner, Sculptor
Don Hamerman, Photographer
Mary Harold, Photographer
Julie Headland, Painter/
Adair Heitmann, Printmaker
Kate Henderson, Mixed Media
MaryEllen Hendricks,
Gwen Hendrix, Fiber/Mixed
Tracy Hoffman, Photographer &
Veronica Hofstetter, Painter
Bruce Horan, Painter/Printmaker
Elizabeth Howard, Writer
Siovhan Hutcherson, Mosaic Artist
Yuko Ike, Painter
Jana Ireijo, Painter
Sholeh Janati, Painter
Martin Johnston, Sculptor
Renée Kahn, Painter/Sculptor
Vasken Kalayjian, Painter
Karen Kalkstein, Graphic Artist
Amy Kaplan, Painter
Natasha Karpinskaia, Painter
Ed Katz, Theatre Critic
Emily Kelting, Photographer
Karen Kent, Painter
Elisa Keogh, Photographer
Susan Keown, Painter/Mixed
   Media/ Ceramicist/
   Photographer ASSOCIATE
Niki Ketchman, Sculptor/
Lesley Koenig, Painter
Richard Koleszar, Painter
Xiao Mai Kong, Painter
Michael Kozlowski, Painter
Joanie Landau, Jewelry designer/ 
Lydia Larson, Painter
Paul Larson, Painter
Emily Hamilton Laux,
Eric Jiaju Lee, Visual Artist/
Phyllis Lee, Visual Artist
Julie Leff, Painter
Valerie Ann Leff, Writer
Susan Leggitt, Painter
Barbara Loss, Photographer
Shirley Lowell, Painter/Sculptor
Jane Lubin, Mixed Media
Katya Lebrija, Painter/Mixed
Jessica Makin, Painter/ 
Mary Manning, Painter/
Elizabeth Marks, Painter
Ruben Marroquin, Fiber Artist
Nadia Martinez, MultiMedia
Peter Massini, Photographer
Sooo-z Mastropietro, Multimedia
Barbara Mathis, Painter
Megan Bonneau McCool, 
Carole McClintock, Painter
Grace S. McEnaney, Painter
Tessa Smith McGovern, Writer
Nancy McTague-Stock, Mixed  
Shanna Melton, Poet
Kristin Merrill, Jeweler/Sculptor
Toby Michaels, Painter
Jay Misencik, Photographer
Allyson Monson, Photographer
Duvian Montoya, Painter
Brechin Morgan, Painter

Day Moore, Painter
Nancy Moore, Painter
Meighan Morrison, Painter
Carol Mueller, Painter/Printmaker
Cynthia Mullins, Painter
Susan Murray, Painter
Aisha Nailah, Mixed Media/ 
Tava Naiyin, Dancer
Dale Najarian, Painter
Karen Neems, Photographer
Susan Newbold, Painter
Mary Newcomb, Painter
Jill Nichols, Painter
Eddie Niño, Painter
Judy Noel, Painter
Julie O’Connor, Photographer
Kazumasa Oda, Painter
Amy Oestreicher, Performing/
   Visual Artist
Melissa Orme, Painter
Rose Palmiero, Painter
Parkway South, Musicians
Judy Peknik, Painter
Louisa Percudani, Producer,
Justin Perlman, Sculptor
Chris Perry, Book Artist
Laura Pflug, Painter
Marjorie Poe, Painter
Diane Pollack, Mixed Media
Karen Ponelli, Painter ASSOCIATE
Lynn Carlson Popat, Painter
Joseph Provey, Painter
Jennifer Prat, Photographer
Ben Quesnel, Sculptor, 
Cynthia Quintanal, Sound Healer
Lauren Rago, Mixed Media
Tim Reimer, Painter
Gwen North Reiss, Poet
Rick Reyes, Singer/Songwriter
Barbara Ringer, Photographer
Mariya Rivera, Painter
Christian Roesch, Painter
Alyse Rosner, Painter/Mixed
Richard Sadlon, Musicians
Renee Santhouse, Graphic Artist
Jill Sarver, Painter
Roxanne Faber Savage, Visual 
Ellen Schiffman, Fiber Artist
Norma Schlager, Fiber Artist
Marianne R. Schmidt, Painter
Lisa Seidenberg, Filmmaker
Rick Shaefer, Visual Artist
Barbara Shea, Writer
Alissa Siegal, Painter
Norm Siegel, Painter
Lisa P. Silberman, Photographer
Nomi Silverman, Graphic Artist
Phyllis Sinrich, Photographer
Bronislava Slagle, Mixed Media 
Megan Smith-Harris, Writer/ 
Cleo Sonneborn, Painter
Rene Soto, Painter
Liz Squillace, Painter/Printmaker
Connie Stancell, Painter
Sergei Stepanenko, Painter
Kevin Stevens, Mixed Media
Barbara Stewart, Painter
Florence Suerig, Visual Artist
Susan Tabachnick, Sculptor
Juliette Tehrani, Painter
Mick Theebs, Writer/Painter
Alicia Thompson, Actress/
Dara Tomeo, Painter
Kris D. Toohey, Painter
Andrea Towey, Musician
Ruth Kalla Ungerer, Printmaker
Amy Vensel, Painter
Vincent Verrillo, Painter
Karen Vogel, Painter
Lee Walther, Mixed Media
Peggy Weis, MultiMedia
Cynthia Whalen, Painter
Joan Wheeler, Painter
Vonne Whittleton, Mixed Media
Al Coyote Weiner, Painter
Jahmane West, MultiMedia
Elizabeth White, MultiMedia
Justin Wiest, Painter
Jarvis Wilcox, Painter
Bruce Williams, Painter
Tammy Winser, Mixed Media
Nancy Woodward, Photographer/
   Mixed Media
Dmitri Wright, Painter
Jeffrey Wyant, Visual Artist
Janet Zamparo, Visual/Literary/
Performing Artist  
 See a List by Town of Artist Members: here
❦ – See a List by Town of all Organization and Creative Business Members: here
Erin Dolan, Heide Follin, Lori Glavin, and Nancy McTague-Stock are featured in the Wilson Avenue Loft Artists 10th Anniversary BIG Anniversary, Small Works, exhibition and open studios, Sat. and Sun. Dec. 2 & 3, 11-5pm. Curated by Silvermine Arts Center curator, Jeff Mueller.
Nina Bentley, Michael Brennecke, Miggs Burroughs, Ann Chernow, Carlos Davila, Camille Eskell, Leslie Giuliani, Mindy Green, Carolina Guimarey, Jana Ireijo, Elisa Keogh, Chris Perry, Nomi Silverman, Karen Vogel, Joan Wheeler, and Dmitri Wright are 16 of the 40 artists selected by guest curator Eric Ben-Kiki, owner of Hartford's EBK Gallery, for this year's Silvermine Guild Group Show. Opening reception, Sun. Dec. 3, 2-4pm.
Cynthia Mullins and Nancy Moore are two of the three artists in Living Color at the Keeler Tavern Museum, Sun. Dec. 3-Sat. Dec. 9, with an opening reception Sun. Dec. 3, 3-6pm.
Heidi Lewis Coleman, Linn Cassetta and Eugenie Diserio are featured in the Second Annual Deck the Walls  exhibit & sale of small works by local artists, priced at $200 or less, and one-of-a-kind wreaths auctioned to benefit the Carriage Barn! Opening Cocoa and Crafts Kids Event, Sun Dec. 3, 3:30-5:30pm and Cocktail Party and Wreath Bid & Buy Thurs, Dec. 7, 6-9pm.
Joyce Colburn, Bruce Horan, and Sergey Stepanenko have had works in Identity, a show at St Philip's Art Guild (SPAG), curated by Miggs Burroughs that will close with a bang on Sat Dec. 9, 6-9pm at an event called PLAY! Studios will be open, artists are invited to bring one piece of artwork to display for the evening, there will be a live model for drawing, plus music, poetry and more.
Singer Valerie Ahneman's big project this year is a Christmas Album. Valerie and Bon Chic Bon Genre have just released Christmas with a French Twist  that brings some new musical arrangements to the well known Classic Holiday songs, such as White Christmas, O' Christmas Tree, Baby It's Cold Outside, Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas, and many more, sung in a combination of French and English, or either language. It also introduces I Believe in Christmas Eve, a new Christmas song written by local songwriter Jay Sweeney. Available now at CD Baby: click here. 
Photographer Karla Bernstein has her composite photographic image One Night I Dreamed…Escape (at right) chosen for the in-gallery exhibit Celebrating the Creative Process at PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury Vt. The Gallery exhibit runs from December 5-December 20, 2017. The juror for the show was Kat Kiernan, Editor-in-Chief of Don’t Take Pictures, and Director of Boston's Panopticon Gallery. See Karla’s entire Dream series.
Ann Chernow had her A Kiss in the Dark (2015, etching and aquatint, 11 x 14”, detail at right, click for complete image) selected by guest curator Eric Ben-Kiki, owner of Hartford's EBK Gallery, for this year's Silvermine Guild Group Show. Opening reception, Sun. Dec. 3, 2-4pm.
Heidi Lewis Coleman is showing her piece, Cumulus 2, (2017, acrylic and cut paper on canvas, 12" x 12", click for larger image) in the Carriage Barn Arts Center's upcoming exhibit and fundraiser, Deck The Walls  holiday show that will feature both small works by local artists and holiday wreathes. 
Carol Nipomnich Dixon will be exhibiting two works at the Gertrude White Gallery of the Greenwich YWCA, 259 East Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, Dec. 3-29, 2017. The Holiday Show is sponsored by the Art Society of Old Greenwich. Japanese Gardens (at right) and Aquarium are both embroidered collages created this year. They are 13” square framed.
Susan Fehlinger has a solo show of her recent work, From City to Sea, at the Westport Library, Dec. 6-Feb. 23, with an opening reception, in The Great Hall on Fri. Dec. 15, 6-7:30 pm. The show will focus on Fehlinger's bold cityscapes painted since she moved to Fairfield County in 2014, as contrasted with her simple coastal images and seascapes reminiscent of her years living on Cape Cod. At right is Pearl Paint  (2016, oil, 30 x 30"), an image of the iconic artists' supply store on Canal Street in NYC, which recently closed after 85 years and is missed by thousands of artists in the area.
Joanie Landau has two pieces at the Alex Ferrone Gallery on the North Fork of Long Island through Jan. 7, 2018. The juried show is called Water: Small Works. All works are photographically-based and a maximum size of 12" x 12."  Joanie's pieces are A Pool and a Creek No.1 and The Tide is High (both 2017, digital collagraphs, 12"  x 12" framed). Of The Tide is High, Joanie commented that living on a peninsula along the Long Island Sound, "I am intrigued by the homes built up on pilings. During high tide, the water rages furiously against the pilings, taking on a life of its own."
Shelley Lowellwill read selected poems from her book, This is the Land of Two Suns, Sun. Dec. 10 at 2 pm at The Angel Cooperative, 51 Ethan Allen Hwy, Ridgefield, CT 06877. The book is a complilation of Shelley's paintings and poems, which are channeled. She says that her paintings come first; then she meditates on each one and the words that come through her are the painting's story. She says these poems express the dreams, hopes, fears and premonitations of Mother Nature as well as her feelings about how humankind has treated her.
Nancy Moore has 11 works in Living Color, a 3-person show at the Keeler Tavern Museum through Sat. Dec. 9, with an opening reception Sun. Dec. 3, 3-6pm. Nancy'spaintings are from her Unconventional Women series, many of them so recently completed that they have not been seen before. At right, I Rise (2017, watercolor, gouache, colored pencil, graphite, 50” x 39”, framed; click for complete image). Nancy also have 20 signed, limited-edition giclée prints from the series. Nancy comments that the work is hanging in the century-old Cass Gilbert Barn at the Museum, "and the charm of the wood and leaded glass makes the work dance."
Cynthia Mullins will be showing a selection of paintings in the Living Color exhibition opening at the Keeler Tavern Museum, Sun. Dec. 3, 3-6pm. The show mostly emphasizes her contemporary floral work in oil and watercolor, along with a selection of prints. At right, Fantasia, (2017, oil on board, 24" x 24" detail at right, click for complete image).
Chris Perry will be giving an ARTalk, Altered Books in Contemporary Art at the Ridgefield Library, co-sponsored by the Ridgefield Guild of Artists Sun. Dec. 3, 2pm. Chris will talk about his process as an artist, pushing the limits of the book arts genre, and creating contempor-ary interpretations of the book as an art object. ❡ Chris not only has two recent wall-pieces in the Silvermine Guild of Artists Group Show, opening Sun Dec. 3, 2-4pm, 163 Ripples: ladder (fish) (2016, altered books, paper, fabric, 38" x 10" x 10", at right) and 172 Ripples: meltwater (2017, altered book, paper, fabric 58" x 11" x 14"), but he also won Best in Show, an award that comes with a solo exhibition at curator Eric Ben-Kiki's EBK Gallery in Hartford. ❡ Meanwhile, Chris also won First Place for Altered Books in Art of the Book at Monroe County Library, Rochester (through Jan. 8, 2018) for his 165 Ripples: Glacial (Melt).
Barbara Ringer has three photographs in an exhibition of small works celebrating the local artist community at the Art & Frame Gallery, Danbury through Jan. 13, with an opening reception Sat. Dec. 2, 5-7pm with live music and refreshments. At right, Barbara's Bewitched (2017, photograph7" x 10" framed).
Joan Wheeler is exhibiting Message in a Bottle  (2017,   felt, 24" x 36", detail at right, click for complete image) in the Silvermine Guild of Artists Group showcurated by Eric Ben-Kiki, and opening with a reception Sun. Dec. 3, 2-4 pm. The work as been laboriously hand needle-felted from sheep's wool to create the overall image. Joan   originally explored this imagery in an oil painting and enjoyed the challenge of re-creating the ideas in wool. The work deals both with substance abuse and with the pollution of our environment. Our oceans are being polluted with huge floating masses of plastic. Environmentalists say that if this is unchanged, we will soon reach a point where there is more plastic than sea life in the ocean.
Compiled List of Artist Member Openings & Events
Click button to right to download events to your ICAL or Google Calendar
Sun. Dec. 3: Art & Frame Gallery, Danbury. Opening Reception with live music, 5-7pm (Barbara Ringer).
Sun. Dec. 3: Chris Perry, Altered Books in Contemporary Art. Artist Talk, Ridgefield library, 2pm.
Sun. Dec. 3: Silvermine Guild of Artists Group Show, Silvermine Arts Center. Opening Reception, 2-4pm (Nina Bentley, Michael Brennecke, Miggs Burroughs, Ann Chernow, Carlos Davila, Camille Eskell, Leslie Giuliani, Mindy Green, Carolina Guimarey, Jana Ireijo, Elisa Keogh, Chris Perry, Nomi Silverman, Karen Vogel, Joan Wheeler, and Dmitri Wright)
Sun. Dec. 3: Living Color, Keeler Tavern Museum, Ridgefield. Opening Reception, 3-6pm (Nancy Moore and Cynthia Mullins)
Sun. Dec. 3:
 Deck the Walls, Carriage Barn Arts Center. Cocoa and Crafts Event, 3:30-5:30pm (
Heidi Lewis Coleman, Linn Cassetta and Eugenie Diserio)
Sat. Dec. 9: Play!  St Philips Art Guild. Closing Party, 6-9pm (
Joyce Colburn, Bruce Horan, and Sergey Stepanenko)
Fri. Dec. 15: 
Susan Fehlinger, From City to Sea, Westport Library. Opening reception 6-7:30pm
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Check for listings of all EVENTS by our members!
The Greater Bridgeport Latino Network is conducting a brief survey to help it understand who its current and potential audiences are and how it can continue its mission to help members of the Latino community engage, connect and serve. Take the survey here!

The New Canaan Society for the Arts announces the Call for Entry for its 38th Annual Photography Show at the Carriage Barn Arts Center. All subjects, styles and sizes will be considered. Artists should make note of any distinctive presentation of the artwork if applicable. The two jurors for the show are Allison Brant, Director of The Brant Foundation Art Study Center, where she has overseen 16 exhibitions with contemporary artists, and Carl Fuldner, Marcia Brady Tucker Fellow, Department of Photography, at the Yale University Art Gallery. All entries are online: complete entry form, submit images and make payment here. Submission fees are: 
$20 for up to 3 and $30 for up to 6 entries (Non-members: $35 for up to 3 and $45 for up to 6 entries). For membership information, click here. Important Dates: Deadline: Wednesday, December 6 (midnight) Notification: Friday, December 15 See prospectus here.

The Stamford Art Association announces a call for entries for its next exhibition  Faces and Figures, Jan. 7 - Feb. 1, 2018This is a juried show with cash prizes. The theme is any subject depicting real or imagined faces or figures. The subject does not have to be a human face or figure. Submission is by actual artwork only. Entry for SAA
members $15 for first piece, $10 each additional piece/nonmembers $25
first piece, $20 each additional piece. Wall work must be framed and wired for hanging or it will not be accepted. Receiving: Fri/Sat Dec. 15, 16, 2017 12-3pm. Opening: Sunday Jan. 7, 2018 4-6pm. Pickup: Fri/Sat Feb. 2, 3, 2018 12-3pm. Gallery Hours: Thursday/Friday 11-3, Saturday/Sunday 12-3Accepted artists only will be listed on the SAA website by December 21. Visit website for other submission requirements. 

St. Philip Artists Guild invites local artists and art appreciators to join them on Sat. Dec. 9, 6-9pm at the Oak Hill Estate in Norwalk, CT (25 France St.). Artists are invited to bring a piece of artwork to display for the evening to add to the show., no fee (wall space is first come-first serve, all others will be displayed on tables or leaning against walls). Show up when you want and take your work when you leave. There will also be live music, poetry, and a live model set up for those that would like to do some sketching. Bring your own supplies and a bottle of wine for yourself to enjoy! 

The City of Norwalk Parking Authority’s Maritime Garage Gallery is inviting submissions from artists 18 and over for a new exhibit at the Maritime Gallery, entitled, Worth a Thousand Words. The Gallery is located in the Maritime Parking Garage exhibit space in Norwalk, CT. The exhibit will run from January 29 to May 11, 2018.
Every picture tells a story, it can communicate to anyone in the world a complex idea with just a single image, no translation needed. The Maritime Garage Gallery is seeking work that captures how the artist would communicate their stories, emotions, concerns, memories, and ideas about life, nature, hope, world events, humanity, etc. into works of art. The exhibit will be curated by Nadia Martinez. For online guidelines and submissions, go to Please e-mail with any questions. The deadline for submissions is Saturday, December 16, 2017.


The Stamford Art Association announces its next collaborative exhibition with The Ferguson Library, downtown branch, at the corner of Broad and Bedford Streets. The gallery is located in the auditorium on the third floor of the library. This show is open to all SAA members and non-members and is a juried show. All two-dimensional media are welcome. Cash prizes will be awarded. The theme of the show is Comfort Zone. The opening reception will be Thursday, January 25, 2018, 6- 8p.m. at the Ferguson Gallery. Submit up to 3 jpeg digital images to:   no later than Friday December 22, 2017. For full prospectus, click here.

The Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, CT, is currently accepting entries for MIXMASTER, an exhibition that seeks to discover and recognize the talents of artists working in New England and the Tri-State region. Initiated to support and recognize contemporary art, MIXMASTER provides an opportunity for established and emerging artists to debut their most recent work. The Mattatuck looks forward to highlighting the work of its artist members. Works will be judged by Sara Shaoul, Director at 601Artspace in New York City, which partners with artists, curators and other not-for-profit organizations to produce unconventional exhibitions, talks, film screenings and special projects within a non-commercial context. Membership is required (individual membership costs $40) and there is an entry fee of $10 each for upto three works submitted. Entry is only through CaFé First Prize is $500 and a solo show in “The Lab;” Second Prize: $300; Third Prize: $200 Download the full prospectus here. Deadline: January 2, 2018

The Friends of the Fairfield Public Library announce a Call for Entries for an exhibition to be held at the Bruce S. Kershner Gallery inside the Library, January 26-March 17 on the theme of MOVEMENT. Quoting Arshile Gorky: “Movement is the translation of life, and if art depicts life, movement should come into art, since we are only aware of living because it moves,” the organizers will accept applications in all media (include photography, installations and sculpture) exploring this theme.  There is an entry fee of $25 for one work only. Complete an entry form and submit payment by the deadline of January 12. Artwork will be received Thursday Jan 25th between the hours of 9-11am and 5-7pm at the Kershner Gallery in the Fairfield Public Library. Click here for prospectus and entry form.

  • 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
  • No Film School recently released a list of opportunities available from October to December for documentary, narrative, screenwriting, and new media projects
  • Poets & Writers - the most trusted resource for legitimate writing contests grants and awards available anywhere.


The Donald and Kim Jurney Traveling Fellowship provides one grant per year to an emerging or mid-career artist, working in a traditional representational manner, for painting or study in Europe during the year following application. Applicant must be a US resident. The award to the winning Fellow is $5000. The painter need not be a landscape painter. The funds in the award are intended to defray costs of travel both to and within Europe, and to help to defray costs of lodging, meals, and art materials, etc.  Application may be made at any time but must be received by December 15th of the year preceding the year of travel. For travel in 2018, applications are due by December 15, 2017. The winner will be notified on February 1, 2018. Travel must be completed between April and October 2018. The successful Fellow will be required to submit a brief narrative of his/her experience while on the the Fellowship and will be required to submit images of the work accomplished during the Fellowship with permission for the Fellowship, and the Newburyport Art Association, to use these images for publicity purposes, etc., to promote the Fellowship. Although there are no restrictions on the Fellow's disbursement of the grant, it is intended and understood that the funds are provided strictly for the use of the Fellow and are not provided to cover expenses for traveling companions. Fellows are reminded, should they not already possess a passport, that applying for a passport and for any necessary visas is the responsibility of the Fellow, who is cautioned that this can be a lengthy process. Applications are made through the website of the Newburyport Art Association, a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity. Apply here.

The Center for Art in Wood is looking for international applicants for its Windgate International Residency Program at the beginning of their careers: one photojournalist, one student, one scholar/educator and five artists who work with wood.  The Residency is a collegial experience in which the resident fellows explore new work through research, exploration and collaboration. Applicants must exhibit proficiency in techniques in woodworking as well as exhibiting creativity in design in their work. Their participation in this residency will be as a peer with the other residents and will be included in the exhibition at the conclusion of the residency. Applications for the Windgate ITE Fellow Student Artist are open to anyone who is currently a BFA, MFA, undergraduate, graduate, or one year out from an undergraduate or graduate program, or equivalent formal education. A reference letter from a teacher is required. Applicants for Artists, Photojournalists and Scholars can apply for either 2018 or 2019, or both years, pending the availability of unfilled positions. Applicants for Student Artist can only apply in the calendar year before their residency. The Center welcomes applications from photojournalists and scholars for 2018 and 2019 and from artists for the two remaining openings in 2019. The fellowship offers a $400 weekly stipend, travel and housing and supplies for art-making. Apply here

Applications are open for Artist Residencies at The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA). Since October 2015, The Studios at MASS MoCA have hosted over 300 artists- and writers-in-residence for self-directed 1- to 8-week residencies. Applications are currently open for residency sessions between April and September 2018. Residents will receive:
A private studio in attractive space on MASS MoCA’s re-purposed mill campus, with generous natural light, 24-hour studio access, plywood floors, a work table and chair in each studio, and shared slop sinks and bathrooms.
Housing across the street from the museum, in newly renovated apartments: lovely apartments, but it’s communal living (4 people to an apartment) in an active downtown location.
One communal meal per day, in the company of other artists-in-residence.
Free access to Makers’ Mill, a printmaking and fiber arts makerspace on Main Street in North Adams (a short walk)
Optional one-on-one artist-focused financial and business coaching through the staff of MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists. The full-price residency fee is $650/week, but many participants receive need-based and merit-based financial aid. There is no application fee. For more details, see FAQs.
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The National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships program FY2019 offers $25,000 grants in poetry to published creative writers that enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Applications are reviewed through an anonymous process in which the only criteria for review are artistic excellence and artistic merit. To review the applications, the National Endowment for the Arts assembles a different advisory panel every year, each diverse with regard to geography, race and ethnicity, and artistic points of view. Creative Writing Fellowships alternate between prose and poetry. For FY 2019, fellowships in poetry are available. Competition for fellowships is extremely rigorous: Typically 1,000 applications are received each year and fellowships are awarded to fewer than 5% of applicants. You should consider carefully whether your work will be competitive at the national level. Submit your application electronically through, the federal government’s online application system. The system must receive your validated and accepted application no later than 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on March 7, 2018. The National Endowment for the Arts will not accept late applications. For application details, click here.
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA)-NY provides pro bono arts-related legal representation and education to low-income artists and nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. While once there was a VLA-CT, VLA-NY now services CT and NJ artists and organizations - although note that assistance to Connecticut artists and arts organizations is subject to attorney availability. If you have an issue that you need legal assistance with, call The Art Law Line, 212.319.2787 x1 and complete an Intake Form. Also consult the very useful list of FAQs.

Blue Sky Studios, Greenwich, has an opening for a Modeler to develop and create 3D models and model geometry for the production of computer graphics-based animated feature films and shorts, using approved 2D designs and artwork. Responsibilities include: use complex 3D digital animation software and other proprietary tools; coordinate and model characters, environmental elements, sets and props, in accordance with approved style guides; learn and incorporate new digital modeling and sculpting technologies into 3D models; work with designers, technical directors and animators to ensure that aesthetic, technical and production needs are addressed; learn and utilize basic principals of CGI Studio software and other animation/graphic design tools and workflows to incorporate ideas and techniques in the modeling process; and create digital maquettes and expression sculptures for character design and development, as required. Qualifications include: Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Fine Arts, Computer Arts or related field; 5 years of 3D modeling experience in CG animated feature films, shorts, television, commercials and/or interactive computer games (or alternatively, Master's degree or equivalent in Fine Arts, Computer Arts or related field); demonstrated ability in sculpting and/or other art-related areas; proficiency with major modeling/animation software; and in-depth knowledge of the principles of animation and the film production process. Full job details and application instructions here.

Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts (CFA) supports the technical and production needs of the departments of dance, music, theater and art and art history, student groups and University departments, and serves as a cultural center for the campus, Middletown and the region by presenting a wide variety of events and exhibitions ranging from student and faculty works to internationally acclaimed ensembles. The CFA works to elevate the arts as a means of teaching, learning and knowing, and to integrate the arts into all aspects of campus, and directs the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance, the first US-based graduate program in performance curation. The Associate Director for Programming and Performance works closely with and reports to the Director of the Center for the Arts, overseeing event support for the CFA’s four member arts departments and planning and managing visiting artist engagements and residencies. Responsibilities lie in the areas of Program Development, Program Management, Administration, and Supervision. For further information, a complete job description and application instructions, click here.
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Downtown Cabaret: Digital Marketing Specialist
Housatonic Museum of Art, Curator of Education
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Dec. c6: Carriage Barn Arts Center: 38th Annual Photography Show
Dec. c9: Bring your own artwork (and a bottle of wine) to St Philip's Art Guild: PLAY 
Dec. 13: Center for Fine Art Photography, Colorado: Landscapes Submission Deadline
Dec. 15: Stamford Art Association: Faces & Figures, Receiving
Dec. 15: Donald & Kim Jurney Traveling Fellowship: Application Deadline
Dec. 16: Norwalk Maritime Garage Gallery: Worth A Thousand Words, Submission Deadline
Dec. 22: Art at the Ferguson, Comfort Zone, Submission Deadline
Dec. 31: Center for Art in Wood: Windgate Residency program, Application Deadline

Jan. c2: Mattatuck Museum: Mixmaster Submission Deadline
Jan. c8: Studios at MASS MoCA: Artists Residencies Application Deadline
Jan. 12: Fairfield Library, Kershner Gallery: Movement, Submission Deadline
Jan. 15: Sculpture Space 2-month Residencies (Feb-Nov) Application Deadline

Mar. c7: NEA Creative Writing Fellowships in Poetry: Application Deadline

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