Subject: Artists' Newsletter, July 14, 2017

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News and Opportunities for Artists of Fairfield County, CT
JULY 15, 2017
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 500 individuals and organizations. Sign up here
Quote of the Week
The NEA has consistently had the courage to support controversial works, and it is shameful to see the organization under attack now. Our society will be all the more impoverished if we lose sight of the fact that the arts are as much a part of who we are as anything else that we do.
Maya Lin in "The Art of the Ideal," Artforum, Summer 2017
Sign up to hear State Senators Bob Duff and Toni Boucher, Economic Development Directors from four towns, arts leaders and real estate developers discuss the implications of a national and a Fairfield County study on The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations and Their Audiences. Tues. July 25, 10:30am-12:30pm, Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Norwalk. Read more here:
The Cultural Alliance announces its new ARTISTS TALK series of video-recorded talks by artist members in select group and juried shows. The videos will create an archive of our members discussing their work on our YouTube channel - an asset for our artists and a showcase for the richness of the visual arts in our County. Subscribe now.
In our pilot Artists Talk event at the last Progressive Gallery Tour series at Elisa Contemporary Art, in Fairfield, photographer Allyson Monson (at left) spoke about her discovery of bokeh as a technique that took her forward into experiments with movement and camera manipulation but also back to her design background, where texture, movement, light and color all play into one. See Allyson’s website here. See video here (+ transcript).
We are honored and delighted to launch ARTISTS TALK with the Westport Art Center's SELECTS 2017 juried exhibition. Sign Up Now to attend this important and fun launch Friday July 28, 6:30pm-8:30pm. Featured artists include Eric Chiang and others to be announced. SELECTS 2017 curators, Charlotte Strick and Claire Williams Martinez, will also be recorded and included in the program. Free for Cultural Alliance & Westport Arts Center members if registered in advance. $10 for non-members. $15 at the door. 

Artist & Preservationist Member

Local Greenwich landscape architect since 1977, Peter Alexander is an avid conservationist and preservationist with deep experience with coastal conservation and watershed management and, locally, a strong advocate of dredging to create parkland in Greenwich. He founded his company, Site Design Associates, in 1979, with a clear vision of "serving the Earth and Society" through thoughtful, sustainable low-impact designs. Peter sees landscape architecture as an all-inclusive art and notes that modern digital mapping and Computer-Aided Design and Drafting techniques have helped bring landscape architecture back as the profession that can interpret data from design, science, sociology, engineering, planning and law. Peter's work ranges in scale from perennial gardens to regional planning. He served on the Greenwich Historic District Commission for 15 years (including many as its chairman) and designed the master plan for the Greenwich Historical Society. A graduate of University of Denver, Peter studied architecture and landscape architecture at Rhode Island School of Design and subsequently studied wetlands delineation at Rutgers and further graduate work at Harvard University. See his website and Facebook page

Ken Delmar grew up in Manhattan surrounded by art and artists. At Middlebury College, he studied watercolor under Arthur K. D. Healy, and oil painting under Rosemary Beck. He subsequently leased a loft in New York’s SOHO and began painting large semi-abstract figures. After time serving in Vietnam, Ken moved with his wife to Stamford, where he recommenced painting large figures in oil. Pieces from this period were exhibited in a 1990 solo show at the Sound Shore Gallery in Stamford. In 1991 he began painting scenes of the sea and shore. In 2000 he was given two solo shows of this series, one in the Caron Gallery in Chester, CT. In 2013, Delmar began painting on paper towels. The colors looked more vibrant on this unique support than tradition canvas. The PR firm working for the paper-towel company Bounty learned that Ken was painting on their product and launched an international PR campaign and Ken was launched into celebrity status. In 2013, he had a solo show at the George Billis Gallery in Chelsea and, in 2014, a solo show at the Rockwell Gallery in Ridgefield. On Jan 5, 2016, CBS “Sunday Morning” taped an interview of him in his home studio in Stamford.  He is painting again on linen and canvas - working on large and multi-panel works up to 12 feet wide, and he has coined the term "primalism" to distinguish his original semi-abstract figures and faces, "springing entirely from my imagination, memory, or heart" from appropriationism. See Ken's website, Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Louise Flax is a Norwalk-based artist who works in colored pencil on cut papers. About her work she writes: “I use the visual specifics of plants to create an abstract construction. I work with an atypical format, either square or an exaggerated rectangle, where the eye ricochets around looking for engagement. I work with layers of colored paper which are colored (mainly with colored pencil, but occasionally with paint), cut, attached to a base layer, then worked, layered and colored until they are woven into a whole." As Louise puts it, "as natural and realistic as this work it is, it is also deeply abstract. It depicts flowers and leaves, but it is not "about" flowers and leaves." Louise has a BFA from Brandeis University and a PhD from The Union Institute in Art Education. She earned her MFA from PCA (Philadelphia College of the Arts, now University of the Arts). She taught in the Norwalk Schools for several decades, and from 2000 to 2010 taught art and photography at the Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk. Louise has exhibited locally since the 1970s (was in the first SoNo Arts Festivals in 1976 and 1977). More recently she showed work in the Loft Artists Association's Elements show in 2014 and was selected for both the 2015 and 2016 American Artist’s Professional League Grand National Exhibitions. In 2014 she was selected for the 64th Annual Art of the Northeast show at Silvermine Arts Center. She is currently featured as one of nine artists in Westport Art Center’s SELECTS 2017. See her website and Facebook page.

William Glaser is a Weston-based photographer, a recent graduate of The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) photography program, and is currently working for the New York Times. “Photographer and storyteller,” he is the recipient of the 2017 New York Times Thomas Morgan Visual Journalism Internship in Photography and travels extensively across the United States. His photographs celebrate regional-specific lifestyles, objects, and cultures in a documentary style that leads to open-ended imagery. Will studied philosophy at Western State Colorado University, and philosophy and photography at UConn, Storrs, before graduating with a BFA in Photography from SCAD. This year, so far, his work has appeared in exhibitions in Savannah, GA, Portland, OR, Winchester, MA and he is one of the nine artists chosen for the Westport Art Center’s SELECTS 2017 exhibition (opening July 14). Still to come are group shows at the Atlanta Photographers Gallery and the Pingyao International Festival of Photography in China. Will also had a solo exhibition this year, Deep: Stories of Savannah, at the Savannah Cultural Arts Gallery: photographs from the Block by Block writing sessions, held at the Deep Center, documenting students and their mentors exploring Savannah while they develop relationships with their community. Just this year Will has also been featured in Southern Glossary, Float Photo Magazine, Oxford American Magazine and Fraction Magazine. See Will's website  and Instagram page.

A Californian by birth and an academic by training (degrees in Economics and Italian, and a Master's in Demography) Jen Greely’s professional experience ranges from bank regulation to teaching the graphical representation of data, to research of religious populations. Leaving academia in 2004 to focus on her family, she and her family settled in Westport in 2013 where Jen began studying classical painting methods.  Her previous professional experience distilling data to graphically reveal the underlying human story often emerges in her current art practice of both painting and site-specific installations. Viewing nature as both muse and provider of materials, beeswax, resin, pigment, oil, and water constitute most of her paintings, while she incorporates printmaking and fiber into others. Drawing on familiar scenes from both everyday life and the natural world, along with the emotional physical events of our wider society, Jen explores the juxtaposition of order and chaos, serenity and loss, the seen and unseen: "Visual storytelling is the underlying theme in my art. Chosen compositions in both painting and installations depict straightforward moments with an obscured past." Jen sees her art as a method of connecting each of us to natural media and familiar form to explore current events, communities, bodies, and one's sense of self in the larger world. See her website and Instagram feed.

Xiao Mai Kong was born and raised in Shanghai and studied art and design in China and Japan. Her father, Bai Ji Kong, is an internationally renowned painter, with works in collections and museums worldwide. He received a one-man career retrospective at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing in 2012. Mai learned painting from the age of 5 from her father and also absorbed from him a philosophy of life and painting that dwells on and presents the deep harmony between humanity and nature. That sense of harmony and beauty is what compels Mai to paint every day, focusing on landscapes and still lives. Mai moved with her family to Westport in 2010 and had a one-woman show at the Greenwich YWCA that same year. For the last four years Mai has been selected as one of the top 50 Chinese artists abroad and has been featured in the annual exhibition of these artists from around the globe held at the Shanghai Library. Xiao Mai Kong is one of the nine artists chosen for the Westport Art Center’s SELECTS 2017 exhibition (opening July 14).

Julie O'Connor is a fine art photographer and photojournalist who has traveled the world in search of powerful and poetic images for more than 30 years. After her experiences in Tibet, she created the very successful Doors of Tibet art poster, which led to her publishing Doors of Weston, a book based on her photographs of doors in her hometown. The Weston Forum published a 9-part series using Julie’s photographs and won a New England Press Association award for community involvement for the series. Julie later published a fine art photography book, Doors of Weston, in partnership with the Weston Historical Society. Her photographs of Stockholm were featured in the book The Tattooed Girl: The Enigma of Stieg Larsson and the Secrets Behind the Most Compelling Thrillers of Our Time. Julie’s work has been exhibited at The Chicago Art Institute and many private collections. Her 1980’s exhibition, Far From Home, at New York's Basement Workshop, detailed the drama of the Asian refugee resettlement experience in the U.S. Her photojournalism has appeared in Time, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Travel & Leisure, People, and many other publications. She has curated corporate art collections and local shows of art and photography in Connecticut. Julie studied photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, with master photographer Kenneth Josephson, and at the New School for Social Research in New York with the legendary Lisette Model. See her website, and Facebook page.

Lauren Rago is a mixed-media visual artist and educator living in the Stamford area. Most recently, Lauren has been exploring themes of ephemerality both in the concepts she is exploring as well as within the materials she uses. For example in her recent Shift and Fade series, Lauren choses materials that lend themselves to the notion of process: "The newsprint, humble in stature and non-archival in nature, is used by many artists as strictly a preliminary or practice surface. In fact, the newsprint used in this series had already begun to yellow and warp. In time it will inevitably crumble. In a similar vein, the charcoal, untreated, will smear and soften as a result of its environment. These changes though, allow my work to be constantly in process. The materials I've used are like living things; they change shift and fade over time."  She has a piece from this series that was selected for the 67th Art of The Northeastat Silvermine Arts Center (see Member News for details). Lauren received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and her Master of Art Education from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Since graduating from MICA, Lauren has had her work shown in Ephemera at the Target Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA, and in New York's Prince Street Gallery's Ninth Annual Exhibition (juried by Stuart Shils).  Lauren currently maintains her studio practice at the NEST Arts Factory in Bridgeport. See Lauren's website and Instagram feed.

The story goes that Jarvis Wilcox was an art-history student at Columbia University and was reluctantly coerced by a fellow student to attend a studio art class. Reluctance was transformed to enthusiasm and he never looked back. A few years later, he had moved to a farm near Ithaca, NY, and in 1973 had his first solo show at the Bartholet Gallery in New York. Jarvis focuses on landscapes (mostly seascapes) and still lifes. He is reported as saying his work picks up where the Post-Impressionists left off, believing paintings are made up of a series of colors juxtaposed next to one another, rather than lines or borders. “What’s left out is more important than what’s included,” he says. One commentator noted that with Jarvis’ work “Direct observation of the subject is transcended by expressive coloration - dense, dark shadows beneath an arched roof, a sunlit path, grass, potato fields in bloom, flowers lavishly painted against the rough texture of a wooden fence - special brush strokes varied and blending, combined with a juxtaposition of colors convey the rich effect of varied lighting." Jarvis has written himself that "art, any art, is a unique means of communicating intuitive, subjective knowledge and understanding…I am trying to communicate the excitement, the delight, and the insight I discovered in doing the painting. In a way a painting is a mood sustained and realized. A picture cannot be comprehended in a glance; paintings like all the temporal arts take time to unveil themselves." In 30 private collections, several corporate collections, and six museum collections (including the Newark Museum and the Museum of the City of New York), Jarvis’ work has had an extensive exhibition history. Regularly shown in the Hamptons since the 1980s, he has had solo shows in galleries across New York, New Jersey, and Texas. Since 2012 he has shown regularly at the Southport Galleries. Currently his work was chosen as one of the 9 artists being shown in the Westport Arts Center's Selects 2017 exhibition. See Jarvis's website.
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Congratulations to Eric ChiangLouise Flax, William Glaser, Xiao Mai Kong, and Jarvis Wilcox for being among the nine artists chosen for Westport Arts Center's annual members juried exhibition, SELECTS 2017.  The exhibition was juried by Charlotte Strick, Art Editor of The Paris Review literary magazine and Claire Williams Martinez, former Chapter President of AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Design) Chicago. The show is on view through September 2, 2017.
Scott Glaser and Dale Najarian are among the scores of artists participating the 44th Westport Fine Arts Festival this weekend, July 15-16. Organized by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association, the show this year is being presented along Main Street. See you there!
Patrice Barrett, Herm Freeman and Nancy Moore are among the artists participating in City Lights' Annual SameSex Exhibition, opening Thursday July 20, 2017, 5:30-8:30pm, at City Lights' new space at 265 Golden Hill Street, Bridgeport. Following the opening there will be a benefit variety show and Gay Pride march.
Patrice Barrett has one work in the City Lights Gallery's SameSex show, opening Thursday July 20, 2017, 5:30-8:30pm. Her I See You (But You Don't See Me) (2016, acrylic, frisket, pastels on matt board, 16x20” detail at right) was used as the cover art for Art New England's Sept/Oct 2016 issue. Patrice writes that it portrays the duplicitous nature of human emotions: "The left side represents turmoil of hidden thoughts and feelings. One wide eye watches you, trying to determine your level of acceptance. The right side is what is shown to others - placid, smooth, revealing nothing."
Ann Chernow has work included in the Philadelphia Print Center 91st Annual International Competition on line exhibition - one of the most prestigious and oldest juried exhibitions in the U.S. Kelly Baum and Jennifer Farrell, curators of contemporary prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art were jurors. Two thousand images were reviewed, 66 artists were chosen for this exhibition. At right, Vodka (2016, etching, 11 x 14”, detail; accompanying subtitle: “The trouble with the world is that everybody is three drinks behind.")
Heidi Lewis Coleman received an Honorable Mention Award (Mixed Media) for her Acrylic & Cut Paper piece Kokomo in the Rowayton Arts Center's exhibition, Marine & Coastal, 2017. The Juror is William P. Duffy, maritime artist and art instructor. The show runs through July 30 
Carol Nipomnich Dixonembroidery on felt entitled Meanderings (2016), 13” x 13” framed, was juried into the Greenwich Art Society’s juried exhibition Peripheral Vision, running at the Flinn Gallery of the Greenwich Library through July 19, 2017. Carol comments that "the wandering colored threads, using a variety of stitches, ramble through a grey and white background landing on the edge of a circular field."
Heide Follin’s Tapestries and Prayers in the wind: Bhutan is on display at the Greenwich Art Society’s juried exhibition Peripheral Vision, running at the Flinn Gallery of the Greenwich Library through July 19, 2017This acrylic painting (click for larger image) is the third of three 16” x 16” panels and is part of her ongoing series relating and embedding textiles into the landscape and prayers in the wind of the mountainous Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. Also, Heide’s Mill Pond won an Honorable Mention at the Rowayton Arts Center's Marine and Coastal Exhibit, running through July 30
Herm Freeman has three paintings in the SameSex exhibition opening July 20, 5:30-8:30pm at City Lights new space at 265 Golden Hill Street, Bridgeport. At right The Lovers (2016, acrylic on paper, 22x28", detail). He writes that in 2016 he decided to investigate the themes of loneliness and connectedness, attraction and alienation, couples, and other related issues, by doing a series of paintings using an androgynous, anonymous floating figure. These works are the result of that investigation, but they draw no 'conclusions' about the complex nature of our human relationships. Our cities, dwellings and homes serve as the backdrop for our 21century condition. 
Scott Glaser is introducing his new body of work at the Westport Fine Arts Festival, July 15 and 16 (at Booth #128 at the corner of Main and Elm) with November 8 (2017, superfine felt marker on paper, 22x30" detail at right, click for complete image). This is the first piece in what he is calling Neo-Pointillism. Scott's booth will consist of drawings in this new style, and photographs that he uses as reference for his photorealist paintings and drawings and scenic photography by his son, David taken during his trip cross-country from California to Massachusetts.
Joanie Landau has won two awards for her Justice + Equality (2017, digital collagraph, 30x40," detail at right). It won the Award of Merit at the Cooperstown Art Association 82nd Annual National Juried Exhibition as well as appearing in Resist at the Zenith Gallery in Washingon, DC, an exhibition juried by Carol Rhodes Dyson, Margery Goldberg and Celinda Lake in honor of the latest Resist movements captivating the globe.

Congratulations to Susan Leggitt for winning First Place in Oils at the Rowayton Arts Center's Marine and Coastal Exhibition, running through July 30. Susan's winning piece is Take Me Home (click for an image of her painting).
Duvian Montoya decided it was about time to hold another Open Studio at his house in Easton - so that's what he's doing Sun. July 30. In the studio, you can see what Duvian has been working on over the last year. In the house, see work by JAHMANE. Both are working on some mural concepts for Cultural Alliance member Mary and Eliza Freeman Center and they will be on display. 30 April Drive, Easton, 11am - 6pm
Nancy Moore will have two pieces in the City Lights Gallery's 7th annual SameSex exhibition, 265 Golden Hill Street, opening Thurs., July 20, 5:30 to 7:30pm. She will be exhibiting the fourth in her series of Blanket Statements on gender, including a new piece called This Is My Binder (detail at right, click for entire image), a chest binder embroidered with silk thread.
Dale Najarian will be showing her work at the Westport Fine Arts Festival this weekend July 15 and 16, 10am-5pm. The show is on Main Street and Dale has her work in booth #91 on Main Street facing Vineyard Fine.
At right is a detail of Warm Glow (2017, oil on linen, 40"x50"). This is part of a series of mainly abstract landscapes painted on raw linen, using the warm colors of the exposed linen as part of the background in the paintings.

Jill Nichols' Cloud in Blue Minor (2017, oil on aluminum, 30x30") was juried into the 116th Annual Juried Exhibition of the New Haven Paint and Clay Club. The juror was Richard Klein, Exhibition Director of the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. The show opens Sun July 16, 2-4 and runs through July 30 at the Creative Arts Workshop, 80 Audubon Street, New Haven.
Belated congratulations to Jill Sarver for winning First Place in Painting in the Rowayton Arts Center's Focus Under 40 juried show for her Anonymous portraits. Right now Jill has her Self (2017, oil on clayboard, 11x9", detail at right, click for complete image) in an invitational Small Works show at New York's Blue Mountain Gallery (530 W 25th St #403), that also includes work by Jill Nichols, and which will run through July 29. 
Compiled List of Artist Member Openings & Events
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Fri. July 14: SELECTS 2017, Westport Arts Center. Opening reception, 6-8pm (Eric Chiang, Louise Flax, William Glaser, Xiao Mai Kong, and Jarvis Wilcox). 
July 15-16: Westport Fine Arts Festival, Main Street, Westport. (Scott Glaser and Dale Najarian).
Thurs. July 20: City Lights Gallery, SameSexOpening Reception, 5:30-8:30pm (Patrice Barrett, Herm Freeman and Nancy Moore)                                                                   
Fri. July 28: ARTIST TALK at SELECTS 2017. Westport Arts Center 6:30-8:30pm  
Sun. July 30: Duvian Montoya (and JAHMANE), Open Studio. 11am-6pm. 30 April Drive, Easton. Opening Reception, 4-6pm.
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Loft Artists Association, Stamford has issued a call for entries for its 4th annual tri-state juried exhibition, Visual Narratives. All artists create visual languages to convey narratives and concepts that are important to them. These languages establish a formal construct which can be representational or abstract. As such they create a unique way of communicating ideas. Historically, artists have used their personal lexicon to express religious, political, historical or spiritual ideas. Contemporary artists can reference the real world directly or they can create a singular language devised, codified, presented, performed, and understood only by the artist themselves and their followers. The show Visual Narratives explores these artistic imagined and created world views, lexicons, and visual languages, which are at the heart of this exhibition. Participating artworks are considered from all media. $1000 in Cash Awards. Artists from Connecticut, New York and New Jersey are invited. Juror, Katerina Lanfranco, is the Chief Curator at Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn, New York, and Founder of Rhombus Space, an exhibition venue established in 2013. Prospectus is here. Entry is here.
 SEPT. 12

Located in Chelsea, steps from the High Line, First Street Gallery represents a diverse group of accomplished artists devoted to creative freedom. Founded in 1969, the Gallery continues to engage the art community by developing programs that encourage all visual artists, and it has announcedits 4th Season of Pop Up - On and Off the Wall, that will take place in January 2018. The series consists of 3, 3-day shows (Thur, Fri, Sat) held on three consecutive weekends in First Street's large Chelsea Gallery (526 West 26th Street)The Gallery’s first three seasons of the Pop Up series have included a vibrant group of artists in a wide range of mediums - 2D, 3D, installation, photography, printmaking, painting and mixed media. Each 3-day show highlights a select group of no more than 8 individual artists and is curated to create a group that is cohesive and complimentary. Participants will have an exhibition area of approximately 14’ x 14’ of wall space (not necessarily contiguous). Artists with 3D work will be given the equivalent floor space. Selected artists may use their space in whatever way shows their work to its best advantage. Artists are required to submit a planned layout prior to installation and are encouraged to install their own work. Open to artists in NY, NJ, CT, MA, and PA who are at least 18 yrs. old. Click here. for prospectus. Deadline: Sept. 12.
And Remember...
July 23: Stamford Art Association: Faber Birren Color Award Submission Deadline
July 23: Art & Science Collaborations, Science Inspires Art: Ocean Submission Deadline
July 30: Connecticut Women Artists: National Open Juried Exhibition Submission Deadline

See other deadlines below in Opportunities Calendar
  • 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: "A Massive List of Spring 2017 Grants All Filmmakers Should Know About."

The Danbury Music Centre announces auditions on Tues. July 18, 5-7pm, for soprano and baritone soloists for a performance of the Fauré Requiem on Friday Aug. 4 (Dress Rehearsal Aug. 3). Performers are asked to prepare: 
Sopranos - Pie Jesu (entire); 
Baritones - Libera me to rehearsal letter C. Only singers with reserved times will be heard. Please call the Danbury Music Centre office at 203 748-1716 to make an appointment. For other questions, contact Stephen Michael Smith, Conductor at 212 397-5063.

Auditions are being held for three roles in The White Cube, a one-act play, 50 minutes long, to be performed at the Silvermine Guild, New Canaan. Performances: Saturday, November 11 @ 7 pm and Sunday, November 12 @ 3 pm

1. Male Role: Professor Robert Baxter. Tweedy jacket with elbow patches, khaki pants, immaculate Timberland boots. Renowned history professor emeritus at Columbia University. Dry sense of humor.

2. Female Role: Abigail Bannister. Tall and slim. Dark business suit (with skirt, not pants). High heels. Perfectly coifed hair. Elegant to the point of severity. Owner of the Abigail bannister Gallery in Chelsea. No sense of humor.

3. Male: Voice Over.

Those interested should contact Alex McFarlane at 914-275-1266 or

The Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York, is accepting applications for a new research residency program for artists that will allow them to utilize its resources, including the permanent collections and the holdings of the Rakow Research Library, to inform their practice. 
Named for the museum's former executive director, the David Whitehouse Artist Residency for Research will enable artists to be in residence for up to three weeks to explore materials at the Rakow Library, the world's foremost library on the art and history of glass and glassmaking, and to use other scholarly resources available at the museum, including knowledgeable staff in all parts of the organization. One resident will be selected for the first year to be in residence for up to three weeks in 2018. While in Corning, the artist will be asked to give a presentation about his or her work and research. Artists who feel they would benefit from using the resources of the Rakow Library and spending some time at the Corning Museum of Glass are encouraged to apply. See DETAILS HERE
Other residencies include The Studio’s collaboration with the Kohler Arts Center to offer a joint residency for artists interested in working with glass, iron, brass, or clay; and the Specialty Glass Residency—a partnership with Corning Incorporated established in 2014—which allows artists to experiment with specialty glass materials in the creation of new work. The Museum also offers the Rakow Grant for Glass Research, which is awarded to one or more scholars annually and fosters scholarly research in the history of glass and glassmaking from antiquity until the mid-20th century. These awards have been granted to scholars working in archaeology and anthropology, art history, conservation, and science and technology.


Music for Youth announces a panel discussion uniquely tailored to students who want to continue their music studies in college. The panel will address how to leverage their music skills in the application process, discuss critical issues concerning financial planning and review the importance of preparing well-prepared recommendations, resumes and recordings. The evening’s moderator is Candace Channing, founder of Channing College Consulting. She is an internationally acclaimed flutist and master flute instructor who is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, with a bachelor’s degree of Music in Flute Performance and Literature, and a concentration in Psychology. The Panel will include:
  • Katherine Taylor, principal clarinetist with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony
  • Lauren LaRusso attended Juilliard Pre-College and Amherst College teaching and now working full-time at Channing College Consulting.
  • Kyle Ryan, attended Berklee School of Music for Sound Production. Now a full-time music teacher in public school.
  • Alexis Kende who attended Juilliard and finished her post doctorate degrees at Princeton and NYU.
  • Jon Saxton, Attorney, solo and ensemble saxophonist, 
  • Joseph Bogardus, Certified Financial Planner with the Barnum Financial Group. 

The New Haven Symphony Orchestra seeks a Development Coordinator, responsible for administrative support of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s comprehensive year-round fundraising program. The Coordinator reports to the Development Director, assisting in fundraising campaigns, networking activities, and general administrative duties. Additionally, the Development Coordinator may be responsible for assisting the CEO with specific projects and helping with the Box Office. The successful candidate must possess a professional attitude, excellent time management skills, and an efficient, resourceful work ethic. Desired personal characteristics and general attributes include: organized, detail-oriented, collaborative, and positive. Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge software is desirable. Full details available here.

Neighborhood Music School (New Haven) seeks part-time teachers for classes in Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Musical Theater Dance and Triple Threat program, as well as faculty for Youth and Teen programs. Responsibilities: Focus is on process, not performance. Must work closely with the department chair and other teaching artists. These positions may also include summer schedule. Skills Required: Must be able to teach students with multiple levels of dance experience within one class. Must enjoy working in a collaborative atmosphere with all ages. A positive attitude, high energy and a love of working with children is required. Exceptional interpersonal skills and willingness to work some flexible hours. Experience required: Five-years preferred. Dance degree preferred, but not required. Email cover letter and current resume to: Tracey Albert, Dance Dept Chair,
 Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available

Creative Arts Workshop: Executive Director/Head of School
The Discovery Museum: Exhibits Technician
Wadsworth Atheneum: Donor Relations Manager                                             
Waterbury Museum: Executive Assistant to the Director
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OPPORTUNITIES CALENDAR                             
July 18: Danbury Music Centre: Auditions for Fauré Requiem
July 23: Stamford Art Association: Faber Birren Color Award Submission Deadline
July 23: Art & Science Collaborations, Science Inspires Art: Ocean Submission Deadline
July 24: Loft Artists Association: Visual Narratives Submission Deadline
July 30: Connecticut Women Artists: National Open Juried Exhibition Submission Deadline
July 31: Zion National Park Residency Application Deadline for Writers, Composers, Visual Artists
Ongoing: Digital Bolex Grant for Women Cinematographers

Aug. 18: Norwalk Public Library, The Way We Read Norwalk, Photo Contest Deadline
Aug. 25: Boston Printmakers: 2017 North American Print Biennial Submission Deadline
Aug. 31: Corning Museum of Glass: Glass Research Residency Application Deadline

Sept. 12: First Street Gallery, NY: On & Off The Wall 3-Day Pop-Up Shows Submission Deadline

Nov. 17: 15th Annual Photo Contest Submission Deadline

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