Subject: Artists' Newsletter, June 4, 2017

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News and Opportunities for Artists of Fairfield County, CT
JUNE 4, 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
"Why does music affect us as humans? Why does listening to a particular part of the Mozart Requiem give me chills every time? What’s going on there? Why are humans wired to respond that way? How has that, over the course of millions of years, developed in such a way that we can see by imaging that the brain has a music room? What has been the evolutionary advantage to humans, of having this ability to be inspired by music, to produce music, to take part in music as a group effort. What is that all about? Is this how we have drawn societies and families together over tough times? Goodness knows we do that now.”
- Francis Collins, Director, National Institutes of Health (and guitarist) from NEH NOTES: NIH Director on Music & the Brain.
Our Progressive Gallery Tour series ended with a flourish at the debut of Elisa Contemporary Art Salon on May 17 (pictures above). More than 70 supporters, artists, collectors and friends joined the party as the works of 20 artists were displayed. CAFC artist member Allyson Monson gave the first in our new Artists Talk series, which will replace the current Progressive Gallery Tour season, starting July 2017. See our page (p. 28) in the Summer issue of VENU Magazine (p.30 in the online Issuu) featuring several galleries visited during our Progressive Gallery Tour.
Please join us for the Cultural Alliance's Second Arts & Culture Empowerment (ACE) Awards Breakfast to be held at The Shore and Country Club, Norwalk on Weds. June 7, 7:30am. Broadway star Kelli O'Hara is our guest speaker and Tony Award winner James Naughton will be Master of Ceremonies. Award Winners are: Corporate: Spinnaker Real Estate Partners; Artist: Shanna Melton; Nonprofit: Silvermine Arts Center; Educator: Pamela Kuhn; Citizen: Michael Widland. Sponsors include: United Capital Financial Life Management, Cohen and Wolf, Hobbs Inc., Shipman & Goodwin, Studio 2pt0, and Berchem, Moses & Devlin. You can buy breakfast award tickets here.

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Now Westport-based, Nancy Breakstone has spent much of her life on the water. She calls herself a water woman. An accomplished windsurfer, sailor and most recently Stand Up Paddleboarder she has increasingly turned to photography, capturing the part of the world she knows best. Paddleboarding itself is responsible for her almost unworldly current series, Impressions in the Sand. It was through her company, Coastal CT SUP, that offers Stand Up Paddleboarding lessons and tours, that she was drawn to a particular Costa Rican beach favored for Stand Up paddle surfing. It was there where she first discovered the incredible impressions in the sand created by the natural movement of the ocean. "Twice a day, the Pacific Ocean leaves its mark in the sand on these Costa Rican beaches. As the tide goes out, it reveals designs of startling complexity and delicacy. Some resemble objects in nature; others are abstract enough to see in them whatever you will. Most people walk right by, but I discovered their beauty and have captured them in photographs I call Impressions in the Sand. Most people walk through life looking everywhere but down. Impressions in the Sand comes from my stopping to see and appreciate the beauty that lies right at our feet." See Nancy's website and Facebook page.

Cecilia Moy Fradet was born in Hong Kong and raised in New York City. Her father was a calligrapher and her grandfather a landscape painter and both fueled Cecilia's lifelong fascination with the visual arts. Her formal training began at New York City's High School of Art and Design and continued at City College of New York and Goldsmith's, University of London. She continued studies in Manhattan at both Parsons the New School for Design and F.I.T., graduating with an Associates Degree in Fashion Design. Cecilia went on to work as a fashion designer in Manhattan for eleven years, traveling extensively through Europe and Asia. She moved to Weston with her family in 1992. She writes that, growing up in the bustling cities of Hong Kong and New York, she found that her work became "a portal of how I process life, and experience the world. It reflects my fascination with color, distortions, and altered landscapes; at times focusing on the small details that may go unnoticed." Cecilia works in what she calls "a myriad of mediums:" from oil on canvas and paper, to printmaking, encaustics and collage. Cecilia has been a guild member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists since 2004, chairing Silvermine's Art of the Northeast since 2006. She is also a member of the Westport Arts Center, the Center for Contemporary Printmaking and is enjoying being a docent at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. Living in Westport, Cecilia keeps her studio at Norwalk's Firing Circuits. See her website and Facebook page and Instagram feed.
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izabeth Agresta, and Wendy Brest both have work in the New York Society of Women Artists Show, Primacy of Color III, opening at the Carriage Barn Arts Center this Sat. June 3, 4-6pm and continuing through June 25. "Many of the artists separate color from its descriptive representational purpose and allow it to exist on the surface as an independent element. Whether seeking simplicity, complexity, clarity, balance or discord, mood or description, color plays a vital pivotal role in each visual artist’s thinking."
Judith Bacal, Miggs Burroughs, Donna Brien, Frederic Chiu, Susan Fehlinger, MaryEllen Hendricks, Yuko Ike, Jana Ireijo, Amy Oestreicher, Roxanne Faber Savage,  and Tammy Winser all have work as part of Beechwood Arts' Giving Voice Immersion Arts Salon this Sun. June 4, 2-5pm. Many works will contain videos telling the stories behind the work so when the viewer looks at a piece through a smart phone or tablet, the storyteller emerges to tell their story.
Congratulations to Meg Garbe, Jill Sarver and Joseph Dermody for winning awards at the Rowayton Arts Center's Focus Under Forty exhibition, opening this Sun. June 4, 4-6pm.  Meg won Best of Show, Jill won First Place in Painting, and Joseph won Second Place in Mixed Media. Congratulations all!
Elizabeth Agresta was recently selected to become a member of the highly esteemed New York Society of Women Artists, founded by members of the Ash Can School in 1925. She has a triptych in the show The Primacy of Color III, that is being hosted by the Carriage Barn Arts Center in New Canaan and that opens this Sat. June 3, from 4-6pm. At right is one part of Elizabeth's piece, Thoughts in Motion (acrylics on panel, 13x13").
Joseph Dermody won second place in Mixed Media at the Rowayton Arts Center's Focus Under Forty exhibition, opening this Sun. June 4, 4-6pm, for his natural health sculpture (2017, mixed media, 24x24," click for larger image). A three-dimensional sculpture made from wood and melamine, natural health was designed for a naturopathic medical office. It was the first sculpture of Joseph's to include both mixed wood and white melamine veneers.
Meg Garbe won Best in Show at the Rowayton Arts Center's Focus Under Forty exhibition for her wonderful 5"x5" oil on board Bee. You can see it at the opening this Sunday, June 4, 4-6pm. Megan tries to "catch" the spirit of the animals that are her subjects. Of the bee she writes, "the bee spirit animal symbolizes productivity and the balance between work and play. It is about working hard and enjoying what you've worked hard for!"
Len Grayeck has a solo show at the Easton Public Library's Small Gallery. Titled Reverie, the show will feature original acrylic paintings and mixed media pieces. At right his Self Portrait (2016, 24"x18", acrylic on canvas). The show runs June 8- July 30, with an opening reception Sat. June 10, 6-9pm. The exhibit showcases Grayeck's strong use of color and tone. There are several recently completed pieces along with pieces selected from the past 28 years. 
MaryEllen Hendricks has her photographs in a two-person show with the drawings of her colleague Dan Long. Two Paths Through the Woods opens at Fairfield Public Library's Kershner Gallery, Sat. June 10, 4:30-6:30, including an artists' talk at 5:30pm. At right, her Mill PondThe show captures two of MaryEllen’s passions: exploring the woods, finding calm and joy there, and century-old large format photography. She experiments with printing her landscapes, botanicals and portraits using alternative methods combining historical and modern technologies.
Karen Kent has a solo show of her fabulous mixed media owls. The Majestic Owl opened at the Byram Shubert Library in Greenwich June 1, and runs through July 5. At right detail of Ernesto (mixed media, 30"x24"). Karen says that after several magical encounters with the birds she felt called to start painting them: "to honor who they are and what they signify–symbols of knowledge, strength, and intuition." She says the art process is spontaneous, calling for the use of mixed media - "it's as if these birds paint themselves." She says color is paramount and is dictated by the mood of the owl: playful, smart-ass, powerful, shy, attitude. Oil, acrylic, pastel, ink, fabric, and newsprint can be found in these pieces.
Susan Newbold and colleague Stephanie Joyce have a joint show at City Gallery, New Haven, A Passage to India, opening this Sun. June 4, 3-5pm and running through June 25. Susan writes that their intention is "to share what has been a rich experience of a recent trip to India. Indians bring art to everything they do, and our work celebrates their exquisite patterning, geometry and meditative quality." Susan will give a talk at the gallery Sun. June 25, 3pm.
Roxanne Faber Savage had two pieces accepted into the 11th Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition 2017, opening this Sun. June 4, 2-5pm, and running through Aug. 27. This is an immense juried competition and exhibition, limited to works no more than four square inches, encouraging artists to explore the miniature print format and providing them with an opportunity for exhibition. Juror is Freyda Spira, Associate Curator, Dept of Drawings and Prints, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. At right, Roxanne's Bubbles (2017, solarplate intaglio, 2"x 2") from her ongoing work on elephants, in response to the ivory trade.
Roxanne Faber Savage also has elephant-related work at Beechwood Arts' Giving Voice Immersive Arts Salon this Sun. June 4. Roxanne's cluster of tusks, like other work in the show contains a video that "gives voice" to the story behind the work. Roxanne will be speaking about her work at an open house at Beechwood on Wed. June 14, 5:30-8pm.
Karen Vogel has a solo show at Lionheart Gallery, 27 Westchester Ave. Pound Ridge, NY. This collection of recent work, titled Postscript, features at right Crossover (2017, mixed media on wooden panel, 24x24"). See Artsy review of the show by Douglas Clement in which he sees "the breakdown of meaningful discourse and interaction" as fundamental to her work, against which, "she rages by building a new world order on a base of hand-cut stencils embellished with layers of multiple forms, textures, patterns, and processes." Karen will be giving an artist's talk Sat. June 10, 4-6pm.
Compiled List of Artist Member Openings & Events
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  • Sat. June 3: New York Society of Women Artists, Primacy of Color, Carriage Barn Arts Center. Opening reception, 4-6pm (Elizabeth Agresta and Wendy Brest) 
  • Sun. June 4: Beechwood Arts, Giving Voice Arts Immersion Salon. 2-5pm (Judith Bacal, Miggs Burroughs, Donna Brien, Frederic Chiu, Susan Fehlinger, MaryEllen Hendricks, Yuko Ike, Jana Ireijo, Amy Oestreicher, Roxanne Faber Savage, and Tammy Winser) 
  • Sun. June 4: Rowayton Arts Center, Focus Under Forty. Opening Reception, 4-6pm (Joseph Dermody, Meg Garbe, and Jill Sarver).
  • Sun. June 4: Center for Contemporary Printmaking: 11th Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition 2017, Opening Reception, 2-5pm (Roxanne Faber Savage)
  • Sun. June 4: Susan Newbold, A Passage to India. City Gallery, 994 State Street, New Haven. Opening Reception, 3-5pm.
  • Sat. June 10: Len Grayeck, Reverie, Easton Public Library, Small Gallery. Opening Reception, 6-9pm.
  • Sat. June 10: Karen Vogel, Postscript, Lionheart Gallery27 Westchester Ave. Pound Ridge, NY. Artist Talk, 4-6pm
  • Sun. June 25: Susan Newbold, A Passage to India. City Gallery, 994 State Street, New Haven. Artist Talk, 3pm.

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The Art Newspaper reports that, at this Friday's inauguration of architect Norman Foster's Foundation in Madrid, Turner Prize nominee Cornelia Parker (official artist for the UK general election, in a non-partisan way at electionartist2017) declared that children should tweet President Trump about climate change. "Because of President Trump’s social medium of choice, Parker urged the parents at the forum to encourage their children to Tweet him directly on @POTUS. It was too late. Within hours, the US president had announced that as far as the US government was concerned, the deal was off. "Our kids are the ones who will pay the price for his ignorance," she said. "He might listen to those who don’t yet have a vote." Parker was in conversation with Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson who had transported 12 blocks of ice from Greenland to melt in the centre of Paris during the 2015 United Nations conference on climate change as a way to make data about the subject something that people could touch and feel. They knew the ice was cold, but people still felt moved to touch Ice Watch, he said. Parker and Eliasson have a longstanding interest in finding creative ways to address the problems facing the built and natural environments. Eliasson’s social activism includes projects such as Little Sun, bringing cheap, portable, solar-powered lights to people in rural areas across the world, and Green Light, the nomadic workshop for migrants and refugees now taking place at the Venice Biennale (until 26 November). Bloomberg, whose foundation supported Eliasson’s Ice Watch in Paris in 2015, was among the optimists, but also a realist, stressing the need for public and private partnerships. Cities working with companies and philanthropists [and artists!], not federal government, get big and small things done. “It’s where the rubber meets the road,” he said. Read entire article.

A recent article in The New York Times discusses the modern-era revival of artist patronage, with individuals giving sustained support that funds an artist’s overall career rather than a specific project. The article discusses the impact of sustained funding as an artist develops, how this current trend differs from Renaissance-era patronage, and how online platforms like Patreon enable artists to garner sustained support from individuals across the world.
"For many years, patrons were supporting institutions or a product, underwriting this ballet or putting their name on a specific show at a museum," said Carolina García Jayaram, 42, who has spent nearly two decades in arts philanthropy and advocacy and recently became president and chief executive of the National Young Arts Foundation. Today, she said, “donors understand how important it is to support artists — not just the art.” Artist advocates say this is partly a reaction to widespread budget cuts for public art education and, more recently, to concern about President Trump’s effort to eliminate the National Endowment of the Arts, whose grants fund artists and communities in every state. But a younger cohort of patrons, in their 30s through early 50s, has also begun thinking about artists like start-ups, for which “incubation” periods are common. "Funding based on a collection model is backward," said RoseLee Goldberg, an art historian at New York University and the founder of the performance art nonprofit Performa. "There isn’t this support for an artist if they don’t have big objects to sell." Ms. Goldberg believes today’s patrons are similar to the “angel investors” of tech. “You see that something has potential to grow and you want to support that incubation period,” she said. Read the whole article here.

The Dorothy and Charles Mosesian Center for the Arts in Watertown, MA, invites artists and illustrators to submit work for their upcoming Forever Young Picture Book Art Exhibition. Art may be submitted in the following categories: Published, Self Published, or Seeking Publication. Traditional and digitally produced artwork is permissible. Work that is conceptual only is also permitted in the Seeking Publication category (for example kid friendly illustration that is in idea phase.Exhibiting artists will have the opportunity to show their work in the Exhibition as well as include inventory of their work, prints and/or books, in our Picture Book Pop-up Shop. Additionally, select artists will have the opportunity to promote their work through book readings, signings and sales at the Mosesian Center for the Arts tent at the Watertown Farmers Market. $10 per submission. Limit 10 submissions per artist. Artists receive 60% commission and the Mosesian Center for the Arts receives 40% for art sold during the exhibition. Artwork must be submitted here.

The Westport Arts Center has announced that entries are now being accepted for SELECTS, its eleventh annual summer member artist exhibition. Formerly known as SOLOS, SELECTS is designed to discover and showcase new works of art by talented artists in the region, and also helps new artists discover the Westport Arts Center. Jurors for SELECTS are 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 exhibition will be on view from July 14 through September 1, 2017. The jurors commented that they will be looking for work in a range of media where the execution is well-considered: “We welcome traditional subject matter, but we are particularly interested in the expression of ideas—both representational and abstract. We look forward to seeing what themes may emerge.” SELECTS will feature up to ten artists. Applicants must be members. The entry fee is $40/artist and $25 for young artists (ages 25 and under). Full submission guidelines are available here. Deadline is June 27. All artists will be notified on June 30, 2017. For any questions on eligibility, submission guidelines or the upcoming exhibition, please contact the Westport Arts Center at 203.222-7070.

MANIFEST is a Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, created in 2004 by professors and students from area universities seeking to make a positive community impact. Manifest has issued a call for entries for its 9th Annual NUDE exhibitionan international competitive exhibit exploring the uncovered human form in current art. This exhibit has no predefined expectation for type or style; all works are welcome. Artists are invited to submit works of art in any media, of any style or genre (abstract, conceptual, highly realistic, etc.) and of any size. Manifest also presents the Grand Jury Prize, a $2500 cash prize awarded to the best of the best of each season of gallery exhibitions at Manifest. The prizewinner will be selected from among a pool of the top jury-scoring works from across the season through a final end-of-year grand jury process. All exhibitors are potentially eligible for this prize. Exhibition Dates are August 18, 2017- September 15, 2017. Application deadline June 12. Entry Form here.


Art and Science Collaborations (ArtSci) announces: Science Inspires Art: OCEAN its annual Art-Sci Juried Exhibition to be held at the New York Hall of Science Sept.16, 2017 - Feb. 25, 2018. ArtSci seeks compelling, dynamic, and provocative images of original art by artists and scientists that will help create a new public perception of ocean by sharing creative visions of our deep connections to it, the health issues it faces and/or possible solutions, and feelings the ocean inspires in us. Art Juror is Diana Moore, Curator, D&R Greenway Art Galleries, Princeton, NJ. The Science Juror is Dr. John Stegeman, Sr. Scientist & Director, Woods Hole Center of Ocean and Human Health, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, MA. Responding to changes that threaten the ocean’s health, ASCI is asking artists and scientists to help create a new public perception of the ocean by sharing creative visions of our deep connections to it, its health issues and possible solutions. See Guidelines here

And Remember...
June 11: Firehouse Center Playwrights Annual New Works Festival Submission Deadline
June 12: Manifest (Cincinnati), Nude Submission Deadline
June 15: Coastal Arts Guild Artists and Artisans At the Beach Application Deadline
June 15: Center for Book Arts: Advanced Studies Scholarships Application Deadline
June 16: City Lights Gallery, SameSex Exhibit: 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."

JUNE 15 

The Vermont Studio Center is the largest international residency program in the US, hosting more than 50 visual artists and writers each month from across the country and around the world. It was founded by artists in 1984 and its location, situated along the banks of the Gihon River in the historic village of Johnson, Vermont, was chosen with the intention of fostering creativity through community, collaboration, and quiet reflection supported by the unspoiled beauty of the northern Green MountainsEach month, VSC welcomes over 50 artists and writers from across the country around the world to our historic campus in northern Vermont. All residencies include: a private room in modest, shared housing; 24-hour access to a private studio space in one of our 6 medium-specific studio buildings; 3 communal meals per day (plus fresh fruit, coffee/tea/cold beverages, and cereal available around the clock). General applications are accepted year-round with offer three fellowship deadlines per year: Feb. 15, June 15, Oct. 1. Plentiful fellowship offerings but they change at each deadline. Admission is competitive and based on review of portfolio or manuscript. Most residents stay for 1 month; but residencies can be scheduled in 2-week increments ranging from 2 to 12 weeks. Apply here.

The Aaron Siskind Foundation is offering a limited number of Individual Photographer's Fellowship grants of up to $10,000 each, for artists working in photography and photo-based art. Recipients will be determined by a panel of distinguished guest judges on the basis of artistic excellence, accomplishment to date, and the promise of future achievement in the medium in its widest sense. The Foundation seeks to support artists/ photographers who demonstrate a serious commitment to the field, who are professionally active or employed in the field. Still photography regardless of subject matter, genre, or process. The use of the lens must be pivotal. The submission should consist of a mature, coherent body of work. Award funds must be used to further the artist's creative endeavors.The entry fee for this grant is $20. Applications must be submitted through the Slideroom application portal here 

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Visual artists, do you know your rights? What is copyright, and what is the scope of your copyright rights as an artist? What is “fair use,” and how does it affect your ability to use other people’s content in your work? How does an artist navigate agreements with galleries? These questions were answered at A Legal Primer for Visual Artists: Copyright, Fair Use, and Gallery Agreements presented by NYFA Learning. A handy Recap by Judy Cai, Program Officer, NYFA Learning is available on the NYFA website. These are some of the topics covered:
Copyright and Fair Use
What exclusive rights does the copyright owner have?
Is it necessary to register a copyright?
What are the factors to consider in deciding whether use of copyrighted material is fair use?
Consignment Agreements
Artworks are commonly sold on consignment. In New York, once artists deliver the artwork to the gallery, the consignor-consignee relationship is established. The gallery becomes the artist’s agent. A gallery, now deemed an “agent” of the artist, must: properly care for and manage the consigned work, deal fairly and honestly, and avoid self-dealing. Get it in writing. Having a written agreement is beneficial to both parties, as it will prevent misunderstanding, and can be used for future reference. Oral agreements are not advisable. A Consignment agreement is a form of contract. In order to be a binding contract, it must: evidence a “meeting of the minds” between two or more parties (i.e., offer and acceptance). The offer has to be specific enough to be accepted; the acceptance could be performed or confirmed verbally. 
Both sides must exchange something of value, like money, goods, or services. The agreement should explicitly state the artworks are being consigned, not sold. 
Questions to consider
Other Tips
Read the whole Recap here.

Led by artist Sharon Louden, this 4-part webinar series. How to Approach & Engage the Gatekeepers of the Art World  is geared to visual artists needing guidance on how best to approach and communicate with the gatekeepers of the art world: galleries, curators, collectors, museum professionals, and more. The webinar will address the following questions: How does an artist approach a gallery cold? How does an artist communicate with a gallerist, curator, museum professional, etc.? What are the best ways to correspond and to start up a relationship and maintain it? When is the best time to approach the person? How often should an artist be in contact? How does one follow up on an inquiry? What is the proper way to pace a professional conversation? This webinar series will answer these questions and many more by calling upon the personal experiences and advice of many different experts in the art world. The series will also focus on what NOT to do and will address how to improve poor communication skills (and bad behavior) when dealing with the greater art ecosystem of galleries, curators, collectors — basically anyone that can help your professional career! Participants will exercise different approaches to adopt into their own practice to close the gap between artists and gatekeepers.
Part 1: The Correspondence
Monday, June 12, 7-8:30pm
Learn about research, developing a template to work from, language to use in your correspondence.
Part 2: The Approach
Thursday, June 15, 7-8:30pm
Learn the best ways to correspond via email, email marketing services, snail mail and in person; when to do this; and keeping track.
Part 3: Pace & Timing
Monday, June 19, 7-8:30pm EST
Learn how to best time your approach, when to follow-up, and controlling your expectations and reasoning.
Part 4: Maintaining the Relationship
Thursday, June 22, 7-8:30pm EST
How to continue and maintain your new relationships with galleries, curators, collectors and museums.


Creative Arts Workshop (CAW), New Haven seeks an Executive Director/Head of School, an experienced professional who will be the driving force in broadening the visibility, impact, effectiveness and financial stability of CAW. This individual will work with the Board, staff and faculty to define and implement strategies that will enhance programming, boost enrollment, increase fund raising and position CAW as a national model for effective community arts organizations. Develop comprehensive and effective program implementation, administration, and impact. Create annual budgets that are consistent with the long-term financial sustainability and goals of CAW. Ensure that the budget is adequately benchmarked against actual results. Establish and ensure effective fundraising programs and initiatives for corporate, foundation, government and individual donors, including the use of technology and social media. Oversee the development of strategic and long and short range financial plans to ensure the financial success and long-term sustainability of CAW. Supervise the development of competitive and innovative grant applications and continuation proposals. Build strong relationships with individuals and constituencies within CAW, public, media, collaborating agencies, advocates, community partners and other stakeholders. Skills Required: Significant organizational leadership experience; expertise with QuickBooks and Microsoft Office required. A strong ethic of responsibility and accountability for actions and results. Bachelor’s degree in relevant field; MFA or MBA preferred. Experience as an executive director or senior administrator with a proven record of success in leadership and fundraising efforts. Full job description here. Email cover letter describing your interest in the position and a resume to: Application Deadline: June 15, 2017


The I Spot, an established illustrators’ digital directory is moving from Manhattan to South Norwalk and looking for innovative, creative thinker to join our team. The ideal candidate for the sales and social media coordinator must be computer savvy with good communications skills and have proficiency in Photoshop and other imaging software, Excel and Word. Knowledge of Quickbooks a plus. Familiarity with the arts, ideally illustration, photography, or digital media is important. Responsibilities:
- Maintain back-end functionality of Theispot digital illustration directory
- Analyze artist portfolios to provide technical, keyword and aesthetic assistance to subscribing artists to ensure most productive use of imagery. Contact subscribers with improvement suggestions.
- Activate new accounts in Portfolio & Stock sections; track annual renewals on a monthly basis
- Post news items to the site about subscriber jobs and awards; post and circulate same effectively across social media accounts
- Analyze current effectiveness of social media posts and identify improvements
- Construct and deliver promotional emails
- Identify new subscriber possibilities for Portfolio and Stock sections
- Create new identity/awareness program with art schools
- Deliver image files to fulfill Stock licenses
- Maintain email contact list for promotion
- Create weekly invoices and process credit card transactions
Education: Bachelor's degree required. Recent college graduates accepted. Start date: Mid to late June. Full description and application details here.


The Westport Arts Center seeks part-time (20 hrs/week, extended hours in the summer) highly motivated arts enrichment educator and assistant, comfortable teaching students ages 3-17. Applicant must have fine arts degree and teaching experience, with the enthusiasm and flexibility to thrive in an evolving program. As part of a small team, applicant must be a team player, willing to help when needed and comfortable with being highly flexible. The Educator and Assistant will be tasked with assisting the Director of Education upon request, and reports directly to the Director of Education. Their role will encompass both education roles, and office management roles, as directed by their supervisor.
Responsibilities include: Develop lesson plans for specifically assigned classes, while following guidelines of course write-up; teach all arts education programs assigned, both in-house and off-site; lead occasional weekend events, birthday parties, and attend occasional evening events; lead outreach exhibit tours to visiting groups; maintain art studio space (includes cleaning the space, keeping the space and supplies organized, tracking the supply inventory, and refreshing the inventory when necessary by making supply runs); contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed. Please send resume and cover letter to Lillie Fortino, Director of Education:


Westport Country Playhouse seeks a part-time Box Office and Concessions Associate. Box Office duties include: assisting in the day-to-day functions of our Box Office including answering phones, selling subscriptions and tickets to Playhouse productions and events through our ticketing software; assisting with ticket and promotional mailings, and other duties as assigned. Concessions duties include selling food/beverages before shows and during intermission, keeping an accurate inventory and records of daily sales. Concessions staff must maintain high sanitation/hygiene practices and adhere to the concessions dress code. At the end of each shift, concessions staff will reconcile sales and inventory and report sales to the House Manager. Concessions staff will consistently exhibit a high degree of customer service skills and a positive attitude with staff and patrons at all times. The Associate must be able to listen, follow Playhouse policies and guidelines, and work as part of the Marketing team. Experience Needed: Strong background in customer service, exceptional interpersonal skills, strong verbal communication skills, self-motivation, and flexibility to work in a quick-paced and dynamic environment; experience with Tessitura + general knowledge of/interest in live theater is a plus. Nights + weekends (15-25 hrs/week); a positive attitude, strong work ethic and a sense of humor.  Send résumé and cover letter to No phone calls, please.


The Discovery Museum, Bridgeport, seeks an Exhibits Technician who would be responsible for the daily oversight of exhibit elements, ensuring they are maintained to a high level and undertaking repairs when required. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Technician will work closely with other staff towards the fabrication, installation, and maintenance of permanent and temporary exhibits. Responsible for the daily oversight of exhibit elements ensuring they are maintained to a high level, undertaking repairs when required. Must have initiative, a strong customer service ethic, and the ability to analyze situations and troubleshoot problems that produce appropriate solutions. A general working knowledge of accepted museum/gallery standards in regards to exhibit maintenance and construction, use of tools and equipment, and the ability to research, identify, and procure parts and supplies using online computer and printed catalogs and other sources is required. Must be available to work on Saturday or Sunday if an exhibit needs repair. Detailed job description available here.

The Norwalk International Cultural Exchange (NICE) is a non-profit organization that seeks to promote and increase awareness of the diversity of people from around the world through arts and culture. The mission of NICE is to encourage the various groups that make up our society to learn about each other's traditions and customs in order to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of what each group brings to our community. The NICE Festival Series celebrate the rich global heritage and culture so evident in the music, food, art and talent of which we in Norwalk are so proud. The NICE Festival Series host dancers, musicians, food and craft vendors from multiple traditions and customs; and encourage the community to spend the day together. NICE INC supports global and local charitable organizations in their fight against the problems facing the modern world, which as we know, include poverty, hunger, sparse economic and educational opportunities, and slavery. The NICE Festival will need numerous volunteers to make for a successful event for our City of Norwalk. We have put together a program that details our volunteer needs by activity and time slots and created an easy online sign up process for individuals who which to volunteer. Click here to get started

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AMS Planning & Research: Analyst and Project Manager
Ford Foundation: Program Officer
International Festival of Arts & Ideas: Development Manager
Quick Center for the Arts: Events and Sales Manager                                       
Sacred Heart University, Art & Design Adjunct                                                  Wadsworth Atheneum: Donor Relations Manager                                              Waterbury Museum: Executive Assistant to the Director
Westport Arts Center: Administrative Assistant
Westport Country Playhouse: Development Fellow
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OPPORTUNITIES CALENDAR                             
June 11: Firehouse Center Playwrights Annual New Works Festival Submission Deadline
June 12: Manifest (Cincinnati), Nude Submission Deadline
June 15: Coastal Arts Guild Artists and Artisans At the Beach Application Deadline
June 15: Center for Book Arts: Advanced Studies Scholarships Application Deadline
June 16: City Lights Gallery, SameSex Exhibit: Submission Deadline
June 19: Mosesian Center, Forever Young Children's Picture Book Art Exhibit, Deadline
June 21: CT Office of the Arts: Artist Fellowship Application Deadline
June 23: Carving Studio & Sculpture Center, West Rutland, VT: Sculptfest2017 Deadline
June 27: Westport Arts Center, SELECTS: Submission Deadline
June 30: NYFA: Canadian Women Artists' Award Application Deadline

July c6: Studios at MassMOCA: Assets for Artists Residencies Application Deadline
July 15: CT Society of Portrait Artists: Southbury Portrait Festival: Submission Deadline
July 23: Stamford Art Association: Faber Birren Color Award Submission Deadline
July 23: Art & Science Collaborations, Science Inspires Art: Ocean  Submission Delighthhh
July 24: Loft Artists Association: Visual Narratives Submission Deadline
July 30: Connecticut Women Artists: National Open Juried Exhibition Submission Deadline

Aug. 25: Boston Printmakers: 2017 North American Print Biennial Submission Deadline

Nov. 17: 15th Annual Photo Contest Submission Deadline

The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is a 501(c)(3) organization. We are very grateful for the support of our individual and organization members, our individual donors and the following organizations.
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