Subject: Artists Newsletter November 11, 2017

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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 550 individuals and organizations. You can sign up here.
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Interested in how you as an artist, working together with arts nonprofits, town planners, businesses, architects and others can shape your community? Save the dates, Jan. 23-24 for the Cultural Alliance's Creative Placemaking Conference, Shaping Community. With keynote speakers, 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), one day exploring 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. Look for announcements and invitations to a preliminary town meeting in your town.
First in a continuing series
Fairfield County nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and their audiences spent $235.2 million in the County in 2015.

Based today in Stamford, painter and photographer Joyce Grasso was born and raised in Portland, Maine, and then came to Connecticut for college and graduate school. Settling in Fairfield County, she taught art for 35 years in the Stamford and Greenwich Public Schools. She especially enjoyed working at an arts magnet school, leading students in creating more than 75 sets for student dramatic productions. Joyce has studied as a post-graduate at the International enter of Photography, the Museum of Modern Art and Silvermine Arts Guild, and has received several awards for her photography. She has resumed her painting career and has shown at the Bendheim and Flinn Galleries in Greenwich and in many juried shows around Fairfield County. Her work is also included in many private collections in Connecticut, Maine, Pennsylvania, New York and California. She says that she works “to integrate the beauty of the man-made and natural environments into my work, rather than the traditional land or seascape, my paintings create a feeling of place. I believe place allows us to access those special feelings and memories that escape our usual awareness.” Joyce is a member of the Greenwich Art Society, Darien Arts Center, Stamford Art Association, New Canaan Society for the Arts, the Westport Arts Center and the Loft Artists Association.. See Joyce’s website, Facebook page

Laura Pflug is a Fairfield-based abstract painter, who sees herself as a lover of "all things colorful and textured." Laura has been painting for 11 years and has been living in Fairfield County since 2008. Her passion for art was reignited during the years her family lived in London. It was there she began taking art classes at small independent schools and tried a variety of mediums, ultimately landing on acrylics and mixed media. Her method of creating is full of experimentation and freedom. She is still trying new things and finds the challenge of new techniques exciting and fun. Her work reflects her emotional journey through life, and is constantly evolving. She loves new challenges and continues to explore her materials. She finds daily excitement in the fact that the possibilities for creativity are endless, and she is grateful to be able to continue growing as an artist. She adds that she has found that painting is "an avenue into generosity."  By giving much of her work away, she brings a lot of joy to others and, when she does sell a work, she donates the proceeds to charity. She says she has found this very rewarding in using her painting to bring hope and healing to others. See Members News below for details of her first solo show opening at Gallery@Pearl Tues. Nov. 14. See Laura's website here.
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
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
Dana Laird, Painter/Photographer
Joanie Landau, Jewelry designer/ 
Daniel Lanzilotta, Sculptor
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
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
Bridgeport Art Trail City-Wide Open Studios, Nov.10-12, feature member artists Linn Cassetta, Roxanne Faber Savage, Lesley Koenig Fine Art, Brechin Morgan, and Susan Newbold (at the American Fabrics Building)Ina Alisa Anderson, Alicia Cobb, Herm Freeman, Jill Sarver, Marianne R Schmidt, and Lee Walther (at 305 Knowlton Street)Adger Cowans, Vasken Kalayjian, Shanna Melton, Aisha Nailah, and Liz Squillace (at Read's ArtSpace)Patrice Barrett, Carlos Davila, Jane Davila, Barbara Dierolf, David L. Flynn, Carolina Guimarey, Gwen Hendrix, Phyllis Lee, Kristin Merrill, Susan Taylor Murray, Joe Provey, Lauren Rago, Rick Reyes, Rick Shaefer, and Janice Sweetwater (at The NEST Arts Factory); Lucienne Buckner, Christa Forrest, Chris Perry, Diane Pollack, and Tim Reimer (NEST Associates); and Susan Fehlinger, Barbara Loss, Jay Misencik, Kaz Oda, Bronislava Slagle, Lee Walther, and Bruce Williams (at the Black Rock Art Guild)
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County's ARTISTS TALK series continues with three artists who won inclusion in Silvermine's Art of the Northeast earlier this year, who are all NEST artists and have work in the 10x10 show. Please register and come hear Carlos Davila, Lauren Rago and Rick Shaefer speak in their studios about their work. Details and registration here.
Joseph Fucigna and Amy Vensel are two of the artists participating in an Artists Talk, Sat. Nov. 11, 2pm-3:30pm, as part of the fascinating Alignable Angles exhibition, curated by Peter Konsterlie at the University of Bridgeport's Schelfhaudt Gallery. The artists in the show use abstract language and formal structure in unusual ways and revealing unique perspectives .
Carlos Davila, Jen Greely, Yuko Ike, Cynthia Mullins, and Julie O'Connor are five of the fifteen artists showing in the latest Westport Artists Collective Pop-Up Show, opening at the Westport Arts Center, Wed. Nov. 15, 6-8pm and on view through Saturday, November 18. The Pop Up can also be previewed during the day on November 15. Artists Talk at the Westport Arts Center on Sat. Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. The Artists Talk is free and open to the public. Attendees will gain a behind-the-scenes perspective from several of the Pop Up artists, who will discuss their influences, techniques and works.
Ann Chernow is featured in A Story in Stone, which is being shown free to the public at the Silvermine Arts Center Sun. Nov. 12, 3pm. The 30-min. documentary explores the fine-art printing process of stone lithography, focusing on the studio of Bridgeport artist and printmaker James Reed. James opened his shop, Milestone Graphics in 1976 and has produced limited editions for area artists as well as nationally known artists like Ruffino Tamayo, Robert Cottingham, Richard Haas and Ann Chernow. The film is directed by Frank Borres and produced by area artist Dan Makara. 
Heidi Lewis Coleman is showing her acrylic & cut paper piece, Alagaësia at the 13th Annual Festive Home, Ridgefield Guild Of Artists, opening party, Fri. Nov. 17, 6-8pm. Alagaësia (2017, acrylic and cut paper on watercolor paper, 24" x 24") at right, is part of Heidi's Dreamscape series that reflects her interest in and exploration of landscapes inspired by the ancient lands of mythology and cultural lore, whether historical, fictional or fantastical.
Carol Nipomnich Dixon will have 18 of her oil paintings and embroidered collages on view at Images Gallery, 202 Sound Beach Avenue, Old Greenwich, through December, with an Artists’ Reception Fri. Nov. 17, 5-7 p.m. A closeup of her embroidery with Caran “Ache “Sunlit Woods” is pictured to the right. Created this year, it is 13” square framed. It received the Joyce & Bob Jones Award at the 37th Annual Juried Faber Birren National Color Award Show at the Stamford Art Association this past September. Her oil painting, Night Garden, 40” square, created several years ago, is also featured.
Jen Greely has one of her Quiet series of hand-drawn printed knots, based on rope she discovers washed up on beaches or tossed aside along boat docks, in the Westport Pop-Up show. She photographs these found lines, then transforms them into simplified line drawings, printing plates, and silkscreens, which are then incorporated into paintings. At right, Quiet I (2017, encaustic on cradled birch, 12" x 12", click for larger image). Jen says these free-form shapes help her explore concepts of time and place. They often anthropomorphize into human-like forms "surreptitiously caught dancing, embracing, hiding, or fighting." 
Sooo-z Mastropietro is interviewed in the annual review, Peripheral ARTeries Art Review. See Soo-z's interview online herepages 88-99, along with some stunning photography of her work. "Rejecting any conventional classification regarding its style, multimedia artist Sooo-z Mastropietro's work draws viewers in through an unconventional and multilayered experience. In her body of works that we'll be discussing in the following pages, she successfully attempts to trigger the spectator's perceptual parameters..."
Allyson Monson has collaborated with Molly Hirsch Interiors at the 13th Annual Festive Home, Ridgefield Guild Of Artists, opening party, Fri. Nov. 17, 6-8pm. Allyson will be showing, Paint (2017, 60” x 40” detail at right, click for complete image) - a pop of color in the vignette Blurred Lines. This image comes from Allyson’s Blur series and was taken in Las Vegas, NV.
Cynthia Mullins has several of her more-than-floral paintings in the next Westport Artists Collective Pop-Up Show, opening at the Westport Arts Center, Wed. Nov. 15, 6-8pm and on view through Saturday, November 18. At right, detail of Fantasia (2017, oil on board, 24 x 24", click for complete image). This is one of a continuing series of her paintings exploring shape, color and textures within a floral environment.
New member Laura Pflug has her first solo show opening Tues. Nov. 14, 5-7pm, at Gallery@Pearl, the new gallery at the Pearl Restaurant in Longshore Park, Westport. At right is a detail of In the Reeds (2017, acrylic on canvas, 36" x 48", click for larger image), and is acrylic paint. Laura comments that "this piece evolved in a backwards manner. I had so much paint on the canvas, and, as I started lifting it away, the painting took shape. I used a palette knife to get the texture of the reeds in it."
Congratulations toLisa Seidenberg: a poetry film of hers was just selected for the O'Bheal Poetry Film Festival in Cork, Ireland, a juried competition with entries from 39 countries. Her film, I Remember, combines the poem by Anne Sexton with a series of still photos she took on a trip to Portugal. It was chosen from 180 entries. Image at right from the film. Another short film, First They Came, was included in the Nasty Woman Film Festival on Nov. 7 at the Ely Center of Contemporary Art in New Haven.
Jarvis Wilcox was one of the three winners of the Pequot Library's The Story of Art, its 20th Annual Art Show. Jarvis won 3rd place with Tangerine, Peel and Bowl (2017, oil on linen, 12" x 16", detail at right, click for complete image). The jurors were Adrienne Conzelman and Helen Klisser During. Meanwhile Jarvis's solo exhibition at The PequotNature Morte runs through Jan. 27.
Nancy C. Woodwardhas two new works of digital photography on view this Friday and Saturday in Rooms with a View, vignettes of interior design by twelve leading designers, and featuring over thirty artists and specialty vendors, at Southport Congregational Church, Nov. 10-12. The Thick of Things - I and II include The Thick of It (detail at right) and Two Stories (both 2017, digital photography, 30" x 20"). In photographing the natural world, Nancy comments "forms shift into light filled orbs and mystical characters reveal themselves. I begin capturing images and follow the story… sensing that what I am seeing I have known in another time and place."
Compiled List of Artist Member Openings & Events
Click button to right to download events to your ICAL or Google Calendar
Fri. Nov. 10: Arcade Night, Bridgeport Arcade Mall. Opening Party, 5-8:30pm (Cris Dam, Holly Danger, Ruben Marroquin and Liz Squillace)
Fri. Nov. 10: ARTISTS TALK: Carlos Davila, Lauren Rago and Rick Shaefer, The NEST, 6pm.
Nov. 10-12: Bridgeport Art Trail: City-Wide Open Studios
Nov. 10-12: Rooms with a View, Southport Congregational Church, 10am-5pm. (Nancy C. Woodward)
Sat. Nov. 11: Joe Fucigna and Amy Vensel in Artists Talk, Alignable Angles, Schelfhaudt Gallery, 2-3:30pm.
Tues. Nov. 14: Laura Pflug, Gallery@Pearl. Opening Reception, 5-7pm
Wed. Nov. 15: Westport Artists Collective Pop-Up Show, Westport Arts Center. Opening Reception, 6-
8pm (Carlos Davila, Jen Greely, Yuko Ike, Cynthia Mullins, and Julie O'Connor).
Fri. Nov. 17: Festive Home, Ridgefield Guild of Artists. Opening Party, 6-8 (Allyson Monson)
Now that you have read our NEWS...
Check for listings of all EVENTS by our members!


A recent HuffPost op-ed by Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert Lynch highlights partnerships between artists and local governments that have helped promote greater awareness and understanding of community issues, contributing to shifts in thinking and in attitude. ❡ Coming off two conferences in Detroit, Lynch reports on the impact of stories he heard about how arts and culture are shaping dialogue, citing several examples of how artistic imagination has informed, inspired, engaged, and motivated social action. In Detroit, Mayor Mike Duggan hires popular journalist Aaron Foley to be the city’s “chief storyteller,” embedded in, and employed by, city government to counteract the persistent stereotype of a challenged economy and tense race relations. Foley created an online platform called The Neighborhoods, that is helping remodel the city’s narrative, acting as a bridge across more than 200 neighborhoods and communities, validating residents’ stories and perspectives.In Boston, Mayor Martin Walsh created Boston AIR an Artists-in-Residence program, embedding local artists inside city departments to promote creative thinking into the work of municipal departments and planning efforts. Some artists receive stipends to expand their own civic and social practice, collaborating on large-scale projects working with city departments; others are paid to produce quilt and poetry workshops to help women in recovery from drug abuse or video installations taking advantage of unused city space. Boston AIR is invigorating the city’s cultural scene, bringing creativity into the work of the city’s departments, while supporting local artists. When the arts are integrated, often through local arts agencies, with practices of civic engagement and social activism, they can enhance awareness, knowledge, and discourse around issues; shift attitudes; promote effective participation and action; and improve systems and policies that ensure social justice. The arts broaden citizens’ voices, offering a welcoming entry point to those who have not felt power in the civic realm before. They prompt deeper exploration and shift sometimes contentious public debate to a more open and receptive space for listening, expressing, and truly hearing alternative views.
NXNE 2018

Brattleboro Museum and Arts Center (BMAC) Brattleboro, VT, announces its open call for NXNE 2018, a juried exhibit show-casing established, mid-career, and emerging artists producing works on paper. NXNE 2018 is open to artists who live in New England or New York. Eligible media include drawing, painting on paper, collage/ assemblage, cut paper, hand-pulled prints, and digital prints and photography in which the paper plays an important aesthetic role. Submissions must not exceed 108 inches in height. To apply, submit an application form, images, and a non-refundable application fee of $30 by Monday, November 13 at 11:59 p.m. Applications must be submitted online. The juror is Sique Spence, Director, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, NYC. Selections will be announced by Friday, December 8. Check these Frequently Asked Questions or contact Exhibitions Manager or 802-257-0124, ext. 102. Apply here.

The Bruce Museum, along with Sue Brown Gordon, announce that applications are now being accepted from craft artists to participate in the 2018 Outdoor Crafts Festival, hosted by The Bruce Museum and organized by Sue Brown Gordon. The outdoor crafts festival will be held May 19–20, 2018, 10am-5pm, on the grounds of the Bruce Museum. The purpose of the festival is to foster an appreciation of, and increase an interest in, the arts. Applications to show at the Festival are being accepted through November 15. Applications are accepted in contemporary, functional crafts, no fine art. Categories: wood, ceramics, jewelry, fiber, metal, leather, and glass. The primary standard for selection is excellence of work to be exhibited. The festival is strictly juried from digital images. A maximum of 80 exhibitors are selected from the top entrants. No dealers, imports, or reproductions. Click here for application.

Fairfield County Arts Association (FCAA) is a networking group for area artists. Membership includes a presentation by an artist at monthly meetings, a website with postings of artwork by members, plein air sketch outings, and a monthly newsletter. FCCA has issued a call to artists for an exhibition of work by its members to be held at Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton, Jan. 2-25, 2018. A reception will be held Dec. 21, 7-8:30pm. All area artists are invited to enter work. Entrants must complete an application for and bring up to 5 original wall pieces in any media. The annual membership fee is $40. The entry fee for the show is $25 for up to 5 original wall pieces in any media, wired for hanging, framed or painted to the edge, up to 48” in any direction. Must be suitable for public building. At least one piece must be for sale. Price should include a 20% commission fee to Wilton Library and a 20% commission to FCAA.. For full details, and to enter, click here for entry form.  Receiving Dec. 29, 10-4:30pm at Independence Hall. 

The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado, is accepting submissions for its Landscapes exhibition, May 18-June 16, 2018. All capture types, photographic processes and sizes are welcome. All selected artists’ work is exhibited in C4FAP's Main Exhibition Space and in the Online Exhibition, complete with artist website links. C4FAP also provides professional installation images, event Press Release and social media promotions with an audience of 180,000+ international followers. Awards: Juror's Award: $400; Director's Award: $200; Honorable Mentions.  Artists from across the world will be selected by the juror, Allie Haeusslein, Associate Director of Pier 24 Photography in San Francisco who curated the central exhibition at the inaugural edition of Photofairs SF, focusing on contemporary approaches to the Western landscape. Entry Fees: $38 for the first three images ($24, members); additional images, $10. Full details here. Submission details here.
And Remember...
Nov. 15: Heritage Gardens: Commemorations Exhibition Entry Deadline
Nov. 17: 15th Annual Photo Contest Submission Deadline
Nov. 18: Easton Arts Council: Annual Juried Photography Show 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 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.


Sculpture Space, Utica, NY invites sculptors to apply for a two-month residency between February and November 2019. Three to five artists are in residence each month; artists are expected to stay for a full two months. Sculpture Space offers a 5,500 square foot shared studio with specialized equipment in addition to five private studios. The Studio Manager provides ongoing assistance and technical expertise; the Operations Manager and Executive Director are available to assist with any other special requirements. Housing is provided a block away in a newly renovated residence with private bedrooms, washer/dryer, TV, internet, shared living space and kitchen. Artists are responsible for materials, specialized tools and food. Bicycles are provided; transport for materials purchase and other needs is also available. Since 1976, Sculpture Space has helped to support the careers and studio practice of over 550 national and international artists from around the world Accepted artists are selected by a Review Committee and guest juror John Monti, Graduate Professor of Fine Arts at Pratt Institute. Artists are notified late February/early March. Primary criteria for selection are based on the quality, originality and potential of their work and proposed project. Dependent on funding, financial aid may be made availableApplications are accepted through Jan. 15, 2018 at Full details here.
Mon. Nov. 13: 
7-8:30pm $25
Designed Independence: DIY Residencies
Creative entrepreneur Neil Ramsay specializes in creating custom-made residencies. In this webinar, he explores the idea of conceiving and proposing your own, personalized artist residency that stresses the key values that artists specifically bring to the table as creative individuals.
Thurs. Nov. 30
Artists Raising Kids 
Choreographer and father of two, Andrew Simonet leads this course that he wishes he had taken years ago. Based on a national survey and a series of in-depth interviews, the webinar includes principles and tools that help artist parents thrive. Andrew offers a realistic and positive look at the artist parent life. Register

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.

Shakespeare on the Sound (SOS), Connecticut’s premier outdoor theater company, is seeking a Managing Director, who can take on a wide range of strategic and tactical responsibilities. The Artistic Director and the Managing Director together report directly to the board. Responsibilities include: Executive Management: With the board of directors and Artistic Director, ensure that SOS has a long-range strategy which achieves our mission, and toward which we make consistent and timely progress; manage all day-to-day operations of the organization, recruiting and supervising staff to implement all program; maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations; with the Artistic Director, Producer and the Board, create, coordinate and manage organizational calendar for fundraising events & campaigns, etc; develop an annual financial budget for the organization. Development: manage all donor development and fundraising activities; write state and local government, foundation and corporate grants and administrative year-end grants; oversee and help organize special events; and more. Communications: with the Artistic Director, keep the board fully informed on the condition of the company; represent programs and point of view of the organization to agencies, organizations, and the general public; help define the annual organizational & production marketing vision; and more. Board and Community Relations: actively engage the Board in all key decisions and issues; work closely with the local community, civic and town bodies; organize and promote events through the year that enhance community relations, and more. Qualifications: Candidates must be energetic self-starters, strategic thinkers and problem solvers; must possess excellent writing and communication skills; deep experience with fundraising, grant writing and development research; marketing experience; non-profit organization experience, including volunteer board management; Bachelor’s degree or Masters in Business/Non-Profit management a plus or equivalent experience. No full-time office work required, but SOS seeks a passionate advocate for the organization and the arts. The dynamic board is poised to grow under the right leadership. To apply, please send a resume, including two references to Autumn Howard, Shakespeare on the Sound Office Manager, P.O. Box 15, Rowayton, CT 06853, (203)299-1300,

The Norwalk Housing Authority seeks a Media Coordinator and Educator who will cover a handful of tasks on a daily basis: responsible for maintaining media-related attributes of both the Learning Centers and Norwalk Housing Authority, as well as running a weekly Art class teaching students how to create their own video media and educate them in relating media. Essential Functions include: teach knowledge and skills in the Fine Arts; create Art curriculum for students K-12 grade; provide individual and small-group instruction; select and requisition books, instructional materials, tools, instructional aids, and maintain required inventory records; use available technology/ instructional media to enhance students’ learning experiences; organize storage areas and control use of materials, equipment and tools. Maintains Norwalk Housing Authority and Learning Center's  social media sites. Maintains other media-related responsibilities pertaining to Learning Centers and Norwalk Housing Authority (training available) Required Knowledge & Skills include: proficient with both MAC and PC platforms; software knowledge required: InDesign, Illustrator; must have experience with web-based content management systems, video optimization and archival techniques; ability to work with a wide variety of families and children from different backgrounds; ability to express ideas clearly and concisely and to prepare accurate and comprehensive reports as needed; ability to work independently; knowledge of social media maintenance; knowledge of website maintenance. Required Bachelor’s degree; and minimum of two years’ work experience working with children. For more information and to apply, contact Danielle Vinci, Creative Coordinator, NHA: or 203.939.0589

The Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, seeks a Curator of Education. Under the general direction of the Director, the Curator of Education is responsible for the management and delivery of the museum’s education outreach program to Bridgeport middle schools. Program Administration: Program development and delivery of programs and activities; ensures that objectives and goals of program meet the State and National educational standards; manages the budget in cooperation with the Director; prepares written and oral reports for the museum.
Program Coordination; oversees program framework, coordinates internal and external collaborations; development of visual aids and classroom materials (flyers, brochures, etc.); incorporation of HMA collaborations, contracts for partners outlining Museum’s role and school’s obligations; establish program calendar; meet with Director and Program Partners; design and/or purchase of required materials (classroom materials, visual aids, publications, in-house certificates of completion—ongoing/as needed basis; recruit assistants and/or volunteers.
Staff Management: supervises assistants to the Peer Docent Program. Qualifications: Master’s Degree in museum studies or art education; minimum of 3 years experience in art education; excellent writing, speaking, organizational, project management and interpersonal skills; computer literacy including word processing desktop publishing, spreadsheet programs; ust have transportation and be willing to travel. Housatonic Museum of Art 900 Lafayette Blvd Bridgeport, CT 06604. Submit resume:


The Silvermine Arts Center seeks a part-time Jewelry/Metalsmith Instructor. This is a part-time instructor position; class times and days will be confirmed upon hire. All qualified candidates will remain in a talent pool for future consideration. Responsible for all aspects of teaching courses or workshops, including, but not limited to, preparing for the course or workshop, implementing a syllabus and course outline, knowledge of all fabrication equipment, communicating with students, make sure safety rules are followed, set-up of equipment and studio and maintain a clean and safe studio environment. Duties include: teaching introductory and advanced Jewelry/ Metalsmithing and other assigned courses; demonstrate mastery of the course material and facilitate learning and skills acquisition in your course(s) using teaching strategies appropriate to the course; and more. Qualifications include: a strong commitment to Silvermine Arts Center’s mission; strong jewelry/ metalsmithing skills and knowledge of a variety of techniques, approaches and materials are required; classroom management and organizational skills. Required qualifications: candidates are required to possess a BFA or MFA degree; a minimum of three years teaching experience; must be able to provide a portfolio of artwork; and have experience teaching Jewelry and Metalsmithing. For complete job description and application instructions, click here.
 Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available
Aldrich Museum: Head of Marketing
Connecticut Humanities: Executive Director
Connecticut Office of the Arts: Unpaid internships
Downtown Cabaret: Digital Marketing Specialist
Fairfield County Children’s Choir: Part-time Executive Director
Kennedy Center, Maggie Daly Arts Cooperativer Expressive Arts Facilitator/Therapist
Stamford Museum & Nature Center: Curator of Collections & Exhibitions
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Nov. 13: Brattleboro Museum: NXNE 2018 Works on paper Submission Deadline
Nov. 15: Bruce Museum 2018 Outdoor Crafts Festival Submission Deadline
Nov. 15: Heritage Gardens: Commemorations Exhibition Entry Deadline
Nov. 17: 15th Annual Photo Contest Submission Deadline
Nov. 18: Easton Arts Council: Annual Juried Photography Show Submission Deadline
Nov. 28: FCCA: Members Exhibition at Wilton Library: Submission Deadline

Dec. c1: Provincetown Fine Arts Center: Writers Fellowships Application Deadline
Dec. c1: Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, USA International Travel Grants: Application Deadline for 
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Dec. 12: Puffin Foundation: Application Deadline for Music, Photography and Theatre Projects
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