Subject: Artists Newsletter, October 13, 2019

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News and Opportunities for Artists of Fairfield County
October 13, 2019
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is a nonprofit membership service organization that supports its members through unified marketing, capacity building, professional development, and advocacy services. This newsletter is sent to all who request it - but we ask that, if you are not a member, you explore membership benefits and consider joining this community of more than 600 individuals and organizations. See member benefits here. Join here.
Our next monthly radio interview show on WPKN 89.5 FM, Spotlight on Arts & Culture, Mon. Oct. 14, 12pm, will be both a broad and in-depth discussion about Accessibility & Inclusion in the Arts – specifically rooted in issues around arts venues and arts organizations making accommodations for people with disabilities. The discussion is an outgrowth of the ADA Principles and Practice Workshop conducted by Elanah Sherman for the CT Office of the Arts. The discussion on Oct. 14 will include Elanah, Tamara Dimitri from the Office of the Arts and the three guests on the workshop describing their experiences and recommendations as people with disabilities working with arts organizations: Alan Gunzburg, Amy Oestreicher and Jamie Petrone. Tune in Mon. Oct 14, noon
OCT. 29 & 30
Register for a free, two-part evening workshop on Financial Fundamentals for Artists. The Cultural Alliance is partnering with the CT Office of the Arts in offering this workshop, developed with the Community Economic Development Fund (CEDF). The workshop in our region is hosted by the Housatonic Museum of Art and will take place on two evenings, Tues. Oct. 29 and Wed. Oct. 30, 6pm-8:30pm. CEDF's Frederick Welk is the presenter. More information is available here  and below. Registration here.

Susan McHale is a Greenwich native, with more than thirty years of experience as a professional artist. She studied art at Trinity College, Hartford, and figure drawing at the Silvermine School. She has worked with many different mediums over the years; oil, watercolor, acrylic, mixed media and most recently with ceramics. Her ceramic pieces are sculptural vessels, with forms that hopefully bring joy and emotion. They resemble a growing tree or a moving human body, dancing, twisting, speaking with gestures. Reaching out. The clay shapes are pushed outwards and an inner energy comes to life. The color of the outer surface contrasts with the inside lip. More than decorative objects, they can become a pitcher or a flower vase. They are for touching and using.  While neutral whites, tans, grays and blacks dominate the glazes, Susan actually experiments with a lot of earthy tones, irons, golds, copper and brass hues. Some of her pieces are studies in silver with mineral oxides. Form seems to come alive, to speak, and to shape a personality. Each one different, sometimes relating to one another. Individually they have personalities. Susan has been longtime member of the Art Society of Old Greenwich (ASOG), serving as a board member and receiving the John Tatge Memorial Award: Volunteer of the Year 2016 in Feb. 2017. She has shown her work at many local juried shows, including those at Art Society of Old Greenwich, Greenwich Art Society, Greenwich Arts Council Art to the Avenue exhibitions, Carriage Barn Arts Center, and the Stamford Art Association. She had a solo show at Stamford Art Association in 2013 and was in two recent shows at New Haven's Ely Center of Contemporary Arts: "Guns in the Hands of Artist" and "Our Bodies Ourselves." See Susan's website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
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Miggs Burroughs, Joanie Landau, and Barbara Ringer were included in the exhibition Dreams, juried by Juan Ramiro Torres and opening Sat. Oct 12, 6-9pm at the Rene Soto GalleryDreams: everyone has them, but what are they -- stories while sleeping, goals, fantasies? The Rene Soto Gallery called on artists to show their interpretations, and received hundreds of entries. Juror Juan Ramiro Torres narrowed the field to 35 pieces by 22 artists.
Lisa Berger, Paul Berger, Nancy Breakstone, Michael Brennecke, Janine Brown, Kat Evans, Vicki French Smith, Mary Harold, Jennifer Mone Hill, Fruma Markowitz, Susan McHale, Carol Mueller, Erin Nazzaro, Julie O’Connor, Chris Perry, Rachel Peterson, Julliette Tehrani, Kris Toohey, and Nancy C Woodward are all included in the Rowayton Arts Centre's all-media juried exhibition, Autumn, featuring artwork by 83 artists from the area, chosen from over 350 submissions. The show opens with a reception on Sun. Oct. 13, 4-6pm
David Dunlop, Julie O’Connor, Anthony Santomauro, and Norm Siegel are four of the ten artists with work in The Trained Eye: The Art of Railroads & Stations, curated by Gail Ingis and Julyen Norman for the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum (Oct 9-Jan. 5) opening with a reception Thurs Oct. 17, 5:30-7:30pm. The subject of trains and train stations, explored by some of the great artists of the 19th and early 20th centuries, such as Claude Monet, Edward Hopper, and Camille Pissarro, continue to inspire contemporary artists and impact society and the environment.
Nina Bentley, Paul Berger, Lisa Berger, Nancy Breakstone, Miggs Burroughs, Heidi Lewis Coleman, Eugenie Diserio, Kerry Gale Heftman, Ellen Gould, Joyce Grasso, Amy L Kaplan, Karen Kent, Joanie Landau, Dan Makara, Jim Malloy, Julie O'Connor, Diane Pollack, Norm Siegel, Marlene Siff, and Jarvis Wilcox all have work in ART Libris, (Oct 19-27), opening with a preview fundraiser, Oct. 18, 5:30-9pm. Pequot Library's entry into the Art + Text series organized by Art Spaces in Fairfield County Libraries, a consortium of 13 libraries that offer curated visual art exhibitions. Work was selected by Lisa Cooper of Elisa Contemporary Art.
Gayle Gleckler, Ellen Gordon, Steve McGee, Lina Morielli, Dorothy Robertshaw and Jen Williams are all featured in the St Philip Artists' Guild (SPAG)'s Pop-Up Show: Introducing New Members & New Art (Sat. Oct. 19, 6-9pm). This evening of art, live music and libations, including a food truck on site will show the latest works of art from SPAG artists and introduce its newest members.
Suzanne Benton, Trace Burroughs, Louise Cadoux, Frederic Chiu, Alicia Cobb, Jeanine Esposito, Ellen Gordon, Jen Greely, Diane Lowman, Jim Malloy, Amy Oestreicher, Dorothy Robertshaw, Katie Settel, Ruth Kala Ungerer, Lee Walther, Ann Weiner, and Sherri Wolfgang are among the many artists participating in the Fall Immersion Salon, Secrets, at Beechwood Arts & Innovation, Sun. Oct. 20, 2-5pm. Click image at right for larger version.
Toby Michael, Chris Perry, and Karen Vogel are three of the seven artists selected for the Art+Text exhibition opening Fri Oct 25, 6-8pm at the Bruce S. Kershner Gallery in the Fairfield Public Library. Artists will talk about their work at 6:45pm. This exhibition is part of the coordinated series of exhibits, Art+Text, being show by the consortium of 13 libraries, part of Art Spaces in Fairfield County Libraries.
Suzanne Benton is Beechwood Arts & Innovation's Artist-in Residence for October and November. Her Secret Future Works are being featured there throughout the season and her Ireland Secret Future Work, and the Spirit of Hope (the title of her upcoming memoir) will be opened and their messages read for the first time. At the "Secrets" Beechwood   Immersion Salon, (Sun. Oct. 20, 2-5pm), pianist Frederic Chiu will accompany her performance of the biblical Vashti mask tale. Also on that date, Suzanne is presenting a new Beechwood Secret Future Work. By attending, you may insert a secret message into the iconic artwork that will be locked shut until an auspicious future date. Suzanne will be leading a Secret Future Workshop at Beechwood, Sat. Nov. 9, for participants to create their own Secret Work.
Karla Bernstein, fine-art photographer, is pleased to be one of seven photo-based artists whose 'Visual Conversations’ project has been chosen for the Grand   Opening of South Coast Surface Designa new design studio in downtown New Bedford. The project will be shown as part of National Arts Month's ‘Creative Conversations’, taking place across the United States. This will be the second gallery show for this 7 artist project. Join the artists and gallery owner and designer Adrian Burke as they expand the creative conversation on Wed. Oct. 30, 5:30-8:30pm
Tom Berntsen and Gregg Welz, whose in and around exhibition is showing at ArtWorks Gallery on the Green are giving an Artists' Talk Sun. Oct. 13, 2pm. While the archetype and symbol that the labyrinth embodies provides inspiration for the paintings Tom is showing, Gregg has responded to by moving beyond his usual grid to a more circular geometry. Here the two discuss their response to each other's work.
An unusual departure for Nancy Breakstone are the three photographs accepted into the Pequot Library's   ART Libris, (Oct 19-27). She writes:"My inspiration of the intersection of visual arts and written word came from Chaboute’s graphic novel “The Park Bench”.  It’s the story of a park bench and the lives it witnesses told through the author’s black and white drawings.  With the cover showing a bench with a red balloon and the only words being the title, credits and some parts of the actual drawings, personal to each visitor, I turned to the back cover and took those words and put them on my balloons to give the viewer of my photographs a chance to stop and think about what they might mean to the bench."  
Heidi Lewis Coleman will be exhibiting her mixed media piece, Toy Blocks (2016, mixed media in birch panel, 20x20; click image for larger version), in the the Pequot Library's ART Libris, (Oct. 19-27).  This annual Southport tradition was juried by Lisa Cooper of Elisa Contemporary ArtHeidi's piece, Toy Blocks, is part of a body of work which reflects an ongoing exploration into the aesthetics of using language in art. Her mixed media pieces incorporate her own stylized abstract writing.
Photographs from artists Penrhyn and Rod Cook's Vanishing series are on display during Mlima's Tale from October 1 - October 19 in the Westport Country Playhouse's mezzanine lobby (see them before the performance, as there is no intermission!). See the Vanishing series on their website: "African wildlife is vanishing. The reasons are numerous and manifesting themselves as if they were choreographed to occur in unison." Read more...
Eugenie Diserio has a solo show (Oct. 14-Dec. 20, Mon.-Fri. 8am-3pm) at School of the Holy Child in the Tormondsen Family Theatre Lobby. The exhibit titled, "Crystal Matrix" features Phoenix Rising (acrylic, glitter on canvas, 40 x 60, detail at right) and 20 recent paintings on canvas and paper. Eugenie says, "It is an honor for me to show my work at my alma mater, where I developed my passion as an artist. Also, as a guest speaker during Alumnae Reunion Weekend, I am excited to share my journey with the students and inspire them to find their own creative voice." Also, her painting Babel ll (mixed media, 40 x 40") is in the Pequot Library's ART Libris, (Oct 19-27), celebrating the inspiration and intersection of word and image.
Carol Nipomnich Dixon has two works juried into the Ferguson Library's Art and Text Exhibition. Her Embroidered Collage Times Square, 13” square, received an Honorable Mention. Her embroidered assemblage Eyeing Art, a 15 square embroidered collage is also on view. The exhibition runs through Jan. 16, 2020. Carol also has two works at the Art Society of Old Greenwich’s Fall Show at the Greenwich Botanical Center on Bible Street through October 25: Hosta Leaves, an embroidery on felt 13” square framed that shows the white-outlined green leaves emanating from the center; and Floral Color lBurst, a 30” square oil painting of an imaginary flower.
Ellen Gordon recently joined St Philip Artists' Guild (SPAG) and she will be showing some of her new drypoint etchings and watercolors in the SPAG Pop-Up Show: Introducing New Members & New Art on Sat. Oct. 19, 6-9pm. At right a detail of Ellen's Crazytown (2019, drypoint, 11x14) one of a series of three. This was inspired by her Crazy Town mixed media pieces, a break fro her 10-year run of doing figurative collage. Ellen also has two pieces being shown as part of Beechwood's Secrets Salon Sun. Oct. 20, where, as she says, "the subject or subjects clearly have secrets."
Mary Harold had her photograph "Now Serving" (color photograph, processed onto aluminum, 30x20, at right) juried into the Rowayton Arts Centre's all-media juried exhibition, Autumn,  opening with a reception on Sun. Oct. 13, 4-6pmThe photograph is part of a series of artistic store window views with interesting characters walking by. 
Karen Kalkstein is in the two-person ART+Text exhibition at the New Canaan Library with Jane Davila, that opened with a reception and artists talk Thurs. Oct. 10, and runs through Dec. 1. As an artist whose chosen media encompasses almost all – from ceramics, painting, and embroidery, to metal sculpture, and always photography, Karen Kalkstein’s work featured in this exhibition focuses on the natural world. “My art work is about the colors, textures and rhythms of the natural world: birth, growth, death, decay — the earth with its hidden secrets and obvious grandeur.At right, Karen's Forest Breezes (2019, 22x15)
Joanie Landau's Spread Your Wings (Dye Sublimated onto Gloss Aluminum, 24x24, at right) has been juried into the show Dreams, juried by Juan Ramiro Torres and opening Sat. Oct 12, 6-9pm. at the Rene Soto Gallery. This work is part of her “Signs of the Times” series. A recent day in Venice, California revealed affirmations of all kinds. "With every step, stenciled on the concrete were reminders of self-love and self-worth. I took these messages and transposed them on Los Angeles fire hydrants, some of the most delightfully quirky hydrants I've ever seen. The positivity in these statements are a call to dream for the best life possible and a visual reminder to make it happen!" 24 x 24 Dye Sublimated onto Gloss Aluminum.
Dan Makara has a two-frame lenticular creation, EVOLUTION/REVOLUTION (detail at right), that shifts between Charles Darwin & George Washington, in the Pequot Library'ART Libris show (Oct. 19-27).  Dan is also creating a piece, Zen-O-Phobia: Art in the   age of Trump, an on-site assemblage at New Haven's Artspace Alternative Weekend at Yales' West Campus, Nov. 2-3. Combining diverse found objects such as flags, plaster casts, vintage signs, abstract painting, 2 frame lenticular art, dog whistles, and a Zen fountain, the piece, Dan comments, "'pays homage' to 'the achievements' of President Donald J. Trump and is a salute to the enduring spirit and faith of the American People."
Jim Malloy’s acrylic painting Yes Man’s Land has been juried into the Pequot Library's ART Libris show (October 19-27). He also has Dance of the Seven Secrets (acrylic on paper, detail at right)  on show as part of  Beechwood Arts & Innovation's Secrets: The Fall Immersion SalonSun. Oct. 20, 2-5pm. Jim says the piece "intends to evoke a mysterious vibe of hidden secrets dancing in one's imagination." Jim also  has two paintings in Richter Association’s 2019 41st   Annual Fall Juried Show and Sale in Danbury CT.  His Flight of Fancy #1 and Canned Fantasy can be seen from now until October 16th. 
Susan McHale has a solo show, Suspension of Time, birds in flight, at the Greenwich Library, Cos Cob Branch, that opened Oct 5 and runs through Oct 31. The show is of bird mobiles made of ceramic and wood. At right, Suspension of Time. Susan comments that "the process of making a bird mobile is like catching an ephemeral moment. Suspended in time, the hanging flock fly by and seem to continue their journey. This all came about while doing a clay project and making some jewelry. It's my way of combining the two arts with the added pleasure of walking on a beach looking for discarded branches that make the sculpture horizon. That experience can only enhance the idea of the traveling birds."
Toby Michaels is one of the seven artists who have work in the Bruce S. Kershner Gallery's Art+Text exhibition, opening at the Fairfield Library Fri. Oct. 25, 6-8pm. Toby's work includes At A Loss For Words (acrylic and ink, 20x17; detail at right). Toby comments: "As evidenced by the varied artistic interpretations of the exhibition Art & Text, we can see how the meaning of words we use emanates from our own personal lens, our own personal interpretations.  It is a wonder that we understand each other at all!"
Lina Morielli  is another new member of the St Philip Artists' Guild (SPAG) and she will be showing two new paintings and one sculpture at the SPAG Pop-Up Show: Introducing New Members & New Art on Sat. Oct. 19, 6-9pm. At right, Lina's Branded (2019, acrylic on canvas, 24x30) from a series of drawings, paintings and sculptures where, Lina says, "X and O do not mean hugs and kisses."
Julie O'Connor has four photographs featured in the exhibition The Trained Eye - The Art of Railroads & Stations at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum in Norwalk.  The show runs from October 9th - January 5th, 2020, with a reception on Thursday Oct. 17th, 5:30 - 7:30PM.  Also, Julie's 6 Points Over the Hudson (2016, color photograph, 16x20; detail at right, click for complete image) will be on display at the Rowayton Arts Center's Autumn Juried Show, Oct. 13-Nov. 9, opening with a reception Sun. Oct. 13, 4-6pm.
Amy Oestreicher was a storyteller featured in 80 Minutes Around the World Immigration Stories, with a new lineup of storytellers on Oct 12, at Caveat. This month, the series is part of the Speak Up, Rise Up Festival, 4pm at 21 Greenwich Ave, Brooklyn
Chris Perry was one of two co-curators of Freed Formats: the book reconsidered that opened at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists and The Mark Twain Library. For the next 6 months it moved to three other towns, concluding with its opening on September 20 at Five Points Gallery, Torrington. The exhibition closes on Saturday, October 19 with a closing reception and a last chance to both see the work and to meet some of the artists who will be attending. Chris also has work in the Bruce S. Kershner Gallery's Art+Text exhibition, opening at the Fairfield Library Fri. Oct. 25, 6-8pm.
Jay Petrow is not only an abstract painter but also designs gardens that are in themselves abstract pieces of art. Last month Jay and his team at PetrowGardens Landscape Design designed and installed a demonstration pollinator garden at Earthplace in Westport. As part of the Green Corridor Initiative, and with support from the Aspetuck Land Trust and the Westport Woman's Club, the new garden uses almost 2,000 mostly native plants that combine ecological value for pollinators with aesthetic value for people.  "The process of designing these kinds of meadow gardens is very much like how I approach my abstract painting. I think about how colors and textures can be weaved together to create a dynamic composition that keeps the eye moving through the painting or the landscape."
Barbara Ringer has had two photographs accepted in to Dreams, juried by Juan Ramiro Torres, and opening Sat. Oct 12, 6-9pm at the Rene Soto Gallery in Norwalk. At right, her Just a Dream (2019, digital photograph, 16x24, detail at right). Barbara is also showing Cortisol (2018, canvas prints, safety pins, cotton batting, 14x14x3) at the A Show of Heads exhibition at the Limner Gallery in Hudson, NY, opening with a reception Sat. Oct.19, 5-7pm
Dorothy Robertshaw has three pieces included in the St Philip Artists' Guild (SPAG)'s Pop-Up Show: Introducing New Members & New Art, Sat. Oct. 19, 6-9pm. At right, her whimsical piece, Critters. (2019, acrylic alcohol inks and Rapidograph pen, 30 x 48; detail at right). Dorothy also has work in the Fall Immersion Salon, Secrets, at Beechwood Arts & InnovationSun. Oct. 20, 2-5pm.
Anthony Santomauro was invited to create a piece for the exhibition The Trained Eye: The Art of Railroads & Stations, curated by Gail Ingis and Julyen Norman for the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum.  Anthony comments that his subjects are usually emotions and people, and the painting he did, Midnight Express (2019, acrylic on canvas, 20x30, detail at right) conveys a rather mystical moodiness. Anthony says he researched photos of locomotives to find one he could render monochromatically in Payne Gray, "to provoke an ominous, eerie sensation of evil." The show opens with a reception Thurs Oct. 17, 5:30-7:30pm.
Katie Settel, whose exhibition (un)Forgotten opened Oct. 4 at 305 Knowlton Street's Armstrong Gallery through Oct. 18, has been getting national attention (see the latest interview in People Magazine) for this body of work in which she journeys to find her lost brother. The journey took her to the Mansfield Training School, a mental institution on the Storrs Campus, closed in 1993 due to neglect and overcrowding. Her brother was found - one of the lucky ones, but Katie's work is helping to give a much needed voice to those that are still “lost” in the system. Katie will be showing some of the images from this series at Beechwood's Secrets Arts Immersion Salon Sun. Oct. 20, 2-5pm, and will be on hand to speak about the issue in person.
Norm Siegel had his New Lots Local, 1972 (2019, oil on canvas, 36x36; click image for larger version) selected by curators Gail Ingis and Julyen Norman for the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum's exhibit The Trained Eye: The Art of Railroads & Stations  (Oct. 9-Jan. 5), opening with a reception Thurs Oct. 17, 5:30-7:30pm. Norm comments: "It’s a painting that’s been rattling around in my brain and came to the fore when I learned about the “Trained Eye” exhibit, four months ago. I used to be a constant subway rider and observer and shares in the "pain" and boredom of the daily round trip to Manhattan."

Sat. Oct. 12: Dreams, Rene Soto Gallery. Opening Reception, 6-9pm (Nancy Breakstone, Miggs Burroughs and Barbara Ringer)
Sun. Oct. 13: Autumn: All-Media Juried Exhibition, Rowayton Arts Centre. Opening Reception, 4-6pm (Lisa Berger, Paul Berger, Nancy Breakstone, Michael Brennecke, Janine Brown, Kat Evans, Vicki French Smith, Mary Harold, Jennifer Mone Hill, Fruma Markowitz, Susan McHale, Carol Mueller, Erin Nazzaro, Julie O’Connor, Chris Perry, Rachel Peterson, Julliette Tehrani, Kris Toohey, and Nancy C Woodward)
Thurs. Oct. 17: The Trained Eye: The Art of Railroads & Stations, Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum. Opening Reception, 5:30-7:30pm (David Dunlop, Julie O’Connor, Anthony Santomauro, and Norm Siegel).
Fri. Oct. 18: ART Libris, Pequot Library. Opening reception and preview fundraiser, 5:30-9pm (Nina Bentley, Paul Berger, Lisa Berger, Nancy Breakstone, Miggs Burroughs, Heidi Lewis Coleman, Eugenie Diserio, Kerry Gale Heftman, Ellen Gould, Joyce Grasso, Amy L Kaplan, Karen Kent, Joanie Landau, Dan Makara, Jim Malloy, Julie O'Connor, Diane Pollack, Norm Siegel, Marlene Siff, and Jarvis Wilcox).
Sat. Oct. 19: Pop-Up Show: Introducing New Members & New Art St Philip Artists' Guild (SPAG). Opening Reception, 6-9pm. Gayle Gleckler, Ellen Gordon, Steve McGee, Lina Morielli, Dorothy Robertshaw and Jen Williams Gayle Gleckler, Ellen Gordon, Steve McGee, Lina Morielli, Dorothy Robertshaw and Jen Williams
Sun. Oct. 20: Secrets: Fall Immersion SalonBeechwood Arts & Innovation, 2-5pm (Suzanne Benton, Trace Burroughs, Louise Cadoux, Frederic Chiu, Alicia Cobb, Jeanine Esposito, Ellen Gordon, Jen Greely, Diane Lowman, Jim Malloy, Amy Oestreicher, Dorothy Robertshaw, Katie Settel, Ruth Kala Ungerer, Lee Walther, Ann Weiner, and Sherri Wolfgang).
Fri. Oct. 25: Art+Text (Fairfield Library)Bruce S. Kershner Gallery, Fairfield Public Library. Opening Reception, 6-8pm; Artists Talks, 6:45pm (Toby Michael, Chris Perry, Karen Vogel)

The Maritime Parking Garage Gallery has a call for its next exhibition, The Seeds of Peace. The Gallery is seeking works of art that embrace the idea of harmony, tranquility, generosity, calmness, and peaceful feelings: Seeds of Peace, where everything coexists in perfect harmony and freedom. The curator of the exhibition, which will run from December 10th, 2019 to February 29, 2020, is Nadia Martinez. Fee: A non-refundable submission fee of $35 is payable online via PayPal, Credit or Debit. Up to 5 pieces are allowed. Most mediums accepted, with the exception of pedestal sculpture. Works less than 48" wide and less than 84" high properly wired ready to be hung. Uploads should be in JPG files. If work is accepted, artists are responsible for shipping costs to and from the Gallery. Deadline: Nov. 2; notification of acceptance: Nov. 10. Questions? Email the gallery at

The Sedona Arts Center is seeking contemporary women artists representing work that has in some way been influenced by the surrealist movement for the exhibition 31 Women Artists. Twenty-five contemporary women artists will be selected for inclusion in the exhibition based on an application including resume materials and 5 images of current work. Work must be original and created within the last three years.
Surrealist influence appears in abstract expressionism, process art, conceptual art, and various forms of magical realism and visionary art as well as collage, sculpture, assemblage, and painting that relies on evocative juxtaposition of various imagery. This exhibition, timed to overlap with the Sedona Women’s March and Rally in January of 2020 is themed on the empowerment of Women and the diverse heritage of Surrealism. The exhibition will be juried by Dr. Catriona McAra, who has published extensively on the art and literature of Dorothea Tanning and Leonora Carrington with a particular interest in feminist aesthetics and surrealist legacies in contemporary practice. Fee: $30 for upto 5 images. Apply here

The Center for Contemporary Print-making, Norwalk (CCP) has put out a call for entries for its Annual Member's Show: Under the Influence.  CCP Executive Director Kimberly Henrikson writes, explaining the theme of the show: "Throughout our lives, we absorb ideas and experiences and reformulate them into a uniquely personalized view of the world. No two people share the same influences or are impacted by the same events. In this exhibition, I ask you to explore that person or event that has made a significant impact on you or your work and visually represent that through print.
In addition (ah yes!) I would like you to provide a few sentences or a paragraph to accompany the work. It may also include an image if you believe that is important for conveying the information. We will print and display these next to the work on the wall label. This annual exhibition allows us to see a wide range of techniques, images, and interpretations of the same request.
I look forward to pulling back the curtain to get a glimpse at these creative sparks which have propelled you forward in your artmaking."
The show is open only to members. Interested in CCP membership, you can complete the form that is part of the Prospectus. Fee: 
A $20 fee per artist is required to help defray the costs of the exhibition. All works must be for sale. Every effort will be made to sell the exhibited prints, and artists will receive 50% of sales. The following prizes and awards will be made: Best in Show (solo exhibition in the Center’s Lithography Studio to coincide with the 2020 Annual Members’ Exhibition; Second Prize (a half-day with CCP Printer); Honorable Mentions: (one-day studio rental); Binnie Birstein Memorial Scholarship Awards (two awards of $250 each to be put towards a CCP workshop). Awards Juror: Jacob Lewis, President, Pace Prints.

On August 18th 1920, the United States Constitution was amended to declare that the right to vote may not be denied on the basis of sex – a landmark decision that effectively enfranchised millions of women across the nation. One hundred years later, many are preparing to celebrate the passage of the 19th Amendment, and the great strides that American women have taken for themselves in the years since. The Connecticut Women’s Centennial Suffrage Commission is a body dedicated to celebrating this historic milestone in the State of Connecticut and amplifying the stories of the women who made it possible. The Suffrage Commission has a call for a poster design that: will be used as the official Commemorative Centennial Commission Poster; will receive recognition by the Connecticut Secretary of the State and Women’s Centennial Suffrage Commission; will be distributed throughout the state; will be awarded a cash prize of $500; and be recognized in the Connecticut State Register and Manual. Artists are encouraged to incorporate both modern and historic themes and include diverse imagery, as well as the Suffrage Commission’s logo and use of Connecticut-specific imagery, text, or themes. Design messaging is at the artist’s discretion, but is encouraged to communicate the strength of women’s voices, and highlight the importance of diversity. The Commission will be looking for forward-thinking work that acknowledges otherwise little-told narratives of the long and complex Women’s Suffrage Movement. Along with their submission, artists are asked to provide the following information: name, contact information (email, phone number), age, and association with an institution, if any. A concise biography of the artist and commentary on reasoning/ inspiration behind poster design is optional. Artists are expected to be available on Sunday, March 8th, for the unveiling ceremony of the winning design. Submit PNG, JPEG, or PDF files of works 36x24" by Jan. 30, 2020, by email here.
  • Run by WESTAF (Western States Arts Federation) this is a registry of opportunities, as well as an application management system. Registration required.
  • ArtSake: Archive of Calls for Artists, run by the Massachusetts Arts Council
  • "the art world's first and most accessed resource of its kind"
  • The Calls for Artists (can be indexed by state and deadline)
  • Scoop.It: Public Art RFPs and RFQs
  • NYFA Opportunities: Calls, Residencies and other opportunities. Can be indexed by date, location and type
  • NEW: No Film School recently released its list of opportunities for documentary, narrative, screenwriting, and new media projects with Fall 2019 deadlines
  • Poets & Writers - the most trusted resource for legitimate writing contests grants and awards available anywhere. See the P&W Grants Database

The Wave Pool Art Space Is Your Space Program awards sponsored residencies to local, national, and international artists interested in engaging Cincinnati with their artistic practice. Residencies of 2-6 weeks include flexible live/work studio space, a month long exhibition in our gallery (when appropriate), opportunities for artistic community engagement and programming, and a $1500 stipend for the project (which includes living/travel expenses). Residents become part of the dynamic artistic community of Cincinnati, Ohio, and are asked to engage the community in at least one public workshop, program, or performance during their stay. Successful proposals are projects that collaborate with the community, utilizing a social practice methodology that makes the place and the people who are here integral to the project. Projects are to be artist developed and in line with their work. The program emphasizes two-way engagement, offering exceptional arts experiences to Wave Pool’s local community as well as unique benefits and exhibition opportunities to the artists in residence. To Apply: email the following in one zipped folder
● Resume or curriculum vitae
● A completed Proposal Form
● Up to 15 images of recent work or up to 20 minutes of video and/or audio.*
● $15 processing fee receipt (please send this fee via paypal button on website).

The Puffin Foundation is accepting proposals for its 2020 grant cycle. The Puffin Foundation Ltd. seeks to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to artists and art organizations who are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender, or social philosophy. For the upcoming 2020 cycle they will accept proposals in Music, Photography, & Theater. The Foundation does not have the means to fund large film/documentary proposals, grants for travel, continuing education, or the writing or publishing of books. Average grants are approximately $1,250. The maximum grant size is $2,500. Please note that organizations with an annual budget of more than $500,000 and any project whose total budget exceeds $250,000 are not eligible for funding. Application forms are not available electronically, but can be requested by sending a SASE (#10 business letter sized, self-addressed stamped envelope) to the address below beginning in September 2019. Requests for application forms must be received by December 15, 2019. Completed applications for the 2020 cycle will be accepted from September 1st until the deadline of December 30, 2019 postmarked by midnight. Applications postmarked after this date will not be reviewed. For more information, click here.


Common Field is a national network of independent visual arts organizations and organizers that connects, supports, and advocates for the artist-centered field. The Common Field Convening brings together over 500 visual arts organizers for a four-day gathering to share resources, ideas, and methods for artist-centered spaces, projects and practices. The Convening is a place for practical and social exchanges exploring the current state of the artist-centered field. Common Field seeks proposals for workshops, conversations, panels, and other forms that facilitate value-driven discussions as well as tool and skill sharing. The goal of the Convening is to develop local and national peer connectivity, build knowledge from the field, and create a growing set of resources to share broadly. The Convening connects and incorporates the interests, themes, and issues of the national Common Field Network with the issues, contexts, and conditions specific to the host location. This Open Call for Proposals is free and open to all members of the Common Field Network. All current members (organizations and organizers) are eligible to apply. To learn more about how to join, visit Scholarships are simple to request and available to offset the cost of membership. Be sure to request a scholarship at least 10 days before the deadline so we can accommodate your request. Download pdf of application.
OCTOBER 29 & 30

A free, two-part evening workshop on Financial Fundamentals for Artists is being offered by thConnecticut Office of the Arts as part of its Arts & Economic Impact Professional Development series of workshops developed with the Community Economic Development Fund (CEDF)The workshop in our region is hosted by the Housatonic Museum of Art and will take place on two evenings, Tues. Oct. 29 and Wed. Oct. 30, 6pm-8:30pm (networking at 6pm; program from 6:30pm). The presenter is Frederick Welka CEDF business advisor who serves as director of education and communications and who spent more than 30 years in specialty retailing and franchise development, operating his own company for 23 years. As he puts it, the path to sustainability involves assembling essential business knowledge and applying the principles when making decisions that impact the work and your livelihood. This two-part introduction lays the groundwork for understanding small business financial fundamentals so you can temper decisions with a balanced eye toward the long term. Whether you are a visual artist, performer or educator hoping to make your passion pay the bills, the truth is you need the same knowledge as the owner of any small business. More information is available here. Registration here.

The Bruce Museum seeks a FT Registrar to oversee the proper care, handling, storage (on- and off-site), security, environment, packing, shipping, and insurance of all permanent collection and temporary (loan) objects. Registrar reports to the Executive Director and supervises the Collections Manager. Record keeping includes records of temporary custody receipts, letters of acceptance/refusal, accession/deaccession files, certificates of insurance, condition reports, exhibition contracts, other documents and information related to permanent collection and incoming/outgoing loans. Registrar maintains Museum exhibition files, ISBN information, publication rights, image archives, and prepares packing, shipping, and insurance budgets for exhibitions. Registrar responds to public inquiries about the permanent collection. Reviews/updates Museum’s facility report and Collection Management Policy and oversees collections management database: Proficio by Re: Discovery. Requirements: Extensive knowledge of museum/collection techniques relevant to storage, conservation, handling, materials, record development, management, ethics, maintenance. Knowledge of legal issues regarding acquisition, possession, deaccession of cultural items. Excellent verbal, written skills, meticulous, well-organized, collegial, flexible, diplomatic. Able to manage time and multiple priorities. Bachelor’s Degree in Art History and a Master’s in a discipline related to museum studies, arts management and/or museum collections. Three to five years previous experience with evidence of responsibility in collections care, knowledge of current museum standards and practices. Additional years and a demonstrated track record may be acceptable alternatives to a higher degree. Apply with cover letter and resume to

The Aldrich Museum seeks a part-time Visitor Experience Coordinator (VEC) who is responsible for the public face of the Museum by managing the front desk, supervising the visitor experience staff, and building relationships with the Museum visitors. This role primarily functions in communicating the Museum’s programs and activities to the public, promoting excellent customer service in the Museum, and serves as a liaison between visitors and all departments in the Museum. In addition, the VEC is responsible for all details related to the public face of the Museum during their shift, and is charged with leading the Museum Attendants to ensure that all works of art are working properly, that all of the Museum’s spaces are clean, and dealing with any other issue that may arise. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: actively greet the public and provide a warm welcome and orientation to the Museum and current programs; sell general admission and public program tickets; grow Museum membership through signing up new members, processing renewals, and providing general member support; process all on-site Store retail sales; record and track Museum, event, and program attendance. Handle cash and distribute complimentary tickets in accordance with Museum policies and procedure; answer phone calls and respond to voicemails at the front desk; prepare daily reports of Museum activity for Department Heads; ensure that all public Museum areas are kept tidy and clean and have updated information and collateral materials; with the Director of Education, identify, hire, train and supervise Museum Attendants; facilitate understanding of safety procedures, along with deep knowledge of current exhibitions and Museum’s history; with Director of Education, convene quarterly (or as-needed) meetings with Museum Attendants to review exhibition content, new policies and procedures, and visitor services best practices; create and maintain the monthly Visitor Services staff schedule and review and approve time sheets; open and close the Museum each day; provide school group and evening event support as needed. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume in a single pdf to with subject line: Visitor Experience Coordinator Application. Qualified candidates will be contacted. No phones calls please.

The Theatre Program at the Darien Arts Center is seeking teaching artists with experience in Directing and/or Improv and/or Early Childhood Education. Experience with theatre education is preferred, but experience working with children is a must. Darien Arts Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating, promoting and providing the means of artistic expression in dance, music, visual arts and theatre for members of the community of all ages. Our educational theatre elementary school classes impart team building, public speaking and listening skills. Middle school students are challenged to take ownership of their responsibilities by participating in ensemble-based programming. High school students are offered programs focused on building technique, understanding roles within a theatre company and strengthening their ability as performers and ensemble members. All teaching artists must adhere to the class schedule agreed upon, communicate weekly with the Theatre Program Director, provide own transportation and provide 2 references. If interested, please send your cover letter, resume and one sample lesson to

INTEMPO seeks a Choir Director & Guitar/Percussion Instructor.  Job Responsibilities: To lead three levels of children’s choir in a large group setting and incorporate percussion elements during weekly rehearsals (October-May). To teach beginner and intermediate guitar classes to a group setting at a Title 1 school (24 weeks, November-May): Wednesdays, 4:30-7:00pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30-5pm; Cross-cultural repertoire and programming for Spring 2020 symphonic concert and more. Valuable professional development is offered through a partnership with Carnegie Hall PlayUSA program. This is a contractual position with a stipend of between $45.00 and $65.00/hour. Education Required: Bachelor's Degree. Experience: 2 years of teaching experience (Minimum) Education/Skills: Bachelor of Music in voice, piano and/or guitar/percussion (or Music Education). Bilingual experience would be a plus. Experience working at inner-city schools would also be a plus. To apply: please send a cover letter and resume to with subject line: "Choir/Guitar Instructor Candidate." No phones calls please

Greenwich Historical Society: Curator of Exhibitions and Collections
Silvermine Arts Center: Gallery Assistant
Oct. 15: Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival: Poetry & Very Short Fiction Deadlines
Oct. 15: Lighthouse Works, Fishers Island: Residency Fellowships for Artists & Writers Deadline
Oct. 16: A Blade of Grass Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art: Application Deadline
Oct. 23: Ridgefield Guild of Artists: 2-1-2 Submission Deadline
Oct. 28: Stamford Museum & Nature Center: Holiday Market Submission Deadline
Oct. 28: The Common Field Convening, Session Proposals Deadline
Oct 29-30: Free Professional Development Workshop: Financial Fundamentals for Artists

Nov. c1: Stratford Library: Art & Text Submission Deadline
Nov. c2: The Maritime Parking Garage Gallery, Seeds of Peace Submission Deadline
Nov. c2: The Wave Pool Art Space Is Your Space Submission Deadline
Nov. c4: Carriage Barn Arts Center: Capturing New Canaan
Nov. c4: Picture That/Thompson Hospitality: Sustainability Submission Deadline
Nov. 11: Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie: Photowork: Beyond20/20 Submission Deadline
Nov. 12: NEFA: Public Art Learning Fund: Application Deadline
Nov. 11-15: Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Under the Influence: Receiving
Nov. 15: NEFA: Sedona Arts Center, 31 Women Artists: Submission Deadline

Dec. 15: John Lennon Songwriting Contest Application Deadline
Dec. 30: The Puffin Foundation: Music, Photography and Theater Projects Application Deadline
Dec. 31:  Iconic Norwalk: Submission Deadline   

Jan. 30: Women Vote Poster Contest Application Deadline

Savor City: Bridgeport Artists and Musicians Needed.
Gottlieb Foundation: Emergency Grant Program (painters, printmakers, and sculptors)
ioby/ArtPlace America: Artists Lead!: creative placemaking crowdfunding plus
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