Subject: Artists Newsletter October 14, 2017 - PART TWO

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News and Opportunities for Artists of Fairfield County, CT
OCTOBER 14, 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 550 individuals and organizations. You can sign up here.
● Sholeh Janati has a solo show, Nature in Abstract at X.PO.ZUR Gallery in Westport, Oct 15-Nov 10 with a closing reception Nov. 10
Nancy Moore should have been included in the list of artists participating in our Designers Celebrate the Arts event, Thurs. Oct 26. Our apologies to Nancy for the omission.
 Ruth Ungerer's piece, Ephemeral Me, was juried into The Story of ArtPequot Library's 20th Annual Art Show through Oct. 22. A lithograph drawn on stone with liquid touche, Ruth writes: "The smooth surface of the ancient limestone seemed an apt medium on which to draw an image of a woman deep in thought, somewhat sheltered in the mist and slender grass foliage of a forest. The work is meant to inspire reflection and calm, yet provoke empathy from the viewer likely to discern the depression that envelops the figure."

The Ridgefield Guild of Artists (RGOA) is seeking crafters for consignment for its 13th Annual Festive Home. If you are a crafter who makes anything from ceramics, textile items, jewelry items, holiday items, you name it, RGOA would be interested in seeing your wares. Now accepting digital submissions through October 15, 2017. Please send inquiries and submissions to Rhonda Gentry:
The commission for this event is a 70/30 Artist/Guild split. This is a juried process.


Bridgeport Art Trail invites all artists to submit 4x6" postcard art to support this year's Art Trail. All art must be exactly 4"x6", horizontal or vertical, no more than 1/4" thick and original. Any medium is accepted, as long as the work is no more than 1/4" thick. Artist & Craftsman Supply downtown has a suitable assortment of substrates that are ready to work on at great prices. Finished work will be packaged in clear sleeves and hung by Velcro dots onto temporary walls, for visitors to buy. Art postcards will be for sale for $30 starting at the artists' kick-off party at Read's ArtSpace on Thursday, Nov 9 and will then move to City Lights. Include a card with your contact information. Art postcards due by October 15 (although later this week is acceptable) and can be turned in at Artist & Craftsman, American Fabrics Arts, 305 Knowlton, City Lights Gallery, or the NEST Arts Factory. Ask your questions here.
10 x 10 

All artists are invited to take part in the annual NEST Arts Factory fundraising exhibit, 10 x 10, this November. All artwork will be sold for $100, with $50 going to the NEST and $50 going to the artist. All artwork must be exactly 10" x 10" square and no more than 2" deep. Work must be finished and ready to hang. If framed, the frame must be 10" x 10" square. All artwork must be original (no reproductions), but any medium is acceptable. The exhibit opens during the city-wide Bridgeport Art Trail and work will be sold, cash and carry, and then replaced during the show. The proceeds from this annual fundraiser will go toward operating costs for the Gallery and upgrades to support the NEST and its community spaces, which are available for public use. Artwork for the 10 x 10 exhibit must be dropped off on Saturday, November 4 from 1-4 pm. There is no entry fee and entries are limited to 3 per artist. Local art supply store Artist & Craftsman Supply stocks 10” x 10” canvas and panel boards, and both Artist & Craftsman and IKEA sell 10” square frames, at reasonable prices. Complete entry form here.

Spectrum Gallery in Centerbrook announces a Call for Artists for its Holiday exhibition, Winter! Its Beauty and Secrets. The exhibit runs November 17 – January 14 with an Open Reception, Friday, November 17 (6:30-9pm). The show will feature drawings, prints, representational and abstract paintings on paper or canvas, and sculptures that explore views of the winter season as experienced in all geographies. We are looking for artists who consider the following: How people spend time this season; how are harsh conditions are dealt with or the season’s beauty experienced; how nature survives and thrives! Thinking and expressing these ideas “outside of the box” is welcome! Submit your entries online here or 3-4 high resolution jpegs of your work with titles, medium, dimensions and date created directly to this email:


The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival is an annual event that brings more than 130 authors, actors, and musicians to New Orleans for a five-day event to honor the creative genius of Tennessee Williams, who considered New Orleans his spiritual home. The Festival nurtures up-and-coming literary and theatrical talent through contests and readings, which bring in more than 1,700 poems, short stories, and one-act plays a year. The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival One-Act Play Contest is currently accepting entries. The Grand Prize is a cash award of  $1,500, VIP All-Access Festival pass ($600 value) and publication in Bayou Magazine.  The top nine finalists will receive a panel pass to the Festival. The juror is Lisa D'Amour. Plays must not have been previously produced, published, performed, or patronized in any way, including in a formal staged reading.  Work-shopped readings are accepted provided that the audience was limited to participants of that workshop. Plays that have won or placed in any other playwriting contest are ineligible. All entries are considered for publication in a future Festival anthology. Simultaneous submissions accepted; please notify the Festival if your play is accepted elsewhere. The playwright’s name should not appear anywhere in the script. Plays should run no more than one hour in length (one act). Please do not include professional resumes or biographies with your entry. Entries are judged anonymously; the judges only consider manuscript quality. Multiple entries allowed. Play content is NOT limited to Tennessee Williams or New Orleans-related themes.  Apply here.

Heritage Museums and Gardens, Sandwich, MA, announces a Call for Artists for COMMEMORATIONS: An outdoor art installation May 20 – October 8, 2018. Artists are invited to submit designs for outdoor art that pays tribute to a hero, a role model, a fellow human being, or a moment in time. What is the purpose of public commemoration? Whose history do public monuments celebrate? We seek artworks that explore these questions and inspire dialogue. As the largest public garden in southern New England, Heritage averages 132,000 visitors a year. No limitations in scale, media, or materials. Any durable materials may be used. Artists are encouraged to consider time-based pieces such as sound and video. The piece must withstand a full season’s visitation in Cape Cod’s summer climate. Artists may employ interactivity, garden views, and sensory elements to enhance visitors’ engagement with their installations. Each piece should challenge visitors to consider history, art, and public monuments in new ways. Ten pieces will be selected by a jury panel in November. Artists whose work is chosen for exhibit will receive a stipend of $300.  Installation is the weekend of May 19 and 20, 2018 during a public event called “Artists in Action.” Participating artists are expected to be present. The exhibition closes October 8, 2018. Artists should be prepared to deliver the piece to Heritage and install it with their own tools and minimal assistance from Heritage during the assigned time period in May as well as dismantle the piece in October 2018. Submit your application here.
And Remember...
Oct. 20: Penn State, Abington College: Immigration Now: Submission Deadline EXTENDED
Nov. c1: New Canaan Library: Artist in Residence Program Application Deadline
Nov. 10: Land Art Generator Initiative Willimantic Project: RFQ Submissions due
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.


The Summer Artist In Residence (SAIR) at Artspace, Raleigh NC, provides an artist with a month-long studio opportunity and $2,000 stipend (paid at the end of the residency, artists are also compensated for their teaching time.) to work on a project of his/her choice and to interact with the public and the artist community. It is also an opportunity for an artist to exhibit the work she/he creates immediately following the residency. During the residency period, the artist teaches two classes or workshops in conjunction with the Artspace Summer Arts Program (ASAP), and presents a general lecture or demonstration about his/her own work or a related topic. Artspace will work with the artist to find adequate housing for the residency period. Eligibility: The Summer Artist Residency is available to established, dedicated, working artists. Artists must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents over 18 years of age. Artists working in most mediums will be considered. Artists working with toxic materials, hazardous machinery, etc. will not be considered due to limitations within the building. Oil painting is permitted. Artists must not be currently enrolled in an institutional program of study, including instructional museum programs. Artists must be ready to enjoy working in an open studio setting where the public is able to interact with the artist during public hours. Artists must work in the studio a minimum of 20 hours per week during public hours. Submitting Artists must be experienced in art instruction – preferably with adults and children (ages 8+). Submitting Artists must be prepared to exhibit artwork created during their residency, in addition to and/or of the same caliber as the artwork submitted for application. For further information and application process click here.

Established in 2014 and based at Abject Gallery in Bamburgh House, Newcastle, The Experimental Studio is a paid residency and exhibition programme for artists of any area of practice. The residencies allow contemporary artists of any field to benefit from working in a concentrated time-period, supported by a communal environment: the ongoing exhibition and events programme in the gallery and the opportunity to interact with other artists in Bamburgh House: 8 floors of studio-based artists, groups, and organisations, each home to a variety of creative practitioners.The Experimental Studio encourages applications for the fifth round residency which invites responses to The Great Exhibition of the North which will reveal to the world how the North of England’s great art and culture, design and innovation has shaped all our lives and is building the economy of tomorrow. By attracting visitors from near and far, it will transform global perceptions of Northern England and showcase the opportunities and possibilities available to all. This residency is not restricted to artists from the North of England, and is open internationally to artists in any field of practice. This is a non-residential opportunity and any required accommodation must be arranged by the artist. Residency includes: artists’ bursary of £2000; 4-week use of Abject 2 Gallery for residency studio space; exhibition in Abject 2 Gallery at the time of The Great Exhibition of The North (July/August 2018); use of facilities and equipment in Bamburgh House; opportunity to work among and exhibit along with other contemporary artists. Assessment criteria include: concept and project potential; fitting with the concept of The Great Exhibition of the North; relevant experience of artist; possibility of completing proposal within the required time-frame. Applications are accepted only through CuratorSpace. Any questions should be submitted to

Ever get into some legal bind and wonder where you might get some expert advice? Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA) was set up in 1969 with that scenario in mind. VLA is the pioneer in arts-related legal aid and educational programs about the legal and business issues that affect artists and arts organizations. It provides pro bono arts-related legal representation and education to low-income artists and nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. VLA does what it can to ensure that artists and their organizations understand certain legal and business matters to protect themselves and their work. It offers legal counseling, educational programs, advocacy, and alternative dispute resolution. While once there was a VLA-CT, VLA-NY now services CT and NJ artists and organizations - although please note that assistance to Connecticut artists and arts organizations is subject to attorney availability. Over 11,000 artists used VLA legal services last year. Among many others, services include: the Art Law Line, where artists can speak to VLA about their legal issues and schedule an in-house consultation with a staff attorney. After that initial consultation, artists are checked to determine whether they qualify for further services under VLA's income guidelines. Once approved, artists may then be placed with a volunteer attorney - usually within 6 to 12 weeks. Staff attorneys meet with every applicant eligible for in-house or pro bono referral services, except where there are case conflicts. Typically, they offer four consultations each business day. 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.
Artsy reports on People of Craft a new online directory of creative professionals of color—from artists to writers, entrepreneurs to creative directors developed by Amélie Lamont and Timothy Goodman to combat the lack of diversity in creative fields.  “As a person of color, I find that we often get placed into boxes. These boxes end up defining how people think of us,” Lamont writes. “My hope is that with this directory, we can start acknowledging that people of color also have the capacity to be multidimensional creatives worthy of the same attention their white peers receive, [without] relegating them only to a checkbox of ethnicity,” she continued. People of Craft joins other internet databases, like Women Who Draw, Women Photograph, Queer Cartoonists, and Cartoonists of Color, which are encouraging inclusivity and intersectionality across creative fields. Currently, People of Craft includes over 300 professionals of color. Each person is represented by a thumbnail image to represent themselves or their work, alongside their name, creative focus, and links to personal websites and Instagram accounts. Users of the site can refine their searches by specific professional categories: designers, illustrators, artists, letterers, creative directors, photographers, entrepreneurs, writers, managers, and developers. Goodman and Lamont emphasize their belief that the project will expand, both in the number of creatives listed on the site, and the overarching scope. They expect People of Craft’s original database of 300 to double by the end of October. Read More...

Mendola Artists/Rappart (South Norwalk) represent approximately 100 illustrators who work in a wide range of styles and mediums: traditional painters and digital artists; photographers and paper sculptors; 3-D animators and logo designers. Our clients include toy manufacturers ad agencies, book and magazine publishers, websites, pharmaceutical companies, small business and sports organizations, among others. Mendola seeks an innovative and creative thinker to join the team. The ideal candidate must be computer savvy with strong writing and communications skills. Responsibilities: Managing social media sites in order to maximize agency outreach; assisting sales agents with design and delivery of promotional materials; office duties including handling multi-line phone system, invoicing, collections and monthly sales reports. Required Qualifications:
Knowledge of Windows and Mac OS; Photoshop, MS Office; familiar with all major social media sites; basic Knowledge of Quickbooks Pro is a plus; excellent written and verbal Skills. Education: Bachelor's degree required. Recent college graduates accepted. Start date: October 16, 2017; Salary: $32,000 - $35,000/year. For more information, click here. Application Instructions: please submit resume and cover letter via email to Nancy Moore:


The Studio Ballet School, Norwalk, the training facility for the Ballet Etudes Company, seeks a full-time Administrator with the following responsibilities: Marketing & Advertising:  Manage and maintain school/company website/calendar using SquareSpace platform; create all marketing and advertising materials for school and company performances; knowledge of InDesign, Photoshop, video & photo editing preferred; explore and propose new marketing strategies and tactics for school and company growth. Administrative Assistance: School registrations and family/student troubleshooting; system organization - formatting forms and reevaluating systems as they best serve the school and company; general email and phone correspondence. Communications  Create and maintain Constant Contact database and use as main marketing tool for in-house communications and announce-ments; liase with vendors, parents, faculty, crew/independent contractors; manage and coordinate calendar of availability, contract and payments with current and prospective renters; responsible for all press materials created and distributed for performances to print and digital outlets. Operations & Producing: Keep calendar and production schedule; maintain communications with stage crew, theater staff and ensure all contractual obligations are upheld; general support and front of house coordination for all performances; facility support where needed in the school space/ trouble shoot technological difficulties; assist and support Director on administrative, communication and technological matters. This position works alongside another full time employee and the Director. Email cover letter to with resume and subject heading: "Arts Administration Position." Interviews will take place on a rolling basis. The deadline for applications is Friday, December 1.
 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
Stamford Museum & Nature Center: Curator of Collections & Exhibitions
Westport Country Playhouse: P/T Box Office and Concessions Associate
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Oct. 15: Postcard art to support Bridgeport Art Trail (late submissions accepted all week)
Oct. 15: Ridgefield Guild of Artists: Festive Home Submissions
Oct. 15: Fountain St Gallery, Boston: Space Invaders Submissions Due
Oct. 20: National Parks Arts Foundation: Haleakala Artist Residency Submission Deadline
Oct. 20: Penn State, Abington College: Immigration Now: Submission Deadline EXTENDED
Oct. 23: Artspace North Carolina, Summer Artists in Residence Program Application Deadline
Oct. 28: Music for Youth Marianne Liberatore Scholarship Application Deadline
Oct. 31: Experimental Studio Residencies, Newcastle, UK: Application Deadline

Nov. c1: New Canaan Library: Artist in Residence Program Application Deadline
Nov. c1: Norwalk Library: Building Your Business As An Artist
Nov. c4: 10x10 NEST Fundraising Exhibit Submissions Deadline
Nov. 6-10: Spectrum Gallery, Centerbrook: Winter! Submissions Due
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

Dec. c1: Provincetown Fine Arts Center: Writers Fellowships Application Deadline
Dec. c1: Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, USA International Travel Grants: Application Deadline for 
             projects taking place March 15, 2018 and March 14, 2019.
Dec. 12: Puffin Foundation: Application Deadline for Music, Photography and Theatre Projects

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