Subject: Artists Newsletter September 20 2017 - PART TWO

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News and Opportunities for Artists of Fairfield County, CT
SEPTEMBER 20, 2017
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Susan Taylor Murray had her Little Galaxies  (2017, mixed media on hardboard with finished sides, a series of six, 6x6", click on image at right for larger view) juried into the 37th Annual Faber Birren National Color Award Show, organized by the Stamford Arts AssociationAfter a lengthy preparation of the surface, Susan says she applies suspensions and dispersion pigments, paints, acrylics and water. With a torch, she then fires these elements until they fight with each other and create the most beautiful, one of a kind, counteractions.

The Rowayton Arts Center has issued a Call to Artists for its annual EXPRESSIONS show, opening Sun. Oct. 1 and running through Oct.29. This is a juried show and an open call to all artists in all media. Artists may submit up to two works. Fees: $20/1; $35/2 (Non-Members: $25/1; $45/2; Cash or check). There will be one prize: The Mavis Fenner Award - $250 for Best in Show. Receiving is on Mon. Sept. 25, 4-7pm, and Tues. Sept. 26, 11am-2pm. The juror is the painter, Rosemary Fenner. Prospectus available here.


The Easton Arts Council has issued a call for entries for its Annual Juried
Photography Exhibition, opening Sun. Dec. 3, 7-10pm. The exhibition is open to all photographers (Easton residency not required) and the theme is the celebration of Easton’s Rural and Scenic Beauty. The fee is $10 per entry, with a limit of two entries per photographerReceiving is on Saturday November 18, 2017, 10 am-1pmat the Easton Public Library Conference Room691 Morehouse Road, Easton. Cash and/or purchase awards will be given in both age groups: Adults (over 18) and 18 or under. For more information, call: 203-261-3477 or 203-220-9045.

Six Summit Gallery has an open call to installation, interactive and decorative artists, sculptors, photographers, painters for large work that relates directly or indirectly to the world of fashion. The venue is the new Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills (9876 Wilshire Blvd). The venue is large and the organizers are encouraging very large entries: "no size limit if it can fit on your easel" and the organizers may be able to provide some easels. There will be more than 20 acclaimed designers during four full days of runway shows, upto 15 fashion shows and an exclusive closing gala in this "revolutionary bi-coastal fashion platform." Several thousand are expected to attend. This show is open to all artists regardless of place of residence however you must deliver in person. All work will be judged by email entry; email submissions only Write your name (as it appears on your credit card) on the Subject line of email (example: Subject: Fashion Submission: Jane G Doe). Files must be in .jpg format, 300 dpi, max 900 pixels in any dimension. File name should correspond to the title of the piece: type title, medium, artist, price, and size as into jpg file name.  $35 for up to 3 entries. Click here to pay (choose $35). Artist receives 60% on accepted sold work. Question? Email:  and include your call-back number. Drop-off of accepted work: October 5, 7am-12pm. Further details here.


IMMIGRATION NOW is a juried exhibition that brings together works by artists from a wide range of backgrounds who explore American Immigration through personal experience within the past 30 years. Works may encompass a variety of media and styles, engaging the deeper meanings of transcultural migration to the United States. This exhibition will be on view to a diverse student population at Penn State Abington College, which lies in a suburb just outside Philadelphia. Selections will be made by a succession of 2 jury panels. The first panel consists of Penn State Abington faculty (John Thompson, Art Gallery Director and Art Lecturer; Daniel Oliva, Art Lecturer; and Salar Ghahramani J.D., Assistant Professor of Business Law and International Law & Policy). A second panel of Penn State Abington students who identify with the immigrant experience will make final selections in consultation with the first panel of faculty members. There is no charge for entry. Submission is open to all artists working with the theme of US immigration from contemporary personal experience: work that discusses themes, concepts, and events that have occurred within the past 30 years. All media considered (but work may not exceed 8 feet). For application details, click here.
And Remember...
Oct.ccc1: Ridgefield Guild of Artists: 2-1-2 Group Show Submission Deadline
Oct. cc8: Madison Town Autumn Arts Festival, application 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 mid-June to September for documentary, narrative, screenwriting, and new media projects


The New Paradigm Theatre, a professional theatre fostering creative problem solvers, leaders, and global citizens through theatre arts education and productions, invites you to its signature mentoring and audition event, So You Wanna Be a Broadway Star? on Saturday, October 7, 12-4pm at The Pequot Library’s Concert HallSingers from age 8 through adult will audition and receive professional feedback from Broadway and film casting directors, agents and producers. Pre-registration is required. Previous winner Cidalia Alves was featured in TV appearances following last year's competition, and said, “The chance to sing in front of Broadway decision makers and to network with them was invaluable.” Contestants, please click here and complete the registration requirements. 

The Civic Orchestra of New Haven, a group comprised of more than 60 professional and serious amateur musicians, is seeking talented musicians to join its orchestra. Qualified musicians should contact the orchestra by phone or email to schedule an audition. In particular, the orchestra is seeking all string players who are interested in performing with this long established local orchestra. The orchestra rehearses on Monday evenings, September through May, and performs a winter and spring concert each year at the Battell Chapel on the Yale campus. Auditions will be held on an individual basis and will be heard by appointment only. Interested musicians should be prepared to play scales and a solo piece as well as sight-read as part of the process. To schedule an audition, please call 203-592-6403 or email

The S & R Foundation is accepting applications for the Washington Award.
In the beginning, S&R Foundation’s mission was grounded in its support of talented artists and scientists involved in work for charitable, scientific, literary or educational purposes. Over the past 16 years, S&R’s mission to support talented individuals has evolved to encompass broad support of individuals with great potential and high aspirations in the arts, sciences, and social entrepreneurship, with a special emphasis on furthering international cultural collaboration and ensuing social benefits. Since its inception in 2001, the Washington Award has recognized talented artists in the fields of music, dance, and visual arts, especially those who contribute to international cultural collaboration. Each winner is awarded a cash prize of $5,000. In addition, the Awards Committee may designate a Grand Prize winner who receives an additional $5,000. Award winners are honored annually in the spring at the Washington Awards Ceremony. For eligibility requirements, click here. To apply, click here.


The National Park Arts Foundation invites artists to apply to its artist-in-residence program at Haleakalā National Park in Hawaii. Haleakalā has some of the most otherwordly landscapes in all of Hawaii: from dormant lunar landcapes to rainforests, waterfalls and pools leading down to Maui's legendary coastlines. This is a unique dramatic environment for workers in all media to flourish and to inspire new breakthroughs in process and result. This Residency featuresL housing inside the Park on the Island of Maui (a rare privilege!); free use of the Wilderness Cabins in the park for up to 15 nights; a venue for the artist's public presentation; free access to all park locations; and no Residency Fee. The Haleakalā Residency (December 2017) is open to all artists, and performers in any media, world-wide. NPAF’s Fine Art curator, along with our select judges and panelists will consider solicited proposals through a competitive application process to identify artists deserving of a residency at Haleakalā National Park. NPAF, through the Park Service, and many generous partner donations, provides lodging, free rental of the wilderness cabins in the crater areas and a venue for workshops and lectures. Application details here.

The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass., awards seven-month Writing Fellowships to five poets and five fiction writers each year from October 1 through April 30. Writing Fellows are provided with a private, furnished apartment and a monthly stipend of $750. Fellows are required to remain in residence during the seven-month Fellowship. Each year, fellowships are awarded to five emerging fiction writers and five emerging poets. Your application will either be sent to our Fiction Jury or our Poetry Jury (those whose work falls between the two need to apply in just one category). Writers applying in more than one genre must submit separate applications, including a non-refundable processing fee for each genre. The Committee reserves the right to disqualify applicants it considers over-qualified (writers who have published a full-length book are not eligible). The Center actively seeks applicants from all backgrounds, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, disability, HIV status, or veteran status. $50 application fee payable on submission. Fiction writers may submit short stories or an excerpt from a novel. If submitting an excerpt from a novel (preferably, the opening section, with a 1-2 page synopsis of the novel): 35 double-spaced pages in 12-point typeface. Maximum length for the poetry writing sample is 15 pages. Manuscripts will not be returned. To apply online for a Writing Fellowship in Fiction or Poetry, please click here.

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 2018 cycle the Foundation will accept proposals in Music, Photography, & Theater. The Puffin, once endangered in the northeastern United States, was returned to its native habitats through the efforts of a concerned citizenry. Our name is a metaphor for how we perceive our mission in the arts: to join with other concerned groups and individuals to ensure that the arts not merely survive, but flourish at all levels of our society. The Puffin Foundation Ltd. continues to make grants that encourage emerging artists whose works might have difficulty being aired due to their genre and/or social philosophy. Your potential application should meet this criteria. 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 2017. Requests for application forms must be received by December 12, 2017. Completed applications for the 2018 cycle will be accepted from November 1st until the deadline of December 30, 2017 postmarked by midnight. Applications postmarked after this date will not be reviewed.
Mon. Sept. 25
7—8:30pm. $25
Applying for Grants & Residencies

As the Editorial Director of Graywolf Press, Ethan Nosowsky has participated in many juried grant and residency panels—particularly for writers. In this webinar, he'll show you how to research appropriate programs, put together a competitive application, and make the most out of both award and rejection letters. Register
Mon. Oct. 2
7—8:30pm. $25
Grantwriting for Artists

Led by filmmaker Tracie Holder, this 90-minute webinar covers all aspects of grantwriting for artists working in all disciplines with the goal of giving you confidence and a clear road map when applying for grants. We will cover the essential elements of proposal writing including how best to describe your work, create context, and make a compelling case for funding. Register.

As hurricanes, storms and other disasters sweep across the nation, one organization stands as a beacon to others showing how to gather resources to then share with artists when they are in need of relief in emergency situations. CERF+ was started in 1995 as the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (now one of CERF+ programs), when co-founders Carol Sedestrom Ross, then president of American Craft Enterprises, and glassblower Josh Simpson recognized the inherent generosity within the craft community. Artists would “pass the hat” to collect monetary donations during shows and exhibitions in support of fellow artists dealing with emergencies. CERF+ was founded to expand this grassroots effort and has since provided almost $2 million in financial assistance. Today the Fund provides grants of up to $6,000 and interest-free loans up to $9,000 to artists working in craft disciplines who are facing a career threatening emergency or disaster. For artists in storm-related disasters, CERF+ offers CERF+’s Studio Protector: The Artists’ Guide to Emergencies that provides safety information and recovery resources for artists. CERF+'s direct emergency financial relief is available for eligible artists who work in craft disciplines and have suffered career-threatening emergencies.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center seeks a Curator of Collections & ExhibitionsAs the creative and visionary voice of the Stamford Museum's exhibitions program and professional steward of its permanent collection, the Curator will work closely with the Executive Director and key programmatic staff directing all aspects of the Museum's annual exhibitions program and best practices stewardship of its permanent collection. As Stamford Connecticut's art museum, set in an expansive nature center with a working farm, its exhibition thematic focus includes a pallet of fine art, popular and contemporary culture, natural history, agriculture, science, history and astronomy targeted to family audiences and varied interests. The Curator will be the creative, visionary thinker for the Museum's Salon Series of cultural & social programming for targeted adult audiences. The Curator will coordinate guest curators and speakers, serve as the spokesperson on the interpretation of the Museum's exhibitions and collections to the media and general public and will be responsible for the overall care and management of the collections, including documentation, safe keeping, storage, handling, conservation and interpretation. The Curator will research topics, define themes, identify supporting materials, create checklists and draft interpretive texts and labels, and will manage and envision all installations. This position reports to the Executive Director & CEO. Apply to

The Bruce Museum seeks a part-time, per diem Brucemobile Instructor. The Instructor is responsible for teaching the Museum’s outreach programs and assisting staff as needed. This includes: Researching background information to build an understanding of program content and materials; Preparing for each class; including assembly and return of materials in a careful and timely fashion; Loading, unloading and driving Brucemobile vehicles with collection objects and program materials. The Audience Engagement Department of the Museum has a responsibility to present quality programs by qualified museum professionals. Therefore, the Audience Engagement Department trains all Brucemobile Instructors. To accomplish this, the Audience Engagement Department will: provide program objectives and outlines for established classes; model program presentation and instruction; and assist in development of instructor’s classroom management skills. Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in art, science, history, education, museum studies, or related field required; previous teaching experience required; unattended mobility required in object handling, ability to drive the museum vehicles and visit facilities unequipped to accommodate the physically challenged; a current driver’s license with clean driving record. Background check will be required after hire. Reimbursement: Brucemobile Instructors are per diem positions and are reimbursed on a per-class basis. They are paid at the rate of ½ the charged fee. Instructors are paid an hourly rate for program observations and training sessions. The Museum owns two vehicles, called Brucemobiles, to be used for travel to and from programs. To apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume to Kathleen Holko, Manager of School and Tour Services, at No phone calls.


Thomas Colville Fine Art, a Guilford, CT,-based international art dealer. seeks an Administrator. Duties include: handle all correspondence: email, loans, invoices, etc. ; manage office calendar, travel arrangements and advertising; personal scheduling and tasks; catalog incoming inventory and maintain files; coordinate participation in annual art fairs; act as a liaison with clients, galleries, museums, and auction houses; must be tech savvy – a familiarity with maintaining and navigating multiple websites and social media platformsAdobe InDesign knowledge would be highly preferable. B.A. required. Must be detail-oriented, have an ability to work independently, and must bemust be proficient.

Caramoor seeks a part-time Special Events Assistant (averaging 30 hrs/wk)to join their team. Reporting to the Director of Special Events, the Special Events Assistant supports the management and coordination of the company’s extensive calendar of year-round special events and hospitality. The primary responsibilities of this role are to: provide onsite support during events; assist in managing and maintaining all events files; maintain responses and commitments for all fundraising events; act as the point person for select events between staff and vendors; and assist with the production of non-revenue generating events. 2+ years of experience in event planning and/or fundraising in a nonprofit setting. BA/BS in related field preferred. For further details about position and requirements for position, click herePlease send cover letter and resume to with “Special Event Assistant” in the subject line.
 Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available
Aldrich Museum: Head of Marketing
Brookfield Crafts Center: Manager of Charitable Giving
Connecticut Historical Society: Exhibit Developer
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
Westport Country Playhouse: P/T Box Office and Concessions Associate
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Sept. 25: Creative Capital Webinar: Applying for Grants & Residencies. 7pm
Sept. 25/26: Rowayton Arts Center, Expressions. Receiving
Sept. 26: GrantSpace Webinar: Fund Your Creative Project, 2pm
Sept. 30: Art Hearts Fashion: Submission Deadline

Oct. c1: Ridgefield Guild of Artists: 2-1-2  Group Show Submission Deadline
Oct. c2 Penn State, Abington College: Immigration Now: Submiission Deadline
Oct. c2: Creative Capital Webinar: Grantwriting for Artists. 7pm
Oct. c5: NALAC Fund for Artists and Ensembles, Submission Deadline 
Oct. c5: S&R Foundation: Washington Award Application Deadline
Oct. c7: NPT: So You Wanna Be A Broadway Star? Mentoring and Audiotns 
Oct. c8: Madison Town Autumn Arts Festival, application deadline
Oct. 20: National Parks Arts Foundation: Haleakala Artist residency Submission Deadline<

Nov. c1: New Canaan Library: Artist in Residence Program Application Deadline
Nov. c1: Norwalk Library: Building Your Business As An Artist
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 
Dec. c1: MidAtlantic 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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