Subject: ARTISTS' NEWSLETTER - April 22, 2016

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News and Opportunities for Artists of Fairfield County
April 22, 2016
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is a nonprofit service organization that supports its members by providing 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 400 individuals and organizations. Sign up here
Quote of the Week
If you are passionate about being an artist, devote yourself wholeheartedly to being an artist. But that includes being realistic and intentional about what it takes to support your career as an artist, like being strategic about seeking support (financial and otherwise) and putting together a diverse portfolio of skills that you can rely on to make money.
–Tanya Selvaratnamy
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❖ Progressive Gallery Tour: browngrotta arts - May 4
❖ Connecting with Schools - May 9
❖ ACE Award Breakfast - May 19
❖ Public Art with Tamara Dimitri - May 20
❖ Welcome New Members: Vernice Holmes, Katya Lebrija, Kristin Merrill and Mick Theebs

❖ Member Round-Up: News from Binnie Birstein, Elise Black, Miggs Burroughs, Trace Burroughs, Bob Callahan, Eric Chiang, Frederic Chiu, Michael J. Clocks, Heidi Lewis Coleman, Lisa Cuscuna, Joseph Dermody, Carol Nipomnich Dixon, Jeanine Esposito, Kat Evans, Susan Fehlinger, Christa Forrest, Robin Gilmore, Joe Gitterman, Ellen Gordon, Yuko Ike, Jana Ireijo, Sholeh Janati, Paul G. Larson, Sooo-z Mastropietro, Day Moore, Duvian Montoya, Cindi Mullins, Susan Murray, Amy Oestreicher, Diane Pollack, and Lee Walther.
Members' Openings
Calendar of Members' Openings over the next 2 weeks

❖ Also That: Quick and Dirty Writing Contest - April 25
Rowayton Arts Center: Exhibiting Memberships - May 12
Figment NYC 2016 - May 6
❖ Brookline Arts Center
: Gravity - May 14

❖ French-American Jazz Exchange - May 27
❖ Headlands, Sausalito, CA: Artist Residencies - June 3 

❖ Fractured Atlas: Fiscal Sponsorship Webinars 
❖ How to Become a Teaching Artist

❖ Coastal Arts Guild: Winemaking and Painting Workshop - May 13
❖ CCP: Binnie Birstein Encaustic Collagraph Workshop - May 14-15

❖ Warhol Foundation: Arts Writers Grants - May 18
❖ Independent Documentary Films: Lorentz Documentary Fund - July 31

❖ Fairfield County Childrens Choir - By Appointment
❖ Darien Arts Center: Darien's Got Talent - May 9

❖ AMS Planning & Research: Analyst
❖ Westport Country Playhouse: Database Administrator
❖ Yale Press: Publicist
❖ Coastal Arts Guild: Marketing Intern

Jobs Still Available

Deadlines and Dates to Remember
Sign up for the 8th and last stop on our 2015-16  Progressive Gallery Tour, Wed. May 4, 6-8pm at browngrotta arts, known for their internationally famous once-a-year Art in the Barn shows in Wilton. Click here for details and to sign up. The tour has succeeded in bringing members out to mix and mingle while exploring our different commercial gallery members from Greenwich to Bridgeport.
Interested in connecting more effectively with schools and their curriculum? How do you become a registered Teaching Artist? How do you find nonprofits with whom you could work to teach the arts in schools? Sign up for our Connecting With Local Schools & Their Curriculum Education Summit at Fairfield Public Library Mon May 9, 10-12:30pm. 

Tickets are selling fast for our first  Arts & Culture Empowerment Award Breakfast. Come celebrate the success of the Westport Artists’ Collective Founders, Curtain Call, Bank of America, The Bruce Museum and Richard J. Wenning. Read more here. Buy seats/raffle tickets here.

Interested in Public Art? Are you on the Public Art Register? What is that? Find out what the opportunities are with public art and how to sign-up to be eligible for opportunities as they arise. Come hear Tamara Dimitri from the CT Office of the Arts. Friday May 20, 10am-noon. Location TBD. Stay Tuned!

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Vernice Holmes is an accomplished fashion designer and illustrator who has worked for well-known retailers such as Macy’s, Nordstroms, Dillard’s, Neiman Marcus and several specialty store chains across the country. She has traveled from Europe to the Far East shopping for the newest trends & styles. She is the CEO and Creative Director of I Am Vernice that creates inspirational art, apparel and aromatherapy for young girls and women. As she puts it herself, Vernice has a penchant for using a variety of embellishments in her sketches and paintings—including jewels, sequins, beads, lipstick, flowers and of course glitter! As a "Jewish-Christian, Black-White girl" from the Bronx, Vernice sketched ‘fashion girls’ of all colors, shapes and sizes on paper, walls and clothing to express her unique individuality. In 2015, she was commissioned by the Norwalk Doubletree Hotel to create a 24' x 8' word-art mural to inspire team synergy & customer service, using the company's philosophy and goals. The bright yellow wall colorfully displays positive affirmations with a unity hand art at the center. Today, Vernice draws from her diversity and experience to challenge girls and young women to take hold of their true identity and self-worth. She often runs painting workshops and fundraisers, (such as the Young Lives Fundraiser at Westport's Painting with a Twist, Westport, May 12) and teaches weekly inspirational fashion art workshops for tweens to adults in Norwalk: Wear the Artsy. In addition to being a celebrated artist, Vernice is a sought-after keynote speaker who has hosted sold-out events and has catalyzed changes in many lives. See Vernice's I Am Vernice website, her Facebook page, Twitter feed, and Instagram page.

Mexican born Katya Lebrija now lives in Wilton, but her roots, she says, are frequently reflected in her work, which shows the richness and bright colors of the Mexican culture. Katya has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design from Universidad Anáhuac in Mexico City and as a graphic designer says she was trained to observe everything around her, looking for interesting shapes, colors, shadows, and lines. She clearly loves exploring the world around her and fills her canvases with the bright colors she says "come from inside of me," wanting her viewers "to have a conversation with the painting and discover different stories in it. I believe that each piece communicates the joy, noise and colors that we find in daily life." Katya moved to the United States from Mexico with her husband, Carlos, 15 years ago. After living in Norwalk they moved to Wilton six years ago. Throughout her career, Katya has used watercolors and acrylics, has worked extensively with printmaking and, most recently, has focused on creating pieces with mixed media. Mentors have included Arlene Skutch, Leona Frank, Barbara Rothenberg, Natasha Karpinskaia, Vijay Kumar, and Claudia Mengel. Locally, she has shown extensively, having been juried into shows in New Canaan, Westport, Greenwich, Rowayton, Norwalk, Wilton, Newtown, Kent, Stamford and New York. Katya shows regularly with Southport Gallerieslast year donated two pieces to UConn's Stamford Campus, and has a show opening there May 2. See Katya's website.


A sculptor and jeweler who is continuously experimenting and combining precious gems, pearls and metals with found objects, Kristin Merrill has, for the last 25 years, cultivated the traditional metal working skills she learned in art school. However, she also enjoys breaking the rules by melting, fusing, piercing and burning materials to bring out their natural beauty. That combination of traditional and creative—of left brain and right brain—is how she says she sees the world around her - and it consistently appears in her work. That work is largely about transformations—about taking diverse materials and creating something new and different. As she puts it, the driftwood she frequently uses, for example, "was once a tree, vibrant with life and growing...By resurrecting it in my sculptures and wearable art, I create a new phase in its life. It is reborn." Kristin received her BFA in metals at the School of American Crafts at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1992. Her studio is in the Nest Arts Factory (next Open Studios, May 14).  See her website here.

Mick Theebs is a writer and visual artist. A native son of New England, he was born in Connecticut and attended college in Boston at Northeastern University. His prose blends elements from a variety of genres including Noir, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Romance. He has been published in Romance Magazine, Spectrum Literary Arts Magazine, and an anthology called America in Twilight. He has released several collections of poetry including The Greatest Man Who Never Lived and Other Poems and Heart of Fire and Kiss With Teeth (all available on Amazon). His paintings tend to focus on the themes of anatomy and aesthetics. More recently he has been exploring the nature of art and creativity itself in his visual work. Mick founded and runs the website ALSO THATwhere he shares his own work alongside the work of emerging and established artists. Visit Mick's website here, his Facebook page, and Twitter feed.
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YOUR NEWS                             
LISA CUSCUNACHRISTA FORRESTELLEN GORDON, YUKO IKESHOLEH JANATI, and PAUL G. LARSON, each have work in the Loft Artists Association's Discovering John Singer Sargent. Each artist submitted figurative and portrait work inspired by Sargent's portrait of Amsterdam financier J. P. Wolff (c.1891-1895), given to the Stamford Museum & Nature Center in 1955. The exhibit runs through May 1.
MICHAEL J. CLOCKS (resident artist and co-curator), JEANINE ESPOSITO, JANA IREIJO, DAY MOORE and DUVIAN MONTOYA have work in an exhibition Inside, Outside, as part of Colorblends House & Spring Garden at 893 Clinton Avenue, Bridgeport. There is an artists' reception, Saturday April 23, 12 to 5 pm.
Six Cultural Alliance member artists will be taking part in this year's Art Show at the Westport Woman's Club: MIGGS BURROUGHSERIC CHIANG,  SOOO-Z MASTROPIETRO, DIANE POLLACK and LEE WALTHER. Curated by Miggs, the fundraising exhibition will only be open Sat. April 30, 5-8pm and Sun May 1, 12-4pm at at Bedford Hall, 44 Imperial Avenue, Westport.
Six of our members are participating in Greenwich's annual Art to the Avenue, organized by the Greenwich Arts Council and opening Thurs May 5, 5:30-8pm. Members, and the locations where they are showing are: ELISE BLACK (The Nathaniel Wetherell), HEIDI LEWIS COLEMAN (Saks Fifth Ave), LISA CUSCUNA (Hoaglands of Greenwich), JOSEPH DERMODY (Lux Bond & Green Jewelers), CAROL NIPOMNICH DIXON (Shipman & Goodwin) and PAUL G. LARSON (Sotheby’s Intl Realty). Click image for map
BINNIE BIRSTEIN, who won First Place in the Ridgefield Guild of Artists Annual Juried Members Show (juried by Robbin Zella), will be one of four artists from the show participating in a Walk & Talk on Sunday, May 1, 3-5 pm.
Binnie will be joined by Cultural Alliance member CINDI MULLINS (who won Best in Show for Big Orange at the Carriage Barn's Spectrum show), Katelyn Vickery, and Tina Sturges. Refreshments will be served. At right, detail of Binnie's winning Sister II (click for larger image)

TRACE BURROUGHS has been selected as a co-chair on a national coast to coast music event produced by On Sunday, September 25, 2016, we will remember the forgotten victims of America’s gun violence epidemic with The Concert Across America, a series of live events from coast to coast.  500,000+ people have been murdered by firearms in the last 50 years.) 
BOB CALLAHAN will be artist-in residence again at the Ocean House in Watch Hill, Rhode Island. July 29-31 and August 5-7, 12-14 he’ll be giving watercolor demonstrations, conducting discussions about art, and the importance of keeping a daily sketchbook. The theme is “Art of the Sketchbook” and Bob shows participants pages from the sketchbooks of Turner, Monet, Whistler and others. Interested? Contact the Ocean House at 401.584.7000.
FREDERIC CHIU played this week at the Lycée Louis Le Grand from which his daughter Celeste graduates this year. He played a program (at this 450-year-old school where Moliere, Robespierre, Hugo, Baudelaire, Sartre, Delacroix, Degas and others were educated) of works representing peace and hope by "immigrants" deeply influenced by France: Chopin, Liszt, Prokofiev, Gurdjieff and Glass. Frederic was also featured in Westport photographer Chris Craymer's new book, From the Heart, “a series of unique and intimate portraits of 12 people who inspire me.”
HEIDI LEWIS COLEMAN will be exhibiting several of her mixed media assemblage pieces at Saks Fifth Avenue as part of Greenwich's Art to the Avenue festival, May 5th - 30th. At right, Heidi's Rivendell (acrylic on canvas, 24" x 24"). Heidi also received a Third Place Award (Mixed Media) for her piece, Terra Assemblage 2, in the Rowayton Arts Center's ABSTRACTION show, closing April 24. The judge was Eleanor Flatow.
CAROL NIPOMNICH DIXON has over 20 of her textured oil paintings and embroidered collages on display at Shipman & Goodwin, LLP, 289 Greenwich Avenue, as part of Art to the Avenue, opening May 5. At right, Carol's  Sunlit Leaves, (oil on canvas, 30” Sq.)
JEANINE ESPOSITO has three pieces at the Colorblends Inside, Outside Show (above), opening this Sat., 12-5pm, curated by Michael J. Clocks and Jahmane West: Flat Out, Scaredy Cats, and Rosy Tomorrows? (detail at right). As Jeanine says, The piece is about what we as a world society are doing to our immigrant and refugee children by not protecting them from harm, by sending them out into or back to precarious conditions and blocking them from refuge. It asks the question "Will these children ever have a brighter future, a "Rosy Tomorrow"?
KAT EVANS is on a roll. She sold New Zen 4 at right (click for larger image) to a Pound Ridge collector, was invited to apply and was accepted to show at Phoenix Gallery in Chelsea (an artist-run non-profit cooperative founded in 1958, that has included Alice Neel, Elaine DeKooning and others as members), and Cultural Alliance member Handwright Gallery and Framing in New Canaan has asked to show her art and has 6 of her paintings.
SUSAN FEHLINGER has several pieces in a group show, Genesis at The Greene Art Gallery in Guilford, through May 8. Several gallery artists are showing. At right, Murray Harbor (oil on canvas, 24" x 24")
JOE GITTERMAN recently completed a rush project for Escape, a new Norwegian Cruise Lines 4,000-passenger ship. The commission was to create Half Hitch 1 and 2 named after the naval rope knot. The specifications for the sculptures were very exacting, down to the size, metal and protective finish to be used. Joe produced a small-scale copper model, then painstakingly recreated every arc, curve and bend to the specifications required. Half Hitch 1 and 2 now greet passengers as they enter the 900 seat theater to enjoy a show. Photo: Liz Ordonez
Congratulations to ROBIN GILMORE for winning First Prize in the Bridgeport EarthFest 2016 Recycled Art Competition. Her piece is titled Paper or Plastic and was created from repurposed trash: moulding templates (acrylic) and repurposed maps, wallpaper, advertising, packaging and wood - meant to represent Japanese/Asian screens in miniature depicting various landscapes.
SOOO-Z MASTROPIETRO has her Aquanomy in the international, juried Boston Biennial IV, currently running through April 24; Ombrouchure (at right) in
Connecticut Scissorhands, a curated exhibition by the CT chapter of the Surface Design Association at the Canton Artists' Guild at Gallery on the Green, Canton, opening April 23, 6-9pm; and a mystery piece in the Westport Womens League Art Show (see above), opening April 30, 5-8pm.
DAY MOORE has seven works in the Colorblends Inside, Outside Show (above), opening this Sat. April 23, 12-5pm, curated by Michael J. Clocks and Jahmane West. Surfacing at Playa Guiones - A view from the GoPro, (2016, oil on board, 12" x 12 "). Day comments: "All is quiet below the water's surface. I love that moment just before you pierce the surface and the distortion from the camera lens."
SUSAN MURRAY won 2nd Prize in the Bridgeport EarthFest 2016 Recycled Art Competition. Susan's piece, Autumn View is a verre eglomise piece (reverse painting on glass) on an old barn window. Materials used were acrylics, tamise leaf, and epoxy. Autumn View will remain at Artisan and Craftsman in the Arcade Building, 1001 Main Street, through May 7. Awards were presented at the Bijou Theater April 21st. EarthFest 2016 received funding from the Office of the Arts and the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County, through the Regional initiative Grant program.
AMY OESTREICHER is taking her one-person musical Gutless and Grateful to Hawaii this week for the International conference on Diversity and Disability, where she will be the keynote speaker. Amy also published an article, "How Theatre Saved My Life," in Backstage Magazine.
DIANE POLLACK is showing works in the Art Show at the Westport Woman's Club from her extensive series of mixed-media, fiber works, Hampton Court.  Of these she has said, "I wanted to hand sew the edges of these works, much like the ladies of the Court 500 years ago." Each square is 15" framed. 
LEE WALTHER has twelve of her collage/mixed-media mirrors in the Westport Woman's Club Art Show, open Sat April 30 and Sun May 1. Lee's mirrors invite participation to co-create by replacing original jewelry or embellishments with one's own artifacts, to create an ever-changing original work of art. Mona's World (at right, collage mixed-media) integrates a pair of removable earrings, which can be replaced by a different pair for this mystery woman of many moods.
Compiled List of Member Openings
Sat. April 23: Opening, Colorblends Inside, Outside Show, 12-5pm (Michael J. Clocks, Jeanine Esposito, Jana Ireijo, Day Moore, and Duvian Montoya)
Sat. April 30, 5-8pm &
Sun. May 1, 12-4pm: Art Show at the Westport Woman's Club (Eric Chiang, Miggs Burroughs, Sooo-z Mastropietro, Diane Pollack and Lee Walther)
Sun. May 1: Binnie Birstein and Cindi Mullins in Walk & Talk, Ridgefield Guild of Artists, 3pm
Thu. May c5: Opening Celebration: Art to the Avenue 5:30-8pm (Elise Black, Heidi Lewis Coleman, Lisa Cuscuna, Joseph Dermody, and Carol Nipomnich Dixon)

Check for listings of all events by our members!
CALLS FOR ENTRIES                             

ALSO THAT, the website run by our new member Mick Theebsis running its second  Quick and Dirty Writing Contest for short-form writing. All formats are accepted and there is no entry fee. Maximum length is 2500 words. First prize is $50, publication in Also That + a mystery prize. Second prize is $25 and publication on the website. Third prize is publication. Deadline is Monday, April 25, 12pm. Submit entries to with the subject line "Writing Contest Entry."
MAY 12

THE ROWAYTON ARTS CENTER is now accepting applications from artists to be Exhibiting Members. Candidates can apply by submitting three works from the following categories for review by the Artist Selection Committee: Painting, Printmaking, Drawing, Photography, Mixed Media, Sculpture and Watercolor. Notifications of the Committee's decisions will be mailed or emailed the following week after art is picked up. Those not accepted may re-apply later. The Committee meets three times a year (January, May and September.) 
Another route to becoming an exhibiting member is to have been juried into any three open Juried Exhibitions held at the Rowayton Arts Center during a two-year period. Receiving Date for Submissions: May 12 (12-5). Prospectus here.

FIGMENT is a forum for the creation and display of participatory and interactive art by emerging artists across disciplines. It began in July 2007 as a free, one-day participatory arts event on Governors Island in New York Harbor with over 2,600 participants. Since then, FIGMENT has grown significantly each year in number of projects, duration, participants, volunteers, fundraising capability, exhibitions, locations, overall level of commitment and participation, and public support. FIGMENT NYC 2016 takes place June 3-5 on Governors Island, NY. FIGMENT is accepting submissions for participatory art projects: art that encourages participants to play, dance, sing, create, engage, experiment, and explore their environment. The event accepts submissions from artists of all ages and experience. The deadline has been extended to May 6. Details for submitting a project proposal are here.
MAY 14

Entries are now being accepted for the Brookline Arts Center exhibition GRAVITY (June 17-July 15, 2016. The Brookline Arts Center invites artists of all media residing in the United States to submit works inspired by gravity. How do we convey the concept of gravity? Pulling from our everyday conflicts to expanding our understanding of the universe, the word brings to mind weight and weightlessness, the laws of physics and the complexities of the human experience. We are looking for work that explores the connection between these extremes. Up to six pieces of original artwork can be submitted - online only (email: for submission assistance of call 617-566-5715).
Artists may submit up to six works. One jpg per submission. Submit hereEntry Fee: $30 for 1-3 submissions, $45 for 4-6. Juror: Katherine French, Gallery Director, Catamount ArtsDeadline: May 14
April 21-23: Stamford Art Association: Reed Marine Exhibition Receiving Dates
April 24: Art at the Ferguson: World Within a World Submission Deadline
April 27: Beechwood Arts, Transformed. Sign-up extension. Filmmakers esp. encouraged
April 28: Carriage Barn, New Canaan: Art in the Windows Application Deadline
May c5: Beechwood Arts, Visual Innovate Art - VIA Curator Team. Sign-up extension. 

MAY 27

The French-American Jazz Exchange (“FAJE”) celebrates the shared and uniting cultural passion for jazz between the United States and France. A partnership of FACE Foundation and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the program is designed to initiate and extend the creative, professional development of jazz artists from France and the United States. FAJE fosters the creative and professional development of jazz artists from France and the United States through support for the collaborative investigation of artistic practice and activities providing exposure to new audiences and professional relationships. FAJE supports projects jointly conceived by French and American professional jazz artists that encourage artistic exploration, foster intercultural dialogue, and contribute to the dynamism of the art form. FAJE annually awards individual project grants up to $25,000, through an open, competitive application process for projects that take place either in France or the United States, and/or their respective territories, within a 16-month period. The program supports activities that may result in the creation of new work, establishment of new creative and professional partnerships, and development of new audiences. Projects may include jazz artists in France and/or the United States working with artists from different musical genres. Guidelines here. Above: American saxophonist Steve Lehman worked with French soprano saxophone player Maciek Lasserre on a 2014-2015 FAJE project. Photo by Willie Davis.

The Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, CA, is currently accepting applications for Artist Residencies The Artist in Residence (AIR) program awards fully sponsored residencies to approximately 45 local, national, and international artists each year. Residencies of four to eight weeks include studio space, chef-prepared meals, comfortable housing, and travel and living stipends when available. AIRs become part of a dynamic community of artists participating in Headlands’ other programs, allowing for exchange and collaborative relationships to develop within the artist community on campus. Artists selected for this program are at all stages in their careers and work in all media, including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, new media, installation, fiction and nonfiction writing, poetry, dance, music, interdisciplinary, social practice, and architecture. Also see the Chiaro Award, an artist residency and cash prize for an accomplished mid-career painter. The award is designed to have meaningful impact on the life and career of one artist per year, by both recognizing past success and by fostering his or her ability to continue to produce exceptional and exemplary work in the medium of painting. Residency period is May–November 2017. Deadline for both Artist in Residency and Chiaro Award is: June 3, 2016. Apply here for: AIR Program; for Chiaro Award
RESOURCES & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT                             
MAY 2016

Fractured Atlas is offering five free fiscal sponsorship and fundraising webinars in May. Some are general in nature, some are specific to those whose projects have been accepted by Fractured Atlas. For more information, click here: Fractured Atlas Fiscal Sponsorship.

1. Introduction to Fiscal Sponsorship
Tuesday, May 3, 7:30–8:30pm.
A webinar for those considering fiscal sponsorship: an introduction and overview, with a discussion about the benefits of the program. A review of the application for the Fractured Atlas fiscal sponsorship program, and discussion of the criteria for approving applications. RSVP here.

2. Orientation for New Fiscally Sponsored Projects
Tuesday, May 17, 7:30–8:30pm
A webinar is for projects that have recently been accepted into the Fractured Atlas fiscal sponsorship program and are ready to get their feet wet. The webinar will provide a tour of the online tools and resources, tips for starting your fundraising, and an overview of program policies. RSVP here.

3. Introduction to Fundraising: Individual Donors and Online Campaigns Webinar
Tuesday, May 24, 7:30–8:30pm
This webinar will focus on cultivating individual donors. We’ll talk about how to identify and engage donors, and how to keep them coming back! We’ll go over individual appeal letters, tools such as crowdfunding and online campaigns, and more. This webinar is for any fiscally sponsored project that is ready to learn basic steps to start and run an individual giving program. RSVP here.

4. Proposals and Grants for Fiscally Sponsored Projects
Tuesday, May 31, 7:30–8:30pm
This webinar is focused on best practices when applying for a grant. We’ll provide an overview of different types of institutional support, how to find funders, what is needed in a proposal, and more. This webinar is for any fiscally sponsored project that has met the Fractured Atlas eligibility requirement to apply for grants. RSVP here.


The CT Office of the Arts runs a program to assist placement of qualified CT artists in CT schools. To be considered for teaching in schools, an artist needs to be registered with The Directory of Performing and Teaching Artists (see actual directory entries for DanceFolklife/Traditional ArtsLiterary Arts, MusicTheater, and Visual Arts), which provides a reliable resource of high-quality Connecticut artists, juried for excellence in their art and their readiness and capacity to work in school and community settings. Successful candidates should be able to demonstrate their ability to plan and conduct residencies, advance arts learning and be willing to continue in ongoing professional development. To apply, you submit an application through the Office of the Arts' Fluid Review Portal, where you select "Application to the Teaching Artist Directory." After being screened for eligibility, candidates are peer reviewed and invited for an interview. Application deadlines are rolling: you can apply at any time. Apart from completing basic information, you will be asked on the application what you offer, what ages you prefer to teach, what locations you prefer and your fee range. COA supports arts learning across a continuum from "arts access" to "connection/ correlation," to "integration." Definitions are spelled out in the Guidelines and you will be asked which most closely describes what you can offer. You will be asked for an artist statement, your philosophy of teaching, and how you approach planning, implementation, and assessment. Interested? Then read through the Guidelines first. Also consider attending our Education Summit Mon. May 9, where representatives from local schools, statewide educational resources and cultural nonprofits, which have successfully developed programs with schools, will discuss the best way to connect with schools and the curriculum.
MAY 13

The Coastal Arts Guild and The Winemakers Boutique are offering Paint, Sample & Bottle, a two-session winemaking and painting workshop in which participants: paint an original piece of art; help create a fine wine (each student receives two bottles at the end of the second session); and create customized labels for wine bottles featuring artwork created at the workshop. Session One (May 13), participants meet at The Winemaker's Boutique (Stationhouse Square, Stratford), where owner Bill Alletzhauser will conduct a wine tasting to decide what wine the class will make. Following the tasting, Bill leads the group into the workshop to begin the wine making process. Wine takes approximately 5 - 7 weeks to mature so the bottling and labeling will be scheduled for a second session. Following the wine preparation, art instructor Sally Head will lead the class in creating an original painting. A second wine tasting is included. In Session Two (approximately 5 - 7 weeks later) participants return to the Winemaker's Boutique, where the wine is bottled and corked. Participants' paintings are returned to them, along with two labels featuring their painting. $75 per student. Register here. Deadline April 30.
MAY 14-15

Cultural Alliance Artist Member, BINNIE BIRSTEIN is offering a Workshop in Encaustic Collagraph, Sat.-Sun. May 14-15, 10am-4pm. This is a two-day intensive workshop, limited to eight people. The workshop combines encaustic painting with printmaking by creating collagraph plates that use wax to make the printable surface. Participants will be able to experiment with inlaying and incising techniques to create texture and build their images on re-useable Plexi-glass plates. The plates can then be inked with water-based Akua intaglio ink and printed on a printing press. The possibilities of using encaustic to create texture for printmaking are limitless, and producing a printable plate with encaustic generates an exciting visual and artistic journey. All Levels.  $125 members, $150 non-members, + $25 material fee. Register here (or call: 203.899.7999. Image above: Binnie Birstein, Under the Blue, (detail, encaustic collagraph monoprint).
MAY 18

The Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program supports writers whose work addresses contemporary visual art through project-based grants, ranging from $15,000 to $50,000, issued directly to twenty individual authors a year. The program aims to support the broad spectrum of writing on contemporary visual art, from general-audience criticism to academic scholarship. Writers who meet the program's eligibility requirements are invited to apply for Articles; Blogs; Books; New and Alternative Media; and Short-Form WritingDownload Guidelines here and additional eligibility requirements, please visit our website. Art Writing Workshop: for up to 10 candidates who do not progress beyond the first round cut, the Program offers applicants consultations with leading art critics. To receive updates on the Arts Writers Grant Program, follow @artswriters on Twitter.

The International Documentary Association is accepting applications for the creation of original, independent documentary films that illuminate pressing issues in the United States. Through the Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund, IDA will award production grants of up to $25,000 to up to a dozen projects that tell a compelling story and focus on one of Pare Lorentz's central concerns -- the appropriate use of the natural environment, justice for all, and/or the illumination of pressing social problems. The fund supports full-length documentary films that reflect the spirit and nature of Pare Lorentz's work and exhibit objective research, artful storytelling, a strong visual style, high production values, excellent writing, and outstanding music composition, as well as skillful direction, camerawork, and editing. See Guidelines here. Deadline: July 31.


The Fairfield County Children’s Choir is a community choral program made up of four choirs for youth in grades 4-12 with treble voices and provides exceptional musical training and the opportunity to perform in the community and in the world. Beginning April 21, prospective members may register for an audition by calling 203.414.4292. Auditions are held at Fairfield Woods Middle School in Fairfield by appointment only. If you would like more information on the Choir, auditions or would just like to hear us sing, click here.

Darien’s Got Talent, the Darien Arts Center’s popular talent competition returns for its third year with the chance for contestants to showcase their talents, shine on stage, and win cash prizes. Contestants ages 10 and over, can enter alone or as part of a group, to sing, dance, play an instrument or perform just about any other talent in the competition. Prizes include: Adults 1st place $1000, 2nd place $750, and 3rd place $500, Children’s 1st Place $750, 2nd Place $500, and 3rd Place $250. Registration for auditions opens on April 11 at and will remain open until May 9. Auditions take place on May 21 and 22 in the DAC Weatherstone Studio. Registration fee for those who live or work in Darien is $35; registration for all others is $70. To register, click here.


AMS Planning & Research Corp., a leading international consulting practice serving the arts, culture, and entertainment industries, has immediate openings in our Southport office. Join a team of recognized thought leaders, professional management consultants, and researchers, serving arts and culture organizations, service agencies, funders, and government entities across North America and, occasionally, around the world. Responsibilities include: provide administrative and research support for Principals, Directors, and Project Managers on a wide variety of client-related project tasks; assist in project planning, coordination, and client communication; conduct industry research including interviews, literature reviews, and case studies; analyze and synthesize client financial, sales, activity, and other relevant data to answer questions, identify trends and support project decision-making; and more. Details and requirements here. 

Westport Country Playhouse seeks a Database Administrator (DA) who will manage and support the use and analysis of patron and ticketing data contained in the Tessitura and QuickBooks databases. This position reports directly to the General Manager and works closely with the systems, box office, marketing, development, and finance departments. This position requires a flexible schedule and the DA must be available on nights and weekends in order to maintain the ticketing system. Ideal candidates will possess either a college degree with a focus in information technology or comparable professional experience. As this position will interact with staff members who may not be as proficient with computer systems, excellent communication and documentation skills are required. Familiarity with Tessitura, SQL and InfoMaker is a plus. Details and requirements here.

Yale University Press (YUP) seeks a Publicist to plans and execute entire publicity strategy for select YUP titles, focusing on Art and Architecture titles but also including trade, scholarly and academic, and/or paperback reprints, as seasonally appropriate. Manages author and publishing-partner relations for select campaigns. Represents YUP to select media and museum partners, including initiating, developing, and maintaining strong business relationships with editors, producers, and critics across a range of media outlets. Required Education and Experience: Bachelor's Degree in English, Journalism, Communications, or related field and three years of book publicity or public relations experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. For more information and application click here.

The Coastal Arts Guild of CT supports, promotes and advocates for artists, writers, musicians and patrons of the arts in the Fairfield and New Haven Coastal regions.
As a spring-summer intern in Marketing, you will receive broad nonprofit marketing experience, contributing to CAGCT’s marketing efforts, attracting new members, assisting with arts events, writing arts-related content, working on social media, and with arts education efforts. The marketing director and board members mentor and support the Intern. This is an unpaid, resume- and portfolio-building position (10-15 hours/week) in the Stratford, CT area. Internships last between 12 and 14 weeks. Attendance to First Tuesday of the month meetings is mandatory. Interns may re-apply for multiple years. Details here. Email resume and letter, with subject “INTERNSHIP,” here.

Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available
Fairfield County Chorale: Executive Director
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April 21-23: Stamford Art Association: Reed Marine Exhibition Receiving Dates
April 24: Art at the Ferguson: World Within a World Submission Deadline
April 25: Also That: Quick & Dirty Writing Contest Deadline
April 27: Harpo Foundation, New Work Grants Letter-of-Intent Deadline
April 27: Beechwood Arts, Transformed Sign-up Extension. Filmmakers encouraged
April 28: Carriage Barn, New Canaan: Art in the Windows Application Deadline
April 30: Coastal Arts Guild: Winemaking and Painting Workshop: Application Deadline

May c3: Fractured Atlas: Introduction to Fiscal Sponsorship Free Webinar, 7:30pm
May c4: Last Progressive Tour Stop: browngrotta arts, Wilton, 6-8pm
May c5: Beechwood Arts, Visual Innovate Art - VIA Curator Team. Sign-up
May c6: FIGMENT NYC 2016: Extended Submission Deadline
May c9: Connecting with Schools: Education Summit, 9:45am-12:30pm
May c9: Darien's Got Talent Audition Registration Deadline
May 12: Rowayton Arts Center: Exhibiting Memberships Receiving Date, 12-5pm
May 13: Westport Arts Center: SOLOS 2016 Submission Deadline
May 14: Brookline Arts Center, MA: Gravity Submission Deadline
May 14: CCP: Binnie Birstein Encaustic Collagraph Workshop
May 15: Williams Prize in Drawing for Emerging Artists Submission Deadline
May 18: CC/Warhol Foundation: Arts Writers Grants Application Deadline
May 19: Cultural Alliance ACE Awards Breakfast, Shore & Country Club, Norwalk
May 20: Public Art Presentation by CT Office of the Arts' Tamara Dimitri, Location TBD
May 27: Silvermine Arts Center: Art of the Northeast, Submission Deadline
May 27: French-American Jazz Exchange Application Deadline
May 30: Aaron Siskind Photographers Fellowships Application Deadline
May 31: Rowayton Arts Center: Focus Under Forty Receiving

June c1: Coastal Arts Guild Artist and Artisans in Paradise art fair early registration
June c1: Adelphi NY Breast Cancer Hotline: Registration Deadline for Creative Cups
June c3: Headlands, Sausalito, CA: Artist Residencies Application Deadline
June 15: Oficinas do Convento, Portugal: Project Residencies Application Deadline

July c1: Connecticut Dance Alliance: Dance History Project Submission Deadline
July 29: CT Office of the Arts Regional Initiative Grants Application Deadline
July 31: Independent Documentary Films: Documentary Fund Application Deadline

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