Subject: ARTISTS' NEWSLETTER - April 8, 2016

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News and Opportunities for Artists of Fairfield County
April 8, 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
"The whole idea of making art, as far as I'm concerned, comes from doing it over and over and over. You have to make a lot of mistakes. Mistakes in glassblowing can become some of the most beautiful artworks." 
--Dale Chihuly
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❖ Congratulations to our ACE Award Winners - and buy tickets!
❖ Next WPKN Radio Show: Westport Arts Collective - April 11
❖ Progressive Gallery Tour: browngrotta arts - May 4
❖ Connect with Schools - May 9
❖ Welcome New Members: Elise Black, Shanna Melton, Marianne Schmidt, Liz Squillace, Joan Wheeler, and Bruce Williams

❖ Member Round-Up: News from Judith Bacal, Karla Bernstein, Amy Bock, Trace Burroughs, Ann Chernow, Heidi Lewis Coleman, Carlos Davila, Jane Davila, Lauren DePalma, Barbara Dierolf, Carol Nipomnich Dixon, Heide Follin, Ellen Gordon, Michele Hubler, Karen Kalkstein, Karen Kent, Leslie Koenig, Cindi Mullins, Day Moore, Nancy Moore, Amy Oestreicher, Diane Pollack, Judy Peknik, and Joan Wheeler.
Members' Openings
Calendar of Members' Openings over the next 2 weeks

❖ New Haven Paint & Clay: Juried Show - April 13
Carriage Barn: Art in the Windows - April 28
❖ Westport Arts Center: SOLOS 2016 - May 13
❖ Silvermine
: Art of the Northeast - May 27

❖ Portuguese Residencies: Earth Architecture, Ceramics, Sound Sculpture - June 15
❖ Tavern 489

❖ How Do Artists Find Gallery Representation?
❖ Dread Scott's Marketing Advice

❖ Harpo Foundation: New Work Grants - April 27
❖ Williams Prize in Drawing for Emerging Artists - May 15

❖ Greenwich International Film Festival: 3 Screen Managers, Print Traffic Coordinator, Box Office Manager
❖ Westport Country Playhouse: Facilities Manager
❖ NICE Festival, Norwalk: Interns
❖ Fairfield Museum: Visitor Services Manager

Jobs Still Available

Deadlines and Dates to Remember
Congratulations to our Arts & Culture Empowerment (ACE) Awardees: Artist: Westport Artists’ Collective Founders; Nonprofit: Curtain Call (Lou Ursone, Executive and Artistic Director); Corporate: Bank of America; Educator: The Bruce Museum (Deputy Director Susan Ball, Interim Director of Education); Citizen: Richard J. Wenning, Executive Director, Be Foundation. Read full announcement here. Buy seats/raffle tickets for May 19 Award Breakfast.

Our next WPKN Spotlight on Arts & Culture radio show features the irrepressible founders of the Westport Artists' Collective - winners of the Artist ACE Award (see above): Nina Bentley, Miggs Burroughs, Helen Klisser During, Duvian Montoya, Jahmane West, and Tammy Winser. Listen to how they got started, what challenges they face and what's ahead. Monday April 11, 12-1pm, 89.5FM. If you miss it, stream it!

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 Artists? 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. 

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Elise Black is a multi-disciplinary artist and designer, whose diverse body of work reflects the many paths she has taken as painter, sculptor and designer, all revolving around the world of fashion. She graduated in 1982 from the Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.), later undertaking postgraduate work there, including clay sculpture with Jerry Luisi, and then studying metal fabrication at Silvermine School of Art (1992-2001). In all this, Elise writes, that she has a total fascination with materials, “some functional, some mundane, some decorative,” as well as with the by-products of industry - both current and defunct. Her paintings may begin on canvas, or board, but will often extend upon the negative space around it, using collage and other techniques. Sewn details are a recurring motif, as are exposed seams - alluding to her own history and engagement with construction. Her materials often include leather, fabric, yarn, glass, wood, metal, furniture parts, hardware, precious stone and found objects valued for their inherent or potential beauty. Black's work appears in corporate and private collections worldwide Her sculptural installations at two Westport schools are included in the Town of Westport's Permanent Art Collection. Her non-traditional light sculptures have appeared in the MLB Fan Cave in NYC. Her work has been seen most recently at the CT Affordable Art Fair, East Hampton's Karyn Mannix Contemporary and Norwalk’s Leclerc Contemporary gallery. See Elise's and websites.

Shanna Melton is a Bridgeport-based poet, painter and art consultant. The Ambassador of Poetry at Housatonic Community College (HCC), she has performed in poetry venues from Atlanta through Canada. As Shanna puts it, her work “carries the essence of women, men, people of color, and poetry.” As curator, she brings local, national and international poets to the Bridgeport community in shows such as Transcending ContinentsThe Women Gather, and In His Words. For the past three summers, Shanna has brought poets together with The POEMobile, sponsored by HCC and City Lore, featuring artists from Bridgeport and the surrounding areas. Her twice-monthly workshop, The Writer's Group is sponsored by City Lights Gallery, and also meets weekly at New Beginnings Family Academy. Shanna is the founder of Lyrical Voices Night of Poetry & Arts and co-founder of Verses a night of poetry at New York's famed Nuyorican Poets Café. Also a painter and photographer, who has exhibited in many poetry venues and galleries, including a solo show at The Barnum Museum, Shanna had her painting Esperanza Spalding Falling In chosen both for the cover of Fairfield University’s Spring 2015 issue of Dogwood Journal of Poetry & Prose and for Southern Connecticut State University’s 64 Days of Non Violence, 2015. Shanna's second collection of poems Unraveling My Thoughts is now available on See Shanna's Website, Facebook page, Twitter feed, and Dogwood Journal interview.

With a love of horses (a ranked National Championship rider at the age of 7) and golf, Marianne Schmidt graduated from college and entered business, traveling the word as a global account executive. She then suffered debilitating health issues, with 15 joint and spine operations and, in 2014, a traumatic brain injury, the result of over-prescribed medication. Miraculously, when she pulled out of this period, she discovered a remarkable newly-awakened talent for drawing and painting, though she never had any artistic training or experience, and could hardly draw. As she puts it: "It was just a whole new existence; I was in the same body, but I was reacting as a different person." Her work was shown in the 2015 City Lights Gallery’s Forever Young exhibit, that was partially "about rebirth and regeneration of oneself," said Suzanne Kachmar, City Lights' executive director, who clearly saw that art was an important component of Marianne's healing process. Marianne now is inspired to teach others - she leads an It Ain't Just Paint (paint and sip) event at Trumbull's Marisa Restaurant (every first and third Thursday of the month) and offers private parties. Last year, Marianne was in the Read's Artists Choose Artists exhibition, selected by Shanna Melton, as part of the Bridgeport Art Trail. This year she was one of 130 artists across the globe invited to submit 3 pieces for the Equus Film Festival Poster contest. See Marianne's website, Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Liz Squillace is a Bridgeport-based artist who specializes in screenprinting, mural-painting, & public art. Growing up in Trumbull, Liz received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1999 and, after a stint in Greenwich, creating a name for herself painting traffic boxes in Stamford (“adding her trademark bold colors and “creative illusion” to what had been nondescript, gray utility boxes," as the Stamford Advocate put it), she opened Paradox Ink in 2002 (moving it to Bridgeport's downtown Arcade Mall in 2013). This screenprinting studio specializes in custom-designed prints on apparel, fine-art prints on fabric, and multiple-color prints on a variety of materials. Paradox Ink is also devoted to promoting positive change in the environment by bringing art to public places. While her screenprints bring imagery like powerlines and industrial landscapes to gallery walls, her public art brings fine art and creative illusion to the street. Her mural paintings have been commissioned for private homes as well as public spaces, including the Barnum Museum, the Bridgeport Train Station, and the Michelle Obama Community Garden at the Bridgeport Public Library.  In 2015, Liz was accepted onto the Copyist Program at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (scene of the portrait above), where she replicated John Singer Sargent's 1899 The Wyndham Sisters. See Liz's website, Facebook page, Twitter feed, and YouTube Interview.

Joan Wheeler is an Easton-based painter. Of her art, she writes: "The style of my work most closely resembles a meld of magic realism and pop surrealism and and often references my collection of vintage toys, books, and prints. I feel a kinship with sideshow banner painters, vintage Mexican religious art, outsider art environments, Henry Darger, Frida Kahlo, and Henri Rousseau, among others. My paintings serve as my visual diary. Themes are highly autobiographical and reflect fear, hope, sorrow and longing, most often played out in a natural setting."  Joan has been represented by Monique Knowlton Gallery in Soho, featured on the cover of Gallery Guide, listed in Art in America’s guide to contemporary artists, exhibited in many NY galleries, including Exit Art, First Run Gallery, Broadway Windows, the Works on Paper Show at the Armory, and the Outsider Art Show in Soho, and many local museums, including the New Britain Museum of American Art, Stamford Museum and Nature Center, Discovery Museum, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Mattatuck Museum, and the Barnum Museum. She is a member of Silvermine Guild of Artists, the National Association of Women Artists, and the CT Surface Design Association. She received a CT Artists Fellowship in 2007. See Joan's website here.

Bruce Williams paints in watercolor and pastel. A 1971 graduate of Fairfield University, he studied at the Silvermine School of Art from 1987 to 1991, and participated in the Yale Summer program in 1991. He works on the waterfront at Black Rock Harbor, Bridgeport, where he helps operate his family’s marina, Captain’s Cove Seaport. His love of maritime subjects and local history led him to co-author the book Bridgeport on the Sound and Bridgeport with historian Mary P. Witkowski. Bruce’s paintings reflect a lifetime of living and working along the shore of Long Island Sound. He draws inspiration from the Cos Cob Colony school of artists and late 19th century marine painters such as Frederick Cozzens, Carleton Chapman, and Milton Burns. Bruce’s work has been exhibited at Chap’s Art and Frame, the Framemaker's Gallery, the NEST Art Factory, Harborview Market Gallery, City Lights Gallery, Burroughs Community Center, Fairfield University Bookstore, and the University of Bridgeport's Schelfhaudt Gallery. He is a member of the Black Rock Art Guild (BRAG), City Lights Gallery, the World Artist Network, and is chair of the Cultural Committee of the Black Rock Neighborhood Revitalization Zone.
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YOUR NEWS                             
TRACE BURROUGHS, HEIDI LEWIS COLEMAN, HEIDE FOLLIN, KAREN KENT, CINDI MULLINS, and JUDY PEKNIK are all showing work in The Carriage Barn's SPECTRUM 2016/Natural Inspiration. Juried by Gabriel de Guzman, Curator of Visual Arts at Wave Hill in the Bronx, on view April 9 – May 26, 2016. The opening reception is this Saturday, April 9, 4 – 6pm
JUDITH BACAL, LOREN DEPALMA, KAREN KALKSTEIN, LESLIE KOENIG, DAY MOORE, NANCY MOORE, AMY OESTREICHER and JOAN WHEELER all have work in the Maritime Garage Gallery's exhibition AQUA, April 13-July 8. Opening reception is Weds, April 13, 5-7pm. The show is curated by SOOO-Z MASTROPIETRO. At right detail of Leslie Koenig's diptych Scene of the Deep
KARLA BERNSTEIN has a solo exhibit of her fine art photography at the Susi Laura Massage Therapy and Day Spa, Prospect St., Ridgefield, opening April 11 through Labor Day. At right, Eastham, MA. The exhibit is part of the Ridgefield Guild’s Satellite Gallery Program that pairs businesses with participating artists. Karla’s photography was recently on exhibit at The Alison Shaw Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, MA.
AMY BOCK will be exhibiting a varied group of oil paintings at a solo show called A Magic Window at Offerings Gallery in Katonah, NY. The work will include pieces from her GroundWork, Pollinator, Trees and Landscape series. At right Violets VI. Artist’s reception is Saturday, April 16 from 6 - 9pm, the exhibit will run through May 30th. Offerings Gallery is at 58 Katonah Avenue, Katonah, NY, (914.232.9643).
TRACE BURROUGHS has had two digital paintings accepted for the Carriage Barn's Spectrum 2016/Natural Inspiration exhibition, titled Enlightenment and Good Day Sunshine (pictured at right). Trace notes that both his works will also be used on the printed graphic for the Carriage Barn's Spring Party.
ANN CHERNOW will be joined by film producer Paul Levin for a discussion of the theme of "noir," which has greatly influenced their careers, at the Westport Arts Center, Tues. April 12, 6-8pm. The event will include a Q&A with audience members and a reception. Chernow's NOIR exhibition features paintings, drawings, lithographs and etchings, inspired by American noir filmmaking of the 1940s and '50s. 
HEIDI LEWIS COLEMAN's piece in Spectrum 2016 is ÁLFHEIMR (acrylic and cut paper on canvas, 36" x 36", at right). In Norse mythology, Álfheimr is the Kingdom of the Elves. This piece is part of Heidi's Dreamscape Series which explores imaginary landscapes inspired by the ancient lands of mythology and cultural lore, whether historical, fictional or fantastical. 
JANE DAVILA and CARLOS DAVILA share a two-person show at City Lights: Davila and Davila, through May 12, at City Lights' new, interim space at 855 Main St. Bridgeport. At right, Jane's fiber piece, Clima (8" x 8," mixed media fiber), part of a series in response to the global warming crisis - with beetles representing Mother Earth. Clima means climate in Spanish.
BARBARA DIEROLF has her Spiral Mandala Quilt featured in a special Invitational Exhibit of Art Quilts at the CT Piecemakers Quilt Guild's 16th bi-annual quilt show, held at the Southbury Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1284 Strongtown Rd., Southbury, CT on April 16 and 17 from 10am to 5 pm. This is the largest regional quilt show held in our area. 
CAROL NIPOMNICH DIXON's embroidered photo collage Blossoms received First Prize in Mixed Media at the Art Society of Old Greenwich’s Spring Show at the Garden Education Center in Cos Cob on view through April 28. At right another of Carol's embroidered photo collages in the show, Rite of Spring (both 13" diameter)
HEIDE FOLLIN's Light Rain (acrylic paint and ink on watercolor paper, 34 x 47 inches framed) is her entry to Spectrum 2016/Natural Inspiration. "With sunlight and rain, wild things grow and winged creatures fly” - Heide writes that as she thinks about her inspiration "it always comes back to nature." 
That "Marvelous Maven of Mixed Media," ELLEN GORDON is featured in Norwalk's Sidewalk Gallery at PressProof Studio, 18 South Main Street, from April 17 through May 22. At right a detail of one of the many pieces in the window: Lovely Pair (30"x40" collage).
MICHELE HUBLER has three pieces in CIRCA, The NEST Art Factory's exhibition of digital art, opening Sat. April 9, 2-4 pm. Pictured here is South of the Border, a 24"X24" giclee print, designed & illustrated on Michele's iPad. Michele comments that her inspiration comes from "unstructured bold shapes and brilliant colors." Also in the show, DONNA CALLIGHAN with Sunset Lake. 
KAREN KALKSTEIN has Bark Work #40 (15”x21,” collage of birch bark with paper lithography print on paper, detail at right) in the current CT Women Artists Member’s Show, at the The Art League of New Britain, 30 Cedar Street, New Britain, April 8 - 29, with an opening reception April 9 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Karen makes her collages on paper of birch bark that she picks up in the Vermont woods. Using paper lithography, she prints photographs of the trees, from which the bark came, on top of each collage.
DIANE POLLACK is in a two-person show at Art/Place Gallery, Fairfield, through May 8. Entitled red, black and white, her works continue her exploration of matriarchal history and mythology. At right Primordial Rituals 9, (stencil + thread, 26" x 38," detail at right).  Diane writes her new work "is a response to the energy fields that swirl and spiral around and within us as well as far beyond."
Compiled List of Member Openings
Sat. April 9: Opening, CT Women Artists Members Show, 1-3pm (Karen Kalkstein)
Sat. April 9: Opening, CIRCA, The NEST, Bridgeport, 2-4pm (Michele Hubler)
Sat. April 9: Opening, Spectrum 2016/Natural Inspiration, Carriage Barn, New Canaan, 4-6pm (Trace Burroughs, Heidi Lewis Coleman, Heide Follin, Karen Kent, Cindi Mullins, Judy Peknik)
Tue. April 12: Artist's Talk, Ann Chernow, with film producer Paul Levin, on "Noir." Westport Arts Center, 6-8pm
Wed. April 13: Opening, Aqua, Maritime Garage Gallery, Norwalk, 5-7pm (Judith Bacal, Loren DePalma, Karen Kalkstein, Leslie Koenig, Day Moore, Nancy Moore, Amy Oestreicher and Joan Wheeler).
Sat. April 16:  Amy Bock, A Magic Window, Offerings Gallery, Katonah, NY, 6-9pm 
Check for listings of all events by our members!
CALLS FOR ENTRIES                             

The New Haven Paint and Clay Club announces its 115th Annual Juried Art Exhibition May 13 – June 10, 2016, at The Creative Arts Workshop, 80 Audubon Street, New Haven. Open to artists from the Northeast (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York). Artists may enter up to three works (3 jpeg images). Sculptors may also submit up to three works (2 jpeg views allowed for each piece). First entry is $20, each additional entry is $15. NO photography, computer art, giclee, installation work or crafts. Sculptors must bring their own pedestals. Submit entries to (for best results, submit high-quality images under 5MB). Deadline is April 13Prizes totaling in excess of $3600 will be awarded at this exhibition.  Juror is Barkley Hendricks. Prospectus available here.

The Carriage Barn Arts Center and New Canaan Society for the Arts, in partnership with the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce, have organized a cash-and-carry exchange to encourage partnerships between artists, merchants, and non-profits: Art in the Windows. The Carriage Barn is issuing a call for 2D art (prints, paintings, drawings, photography, mixed media, and otherwise) and small 3D sculptures to fill New Canaan storefront windows and walls. Submission fee for artists: $26/upto 3 entries for members/ students; $41/upto 3 entries for non-members. There is no fee for participating merchants, should work sell on the spot, merchants will transact the cash-and-carry exchange. Deadline: Thursday, April 28; Notification: Thursday, May 5; Drop off: May 24-25. On view: Saturday, May 29 – Sunday, June 12, 2015; Pick up: Monday, June 13, between 10-5pm. Prospectus here.
SOLOS 2016
MAY 13

The Westport Arts Center's Visual Arts program is dedicated to creating exhibitions and cultural arts experiences that enrich the community. SOLOS 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of SOLOS exhibitions which celebrate the artistic talent and diversity of its artist members. Through the compelling bodies of work exhibited, regional artists have explored a variety of ideas from unique points of view. SOLOS 2016 will feature up to 8 artists, selected by Douglas Hyland, former Director of the New Britain Museum of American Art. Hyland has curated more than a hundred exhibitions and written on a wide range of topics from fakes and forgeries, to 19th-century French artists, to contemporary art. Deadline: May 13. Submit online, here.
MAY 27

Silvermine Arts Center announces its call for entries to the 66th Annual Art of the Northeast, a competition/exhibition highlighting the diversity of work that is currently being made in the Northeast by emerging and established artists. For the 66th annual competition, Silvermine  announces a Best in Show cash prize of $3,000 along with a solo show at Silvermine. Entries will be judged by Steven Sergiovanni, an art advisor and curator based in New York City. With over 20 years experience in the gallery world Steven was the former Director of Mixed Greens. Prior to Mixed Greens, Steven started his career at Jack Shainman Gallery and has since worked for several galleries including Charles Cowles, Holly Solomon and Andrea Rosen. Deadline: May 27. Full prospectus here; apply here.
April 15: Studio 80/Sculpture Grounds, Summer Sculpture Showcase Entry Deadline
April 18: Oxford Festival of Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Submission Deadline
April 21-23: Stamford Art Association: Reed Marine Exhibition Receiving Dates


Oficinas do Convento is a cultural nonprofit in Montemor-o-Novo, Alentejo, Portugal, founded in 1996. It has developed numerous projects in the visual and performing arts, heritage, architecture, community, and ecology,with conferences, training activities in different areas, residencies, festivals and other cultural activities. Artists, architects, engineers and designers are invited to submit their proposals for projects on the following themes: Earth Architecture, Ceramics, and Sound Sculpture. The grantees will be allowed to work in the Oficinas do Convento’s studios for one month and will receive 300 € to develop a project, to implement, present and promote it. At the end of each residency, the projects will be presented publicly in an exhibition. There are currently three vacancies for Art Residencies to take place between September and December 2016. Prospectus here. Deadline: June 15, 2016.

Stamford singer/songwriter, photographer Cultural Alliance artist member, Kathy Muir is working with Stamford's Tavern 489 (489 Glenbrook Rd) to support local artists and grow a local community of visual and musical artistry through collaboration and authorship. One plan is to bring musicians and sketch artists together. Using a special "T489 notebook," visiting musicians write their favorite words from a song, as in the Visitors' Book in an old country inn. On the other side of the notebook page, an artist (you) would sketch the musician. Over time, this notebook will commit to page all the nights, the words, and all the faces of those who visited (and perhaps will re-visit) Tavern 489. Artists get to enjoy good music, hone your skills for a few hours while taking advantageous of Tavern 489's free fayre and refreshment. Bring a friend to share the hospitality. Interested? then contact Kathy here:
RESOURCES & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT                             

James Loks in ArtSlant Worldwide's blog, Slant, investigates How Artists Find Gallery Representation. He does this in three ways: interviewing leading gallerists, surveying many more, asking about the nature of their relationship with artists they represent, and looking online for advice. The good news: a solid 85 percent of the galleries said they are always on the lookout for new artists to represent. What they’re looking for, and how they find these artists varies considerably - there's no easy answer, single methodology or best practice. Overall, gallerists seek artists whose work they love and whose practice they can believe in - essentially someone they think is worth the investment they stand to make. How do artists and galleries connect? Survey responses suggested three points of contact: recommendations, group shows, and shows in artist-run or nonprofit galleries. The most valuable online resource Loks found was Shara Hughes' interviews with artists about how they came to be represented by galleries. All the advice boiled down to: Have a strong body of work and set up studio visits; and involve yourself in a community of artists and colleagues. "Gallerists will monitor artists for a long time before coming to represent them, most for over six months, and many for over a year...Galleries want to see your practice, the way you work, and ideally some development over time. They also actively seek recommendations, "particularly from artists they know or represent, and the data bears out that being part of a self-supporting network is the best way to get noticed." Overall, Loks' advice: "all you can do is genuinely engage with your peers and networks and keep trying to make great artwork." Read Loks' article here - and keep networking!

Performance, installation artist and provocateur Dread Scott understands that "marketing" has a bad rap in the eyes of most artists, but in advance of a 90-minute webinar he is giving for Creative Capital Monday April 11 (7-8:30pm) on Creating a Marketing Strategy, he was interviewed to get some of his key points across. While "marketing" may seem alien to many artists, they do all need to reach an audience. "Our art deserves a passionate advocate who can connect the art with the audience we would like. That is our job." Even when we have partner organizations, Scott emphasizes that it's the artist's job to think about who s/he wants to reach and how best to present the art.In developing mailing lists to reach out to potential audiences, Scott recommends starting from who you know and work with: "The people who come to your exhibitions, buy your MP3s, hang out with you, drink beer, and program your performances. Mailing lists are built over time - everyone who has shown interesting and support of your work should be on a mailing list. Scott recommends subscribing to email marketing software (MailChimp, GetResponse, Constant Contact, Mad Mimi, etc) and then linking it to  to your website to allow people to easily sign up: "Thosewho visit your site and are already curious about your work are the people who you want on your list." Ultimately he says you have the tools in your hands and you need to use them to "rule your universe." Read the interview with Dread Scott here.

The Harpo Foundation was established in 2006 to support visual artists who are underrecognized in their field. Among other things, the foundation seeks to stimulate creative inquiry aimed at encouraging new modes of thinking about art. To that end, the foundation is inviting Letters of Inquiry for its 2016 New Work Project Grants program. Through the annual program, grants of up to $10,000 are awarded to nonprofit organizations in support of new work by underrecognized visual artists who are at least 21 years old. The foundation considers proposals that directly support the production of new work by artists and/or collaborative teams. Productions can happen in the context of an installation, public intervention, residency, or exhibition. Artists need to apply with and through a nonprofit organization, a fiscal-sponsorship agency. Letters-of-intent must be received no later than April 27, 2016. Application details here. FAQs here.
MAY 15

The Williams Prize in Drawing for Emerging Artists is a celebration of drawing as a critical element in contemporary art making and as an art form with powerful expressive possibilities. The prize was designed to provide a venue through which emerging artists can share, on a national stage, both their unique visions and their drawing skills. For the 2016 Williams Prize in Drawing, artists will have the opportunity to compete for one of the eleven monetary awards and selection by the juror for a spot in the Williams Prize in Drawing Exhibition, to be held June 28-July 24, 2016 at the Silpe Gallery at the Hartford Art School in West Hartford. (2016 juror: Douglas Martenson). First Prize: $1000
Juror's Choice Awards: 10 awards, $200 each. The Williams Prize is designed for applicants who are creating 2D drawings with either traditional methods, or more experimental contemporary approaches and materials, excepting digitally created or enhanced art. Drawing media that are encouraged include, but are not limited to, chalk, charcoal, color pencil, Conte, graphite, marker, metal-point, pastel, and pen & ink. There is no theme that must be suggested by the artist, but all art must be original and completed independently within the past 5 years. (i.e. 2011-present). For 2016 Williams Prize prospectus click here.


The Greenwich International Film Festival (GIFF) has several openings: Three Screen Managers, who, under the supervision of the Venue Manager and Festival Producer, will each oversee one of the screens at the Bow Tie Theater (Greenwich, CT) during the 2016 festival; a Print Traffic Coordinator who, under the supervision of the Director of Programming and Associate Programmer, will manage print traffic for GIFF, developing relationships with external print traffic coordinators, securing on-time receipt of Festival films and videos, and arranging for timely shipping of prints and videos; and a Box Office Manager (a paid position for May 12-June 16), who, under the supervision of the Festival Producer and COO, will manage the box office and oversee/execute ticketing and accreditation. The Box Office will be open May 14 - June 12, in downtown Greenwich, CT. The festival will take place June 9-12.

Westport Country Playhouse seeks a Facilities Manager (FM) to maintain all buildings owned by the Playhouse. Responsibilities include management of all building systems (HVAC, electric, mechanical, etc); scheduling building repairs; negotiating and managing all related service agreements; ordering and maintaining inventory of building supplies; scheduling landscaping services, cleaning services, waste disposal, and recycling; assisting with rental events; maintaining Playhouse vehicles; and more. For qualifications and application instructions click here.

The Norwalk international Cultural Exchange (NICE) Festival is looking for two interns to coordinate vendor activity for The NICE Festival event scheduled for July 9, 2016 at Oyster Shell Park, Norwalk. The role is a sales and operations position, requiring identifying and recruiting key world cuisine restaurants, arts and crafts stores and various business establishments to participate in the event. The role also will require operations of all aspects leading up to the event as well as the day of the event. Individuals will have the opportunity to learn, Event Planning, Sales, Promotion, Hospitality and Production. This position is ideal for students pursuing careers in event planning, marketing & advertising, entertainment production and promotion. Pays $10/hour; 10 hrs/week minimum. See NICE website for more on the Festival. Contact (203) 919-3000

The Fairfield Museum in Fairfield, CT seeks an experienced, full-time Visitor Services Manager to assist visitors, answer phones, manage the Museum Shop, supervise facilities rentals and manage other administrative duties. Experience with scheduling, social media marketing and retail management, as well as a highly organized and outgoing personality are essential. Click here for a full position description. Competitive salary and benefits package. Mail or email letter of interest and resume by May 1st to: VM Search, Fairfield Museum, 370 Beach Road, Fairfield, CT 06824 or
Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum: Head of CommunicationsTeaching Artists
Fairfield County Chorale: Executive Director
Fairfield Museum: Collections Manager
Greenwich International Film Festival: MarketingGraphic DesignProgramming Interns
Hartbeat Ensemble: Managing Director
Ives Concert Park: Bookkeeper
Sacred Heart University: Graphic Designer

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April 11: WPKN Spotlight on Arts & Culture, Westport Artists Collective, 12pm
April 13: New Haven Paint & Clay Club: Juried Exhibition Submission Deadline
April 15: MacDowell Colony Artists Residencies Application Deadline
April 15: Cyrenaica Writers Residencies Application Deadline
April 15: Studio 80/Sculpture Grounds, Summer Sculpture Showcase Entry Deadline
April 15: Bogliasco Residency Fellowship Application Due.
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: Harpo Foundation, New Work Grants Letter-of-Intent Deadline
April 28: Carriage Barn, New Canaan: Art in the Windows Application Deadline

May c4: Last Progressive Tour Stop: browngrotta arts, Wilton, 6-8pm
May c9: Connecting with Schools: Education Summit, 10am-12:30pm
May 13: Westport Arts Center: SOLOS 2016 Submission Deadline
May 15: Williams Prize in Drawing for Emerging Artists Submission Deadline
May 19: Cultural Alliance ACE Awards Breakfast, Shore & Country Club, Norwalk
May 27: Silvermine Arts Center: Art of the Northeast, Submission 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 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

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