Subject: ARTISTS' NEWSLETTER - February 11, 2016

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News and Opportunities for Artists of Fairfield County
February 12, 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 350 individuals and organizations. Sign up here
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❖ Nominations Close Today for our ACE Awards
❖ Sign Up Now for Progressive Gallery Tour: Picture This/Wendy Nylen Gallery - Feb. 19
❖ Sign Up Now for Common Ground 8: Grace Farms, New Canaan - Feb. 23
❖ Welcome New Members: Binnie Birstein, Thomas S. Berntsen, Jan Dilenscheider, and Sergey Stepanenko

❖ Member Round-Up: 8 members in Loft Artists' Watching the Clock; 3 members in Tell Me Who I Am. Other news from Amy Bock, Alicia Cobb, Heidi Lewis Coleman, Amy Dolego, Susan Fehlinger, Ellen Gordon, Amy Kaplan, Sooo-z Mastropietro, Kathy Muir, Karen Neems, Amy Oestreicher, Alissa Siegal, Nomi Silverman, Juliette Tehrani, and Amy Vensel.

❖ Connecticut Arts Day: Sign Up (Join our bus) - March 2
❖ #Creativz - What Do Artists Need? Join the Conversation

❖ Westport Mini Maker Faire
❖ Rowayton Arts Center: Inspiration - Feb. 22-3
❖ Greenwich Art Society: 99th Annual Juried Exhibition - March 4-5
❖ Westport Downtown Merchants Association: Art About Town 2016 - March 14

❖ ArtSlant: Georgia Fee Artist/Writer Residency in Paris - March 1
❖ NARS Foundation: Emerging Curator Program
 - March 1 
❖ Independent Film Program: Time Warner Completion Labs - March 1
❖ Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute: Artist Residency Program - March 10


❖ TAXES: VITA sites; Creative Capital Workshop; GYST Guide to Taxes
❖ Westport Writers Workshop: Upcoming Workshops 

❖ Yale University Digital Media Center: Digital Media Production - Critic
❖ Mattatuck Museum: P/T Curatorial Assistant

❖ I-Park: Residency Program Manager
❖ Martha Baker Design, Greenwich: Design Assistant

Jobs Still Available

Deadlines and Dates to Remember
Nominations end midnight Friday for the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County Arts & Culture Empowerment (ACE) Awards. The awards will be presented at a breakfast in Norwalk at the Shore and Country Club, on May 19, 2016 (Arthur Levitt will keynote), and will celebrate those individuals, organizations, and businesses that have either made significant contributions to the community through arts and culture, or who have enriched the arts and culture sector through volunteerism or patronage. You can nominate individuals for an Artist or Citizen Award, a business for the Corporate Award; an individual, nonprofit, or creative business for the Educator Award, and an arts and cultural organization or leader for the Nonprofit Award. Click here to make your nomination. Read more...
Sign up for the next stop on our Progressive Gallery Tour, Fri. Feb. 19 at the PICTURE THIS/ WENDY NYLEN GALLERY in Westport. Our tour will coincide with the opening of a show of watercolors by Olga Klymyk. Designed to encourage members to mix and mingle while seeing the wide range of commercial galleries that are members of the Cultural Alliance, the tour has progressed from Greenwich through Stamford, New Canaan and Norwalk, month-by-month towards Bridgeport. Enjoy the party - and bring your business card. RSVP Now!
Join us for our monthly Common Ground Meet-Up, where artist, creative business and nonprofit members create and discuss collaborative project ideas. This month at Grace Farms, New Canaan, share ideas about The Rebirth Arts Festival, and experience a debutt One-Stroke Calligraphy, and an updated "Detour-ist" Workshop. Read more.


Binnie Birstein grew up in New York, raised her family in Weston, and now lives in Norwalk, with a studio at Firing Circuits. Binnie is a painter/printmaker, working in acrylic and oil, but is most well known for her work and teaching in encaustic - which, as she points out on her website, is both a medium and a process: The medium is beeswax and resin mixed with pigment; the process involves heating the paint until it liquefies, brushing it onto a panel, then heating it again, in place, with a blowtorch or heat gun. Usually layers of encaustic are built up, each fused to the one beneath. Encaustic is an ancient method of painting, going back to 4th-century B.C. Greece. Lost for centuries, it was revived after World War II - most famously by Jasper Johns in his 1950s flag and target paintings. As Nancy Natale wrote in her blog New Art in the Studio on Binnie: “Unlike the work of many who paint with encaustic, Binnie Birstein's paintings are driven by ideas and emotions that are conveyed both through her imagery and physical handling of the material. She is a painter who utilizes not only the luminous quality of encaustic, but also manipulates the wax into a rugged sculptural surface so that her paintings have both the soft and hard aspects of wax. Binnie is a master of surface and of strange and compelling imagery that draws the viewer in to ponder its meaning.”  Binnie also uses encaustic as the matrix to create encaustic collagraph prints - and she makes monoprints. Binnie has shown widely, and won many awards, from Best in Show (Ann Temkin) in Silvermine’s 2002 Art of the Northeast, to First Prize in Joanne Mattera’s Thinking in Wax (2007, Truro Center for the Arts, MA) and Second Prize in Why Not?! (Housatonic Art Museum, 2008). Binnie has been included in over 100 exhibitions since 2001; recent shows have included Square Foot, Art Basel Miami 3, Projects Gallery, Miami (2015); 9th & 10th Encaustic Invitationals, Conrad Wilde, Tucson (2014, 2015); The Pendle Print Biennial, Lancashire, England (2014); and Wax is Hot!, Amy Simon Gallery (2013). See Binnie's CCP class May 14-15 and her workshops. See her website, and her Facebook page.


Graduating RIT with a BS in Professional Photography, Thomas Berntsen first worked for magazines, shooting historic homes and commercial interiors, and then for high-end decorative arts firms. In 2000, expanding into graphic arts, he set up a home photographic and computer graphics studio, and began working on his own creative projects, alongside his commercial work. The big turning point came in 2002, when he recounts, while walking across a frozen pond, he glanced down at his feet and found himself mesmerized by the leaves frozen and encased in the ice. That transfigurative moment led to an evolving series of photographs entitled Dancing Leaf Portraits. These were shown first locally, at the Greenwich Garden Center, the Bartlett Arboretum, and Silvermine Arts Center, where he was juried in as a member of the Silvermine Arts Guild in 2004, and then in a solo show at The National Arts Club in New York, in 2007 - huge 4 x 5 foot prints that filled the Main Gallery. Interested in capturing the leaf forms in 3D, Tom took a course in sculpture at Silvermine in 2009, embarking upon intensive casting at several foundries, completing commissions in both steel and bronze. Another turning point came in 2012, when he began the practice of meditation and the study of early music and Paleolithic art. This all came together in a fascination with the labyrinth and the meditative walk. 3D printing and Computer-Aided Design helped Tom conceptualize large-scale projects on this theme (winning in the process an Innovation Award from the Westport Arts Advisory Committee for his work in incorporating 3D printing into the arts). Currently he is working on The Peel Project (shown at Silvermine in 2015) - photographic images that began as working sketches for a large-scale sculptural installation, Whirling Pathways. Tom has written about his work: “Flying, falling, floating, fitting in - or not - are the themes expressed in my art. Abstract and figurative, the visual stories are my reflections. Every medium brings another dimension to my work, which is dark, ambiguous, dream-like and dissonant with a sense of mystery and unease.” Tom is represented by The Lionheart Gallery in Pound Ridge, NY, See his website here.


Jan Hennessey Dilenschneider celebrates the moment when, as an Ohio State University freshman, she met with a professor who had observed her sketches and who confirmed that she had artistic talent. Today, after a career in management for Estee Lauder, and other cosmetic companies, and raising two sons, Dilenschneider finds herself, as Phyllis Boros has put it "the toast of Paris and Fairfield." Last year marked the third in which she was invited to show her work at Galerie Pierre-Alain Challier in Paris. At the same time, a mini-retrospective was organized at the Bellarmine Museum of Art at Fairfield University. Dualities featured some 20 paintings celebrating the natural world and its beauty “through rich colors and energetic brush strokes.” Inspired by her artist-mother and the natural world all around, Jan Dilenschneider has said: "I'm amazed with the beauty I find in a blue sky, or in a pebble or a leaf, in a gorgeous old tree or tall reeds and shore grasses." Although she often uses a camera on her walks around her property or on her travels around the globe, she uses the photographs as inspiration rather than as direct sources for her paintings. Jan actively believes in art as a force for good by making others aware of the beauty of the natural world (so that they might preserve it) and the importance of art and artists to society. She is the force behind the Janet Hennessey Dilenschneider Scholar Rescue Award in the Arts, administered through the Institute of International Education's Scholar Rescue Fund. "A society is judged and remembered for its art and artists," Dilenschneider said. "Think of Rome, or Greece or Egypt. We must do all we can to support and encourage arts of our own time." See Jan's website here; a video on her work here. Thanks to Phyllis Boros.

A Darien resident, painter Sergey Stepanenko was born in Barnaul, Russia, graduating from Fine Art College in Frunze, Kyrgyzstan, with a Bachelors of Fine Art. Later, he earned his Masters in book design from the Moscow State University of Printing Arts. He has worked as an art and set director for a Russian TV station, developed logo designs (including those for three major newspapers), created puppets for a puppet show, taught in a prestigious art school and worked as a graphic designer on significant projects. His work includes a large body of travel landscapes commissioned in many countries over the course of more than 30 years. Sergey is known for his expert mural and trompe l’oeil paintings, some of which can be found in the homes of Keith Richards, the Kennedys, the Eisenhowers and many area residents, as well in private collections in Germany, Japan, India, Slovenia, Greece, Egypt, Panama, Colombia, Ukraine, and Russia. Sergey comments that his search for his visual language led him to two series Dreamers and ?. In Dreamers he feels he has the freedom to depict almost any situation, and express a wide range of feelings and concerns through the figure of an allegorical dreamer. The ? series asks more political questions. “I am asking through my paintings: Where we are going? Can we try to understand each other? The colors in my paintings must leave a feeling of optimism. I believe in our future.” Sergey is a member of the St. Philip Artists' Guild (SPAG), is available for portrait and mural commissions, and his paintings are shown locally at Zorya Fine Art Gallery in Greenwich. See Sergey's website here and his Facebook Page here.
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YOUR NEWS                             
LUCIENNE BUCKNER, DONNA CALLIGHAN, JOSEPH DERMODY, CHRISTA FORREST, ELLEN GORDON, YUKO IKE, SHOLEH JANATI, and JULLIETTE TEHRANI are all taking part in the LOFT ARTISTS ASSOCIATION group show, Watching the Clock, a theme show chair, Paul Larson, notes "can denote a beginning, an ending, or an incremental time period. It can be merciless and unstoppable, or can represent hope for renewal and a better tomorrow." The opening is this Sat. Feb 13, 4-6pm. 
ELLEN GORDON, JANA IREIJO and SOOO-Z MASTROPIETRO are three of seven artists in  
Tell Me Who I Am: Identity in Contemporary Portraiture, at the Curtis Gallery, NEW CANAAN PUBLIC LIBRARY, Feb. 18-March 27, with a reception Thurs. Feb. 25, 6-8pm. 

Congratulations to AMY BOCK for being awarded the Juror's Selection Prize at the Mattatuck Museum's juried exhibition MixMaster, which runs through March 6th. The juror of the show was Elizabeth Denny, Director, Denny Gallery, 261 Broome Street, New York, NY. The Mattatuck Museum is located at 144 West Main Street, Waterbury.
ALICIA COBB is one of the featured artists in NEVER DONE: Manifestations of the Beauty, Inspiration and Constant Strength of Black Women, opening at CITY LIGHTS GALLERY Thurs. Feb 25, 5:30-8:30pm. This exhibition, curated by Suzann Kachmar, with assistance from Shanna Melton, is Alicia's first show of 2016. She is planning to show two body-art photos, three hand-painted ceramic busts and serval acrylics. At right, Alicia's She is Love.
HEIDI LEWIS COLEMAN is currently exhibiting several mixed media assemblage pieces in AESTHETICS & WHIMSY at Sarah's Wine Bar in Ridgefield. Located upstairs from Bernard's Restaurant, "a charming venue offering a fun and lively atmosphere with a fabulous selection of wines," the opening reception is on Sunday, February 21, 3-5 PM. Sarah's Wine Bar is located at 20 West Lane in Ridgefield. At right Papillon, Galadriel, Nephthys II, Abalone (mixed media, 8"x8")
Congratulations to photographer AMY DOLEGO who has been accepted as a sponsored artist by Fractured Atlas under its Fiscal Sponsorship Program. Amy was accepted into the 2016 Venice Architectural Biennale and can now apply for grants and start a crowdfunding project, using the sponsorship to raise the money to get her there. See her project link here. Amy credits the NYFA Fiscal Sponsorship Workshop organized by the Cultural Alliance and hosted by Silvermine Arts Guild for her success with Fractured Atlas.
We are happy to announce that SUSAN FEHLINGER has joined Cultural Alliance member SOUTHPORT GALLERIES (330 Pequot Avenue, Southport). This was partly a result of the our last Progressive Gallery Tour visit to the gallery, when Susan met co-owners Philip Eliasoph and Sissy Biggers, who liked her work and asked her to show her Fresh Produce series of still life oils. At right, The Lemons (12” x 12”)
ELLEN GORDON has four pieces in the New Canaan Library's Tell Me Who I Am show, opening Thurs. Feb. 25. Two signature figurative collages and two ink and color studies, including at right, Study 2 (watercolor and ink, 16" x 20"). All four pieces, Ellen says, are inspired by drawings made in private sessions with a model, and speak to "the creative magic that happens when inspiration and form collide—finding the shapes and lines in the figure, the song and dance of the composition, and translating it into a contemporary work."

Congratulations to AMY KAPLAN who has just been hired to help Westport run it’s annual ART ABOUT TOWN event. This runs May 19-June 19 this year and the deadline is coming up: March 14. Details below in Calls for Entries.
SOOO-Z MASTROPIETRO has three of her fabric pieces in the New Canaan Library's Tell Me Who I Am show, opening Thurs. Feb. 25. These are "pixelated portraits" rendered in tubes of fabric. Each piece is 16x20 and, as Sooo-z puts it, "is a representation of my sneaky children, who detest being photographed - so I tubed them instead."
Stamford-based, Scottish singer-songwriter KATHY MUIR, in her continuing role as Artist in Residence at Stamford's The Fez (227 Summer St), returns to the Fez stage this Valentine's Day to sing her own favorite love songs rarely heard in public, "a few laid-back jazzy pieces, and slower renditions of some of her melodic acoustic pop songs to provide an overall easy laid back vibe to the evening. Fans old and new will hear Muir's classics as well as new additions to her playlist." 
KAREN NEEMS has her own show, Spatial Choreography, at Silvermine Art Center's The Viewing Room. At right a detail of In the Balance-Act VI (see others in this series here). "In her newest body of work, Karen Neems takes static, mundane objects and photographs them from the perspective of looking down. She layers images, adding additional translucent film, which further enhances the illusion of space." Opens Feb. 28, with reception 2-4pm.
AMY OESTREICHER  will be performing Gutless and Grateful in New York at the Emerging Artists Theatre, March 11th; is leading her Detourist Workshops for students - and is still looking for further collaborations; is teaching mixed media art classes at Westport Continuing Ed, starting March 3rd; is performing gutless and grateful at Boston College on February 29th; and is still accepting guest posts for #LoveMyDetour.
Congratulations to ALISSA SIEGAL for winning the competition run by CT Historic Gardens for an image to be used on its poster for its booth at the Flower and Garden Show that runs February 18-21 in Hartford. At right is a detail of the winning image, Wildflowers and Butterflies (mixed media on canvas)
NOMI SILVERMAN (at right, detail of her Refugees, Lithograph 15 x 11" 2015), and ANN CHERNOW are two artists featured in Cross Currents, a portfolio of 8 original prints, etchings, aquatints, lithographs solar prints and mixed media just acquired by The Allen Library Of Special Collections, The University Of Washington (the 4th major collection to acquire it). The portfolio was a cross-country collaboration between Milestone Graphics in Bridgeport and Blue Sky Press, Lafayette California. 
JULLIETTE TEHRANI's The Clock at Musée d'Orsay (20” x 16,” detail at right) is not only included in the Watching the Clock show, opening Sat Feb. 13, 4-6pm, but is the image on the show's flyer. Painted with oil on anodized aluminum, the image is from the former, Beaux-Arts 1890 railway station, now the museum. Juliette says it is her favorite place to visit in Paris, with its fabulous Impressionist collection and, on the top floor, the enormous clock overlooking the city. Although she took numerous photos, she feels the painting best captures the visual sensation of the scene.
AMY VENSEL has been invited to be part of the show, Elsewhere, at ArtSpace (555 Asylum Ave) in Hartford, with an opening reception Feb. 13, 6-9pm. The exhibition features seven artists from across the country with works that explore the intersection between memory and imagination through painting, sculpture, fiber, installation, and new media. Vensel’s painting, Blume (acrylic on canvas, 24” x 24,” at right), will be on view with other new paintings until February 21.
Compiled list of Member News Openings

Sat. Feb. 13: Watching the Clock opening, Loft Artists, 4-6pm (Buckner, Callighan,Darmody, Forrest, Gordon, Ike, Janati and Tehran).
Sat. Feb. 13: Elsewhere opening, ArtSpace Hartford (Amy Vensel)
Sun. Feb. 14: Kathy Muir sings at The Fez, 7pm-9pm
Sat. Feb. 20: Artists Talk, Carriage Barn (Joy Bush), 1pm
Sun. Feb. 21: Heidi Coleman, Aesthetics & Whimsy, Sarah's Wine Bar, Ridgefield, 3-5pm
Thur. Feb. 25: Tell Me Who I am, New Canaan Library, 6-8pm (Ellen Gordon, Jana Ireijo, Sooo-z Mastropietro)
Sun. Feb. 28: Karen Neems, Spatial Choreography, opening, Silvermine Art Center, 2-4pm

Check for listings of all events by our members!
OTHER NEWS                             

The Connecticut Office of the Arts
 is accepting reservations for its first State-hosted Arts Day in over a decade. CT Arts Day will be held Weds. March 2, 2016, bringing together policy makers, arts, cultural, and creative industry organizations and individuals to the State Capitol. Space is limited, so sign-up now (tickets are required). Speakers, panelists and performers include Titus Kaphar, Americans for the Art's Jay Dick, Judy DworinRennie McQuilkin, keynote speaker, Theo Edmonds (Co-Founder of IDEAS xLab) and more. The Connecticut Office of the Arts has been investing in Connecticut's arts economy for over 50 years and this is your opportunity to reaffirm the significant role that the arts play in our state.  Interested in traveling on a Cultural Alliance bus ($40), or carpool, then click here.

Billed as an open conversation, as opposed to a presentation of findings or the release of a report (that will be coming in June 2016) CREATIVZ.US asks what artists in the United States need to sustain and strengthen their careers. The project is managed by the Center for Cultural Innovation as part of the NEA's Creativity Connects initiative. Some initial essays start the conversations out, but you can add your thoughts through your favorite social media app: "Help us learn more about what artists need to sustain and strengthen their careers. This week’s conversation starter:
If you could change one thing about your life as an artist, what would it be?
>Use your favorite social app
>Share your thoughts.
>Include a selfie, photo, video or GIF of your work.
>Be sure to use this hashtag so we see it: #creativz
CALLS FOR ENTRIES                             

Westport Mini Maker Faire organizers announce the fifth annual Call for Makers, an invitation for creative, innovative people and companies to apply to participate in the Fifth Annual Mini Maker Faire on Sat. April 30, 10am-4 pm at the Westport Library and on adjacent grounds. The Faire, produced by Remarkable STEAM in partnership with the Westport Library, is Connecticut’s largest event focused on creativity and innovation. Mark Mathias, founder and co-chair of the event is expecting some 10,000 tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, artists, hobbyists, engineers, scientists, students, teachers, food artisans and commercial exhibitors to attend. All are invited to show their wares, inventions and creations. Complete the application here ASAP. The theme of the Fifth Annual Westport Mini Maker Faire is “five.” Maker projects that incorporate “five” will be featured leading up to and at the event. In addition to makers who incorporate this theme, those who demonstrate the positive impact makers and making have on communities will be specially recognized. Mike Ogrinz, a member of the Maker Faire organizing committee, created the 8-foot-tall Roman numeral 5 (see image above) complete with strips of LED lights that can be controlled by passers-by. Makers who apply early and are accepted will be promoted through social media as early as February. Sponsors should email Mark Mathias or call 203-226-1791.

The Rowayton Arts Center announces its open call for its next juried exhibition, Inspiration. All artists are welcome to submit up to two works with any theme for this exhibition. Acceptable media include: acrylic, computer art (not photography based), drawings, mixed media, oil, pastel, photography, prints, sculpture and watercolor. The show will be juried by Kenise Barnes, chaired by Laure Dunne, and co-chaired by Pat Atkin. Best in Show will be awarded a cash prize of $250. Last year's winner was Richard Ventre, with Michelle/Color Me As MFA, Boston (detail above). All entries must be original, completed within the last three years and never before exhibited at RAC. Photo reproductions, Giclées, etc. are not acceptable, with the exception of photography. Two dimensional entries may not exceed 40 inches in height or width, including the frame. No renderings or copies of other artists' works will be accepted and all work must be dry, framed, wired and ready to hang (no saw tooth hangers, please). Click here for Inspiration Prospectus Works will be received at the Rowayton Arts Center for consideration:
Monday, February 22, 4-7 pm
Tuesday, February 23, 11am-2 pm
Opening reception (free and open to the public) is Sunday, February 28, 4 to 6pm.
145 Rowayton Avenue, Rowayton, CT.

The Greenwich Art Society announces a call for its 99th Annual Juried Exhibition, to be held at the Bendheim Gallery of the Greenwich Arts Center (299 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich) March 11-April 7, 2016. Works accepted include: Oil/Acrylic, Pastel, Watercolor, Sculpture, Photography, Computer Art, Fiber Arts, Other Media. Entrants must be members of the Greenwich Art Society (membership information here) and a fee of $35 for one piece, $15 for a second is required at the time of entry. The juror is Akili Tommasino, Asst. Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art. Awards totaling over $2000 will be presented at the opening reception, including the Frances K. Brooks Award for Best in Show $500, and the Irene Buynoski Best Drawing Award for $375. Entry will be on Sat. March 4 and Sun. March 5, 2 - 4pm, at the Greenwich Art Center, 299 Greenwich Ave.) No early drop-offs. Entry forms are available on a display outside the Art Society office.  Download a full prospectus here.


The Westport Downtown Merchants Association (WDMA) announces its Call for Artists for ART ABOUT TOWN 2016. This event brings hundreds of original works of art to shop and restaurant windows, turning the downtown Westport shopping district into one continuous gallery. It all begins with the Opening Night Street party on Thursday May 19, 5:30-8:30 pm. Art will remain on exhibition through June 19. The WDMA will match accepted artists with participating businesses and promote the exhibition through various media. All submitted works must be for sale. Artists must submit photographs of 3 pieces repesentative of their work, color-copied on separate 8 1/2 X 11 paper. These will not be returned. A full view of artwork is required. The images must be representative of what you would exhibit if accepted to Art About Town, although they do not necessarily have to be the pieces on display. Applicants must submit a brief artist statement and biography with the application. All media will be considered. Click here to download an entry form. All submissions due March 14.
Feb. 22: National Veterans Creative Arts Competition: Writing and Performing Deadline
Feb. 29: SIPMA Contemporary (NJ): I Eat Therefore I Am - Submission Deadlinee

The Georgia Fee Artist/Writer Residency has been established in memory of ArtSlant’s founder who passed away December 8th, 2012. Fee was dedicated to supporting and investing in young artists and writers, and she had a deep connection with the city of Paris. The goal of the Georgia Fee Artist/Writer Residency in Paris is to support and invest in emerging artists and writers, to provide an opportunity for them to advance their work and explore and engage with the cultural landscape of Paris, to encourage experimentation, and to increase exposure of their work to an international audience. The Residency is open to visual artists of all mediums, art writers and critics, 24 years or older. Recent graduates are especially encouraged to apply. The selection will be made based on the merit of past work and the potential for future success, the ability to independently develop new work, and the proposed project's relevance to the city of Paris. Recipients will be required to maintain a blog, which will be posted on ArtSlant. The Residency provides the recipient with lodging for a 2 months in an apartment in the 14th arrondissement, travel to and from Paris, and a stipend to be used for studio space, materials, and other costs. See the FAQs for more information and application details.

The New York Art Residency and Studios (NARS) Foundation is a nonprofit arts organization committed to supporting artists and curators on an international level as well engaging its local community in Brooklyn and the Greater New York area. NARS provides an array of creative support services and professional development opportunities for emerging and mid-career artists. The Emerging Curator Program offers an opportunity for an individual or two person collaboration to organize a conceptually cohesive group show at the NARS Foundation Gallery. The aim of the program is to encourage new dialogue and to create a platform for emerging curators and artists to experiment and exchange ideas. The curator will be responsible for organizing and installing/de-installing an exhibition in a timely manner including arranging all artwork delivery to and from the gallery and writing a short essay to accompany the exhibition. The curator is required to attend the opening reception and present a Curator Talk as part of the program. No prior curatorial experience is necessary. An experienced curator on staff will be available to provide guidance and support during the program. Apply here.

The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) fosters the development, production and promotion of hundreds of feature and documentary films a year. Through its Film Completion Labs, funded by Time Warner Foundation, IFP works to ensure that talented emerging voices receive the support, resources, and industry exposure necessary to reach audiences. Open to all first time feature documentary and narrative directors with films in post-production. There are separate tracks for Documentary and Narrative filmmakers: Documentary: May 9 -13, 2016; Narrative: May 23 – 27, 2016. The first module takes place in May, gathering all Lab Fellows for an intensive five-day program focusing on the nuts-and-bolts of finishing the film. Led by a variety of industry experts, the workshops in the Completion Lab cover topics such as editing, color correction, sound design, deliverables, and more. See subsequent curriculum here. Application details here.

The Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute School of Art (Utica, NY) accepts two emerging artists each year from different disciplines for its Artists-in-Residence Program to live and work on the MWPAI/PrattMWP campus in Utica, NY for one academic year. Applications for 2016/17 residencies are being accepted in COMMUNICATIONS DESIGN (ie: Graphic Design, Illustration) and VIDEO ARTThe program is designed for emerging artists and/or recent MFA graduates in the visual arts to gain teaching experience within the School of Art’s non-credit program while developing their studio practice. Artists receive support for these endeavors by being provided with housing, studio, meals, professional opportunities, and financial support. MWPAI and the surrounding community gain creatively from interactions with resident artists. AIR’s are an energizing and crucial component of creative life on campus. More information here.

The Rome Art Program deadline has been extended to Feb. 29. Paint in Rome this summer: 4 & 8-week sessions with accomplished, diverse faculty; trips to Florence, Venice, and Pompeii; scholarships are available; the program is for artists and students, 18+. Contact Jill Sarver, Visiting Professor (419.705.0028) who is able to nominate up to 5 candidates.

RESOURCES & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT                             

Filing taxes can be intimidating and/or costly. Many people may not know that you can get them done by a professional for free — if you qualify — at what are called VITA sites, short for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. VITA sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls, and other convenient locations. Some locations also offer free electronic filing. Sites can be found in most cities across the state. As long as you make less than $53,000 a year, you qualify. All the volunteers are IRS certified tax preparers. They can also help working families maximize their refund through the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit, which is the government’s largest credit to help low to moderate earners. Click here for a list of Connecticut VITA Sites (put in your zip code and how far you want to travel). Want some specific help for artists? Creative Capital is offering a workshop for $35 on Weds. Feb. 17 on Maiden Lane, NYC: click here for details.  Have some time and want to do it yourself with some excellent guidance? Then consult the GYST Guide to Taxes for Artists.

Writing workshops available through the Westport Writers Workshop include:

Susan Hood. 6 Fridays, starting February 26
10am-12:30pm. $295

Advanced Techniques of Nonfiction:
Backstory and Flashback
Jessica Bram. Sat. Feb. 27, 9am-2:30pm. $195. Includes lunch

Allison Dickens. Sat. March 5, 10am-12:30pm. $95

Advanced Techniques of Nonfiction:
Writing Emotion.
Jessica Bram
Sat. March 12, 9am-2:30pm. $195. Includes lunch

State of the [Publishing] Union:
What to Expect When You're Expecting [a Book!].
Allison Dickens
Sat. April 2, 10am-12:00pm. $75


The Digital Media Center for the Arts at Yale University invites applicants for a faculty position that will provide pedagogical leadership in interdisciplinary and transmedia digital production. A practicing artist with a passion for collaboration and the ability to provide formal and informal instruction to a wide range of students, with skill-sets ranging from novice to advanced. The successful candidate will have a terminal degree in an arts discipline; a deep knowledge base in digital media production; an exhibition record and/or production credits demonstrating an active professional practice; a desire to work closely with others in the interest of facilitating their artistic goals while maximizing opportunities to impart knowledge; and demonstrated success in fostering strong professional interpersonal relationships. She or he will also possess clear and demonstrable knowledge of digital media production equipment (computer graphics, video and audio capture equipment, lighting technologies, wide-format printing, scanning and imaging tools) and the skills and ability to support digital media software applications, including Adobe Photoshop, Premiere, After Effects, Audition, Final Cut Pro, Autodesk Maya and Mudbox. High level support knowledge of Macintosh computing platforms is required.Review of materials will begin on February 15 and continue until the position is filled. Read more. Apply here.

The Mattatuck Museum seeks a part-time Curatorial Assistant. Responsibilities include: assist with exhibition development, implementation, installation, and presentation; conduct artist, object, art critical, and art historical research as assigned; manage loan requests and liaise with collections manager to arrange insurance and shipping; maintain accurate exhibition checklists, image files, funder credit lines, lenders lists and other exhibition details; provide logistical and administrative support in the coordination of exhibitions including traveling exhibitions; Assist in preparation and management of brochure production and all project-related content for the website and in all communication materials, including social media, press and marketing, liaising with marketing director and staff, and website team; Arrange image requests and permissions; Liaise with education department on development, implementation and presentation on public and family programs related exhibitions; and on project-related events. Click here for full job description. Send cover letter that addresses qualifications and interest, résumé and contact information for three professional references to: Curatorial Assistant SEARCH, Attn: Cynthia Roznoy, Curator, Mattatuck Museum, 144 West Main Street, Waterbury, CT 06702 or to 

The I-Park Foundation (East Haddam) seeks an experienced manager to oversee several aspects of the residency program: artists’ selection and support, program development, program promotion, office management and facilities/grounds maintenance. The Residency Program Director (RPD), the primary on-site staff member (aka, the worrier-in-charge), reports to the Executive Director and also works with the organization’s Creative and Facilities Committees. Supported by a staff of 4 (chef, groundskeeper/studio manager, housekeeper, intern), the RPD is tasked with maintaining and enhancing I-Park’s existing art related programs and helping to advance the greater mission of the Foundation. Candidate should possess a BA degree (preferably in arts administration), leadership experience in a not-for-profit setting (including creating and managing a budget), up-to-date social media competencies and a high level of expertise in the Microsoft Office and Adobe software suites. If you have a background in and/or passion for the arts, excellent people (including written and verbal communication) skills and a desire to have an impact on contemporary culture, submit resume and a letter of interest, including salary requirements, to the RPD Selection Committee. No phone calls please.

Martha Baker Design, Greenwich, is hiring a design assistant to work directly with the owner in all aspects of the business. A small, established high-end landscape design firm based in Greenwich, Martha baker Design has the majority of projects around the area as well as notable projects in the Hamptons, Palm Beach and London. Creative responsibilities include: daily communication with clients, architects, contractors, nurseries, show rooms/sales associates, Martha Baker; market research for outdoor furniture/fabrics, antiques, new show rooms/furniture lines, market trends, keep up to date with auction house sales both domestic and international; liaising with clients, owner and showrooms/ nurseries to get quotes and create purchase orders as well as coordinating delivery/ installation dates for small and large-scale projects; maintaining social media accounts including Instagram; proficiency with Apple products-must be skilled in Photos (updated Photo application for Mac computers). Bachelor’s degree required; must be highly organized and detail oriented, able to multi-task/problem solve, and maintain very good follow-through. Previous experience (or passion for!) landscape design/architecture (or interior design); must be enthusiastic and well-mannered in speaking with clients and business contacts. More...
Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum: Teaching Artists
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum: Senior Press Officer
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum: Manager of Academic Programs
Darien Arts Center: Database and Fundraising Administrator (Feb 15 deadline)
Downtown Cabaret Theatre: Stage Manager (seasonal, part-time)
Greenwich International Film Festival: MarketingGraphic DesignProgramming Interns
New Canaan Historical Society: School Program Director.
Pequot Library: Development Associate
Sacred Heart University: Graphic Designer
Shakespeare on the Sound: 2016 Apprentice Company
Westport Arts Center: Development Director
Yale School of Music: Design Manager
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Feb. 12: Cultural Alliance ACE Awards: Nominations Close at Midnight
Feb. 22: National Veterans Creative Arts Competition: Writing and Performing Deadline
Feb. 28: Terra Vivente Art Studio (Italy): Residency Application Deadline
Feb. 19: Progressive Gallery Tour Stop: Nylen Galleries, Westport, 6:30pm RSVP
Feb. 22-23: Rowayton Arts Center: Inspiration Juried Show, Submission Days.
Feb. 23: Common Ground 8: Grace Farms, West Barn Hall, 6:30pm. Sign Up.
Feb. 29: SIPMA Contemporary (NJ): I Eat Therefore I AmSubmission Deadline
Feb. 29: Center for Photography, Woodstock: Residency for Artists of Color Application
Feb. 29: Rome Art Program: Deadline Extended: contact Jill Sarver.

March c1: Ucross Foundation Residencies for Artists, Writers, 
Composers Deadline
March c1: University of Buffalo Creative Arts Initiative Residencies Deadline
March c1: IFP: Time Warner Film Completion Lab Application Deadline
March c1: NARS Foundation: Emerging Curator Program Application Deadline
March c2: CONNECTICUT ARTS DAY, Hartford: Register 
March c4: National Veterans Creative Arts Competition: Visual Arts Deadline
March 4-5: Greenwich Art Society, 99th Juried Annual Exhibition: Entry Days
March c5: Westport Arts Center: Fifth Annual Toy Makers Competition Deadline
March 10: Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute (Utica): Artists-in-Residence Program Deadline
March 12: CCP: Footprint International 2016, Submission Deadline
March 13: Spectrum Gallery, Essex: Text Messages Submission Deadline
March 14: Westport Downtown Merchants: Art About Town Application Deadline
March 15: James Jones First Novel Fellowship Application Deadline
March 18: Center for Contemporary Printmaking: Re:Location Submission Deadline
March 21: Artspace, New Haven: Game On! Submission Deadline


May 19: Cultural Alliance Arts & Culture Empowerment Awards Breakfast, Shore & Country Club, Norwalk, 7:30am

July c1: Connecticut Dance Alliance: Dance History Project Submission Deadline
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