Subject: ARTISTS NEWSLETTER- July 22, 2016

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News and Opportunities for Artists of Fairfield County
July 22, 2016
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❖ New Members: Emily Derr, Renee Kahn, Dana Laird, Phyllis Lee, Jessica Makin, Nancy McTague-Stock, and Elizabeth White

❖ News about Frances Ashforth, Patrice Barrett, Amy Bock, Ann Chernow, Emily Derr, Carol Nipomnich Dixon, Renée Kahn, Daniel Lanzilotta, Sooo-z Mastropietro, Amy Oestreicher, Barbara Ringer, Roxanne Faber Savage, Lisa Seidenberg, Alissa Siegal, Phyllis Sinrich, Tony Velez, and Amy Vensel.
Members' Openings
Calendar of Members' Openings over the next 2 weeks

❖ Sin City Gallery, Las Vegas: 12 Inches of Sin: August 1
❖ Moose Hill Gallery, Sharon, MA: Birds of Prey - August 9
❖ Stamford Art Association: Structures & Patterns - August 25
❖ Public Art: Northwest CT Community College - Sept. 7
❖ Cultural Center of Cape Cod: Apertures - Sept. 9
❖ Carriage Barn Arts Center: 2016 Members' Show - Sept. 9

❖ PEN Center USA: Emerging Voices Fellowships - August 1
❖ Art + Design Fabrication: Digital Fabrication Residencies - August 31
❖ Atlantic Center for the Arts, FL: Master Artists-in-Residence - Sept. 18
❖ A Blade of Grass: Artists Fellowships for Socially Engaged Art - Sept. 19

❖ Mattatuck Museum: Director of Education
❖ Silvermine School of Art: Administrative Assistant

❖ Yale University Art Gallery: Exhibition Production Manager
❖ BuildOn: Storyteller and Content Strategist

Jobs Still Available

Deadlines and Dates to Remember

Emily Derr is a freelance illustrator, and jewelry designer in Stamford with a degree in fashion design from Syracuse University. Born in Michigan, she has been studying watercolor painting, sewing, and textile dye work since elementary school. She also attended the Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills to advance her artistic endeavors. Emily ventured out to Colorado after college to open a boutique and worked on the design of two stores in Vail and in Breckenridge. She also did some freelance nightlight and music writing there while working on her MBA - taking a hiatus from design to focus on the business end of fashion, particularly merchandising and then training and development with GAP, Outlet, and J. Crew. She returned to designing in 2014, enrolling in a jewelry course at the New York Institute of Art and Design and classes at the Gemological Institute of America. Currently, Emily is sketching custom projects at Nagi Jewelers. Her fluid designs are inspired by period clothing from around the world, how fabrics contour to the female form, gemstones, and organic forms found in nature. See Emily's Facebook and Instagram pages and her Twitter feed.

Phyllis Miller Lee alternates between working in clay and drawing. The common thread between the two is the figure: either of birds, people, or a combination of the two. She says that the figure, preferably with some narrative suggestion, is the motif the she always seems to return to. Some of the figures, she says, are whimsical, but all have a strong sense of gesture: “The similarities between birds and people are amazing and it's often easier for me to express people's personalities in bird form. I am an observer of human behavior, a secret watcher. Bird shapes lend themselves more easily to abstraction and exaggeration.” Phyllis graduated from Cornell University’s College of Art, Architecture, & Planning with a BFA, and continued her studies at the Parsons School of Design, the studio of Alfred Van Loen, in Huntington NY, took seminars with Robert Reid in New Haven, and classes with Regis Brodie, at Skidmore College. When she lived in Vermont, she showed regularly (six solo shows) at the Southern Vermont Arts Center, in Manchester. Now a resident of Westport, with a studio at Bridgeport’s The NEST, Phyllis has shown at the Ridgefield Arts Guild, the Silvermine Arts Center, City Lights Gallery, Bridgeport, and the Fairfield Public Library’s Kerschner Gallery. See Phyllis' website, Facebook page and Instagram account.

Painter and photographer Dana Laird is a lifelong Norwalk resident. After graduating from Brien McMahon High School, she went on to earn a Studio Art degree at Skidmore College. She has been an exhibiting member of the Rowayton Arts Center for over 30 years. As a member of the Norwalk Historical Commission, Dana is fascinated by the historical and architectural features of the region and uses her photographic skills to chronicle them. See Dana's Facebook page and one of her Flickr albums.

Jessica Makin is a visual artist who has shown her paintings and photography in various venues in the Northeast. She has been included in exhibitions at the Stratasphere Gallery and Balance Gallery in Philadelphia and at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. She earned a degree in Art, summa cum laude, from Rowan University where she studied with Daniel Chard and Carol Taylor-Kearney. Jessica managed a gallery in Marlton, NJ, and worked for the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts in Philadelphia, specializing in preservation framing. She now lives in Fairfield with her husband and daughter. Jessica traces the roots of her artwork back to her childhood on the family horse farm. Her vibrant paintings are an engagement with a place and a moment before the inevitable shift of light and color. In her photography, she explores an emotional landscape and the memories that we attach to objects. See Jessica's website, Etsy storeand Instagram page.

Renée Kahn is a social satirist in the tradition of the German Expressionists, George Grosz and Max Beckmann. Satirical in nature, her work is based on the humanist tradition and Renée's desire to see people as more than objects to be manipulated for personal gain. She says, “I work in oils on a large scale directly from the subconscious, creating a cast of colorful characters engaged in unexplainable activities. My most recent work is a series of large surrealist paintings of city rooftops based on drawings I did when confined by a broken ankle to a New York City apartment for six weeks." Renée graduated from New York's High School of Music & Art in New York City and received her graduate and undergraduate degrees in Art from the City College of New York. She continued her studies at Columbia University’s School of Architecture and Planning and ventured into printmaking with Antonio Frasconi at the Pratt Graphic Art Center. She later taught art history at the University of Connecticut’s Stamford Campus (1973-1998), specializing in American art and architecture and early 20th-century art. Using her expertise in American architecture, she worked as a consultant in historic preservation and then formed the Historic Neighborhood Preservation Program, a non-profit specializing in the rehabilitation of inner-city housing. Her book, Preserving Porchessold over 12,000 copies and is considered a classic in the field. Renée has shown in close to 100 group and solo shows throughout New England, including large-scale exhibits at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, the Hurlburt Gallery, Greenwich, the William Benton Museum in Storrs, and the Stamford Museum and Nature Center. In 2009, she had a solo show of paintings at the Loft Artists Association Gallery in Stamford, which she co-founded. Renée is currently working on a performance piece involving a cast of 8-foot tall cardboard puppets influenced by Berthold Brecht. See Renée's website, and Google+ page.

Nancy McTague-Stock is a multi-media artist working in painting, printmaking, photography and film. Her interest in pursuing the arts began in her early years, inspired by people and the natural world. She pursued fine art at Virginia Commonwealth University, graduating with a BFA in textiles and metal-smithing. Thereafter, working in New York as a textile designer, she simultaneously continued her pursuit of fine art while studying figurative, portrait and landscape painting at the Art Students League of New York and jewelry design at the Kulicke-Stark Academy with Bob Kulicke and Jean Stark. The natural world is central to Nancy’s art. For years she worked in the plein air tradition of landscape painting and with traditional printmaking processes. Today, however, she works using a myriad of media and a diversity of methodologies to "capture nature’s bounty using a marriage of drawing, paint, print and digital media as a process-oriented bridge to connect my technical grounding in artistic tradition with 21st century innovation." She writes that, through close-up observation, "I challenge myself to look beyond the obvious. I examine the man-made order, and the chaos found in the natural world, as layers of species are combined in carefully considered patterns and nuances of value shifts.” Nancy took her MFA at The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, with mentors including Judith Barry and Dike Blair. She pursued post-grad coursework at The Slade College of Fine Art, University College, London, on a summer fellowship in 2010. She is also an art educator and consultant, having worked as the sole AP & Studio Art Faculty at Greens Farms Academy for 12 years, continuing as a faculty member of Silvermine School of Art and the Center for Contemporary Printmaking. Her work has been exhibited at the Stamford, Mattatuck, Housatonic, LymanAllen and Lockwood Mansion Museums in CT, as well as in museums and galleries globally. Her work is in private, public and corporate collections across the US, in Italy, Switzerland and England. Nancy is a member of a number of organizations including Connecticut's Silvermine Guild of Artists, The Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Wilson Avenue Loft Artists, and The Connecticut Art Education Association. See Nancy's website and Facebook page.

Elizabeth White is a multi-media artist currently working with natural and found objects, cement, and sometimes video. Originally from Rhode Island, Elizabeth studied art and communications at College of Marin, CA, and continued the study of drawing and painting at the JoAnne Day Studio and the Art Students League of New York. She has worked as a decorative painter, a volunteer in educational and environmental activities, and as a board member for regional environmental and art groups. After enrolling in a course at the Brookfield Craft Center, she began exploring the possibilities of sculpting with cement. Today it's her favorite medium. "Connection to the natural world and desire for harmony with my surroundings has been a motivating force in my artistic practice. My sculptural work ranges from ephemeral to concrete using natural and found objects, cement, and sometimes video." Themes often reflect environmental or social concerns. In 2014 she was drafted into a roster of 19 women artists from 6 countries to participate in BIOWOMAN, an international art movement conceived by Galina Bleich in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2013. After five shows in 3 countries (Russia, Germany and Israel) the show opened in Brooklyn’s Rabbithole Gallery (Elizabeth showing her What-were-we Thinking Cap ecological piece - see image above). A board member of the national Women's Caucus for Art (WCA), until recently, she is also a member of the Westport Artists Collective. Most recently seen in WCA's 12th National Juried Exhibition at New York's Ceres Gallery, where she was awarded First Place, and in the Mind, Body, & Soul juried show at the Warwick Museum of Art, RI, Elizabeth's extensive credits include exhibitions at Katonah Museum of Art, UConn Stamford Art Gallery, New York's Pen & Brush Society, and in Canada, Ireland, and throughout the US. See Elizabeth's website here.
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YOUR NEWS                             
LU BUCKNERDONNA CALLIGHAN, JOE DERMODY, CHRISTA FORREST, ELLEN GORDON, YUKO IKESHOLEH JANATIOLGA KLYMYK, and PAUL LARSON are all in the LOFT ARTISTS ASSOCIATION exhibition Exquisite Corpse, that opened Friday, July 22 and continues through Aug. 28 at 575 Pacific Street, Stamford. Reawakening the technique invented by surrealists Tanguy, Prévert, Breton and Duchamp, participating artists created three pieces in their own style (head, torso, and legs) that were randomly shuffled and recombined to create new and unexpected results.
CAROL NIPOMNICH DIXON, JUDY PEKNIK, MARJORIE POE, and PHYLLIS SINRICH all have pieces that were accepted into the Stamford Art Association's Far Away Places exhibit, that opened Fri. July 2250 artists present their interpretations of real or imagined places in this mutimedia art exhibit, juried by Natasha Karpinskaia, PhD, a painter, printmaker and instructor at Silvermine. The show continues through August 18 at 39 Franklin Street, Stamford.
FRANCES ASHFORTH has had her Pyrocumulus, Carbon Black (2016, 15.5"x16" unique water base monotype, at right) accepted into the International Print Exhibition, BEYOND THE NORM, at the University Galleries, Illinois State University in Normal, Ill. The print was one of 50 selected by the juror Susan Tallman, editor-in-chief of Art in Print magazine. The show runs Sept. 20 through October 16.
PATRICE BARRETT had her work He Loves Me, She Loves Me Not accepted into the City Lights Gallery's 6th Annual SAMESEX Exhibit, through August 30th, 2016. The Exhibit explores LGBTQ themes, feelings and issues of 2016. The painting is 22" x 21”, multi media, including acrylic, frisket, pastel, and colored pencil.
AMY BOCK’s painting Violets (detail at right) was selected for Honorable Mention on the Art Competition website in their "Flowers" competition and is featured on their website, here.
ANN CHERNOW's two NOIR portfolios are now available for purchase through Jane Allison's Allison Gallery in Storrs, CT. The two portfolios include 25 lithographs and etchings. See Ann Chernow: A Day at the Movies. At right, a detail of Mona Lisa –I Wouldn't Give Ya the Skin Off a Grape (11" x 14", lithograph from one stone; click for complete image).
New member EMILY DERR has her Asian Baird fashion boards in the City Lights Gallery's SAMESEX exhibition that opened Thurs July 21.  The boards, inspired partly by one of Emily's fabric dying projects (cotton died with RIT dye with the floral design painted with bleach) and partly by corsets and Victorian undergarments that embrace the female form and highlight its sexuality. Emily's drawings are made with watercolor markers, brush pen, and watercolors. The background was tissue paper placed on a photocopier to soften the corset ads in the background.
CAROL NIPOMNICH DIXON had three works selected for the juried Far Away Places exhibition at Stamford Art Association. One received an Honorable Mention: Bad Water, Death Valley, an embroidered collage depicting that landscape using thread and found fabrics, 13” square framed. Click for larger image.
New member RENÉE KAHN has a solo show, DREAMSCAPES at the PMW Gallery, 530 Roxbury Road, Stamford, through August 10. Confined for weeks in a guest room in Manhattan, the artist discovered her prison had wings when her repeated drawings of the same view broke through to new "dreamscapes." At right detail of Dream Towers #4 (2015, oil on canvas, 251/2x341/2). This Sunday July 24, noon to 4pm, Renée will be joined by fiddler, John Lawrence, who will play gypsy bluegrass, country, and English/Scottish fiddle tunes.
DANIEL LANZILOTTA (currently one of eight artists showing in Westport Arts Center's SOLOS 2016 show) is a co-producer and co-host, with Jim Masters, of the What Matters TV show. The series focuses on "what matters" in life and is informed by Daniel's environmentalist perspective. Available on YouTube, each episode is broadcast on BCTV, NHTV and Totoket TV and statewide in Connecticut on Frontier U-Verse Channel 99.
SOOO-Z MASTROPIETRO's Chimaerrow (fabric tubes on painted wood, 26.5" x 18.5" x 2", detail at right) won a spot at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition's exhibition, Color, juried by MoMA assistant curator, Lilian Tone. Opening reception is Sat. July 23rd 1-6pm (at 499 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn). 
AMY OESTREICHER is performing her Gutless and Grateful solo musical Aug 6 at New York's Midtown Theatre Festival, NYC. Also, a scene from her full-length drama, Imprints has won a place in the Manhattan Rep short play contest! Imprints will be given its first premiere production in January at the Thespis Theatre Festival in New York - and Amy is looking for a creative team!
New member BARBARA RINGER has four very powerful pieces in the Westport Arts Center's SOLOS 2016 show. Be Quiet (2014, photographs, wood, metal; click for larger image) is one of a series with that name. Of her work Barbara writes: "Sometimes creepy, sometimes comical, I look to express narratives that connect the dots between nightmares and a child's experiences." Barbara will be talking about her work at an Artists Talk, June 29, 10am.
ROXANNE FABER SAVAGE, whose Beach Curtain/Art Basel (2015, mixed media installation - silkscreen on shower curtains and fabric, photo banner, paper balls; detail at right; click for larger image) was selected for SILVERMINE ARTS CENTER's 66th Annual Art of the NorthEast, is one of five artists giving an ARTISTS TALK this Tuesday July 26, 6pm. 
LISA SEIDENBERGs short film, Flight, was screened at Festival x24 in Gainsborough, England, July 16-17. The film, a poetic look at the European refugee crisis of 2015, is part of the Refugee! Film Collection, a group show curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne (artvideoKOELN), with previous screenings in Los Angeles and Cologne. Flight was the only film by an American in the show. More... Lisa's short, Secrets, a tongue-in-cheek video about surveillance (image at right), was screened at the Good Things/Small Packages Film Festival, June 27 in Little Rock, AR.
PHYLLIS SINRICH has a photograph in the Stamford Art Association Juried Exhibition Far Away Places - July 22 to August 18. Phyllis' photograph is Misty Morning on Bourbon Street (detail at right, click for complete image), taken in New Orleans in May.
ALISSA SIEGAL has three small pieces, including Lion (oil on linen, 8"x10", detail at right) in a show, Cecil the Lion’s Kingdom at Six Summit Gallery in Ivoryton. There is an opening and presentation with juror Brent Stapelkamp, conservationist and photographer of Cecil the Lion, Sat. July 23, 6:15-9pm. Brent will give a lecture at the Ivoryton Congregational Church, followed by a reception and art show with Brent's photographs, and others, at Six Summit Gallery in Ivoryton CT. Click here for $25 tickets for lecture and reception.
We are saddened to report the passing of our friend and colleague TONY VELEZ. As the New York Times reported in its July 6 issue, "Anthony "Tony" Velez, 69, photographer and activist, Vietnam veteran, beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, friend, died on July 6, 2016, surrounded by loved ones, from multiple myeloma, his second cancer linked to Agent Orange. A professor of photography for twenty-seven years, he retired in 2014 from Kean University. A lifelong artist, his work has been broadly recognized, including by the New York Historical Society, New Jersey Historical Society, Norwalk Historical Society; and is part of collections held at historical societies of Brooklyn, New York, Norwalk, New Jersey, El Museo del Barrio, Bronx Museum, and Brooklyn Museum. A memorial service will be held September 17, 2016, 2pm, at his home in Norwalk." For full obituary, click here.
AMY VENSEL was invited to take part in Surface Work, at Real Art Ways in Hartford. Curated by David Borawski, the exhibition features five contemporary women artists working in the tradition of abstraction, "each of whom is moving it forward in new directions exploring line, texture and color within as well as on the surface."  Vensel’s painting, Crimp (2016, acrylic on canvas, 9.88” x 9.88”, at right), will be on view with six of her other works until September 11, 2016.
Compiled List of Member Openings & Events
Sat. July 23: Color, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, 499 Van Brunt St, 1-6pm (Sooo-z Mastropietro)
Sat. July 23: Cecil the Lion's Kingdom, Six Summit Gallery, Ivoryton, 6:15-9pm (Alissa Siegal).
Sun. July 24: Renée Kahn, Dreamscapes, PMW Gallery, noon to 4pm.
Tue. July 26: Art of NorthEast Artists Talk, Silvermine Arts Center (Roxanne Faber Savage)
Fri. July 29: SOLOS 2016 - Artists Talk, Westport Arts Center, 10am (Barbara Ringer)
Check for listings of all events by our members!
CALLS FOR ENTRIES                             
12" OF SIN 

Sin City Gallery, Las Vegas, presents 
12 Inches of Sin, an international juried art exhibition featuring sophisticated, intelligent, witty and provocative artworks from around the world that explore eroticism and sensuality through the lens of contemporary art. Every piece submitted for consideration must not be larger than one foot square. This constriction of the art’s physical space creates a tension within the art itself, expanding the challenge inherent in each piece’s creation. 12 Inches of Sin has become the largest international juried art exhibition in Nevada. Artists from 23 countries have participated to date. As the exhibit has grown, additional shows have been created to provide a curated selection of meritous works: Obscura (new media) and Le Salon Des Refusés Du Péché (all mediums). Best in Show winners will receive solo exhibitions at Sin City Gallery. The Best in Show winner of 12 Inches of Sin will be featured on the cover of the exhibition's hardcover book. Submit up to 12 pieces; each submission is $12. Submit here.

Mass Audubon’s Moose Hill Gallery, in Sharon, Massachusetts, has a call for entries for its upcoming juried exhibit Birds of Prey. The most widely known of these birds include: hawks, eagles, osprey, falcons, buzzards, vultures and owls. Artists are asked to submit their perceptions and views of these captivating ambassadors of flight. Any medium is acceptable. Artists are invited to submit up to five 8”x10” photo prints, not matted or framed, for judging purposes only. If selected for the show, all artwork needs to be framed appropriately and ready to hang. All prints must be labeled on back with contact information, dimensions, title and medium. Entry fee is $15. Provide a stamped return envelope if you would like your photos returned. Submissions should be mailed to: Jan Nareski Goba, 293 Moose Hill St, Sharon, MA 02067. Exhibit will run Sept.–Dec. 2016.

The Stamford Art Association invites artists to the next exhibition at the Ferguson Library, downtown branch, at the corner of Broad and Bedford Streets. The gallery is located in the auditorium on the third floor of the library. This show is open to all SAA members and non-members and is a juried show. All two dimensional media are welcome. Cash prizes will be awarded. The theme of the show is Structures and Patterns. The opening reception will be Thursday, September 15, 2016, 6 to 8p.m. at the Ferguson Gallery. Submit up to 3 jpeg digital images to: no later than Thursday, August 25, 2016. Complete details are available here.

The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) and Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) are currently seeking the qualifications of artists for public art at NCCC in Winsted, CT associated with the Joyner Health Science Center. Interior and/or exterior site-specific installations may be considered by one or more artists. The budget for this project is $135,000. Artists MUST register a portfolio in the Art in Public Spaces Registry. Submit a new registration or update an existing profile by September 7. Review the registry webpage for more information about the registration process. The NCCC project is open to both in-state and out-of-state artists with preference given to in- state artists. More details here.

The Cultural Center of Cape Cod invites photographers worldwide to submit images to their online competition, APERTURES. All winners will be displayed in the online gallery. First Place $500, Second Place $200, Third Place $100 and six Honorable Mentions will be recognized in the following categories; Landscape, Seascape, People, Animals, Floral and Abstract. The Cultural Center directors will jury. Application details here. Application via CAFE
Deadline: September 9, 2016

Carriage Barn Arts Center announces its 2016 Members Show. The exhibition is open to all current or new members. Membership is open to anyone interested in supporting the artistic activities of the New Canaan Society for the Arts, and details are available here (Individual/Artist Members $50.) Members must submit an application by September 9. Application form here. Drop off of artwork is Sept. 16 & 17.  Please submit (1) original work no larger than 30 x 40 inches, not previously exhibited at the Carriage Barn Arts Center. All media will be accepted, including video. Sculptors may be asked to provide their own pedestals. Detailed prospectus available here.
And Don't Forget...
July 24: Stamford Arts Association: Faber Birren National Color Award
July 25: Norwalk Maritime Garage Gallery, Kismet Submission Deadline
July 25: Beechwood Arts: SoundSCAPE Garden Project Call for Artists Deadline
July 25: CCP + BIG INK Large Woodcut Print Sessions: Proposal Deadline
July 29: CT Office of the Arts Regional Initiative Grants Application Deadline
July 31: Independent Documentary Films: Documentary Fund Application Deadline

PEN Center USA awards five fellowships of $1,000 annually to emerging poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. The Emerging Voices Fellowships are given to writers who are "isolated from the literary establishment." Each fellow participates in an eight-month mentorship in Los Angeles with a professional writer, as well as classes at the UCLA Extension Writers' Program, public readings, and other programming. Travel expenses and housing are not provided. Writers who do not have significant publication credits, are not enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate writing program, and do not hold an undergraduate or graduate writing degree are eligible. Using the online submission system, submit up to 10 pages of poetry or 20 pages of prose, a curriculum vitae, and two letters of recommendation with a $10 entry fee by August 1. Apply here.

The Digital Fabrication Residency program is a unique innovative program developed by Art+Design Fabrication, based in Easton, MD, that empowers artists with the opportunity to learn, experiment and engage ideas into art using software and machines for output. The DFR team are artists with decades of experience working, teaching and fabricating with artists, specializing in digital embroidery, digital textile printing, laser cutting/ engraving, CNC routing wood, aluminum, acrylic, foam and other materials as well as 3D printing, scanning and creating 3D renderings for project proposals. The program has 3 different residency formats. Residents gain access for 3 days to learn and gain hands-on experience with laser cutting, CNC routing, FDM 3D printing, digital embroidery and 3D scanning onsite with the DFR team. Applications for the 3 Day onsite residency program must include a project proposal that outlines what the resident plans to work on while onsite. Residents are responsible for arranging their own accommodations, travel expenses, meals and if projects require materials outside of those provided. For details, click here. No application fee. 

The Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, presents its 35th year of artists-in-residence programs, featuring performers, composers, visual artists, writers, and a collaborative partnership. Working with these Master Artists-in-Residence over the year will be approximately 100 Associate Artists, who meet regularly with the Master Artist and their group in meetings, workshops, and casual conversations. The three-week Residency Program brings together three “Master Artists” from different disciplines. Each Master Artist determines the structure of their residency, and through an online application process, they each select eight “Associate Artists” to participate in the three-week program that provides a collegial environment for artists of all disciplines where they can engage in meaningful interaction and stimulating discussions, while pursuing individual or group projects. For details click here. Residency #164 features composer Derek Bermel, poet Heather McHugh and painter Joan Snyder. Program dates: Program dates: Feb. 19 - March 11. Application fee, $25. Cost: $900 - scholarships available. Deadline: September 18, 2016

A Blade of Grass Fellowship (New York, NY) is currently accepting applications for one-year fellowship for individual artists and collectives. Fellowships pair project support of $20,000 with strategic support, field research tools, video documentation, and other tailored resources for socially engaged artists working nationwide. A Blade of Grass supports seven to ten artists or collectives per year, who are selected via an open application process. We provide resources to artists who demonstrate artistic excellence and serve as innovative conduits for social change. We evaluate the quality of work in this evolving field by fostering an inclusive, practical discourse about the aesthetics, function, ethics and meaning of socially engaged art that resonates within and outside the contemporary art dialogue. Guidelines here.  Letters of Interest due September 19 - click here for the letter of interest form to complete.

The Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, seeks a Director of Education. The museum is known for engaging its community in an understanding of the past and providing vision and leadership for the future through its exhibitions, programs and collections of national significance. These initiatives interpret the history of the greater Waterbury region and American art from the Colonial period to the present. The ideal candidate for the Director of Education is a seasoned professional who is highly motivated and organized with a passion for art and history and expanding the role of museums to welcome a broad and diverse audience; demonstrated ability to think creatively and strategically; excellent communication skills, especially the ability to speak and write about the museum, its collections, and program activities in a manner comprehensible to diverse audiences; a positive work outlook; high energy, strong motivation, and a hands-on work ethic; the personality to enjoy social and community interaction; a professional demeanor; diplomatic, and comfortable in dynamic or challenging situations; and the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines. Full details here.

Silvermine School of Art seeks an Administrative Assistant. The School provides year-round courses designed for full and part-time students of all ages and levels, from beginners to professional artists. In addition to the adult program, the school features courses for junior and youth, Summer Art Programs, and classes for young children and parents to experience art together. A nurturing atmosphere prevails, unstructured enough to encourage creativity through exploration, yet disciplined to provide a solid foundation. Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree preferred. Strong interpersonal and communication skills with the ability communicate professionally with individuals at all levels of the organization.
Proven capacity to apply independent judgment in planning, prioritizing, and organizing multiple tasks in a diversified workload. Highly detail-oriented, organized and motivated with a positive attitude.
Must have computer knowledge including, but not limited to MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Ability to working in a fast-paced environment.Proven success in written communication, including proofreading and editing. Full Details here.


The Yale University Art Gallery is seeking a dynamic, self-motivated individual with proven experience and strengths in exhibition production, project management, and design for the position of Exhibition Production Manager. Reporting to the Deputy Director for Exhibition and Collection Management, and managing both internal and contracted project staff, the Exhibition Production Manager is responsible for guiding a diverse portfolio of exhibition projects to completion at the highest level of professional conduct and practice. Collaborating directly with eleven curatorial/collecting departments, the position oversees production at an off-site shop, contracts and manages outside fabrication, and produces and reviews design and shop production drawings. Full details here.

buildOn is a not for profit organization working to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education. buildOn runs intensive service learning programs in 44 high schools across the U.S. and empowers youth to contribute direct service to their communities – working with senior citizens, the homeless population and younger children. As buildOn's Storyteller and Content Strategist you will use a mix of creative writing, journalism, photography, and content development to create powerful and compelling stories that communicate the power of buildOn and move people to action. You will share the struggles, dreams and triumphs of buildOn students from across the U.S. and community members from buildOn partner villages across the world. As a key member of the marketing team, you will be instrumental in driving the "voice" of the organization to grow the buildOn movement and enhance our reputation as a leader in service and international development. Full details here
Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum: Press and Social Media Coordinator
Creative Arts, New Haven: 2017 Gallery Fellowship
Fairfield County Chorale: Executive Director
Fairfield University’s Bellarmine Museum: Museum Assistant
Melissa & Doug: Graphic Designer
Saugatuck Digital Arts Workshop (SDAW) Fairfield: Instructors
Westport Country Playhouse: Technical Director
Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts: Director.

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July 24: Stamford Arts Association Faber Birren National Color Award
July 25: Beechwood Arts: SoundSCAPE Garden Project Call for Artists Deadline
July 25: Norwalk Maritime Garage Gallery, Kismet Submission Deadline
July 25: CCP + BIG INK Large Woodcut Print Sessions: Proposal Deadline
July 29: CT Office of the Arts Regional Initiative Grants Application Deadline
July 31: Independent Documentary Films: Documentary Fund Application Deadline
July 31: Willapa Bay, WA: Artists, Writers, Musicians Residencies: Applications Due

Aug. c1: PEN CenterUSA: Emerging Voices Fellowships Application Deadline
Aug. 6-7: Greenwich Art Society, Powers of Observation, Receiving.
Aug. 30: CCP: MONOTHON 2016 (Oct. 16-23): Early Bird Application (save 10%)
Aug. 31: Art+Design Fabrication: Digital Fabrication Residencies Deadline

Sept. 15: American Repertory Theater (Cambridge): I.D. Festival Submission Deadline
Sept. 16-18: Aldrich Museum: Full STEAM Ahead Symposium
Sept. 18: Atlantic Center for the Arts, FL: Master Artists-in-Residence Deadline
Sept. 19: A Blade of Grass: Artist Fellowships for Socially Engaged Art Deadline
Sept. 30: Franklin Street Works: Call for Exhibition Proposals Deadline

Dec. 15: William H. Johnson Foundation: African-American Artist Prize Deadline

Dec. 15: Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Grant Application Deadline
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is a 501(c)(3) organization. We are very grateful for the support of our individual and organization members, our individual donors and the following organizations.
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