Subject: ARTISTS NEWSLETTER- June 17, 2016

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News and Opportunities for Artists of Fairfield County
June 17, 2016
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❖ Westport Art About Town: Buy Art - Support Us! - June 17-19
❖ Our Two Faces Merge on Facebook
❖ New Members: Holly Danger, Mindy Green, Judy Noel, Lisa Seidenberg and Jahmane West

❖ News from Patrice Barrett, Nina Bentley, Binnie Birstein, Miggs Burroughs, Donna Callighan, Jane Davila, Joseph Dermody, Barbara Kunin Dierolf, Carol Nipomnich Dixon, Christa Forrest, Ellen Gordon, Mindy Green, Olga Klymyk, Scott Kuykendall, Shanna Melton, Duvian Montoya, Amy Oestreicher, Judy Peknik, Diane Pollack, Cynthia Quintanal, Roxanne Faber Savage, Marianne Schmidt, Phyllis Sinrich, Jahmane West and Tammy Winser.
Members' Openings
Calendar of Members' Openings over the next 2 weeks

❖ City Lights Gallery: SameSex 2016 - Deadline Extended: June 30
❖ Spectrum Gallery, Essex: Water, Water, Everywhere - July 5
❖ Maritime Garage Gallery: Kismet - July 25
❖ Franklin Street Works: Exhibition Proposals - Sept. 30

❖ Zion National Park, Utah: Artist in Residence - July 17
❖ William H. Johnson Foundation: African-American Artist Prize - Nov. 10

❖ UConn, Stamford: Digital Media Summer Training - July 5-29
❖ Fairfield University: CT Arts Institute - July 18-21
❖ Creativz: Does Crowdfunding Change the Picture for Artists?
❖ Aldrich Museum: Full STEAM Ahead, National Symposium - Sept. 16-18

❖ Wesleyan University Center for the Arts: Director
❖ Fusion Academy, Fairfield: High School Art Teacher

❖ Aldrich Museum: Press and Social Media Coordinator
❖ Saugatuck Digital Arts Workshop, Fairfield: P/T Instructors

Jobs Still Available

Deadlines and Dates to Remember
Westport's ART ABOUT TOWN is generously offering 10% of sales to the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County over its closing, Fathers Day weekend June 17-19. 70 artists are displaying and selling their work in 65 locations throughout Westport (see map). Enjoy the art, support the artists and benefit the Cultural Alliance!
Helping us improve awareness that FCBuzz and the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County are two faces of the same organization (something we recognized in our recent logo upgrade), we have now merged our two Facebook pages: the two have become one at Come like us and share our news!


Holly Danger is a graphic designer, video editor and live-performance video artist based in Stamford. The foundation of Danger’s work stems from an early obsession with typography, drawing and print based design. However, once she started working with video editing and projection, her life was never the sameToday, Danger is the Creative Director of Gartner’s video department, Studio56, and is working on opening the Danger Gallery in Stamford (652 Glenbrook Rd) later this summer. The gallery will showcase solo and group shows, workshops, live music and video installations. Both her printed works and video art engage in themes of wanderlust, adventure and living in the present moment. Her printed artwork uses a variety of mixed media collage techniques, using vinyl records, wood and resin. A selection of pieces are available in the Danger Shop as limited edition prints, wood-mounted wall art, vinyl collage or canvas prints. You can see a selection of her video art here.  Her award-winning video installation, Soul Seasons, for example, was created using stop-motion techniques with 1000 pieces of ripped paper, green screen footage using a mixture of editing and special effects. The video draws parallels between life cycles in nature and our own human experiences of change. As a video artist, Holly Danger has performed across the country in rock venues, dance clubs, galleries and museums. In CT, she created video installations for City Canvases in Bridgeport, at the L.A.M.P. Festival in New Haven, and has VJ'd at Franklin Street Works in Stamford and Factory Underground in Norwalk. Outside of CT, she has performed at the Museum of the Moving Image in NYC, Miscelanea in Barcelona, at the Mutek Festival in Montreal, SXSW in Austin, TX and in the desert at Burning Man. See Holly's website, Twitter feed, Facebook, Instagramand Etsy pages.

Mindy Green works abstractly as well as figuratively in paint, collage, and found object constructions. In her paintings she combines textural elements with paint, using paper from photographs she has taken and from newspaper images. She makes constructions of found objects, mostly scraps of weathered wood, using them “as is.” Mindy explores concepts of movement, temporality, place and nature in order to make sense of the world. Mindy began her artistic career twenty-five years ago as a portrait artist. Her work is included in private and corporate collections here and overseas. During this time, she also was an art and “art as therapy” educator, working in schools, hospitals, and retreat settings, helping to empower participants through art. In working with special populations, she experienced the spiritual and transcendent healing qualities of art. She discovered that patients’ pain was suspended and a feeling of well-being was experienced during and following the process of them creating art. Today, Mindy divides her time between making art and the healing arts. She is a certified energy healing therapist with a practice in Rowayton. She finds that these open-ended creative processes are remarkably similar, in which serendipity, intuition, imagination, and visualization play essential roles. Mindy says, “For each, the work requires me to pay attention and let go of outcome. I see moving colors, shapes, little visual stories. It’s as if the work gets done within me and without me!” Mindy is a member of the Silvermine Art Guild (and Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Silvermine Arts Center), the Rowayton Arts Center, and the Center for Contemporary Printmaking. See Mindy's website, and her workshops

Judy Noel’s love of the arts began when she was a child in the Fairfield Schools. She went on to major in art at Lasalle College, continuing at Silvermine Arts Center and the University of Bridgeport, and later getting a certificate in Interior Design and Real Estate at Fairfield University. She put her creativity to work in retail marketing, advertising and design as art director, interior display/window designer and fashion-shows director for several retail stores. She owned and managed a children’s consignment store and later owned and managed two higher-end fashion stores. Judy loves to paint with oils: the sea, the sky, mountains and boats are among her favorites. She is especially transfixed by sailboats: "I used to go sailing when I was younger, and I love the beauty of the sails. They’re almost like flowers." Judy is an active member of several area art councils and a juried member of the Rowayton Art Center, where she has co-chaired several events. Her artwork has been shown in galleries and juried shows in Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Florida. Judy founded the Black Rock Art Guild where many talented area artists gather monthly. She has organized and produced many area art shows and receptions for BRAG. Members have participated in shows as a group at the Harborview Market's gallery wall, the Framemakers, the NEST, Pious Bird, Captains Cove, the Fairfield University Book Store, and the Bridgeport Art Trail. Judy has also arranged and co-chaired several BRAG shows in a gallery setting at the Burroughs Community Center in Black Rock. 

Lisa Seidenberg is a filmmaker, sometimes known as "Miss Muffett," whose work is shown in film festivals and theaters, as well as art galleries and cyber platforms. In Connecticut, she is best known for the historical documentary, The Road Taken – The Merritt Parkway, sponsored by the CT Office of the Arts, which twice awarded her an Artist Fellowship in Film. Other documentaries include I Have Seen the Future (2012) on the 1939 World’s Fair and Ester Street (2009), which she filmed in Poland. Working with large-scale video projections and public art is a special interest; she made New Haven Home Movie for L.A.M.P. (Light Artists Making Places) in New Haven and Turbulence in Bridgeport for City Canvases - a projection in a parking lot. In recent years, Lisa has often experimented with form and style. Slippery Slope, a visual meditation on Hurricane Katrina, that raised issues about disaster photography, premiered at the International Berlin Film Festival. This led to an artist residency at the Takt Kunstraum in Berlin, three years later. Heresies, a collage of news footage and other media ephemera, was selected for the annual Art of the NorthEast Show at the Silvermine Guild of Artists (2012), and the A.I.R. Gallery in New York. Lisa's work has found an audience on an international stage (most recently screenings at the Athens Video Poetry Festival, and at galleries in Berlin and Cologne), but she has also shown work locally at the Westport Art Center, the Westport Historical Society, City Lights, Beechwood Arts, the Avon Theatre, The Schelfhaudt Gallery, the Charter Oak Cultural Center (Hartford), the New Haven Free Public Library, and the CWOS ArtSpace Armory Show (2014). See Lisa’s website and vimeo channel.

Jahmane West was born and raised in Norwalk, and from an early age became inspired by the power of urban graffiti art. Frequent trips to New York exposed the young artist to what would become a driving force in his creative expression. Artistic success in school led him, with four other artist friends, to open a small T-shirt company, later to be known as Kultjah Dezigns. Kultjah soon became well known in Connecticut, and after showing their work at Magic, an international fashion trade show, business flourished across the country (featured in The Source, Stress and Vibe magazines) established the first Kultjah Outpost concept store in Norwalk, followed the next year by one in Atlanta. Jahmane’s experience in urban fashion and marketing, and several commissioned projects (Murals for Read’s Artspace, The Norwalk Art Under the Bridge Project), led to his co-founding Lexicon Gallery, one of Connecticut’s first Urban Art galleries, and Lexicon Creative Group. (Both Kultjah Outpost and Lexicon Gallery have since closed.) Jahmane continues his multiplicitous artistic expression through mural projects, works on canvas, photography, fashion design, screen printing and graphic design. He has developed a unique style that combines social awareness, spirituality, an awareness of mythology and abstract language. His work has been exhibited at Westport Arts Center, The Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk Art Under the Bridge, Read’s ArtspaceCottages and Gardens Magazine, FC Beat Magazine, Art Basel Miami as well as numerous gallery shows. Jahmane produces both his fine art and KULTJAH clothing label at his studio in the Firing Circuits Artists Building in Norwalk, and is a teaching artist, curator and active member of several artists’ collectives in the Tri-State area. See his  website, the Jahmane Artz Facebook and Instagram and Tumblr accounts.
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YOUR NEWS                             
NINA BENTLEY, MIGGS BURROUGHS, JAHMANE, DUVIAN MONTOYA and TAMMY WINSER are in Transforming Identity ...Again, a show curated by Claudine Maidique for the Leclerc Contemporary Gallery on the theme of changes in their work: How the demands of the art world has forced them to respond to the changing landscape, while maintaining integrity and expression of self." Opening reception: Thurs June 23, 6-9pm.
DONNA CALLIGHAN, LISA CUSCUNA, CHRISTA FORREST, ELLEN GORDON, SHOLEH JANATI and OLGA KLYMYK will be in a LOFT ARTISTS ASSOCIATION Pop Up show at the PALACE THEATRE as part of the Stamford ArtWalk Friday June 24, 5-9pm. Want to go with a small, friendly group? See 6-8pm tour by our member, CULTURAL PURSUIT.
PATRICE BARRETT and BARBARA DIEROLF are two of three NEST Arts Factory artists in the second of three NEST AT NYLEN exhibitions, in which the Nylen Gallery (Picture This, 772 Post Road E, Westport) is showing the work of NEST Art Factory members. See details below. This show runs through July 9. A third exhibition in this series will open in September.
PATRICE BARRETT has four pieces in the NEST at NYLEN Gallery exhibition. At right is a detail of Sailboats, a 5" x 7" 5-color thermofax screen print, on Fabriano water color paper. Thermofax screens are created using a Thermofax machine, an old photocopy technology that uses heat, not chemicals, to burn images onto the screen. Back in Bridgeport, Patrice has an exhibition of Portraits, using the same technique, in the Mezzanine Gallery of The KLEIN through July 1
NINA BENTLEY is one of eight artists selected for the Westport Arts Center's SOLOS 2016 exhibition by Douglas Hyland, former Director of the New Britain Museum of American Art. Nina says that much of her recent work relates to love, marriage and the beginning and end of both. You Have Been Served (detail at right) is 48" long on a large heavy silver tray, filled with shredded court papers. As she puts it: "elegant and very sad." The opening reception of  SOLOS 2016 will be held Friday, June 24, 6-8pm. 
NINA BENTLEY is also showing several of her sculptural assemblages in Leclerc's Transforming Identity...Again show, opening Thurs June 23, 6-9pm. Among her pieces is A Charmed Life (1998, found objects, 24" x 42" x 42"
detail at right), about which Nina writes, "A Charmed Life is a heavy bracelet...a weight. The objects represent the roles women have been restricted to in the family and work place. Clearly great strides have been made and changes have occurred and opportunities have opened up but certainly NOT everywhere....the weight of the gain remains great."

BINNIE BIRSTEIN is teaching Encaustic Painting (FUSE! FLOW! FUN!at Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, starting June 20. Learn about wax and medium, painting and fusing, working the surface to achieve various textures, substrate options, archival issues, and safe studio practices. Also suitable for artists who know how to paint with encaustic and want to further develop their work. 6 sessions, $180. More. Register here.
MIGGS BURROUGHS is showing three new lenticular pieces in Leclerc's Transforming Identity...Again show, portraying some of the exhibiting artists’ feet standing on personally significant surfaces. At right, Fishy, his lenticular on Tammy Winser's feet. Miggs writes that he is "fascinated by all the transformations, big and small, real and imagined, that take place every moment of our lives. The lenticular medium is perfectly suited to capturing these transitions in real time, and enlisting you, the viewer, as the ultimate storyteller."
DONNA CALLIGHAN will be showing her Once In A Blue Moon triptych as well as some of her Foggy Florals as part of the Loft Artists Association's display at The Palace Theatre, as part of the Stamford ArtWalk, Friday June 24, 6-9pm

JANE DAVILA  traveled to Colorado for four days in May to shoot video for her online course with Craft University. Printing on Fabric with Natural Materials (registration now open!) teaches how to create unique fabrics with vegetables and fruit; harness the the sun to make stunning heliographs with masks, salts, and more; and incorporate the vast array of natural materials from forest, garden, rivers, lakes, and oceans. Jane also teaches workshops at The NEST.
JOSEPH DERMODY, who won first place, mixed media, in Rowayton Arts Center's Focus Under Forty for his Untitled Gold Mixed Media sculpture, is currently showing his furniture and artwork at Holiday House Hamptons, 100 Crescent Ave., Water Mill, NY.  Joseph has been working with Carmiña Roth from Carmiña Roth Interiors of Greenwich
BARBARA KUNIN DIEROLF is showing five of her mandala pieces at the NEST at NYLEN Gallery show (772 Post Road E, Westport), among them Iceadelic Energy Mandala (2016, ice dye on cotton sateen, 36" x 46", click for larger image). A mandala is a spiritual symbol representing the universe. With several circles radiating around a central circle, it and is often used as an aid in meditation. Barbara comments that the circular form challenges her to push the boundaries of the carefully ordered, perfectly symmetrical hand drawn mandala into a more abstract, yet still very symmetrical form.
CAROL NIPOMNICH DIXON’s photograph Blue Tree Trunk (2016, 14" x 11", detail at right) will appear in the National Association of Women Artists' juried Summer Small Works Exhibition 2016 July 8 - August 19. The reception is Thursday, July 14, 5-7pm, at the NAWA Gallery, 315 West 39th Street, Suite 508, New York NY.
CHRISTA FORREST is showing her oil painting Full Bloom in the Loft Artists Association's Pop-Up show at The Palace Theatre as part of Stamford ArtWalk next Friday June 24. Full Bloom (2016, acrylic on canvas 48" x 36", detail at right) is part of her abstract floral series taking her away from her normal realistic painting style. She says these paintings go through several stages: exploration, experimentation, chaos, coming together, confusion, and "when the painting decides to speak to me – an awakening." 
ELLEN GORDON will be displaying first limited edition signed and numbered prints of her original mixed media collages at The Palace Theatre, as part of the Stamford ArtWalk, Friday June 24, 6-9pm. One of the three she will be showing is Sunday Afternoon (2016, mixed media collage, detail at right).

New member, MINDY GREEN is in a group show, Visible/ Invisible Views at Fairfield Public Library's Kershner Gallery, opening Sat. June 25, 4:30-6:30pm, with an artists' talk at 5:30pm. Mindy's pieces include, At Home in the World (2016, acrylic and paper, 48" x 36," detail at right, click for complete image). Mindy says "Using fragments of life – newspaper, wood, photographs, detritus – I build a piece in layers. At some point there is a transfer of ownership and, just as in Nature, I feel at home in the world.”
OLGA KLYMYK is showing three works at The Palace Theatre, as part of the Stamford ArtWalk, Friday June 24, 6-9pm. Among her paintings is Life Line (detail at right, 2016, watercolor, 33" x 27"; click for complete image), which Olga says, "expresses something of life from childhood to old age." 

Congratulations SCOTT KUYKENDALL for winning First Place, Watercolor in the Paint Rowayton exhibition at the Rowayton Arts Center, for his Pinkney House (2016, watercolor, 16" x 20", detail at right, click for complete image). Pinkney House is an old Rowayton landmark, located in Pinkney Park, and currently serves as the Rowayton Historical Society Museum. Juror for the show was Elizabeth Agresta.
SHANNA MELTON, Bridgeport's Ambassador of Poetry, has recently published a new book, Unraveling My Thoughts, available from Amazon. Interested in having her read for your event, then let her knowShanna is also leading two sessions of The Writers Group at City Lights, 855 Main Street, Bridgeport, July 9 and 16, 2-4pm. The Writers Group is a free space for writers to create new work.
DUVIAN MONTOYA is showing several pieces from his Signs of the Times series in Leclerc's Transforming Identity...Again show. At right, Signs of the Times 6. Exploring the visual side of the 2007 economic downturn these paintings led him to the conclusion "That one day these structures will live again in the hopes and dreams of a new generation of entrepreneurs/families." Hope, he says, is what came out of this conversation, "and it is Hope that I wish for the viewer to see."
New member, JUDY NOEL has one piece, Dad's Boat in American Waters, an exhibition at the Lyme Art Association, opening Fri. June 17, 5-7pm. Judy is a member of the American Society of Maritime Artists. Dad's Boat (oil on canvas, detail at right) was inspired by a day spent with her father exploring boats from Old Saybrook to Stonington: her father's hobby was photography and hers was sketching. 
AMY OESTREICHER's TEDX talk at Syracuse University, Follow Your Detour, Find Your Flower is now available on YouTube. In her talk, Amy explains why being a "Detourist" has inspired her to transform obstacles in her path into opportunities for growth by finding the "flowers" rom her detour, using all aspects creativity - music, art, writing and theatre - to heal and find the positive.

Congratulations to JUDY PEKNIK for winning Best in Show at the Silvermine Student Show for her oil painting, Back Stage (2016, oil on canvas, 32" x 48", detail at right). She writes, "There's an old casino at Asbury Park, NJ which is boarded up. I was very taken by the sight of an old elegant room, neglected, water and graffiti damaged, and yet great old bones. The storage area was full of old theater flats and junk. But the image of that pile of umbrellas captured my attention and a painting followed." The Show is on until June 23.
DIANE POLLACK's mixed media, collage and thread work will be featured at Sotheby's of Ridgefield from June 22-August 8. At right is detail of her Mystical Orbits Gray 1 (22" x 40", click for complete image). You can see more work of Diane's at the Artists' Choice exhibit at Wilton Library through June 30.
CYNTHIA QUINTANAL and Crystal Cymbalogy celebrate the summer solstice with their annual Summer Solstice Concert on the yoga deck at Open Sky Yoga Barn 95 Cross Highway Redding. (Indoors if rainy weather). Quiet reflective time will be followed by dancing and a fire ceremony. Bring beach chairs, blankets sweaters, bug spray (please apply at your car) Items/offerings to burn, your friends and your dancing feet. Friday, June 17. 7:30pm. $30.
ROXANNE FABER SAVAGE has two works in The Thing of It Is at Washington Art Association, Washington Depot, CT. The juror was Eric Aho Juror. At right NightWood/ Visitor1 (2015, acrylic with oil stick, 36" x 36"). She writes that the two Night Wood paintings, "inspired by a late afternoon hike in a lush Oregon forest reflect my experience as a visitor in this mysterious dark wood and act as a bridge for me to express personal fears, wonder and fantasy about the secret life of a place." Reception Saturday, July 23rd, 4 - 6pm
MARIANNE SCHMIDT is having another Paint and Sip event at Geronimo's (2070 Post Road, Fairfield), June 22 6:30- 8:30pm. "Bring your friend, spouse, or date and have a fun two hours of creating beautiful acrylic paintings on canvas." Marianne will instruct and all supplies will be provided. Seating is limited! $25. Reservation required.
PHYLLIS SINRICH has several photographs in the Stamford Art Association's Small Works Show, Drip, Dribble, Splash. All pieces are 4" x 6". Phyllis' images show how every-day items can create compelling abstract images. At right, detail of Helter Skelter, a metallic merger of staples and wire that makes a lively abstract composition. The People's Award for Best in Show will be announced at a reception during the ArtWalk, Fri. June 24, 6-9pm.
New member JAHMANE WEST is sharing pieces from his NOOH VINTAGE collection in the Leclerc Gallery's Transforming Identity...Again show. This collection of work, exploring the psychological effects of vintage posters, advertising and propaganda juxtaposed with current social commentary, includes Genocide Juice (62"x48", acrylic on canvas, detail at right) and In Love with COCO. They set out to challenge society's acceptance of substance abuse through advertising and questions our willingness to identify with such abuses.
TAMMY WINSER's Train of Thought series she's showing in Transforming Identity have background images taken on a train ride, showing the speed at which life is flying by, and foreground images of the thoughts on her mind. How often, Tammy asks, do we look and not see? When we do look, and see what is before us, do our current thoughts shape or spill into our visual field? Isn’t this one of the ways that new ideas are formed? She says there is a definite associative process for artists reinterpreting the world around them and she often transforms herself, and her medium, in search of the best way to express herself—allowing that train of thought to take her along for the ride.
Compiled List of Member Openings & Events
Fri. June 17: American Waters, Lyme Art Association, 5-7pm (Judy Noel)
Fri, June 17: Cynthia Quintanal, Summer Solstice Concert, 95 Cross Highway Redding, 7:30pm
Thu. June 23: Transforming Identity...Again, Leclerc Contemporary, 6-9pm (Nina Bentley, Miggs Burroughs, Jahmane West, Duvian Montoya and Tammy Winser)
Fri. June 24: Stamford Downtown ArtWalk, 5-9pm, Rowayton Community Center (Loft Artist members: Donna Callighan, Lisa Cuscuna, Christa Forrest, Ellen Gordon, Sholeh Janati, Olga Klymyk).
Fri. June 24: Small Works Show, Stamford Art Association, 6-9pm (Phyllis Sinrich)
Fri. June 24: SOLOS 2016, Westport Arts Center, 6-8pm (Nina Bentley)
Sat. June 25: Visible/Invisible Views, Kershner Gallery, Fairfield Public Library, 4:30-6:30pm (artists' talk, 5:30pm) (Mindy Green)
Check for listings of all events by our members!
CALLS FOR ENTRIES                             
Sue Czark, Rainbow, from SAMESEX 2014 exhibit now in City Lights permanent collection.

In light of the recent horrific tragedy in Orlando, CITY LIGHTS GALLERY has extended the submission date for its SAMESEX 2016 exhibition. This extension recognizes the fact that many may want to share expressions of solidarity, pride, outrage, and condolence. The exhibit will open July 21 through August 30. All artists are welcome to to submit work for the 6th annual Same Sex exhibit that explores LGBT themes, same-sex attraction, related events and issues of 2016. Artists need not be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender to participate. All artists are invited to submit jpegs of their work for consideration by June 30, 2016. Click here to request further information. 

Spectrum Gallery, Centerbrook, CT, has a call for painting, photography and sculpture for its juried show, Water, Water Everywhere. Artists whose work features water as a nurturer, challenge or an element of fun are encouraged to submit. Water, Water Everywhere will run July 22-September 11, 2016. Interested Artists may submit work hereReceiving is July 5-9. An Opening Reception is held on Friday, July 22 (6:30-9pm). Please submit at least 3 jpegs directly to Barbara Nair at

The City of Norwalk Parking Authority’s Maritime Garage Gallery is inviting submissions from artists, 18 and over, for a new exhibit at the Maritime Gallery, located in the Maritime Parking Garage. The exhibit will run from September 21 through December 2, 2016. The exhibit, entitled KISMET will focus on the theme of fate or destiny; the force that is believed to control the future. From relationships, to fashion, from the environment, to politics, kismet plays a role. Pieces should represent how kismet controls the outcome in the community, the world, or the artists’ life. Clever uses of medium and interpretations on subject are welcome. Cultural Alliance artist member, Tammy Winser, one of the founders of the Westport Artist Collective and freshly appointed ACE awardee, is guest juror for the Kismet exhibit. Up to five pieces may be submitted; submission fee is $35. For online guidelines and submissions, click herePlease e-mail here with any questions. The deadline for submissions is July 25, 2016.

Each year Franklin Street Works (FSW) invites guest curator(s) or curatorial team(s) to create one to two group, thematic exhibitions. FSW is now accepting exhibition proposals for the May 13 – August 17, 2017 slot. If multiple submissions fit with the FSW mission, they will be considered for later time slots. Exhibitions should be group shows around a theme. See examples of previous exhibitions resulting from this call. FSW provides an $11,000 exhibition budget to cover all aspects of the show (together with $1000 budget for programs, $1,000 honorarium for curating, $200 for program participation and $300 for writing the exhibition essay). The Franklin Street Works team assists with administrative tasks such as loan forms, shipping arrangements and gallery handouts as well as with installation support. Guest curators are asked to brainstorm exhibition programming for their shows as well, consequently, any notes about possible public programs are welcome as part of the proposal. All are welcome to propose exhibitions, but those with a working understanding of what is involved in putting an exhibition together will be given priority. Full details here. Please send proposals, images and/or artist links and a current CV to Creative Director Terri C Smith.

JULY 17 

Zion National Park, Utah, is now accepting applications for the 2016 Artist-in-Residence program. Four artists will be selected for two spring and two fall residency slots. Artist selections will be made and announced in October. All visual (painters, photographers, sculptures, etc.), performing (drama, dance, music, composition, etc.) and literary artists are welcome to apply. The Zion National Park Artist in Residence program offers professional artists the opportunity to live and work in the majestic desert environment of southern Utah for a period of one month. Work completed under this program will contribute to the public understanding and appreciation of Zion National Park and should reflect the National Park Service's mission to preserve and protect the park's cultural and natural resources. When in Residence the artist is highly independent, but is expected to present two public programs tailored to an individual's medium, interest, experience, and audience. Holding periodic open studio hours is also encouraged. Participating artists are given up to six months to finish work inspired by the Residency. An original piece of artwork representative of the Residency will then be donated to Zion National Park. The work may be placed in the Park's permanent collection, interpretive collection, or, in partnership with the Zion Natural History Association, may be used in other ways in support of the park's Artist in Residence and education programming. Zion National Park works in conjunction with Southern Utah University Art Department staff to select artists who will work in Zion for the four-week residency period. Selected artists will be given a rent-free, furnished park house inside the park. Apply here.

The William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts was established in 2001 in honor of William H. Johnson, an American artist known primarily for his Scandinavian landscapes and his witty and poignant depictions of African-American daily life. The Foundation offers the William H. Johnson Prize, awarded annually to an early-career African-American artist. Recognizing that minority artists often need economic assistance, the foundation seeks to encourage artists early in their careers by offering financial grants. To that end, the foundation is accepting applications for the 2016 William H. Johnson Prize. The Prize is awarded annually to an early-career African-American artist working in the area of painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, installation, or a new genre. For award purposes, "early career" is a flexible term that should be interpreted liberally to include artists who have finished their academic work within twelve years from the year that the prize is awarded. Age is not determinative, and artists who have not earned a BFA or MFA are eligible so long as they have not been working as an artist for more than twelve years. The 2016 prize recipient will receive $25,000. The winner will be announced in December 2016. Apply by November 10, 2016. Apply here.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & RESOURCES                             
JULY 5-29

The Digital Media CT (DMCT) summer training program, developed in partnership by the Connecticut Office of Film, Television & Digital Media and the University of Connecticut, is designed for individuals with a demonstrated interest in digital media who want to develop the basic skills necessary to potentially seek work in the industry or augment their current skill set. The program is most appropriate for high school juniors and seniors, current college students, college graduates with majors in communications / film / television, veterans, and professionals who want to explore digital media. All DMCT classes will be hosted at the University of Connecticut Stamford Campus and taught by UConn faculty from the Digital Media & Design program, local/regional professionals and complemented with lectures from industry experts. This approach will provide students with the valuable and unique opportunity to build relationships with accomplished practitioners in respective fields. 4-week intensive courses in 3D Animation in Cinema, 4D Game Design, Motion Graphics Design and Web Designrun July 5 – 29, 9:30am-4:30pm, Monday–Friday. The cost for daytime courses is $500. You may select one course, only. Course sizes are limited to the first 16 applicants. For all further details and to apply, click here.
JULY 18-21

The Connecticut Arts Institute is an annual teaching seminar now run by the CT Arts Administrators Association, held at Fairfield University and endorsed by the Connecticut Art Education Association, Connecticut Music Education Association, and Connecticut Alliance for Arts EducationThe Institute will help teachers and program leaders:
  • Design Standard-based Assessment (Formative & Summative Assessments) 
  • Align New National Arts Standards with Current Curriculum.
  • Implement New Arts Standards
  • Capture Data from Assessment and Analysis for SLOs
  • Align Common Core to the Arts Standards
  • Design and Develop Rubrics
  • Become Proficient with Essential Questions, Enduring Understandings and Backwards Design 
  • Build a New Generation of Arts Leadership
Appropriate sessions will be discipline- and grade-level specific. Experienced art and music educators will lead hands-on activities.
Educators $200. For more information, click here. Register here.

In one of the latest blog posts on CREATIVZ, the space for conversation about how artists in the U.S. live and work, organized by the Center for Cultural Innovation, Douglas Noonan, Director of Research at Indiana University Public Policy Institute, presents the idea that crowdfunding is "the piece of this platform economy puzzle that represents something more genuinely new to the arts community than gigging." If so, how does this affect the arts funding landscape? Read the short article but some conclusions, by analyzing at least Kickstarter data, are that: 
1. Larger crowds may tend to fund low-end projects with mass appeal, while a few deep pockets in the crowd can bankroll standouts. 
2. There are a substantial number of ‘corporate’ projects, coming from established firms or from creative types employed by them. 
3. Further, there appears to be a significant role for Kickstarter as a platform for creative types’ “moonlighting” enterprises. The crowdfunding platform can enable innovative side projects and experimentation to complement their more regular, stable, or structured work in established venues. Crowdfunding affects different kinds of projects too. For more, click here.
SEPT. 16-18 

The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art has announced, in partnership with The Ridgefield Library and the International Centre for Creativity and Imagination, FULL STEAM AHEAD, a cross-disciplinary symposium and community engagement event exploring and Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEAM). Join artists, scientists, academics, educators, engineers, and business leaders from the Rhode Island School of Design, Guggenheim Museum, Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Jacob Burns Film Center, State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Danbury Hackerspace, International Centre for Creativity & Imagination, Hopkins Vineyard, and more. Learn about inspiring and unexpected real-world applications of STEAM in schools, studios, laboratories, conference rooms, museums, libraries, and beyond. See full program and registration details here.

Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts (CFA) seeks a Director. The CFA supports the technical and production needs of the departments of dance, music, theater, and art and art history, student groups, and other University departments, and serves as a cultural center for the campus, Middle-town, and the region by presenting a wide variety of events and exhibitions ranging from student recitals to faculty productions, touring productions, and curated exhibitions. Comprised of an eleven building complex together with additional gallery, theater, and dance spaces, the CFA presents nearly 300 events per year. CFA programs reach an on- and off-campus audience of over 40,000 per year in five performance spaces and two galleries. The Director oversees a staff of ten full-time and six part-time staff members, reports to the Associate Provost, and works closely with the Dean of the Arts & Humanities. In addition to its programming mandate, the CFA works to elevate the arts as a means of teaching and learning, by integrating the arts into all aspects of campus life through interdisciplinary collaborations such as the Creative Campus Initiative and the Riverfront Encounter Festival. The CFA also oversees the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance, a graduate program in performance curation. The Director oversees a staff of ten full-time and six part-time staff members, reports to the Associate Provost, and works closely with the Dean of the Arts & Humanities. Full details and application procedure here.

Fusion Academy seeks a creative, passionate part-time High School Art Teacher to teach various art techniques at its Fairfield campus. Fusion teachers seek to work with peers who share values like open communication, forward thinking, and compassion. Fusion is growing rapidly and offers considerable opportunity for career advancement. Fusion is a comprehensive, private, middle school and high school, and a full-service tutoring facility. Some Fusion students exhibit special learning needs such as ADHD, LD, and emotional difficulties. Other students may be accelerated learners or need flexible scheduling. All Fusion classes and tutoring are conducted one-to-one. Fusion is a unique academic program offering services year-round on a rolling admissions basis. High School Art Teacher Responsibilities: This High School Art Teacher provides a dynamic experience to our students and helps to foster students’ creativity in growing their art skills in different mediums such as paint, pencil, charcoal, and more. The candidate must be prepared to: teach and tutor material at a high-school level immediately; mentor students and provide guidance in their studies; monitor and enhance academic programs for students; create and execute exciting lesson plans that connect with students; and participate in and contribute to a vibrant staff culture. For full details and application procedure, click here..

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum seeks a Press and Social Media Coordinator to supervise press relations and the Museum's online presence. This position will have as goals the tasks of elevating the Museum's profile, implementing outreach strategies to build constituency engagement, and supporting fundraising goals. The position oversees an active roster of press, media, and other contacts to ensure broad dissemination of Museum news and messaging, manages the Museum's website and social media channels, and acts as a copywriter, editor, and proofreader. Full details and application instructions here.


Saugatuck Digital Arts Workshop (SDAW) Fairfield, is hiring instructors for the fall session beginning in September 2016. Instructors much have teaching experience, and be expert in one or more digital arts software applications including Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Maya, C4D, InDesign, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, ProTools (and/or other DAW platform). Responsibilities will include refining curriculum and teaching software-focused digital arts classes to artists as well as aspiring and working creative professionals (14+ and adults). Classes are held weekly in downtown Fairfield, CT. SDAW offers artists, creative professionals and students access to an immensely powerful toolbox of digital arts software — tools that are easy-to-learn, and are accessible to anyone with a personal computer or smart device. Details here.
Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available
Creative Arts, New Haven: 2017 Gallery Fellowship
Creative Ground: Website Administrator
Fairfield County Chorale: Executive Director
Fairfield Museum: Collections Manager
INTAKE Organization: P/T Office Manager
Melissa & Doug: Graphic Designer
Sacred Heart University: Graphic Designer
Wesleyan University: Program Coordinator
Westport Country Playhouse: Database Administrator
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June 19: Firehouse Center for the Arts: New England Playwrights Submission Deadline
June 30: City Lights Gallery: SameSex 2016 Extended Deadline

July c1: Connecticut Dance Alliance: Dance History Project Submission Deadline
July c5: Spectrum Gallery: Water, Water Everywhere Submission Deadline
July c8: Mass MOCA, Assets for Artists: Artists & Writers Residencies Applications Due
July 14: NEA Media Arts Grants Submission Deadline
July 15: Office of the Arts: RFQs for ECSU and Litchfield Courthouse Public Art projects.
July 17: Zion National Park, Utah: Artist in Residence Program: Application Deadline
July 18: Loft Artists Association: Lost + Found Submissions Deadline
July 18-21: Fairfield University: CT Arts Institute
July 25: Norwalk Maritime Garage Gallery, Kismet Submission 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

Sept. 16-18: Aldrich Museum: Full STEAM Ahead Symposium
Sept. 30: Franklin Street Works: Call for Exhibition Proposals Deadline

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

Dec. 15: Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Grant Application Deadline
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