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ARTISTS NEWSLETTER
News and Opportunities for Artists of Fairfield County
March 11, 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 360 individuals and organizations. Sign up here
CONTENTS
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OUR NEWS
❖ Progressive Gallery Tour: Framemakers, Black Rock - March 16
❖ Common Ground: Grace Farms, New Canaan, New Date - March 22
❖ Welcome New Members: Lisa Cuscuna, Robin Gilmore, Jeanine Careri Jackson, and Jane Lubin

YOUR NEWS
❖ Member Round-Up: 6 members host The NEST's Bridgeport Artists Party Tonight March 11. Other news from Miggs Burroughs, Trace Burroughs, Joy Bush and Karen Neems, Ann Chernow, Heidi Lewis Coleman, Lisa Cuscuna, Cortney Davis, Amy Dolego, Rose-Marie Fox, Robin Gilmore, Amy Oestreicher, and Sergey Stepanenko.
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Members' Openings
Calendar of Members' Openings over the next 2 weeks

CALLS FOR ENTRIES - Deadlines
❖ Ridgefield Guild of Artists: Annual Juried Show - Receiving March 18/19
Providence Art Club, RI: National Juried Show, Color - March 18
❖ Fairfield Museum: Images 2016 - March 21
❖ Beechwood Arts: Transformed - March 25
❖ Coastal Arts Guild: Artists & Artisans in Paradise Arts & Crafts Show - June 1
❖ Adelphi NY Breast Cancer Hotline: Creative Cups - June 1

OPPORTUNITIES - Deadlines
❖ Beechwood Arts: Curator-Team-in-Residence - April 1
❖ MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire: Artist Residencies - April 15
Bogliasco Foundation, Italy: Fellowship Residencies - April 15
❖ Cultures in Harmony: Help William Harvey Discover What is American Culture? 

RESOURCES & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
❖ Poets & Writers: Guide to Literary Agents
CREATIVZ.US: Want to Be an Artist? Career Advice

JOBS
❖ Philip Johnson Glass House: Visitor Center & Design Store Manager
❖ Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum: Head of Communications
❖ Fairfield County Chorale: P/T Executive Director
❖ Greenwich Historical Society: Storytellers for April 1 Program

Jobs Still Available

CALENDAR
Deadlines and Dates to Remember
OUR NEWS
FRAMEMAKERS GALLERY - MARCH 16
Sign up for the next stop on our Progressive Gallery Tour, Wed. March 16, 6-8pm at FRAMEMAKERS Picture Framing And Art Gallery, 3004 Fairfield Ave, Black Rock, Bridgeport. This will also be the opening for an exhibition of New York artist Benjamin Casiano. Designed to encourage members to mix and mingle while exploring the range of commercial galleries that are our members, the tour has progressed month-by-month from Greenwich to Bridgeport.
COMMON GROUND @ GRACE FARMS - NEW DATE MARCH 22
Join us for our popular, monthly COMMON GROUND Meet-Up to discuss, test and give feedback on collaborative, creative project ideas. All welcome! The weather pushed our scheduled meeting back to March 22 at Grace Farms, New Canaan. Sign up and share ideas about the Rebirth Arts Festival, test a debut One-Stroke Calligraphy workshop and give feedback to Amy Oestreicher's updated "Detour-ist" Workshop. More.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

LISA CUSCUNA

Graduating from Cooper Union School of Art in New York in the 1970s, LISA CUSCUNA focused on photography and video work for the following 25 years. After a year photographing in South Africa, she moved to New York, first as a professional printer of black-and-white photographs and then designing multimedia shows for corporations and Broadway. She also designed museum installations, but around 2000 started using her extensive photo library from her travels, experimenting with the computer to create surrealistic images, printed on archival paper with archival inks. After formulating images on paper, Lisa then used these images as inspiration for her surrealistic oil paintings. “I like to create images that ask the viewer to look at things with a new perspective, juxtaposing clouds with land and water with sky. Many of my paintings have gateways, doorways and windows taking the viewer from one vista to another.” Ten days spent photographing the landscapes and lavender fields of Provence, resulted in more traditional, impressionistic paintings, which she continues to create. Lisa is a member of the Greenwich Arts Council, is on the board of directors of the Art Society of Old Greenwich and a past President of the Loft Artists Association in Stamford, where she keeps an active studio. Her work has been shown at Zorya Gallery (Greenwich), Frame & Art Gallery II (New Canaan), and Karen Lynne Gallery (Boca Raton, FL). Sandra Neustadter represents Lisa's work in White Plains, NY and Delray Beach, FL, and Rosenbaum Contemporary (Boca Raton) represents her work world-wide. See Lisa's website, Facebook page, and YouTube channel. 

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ROBIN GILMORE
Robin Gilmore is close to being Robin ROBIN GILMORE is close to being synonymous with Bridgeport. Her awakening as an artist happened as a child visiting University of Bridgeport, sitting in on a drawing class and realizing this was where she belonged. She studied at Housatonic Community College and soon was teaching art at the Music and Arts Center for the Handicapped at UB. Teaching there taught the values of being a bricoleur - using the materials around her to best advantage - and she rapidly became an assemblage artist. However, she’s always been a resource for others. In 2003, she created Park City Artist Resources, teaching business skills and providing exhibition space. She helped create Gallery 999 at Bridgeport’s City Hall, helped place the first set of tenants in Read’s ArtSpace, and created a mentoring project as part of The Women’s Caucus for Art-CT for students at Harding High School. In 2009 she created Made in Bridgeport that brought together her interest in teaching and in creating jewelry out of the objects of her heritage - Bridgeport’s industrial past.  She writes: "My art has taught me to be an archeologist, a scientist, a detective and a spiritualist. Sometimes the creative process inspires me to move in various directions with assemblage using found objects or painting or to focus on the subject through the magnified inspection of the camera lens. It brings me closer to my subject, my thought, my heart, and something even deeper, a higher purpose." See Robin's Made in Bridgeport website, Facebook page, Pinterest page and Twitter feed.

JEANINE C. JACKSON

JEANINE CARERI JACKSON is an oil painter, specializing in portraits and landscapes. She began her fine art training at a private girls academy, Holy Angels, in Demarest, NJ. Graduating from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Jeanine trained in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at the University of Florence, where she lived for eight years. On her return to the U.S., she trained in classical portraiture and landscape art at Silvermine School with George Passantino for three years. She has attended the School of Visual Arts in New York, the National Academy, and has taken workshops with some of the top portraitists, including Richard Whitney, Igor Babailov, Michael Del Priore, Daniel Greene, Samuel Adoquei, Marvin Mattelson, Everett Raymond Kinstler, and John Howard Sanden. Ms. Jackson founded the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists in 2002. This educational non-profit for local portraitists and patrons is nationally recognized for the high quality of its exhibitions and workshops. Jeanine was named Ambassador for the society in 2004. In the spring of 2005, she joined the winter faculty of the Cape Coral Art League in Florida. Her work has been featured in many arts magazines including Signature Magazine, Artis, and NYArts MagazineJeanine has studios in Greenwich and Palm Beach. See Jeanine's website, and Facebook page.
JANE LUBIN

JANE LUBIN is a Norwalk-based mixed-media artist whose work spans several genres. She works in acrylic painting, collage, digitally manipulated photographic collage, and polymer clay to make jewelry. As an eye surgeon by training, she has always had a fascination with anatomical shapes, and does not mind working at a microscopic level, and in small spaces! About her recent series of collages, she has said, "My collages of acrylic paint and found images, are at once surrealistic and spontaneous, as in dreams, and they inhabit an alternate universe where they play, dance and cavort with one another as if they do not have a care in the “world.” They allude to our newly created social networks and our evolving social identity." Jane has shown her work at regional, national and international levels. She has had work in juried and solo shows in Connecticut, New York City, Boston, Chicago, Rhode Island, California and Michigan. As president of the Women’s Caucus for Art—Connecticut Chapter, she has curated area group shows, including a collaborative installation at the University of New Haven’s Seton Gallery and a show at the Fairfield Arts Council for the Women’s Caucus for Art. She is a member of the Westport Artists Collective and has had a solo show at the Westport Arts Center (2006) and a solo show in the Director’s Gallery at Fairfield Arts Council. Jane is a member of the Silvermine Arts Guild and is on the faculty of the Silvermine School of Art (and is teaching a one-day course, Altered Books: Transform Old Books into New Art April 1). See her website, Facebook page and Twitter feed.
CURRENT MEMBERS
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YOUR NEWS                             
ROUND-UP OF MEMBERS' NEWS
PATRICE BARRETT, CARLOS and JANE DAVILA, BARBARA DIEROLF, SUSAN MURRAY, and RICK SHAEFER are your hosts for a Bridgeport Artists Networking Party tonight, March 11, 6-9pm at The NEST Arts Factory, 1720 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport. Studios will be open, a business card and flyer exchange table and good food and drinks will be available. Suggested donation: $5. Come one, come all! (Click invite for large size.)
Kudos to MIGGS BURROUGHS for designing our new logo and modifying the FCBuzz logo, The re-design should help integrate the two sides of our brain: the parent, Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County, and its child, FCBuzz. The new simplified look, with a stronger connection to the colors of FCBuzz, should serve to demonstrate the familial link. Miggs, who designs logos galore, excelled with this. He also designed our excellent ACE Awards logo. Thank you, Miggs!
TRACE BURROUGHS is in VISIONS, a 3-person show at the Kershner Gallery in the Fairfield Library. Along with Bruce Horan and Dan Lenore, Trace will show his digital work, including Captivity at right. A reception will be held on Sat. March 19, 4:30 to 6:30 pm, with the artists talking about their work at 5:30 pm. The show runs from March 12 to April 24. Each artist will have about 15 works to show. 
JOY BUSH (Honorable Mention) and KAREN NEEMS (Best in Show) will have their winning works featured in an exhibition of Award Winners from the CARRIAGE BARN's 2016 Photography Show at Bankwell, New Canaan. The opening reception will be Thursday March 17, 5:30pm-7pm at 208 Elm Street, New Canaan in Bankwell's lobby area.
ANN CHERNOW has a solo show, NOIR, opening at the Westport Arts Center, Friday March 18, 6-8pm. At right is detail of Mona Lisa, (Lithograph, 11x14"). The show is curated by Helen Klisser During. More information is available here. Ann writes: "The ‘noir’ film is a catalyst to begin a painting, drawing, or print. I make images that address a universal situation; with ‘noir’ work it’s a dark theme...The subversive is present in all of us."
HEIDI LEWIS COLEMAN will be exhibiting her 24"x24" acrylic & cut-paper piece, Lavendaer, in the Greenwich Art Society's 99th Annual Juried Exhibition opening tonight, Friday March 11, 6-8pm at The Bendheim Gallery of the Greenwich Arts Center, 299 Greenwich Avenue. The show was juried by Akili Tommasino, Assistant Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art. 
New member LISA CUSCUNA has a solo show at Loft Artists Association, The Fluid Palette, March 19-April 3, with an opening reception, Thurs. March 17, 6-8pm. The show is retrospective of Lisa's artwork created over the last 40 years. The show's title refers to the process of pouring thinned oil paint, which has been a part of Lisa's technique for the past 40 years. Loft Artists Association is at 575 Pacific St., Stamford.
CORTNEY DAVIS welcomes all to a reception Weds. March 16, 5-7pm at the NYU Langone Medical Center Art Gallery, 550 First Ave., New York, as part of an exhibition of the paintings that formed her book, When the Nurse Becomes a Patient, that tells the unnerving story of an illness that went dramatically wrong. See Cortney's book here.
AMY DOLEGO is showing her black-and-white photograph Dissolution (detail at right; click for larger version) in the 99th Annual Juried Exhibition of the Greenwich Arts Society, opening tonight, Friday March 11, 6-8pm at The Bendheim Gallery of the Greenwich Arts Center, 299 Greenwich Avenue.
KATHERINE EVANS, having just finished a large private commission for a 54" x 54" canvas, is showing a smaller piece, a 24"x24" Good Vibrations, (acrylic on canvas collage) in the GAS 99th Annual Juried Exhibition. The exhibition goes through April 7.
ROSE-MARIE FOX has her abstract acrylic Mei Mei in the Greenwich Arts Society's 99th Annual Juried Exhibition, opening tonight. Rose-Marie says her inspiration was from her time in business in China. She says she enjoys the process of painting over and pulling out and revealing underlying themes. In this work it Mei Mei,  which means "little girl," or "little sister," in Mandarin.
New member ROBIN GILMORE has seven pieces in the Schelfhaudt Gallery's Parts is Parts exhibition, closing March 19. At right is a detail of Robin's Our Foundry Fathers that she created from found objects and historical information about Bridgeport's rich manufacturing past. Robin also has jewelry for sale at Norwalk Historical Museum Gift Shop, EcoWorks, Inc. New Haven and City Lights, Bridgeport.
Congratulations to AMY OESTREICHER for receiving a BISTRO AWARD for her musical, Gutless and Grateful, which will be performed tonight, Fri March 11 at the Tada Theatre in New York. The Bistro Awards, established in 1985, have "recognized, encouraged, nurtured, and educated cabaret, jazz, and comedy artists for 30 years through insightful reviews and annual awards." Amy will be testing her "Detour" workshop at our next Common Ground, March 22.
Painter SERGEY STEPANENKO, is having a RETROSPECTIVE exhibition of his work at the St. Philip Artists' Guild (SPAG) Artist Studios, 25 France Street, Norwalk, opening this Sat. March 12, 6-10pm (with live music, wine and cheese). His show includes works from several of his earlier series (to be seen on his website here): Musicians, and My Little Angels and two new series: Time Mesh and Black & White Homage. 
Compiled list of Member Openings
MARCH
Fri. March 11: GAS 99th Annual Juried Show, Greenwich Arts Center (Heidi Lewis Coleman, Amy Dolego, Katherine Evans and Rose-Marie Fox)
Fri. March 11: NEST Arts Factory Bridgeport Artists Party, 6-9pm
Sat. March 12: Sergey Stepanenko, Retrospective, SPAG, Norwalk, 6-10pm
Thu. March 17: Joy Bush, Karen Neems in Carriage Barn Photography Award Winners Show, Bankwell New Canaan, Opening 5:30-7:30pm.
Thu. March 17: Lisa Cuscuna, The Fluid Palette, Loft Artists Assn., Stamford, 6-8pm
Fri. March 18: Ann Chernow, Noir, Westport Arts Center, 6-8pm
Sat. March 19: Trace Burroughs in Visions, Kershner Gallery, Fairfield Library, 4:30-6:30pm
Check FCBuzz.org for listings of all events by our members!
CALLS FOR ENTRIES                             
RIDGEFIELD GUILD OF ARTISTS 
ANNUAL JURIED SHOW
MARCH 18/19

The Ridgefield Guild of Artists announces a Call for Artists for its Sixth Annual Juried Member Show running April 2 – May 1. This exhibition is open to all members of the Guild. (Anyone not a member, can join at receiving.) Up to three pieces of artwork in all media will be accepted at the Guild on Friday, March 18 AND Saturday, March 19 from 12-4pm (with a snow date of Sunday, March 20 if it snows either day). Robbin Zella, the director and curator at the Housatonic Museum of Art in Bridgeport, Connecticut is the juror for this show, and will select the final exhibiting artwork from the works received. For more information and to see the complete prospectus including all requirements, visit www.rgoa.org. Ridgefield Guild of Artists is located at 34 Halpin Lane.
PROVIDENCE ART CLUB
COLOR
MARCH 18

The Providence Art Club (11 Thomas St., Providence, RI) has a Call For Entries open now for its forthcoming National Juried Exhibition, COLOR, coming up in April. This show will feature works with a focus on expressive use of color. Recent works that utilize color in striking, inventive, and expressive ways are encouraged. There will be $3,000 in prizes (including $1,000 for Best in Show) and a Best in Show Award of $1,000. The juror and awards judge for the show will be Dominic Molon, Richard Brown Baker Curator of Contemporary Art at the RISD Museum. Interested artists may submit up to two images for consideration for an entry fee of $25. PAC takes 25% sales commission for members; 40% for non-members Application details here. Apply online, via CAFE, here. Application deadline is March 18.
FAIRFIELD MUSEUM
IMAGES 2016 
MARCH 21

The Fairfield Museum and History Center announces the eighth annual IMAGES photography competition. This contest celebrates the exceptional work of talented regional photographers. The museum invites professional, serious amateur, and student photographers from the region to participate. A jury will select approximately 50 photographs for exhibition in the IMAGES 2016 show, which will be on display at the Fairfield Museum from May 14 to June 27, 2016. The exhibition provides an excellent opportunity for artists to connect with prominent collectors, gallery owners, fellow photographers, and the public. Artists must reside in CT, NY, RI, or MA and may submit up to 10 images under one of two categories: Professional/Serious Amateur or Student (active student under 24 years of age). Photos must depict reality and cannot be manipulated to add or subtract major elements that alter that reality. All competition entries must be submitted online. Click here for complete entry details and here to enter. All entries must be received by 9:00 am on Monday, March 21, 2016.
BEECHWOOD ARTS 
TRANSFORMED 
MARCH 25

Beechwood Arts is a unique venue nested in an 1806 renovated farmhouse in Westport. Beechwood's
mission is to expand the way the arts are created and experienced. Currently Beechwood owners Frederic Chiu and Jeanine Esposito do this partly by curating "all-arts" immersions that cross genres, disciplines and generations. See former "immersion salons" here. For Beechwood's next salon, Transformed (Sunday, May 5), Beechwood invites visual artists to transform an existing, finished piece of artwork into a new piece by adding to it, turning it into something else or painting/ creating over it. You document the transformation by taking photos along the way, which will be shown along with the transformed work! Interested? Then follow these four steps:
1. Sign-Up Here by March 25 ($20);
2. Identify a completed artwork to transform; 3. Transform the work!; 
4. Document the Transformation. Download full prospectus here. Drop-off of final work: Weds. May 11.
COASTAL ARTS GUILD
ARTISTS & ARTISANS IN PARADISE
JUNE 1


The Coastal Arts Guild of CT invites artists, artisans, and fine crafters for the Fourth Annual Artists & Artisans in Paradise to be held Sunday, August 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Paradise Green, in Stratford. The Guild welcomes applications from fine artists and artisans who create work from across the spectrum of the handmade arts, including fine artists, makers of original arts and crafts, and food artisans. Please note: no mass-market, re-sold work, imports or crafts from kits will be accepted! This is a juried show and all applications are reviewed by the organizing committee. Entry fees will be refunded for those applicants not accepted. All artists, crafters and vendors are responsible for providing their own tables, chairs, displays and tents. All spaces will be assigned. Artist Registration Fees: $75 early registration until June 1 ($90 after 6/1, $65 for CAG members). Please note jewelry is a strictly-limited category. If you are approved to sell other art/craft, do not add jewelry to your booth. If this is not followed, you will be asked to remove the jewelry or leave the show without a refund. Register here. Volunteers needed: register here.
ADELPHI BREAST CANCER HOTLINE
 CREATIVE CUPS
JUNE 1

Creative Cups is a thought-provoking art exhibition & fundraising event to benefit the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program. This celebratory exhibit features bras that are transformed by their creators into works of art. We invite individuals of all ages and all levels of artistic talent to build the perfect bra. Registration is now open; the deadline to register a bra is June 1, 2016; registration shuts off after 200 registrations. Register your bra here. $25 entry fee. Each registration has to be accompanied by a story: a short paragraph stating the intent or inspiration behind your creation. The finished work of art needs to be submitted by July 15, 2016. The date of the auction and reception will be March 16, 2017. Please visit creative-cups.adelphi.edu for more information. See past submissions here.
Reminders...
March 12: CCP: Footprint International 2016, Submission Deadline
March 13: Spectrum Gallery, Essex: Text Messages Submission Deadline

March 18: Center for Contemporary Printmaking: Re:Location Submission Deadline
March 19: NEST Arts Factory: CIRCA Digital Art Exhibit Submission Deadline
March 25: Westport Downtown Merchants: Art About Town Extended Application Deadline
OPPORTUNITIES                             
BEECHWOOD ARTS 
CURATOR TEAM IN RESIDENCE 
APRIL 1

Beechwood Arts, a unique arts center based in the founders' 1806 renovated Westport farmhouse, has the mission of expanding the way the arts are created and experienced. This has partly been done by curating multi-arts immersion salonsAfter four years of successfully integrating visual art, music, performance, film and culinary arts, Beechwood Arts now would like to give artists more ownership and influence on shaping the future of these events and the role of Visual Arts. With that mission in mind Beechwood is creating a Curator Team in Residence - 12 diverse visual artists from across the spectrum of disciplines - who will work together to develop and curate opportunities for the visual arts at Beechwood Arts. The Team will be chosen through an application process and will serve for one year. The Curator Team in Residence will develop opportunities for visual artists to collaborate, innovate & push the boundaries of art making at Beechwood Arts; will help develop a community of innovative, engaged artists, creators and makers; and will help create themes and curate the visual art for Beechwood’s current events as well as develop and curate, produce, and organize new events determined by the Team. Full details, and an application form, are available here. Deadline, April 1.
MACDOWELL COLONY RESIDENCY PROGRAM 
APRIL 15

The MacDowell Colony, located in Peterborough, NH, facilitates a balance between focused work and interdisciplinary interaction among composers, writers, architects, film and video artists, playwrights, interdisciplinary artists and visual artists. A MacDowell Fellowship, or residency, consists of exclusive use of a studio, accommodations and three prepared meals a day for up to eight weeks. There are no residency fees. The mission of The MacDowell Colony is to nurture the arts by offering creative individuals of the highest talent an inspiring environment in which they can produce enduring works of the imagination. The sole criterion for acceptance to The MacDowell Colony is artistic excellence which is defined in a pluralistic and inclusive way, encouraging applications from artists representing the widest possible range of perspectives and demographics. We welcome artists engaging in the broadest spectrum of artistic practice who are investigating an unlimited array of inquiries and concerns. We apply the same egalitarian standards for all those who serve MacDowell either in a staff, volunteer, or representative capacity. Application guidelines here.
BOGLIASCO FOUNDATION
STUDY CENTER FELLOWSHIPS
APRIL 15

Located in the fishing village of Bogliasco near Genoa, in a region of extraordinary beauty whose landscape has stimulated creative expression for centuries, the Bogliasco Foundation offers one-month residencies to individuals of all nations who can demonstrate notable achievement in the Arts and Humanities. Each year, the Bogliasco Foundation awards approximately 50 Fellowships, without regard to nationality, age, race, gender, or religion, to gifted artists and scholars working on projects of any subject area in the following disciplines: Archaeology, Architecture/ Landscape Architecture, Classics, Dance, Film/Video, History, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Theater and the Visual Arts. During their month-long stay at the Center, Bogliasco Fellows are provided with living quarters, full board and a private studio. To be eligible for the award of a Fellowship, applicants should demonstrate significant achievement in their disciplines, commensurate with their age and experience. Please note that Bogliasco Fellowships are not awarded to students currently in a degree-granting program. The Foundation gives preference to those whose applications suggest that they would be comfortable working in an intimate, international, multilingual community of scholars and artists. Register here to apply.
HELP WILLIAM HARVEY DISCOVER 
"WHAT IS AMERICAN CULTURE?"

William Harvey, professional violinist and founder of the nonprofit organization, Cultures in Harmony, is deeply engaged in a year-long project to answer the question, "What is American Culture?Throughout 2016, he will be spending one week in every state, inviting thousands of artists and members of the public to contribute their own answers to this single question. He is scheduled to be in Connecticut March 28 through April 3, arriving from New Jersey and leaving for Rhode Island. Although some programming is under way, and he has a base in Westport, William is open to be contacted by individuals who have an interest in participating in video interviews and other events that will help to answer his project’s central question. In the meantime, see the list of ways you can be involved (interview a friend; write a song, play, dance, film, or flashmob exploring American culture from a new perspective; present or perform in a cross-genre concert or a concert of American composers; arrange workshops or panel discussions to debate American culture). Social media plays a big role in William's project. Contribute your definitions or comments or check-in with William’s progress on Reddit; Flickr; Periscope @ch2005; YouTube; Facebook; Pinterest; Instagram; Vine; blogger; and, above all Twitter - where you can use #AmericanCultureIs to connect. You can reach him via email here. Any questions about the project may also be directed to the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County.
RESOURCES & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT                             
POETS AND WRITERS
GUIDE TO LITERARY AGENTS

A writer in search of an agent? Poets & Writers can help. A collection of articles edited by the staff of Poets & Writers Magazine, The Poets & Writers Guide to Literary Agents includes straightforward advice from professionals in the literary field and additional resources with insider tips.
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  • What agents look for in submissions
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CAREER ADVICE
LATEST CREATIVZ POST

"How do you balance the passion that fuels your art with the practical demands of your career?" This week at CREATIVZ.US, artist and author Tanya Selvaratnam, A Sri Lankan immigrant who "almost didn't become an artist," shares nine recommendations in Want to Be an Artist? Be Passionate and Realistic about your Career. These run from "Focus on your passion", "Identify your role models" and "Seek out mentors," to "See as much art as you can," "Be generous and gracious," and "Take risks." Tanya produced a feature documentary on Elizabeth Streb, whom she quotes: “Wreak havoc … Focus on your dream … and then do that thing.” CREATIVZ is a conversation about how artists live and work and what they need to sustain and strengthen their careers. It's part of a research project from the Center for Cultural Innovation and the National Endowment for the Arts. You are encouraged to read and join the conversation: Would you add to Tanya's list? Or challenge it? You can add a comment using the form at the end of each post, or share and respond on social media. If you post a comment on Facebook or Twitter use the hashtag #creativz so everyone sees it.
JOBS                             
GLASS HOUSE
VISITOR CENTER & DESIGN STORE MANAGER

The Visitor Center and Design Store (VC/DS) Manager is an important position at the Philip Johnson Glass House, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The manager is responsible for ensuring that visitors, members and special guests receive essential information and attention from the first personal contact—whether on site, over the phone or via the internet--through the end of any visit. The position has additional responsibility for managing some community relations and participation by the site in selected local events. This position is responsible for the selection and buying of merchandise for the Design Store. The Visitor Center and Design Store Manager reports to the Glass House Executive Director.  In general, the VC/DS Manager will work alongside VC Associates while managing in the shop 2-3 days per week and will spend the remainder of the work week on administration and planning in the Glass House offices. The Manager will also have community relations and membership duties, including generating and soliciting ideas to increase the Glass House profile within the community, working closely with development, programming and communications, and managing the implementation of new membership programs, including training VC staff in both marketing and fulfillment. For full details and application click here.
ALDRICH ART MUSEUM HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is seeking a dynamic communications professional to join its External Affairs team as Head of Communications. Founded in 1964, The Aldrich is dedicated to fostering the work of pioneering artists whose ideas and interpretations of the world around us serve as a platform to encourage creative thinking. The Head of Communications is responsible for providing the vision and strategic framework for all external messaging in print and online, through social media and other outlets. Working closely with the Executive Director and the Museum’s senior staff, the Head of Communications creates written content that effectively conveys information about the institution’s history, legacy, mission, exhibitions, programs, and its place in the field of contemporary art. The Head of Communications is responsible for elevating the Museum’s profile and building and enhancing institutional visibility across all platforms, actively contributing to the development and implementation of outreach strategies to build constituency engagement and support fundraising goals. The position stewards an active roster of press, media, and other contacts to ensure broad dissemination and placement of Museum news and messaging, manages the Museum’s website and social media channels, and acts as a copywriter, editor, and proofreader. Detailed job description available here. Please send a cover letter and resume here. Calls will not be accepted. Only qualified applicants will be contacted.
FAIRFIELD COUNTY CHORALE
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The Fairfield County Chorale is looking for an Executive Director with the following qualifications. An individual having manageable access to the FCC office in Fairfield and Norwalk City Hall and other area facilities sufficient to fulfill all required responsibilities in a timely manner. Preferably someone who is familiar with and knowledgeable about the detailed functioning of a large chorale or other similar musical organization, or who has experience in managerial support of a large or mid-sized not-for-profit organization. In order to perform the duties of the position effectively both during business hours and non-business hours, a person who does not also have a full time job. Someone who is a critical thinker and problem solver, has excellent organizational, collaborative and communication skills, is business-oriented and can quickly adapt to changing circumstances and dynamics. If you would like to apply, please contact Rick Davis, President, Board of Directors at the FCC office, 61 Unquowa Road, Fairfield, CT 06824. Or leave an email message at info@fairfieldcountychorale.org.
GREENWICH HISTORICAL
SOCIETY
STORYTELLERS
APRIL 1

The Greenwich Historical Society seeks storytellers for its upcoming Story Barn on April 1. Story Barn is a biannual favorite, an entertaining twist on oral history, where a given theme is explored through personal stories. As in life, these thought-provoking tales run the gamut from humorous to heartwarming, wistful to "wow-some." This time around, the topic will be Any Port in a Storm, selected to connect with the Historical Society's newest exhibition Close to the Wind: Our Maritime History (opens March 30). Storytellers should creatively interpret the theme with only two caveats: stories must be true (with some embellishment), and must be told within 5-10 minutes. No experience is needed; an interesting yarn and a positive attitude are the only requirements (a practice session with MC, Bonnie Levis, is offered prior to the program). Story Barn is modeled on The Moth, where storytellers offer personal insights into the human condition by sharing engaging stories, lessons learned and moments of self-discovery via story slams, radio broadcasts and workshops. Any Port in a Storm will take place in an informal, cabaret-like setting, and wine, beer and light snacks will be served. If you would like to share a story, please email Anna Greco or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 31
Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum: Teaching Artists
Anthropologie (Greenwich): Display Coordinator
Downtown Cabaret Theatre: Stage Manager (seasonal, part-time)
Fairfield Museum: Collections Manager
Greenwich International Film Festival: Festival ProducerMarketingGraphic DesignProgramming Interns
Hartbeat Ensemble: Managing Director
Martha Baker Design: Design Assistant
Mattatuck Museum: Curatorial Assistant
New Canaan Historical Society: School Program Director.
Pequot Library: Development Associate
Sacred Heart University: Graphic Designer
Yale School of Music: Design Manager
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CALENDAR                             
MARCH
March 12: CCP: Footprint International 2016, Submission Deadline
March 13: Spectrum Gallery, Essex: Text Messages Submission Deadline
March 15: Intent-to-Apply for CT Office of Arts Grants Due
March 15: Roswell, NM, One-Year Artist Residency Application Deadline
March 15: James Jones First Novel Fellowship Application Deadline
March 16: Progressive Gallery Tour: FrameMakers, Black Rock, Bridgeport, 6pm. RSVP
March 18: Center for Contemporary Printmaking: Re:Location Submission Deadline
March 18: Providence Art Club: National Juried Show, Color, Submission Deadline.
March 18/19: Drop off days for Ridgefield Art Guild Juried Show
March 19: NEST Arts Factory: CIRCA Digital Art Exhibit Submission Deadline
March 21: Fairfield Museum: Images 2016 Photography Submissions Deadline
March 21: Artspace, New Haven: Game On! Submission Deadline
March 22: Common Ground at Grace Farms, 6:30pm. RSVP
March 25: Westport Fine Arts Festival Submission Deadline
March 25: Westport Downtown Merchants: Art About Town Extended Application Deadline
March 25: Beechwood Arts: Transformed Registration Deadline
March 28: William Harvey ("What is American Culture?") arrives in CT.

APRIL
April c1: Beechwood Arts: Curator-Team-in-Residence Application Deadline
April c1: Art at Ives, Juried Fine Arts & Crafts Show, Submission Deadline
April c3: William Harvey leaves CT
April 15: MacDowell Colony Artists Residencies Application Deadline
April 15: Bogliasco Residency Fellowship Application Due.

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

JUNE
June c1: Coastal Arts Guild Artist and Artisans in Paradise art fair early registration
June c1: Adelphi NY Breast Cancer Hotline: Registration Deadline for Creative Cups

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

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