Subject: ARTISTS' NEWSLETTER - May 20, 2016

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News and Opportunities for Artists of Fairfield County
May 20, 2016
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is a nonprofit service organization that supports its members by providing unified marketing, capacity building, professional development, and advocacy services. This newsletter is sent to all who request it - but we ask that, if you are not a member, you explore membership benefits and consider joining this community of more than 400 individuals and organizations. Sign up here
Quote of the Week
"Consider what the arts do for the health and happiness of citizens, something that has real financial benefits to society as a whole … art produces public health benefits that are measurable and meaningful, and prevents costs that our society would otherwise have to bear … So the gains of great art are socialized. Even if we don’t pay to see shows, or watch music, or buy art, we stand to benefit directly from them occurring where we live. Yet, the artists derive no direct benefits from this network. Even if they enjoy employment, the gains of the economic value they create do not flow to them."

– Arthur Levitt

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❖ Arthur Levitt Gives Rousing Support for the Arts and Cultural Alliance 
❖ Connecting with Schools: A Strong Start for New Initiative with Schools
❖ Welcome New Members: Frances Ashforth, Ruben Marroquin, Jill Nichols, and Cynthia Quintanal

❖ Member Round-Up: News from Binnie Birstein, Trace Burroughs, Heidi Lewis Coleman, Sooo-z Mastropietro, Amy Oestreicher, Judy Peknik, Marianne Schmidt and Dara Tomeo.
Members' Openings
Calendar of Members' Openings over the next 2 weeks

❖ United States of Arts: Connecticut the Video
Artist & Craftsman Supply Opens in Bridgeport

❖ Stamford Art Association: Summer Show: Small Works - May 27-28
Freeman Center: Reimagining Little Liberia - May 30
❖ Ridgefield Guild of Artists: Art Walk Ridgefield - June 3
❖ CT Office of the Arts
: RFQs for Two Public Art Projects - June 7
❖ Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum: Young Writers Contest - June 10
❖ City Lights Gallery: SameSex 2016 - June 18
❖ Firehouse Center for the Arts: New England Playwrights - June 19
❖ Loft Artists Association: Lost + Found - July 18

❖ MASS MOCA Assets for Artists: Artists and Writers Residencies - July 8
❖ Willapa Bay, WA: Artist, Writer, and Musician Residencies - July 31

❖ Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven: P/T 2017 Gallery Fellowship
❖ New England Foundation for the Arts: CreativeGround Web Administrator
❖ Wesleyan University Center for the Arts: P/T Program Coordinator
❖ Painting Assistant, New Haven

Jobs Still Available

Deadlines and Dates to Remember
Some 200 guests applauded the winners of our inaugural ACE Awards (including the Westport Artists' Collective founders, pictured right) at Norwalk's Shore and Country Club, May 19. Former SEC chair, Arthur Levitt, surprised many by his trenchant criticism of the lack of support for the arts and his admonition to "Go to shows, buy art, listen to music, tell your friends to do the same, and get involved in arts institutions with leadership and philanthropy." See transcript of his speech and reports in Westfair Online and The Hour.
Sixty educators, artists and nonprofit staff enthusiastically participated in our Education Summit at Fairfield Library May 9, to find out the best ways for artists and arts and humanities organizations to connect with schools and their curriculum. Contact us here for our report on the meeting and to find out our plans for next steps.
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Ridgefield-based, Frances Ashforth divides her studio time between paintings, drawings, and monotypes. Her landscapes focus on the intersecting habitats of land, water, mountains and deserts. She writes that, “Raised in a family of artists, I have always been drawn to line & color from childhood. My grandparents’ farm along the Connecticut River Valley, allowed me to cultivate my fascination with the horizon line and its relationship between land, water and sky. My work honors my family legacy of both land stewardship and art. An avid fly fisherman, I am also deeply influenced by the time I spend in both fresh and saltwater environments. Water is our most precious resource and my recent work addresses the study of both arid and drought-ridden habitats as well as the compositions found within wetland environments." Hiking the terrain, she spends equal time observing wild and remote rivers and small local streams, unobtrusively focusing on the details. Her small field studies on paper, ultimately lead to the large, finished oil-on-panel paintings and the minimal unique waterbase monotypes for which she has become known. Christopher Shore, Master Printer at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking, summarizes her approach as one in which she "utilizes the essential emptiness and whiteness of the paper... simplifying color, allowing for deeper discovery of place and time solely within the tones and values of one particular ink." Frances received a BS in Fine Art from Skidmore College, with a focus on Printmaking & Drawing and a minor in Art & Architectural History. She also studied Printmaking at the Sir John Cass School of Art in London. She has exhibited internationally, in the UK, Ireland, Denmark & Canada and her waterbase monotypes have been included in the key print biennials as well as in shows at The Print Center of Philadelphia, IPCNY, the IFPDA/Printfair at The Park Avenue Armory, NYC, Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, amid many others. She was also recently invited to membership with the Boston Printmakers and was awarded a visual art residency at Playa, Summer Lake, OR. See Frances' website here.

Born in Chicago, of Venezuelan and Guatemalan parents, Bridgeport fiber artist and weaver Ruben Marroquin grew up in Venezuela and studied painting at the Armando Reverón Institute of the Arts, Caracas. There, he discovered a strong connection with textiles, which he furthered, traveling around Guatemala, making art from textiles and yarns found in the markets. Ruben has studied textile and surface design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and the National Textile Workshop in Paris. He has collaborated with the Metropolitan Museum in creating educational programs incorporating weaving, display and workshops of his fiber art and hashed work included in group shows at the Minnesota Museum of American Art, the Rijswijk Museum's Textile Biennial in the Netherlands, the Fuller Craft Museum in Massachusetts and the Hudgens Center for the Arts in Duluth, GA. He has also participated in numerous gallery shows including at the Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY, and the Nikki Diana Marquardt gallery in Paris. Early this year, Ruben participated in the Fairfield Museum’s exhibit, Handcrafted: Artisans Past and Present, receiving glowing reviews for a piece that reworks a view of Bridgeport’s Arcade Mall taken from a 1909 photograph: "More nuanced — and easily the most unusual item in the exhibition — is a work of sophisticated, byzantine embroidery, which layers needlework directly over a vintage photograph of the interior of the historic Bridgeport Arcade Mall, bringing the building’s architecture, light, shadows, and ambience into vivid relief; rather than just colorizing the old photo, Mr. Marroquin has texturized it, given it depth.” (New York Times, Jan. 15, 2016). For the past three years, Ruben has operated an art and weaving studio out of a storefront in the Arcade Mall, with ambitions to build a sustainable business offering weaving workshops. He says “My goal is to contribute to the artistic and cultural community of Bridgeport, while stepping up to the global arts community.” Sustaining that vision is of course an ever-present struggle. See Ruben's website, and Tumblr page.

Jill Harrington Nichols grew up in Fairfield, where countless days along the water and walking trails instilled in her a deep appreciation of nature. Struck with the love of sailing at the age of five, her avid love of the sea and sailing have been the driving motivation of her artwork all of her life. However, it wasn’t until the year 2000, after many years of working in commercial art and raising three sons, that Jill began painting in earnest. Her fine art training includes the Art Student League in New York City, Silvermine Guild, Old Lyme Academy and Gallery 53 in Connecticut. She received her MFA in Visual Arts, Painting, from Western Connecticut State University, in May 2015. Jill has been privileged to study under many noted artists that have helped form a firm foundation for her paintings. Her distinctive brush marks add a fresh directness to her subjects, from small in-situ seascapes to large constructed paintings. She says these works "reveal the transitory nature of life and unveil the hauntingly familiar wonders that can be found in ordinary daily encounters." Jill writes: “I paint from a place of gratitude. My painting is poetry; a lyrical composition of color and light. When I am painting I am in the moment, thoroughly present and enraptured. I experience a sense of peace, as well as an urgency to capture and share the moment.” Jill's paintings are in many private collections and have been in numerous juried shows, including the American Society of Marine Artists North Regional Museum Exhibition, Between the Shining Seas and the Lyman Allen Museum/Old Lyme Art Association Preserving Lyme's Beauty Exhibition. Two of her works were recently installed in the new Yale Medical Facility in Trumbull. Jill paints and teaches in her Huntington home studio. Her work is represented by the Geary Gallery in Darien, and Gallery 103 in Chester, Vermont. See Jill’s website,  and Facebook page.

Cynthia Quintanal is a visionary artist who paints with sound and words (and sometimes her fingers!). She lives in Connecticut with her husband, Rick, son, Marlon, and dog, Yoda. Rick and Cynthia are sound healers who perform healing concerts using a set of twelve quartz crystal sounding bowls, along with other musicians. It is their goal to give concerts that show people their own beauty, joy and love. Cynthia graduated in 1995 from Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy and is Licensed in CT and NY. She has continued her studies broadly, including with the Lung Ta Institute, the Upledger Institute, Randy Sherman, Sound Healing and Ritual and Resonance with Jill Purce of the UK's The Healing Voice, and Telepathic Sound Healing with Deena Spear and Gaudry Normand (the originator of the healing crystal bowls), and Sound Healing and ritual with the natural world in sacred sites with Zacciah Blackburn. Cynthia writes that her healing work "involves a multidimensional approach, utilizing many or all of my studies and talents including sound with drums, bowls and voice, and guided journey work, as well as hands-on energy and massage work, to remove blocks to a persons wholeness." Cynthia owns Ayni Healing Arts that offers Massage, Craniosacral, Mayan Abdominal, Somato-Emotional, Reiki, Lightbodies, Sound Healing (with crystal and Tibetan sounding bowls, drums and voice) and Indigenous Healing work. She is the co-owner of Q Music in Newtown, that encompasses teaching, recording and Sound Healing, offering lessons in voice and drum, healing music with Crystal Cymbalogy (crystal sounding bowls, drums voice and other instrumentation) and recording in the studio. Cynthia has published two books of poetry and images: Musings, and Poems and Imagery and Excerpts from a concert for the Earth 2011. See her website and Instagram site.
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YOUR NEWS                             
BINNIE BIRSTEIN, has six pieces from her Flora series in Mono Is Manycurated by Debbie Hesse and Jennifer Van Elswyk at the Arts Council of Greater New Haven's Crosby Gallery, 70 Audubon St, New Haven. At right, one of the six (12 x 12" encaustic collagraph mounted on panel), created by printing an encaustic collagraph plate that "continues imagery about energy, with a feeling of growth and garden." Opening Thurs. June 2, 5-7pm.
TRACE BURROUGHS' feature film, The Grand Exalted Animation Show is available on Amazon video. Produced by Trace's company, the movie is a "compilation of quirky shorts, one-offs and series presentations animated in the unique and humorous cut-and-paste style that helped change the face of animation. Before there was an a Adult Swim on Cartoon Network, Trace was pushing the boundaries of animation!" 
HEIDI LEWIS COLEMAN is showing several pieces in Rockwell Art & Framing, 379 Danbury Road. through June 22nd. At right, Terra (30" x 30", mixed media assemblage on canvas). Heidi is also showing three smaller assemblage works, Ancalagon, Fretwork Assemblage and Gaia (all 12x12") at New Canaan Healthfare (2 Morse Court), as part of Carriage Barn Arts Center's Art in the Windows show on view from Sunday May 29. Opening reception: Sat. May 28, 5-7pm, PopUp Park at Elm Street & South Avenue.
SOOO-Z MASTROPIETRO, who has two pieces, Chimaerrow and Postulator in the RGOA's By A Thread show, will be giving one of the artist's talks, Sun May 29, 3-5pm. She also has two pieces in Fiber Innovations II at the Parker Art and Cultural Events Center in Parker, Colorado.
AMY OESTREICHER, has a Huffington Post article on her new play, Imprints: Expression Sets You Free: How Playwriting Broke Silence on Sexual Abuse & Surgery. Amy is also performing her musical, Gutless and Grateful at the Mental Health America Conference June 8th in Alexandria VA and then takes it to the Chenango Theatre in Greene County, NY, June 13.
JUDY PEKNIK has a piece, Black Hole (24" x 30", watercolor, detail at right, click for larger image) in World Within a World, an exhibition at Stamford's Ferguson Library, tying in to its summer reading program. Judy writes she had seen a black-and-white image of Jupiter in the New York Times and was intrigued by the undulating surfaces surrounding the planet. Experimenting with colors, she completed a watercolor of Jupiter & Io and then, continuing the fantasy theme, created her Black Hole.
MARIANNE SCHMIDT, aka It Ain't Just Paint, will be leading a Paint and Sip event on Tues. May 24, 6:30 - 8:30pm, at Geronimo's Bar and Grill in Fairfield. Marianne will share her inspirational life-and-death story of her journey into art as you create your own masterpiece.

Congratulations to DARA TOMEO for winning third prize in the Stamford Art Association's 17th Annual Vivian and Stanley Reed Marine Show with her Mussels and Rockweed (acrylic, detail at right, click for complete image). The show can be seen through May 26.
Compiled List of Member Openings & Events
Tue. May 24: Marianne Schmidt, Paint and Sip, Geronimo's Bar and Grill, 6:30-8:30pm
Sun. May 29: Sooo-z Mastropietro, Artist's Talk, By A Thread, Ridgefield Guild, 3-5pm
Thurs. June 2: Mono is Many, 70 Audubon St, New Haven (Binnie Birstein), 5-7pm.

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

As part of the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts, the NEA has released a new version of its 4-minute video giving a short and sharp view of the arts in Connecticut. In United States of Arts: Connecticut, Kristina Newman-Scott celebrates the diversity of the arts of the state. Highlights include the Judy Dworin  Performance Project's work in prisons, the way the arts helped heal the community of Newtown after the Sandy Hook tragedy, and our own Angelica Durrell and the Intake Organization's Native Instrument Academy. The video concludes with Kristina singing Happy Birthday, Jamaican style to the NEA. See the video here. This video is part of the larger SHARE YOUR STORY project. Since the beginning of 2015, the National Endowment for the Arts has been gathering stories from the general public and grantees, elected officials and agency directors, artists and art lovers across the country about the importance of art in their lives and their communities. You can find the stories in text, audio, or video formats. You can click on any state or territory on the map here to see a story from that location. Better still ADD YOUR STORY of how the arts have influenced your life. SHARE YOUR STORY HERE.


The Connecticut Post reports on the opening of Artist & Craftsman Supply, a national arts supply store at a former supermarket space in the Bridgeport Downtown Arcade Mall. It is the second store in the state; the first opened in 2014 in New Haven. Will Iannuzzi, the store’s manager, was quoted as saying “We try to have something for everybody. You can be a veteran artist or a newcomer or just someone who likes to try out some arts and crafts stuff.”  Supplies include oil paints, spray-paint, markers, cotton paper prints, clay, paint brushes, wooden pieces and more. The company was attracted to Bridgeport because of its thriving urban art community. The Post quotes Rob Dingman, senior regional manager for the chain as saying: "We’re looking at a lot of urban areas that are underserved and where traditional big box retailers don’t want to go. We don’t go out into the suburbs and strip malls. We tend to be an urban destination. Those are the places where artists go."  Michael Moore, president of the Downtown Special Services District said he thought the store would have "a symbiotic relationship with the artist community and will have a ripple effect in helping to build that community and to showcase the arts we have.” Iannuzzi said the store has received a great deal of support so far: "We’re really hoping to be a catalyst down here and get some foot traffic. Dingman said stores typically become tailored to the market. While the Bridgeport store has a wide range of supplies, it may begin selling more or less of a product depending on the demand. “We’re very nimble and flexible,” he said.

CALLS FOR ENTRIES                             
MAY 27-28

The Stamford Art Association has a announced a Call for Entries: Peoples' Choice Summer Show June 10 - July 7, 2016. The theme for the show is Drip, Dribble or Splash, and all work must be 4"x6" in size, on paper only and unframed. (All signing and info on the back of the artwork). There will be no entry fee and no limit on number of entries per artist. Each piece will be priced at $40 and all sales will be a donation to benefit the SAA. The show's opening has been designed to coincide with the Stamford ArtWalk on Fri. June 24, 5:30-8:30pm. The Best in Show winner will be chosen by visitors during ArtWalk. Any work not sold that night will stay at the SAA Townhouse Gallery to be sold at a later date. Location: SAA Townhouse Gallery, 39 Franklin St. Stamford CT 06901. Receiving: Fri/Sat, 12-3pm, May 27, 28 Actual Work Only

Richard Patton IV, Ethiope, mixed media collage, 16x20", 2015. Detail
MAY 30

Bridgeport's Mary & Eliza Freeman Center for History and Community calls for applications from artists who would like to create and exhibit works of art inspired by the story of Little Liberia, the Freeman sisters, the Mary & Eliza Freeman Houses, and actual artifacts found at the historic site, for an exhibit, Reimagining Little Liberia: Restoration and Reunionto be shown Oct. 2016-March 2017 in a new gallery at the Main Branch of the Bridgeport Library. Little Liberia, a seafaring community of free people of color, boasted a luxurious seaside resort hotel for wealthy Blacks, Bridgeport’s first free lending library, a school for colored children, businesses, fraternal organizations, and churches. Successful applicants will receive an honorarium. All artists are welcome to apply. Ignore the published deadline: deadline extended to May 30. Application details here.

The Ridgefield Guild of Artists invites you to enter as an exhibiting artist in Art Walk Ridgefield, where the streets of downtown Ridgefield turn into a strolling art gallery. Art Walk Ridgefield kicks off on Friday, August 19, 5:00-8:00pm, with an artist opening reception in the stores and continues on Saturday, August 20 from noon to 4:00pm. Live music and demonstrations are also planned outside storefronts in town and the Marketplace at Copps Hill. In addition, one piece from each accepted artist will be included in the ‘Walk on Down’ exhibit at the Guild, which coincides with the Art Walk. Accepted artists will be matched with participating merchants. This is a juried process. Accepted artists will be notified by June 24, 2016. All others will be placed on a waiting list. Art Walk Ridgefield is a fundraising event to benefit The Ridgefield Guild of Artists. Drawings, paintings, works on paper, photography, digital art and sculpture will be considered. A minimum of 3 pieces will be available for inclusion in the show. One for the store window, at least one for inside the store, and one for the Walk on Down exhibit at the Guild. Some stores can fit more than 3 pieces. All artwork exhibited must be for sale. All art is to remain in the stores until the event closes on September 11, 2016 unless it is sold (then it can be replaced). Deadline for Application is June 3. Apply here.

The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) has issued two Requests for Qualifications through COA's Art in Public Spaces Program. These are RFQs, therefore there is no application process. Interested artists should register or update an existing portfolio in the Art in Public Spaces Registry by the RFQ deadline. One registration is all that's required to be considered for current and future public art opportunities. Projects are administered through an RFQ process. The site committee reviews registered artists and shortlists a group for proposal development. The Artist Registry is managed using an online registration process here.  The two projects are: 1. Hammonasset Beach State Park: West Beach and Meigs Point Nature Center, Madison, with a budget of $70,000 for exterior sculptural artwork associated with the Nature Center and the West Beach Improvements projects. The committee may also consider interior or wall installations. 2. Sherwood Island State Park Pavilion RenovationsWestport, with a budget of $$20,550 for exterior sculptural artwork associated with the pavilion renovation construction project. RFQ Deadline for both projects: June 7, 2016.

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum’s Education Program is launching 
its third annual writing competition titled, Rocking History: A Century of Change 
at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion for students attending Fairfield County schools. The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum/Ernest Hemingway/Young Writers’ Competition will continue through June 10, 2016 and celebrate the museum’s 50th Anniversary with an awards presentation on Oct. 29, 2016 at 2 p.m. This is a voluntary writing competition for third and eighth graders. Students will be asked to write a paper that highlights the difference between the Mansion in the 1860s and in the 1960s, when the house was about to be demolished by the City of Norwalk. In their story, students are encouraged to elaborate on what was happening in Norwalk during this period and discuss why the Mansion was eventually earmarked for demolition. Competition winners will be notified by mid-September. There will be a cash prize awarded for first place and prizes awarded for second and third place. Competition winners and their families will be Guests of Honor at the Awards Presentation to students on Oct. 29, 2016. Details here.

City Lights Gallery, Bridgeport, announces a call to all artists for its 6th annual SameSex exhibit, scheduled for July 2016. SameSex explores LGBT themes, same-sex attraction, related feelings 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 18, 2016. There is no size limit to the dimension of art submitted, however larger works, over 60" will be subject to space limitations. Submissions must be in jpeg format, 72dpi, no more than 8 images. Submit work to and include: Brief artist's statement, itemized list of art submitted, including title, size, medium, and price of work. Works not for sale should include a value rather than a price. Also include artist's contact info: name, email, phone (evening and daytime numbers), mailing address and website if available. Artists will be notified by June 30, 2016.

The Firehouse Center for the Arts, Newburyport, MA, is calling for submissions of short plays, one act plays, and full-length plays from New England playwrights for the New Works Festival 2017Over the past 14 years, more than 175 new plays have been performed at the annual Firehouse New Works Festival, which fosters the growth of New England playwrights while showcasing the talent of local and regional actors and directors. Playwrights from across New England submit their 10-minute, one-act, and full-length plays to an independent panel who select the festival’s shows in anonymous readings. Directors and their casts then work with selected playwrights to produce two weekends of original theater. This year two full-length plays and 14 10-minute one-act plays were selected. New Works Festival 2017 will be held on Fridays and Saturdays, January 21 & 22 and 28 & 29, 2017  Click here for submission details.

The Loft Artists Association, Stamford, invites entries for its September show, Lost and Found. The title can spur many associations: a repository of objects and their attendant histories; feelings of loss and displacement; and notions of recovery, return, even redemption. What is worth holding on to? What does it mean to find someone or some thing? Where do you find yourself now? In 1964 Yoko Ono composed the one-line score: Draw a Map to Get Lost, suggesting that the goal lies not in finding an exact destination, but rather in getting lost or losing oneself within the process or journey. The experience of being lost - or found - are both parts of a more liberated path of discovery and creation. Juror: Larissa Bailiff is a New York-based art historian, educator, and writer. Media accepted are: drawing, painting, photography, digital art and mixed media. 3-D work must be accompanied by a pedestal or base upon delivery of art. All work must be original (no giclee prints) and have been completed within the last two years. Entry fee: $35 first piece; $5 each additional piece up to 5. Click here for prospectus and submission details. 
May 25: Westport Arts Center: SOLOS 2016 Submission Deadline EXTENDED
May 27: Silvermine Arts Center: Art of the Northeast, Submission Deadline
May 31: Rowayton Arts Center: Focus Under Forty Receiving

MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA, invites artists and writers to apply for residencies from 1 week to 8 weeks in length under its Assets for Artists Program. Residents (10 per session) will receive: A private studio in attractive space on MASS MoCA’s re-purposed mill campus, with generous natural light, 24-hour studio access, plywood floors, a work table and chair in each studio, and shared slop sinks and bathrooms. Housing across the street from the museum, in newly renovated 4-person apartments (private bedroom/Queen bed + shared kitchen and bath). One communal meal per day, in the company of other artists-in-residence. MASS MoCA member benefits for the duration of the residency, including free access to the museum’s galleries and discounts on performing arts events and museum store purchases. Free access to Makers’ Mill, a printmaking and fiber arts makerspace on Main Street in North Adams, offering shared use of relief press, silkscreen and book-arts equipment, as well as looms, sewing machines, small tools and work tables. Optional one-on-one artist-focused financial and business counseling through MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program that helps artists and writers in all disciplines strengthen the business side of their artistic practice. Applications are welcomed from artists in all career stages, income levels, and disciplines (painters, writers, fiber artists, printmakers, performers, designers, photographers, filmmakers, etc.) whose practice allows them to work quietly. Groups/collectives may apply to work on joint projects. The studios have light-duty ventilation, so an art practice generating strong fumes cannot be accommodated. Full Cost: $690/weekFinancial Aid: All applicants will be considered for subsidies based on artistic merit, readiness to benefit from the residency, and financial need. Apply here.

Willapa Bay AiR, situated on 16 acres in coastal southwest Washington state, launched its residency program in March 2014. The Residency has been specifically designed, from the site selection to the architecturally specific building concepts, layouts, and materials, to combine the opportunity for solitude with the opportunity for daily community that fosters creative endeavor. Willapa Bay offers month-long, self-directed residencies to emerging and established artists, writers, scholars, singer/songwriters, and musical composers. The Residency provides lodging, meals, and work space, at no cost, to six residents each month from March 1 through September 30 of the year. Applications are evaluated by selection committees comprised of working artists and professionals in the applicants' respective fields of discipline. Invitation to a Willapa Bay AiR residency is based on the merit of past work and the potential for creative evolution through the exploration and experimentation offered in the residency environment. Members of collaboration teams who wish to be in residence together must submit individual applications. If only one member of a collaboration team is accepted, he/she may opt to attend as an individual. $30 application fee. Apply here. Deadline: July 31, 2016

Creative Arts Workshop, in New Haven, seeks a dedicated gallery manager for its 2017 Gallery Fellowship position. For an average of 10 hours a week, the fellowship pays $5,000. This is an opportunity to immerse yourself in curation, marketing, community art education, and event planning all at the same time. The responsibilities of the job include: Coordinate and attend Gallery Committee Meetings and plan agenda; Compile and maintain a gallery calendar with Executive Director and Gallery Director; Manage exhibition applications; Communicate with artists regarding all aspects of an exhibition, such as contracts, receiving/unpacking work, packing/shipping work, collecting artist info; Communicate with faculty and students regarding Faculty and Student Shows; Help artists and Gallery Director unpack, hang and install artwork; and more. Creative Arts Workshop is looking for a dependable, presentable candidate who takes initiative, is detail-oriented, has strong written and verbal communication skills, and is willing to step in and help on short notice. The position extends from August/ September 2016 through June/July 2017 and includes the option to re-apply for a second year. Application details here.

The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) seeks a website administrator for CreativeGround to maintain and promote usage of NEFA’s New England-wide online directory that enables users to find and connect with the region’s cultural nonprofits, creative businesses, and artists of all disciplines. CreativeGround is in its third year and is the evolution of NEFA’s prior websites aimed at quantifying and spotlighting New England’s creative community, CultureCount and This position requires excellent communication and technical skills, experience with databases, and a passion for the New England creative economy. The CreativeGround Website Administrator reports to the Research Manager and works with other NEFA staff and programs to adhere to NEFA’s standard of excellence. Essential functions occur in the areas of Marketing and Customer Service, Website Tech and Data and Program Coordination. Full details here.

Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts (CFA) supports the technical and production needs of the departments of dance, music, theater and art and art history, student groups and University departments, and serves as a cultural center for the campus, Middletown and the region. The CFA seeks a part-time Program Coordinatorreporting to the Assistant Director for Programs. This position supports arts programming of the departments of Dance, Music, Theater and Art and Art History. The Program Coordinator also works closely with ICPP and the Zilkha Gallery to advance logistics of associated events, such as talks, receptions, and panels. The Program Coordinator will assist with other programs and events as needed. Primary duties include, among others: schedule and assist in planning events in CFA and other campus venues; obtain and distribute necessary event information and provide on-site management of events; manage the process of gathering, and inputting into Event Management System software all necessary event information; supervise front of house operations and support artists’ needs at CFA Department and other events primarily in CFA venues and Cross Street Dance Studio on nights and weekends. This is a part time position (.76) that works approximately 28 hours per week over 52 weeks per year. There are occasional periods where the Program Coordinator will work a temporary full time (40 hours per week) schedule. Complete program description and application procedure here.

An established artist who works in New Haven, with gallery representation in New York City is seeking an academically trained painting/studio assistant for project based, part-time work with potential for full time employment. The ideal candidate will be located in or around New Haven, and will have representational or photorealist training. Oil painting experience required. Long-term growth potential and flexible hours for the right candidate, with competitive pay. With your submission, please note any other studio skills i.e. stretcher construction, building/carpentry/ fabrication. Please include a cover letter detailing why you think you are a good candidate for this position and provide examples of relevant work either as a PDF file or link to website/online portfolio. Further information about the artist will be provided to successful applicants. Position to begin ASAP. Please submit a brief cover letter CV and a link/PDf of relevant work examples to with subject headline: Painting Assistant.
Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available
Fairfield County Chorale: Executive Director
Greenwich International Film Festival: Screen Manager (3); Print Traffic Coordinator; Box Office Manager
Melissa & Doug: Graphic Designer
Real Art Ways: P/T Grant Writer
Sacred Heart University: Graphic Designer
Westport Country Playhouse: Database Administrator
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May 22: Art-Science Collaborations: Science Inspires Art: Food Submission Deadline
May 27: Silvermine Arts Center: Art of the Northeast, Submission Deadline
May 27: French-American Jazz Exchange Application Deadline
May 27: Arts Center Killingworth Summer Arts Festival Artists Submission Deadline
May 27-8: Stamford Art Association: Small Works Receiving.
May 30: Aaron Siskind Photographers Fellowships Application Deadline
May 30: Freeman Center: Reimagining Little Liberia Submission Deadline
May 31: Rowayton Arts Center: Focus Under Forty Receiving

June c1: Coastal Arts Guild Artist and Artisans in Paradise art fair early registration
June c1: Adelphi NY Breast Cancer Hotline: Registration Deadline for Creative Cups
June c1: Poets & Artists: Size Matters Submission Deadline
June c3: Headlands, Sausalito, CA: Artist Residencies Application Deadline
June c3: Ridgefield Guild of Artists: Art Walk Ridgefield Submissions Deadline
June c7: CT Office of the Arts: RFQs for Hammonasset Beach and Sherwood Island Public Art projects.
June c8: Phoenix Gallery, NY: Artists Fellowship Application Deadline
June 10: Vilcek Foundation Creative Promise Prizes: Submission Deadline
June 15: Oficinas do Convento, Portugal: Project Residencies Application Deadline
June 18: City Lights Gallery: SameSex 2016 Submissions Due
June 19: Firehouse Center for the Arts: New England Playwrights Submission Deadline

July c1: Connecticut Dance Alliance: Dance History Project Submission Deadline
July c8: Mass MOCA, Assets for Artists: Artists & Writers Residencies Applications Due
July 18: Loft Artists Association: Lost + Found Submissions 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

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