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News and Opportunities for Artists of Fairfield County
September 4, 2015
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 320 individuals and organizations. Sign up here
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❖ WPKN: Visual artists featured on our Sept. 14 show
❖ Common Ground: Next Meeting Stamford, Sept. 23
❖ Get To Know Your Galleries: Get Ready for our Progressive Tour of Fairfield County's Commercial Galleries 
❖ Welcome New Members: Jeanine Esposito, Siovhan Hutcherson, Niki Ketchman, and Mariya Rivera

❖ Member Round-Up: Seven members in Ridgefield ArtWalk; six members exhibiting at Westport Art Collective's One-Night-Only Pop-Up Show; Other News from: Patrice Barrett, Amy Bock, Miggs Burroughs, Bob Callahan, Donna Callaghan, Ann Chernow, Cortney Davis, Jeanine Esposito, Kat Evans, Dorothy Hafner, Amy Kaplan, Leslie Koenig, Peter Konsterlie, Rick Shaefer and Connie Stancell.

❖ Arts Center Killingworth: Madison Outdoor Autumn Arts Festival - Sept. 10
❖ Beechwood Arts+Blue Lemon: Savor! - Sept. 25

❖ UConn Health: Patient Rooms Public Art Sept. 25
❖ Two Roads Brewery
: Conn. Artists - October 2

❖ New England Ballet: The Nutcracker (Sept. 13, 20)
❖ Darien Arts Center: The Nerd (Sept. 12, 13)
❖ Ridgefield Theatre Barn: Glengarry Glen Ross (Sept. 12, 14)
❖ Ridgefield Theatre Barn: Wreck the Halls (Sept. 23, 24)

❖ Studios at Mass MoCA: Professional Development Residencies - Sept. 14
❖ CT Office of the Arts: Public Art Opportunities - Sept. 15, 30

❖ CreativeGround Webinar: Using CreativeGround as a Visual Artist - Sept. 8
❖ Creative Capital Webinars: Get Grants (Sept. 10); Social Media (Sept. 14).

❖ Arts Council of Greater New Haven: Communications Manager (Sept. 8)
❖ Palace Theatre, Stamford: Guest Experience Manager

❖ Downtown Cabaret: Stage Manager
❖ Downtown Cabaret: General Technician

Deadlines and Dates to Remember
Our next Spotlight on Arts & Culture LIVE Radio Show, on WPKN 89.5 FM will feature Jennifer interviewing three visual artists who are members of the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County. Listen to what's going on from their perspective in the cultural life of the County. Tune in September 14 at noon.
SEPTEMBER 23, 6:30pm: SAVE THE DATE for the fourth in our regular monthly series of Common Ground meetings designed for artists, cultural nonprofit and creative business members to get together informally, get to know one another and look for ways to collaborate. The next meeting will be hosted by our creative businessmember, COMRADITYStrategy and Creative Resource Center, in Stamford's South End (close to Fairway), at 845 Canal Street. Any questions, click here!
Get Ready for our Progressive Tour of the Fairfield County Commercial Galleries that are members of the Cultural Alliance. Starting September 30 with the C. Parker Gallery (owner Tiffany Benincasa in her gallery at left), we are working with our member galleries to open a new network in which east meets west, artists meet collectors, and our members get to know one another a little better. Stay tuned for details.

Jeanine Esposito is a sculptor and conceptual installation artist working with a wide range of paper pulps, textiles and found materials. She studied hand papermaking with Kay Johnson in Wisconsin in the 1980s and continued her studies at Haystack Mountain School in Maine, Dieu Donne in New York City and The Connecticut Graphic Arts Center in Norwalk. Jeanine has three bodies of work: sculpture using abaca, flax and other paper fibers; sculpture & conceptual installation using found materials; and video and images, used in large, multi-sensory installations but with intimate explorations of perspective. Of her work, she writes that she is interested in “representing the emotional and psychological states that accompany critical life transformations and in our complex relationship with the truth and how we often search for it & value it, yet often find it difficult to embrace when faced with it. Meaning and context almost always precede the visual idea of a piece for me. I usually start with an emotional state or concept that I want to convey, then search for a way to communicate that feeling visually.” Her work has been featured in over 40 juried shows and she has had 4 important solo shows. She has won several awards, including Silvermine's Jens Rinsom Sculpture Award. Born in Branford, Jeanine lived in NYC for 12 years before moving to Westport, where she and her concert pianist husband, Frederic Chiu, run Beechwood Arts, a non-profit dedicated to changing the way the arts are experienced and created.

Although Siovhan Hutcherson has explored several different forms of creative expression in her life, including drawing, painting, sculpting, writing, dancing, singing, and healing touch, it wasn’t until 2007 when, taking a mosaic workshop at the Brookfield Craft Center, taught by Cynthia Fisher, that she realized that mosaics would be her calling. Since then, she writes, she has experimented and grown with every piece, exploring this ancient art form, translating it to reflect her own vision. Always fascinated by color and shape and how they relate, as well as the joy of crafting by hand, Siovhan is particularly taken by how colors and textures can interact to create vibrancy and variation as light reacts to glass surfaces. Siovhan works primarily in the reverse method: cutting and laying stained glass, tile, bits of stone, beads, and mirror backwards, facing down on clear contact paper over the templates she hand draws. After everything is laid out, she overlays the mosaic backside with a thinset-covered substrate, sandwiching it between the substrate and another board, then flipping it, so that the actual front image is revealed. After curing at least 12 hours, she peels away the contact paper, selects grout colors, and applies according to her purpose, - indulging in what she calls the almost sculptural aspect of grouting by hand. "It’s my passion - painting with glass!" See her website here (and especially her documentation of the evolution of her magnificent Crowned Cranes mosaic.

Niki Ketchman
is an established Westport-based artist who makes sculptures, drawings, collages and ink-jet prints. Her sculptures are often made by sewing, weaving, braiding, draping and decorating, using steel rods, aluminum wire, stampings (metal flowers, plants, etc.) and artificial and dried grasses and flowers. They are most often interactive; some can be sat on, leaned against, walked through or walked into. Her most recent body of work is her Rose Series. A pervasive and universal image in life, literature, visual art, songs and film, the rose, Niki writes, “can signify everything from love to war, from romance to death, from celebration to mourning and therefore seems a perfect image to use when addressing the passing of life.” With an MA in Fine Arts from Montclair College, Niki has had a substantial career, with one-person museum exhibitions at the Katonah Museum, the New Britain Museum of American Art, and the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, and has been seen in group shows at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, The Bruce Museum, Grounds for Sculpture and the Neuberger Museum of Art. Niki has had four one-person shows at the Kouros Gallery, NYC and has also shown at the Cortland Jessup Gallery, Provincetown, the Mona Berman Gallery, New Haven and the Gallery New World, Dusseldorf, Germany. Niki is a member of the Westport Artists Collective. See Niki's website here.

Mariya Rivera creates floral-inspired paintings as well as stained glass panels and luminaria in her Southport home studio. Church windows, Tiffany-style lamps, and paintings by Baziotes, Chagall, Matisse, Cezanne, O’Keeffe, Singer Sargent, Hopper, and contemporaries Wolf Kahn and Nicolas Verrall, strongly influence her work. She writes: "Flowers command my attention wherever and whenever I see them. The microcosm that is a flower demonstrates a perfect balance of movement and stillness, music and silence, employing the full spectrum of visible light, radiant with life. I return to these again and again, creating visual metaphors to awaken and support a sense of wonder and awareness of the divine within each viewer." Several classes taken at Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan, and R&F Handmade Paints, Kingston, have assisted in exploring and refining her techniques and repertoire. Mariya has exhibited her work in numerous venues, most recently at the Schoolhouse Theatre in Croton Falls, NY (via the Katonah Museum Artists’ Association), the Garden Education Center of Greenwich (via The Art Society of Old Greenwich), and Pious Bird, Black Rock. Her work is informed by her practice in heart-based meditation (Natural Path, or Sahaj Marg), in which she is a trainer. Mariya is a member of Katonah Museum Artists’ Association and The Art Society of Old Greenwich. See Mariya's website here.
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YOUR NEWS                             
Seven Cultural Alliance members are participating in the Ridgefield Art Walk, which celebrates with a closing reception, Walk on Down, with one piece from each ArtWalk artist, Friday, Sept. 11, 5-7pm, at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists' Guild Barn Galleries, 34 Halpin Lane (Directions).  
TRACE BURROUGHS is at Audrey Road, 7 Bailey Ave; 
KAT EVANS is at Lucy's 427 Main St; 
AMY KAPLAN is at The CandleLight Shoppe, 407 Main St;
LESLIE KOENIG is at Chez Delila's, 113 Danbury Rd;
NANCY MOORE is at Ink Fine Stationers, 109 Danbury Rd;
AMY OESTREICHER is at Jazzeria Piccolo Pizza, 24 Prospect St, and
MALU TAN is at Olley Court, 418 Main St. Click map for full-scale version.
PATRICE BARRETT (FCBuzz) has had two of pieces accepted into the 35th Annual Faber Birren National Color Award Show: A diptych, "Hands" (acrylic on archive matt board), and Splitting Headache (acrylic, frisket film, colored pencil, graphite, at right) that runs from October 4th, through November 5, 2015, at the Stamford Art Association Townhouse Gallery in Stamford.
AMY BOCK (FCBuzz) will be exhibiting several pieces from her GroundWorks series, a group of highly detailed contemporary realistic paintings depicting Nature's floor, at the Westport Artists Collective Pop-Up show at the Westport Arts Center. The reception will be held on Thursday, September 10th from 6-8pm, in the Gallery, 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT.
Other member artists exhibiting in the ONE-NIGHT-ONLY Westport Art Collective's POP-UP show include TRACE BURROUGHS, NIKI KETCHMAN, SUSAN LLOYD, DAY MOORE, and DIANE POLLACK. Hope to catch you at the opening reception: Thursday, Sept. 10, 6-8pm
MIGGS BURROUGHS (FCBuzz) has an exhibit opening at the Lockwood Mathews Mansion MuseumOct. 14 and running through Jan. 3, 2016. Lenticular Visions: Journeys Through Time, Space and EmotionsMiggs writes, “Intrigued by all the changes and transitions, through time, space, and emotions, that are part of our daily lives, I use the lenticular process to explore these experiences in a fresh and somewhat cinematic way." Half of the exhibit will comprise interior and exterior views of this National Historic Landmark from a past perspective, which will change to a current one, as the viewer walks by. The rest of the exhibit is of more personal lenticular images created by the artist over the past year or two.
BOB CALLAHAN (FCBuzz) is Artist-in-Residence again this year at the Ocean House, Watch Hill, RI, (one of the world's best hotels") Oct. 3-4 and 10-11. He'll be teaching his workshop "The Art of the Sketchbook." Bob writes that he thinks keeping a daily sketchbook is an essential part of the creative process. "Your sketchbook is where you should be working out your ideas and experimenting, failing and having successes. As a wise old sage once said, ‘mistakes are the portal of discovery.’”
DONNA CALLIGHAN (FCBuzz) had a photograph, Paned Reflections II (24"x16" archival pigment print, at right) accepted for the Loft Artists Association's second annual tri-state juried exhibition Lineal InvestigationsRobbin Zella was the juror. Paned Reflections II, Donna writes, is a photo collage with many layers, sourced from her Leftover Series - as in items left over from what we consume. Here the shapes are the cardboard inserts inside boxes that protect glassware. She writes, "I am pleased with how what are really flat linear edges take on a more 3D feel with just shadow variations and a resultant Cubist feel.”
ANN CHERNOW (FCBuzz) is featured in a documentary, Art is...The Permanent Revolution," that will be screened at the Silvermine Arts Center, Sun. Sept. 27, 3pm ($12; $10, members). The film comprises streams of drawings, engravings, lithographs, etchings, and woodcuts by artists from the past that express their political views, intertwined with interviews with four contemporary artists, Ann Chernow, Sigmund Abeles, James Reed and Paul Marcus who each work on an etching, a lithograph and a woodcut from start to finish. A panel discussion with the film director and the artists will follow the screening.
Congratulations to CORTNEY DAVIS (FCBuzz), whose book, When the Nurse Becomes a Patient: A Story in Words and Images, has just won one of the Independent Publisher's Awards, a Gold Medal in the Living Now Book Awards and was named one of the three outstanding books that represent the spirit of the award. More...
New member JEANINE ESPOSITO (FCBuzz) has two works in the ON THE FRINGE: Explorations in Fiber exhibit by local members of the CT Surface Design Association (through Oct. 11), at the Bruce S. Kershner Gallery at the Fairfield Public Library. One piece, Skin Deep (flax, abaca, pieces of wasp nest, 18”H x 12” W x 12” D, detail at right), Jeanine writes, "speaks to the golden soul buried in each one of us, and to the layers of gray sootiness that we wrap around it, covering it thin layer by thin layer – and the excitement of uncovering the light again." There will be an artists' talk at 5:30pm during a reception on Sat. Sept. 12. Sooo-z Mastropietro also has works in the show (see last Artists Newsletter)
Abstract painter KAT EVANS (FCBuzz) has a new solo show opening October 10 (5:30pm-8:30pm) at Cooper & Smith Gallery, 10 Main St, Essex, CT. Color Awakenings runs through Nov. 1, 2015. Fifteen new works feature Kat’s “Good Vibrations” series. Her large bold fields of color vibrate with luminous hues and she writes, "When winter is around the corner I crave bright color to get me through…especially orange/yellow/magenta…good timing for this show.” At right is Good Vibrations II (acrylic on canvas, 36"x36"). 
Glass artist DOROTHY HAFNER (FCBuzz) has a multi-layered, fused glass sculpture included in a major survey of contemporary art glass. Clearly Compelling: Glass Art From Tiffany to Chihuly” is at the Morris Museum (6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown, NJ), Sept. 19-Dec. 6. Her piece, Sun Showers (17"x20"x¾", glass only) is at right. Anexhibition tour occurs Sun. Sept. 20, 1:30PM
AMY KAPLAN, (FCBuzz) whose solo show, Summer Brights/Winter Whites has its closing reception Fri. Sept. 11, 5-7pm, at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists has a two-woman show (September 14-26) opening at the Greenwich Art Society Upstairs Gallery, Thurs. Sept. 17, 2015 6-8pm. Artful Serendipity also features the work of Lori Dubois Caruso.

LESLIE KOENIG has an exhibition of large works 
in the Mayor's Gallery at Danbury City Hall, in a collaboration with The Cultural Alliance of Western CT's Accessible Art Program, that puts art in public spaces. At right is her Golden Voyage (oil on canvas, 36"x36")
PETER KONSTERLIE (FCBuzz) is featured in Looking For More, a two-man show at the UConn Stamford Art Gallery, with Yves Francois Wilson, of works that explore images derived from found objects and appropriated images. Peter uses both found objects and appropriated images to procure a kaleidoscope of imagery spanning abstraction to figuration. At right, detail from Amazon (48"x60", mixed media). The show features, paintings, photos, sculpture, drawing, digital arts, and installation. Through Sept. 17.
RICK SHAEFER (FCBuzz) has a solo show, Larger Than Life, opening Thurs. Sept 10 at the Leclerc Contemporary Gallery. The works shown are part of an ongoing series of cloud paintings and charcoal drawings of flora and fauna. His epic pieces compel the viewer to re-think the functionality of the drawn line. At right, detail of Brangus (2015, charcoal on vellum, 45"x65")
CONNIE NEWTON STANCELL (FCBuzz) has a painting, Waterlilies III (detail at right) on exhibit at the 126th Annual Members' Exhibition of the National Association of Women Artists. The Jury of Awards selected Stancell's painting for the S. Magnet Knapp Memorial Award for Acrylic Painting. The exhibition runs through September 24, 2015 at The Sylvia Wald/Po Kim Gallery, 417 Lafayette Street, 4th Floor, New York (Tues.-Sat. 11:15 to 6 pm).
Check for listings of all events by our members!
CALLS FOR ENTRIES                             

The Arts Center Killingworth  presents the 11th Annual, two-day Outdoor Autumn Arts Festival on the Madison Town Green, Madison, Oct 10-11. Local and regional artists working in all mediums are invited to submit work. Representational and abstract painters, sculptors, photographers, illustrators, original printmakers, fabric artists, glass artisans, jewelry designers and crafters are all invited to participate. Festival is free to the public and includes live music and food. Festival Participants may also submit work for possible inclusion in six-week exhibition at Spectrum Art Gallery and Store in Centerbrook, CT (September 25 – November 8). The deadline for registering to show your work is September 10. Participation benefits include: postcard mailing to 5,000+ community members; feature articles and captioned photos in local and regional papers; multiple online calendar listings; promotion on active social media outlets; multiple email blasts to 5,000+ people; website gallery page for each Festival artist; inclusion on colorful program distributed free to all Festival visitors. non-refundable participation fee for exhibitors is $70 for both days of the Festival Weekend.
A group rate is available for a maximum of 3 artists sharing a tent: $70 for first artist, additional $35 for second artist, and additional $35 for third artist. Click here for full prospectus.

SAVOR!: To appreciate fully; enjoy or relish.
Beechwood Arts is delighted to welcome  guest curator Sooo-z Mastropietro to curate its 9th Culinary + Art exhibit at the
Beechwood Blue Gallery at Blue Lemon
(15 Myrtle Ave, Sconset Square, Westport). Entry deadline September 25. Show hangs October 4. "As we savor the final days of summer and prepare for seasonal transitions, there is an opportunity to reminisce about past delights and look upon future indulgences. From "enjoy", to "bask", to "delight" the interpretation is the key to which your imagination can truly revel." -Sooo-z Mastropietro, artist, designer, and visionary has been using her skill set as curator for the past 5 years, producing over 50 regional shows throughout Fairfield County for the Maritime Garage Gallery and other commercial spaces. She has served as a judge for the 2013 Greenwich Fine Arts Festival, Wilton Photography Show 2015, and Westport Fine Arts Festival 2015. Her own artistic pursuits of textile engineering, or Knitiot Savants, have recently been gaining recognition in juried shows throughout the country. Details and full prospectus, here. Spaces available are mostly 42"W x 53"H and you must submit work that "fills" the space - either as a single piece, a pair of pieces or a grid of 3 or 4. A few spaces are wider (48"W) but shorter (36"H). All two- dimensional media will be considered. See Beechwood Arts Facebook page.

The Connecticut Office of the Arts and UConn Health are seeking 2-D imagery by Connecticut artists for the patient rooms within the new Patient Care Towercurrently under construction at UConn Health in Farmington. Connecticut artists working in a range of mediums such as photography, painting, printmaking, collage, drawing, etc. are encouraged to apply. Imagery will be printed on patient room headboards as part of the construction project. Although artists are required to submit up to three medium-definition files of proposed work, selected finalists will need to submit high quality digital files (see Project Description for further details). The new patient care tower includes 169 patient rooms; and by coincidence, Connecticut consists of 169 municipalities. As a fitting tribute to the communities served by Connecticut’s flagship public university and research hospital, the new Patient Care Tower will incorporate imagery of Connecticut towns by Connecticut artists. The project may include 169 unique images, each representing a different town in Connecticut, or the project may be simplified to include a series of images that are repeated throughout the tower which conveys the message of UConn and its reach throughout the entire State of Connecticut. Payments to artists may range between $200 and $1,000 and UConn Health may purchase a series of images by a single artist while purchasing a single image by another. The goal is to provide a range of styles and to support several Connecticut artists through this opportunity. Submission will be through COA’s online public art portal. New users must create an account. Artists may submit images specifically for this opportunity, or may submit examples of images similar to what can be produced for the project. Deadline: September 25, 2015. 

Two Roads announces the return of its ConnArtists art contest to celebrate its roots by creating a work of art depicting the scenes, people and places of Connecticut’s history, past and present. The winner's art will be reproduced and displayed on a 30-foot high fermenter inside the brewery and they will receive $1,000 and a party at the brewery in their honor — where their gigantic art will be unveiled and toasted! Five runners-up will have their art featured at our party and receive a $250 check. Categories include drawing, painting, photography and sculpture. Art should depict subject matter relating to Connecticut's history past and present - including the people, places and products produced in Connecticut. Art will be judged by a panel of local artists/designers. Criteria include: appearance (visually attractive); design (appropriate user of design elements); originality/creativity; workmanship (good technique/item appropriately finished); subject (work fits into category/theme of contest). Ten finalists will be chosen and their work will be placed on the Two Roads website for fans to vote, Oct. 19-23, 2015.
Unveiling party will be held at Two Roads Brewing, in Stratford, CT on November 18, 2015. Entries must be submitted in digital format only. Two Roads Brewing will not accept physical entries. Entries must be emailed using a file sharing site to and submitted at 36" x 48" at 600 DPI or 18" x 24" at 1200 DPI. Click here for Official Rules and Submission Details. 

New England Ballet Company is holding open community auditions for its 24th annual Nutcracker, Sunday, September 13th at 130 Elm Street, Bridgeport and Sunday, September 20th at 200 Boston Post Road, Orange. Seeking ages 4 to adult, all levels of dance experience. Performances will be at the Klein Memorial Auditorium, Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport on December 19-20, 2015. Fees apply. Call 203-345-4194 for more detailed information or visit

Auditions for the Darien Arts Center's Stage production of The Nerd, by Larry Shue are being held on Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, September 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Darien Arts Center Weatherstone Studio, located at 2 Renshaw Road, behind Darien Town Hall. Callbacks will be determined. Bob Johnson will direct this two-act comedy that will run on weekends in November from November 6 through 22. Click here for details on the play and the parts to be cast.

The Ridgefield Theater Barn will hold open auditions for the award winning play Glengarry Glen Ross, by David Mamet, September 12th 1:30-4:30pm, and Monday, September 14th 7-9pm. Those auditioning should be familiar with the play, and come prepared to read from sides provided. The director, Katherine Ray, is excited about casting a diverse cast and encourages men of all ethnic backgrounds to audition. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings, November 6th to 28th at 8pm, with Sunday matinees November 14th & 21st at 2pm. Rehearsals to be scheduled once the play has been cast. More information, including a detailed synopsis and complete cast breakdown, is available here.

The Ridgefield Theater Barn will hold open auditions for Wreck the Halls, an original holiday musical spoof by Bradford Blake, September 23rd & 24th at 7pm. Performances will be Friday and Saturday evenings, December 11th through January 2nd at 8pm, with Sunday matinees December 20th & 27th at 2pm. There will be no performance Christmas Day, December 25th. Rehearsals will be scheduled once the musical has been cast. More information, including a detailed synopsis and complete cast breakdown, is available here.

The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) is launching Studios at MASS MoCA, a self-directed professional development artist residency program. Two Studio tracks are offered: Track 1 - Self-Directed Residencies for Artists & Writers: Professional skill and career development residencies open to all career stages and disciplines for October/November. Artists- and writers-in-residence will receive: private, furnished 24/7 studio space at MASS MoCA; free access to Makers’ Mill (a printmaking and fiber arts makerspace); housing across from the museum; 7 communal meals a week; free access to museum galleries and discounts on events; optional one-on-one artist-focused financial and business counseling through MASS MoCA’s renowned Assets for Artists program. CLICK HERE to download the residency application, due September 14, and to learn about fees and financial aid. Track 2: Week-Long Workshops-in-Residence: Take your work to a new level with a one-week workshop-in-residence at MASS MoCA. With 8 participants per session, there is ample one-on-one time with the instructor, 24/7 access to a private, furnished studio, and 7 nights of lodging across from the museum. Session 1 - (Oct 30 – Nov 6), Debi Pendell: Visual Artist Independent Study & Critique; Session 2 (Nov 6 – 13), Daniel “Danny O” O’Connor: Painting North Adams; Session 3 (Nov 13 – 20), Jeffrey Levine & Jim Schley/Tupelo Press: Poetry Workshop. CLICK HERE for descriptions of each workshop, fees, and sign-up instructions. Enrollment in the workshops is first-come first-serve, so act fast! Connecticut rural artists should inquire about residency fee discounts (based on financial need). Interested artists may also contact Briana Halpin at with questions.

Register or update an existing portfolio in the CT Art in Public Spaces Registry by the RFQ deadline(s) indicated below. There is NO application process for most CT Public Art Projects: one registration is all that's required to be considered for current and future public art opportunities. Projects are administered through a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process. The site committee reviews registered artists and shortlists a group for proposal development. The Artist Registry is managed using the Fluid Review online registration process. Three projects will be examining registered artists' qualifications: 1. SCSU Buley (Southern Connecticut State University, Buley Library, New Haven). For an exterior sculptural work for the recently renovated Buley Library. The project may include an interior opportunity that complements the larger exterior installation. Open to both in-state and out-of-state artists. RFQ Deadline: Tuesday, Sept. 15
2. Asnuntuck Community College, Campus Renovations, Enfield. For an exterior sculptural work of art associated with the campus renovations. Open to both in-state and out-of-state artists with regional artists given priority in the selection process. RFQ Deadline: Sept 30.
3. GCC (Gateway Community College, New Haven). For purchase and/or commission opportunities. The college is developing an art collection and will be considering a variety of new acquisitions, including, but not limited to, paintings, sculptures, and site-specific wayfinding installations throughout the new campus building. Open to both in-state and out-of-state artists. RFQ Deadline: Sept 30. See overall announcement here.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT                             

CreativeGround helps New England cultural nonprofits, creative businesses, and artists of all disciplines promote their activities and services to a broad audience. The regional directory of 30,000 profiles also enables those listed to find collaborators in New England for program development and cross promotion, performers for booking, venues for event rehearsals, and more. The next free workshop to help visual artists use CreativeGround more effectively takes place Sept 8, 1-1:45pm: How to Use CreativeGround as a Visual Artist. Specifically, you will learn how to: create or update a visually appealing profile with images; describe your disciplines and the nature of your work, professional services, and who you’ve worked with in the past; and use the Search and Explore functions to find potential collaborators. Register here.

September 10, 7:00-8:30pm
Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer
Learn the key strategies that you can use to position yourself as the best candidate for the grant. Think from a grant reviewer's point of view and give the panel everything they need to say YES to you. $25
Register Here

September 14, 7:00-8:30pm
Brad Stephenson
Dive head-first into all aspects of using social media to communicate about your work and ideas. Expand your audience, peer and professional network, and create a deeper connection with the general public. 
Register Here


The Arts Council of Greater New Haven seeks a part time Communications Manager to develop and implement arts marketing initiatives, including communications with press and the public. The position is part-time (24 hours per week) onsite at the Arts Council offices.
Duties: The primary responsibility of this position is the promotion of arts events, programs, and artists in greater New Haven. Specific responsibilities include: develop and maintain social media strategy to market the Arts Council’s and member’s events. (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter); update content on the website and approve website calendar listings; edit weekly e-newsletter; oversee/coordinate/proof Arts Council promotional materials such as exhibit postcards; assemble Arts Council program information, edit event calendar, and contribute story ideas for the monthly publication, The Arts Paper; maintain the Arts Council blog; facilitate Arts Marketing Network meetings of arts marketing professionals; write and distribute press releases, manage regional media contact list, and build relationships with press; produce and host monthly arts radio program on WPKN. Click here for further details.
Submit resume and cover letter and three references to: Communications Search, The Arts Council of Greater New Haven, 70 Audubon St., 2nd Floor, New Haven, CT 06510 or email Deadline: September 8, 2015.


The Palace Theatre, a stunning 1,600-seat Broadway theatre in the growing metropolis of Stamford, seeks an energetic, results driven, self-motivated professional to lead all aspects of customer relations while managing the box office and its staff. As a candidate for the Guest Experience Manager, you should excel at motivating and training sales associates to consistently deliver the highest levels of service by presenting a compelling vision to support the Palace’s dynamic slate of shows and events. A collaborative leadership style will allow you to partner with Human Resources to build a highly engaged team that possesses the skills and commitment to drive outstanding results. Excellent computer skills required, including point of sales system, website CMS, database management, working with multiple graphic formats, as well as proficiency in Microsoft Excel and Word. An ability to quickly synthesize new information and systems, along with strong writing skills, would also be desirable. The position will reconcile daily POS and event reporting. This is a salaried position with benefits and includes working nights and weekends whenever there are events. College degree is preferred. To apply for the position send an email with your resume, salary history to: No phone calls or agencies please.

Downtown Cabaret Theatre (DCT) is seeking a seasonal part-time Stage Manager  - immediately through end of May. Work schedule includes evenings, weekends, and some daytimes. Candidate must have stage management experience in professional or educational theatre. Duties include but not limited to stage managing five professional children’s productions including organizing and running all rehearsals and performances, communicating with cast, crew and designers, maintaining all production paperwork and prompt script, and writing and distributing daily rehearsal and performance reports. Candidate must be highly organized, possess excellent communication skills, and be able to work quickly and efficiently in a fast-paced environment. Local applicants only. Salary $250/wk, no benefits. DCT is a professional non-profit theatre in Bridgeport CT. Email cover letter and resume to Phill Hill, Production Manager. Cut and paste to the subject line of your email Stage Manager to insure your application is correctly filtered.

Downtown Cabaret Theatre (DCT) is seeking a Seasonal Full-Time General Theatre Technician - immediately through end of May. Work schedule includes evenings and weekends. Candidate must have technical experience in electrics, carpentry, and sound. Duties include but not limited to maintaining rep light plot with conventional and intelligent lights, assisting in scenic build and transport, loading shows in and out, and crew for concerts and musicals. Candidate must be highly motivated, possess excellent communication skills, and be able to work quickly and efficiently in a fast-paced environment. Local applicants only. Salary $400/wk, no benefits. DCT is a professional non-profit theatre in Bridgeport, CT. Email cover letter and resume to Phill Hill, Production Manager. Cut and paste to the subject line of your email General Technician to insure your application is correctly filtered.
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Sept. c7: Maritime Garage Gallery, Norwalk: Flux Submission Deadline
Sept. c8: Using CreativeGround as a Visual Artist Free Webinar, 1pm
Sept. c8: New Haven Art Council: Communications Manager Application Deadline
Sept. 8-9: Downtown Cabaret Main Stage Theatre: Fiddler on the Roof Auditions
c9: ICPNY: New Prints 2015/Autumn Submission Deadline
Sept. 10: Madison Outdoor Autumn Arts Festival Artist Booths Sign-Up Deadline
Sept. 10: Creative Capital Webinar: Get Grants, 7pm. $25
Sept. 13: New England Ballet: Nutcracker Auditions, Bridgeport (203-345-4194)
Sept. 10: Creative Capital Webinar: Social Media, 7pm. $25
Sept. 12: Ridgefield Guild of Artists Annual Juried Show Submission Deadline
Sept. 12, 14: Ridgefield Theatre Barn: Auditions for Glengarry Glen Ross.
Sept. 14: CAFC Spotlight on Arts & Culture with Jennifer Bangser: WPKN, Noon.
Sept. 15: WPKN Sound & Vision Submission Deadline
Sept. 18: William Johnson Prize for African-American Artist Application Deadline
Sept. 20: New England Ballet: Nutcracker Auditions, Orange (203-345-4194)
Sept. 23: Common Ground 4: Meet at Comradity, 845 Canal St, Stamford; 6:30pm
Sept. 23, 24: Ridgefield Theatre Barn: Auditions for Wreck the Halls.
Sept. 25: Beechwood Arts + Blue Lemon: Savor! Submission Deadline
Sept. 30: CAFC Progressive Tour of Member Commercial Art Galleries opens at C. Parker Gallery, 17 E. Putnam Ave., Greenwich. Members Only.
Sept. 30: RFQ Deadlines for Asnuntuck Community College and GCC Public Art Projects
Sept. 30: write4good Scholarship Deadline

Oct. c1: Clay Art Center (Port Chester): TriState of Mind Submission Deadline
Oct. c1: Submission Deadline for Reply Comments on Visual Copyright Protection
c2: Two Roads Brewery: Conn. Artists Submission Deadline
Oct. 15: Buzzfeed Emerging Writer Fellowship Application Deadline
Oct. 16: Young Arts Foundation Application Deadline
Oct. 16: Westport Arts Center, Dreamscapes Submission Deadline
Oct. 18: 2015 Future of Music Summit Musicians Fellowships Application Deadline
Oct. 30: Picture That/Unity Magazine: Asian-Pacific American Heritage & Sustainability 
Editions Submission Deadline
Oct. 31: Wesleyan Univ. Press: BAX-2016 Submission Deadline

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