Subject: ARTISTS' NEWSLETTER - September 16, 2016

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News and Opportunities for Artists of Fairfield County
September 16, 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 450 individuals and organizations. Sign up here
Quote of the Week

"It's an honor to go into a community and inspire young people to write in a way that doesn't feel like school." 

– Michele Kotler, 
Executive Director 
Community-Word Project

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❖ Listen to Spotlight on Arts & Culture: Art, Resettlement & the Refugee Crisis
❖ Join Us for the Greenwich Launch of Progressive Gallery Tour 2 - Tue. Sept. 20
❖ Please "Like" our Cultural Alliance/ Facebook Page!
❖ New Members: Danielle Goldstein, Barbara Mathis, Donna Osterby-Brien and Peggy Weis.

❖ Members in Group Shows: Transformed at the Westport Library, Photography and Sculpture at The Rowayton Arts Center, The Ridgefield Guild of Artists' 39th Annual Juried Exhibition, and the 36th Annual Faber Birren National Color Award Show, at the Stamford Arts Association. 
❖ Other news from Elise Black,Trace Burroughs, Heidi Lewis Coleman, Megan Garbe, Danielle Goldstein, Ellen Gordon, Karen Kalkstein, Karen Kent, Cindi Mullins, Dale Najarian, Amy Oestreicher, Judy Peknik, Rick Shaefer, and Alissa Siegal.
Members' Openings
Calendar of Members' Openings over the next 2 weeks

❖ #DearPresident: Writers Address Our Future President
❖ NEA Art Works Blog: Spotlight on Community-Word Project.

❖ Manchester Community College, Dehn Gallery: Redux - Oct. 13
❖ Westport Arts Center: More Than Words: #iammore - Oct. 14
Fifth National Juried Hilton Head Fine Art Craft Guild Show - Oct. 15
❖ Photography Center of Cape Cod: Water in Motion - Oct. 28
❖ Reykjavik Art Museum: Yoko Ono, Arising - Ongoing

❖ Teton ArtLab: Visiting Visual Arts Residencies - Oct. 1
❖ I-Park: Site-Responsive, All-Discipline Residencies - Nov. 1
❖ Center for Craft, Creativity & Design: Materials-Based Research Grant - Nov. 16
❖ Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown: Writing Fellowships - Dec. 1

❖ Matters in Media Art: New Website and Best Practices
❖ Poets & Writers Live: San Francisco Inspiration: Jan. 14-15

❖ Aldrich Museum: Junior Graphic Designer
❖ The Marks Project: Grant Writer
❖ Silvermine Arts Center: Facilities/Maintenance Manager
❖ Westport Historical Society: Tour Guides for October

Jobs Still Available

Deadlines and Dates to Remember
If you missed our recent Spotlight on Arts & Culture on WPKN 89.5 (or want to hear it again), click here. Hear this moving conversation among artist Rick Shaefer, with his response to the refugee crisis, Refugee Trilogy, on view at Fairfield University, Claudia Connor of the International Institute of Connecticut, Bridgeport high school student, Akbar Radjab Niyonkuru, who fled Burundi's war with his family, trekked across the Congo and spent 15 years in a Tanzanian refugee camp before fleeing to the U.S., and Fairfield University professor Bryan Ripley Crandall (Center for the Connecticut Writing Project) who met Akbar in a writing class. 
Our brand new Progressive Gallery Tour 2 launches next week Tuesday Sept. 20 in Greenwich. 5pm-6:30pm we visit Tiffany Benincasa's C. Parker Gallery, with her show of the movie posters and art work of Bill Gold and others. Then, 6:30-8pm, we move over to the opening party for the new space for Isabella Garrucho Fine Art, just down the street. Read more and RSVP here. See you there!
If you haven't already (and even if you have), check out our combined Cultural Alliance and FCBuzz Facebook page. Check in regularly to see our recommendations - and please LIKE the page. At time of writing we're at 2,064. We have 2,500 in our sights. Help us get there soon! Thanks!

Danielle Goldstein is a photographer based in Westport and NYC. With a BA from Cornell University in European History, and a law degree from Emory University, Danielle practiced law as a litigator for a few years, but then left the law to raise her family. Always interested in photography, she started taking classes at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in 2008 and discovered her true passion. She hasn't looked back. Since that first class at ICP, Danielle has shown her photographs extensively in galleries in New England, New York, and internationally. Though she primarily focuses on travel and street photography, she has recently been experimenting with more personal self-portraiture to explore themes such as one’s relationship to physical space. She writes:
I feel most like myself when behind the camera, and, as I observe the world through my lens, I am able to see things differently. I see beauty in abstract lines and geometric forms. I appreciate the linear definition of space, intersections of lines and shapes, textures creating curves and direction, patterns on buildings, and edges and borders. I often include people in my frame to add life and a sense of place to my images. Capturing interesting places and moments in time, I try to infuse them with the sense of vulnerability and fallibility that I believe is inherent in humanity and in nature. Just this year, Danielle has shown in three juried shows at the Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, VT, at the New York Center For Photographic Art, the National Arts Club, and the Umbrella Arts Gallery, New York. Closer to home, her work was included in the Carriage Barn Arts Center’s 36th Annual Photography Show, in Fairfield Museum’s Images, 2016, and both Structures and Patterns and Illusions of Light, at the Stamford Art Association's Art at the Ferguson
 currently has work in Lost and Found at the Loft Artists Association. Danielle is an exhibiting member of Rowayton Arts Center and a member of the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, the Westport Artists Collective and the New Canaan Society for the Arts. See Danielle's website and Flickr Stream.

Barbara Mathis is a figurative painter who always loved to paint and draw as a child but, she says, it wasn’t until she attended New York’s High School of Art and Design, that she realized that painting is what she always wanted to be doing. She has said: “At the High School I learned about and greatly admired the paintings of Edward Hopper, Alice Neal, and John Singer Sargent. Their works and those of the artists of the Early Renaissance and Renaissance period inspired me to paint people.” Barbara went on to study at the Art Students League, The School of Visual Arts and Silvermine Arts Guild. She also worked in the animation industry, working on the Spiderman cartoon series and became the first female graphic artist at ABC News. However, she stuck with her passion - for meeting, watching and then painting people - the one big passion of her life. She has written: "I find that a figure can be a source of great beauty and always a new challenge for me to paint. Oil is my chosen medium because, like people, it has so many facets to explore. Whether it is a hand, a foot, a lock of hair, or someone’s face, I incorporate a sense of the person through color and form. I like to draw my viewers into my work and capture the human appeal." Barbara says that most of the people she uses as subjects are family, friends or someone who has shared an event or experience with her. She feels her paintings tell stories through portraiture and history. Looking at works from the Renaissance and Early Renaissance still inspires her and influences her choices for what she paints. Barbara’s works are in many private collections and have been featured in many juried and invitational exhibitions including those at the Katonah Museum; Pen & Brush; Pfizer Corporation; Merrill Lynch; and Greenwich Arts Society; among other venues. She has won awards from The Putnam Arts Council, NY; Mountain Arts Council NJ; and Nexus Gallery, NYC. She is a member of The Greenwich Art Society, The Loft Artist Association and a past member of The Exhibitors' Coop in NJ. See Barbara's website


Donna Osterby-Brien is a mixed-media artist, painter and interior designer, based in Stratford. Her work reflects a strong intersection of her experience in graphics, interior design, and spiritual studies. A graduate of Parsons School of Design she has had a lifetime career as an interior designer. Before starting her own firm, she was involved in designing the model rooms in Bloomingdales New York. Having immersed herself in the study and use of Intuitive Process Painting, she is currently offering classes including journaling with this method. Both her paintings and collages are greatly influenced by this technique. Donna studied under Leo Manso and Victor Candell at the Provincetown Workshop; and Robert Reed, of the Yale School of Fine Arts, at Silvermine School of Art and in his private studio class. Over the years she has been active in the arts community in Greenwich and in New Jersey, where she had solo shows and won several awards. Since her return to Connecticut, Donna has become a member of the Westport Arts Center Collective; Black Rock Art Guild and the Stamford Art Association. In 2016 Serendipity Gallery in Litchfield showed her work. Donna writes: For me, creating is embarking on a journey – destination unknown. What results are ideas, shapes and images flowing from a process of exploration. When painting, I use the Intuitive Process to make marks, developing images as they appear. My “Process” for collage is selecting existing images that “speak” to me and arranging them in unexpected relationships." 

For Peggy Weis, the arts have always been at the heart of her life. Graduating from New York City’s High School of Music and Art and Carnegie Mellon University, Peggy pursued various creative careers, including art consultant, graphic artist, corporate and residential space planner and designer. Always producing her own art, she eventually was able to devote herself full-time to it in 1998. Since then, she has several well-developed bodies of work in a variety of mediums. She likes to push her creative boundaries, producing and exploring new materials, techniques, processes, and subjects. Whether personal or global, events that reflect the depth, intensity, and resilience of the human condition are the ones that vie for a place in her art. A unifying element in her work is an inner dialogue between left and right brain: “This constant negotiation strives to balance my need for precision and coordination with my desire for expression and spontaneity.” Letting the subject determine the format, process, materials, and vocabulary of any given finished piece, Peggy works through her life experiences, sharing them – reconstructed – with the viewer, producing pieces that she hopes resonate on a universal, intellectual, and emotional level. Peggy’s work is in many private and corporate collections, and has been featured at venues throughout the Northeast. She has served on the curatorial committee of the Bruce Kershner Gallery, is a member of the Women’s Caucus for the Arts and Westport Arts Center and Norwalk's Center for Contemporary Printmaking, where she served on the Board of Directors from 2005 and as Chairperson from 2009 to 2011. See Peggy's website and Facebook page.
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YOUR NEWS                             
TRACE BURROUGHS, SUSAN FEHLINGER, MINDY GREEN, JANA IREIJO, MARCELLA KUROWSKI, DALE NAJARIAN and NANCY WOODWARD all participated in Beechwood Arts TRANSFORMED Spring Arts Immersion Salon in May. Now these members are in a selection from the Beechwood show at the Westport Library, in the Riverwalk hallway. Artists were asked to transform an existing canvas and document the process with photos, which were then made into Aurasma-app "videos," enabling viewers to see the transformation. Through Dec. 15.
DANIELLE GOLDSTEIN, MARY HAROLD, DANA LAIRD and JUDY PEKNIK all have photography on display in the Rowayton Arts Center’s Photography and Sculpture exhibit, open through Sept. 25. Commercial photographer, Kevin Johnson, was the juror. Danielle Goldstein won first place for black-and-white photography.
HERM FREEMAN, JILL SARVER and the ARTISTS OF 305 KNOWLTON invite all Bridgeport artists (and friends) to a Bridgeport Artists Party - a Boathouse Bash in their amazing, empty boathouse space behind their artists studios building. The 305 Studios Boathouse bash takes off next Saturday 6pm. BYOB; admission is $5, 6-7pm, $10 after 7pm. See you there!
FRANCES ASHFORTH, BINNIE BIRSTEIN, MIGGS BURROUGHS, ERIC CHIANG, ROSE-MARIE FOX, MEGAN GARVE, MARY HAROLD, AMY KAPLAN, JUDITH LAMBERTSON, DIANE POLLACK, KAREN VOGEL, CYNTHIA WHALEN, and NANCY WOODWARD were among those selected by Kathryn Markel, owner of Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in New York and Bridgehampton, NY for the Ridgefield Guild of Artists' 39th Annual Juried Exhibition. The show opens Saturday Sept. 24, 4-6pm.
HEIDI LEWIS COLEMANCAROL NIPOMNICH DIXON, ELLEN GORDON, MARY HAROLD, CINDI MULLINS and KAREN NEEMS were among the 44 artists accepted into the 36th Annual Faber Birren National Color Award Show, opening Sun. Sept. 25, 4-6pm at the Stamford Art Association. The show was juried by Michele Wijegoonaratna, PhD., Modern & Contemporary Art Department Research Associate, Metropolitan Museum of Art.
ELISE BLACK has a solo show of new work, The Natural Realm, opening at Eleish Van Breems (22 Railroad Place, Westport) on Wednesday, September 21, 6-8pm. The show is "an exploration of captured moments in time, using nature's magnificent palette as inspiration," and runs through October 18. At right a detail of Elise's Night Shades, (2016, paint on unprimed canvas, 71" x 53", unstretched).

TRACE BURROUGHS has Pillowie (2016, digital, 24x36", detail at right), one of his Pop Art-inspired pieces, in the Carriage Barn Art Center’s Member’s Show, opening Saturday, September 24, 4-6pm. 
HEIDI LEWIS COLEMAN had her work, Asgaard (2016, acrylic and cut paper on canvas, 36" x 36" at right) accepted into the Faber Birren show, opening Sept. 25. Asgaard is part of Heidi's Dreamscape series that explores imaginary landscapes inspired by the ancient lands of mythology and cultural lore. In Norse Mythology, Asgaard was the heavenly dwelling of the Norse gods (the Aesir) and slain war heroes.
Congratulations to new member MEGAN GARBE for winning Best of Show for her Turkey (2016, oil on canvas, 28"x 20", detail at right) in the Ridgefield Guild of Artists' 39th Annual Juried Exhibition, opening Saturday, September 24, 4-6pm (and running through Oct. 23). Megan says that the painting was inspired by the turkey spirit animal that symbolizes a harmonious relationship with the earth and our environment: "It's about being calm and content with what we have." Turkey is one of her series of spirit animal paintings.
New member DANIELLE GOLDSTEIN won First Place, Black-and-White Photography in the Rowayton Art Center's Photography and Sculpture Show for DisneyDanielle also has had her photograph Clear (17x20", detail at right, click for full image) accepted into the juried show Kismet, opening at The City of Norwalk Parking Authority’s Maritime Garage Gallery (11 N Water St), Wed. Sept. 21, 5-7pm.  Clear is part of a body of work Danielle calls Illumine, through which she said she realized that "the images that some of us find soothing might, for others, represent isolation and desperation."
ELLEN GORDON had her Dreaming of India (2015, mixed media collage, 40"x30", detail at right, click for full image) accepted into the juried Faber Birren exhibition, opening Sunday, Sept. 25. This piece is part of Ellen's newer work inspired by drawings from sessions with her model. Dreaming of India is part of Ellen's Interference series that highlights the use of complementary colors and patterns.  
KAREN KALKSTEIN's Evensong, an immersive art installation that pays homage to aging, opens at Silvermine Arts Center this Sunday, September 18, 2-5pm, as part of Silvermine's Fall Exhibition Opening. Evensong is a peaceful meditation on aging – the slow but inevitable flow of life and the often hard-won freedom to float or soar. Karen's figures are made using Japanese papers with textures reminiscent of aged skin. Her immersive installation combines elements of line drawing and sculpture. The figures move toward and way from each other as the air in the room circulates.The exhibition runs through October 29, 2016 
KAREN KENT’s oil painting Courage (2015, acrylic on canvas, 48"x36", detail at right) was juried into Birds of Prey, an exhibition running through Jan. 2, 2017 at The Gallery at Mass Audubon’s Moose Hill (293 Moose Hill St, Sharon, MA), featuring 23 depictions of these birds.  The juror was Diana Hampe, Gallery Curator is Janyce Nareski Goba. Artist’s Reception will be held Thursday, Sept. 29, 6-8 p.m. "View the art, meet the artists and experience a live birds of prey presentation by a trained naturalist.
CINDI MULLINS had her gorgeous Zinnia Wheels  (2016, 24x36", oil over watercolor on board, detail at right, click for full image) accepted into the 36th Annual Faber Birren National Color Award ShowCindi says this work furthers her exploration of technique, here using overlapping mediums, coupled with a flat blade and brush work, to define shape. 
DALE NAJARIAN is one of the artists who participated in Beechwood Arts Transformed Salon, documenting the transformation of one canvas into another. Her piece Trees (2016, oil on canvas, 24x30x2", detail at right) was at Beechwood and is now also at the Westport Library's Riverside Walk gallery. This work was transformed from a still-life painting of pears. You can see the transformation in this video, assembled from photographs fed into the Aurasma app. 
AMY OESTREICHER  has sold her mixed-media artwork, Dancing Girl to Yale Hospital. One of many paintings she made as part of her recovery in that hospital, it is also the subject of her latest article, Dancing Girl: How Creating Art in Hospitals Brought Life Full Circle in the Huffington Post Blog. Amy has also been nominated as a Health Activist Hero. You can endorse her here
JUDY PEKNIK, who has a photograph in the Rowayton Arts Center's Photography and Sculpture show, won First Place in the Stamford Art Association's Structures and Patterns show at the Ferguson Library, Stamford, for her painting, Back Stage (oil on canvas, 32" x 48", detail at right). The painting, which also won Best in Show at the 2016 Silvermine Student Show), was inspired by an abandoned amusement building in Asbury Park. With beautiful architectural detail, the building is now used for storage. Structures and Patterns runs through Jan. 19.
RICK SHAEFER in addition to the ongoing immaculately presented exhibition of his major new work, Refugee Trilogy at Fairfield University Art Museum's Walsh Gallery, through Oct. 22, also has a solo exhibition of his large-scale drawings of animals at the Sears-Peyton Gallery, 210 Eleventh Avenue, Suite 802, New York, also through Oct. 22. See the press release on the show, Exquisite Empathy, on the Sears-Peyton site.
ALISSA SIEGAL has several paintings in Stamford Hospital's new wing. The new building is a Planetree facility, a green and forward thinking environment designed with patients & their families' comfort in mind. Pink Poppies (acrylic, oil and charcoal on canvas, 30"x40", detail at right) is one of Alissa's works included in the hospital.
Compiled List of Member Openings & Events

Sun. Sept. 18: Karen Kalkstein, Evensong, Silvermine Arts Center. Opening reception, 2-5pm
Wed. Sept. 21: Maritime Garage Gallery (11. N. Water St.) Kismet. Opening reception 5-7pm (Danielle Goldstein)
Wed. Sept. 21: Elise Black, The Natural Realm, Eleish Van Breems (22 Railroad Pl, Westport). Opening reception, 6-8pm
Sat. Sept. 24: Ridgefield Guild of Artists', 39th Annual Juried Exhibition. Opening reception, 4-6pm. (Frances Ashforth, Binnie Birstein, Miggs Burroughs,Eric Chiang, Rose-Marie Fox, Megan Garbe, Mary harold, Amy Kaplan, Judith Lambertson, Diane Pollack, Karen Vogel, Cynthia Whalen, Nancy C. Woodward).
Sat. Sept. 24: Carriage Barn Art Center's Members' Show, 4-6pm (Trace Burroughs)
Sun. Sept. 25: Stamford Art Association, 36th Annual Faber Birren National Color Award Show. Opening reception, 4-6pm.
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OTHER NEWS                             

Featured in the Sept/Oct issue of Poets & Writers Magazine is the result of a request for thoughtful reflection about the future of our country from a group of writers to share their hopes for the nation with the next president of the United States. The idea was "to give some of our most thoughtful and articulate citizens—poets and writers—a chance to offer their perspective. Because, as former U.S. poet laureate Rita Dove remarked, “Our nation needs to learn to value its independent writers and artists as the heralds of a richly textured, inclusive national identity.” Fifty authors responded. Go to the website to read and to hear audio files of poets and writers reading their statements. Below is just a tiny selection from the 50. Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #DearPresident.

“I would like President Clinton to know that I support her and her agenda fully, especially as it relates to education, the arts, and the environment. The single greatest problem facing our species is the erosion of the environmental conditions that allowed us to evolve and thrive and tap out messages like this one on our phones and computers. We are doomed, yes, but later rather than sooner, I hope.” —T. C. Boyle

“There is no present or future without immigrants; white supremacy (and all of its sequelae) is one of the gravest threats to our democracy.” —Junta Díaz

“If we are ever to attain our forefathers’ aspirations for ‘a more perfect union,’ educating our young—not only in the sciences, but also the arts—cannot, dare not, be neglected. If our children are unable to say what they mean, no one will know how they feel; if they cannot imagine different worlds, they are stumbling through a darkness made all the more sinister by its lack of reference points.” —Rita Dove

Read more, and listen, here.

Community-Word Project (CWP) brings teams of two (a writer and another artist) into NYC schools for 15-25-week commitments, reaching more than 2,000 children each year. CWP Director, Michele Kotler, told NEA’s Art Works Blog how CWP uses arts education to inspire kids. Writing is essential: "We see writing as voice. Through the teaching, students access their voice in a way they hadn't before.....All kids realize that their voice is part of something that is bigger than themselves." When the artists come into the classroom, it gives students permission to be themselves, to use their voice, to try new things and take creative risks. The minute you take away that expectation of "right and wrong," then it opens them up and allows them to go to places where they don't normally get to go during their school day…intellectually and creatively...Art gives kids and communities another way to see their voices. When they see their poem embraced and celebrated in a mural that's hanging on their school wall, it’s creative peacemaking. It’s pretty magical when you can incite that development of voice in a young person. It's an honor to go into a community and inspire young people to write in a way that doesn't feel like school. It feels free and alive. It gives writers the opportunity to think differently. I think STEAM and the arts does just that and those skills can be applied to science, math, and other academic subjects. If the arts so naturally develop creative and critical thinking skills, then why are we cutting them? Read the whole interview here.
CALLS FOR ENTRIES                             

The Dehn Gallery at MCC on Main invites artists to submit work for Redux: Everything Old is New Again, a juried winter exhibition on the theme of recycling. This is an open call for artwork that has been created from recycled materials and/or artwork that explores the theme of recycling. Judging criteria include: originality and interpretation of theme; quality; demonstration of ability; and use of medium. Images should be clear and in focus with no borders or watermarks. Cash prizes: First Place: $300; Second Place: $250; Third Place: $200; Local Hero (CT artists only): $200. The jurors are:
Kristina Newman-Scott, Director of Culture, State of Connecticut; Amy Merli, Founder of Trashion Fashion; and Jane Rainwater, Curator of the Dehn Gallery. 
Entry Fee: $30 for up to three images. This is an open call for primarily 2-D artwork. All work must be original and by the submitting artist. Media accepted includes: drawings, photography, mixed media, paintings, books, collages, prints, relief sculptures that hang on the wall, fashion designs (space is limited for 3-dimensional work). Works should not exceed 4ft x 6ft in any direction. All work must be available for sale (70 percent to artist, 30 percent commission to Dehn Gallery to benefit arts programming). Submit your work here
Deadline: Monday, October 3, 2016, midnight.

Extending the conversation begun in MORE Than Words, the Westport Arts Center invites artists to submit work that examines the idea of bullying within a broad cultural context that considers how the imbalance of social, physical, or political power can marginalize those who are perceived as weaker. Artists have long responded to these inequities through their work, able to speak truth to power in away not available to others. MORE Than Words: #iammore asks artists to submit works that pertain to themes of resilience and courage in the face of bullying and oppression. The Westport Arts Center is seeking work by artists generating thought-provoking art that inspires dialogue and change for those facing bullying behavior and prejudice including marginalization based on gender, race, religion, geo-political disparities and age inequality. Jurors for the show are: Gerry Snyder, Dean of the Pratt Institute School of Art, Pamela Hovland, Designer and Senior Critic in Design, Yale University School of Art and Ward Shelleyartist, working in Brooklyn. All submissions must be made online. Click here for instructions. Young artists age 10-17 are invited, under the new Junior Category.


The Art League of Hilton Head, South Carolina, announces a call for entry for the    The Fifth National Juried Hilton Head Fine Art Craft Guild exhibition. The Guild seeks 2D and 3D fine art craft entries that encompass exemplary creativity, experimentation and imagination, showcasing what can be accomplished with few restrictions. Up to 90 works will be chosen by an esteemed judge based upon artistic excellence, innovation and originality. This is a juried Gallery show in a community that loves art and buys art. Over $2,500 in cash prizes will be awarded by Judge J. Ben Whiteside who has been in the art business since the early 1990s, owning and operating The Red Piano Art Gallery, founded on Hilton Head in 1969, South Carolina’s oldest professional gallery of fine art. The exhibition will be free and open to the public from December 6, 2016 through December 31, 2016 at Art League of Hilton Head’s Gallery located inside Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head Island, SC. An opening reception and awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, December 8th from 5-7pm. This exhibition will be in place during the entire run of the professional performance of “White Christmas” on the stage of Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. The Gallery is located inside the Arts Center and in addition to our regular visitors will host an additional 100 to 200 theater goers each evening. Apply and submit images here.


The Photography Center of Cape Cod, a program of Cape Cod Art Association, seeks entries for its Water in Motion Online Exhibition. "Water surrounds us and comes in many forms. We play in it, with it and on it. There isn’t a day that goes by where it isn’t a part of our lives. Water in motion is beautiful when it cascades down a mountain or playfully dances in a fountain. However it can also be destructive when Mother Nature tears into our beaches during the storm." All photographers of any level are invited to submit to this open juried online photography exhibit. Cash awards presented for Best of Show, Second Place and Two Honorable Mentions. All photographers at any level are invited to submit to this open juried online photography exhibit. Juror is Julia Cumes, a Cape Cod-based photographer, specializing in photojournalism, environmental portraiture, travel and editorial photography as well as fine art photography, and whose blog Apertures and Anecdotes features a wide range of photographs and the stories behind them. $10 per entry. Submit your entries online here. Top works will be chosen and exhibited on the Photography Center and Cape Cod Art Association websites.

Yoko Ono has announced a call to women for her upcoming participatory exhibition Arising. Women are invited to send a testament of harm done to them for being a woman. Write your testament in your own language, in your own words, and write however openly you wish. You may sign your first name if you wish, but do not give your full name. Send a photograph of your eyes. The testaments of harm and photographs of eyes will be exhibited in her installation Arising, October 7, 2016 – February 5, 2017 at the Reykjavik Art Museum. Arising is an ongoing project and it will always be possible to add testaments. Bring your testaments and photographs of your eyes in person, send them by mail to Arising, Listasafn Reykjavíkur, Tryggvagata 17, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland,email them to

And Don't Forget...
Sept. c8: Rowayton Arts Center: Deadline to Apply for Exhibiting Member Status
Sept. 26-27: Rowayton Arts Center: Expressions 2016, Receiving.
Sept. 30: Franklin Street Works: Call for Exhibition Proposals Deadline
Sept. 30: Arts Center Killingworth: Submission Deadline for Madison Arts Festival


Teton ArtLab supports artists through a residency program that offers studio space, housing, and stipends in one of the world's most unique landscapes, the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. This area includes both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Teton ArtLab's 3,200 square foot studio facility is a former small engine repair shop in Jackson, Wyoming. Jackson is in the heart of Jackson Hole, a high altitude valley that includes Grand Teton National Park. In combination with the residency program, Teton ArtLab offers a year-round calendar of events including free monthly open studios and talks with visiting and regional artists, helping connect the region with the greater art community.  Artists have access to endless miles of trails, rivers, and forest right outside the studio. ArtLab provides a private 225 sq ft studio space, private housing, $250/week stipends, and access to shared resources, all at no cost to the artist. To help offset travel, supply, and food costs, Teton ArtLab offers $1000 stipends. In return, ArtLab asks that each artist share their work with our community through open studios and a presentation of their work. For details and application process, click here.

I-Park announces its sixth international, multi-disciplinary Site-Responsive Art Residency & Biennale. The 3-week residency extends from May 15 through June 4, 2017, and is devoted exclusively to the 10 – 12 artists/designers who will be invited to create new works for the exhibition. I-Park views site-responsive art as a multi-disciplinary, multi-sensory field – most effective when installations and performances are developed and experienced in-situ. The term ‘site-responsive’ is construed broadly to encompass the various aspects of the project site: natural, built, social – and sensitive to the various dimensions of time. All works must be ephemeral. Disciplines considered include: Landscape/Garden/Ecological Design; Sound Art; Performance Art; Site-Responsive Sculpture/Installation; Visual Arts (Other); Architecture; Language Arts; New, Experimental Media; Inter-Disciplinary, and Multi-Disciplinary Practice. Applications are processed online through SlideRoom. A stipend of $2,200-$3,000 will be awarded, depending on travel circumstances. Teams are welcome to apply. Lodging, food program, limited local transportation are provided during the program. Details here. Application materials here.

The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) announces a new, pilot grant initiative to support the expanding definition of craft-based research and promote collaboration between the fields of Craft, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The Materials-Based Research Grant is an award of up to $15,000 granted to interdisciplinary teams of researchers for an 18-month grant period. The goal of these collaborations is to encourage mutually beneficial innovation in Craft and STEM by focusing on materials and process-based research. The teams
should include one maker and one professional working in a STEM-based field
(e.g. Material Science, Manufacturing, Environmental Studies, Medicine,
Structural Engineering, etc.). This may include academics, researchers, scientists, full-time makers, or other skilled specialists. The key question for CCCD is: "What does craft practice, experimentation, and application look like outside the field of Art.” Encouraging cross-disciplinarily between craft and other fields is a particular focus of CCCD and is explored throughout its various programmatic platforms.
A 2018 exhibition on materials-based research is planned for CCCD’s Benchspace Gallery & Workshop and will include both awarded projects. Grant guidelines and applications are available here.The application deadline is Wed. Nov. 16, 2016, 11:59 pm EST. Recipients will be notified, grants will publicly announced, and projects will begin in March 2017.

The Fine Arts Work Center (FAWC) in Provincetown, Massachusetts, is dedicated to encouraging the growth and development of emerging visual artists and writers and to restoring the year-round vitality of the historic art colony of Provincetown. The center is internationally known for its acclaimed fellowship residency program, summer workshop program, online writing classes, and MFA program in collaboration with MassArt. FAWC awards seven-month (October 1 through April 30) Writing Fellowships to five poets and five fiction writers each year. Writing Fellows are provided with a private furnished apartment and a monthly stipend of $750. Fellows are required to remain in residence at the Fine Arts Work Center during the fellowship. To be eligible, applicants must be an emerging fiction writer or poet. Those whose works fall between those two categories or employ both may also apply; however, all applicants must either choose "Fiction" or "Poetry" on the application form. FAWC actively seeks applicants from all backgrounds and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, disability, HIV status, or veteran status. There is a $50 application fee due upon submission of the online application. See the FAWC website for complete program guidelines and application instructions
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Matters in Media Art, was launched in 2005 as a collaborative project of experts at MoMA, SFMOMA and Tate, with support from the New Art Trustto help those who collect and keep media artworks (e.g. video, film, audio and software-based installations). A key goal of the group is to develop consensus on best shared practices for the stewardship, care and preservation of these vulnerable new media works. As media artist artist Bill Viola put it "If I'm not there, how loud is loud, how dark is dark? How much contrast is in the image? How do we codify that?" Aging technology, which could alter the look of a work or possibly even prevent it from being viewable in the future is a big issue: many early pieces, originally shot on film, have since been transferred to Beta, then VHS, and now DVD, and each change impacts the piece's nature. Such issues are the focus of the New Art Trust, and its initiatives acknowledge the need for institutions to work collectively in order to solve these challenges. The new Matters in Media Art website now presents the latest iteration of these practices, addressing current preservation challenges for digital artworks. It delivers open source content via a GitHub repository so the online resource can be improved and refined by a broader community of artists, collectors and practitioners. "Because artworks are reflections of who we are, caring for the diverse and fast-changing forms of media and digital art produced today is among our most urgent imperatives," said Lauren Shadford, Executive Director of Voices in Contemporary Art (VoCA). The open source platform can now expand the network of expert contributors serving these vital needs of artists and collectors alike. The Matters in Media Art encourages feedback from new media artists, collectors and stewards on how to improve the site. Contribution guidelines are available here

Poets & Writers Live is an initiative developed in response to interviews and discussions with writers across the country, who expressed a desire for a more tangible connection to other writers. San Francisco: Inspiration is a two-day gathering at the San Francisco Art Institute of sound advice, practical information, and inspiration! Readings, lectures, multimedia presentations, panel discussions, and workshops will explore the literary imagination, innovation on the page, and uncommon sources of inspiration. Presenters include United States Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera; novelist Jonathan Franzen; New Yorker staff writer and author of The Orchid Thief, Susan Orlean; acclaimed poet and former United States Poet Laureate Kay Ryan; writer and activist Ishmael Reed; and renowned poet Jane HirschfieldOther featured authors include Benjamin Percy (The Dead Lands, Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction); Solmaz Sharif (Look); Matthew Zapruder (Sun Bear, Come On All You Ghosts); C. Dale Young (The Halo, Torn); Sarah Manguso (Ongoingness, The Guardians); Bich Mihn Nguyen (Pioneer Girl, Short Girls); and many others. Participating publishing professionals include editors Ethan Nosowsky (Graywolf Press), Jordan Bass (McSweeney's), Steve Wasserman (Heyday Books), and Rusty Morrison (Omnidawn Publishing); and agents Danielle Svetcov (Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency), Anna Ghosh (Ghosh Literary), and Jennifer March Soloway (Andrea Brown Literary Agency). Several small group sessions are offered, including craft talks and workshops, as well as three sessions with agents who discuss aspects of the business of writing. Seating for these sessions is limited. See Complete Program here. Register Here Early Bird Registration Fee is $175 (offer ends December 4).

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, seeks a Junior Graphic Designer. This is a six month multi-skilled hands-on job that has the potential to become a permanent position. The job focuses on assisting the Graphic Designer in specific projects - mainly graphic design or office work. Job Responsibilities: maintain content on The Aldrich website; design e-mail newsletters; design content (print and digital) using museum templates; design additional collateral as necessary; manage image database; oversee production of printing in-house booklets and brochures. Requirements include: Ability to take responsibility for tasks independently; must be extremely organized and self-motivated with a positive attitude; must be proficient in Indesign,Illustrator, Photoshop, Excel and Word; detail-oriented, discrete, punctual, reliable; and with proven design skills. Please send cover letter and resume to: and note "Junior Graphic Designer" in the subject line. Calls will not be accepted. Only qualified applicants will be contacted.

The Marks Project, a not-for-profit online research hub and dictionary of American studio ceramics (1946 - Present), seeks a Grant Writer, reporting to the Executive Director, to identify and write grant proposals for a young non-profit to support continued research and documentation of American studio ceramic artists and potters on an established website. Knowledge of art funding organizations and family foundations supporting the arts a plus. This position can be done remotely and does not require travel. Ideal entr- level position for motivated candidate on development track. The candidate is ideally a college graduate in art history or business with proven grant identification experience, writing skills, and strong references. They should have a clear, comfortable, but professional writing style and an interest in the decorative arts and/or contemporary ceramics. Proficiency in MS Office is a must. This position is on a freelance basis. Please send cover letter, writing sample and CV to The Marks Project with the subject line “Grant Writer” to

Silvermine Arts Center seeks a part-time Facilities/Maintenance Manager, Monday through Friday, 7:30am – 1pm and must be available to work some weekends. The Silvermine Arts Center is comprised of a Guild of over 300 professional artists, five galleries presenting new exhibitions every six weeks; a School of Art providing a wide range of classes for all levels of experience from ages 2 to 102; public programs; and outreach programs in the Norwalk and Stamford schools. The Facility Maintenance Manager is responsible for overseeing, maintaining and supervising the day-to-day operations of the Silvermine Arts Center including custodial, grounds, safety and facility operations. Duties include: Set-up of studios each day; clean, oversee and manage facilities buildings and grounds; periodic review and report on building condition; manage short lead time projects: budget and execute; perform and purchase emergency items to facilitate repairs; and more. Prefer a high school diploma or equivalent plus three years of experience in custodial or janitorial service in an educational setting/environment. See complete job description here.


Interested in engaging children in Westport history and life in the age of early industrialization? The Westport Historical Society is looking for 4 people who love history and can bring it alive for children. While portraying a historical figure from the 19th century, you will bring the historical facts to kids in an engaging and interactive way. Inquisitive-based learning techniques will be used to engage third grade students about local history. This tour is for all the third grade students in the Westport Schools- an estimated 500 kids. Time commitment: Three weeks of actual tour – Oct. 10th-28th - Arrive at 8:45am promptly each day, tour will run from 9am to approx. noon each day Training will be conducted during the week of Oct. 3rd. Compensation: $500 for each guide. Please contact: Susan Gold, Executive Director,
Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available
Connecticut Office of the Arts: Program Associate 1
Creative Arts, New Haven: 2017 Gallery Fellowship
Devore Associates: Landscape Architect
Fairfield County Chorale: Executive Director
Long Wharf Theatre: Associate Managing Director
National Theater for Education and the Arts: Costume Stitcher
New Canaan Society for the Arts: Executive Director
Philip Johnson Glass House: Chief Curator
URU: The Right to Be: Communications Coordinator
Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts: Director.
Westport Country Playhouse: Development Director

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Sept. 18: Atlantic Center for the Arts, FL: Master Artists-in-Residence Deadline
Sept. 19: A Blade of Grass: Artist Fellowships for Socially Engaged Art Deadline
Sept. 26: New England Foundation for the Arts: New England Dance Fund Deadline
Sept. 26-27: Rowayton Arts Center: Expressions 2016, Receiving.
Sept. 30: Franklin Street Works: Call for Exhibition Proposals Deadline
Sept. 30: Arts Center Killingworth: Submission Deadline for Madison Arts Festival
Sept. 30: Clark Hulings Visual Artist Business Accelerator Grant: Application Deadline
Rolling: Catapult Film Fund: Development Funding for Documentary Films

Oct. c1: Pequot Library: 19th Annual Art Show Submission Deadline
Oct. c1: ARC Gallery, Chicago: Home Submission Deadline
Oct. c1: Teton ArtLab: Visiting Visual Art Residencies Application Deadline
Oct. c2: Billboard Creative: Submission Deadline
Oct. c3: MCCon Main (Manchester): Redux Submission Deadline
Oct. 14: Westport Arts Center: More Than Words: #iammore Submission Deadline
Oct. 15: Re-Made in Bridgeport Creative Re-Use Contest Deadline
Oct. 15: Ridgefield Guild of Artists: Festive Home Crafts Submission Deadline
Oct. 28: Photography Center of Cape Cod: Water in Motion Submission Deadline

Nov. c1: I-Park (East Haddam): All-Discipline Site-Responsive Residency Deadline
Nov. 16: Center for Craft, Creativity & Design: Materials-Based Research Grant Deadline

Dec. c1: Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown: Writing Fellowships Application Deadline
Dec. c4: Poets & Writers Live: San Francisco: Inspiration Early-Bird Deadline
Dec. 15: Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Grant Application Deadline
Dec. 15: William H. Johnson Foundation: African-American Artist Prize Deadline

Jan. 14-15: Poets & Writers Live: San Francisco: Inspiration Workshops
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