Subject: Artists' Newsletter - December 4, 2015

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News and Opportunities for Artists of Fairfield County
December 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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❖ Progressive Gallery Tour: Next Stop: Leclerc Contemporary - Dec. 9
❖ Common Ground 6: The New Norwalk Museum - Dec. 16
Fiscal Sponsorship for Artists: Workshop at Silvermine Arts Center - Jan. 12
❖ Welcome New Members: Frederic Chiu, Naomi Cruz, Amy Dolego, Karen Neems, Ronald Pacacha, and Janet Zamparo

❖ Member Round-Up: News from Miggs and Trace Burroughs, Joy Bush, Donna Callighan, Ann Chernow, Eric Chiang, Frederick Chiu, Loren DePalma, Joseph Dermody, Katherine Evans, Scott Glaser, Amy Kaplan, Jay Misencik, Kathy Muir, Tava Naiyin, Tony Velez, and Amy Vensel.

❖ Arts Celebrate House Passing Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)
❖ Making it Easier for Parents in the Arts
❖ Arts Writer Awards Announced
❖ Nominations Open for CT State Troubadour Nominations - Dec. 22

❖ No Pop (New Haven): Lightbox Public Installation - Dec. 12
❖ Carriage Barn Arts Center: 38th Annual Photography Exhibition - Dec. 20
❖ Stamford Art Association: Faces and Figures - Jan. 8, 9
❖ Jamestown Arts Center, R.I.: Blanc de Blanc: The Color White - Jan. 15

❖ Rauschenberg Foundation: Artist as Activist
❖ Fractured Atlas: Arts Entrepreneurship Award Nominations - Dec. 21 
❖ Ucross Foundation: Artists, Writers, Composers Residencies - March 1 
❖ University of Buffalo: Creative Arts Initiative Residencies - March 1 

❖ Fractured Atlas: Grant Readiness Checklist
❖ Creative Capital Webinars: Social Media; Demystifying Public Art.

❖ Fairfield Museum: Collections Manager
❖ Carriage Barn Arts Center: Gallery Coordinator

❖ Long Wharf Theatre: Resident Teaching Artist
❖ Sacred Heart University: Graphic Designer

Jobs Still Available

Deadlines and Dates to Remember
The fourth stop on our rolling, Progressive Gallery Tour will be at the Holiday Party at LECLERC CONTEMPORARY in Norwalk, December 9. Discover and explore the LeClerc's current show of abstract sculpture (with work by Don Frost, Won Lee, Masaaki Noda, Jim Perry, John Von Alstine, and Brian Walters II), meet other Cultural Alliance members and enjoy Leclerc's Holiday Party. RSVP HERE
Now running on a regular schedule of the third Wednesday of each month, our next COMMON GROUND Meet-Up-style meeting will be held Weds. Dec. 16, 6:30-8:30pm at the new NORWALK MUSEUM, adjacent to Norwalk City Hall. All are welcome to this meeting where collaborative projects are proposed, discussed and shaped. This meeting we have three presenters: artists Susan Tabachnick, Amy Oestreicher and preservationist Kenneth Karl, each making 15-minute presentations and seeking feedback and new ideas. RSVP ONLY. RSVP HERE.
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County has arranged for Ana Fiore, of the Fiscal Sponsorship Program of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) to present a workshop Jan. 16, 6-8pm at Silvermine Arts Center, on NYFA’s extensive fundraising and support programs available nationwide for individual artists in all disciplines. Practical information on fundraising and grantwriting for artists will be offered. Fiscal Sponsorship is a critical way for individual artists, artists' collaborative projects, and emerging arts organizations in all disciplines to apply for funding usually available only to organizations with 501(c)(3) nonprofit status.

Growing up in the Bronx within a very enthusiastic Hispanic family, painter Naomi Cruz remembers her excitement at the colorful dresses the women wore, the music, the food, and the liveliness of the fiestas. Since this beginning, she says, she's always equated color with happiness and hopes to reflect this joy through her work. Her brother is also a painter and he always lent encouragement for her to explore her inner creativity, to play and be free. This was Naomi's informal introduction to art. She subsequently attended college, worked as a model in various capacities, and traveled the world on a supertanker with her husband, fully embracing the many cultures, and colorful environments these countries offered her. Naomi writes that she experiences painting as a deep, spiritual, and physical process. Every piece of work she creates has a specific emotion attached to it. Naomi is a member of the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, the Silvermine Arts Center, and the Westport Arts Center . She has recently shown in juried shows at the Carriage Barn Arts Center, Pequot Library, Easton Public Library, Beechwood Arts and others. See Naomi's website.


Ronald Pacacha is a Trumbull-based aspiring printmaker and photographer trying frantically (he says, at times) to make amends for turning down an opportunity to learn stone lithography with famed maritime lithographer, John Noble, in New York City, at a time when he was too young to appreciate the gift offered. After learning to make classical stained-glass windows, dabbling in woodworking, collage and calligraphy, Ron discovered mono printing - at first with collographs, which renewed and revived his love for stained-glass aesthetics through a different medium. By creating carborundum collographs that echo the lead came of the stained-glass art form, his prints are able to define and enhance the vibrant colors that insist on playing their own role in his compositions. His compositions often incorporate embossed words, letters and other designs. Ron's other printmaking and photography themes are drawn from macro visions of flowers, birds, landscapes, natural beauty, architecture, portraits, human vulnerability, issues of equality, and themes involving social responsibility. Making quirky wooden yard figures and kissing fish is not too bad either.


Amy Dolego is a fine art photographer and founder of Winton Studios, a commercial photography firm located in Easton. As an architectural photographer and member of the Association of Independent Architectural Photographers (AIAP), she specializes in creating captivating images for architects, interior designers, garden/ landscape designers and real estate professionals. Initially a fine art and fashion photographer, Amy has worked and exhibited extensively both in the US and in Europe. She combines 20 years of experience in commercial and residential design in the United States with a photography degree from the renowned Spéos, the Paris London Photography School. At Speos, she was educated by leading professionals in different photographic genres including fine art, fashion, studio, reportage, documentary and still life. In addition, Amy learned printing techniques from George Fèvres, a founder and former director of black and white photography at Paris’s Pictorial Lab (PICTO) and the personal printer for Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau and Josef Koudelko. In 2009, Amy opened Winton Studios, a firm dedicated to helping accomplished design professionals communicate their vision through photography. Her images have appeared in articles and on covers of magazines such as American Art Collector, New England Magazine, Venu, Cottages and Gardens, New England Home, Life at Home, Fairfield Magazine, Builder Magazine, Westport Magazine as well as major newspapers such as The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal online editions. Amy’s Paris fashion images appeared in Atelier Chardon Savard No. 6 and she was selected as a photographer to cover the 2008 National Democratic Convention. Amy is a current member of Canon Professional Services (CPS), and Real Estate Professionals of America and International (REPAI). She is currently featured in Westport Art Center’s juried Dreamscapes exhibition, and she won the Best in Show award at this year’s Pequot Library 17th Annual Art Show! See Amy's website and Facebook page. Thanks to Adair Heitmann.

Karen Neems is an award winning photo collage and mixed-media artist based in Stamford. She has had solo shows at the Westport Arts Center (with her Unmade Bed  series of photographs), the Mayor’s Gallery and Loft Artist's Gallery in Stamford, the Westport Library, and the Mamaroneck Artists Guild in Larchmont, NY. Her work has also been included in many selective exhibitions juried by curators from major museums; among them, the Faber Birren National Color Award Show, the Images show at the Fairfield Museum, CameraWorks at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Photocentric in Garrison, NY, Art of the Northeast and other exhibitions at the Silvermine Arts Center. Karen has a consistent fascination with layering, merging and repeating images to create engaging compositions. She writes: “I am a collector of images, mining them for unexpected combinations. The framework for my compositions is layered, merged and repeated. In the photocollages, light and shadow draw the viewer in, while another image floats on the surface; the elements have a certain familiarity, but the space remains a mystery, creating a visual puzzle. Whether looking through the viewfinder of the camera, creating collages digitally or manipulating materials, I am drawn to the aspects that contain and formalize a space. In a society where we are constantly bombarded by loud, disparate and raw imagery, I aim to create a calm and enchanting world, both within and outside the frame.” A recent project, shown at Loft Artists Gallery, “Deconstructing the TIMES - 396 daily creations from the NY Times” started as an exercise in which she established certain parameters for each collage, incorporating the date somewhere in each 4” x 4” piece. Everything had to come from that day’s paper, and the decisions she made as to what to include or eliminate gave voice to her mood or events that day. The journey was about more than the news; it became a ritual that she looked forward to every day, promoting contemplation and introspection. Karen is a graduate of the University of Rochester, with a BA in Art History and Psychology, and a minor in studio art. She is a member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists, the Loft Artists Association and Greenwich Art Society. See Karen's website and Facebook page.

Frederic Chiu's unique form of piano-playing and teaching springs from a diverse set of experiences and interests: his Asian/American/European background, his musical training, and an early and ongoing exploration of artificial intelligence and human psychology, especially the body-mind-heart connection. With 25 CDs on the market, his repertoire includes the complete work of Prokofiev, popular pieces by Chopin, and Liszt, lesser-known works by Mendelssohn, Rossini, and others, and a special interest in the piano transcription. Many of his recordings have been singled out as "Record of the Year" (Stereo Review), or in "Top 10 Recordings" (The New Yorker). His latest recording, Distant Voices, is of Debussy, along with world premieres of work by Chinese composer Gao Ping. Frederic Chiu tours worldwide, and next year will have performed in all 50 states. He recently premiered Edgar Meyer’s Concert Piece with Joshua Bell. Frederic has been honored with Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Petscheck Award of the Juilliard School, and was a fellow of the American Pianist Association. He was also a famous ”non-winner" of the 1993 Van Cliburn Competition, where his elimination from the finals caused an uproar in the pressFrederic is very committed to expanding the influence of classical music, through unusual collaborations, such as with the Shakespearean actor Brian Bedford and psychologist/writer/clown Howard Buten. He works extensively with children through concert/lectures for schools, and has brought classical music to places where it is rarely heard. He runs Classical Smackdown, in which audiences vote for their favorite composers, and Deeper Performance Studies (DPS), an innovative workshop program, bringing together pianists from around the world to study aspects of piano playing usually left uncovered. Piano Today and the New York Times have lauded his original approach to learning and performing that draws on ancient traditions of philosophy and meditation, as well as recent discoveries in psychology and acoustic sciences. After 12 years spent in France, Frederic Chiu returned to the United States, where he and his wife, CAFC Artist Member Jeanine Esposito, co-direct artistic activities at BEECHWOOD ARTS, an arts immersion non-profit and member of the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County. Any free time he can find is divided between writing, painting and cooking. See Frederic's website, and Twitter feed.

Janet Zamparo is a professional artist and educator in the visual, literary and performing arts who has combined her talents and life’s mission into a single business: Jan’s Art Connections: Creative Services for Hire. Her art can be described as “practical” where it is applied to everyday use for its diverse audience and populations. Janet has featured her artwork in local exhibitions, including the (now closed) Children’s Garbage Museum in Stratford, where she designed, installed, and restored exhibits that centered on recycling and composting themes. She also offers pARTies, where guests design and build themed projects and the party favors are the guests’ creations, with goody bags of art supplies for further artistic exploration. Designing and implementing satellite arts education programs, Janet has worked for a variety of Connecticut nonprofits, such as the Boys and Girls Club of America, throughout New Haven and Fairfield Counties, and the McGivney Community Center in Bridgeport, and presently works as the Curator of Education for the Housatonic Museum of Art. For community art partnerships, Janet has been involved in a collaborative, intergenerational project with the VA Connecticut Healthcare System’s Creative Arts Therapy Program, and many partners, including Public Allies, New York Cares, the Arts Council of Greater New Haven, the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, Housatonic Museum of Art, the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, and New Haven Center for Adult Education. Janet has taught writing and literature at Housatonic Community College, memoir writing for Milford Adult Education and Valley Regional Adult Education, and has taught for the Bridgeport Board of Education, University of New Haven, Gateway Community College, New Haven Center for Adult Education, and Hamden Public Schools. With training in both classical and jazz traditions, Janet is a professional singer and has two CD recordings to her name. Born in New Haven and raised in Hamden, CT, Janet holds a BA in English from Fordham University and an MAT in English and Secondary Education from Quinnipiac University. See Janet's website, and Facebook page.
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YOUR NEWS                             
MIGGS BURROUGHS has several of his own pieces in a Holiday Art Show he is curating with Kathy Ross, at 268 Wilton Road, Westport, December 12, 5-8pm, featuring 20 artists. There will be food, beverages and music in this amazing house and property for sale. Miggs' brother TRACE BURROUGHS is showing several of his digital photographic works in the show. The piece depicted at right is titled Something Outside (12.5 x 16.5"), one of two new works that combine photography of simple natural elements and a photo digital background - a departure from Trace's previous work.
JOY BUSH has collaborated with photographer Donna Masotti in an exhibition exploring the shifting landscape of the Berlin Turnpike, the eleven-mile road that was once part of the main north-south route between New York and Hartford. With its abundance of motels, it signified prosperity and promise. Heartbreak Motels explores the disparity between that past and a present in which the motels have become a bleak destination in themselves, rather than a passage to some splendid other place. Joy's "Untitled" (20" x 15") is at right. The show runs at Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford, through December 31.
Photographer DONNA CALLIGHAN will be showing some of her newest works, as well as her Foggy Floral series, at a Holiday Open House: 10 Artisans, hosted by Leslie Tamarkin Designs and Nutty Bunny Vegan Ice Cream, at 652 Glenbrook Road, Bldg #10, in Stamford, on Thursday, December 10, 4pm-10pm. This Cloud Series Three, at right, is one of a diptych created for her new series, Air, Earth, Fire and Water.
ANN CHERNOW, has an online exhibition of her work at the Jane Allison Gallery in Storrs. Ann Chernow: A Day at the Movies is organized in five sets: Noir (Lithographs printed by James Reed on Canson Edition Bright White paper in an edition of 20, #4. $4,000 the set of 15., Noir 2, (Etchings, printed by James Reed and Andrew Murdoch
on Canson Edition Antique White paper in an edition of ten, including Open Sesame, detail at right); Fine Prints: Bad Girls and Broadway Babes series; and Fine Prints Individual Prints from Noir series.
ERIC CHIANG will be exhibiting 4-6 paintings selected from his Music Journey Series (2014), Ode to Joy Series (2015), and the most recent series Innate (Broken) Dreams of Returning to Eden, (2015) in the 268 Wilton Rd., Westport Holiday Art Show (see above). Viewers will be able to see the common musical and choreographic threads across these artworks, which resonate with the surroundings. In Eric's latest work Innate (Broken) Dreams of Returning to Eden, he shows that with broken dreams everywhere, we still continue to dream of returning to paradise.
FREDERIC CHIU, who recently joined the Artistic Advisory Council of the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County, will receive a Senatorial Commendation from CT Senator Richard Blumenthal this Saturday Dec 5 at Beechwood Arts. The commendation recognizes Chiu's efforts over many years to use music as a bridge to foster cross-cultural communication, unity and peace. After the presentation, Chiu will perform works underscoring the connections between France and the US, in recognition of the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris, and to send a message of both solidarity and a call for peace. More...
LOREN DEPALMA will be participating in the SONO Holiday Bazaar December 12-13, from 10am to 7pm. She will have paintings, prints, cards, and t-shirts available. This highly curated event, has vendors representing unique design and quality craftsmanship over a diverse spectrum of categories: jewelry, apparel & accessories, skin care, gifts, home decor and many more. Featuring new, established and emerging brands from NYC, Brooklyn, Philly and our local area, it runs Thursday to Sunday every week until Dec. 23. More...
JOSEPH DERMODY has a solo show of his works made in the past two years, currently running at the Greenwich Art Society, 299 Greenwich Ave., 2nd Floor, Greenwich. OVER, UNDER AND AROUND features Joseph's large canvas sculptures, paintings, mixed media, and furniture... all under one roof. There is an opening reception this Sunday, Dec. 6, 1pm-3pm. Joseph is also violist with the 'Scape Trio, which specializes in pairing music and art, and which will be playing in the gallery, Sat. December 12, at 2pm.
KATHERINE EVANS was recently accepted as an artist featured in the juried, which includes an iPhone app with a GPS Map to over 800 NYC galleries. Artists are rotated through the app to a potential 7,000 visitors a day. Nine of Kat's works are featured on the app and she was recently highlighted in NewYorkArt's blog here. Separately, Kat has several works in a group show opening Fri. Dec. 11 at ArtHelix in Brooklyn, including Color Awakenings X, (acrylic on canvas collage, 36 x 36 inches, at right)
SCOTT GLASER is shown at right working on a painting for a new space at China Merchants Bank on Madison Avenue, New York. The theme of the painting is the sunflower - symbol of good fortune for the Chinese. The piece is acrylic on canvas and will be 48” x 96” and is scheduled to be installed in in 2016. Also, Glaser will have an exhibition, Believe it or not, This is a One-Man Show at the Pound Ridge Library NY, January 23 through March 5, 2016. Stay tuned for date for Artist’s Reception.
AMY KAPLAN is a featured artist at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists annual Festive Home. Designer Madelyn Gray features Amy's work Water’s Edge (see right) in her classic and feminine vignette, “Blue Boudoir.” Several of Amy's smaller works are also on display. Festive Home is a Pop Up Holiday Shop, where the normally white walled Gallery at the Guild is transformed into a holiday gift shop. Local designers each create individual vignettes along the walls, incorporating guild artists’ work in a way that shows visitors how art can enhance their own homes and decor. Festive Home is open 11-5 Tues.-Sun until December 23.
JAY MISENCIK and his partner Geralene Valentine recently gave a sold-out A/V presentation in Scribner’s Restaurant, Milford, organized by the Milford Preservation Trust, on their project to collect memories from those who worked, performed or remember attending a show at the Palace & Majestic Theatres, built by Sylvester Z. Poli and opened on Bridgeport’s Main Street in 1922. The memories, along with Misencik's documentary photographs, will be assembled into a documentary film. Another event will be organized this spring. 
Jazz singer, songwriter and photographer KATHY MUIR has put her love for her childhood Edinburgh home into music. Kathy releases her latest single Like Warriors on December 21 and will also be releasing a music video consisting of striking photos and videos from the 60s/70s/80s. The idea for the music video took off after Kathy wrote on Facebook about how her new work was inspired by growing up in Oxgangs, Edinburgh. The response was overwhelming. The music video helps tell the story behind the song.
TAVA NAIYIN, professional bellydancer, instructor, choreographer and author, announces her 18th Bi-Annual Evening of Bellydance that returns to Norwalk's Factory Underground (16 Isaac St.) on Sunday December 13, at 6:30PM. $25 includes admission, light fare and mini-bellydance lesson. Tava's students are working hard to master their choreography and the guest professional dancers are some of the finest representations of cultural dance. More...
TONY VELEZ has created some astonishing images in an exhibition of his work, Portrait of Diversity at the new Norwalk Historical Society's Norwalk Museum that opens this Saturday, December 5, in Lockwood House, (adjacent to Norwalk City Hall) with a Ribbon Cutting and Holiday Open House, Noon to 4pm. At right, a detail of his large Pagano's Fish Market, Water Street, South Norwalk. Click image for larger size © 2015 Tony Velez
AMY VENSEL is participating in the holiday exhibition at Fred Giampietro Gallery in New Haven. The opening reception is Saturday, December 5, 6-8pm, and the show runs until January 2. Stince (acrylic on canvas, 10” x 10,” at right), will be on view along with other new work.

Check for listings of all events by our members!
OTHER NEWS                             
As reported by CT Nonprofits today, bipartisan budget talks ended late Thursday due to irreconcilable differences on spending cuts. Despite bipartisan talks falling apart, the Governor and legislative leaders have a tentative agreement on their budget modification (deficit mitigation) package, which is being presented to their respective Caucuses today, Friday. Assuming legislative leaders secure enough votes for passage, a special session is scheduled for Tuesday, December 8th. CT Nonprofits will be staging a large-scale demonstration at the Capitol on that day and all are welcome to join. Talking Points and a 'Leave Behind' for the #PeopleMatter campaign are available. Currently (3:30pm) details on the latest budget deal are not available. Stay tuned for that update. We are asked to review the Governor's and Democrats' previously released budget proposals to see if funding for your program has been affected. If so, make sure you contact your local legislator to share your concerns and ask that they tell their leadership to protect those programs and services in this final budget negotiation. Read more here about the deficit negotiations and what you can do.

The US House of Representatives passed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) conference report this week by a strong vote – 359 to 64. The Senate is expected to take up the bill next week. This bill is a big win for arts education. Specifically, it would:
  • Define the arts as a “well-rounded” education activity/subject.
  • Explicitly allow Title I funding to be used for the arts and other well-rounded activities and subjects.
  • Explicitly allow professional development funding under Title II of ESEA to be used to benefit arts teachers.
  • Explicitly allow after school funding through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program to specifically be used for the arts.
  • Ensure that the arts are an allowable use of funds under the new Student Support and Academic Enrichment State and local school district grant program.
A successful amendment to the conference report by Rep. Bonamici (D-OR) also allows states to integrate other subject areas, including the arts, into STEM programs. These additions make it more explicit that the $17 billion in
Federal ESEA funding can be used to support the arts and provide arts education. This creates a significant opportunity to expand access and success with the arts through Federal education funding. For more, see this Americans for the Arts blog on the ESEA and its implications for the arts.

Thomas Cott's blog, You've Cott Mail, recently pulled together several stories focusing on Ideas for Making it Easier for Parents in the Arts. First the British The Stage newspaper reported on a UK study showing that 25% of parents in the performing arts gave up their career because of having a child.  In the article, ‘One in four performing arts careers halted by parenthood, reporter Matthew Hemley, wrote: "Almost a quarter of people with children in the performing arts have seen their careers come to a halt because of their parental responsibilities, according to a ...major new report into the impact that being a parent can have on people working in the sector. It also found that around three quarters of survey respondents had to turn down work because of having a child. Called Becoming Invisible – Parenthood in Creative Industries, the report, issued by Eleventh Hour, calls for better childcare solutions in the sector, after 22% of those surveyed said they had seen their careers halt or stop because of the difficulties they faced being a parent. Nearly half of all those surveyed - 48% - said they had missed a performance or day at work because of a lack of childcare, while one in 10 only made it to work by taking their child with them. Other stories pulled together by Thomas Cott on this subject include:
Part 1: Celebrating moms who dance, Laura Di Orio, Dance Informa. 9/2/15
Part 2: More moms who dance,
Laura Di Orio, Dance Informa, 10/4/15

We all know that good arts writers are in short supply these days. The Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program is one attempt to help alleviate the situation. It supports writers whose work addresses contemporary visual art through project-based grants issued directly to writers. It is designed to strengthen the field as a whole and to ensure that critical writing remains a valued form of engaging the visual arts. The 2015 grant recipients were as follows: 
Carla Acevedo-Yates, The Silence of Eros: Decoding Homotextuality in the Work of Zilia Sánchez
Gian-Maria Annovi, Dirty Encounters: Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Legacy and the Work of David Wojnarowicz
Melissa Ragain, Environmental Aesthetics in the Postwar University
Claire Daigle, Figuring Fiction
Gelare Khoshgozaran and Eunsong Kim, contemptorary
Victoria Valentine, Culture Type
Rizvana Bradley, Resurfaced Flesh: Black Aesthetics Unbound
Iftikhar Dadi, Pakistani Contemporary Art: An Object History
Johanna Gosse, On Site: Ray Johnson’s New York
William E. Jones, The Ruins of Villa Iolas
Damon Krukowski, The New Analog
Courtney Martin, A Critical Language: Lawrence Alloway’s Words to the Art World
Alexander Provan, Arbitrary Units: Culture in the Age of Quantification
Short-Form Writing:
Karen ArcheyOrit Gat; James McAnallyLaura McLean-FerrisErik MorseMartha Schwendener; and Lynne Tillman.
The next round for applicants opens April 21, 2016, with a deadline of May 21.

Our own Fairfield County Kristen Graves, the current CT State Troubadour, comes to the end of her two-year term at the end of 2015. It's time to think about nominating her successor. Do you know a Connecticut singer-songwriter who would make a great Ambassador of Music & Song? If so, nominate them to be the Connecticut State Troubadour! This honorary position was established in 1991 for the holder to serve as an ambassador of music and song and promote cultural literacy among Connecticut citizens. Any Connecticut citizen may nominate one (1) singer-songwriter for the State Troubadour position. A self-nomination will not be accepted and no award will be given posthumously. A nominee may have multiple nominators. The State Troubadour serves for a term of two years, receiving an annual stipend of $2,500 for a total of $5,000 for two years. Nominators must email the following information, with "State Troubadour Nomination" in the subject line, to
1. Nominator's name and contact information (street address, city, state, zip, phone & email)
2. Contact information for Nominee (name, street address, city, state, zip, phone & email)
3. A formal Letter of Support (up to one page maximum)
Nominations have to be receive by Dec. 22, 2015. More...
CALLS FOR ENTRIES                             

NO POP, New Haven, a Fluxus-influenced art studio, is offering a curated public art opportunity for artists to display work using  a back-lit, 48 in x 48 signboard at street level in a high-foot-traffic area in New Haven, near the Yale Art Gallery, Yale School of Art, coffee shops, retail spaces, and restaurants. This rotating solo moment encapsulates NO POP's mission of transforming the ordinary and mundane into the illuminated and unexpected. The work is publicized through social media, newspapers, and magazines. NO POP welcomes artists who consider light sources, community engagement, and neighborhood spaces as part of their process. Submit a 250-500-word artist statement, 100-word bio, one-page CV, and up to 5 images of current work. Application fee, $25 Deadline for this round, December 12. Apply here. 
The sign measures 48 x 48 inches. Artists submitting work must be prepared to submit a high resolution file measuring 48 x 48" at 300 dpi when necessary, otherwise the work cannot be formatted for printing. High res files may be requested and can be submitted via Dropbox.

The Carriage Barn Arts Center calls for works in photography to be considered for its 36th Annual Photography Exhibition. Works will be selected by guest juror Jan Nagle, Artist and Program Associate, the Center for Photography at Woodstock. Much like the Carriage Barn, the Center for Photography at Woodstock is a not-for-profit that was founded in 1977, and remains an artist-centered organization dedicated to supporting artists working in photography and related media and engaging audiences through opportunities in which creation, discovery, and learning are made possible. All subjects and styles will be considered for this exhibition, which will take place at the Carriage Barn Arts Center, opening Friday, January 15, from 6-8pm and on view through Sunday, February 21, 2016. Members: $20 for up to 3 and $30 for up to 6 entries. Non-members: $35 for up to 3 and $45 for up to 6 entries.Submission deadline: December 20. Prospectus available here. Submission form here.


The Stamford Art Association invites all artists to submit work for the exhibition Faces and Figures, Jan. 17-Feb. 4, 2016 to be held at the SAA Townhouse Gallery, 39 Franklin Street, Stamford. The theme is that of artists' depiction of faces and figures. The show will be juried by Eddie Nino with cash prizes. Receiving: Actual art only Fri/Sat Jan 8/9 12-3pm 


Throughout history, artists have used the color white or lack of color to highlight significance in their art. From Henry Ossawa Tanner’s bold white strokes of light in a dark interior, and Agnes Martin’s muted transcendental palette, to Barbara Hepworth’s cool marble and cast forms, artists have boldly displayed the emotional power of white to convey their many intentions. The Jamestown Arts Center in Rhode Island, is dedicating its next Summer Soirée exhibition to investigating the artist’s use of white as a metaphor. Why is white, lack of color or muted palette important or a central theme of the work? Is there a special significance to the color white in your work? Please explain why and how white is consciously used. Open to all mediums, including video and installation. Jurors: Nezka Pfeifer, Curator, Everhart Museum and Rita Reamer, Designer. Prospectus and application form here.  Entry Deadline: January 15th, 2016; Fee: $25.

The Artist as Activist Two Year Fellowship provides game-changing resources to independent artists tackling important social challenges through their creative practice. Fellows receive up to $100,000 over a two-year period in order to advance an ambitiously scaled, long-term project of their design. Fellows are also eligible to attend foundation-sponsored events, to gain access to technical assistance, and to be included in foundation publications. For the next two years, the thematic frame guiding the foundation’s open call for proposals is racial justice in the United States, and more specifically the epidemic of mass incarceration of black and brown bodies. Through that lens we are seeking proposals from activist artists who are pursuing ambitious creative projects that directly tackle the issue of mass incarceration. Deadline for applications is December 7, 2015, at 5:00PM Eastern Standard Time (EST). Please note that the Foundation is not able to grant extensions or accept late submissions.

Fractured Atlas is a New York based arts service organization that, among many other things, believes in enabling artists to be entrepreneurs by removing practical barriers to creative expression. As the sector needs more great ideas, Fractured Atlas is providing one small way to help arts entrepreneurs who can bring those ideas to fruition. It is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Arts Entrepreneurship Awards. Five winners will be chosen who can serve as models and inspiration for artists everywhere. Fractured Atlas seeks nominees who have developed new approaches to age-old challenges in the arts by experimenting and challenging conventional wisdom. Successful nominees will have: innovated new business practices or paradigms; and developed novel solutions to old problems. Artists and arts organizations are eligible for nomination, regardless of budget and staff size, geographic location, or discipline. Award recipients will receive: free lifetime membership to Fractured Atlas; a specially commissioned award; and public exposure on Fractured Atlas’s blog and other media. Nominations close Monday, December 21st, 2015 at 11:59 pm Eastern time and will be announced in early 2016. NOMINATE HERE.
MARCH 1, 2016

Founded in 1981, the Ucross Foundation through its Artists Residencies Program, provides uninterrupted time, work space, and living accommodations at its campus in Sheridan, Wyoming, to approximately eighty-five visual artists, writers, and composers per year. Previous residents have come from every state in the U.S. as well as from many countries, including Germany, France, Scotland, England, Poland, Egypt, the Netherlands, Canada, and Thailand. Currently, the foundation is accepting applications for its 2016 Fall Residency program, which runs from August through the first Friday in December. Residencies vary in length from two to six weeks. At any one time, there are up to nine individuals in residence comprising a mix of visual artists, writers, and composers. In most cases, studios are separate from living quarters. Lunch and dinners are prepared Monday to Friday by a professional chef with ample provisions on hand for breakfasts and weekends. In addition, there is cell phone service on the property and several wireless Internet connection sites for residents’ use. Residents are responsible for providing their own working materials and for their travel to Sheridan, Wyoming. There is no charge for a residency. Artists, writers, and composers from around the United States and the world, in all stages of their professional careers, are invited to apply to work on individual or collaborative projects.
See current residents here. To apply, click here.
MARCH 1, 2016

The University at Buffalo established the Creative Arts Initiative in order to provide artists and performers with opportunities to take up residencies in Buffalo, during which time they are expected to create and present new work and interact with faculty, students, and Buffalo arts organizations in a variety of ways. The initiative is dedicated to the creation and production of new work that upholds the highest artistic standards of excellence while simultaneously fostering a complementary atmosphere of creative investigation and engagement among students, faculty, visiting artists, and the Buffalo community.
Resident artists should use their residency to create new works or complete works in progress. To that end, each artist-in-residence will receive an honorarium, access to workspace, performance and/or gallery space, and an invitation to interact with the community through workshops, classes, exhibitions, performances, lectures, and/or public art projects appropriate to the artist’s particular medium and project. Proposed budgets may range from $3,500 for a short-term project to $60,000 for a project of greater duration and complexity. Companies and collaborating artists are eligible to apply, as are emerging and established artists. CAI is interested in artists who have proven artistic excellence and professional accomplishment, or who, through submitted works, display exceptional promise. Artists/ companies must demonstrate a strong commitment to arts education and community involvement. CAI accepts proposals for residencies as short as a few days to up to four months. Artists in all fields are eligible to participate, including music, film, plastic arts, visual arts, drama, writing, architecture, and other emerging disciplines. Download further information and proposal form here.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT                             

Fractured Atlas' Nathan Zebedeo suggests that December - not a good month for going after grants - might be a good time to check-in with your own readiness to seek funds for your projects. In Grant Readiness Checklist: 5 Ways to Know You’re Prepared  he presents five ideas "to chew on" as you determine your preparedness for the upcoming grants season:
1. Track Record: Grantors like to see some history. Fractured Atlas requires its fiscally sponsored projects to raise $1,000+ from donors before they can apply for grants through its program. A history of creating art and raising funds can give a foundation confidence that, if they give you money, their contribution will be in good hands to steward your and their missions.
2. Goals: Grants are not about filling a budget shortfall. So determine how a grant can make your promising project or organization more effective. How many more people in your community can you reach, how can your project be more impactful? Funders will also want you to know how you will evaluate your success at accomplishing your goals, so think about specific evidence you'll need to prove you reached your goals.
3. Narrative: Effective proposals tell a compelling story about your project, so reflect on what you need to tell that story well. 
4. Budget: If you've never prepared a budget before, you have to learn before you put your proposal together. Final reports often require you to compare your budgeted financials to your actual financials - so be prepared. The Foundation Center has a quick tutorial to get you started.
5. Research: Spend time researching your best bets for funding. Again the Atlas' blog has a quick-start tutorial here, and a useful post about how to read a funder’s 990. Successful grantseeking is often about building a relationship between yourself and a funder, so introduce yourself to them and get the chance to know them better before submitting a proposal if at all possible. Read the whole article, if your appetite is whetted and take advantage of the resources listed!

Mon. Dec. 14, 7:00-8:30pm
Social Media - How to be Everywhere All the Time, with Brad Stephenson
Learn to use social media to communicate effectively about your work and ideas. This webinar offers strategies for artists to expand their audience, peer and professional network, and create a deeper connection with the general public
Brad Stephenson, based in Pittsburgh, PA, is the director of marketing for Carnegie Museum of Art, arguably the first museum of contemporary art in the United States. Brad oversees all external print and digital communication for CMOA and also drives in-gallery digital experiences. $25. Register here

Thurs. Dec. 17, 7:00-8:30pm
Demystifying Public Art, with Lynn Basa
How do I find public art commissions? How does the selection process work? Am I selling out? Lynn Basa discusses the specific concerns of artists from other disciplines interested in applying from public art commissions and shares the knowledge she's gained over a long career of winning commissionss. $25. A full-time artist living in Chicago, Lynn Basa has completed over 50 public and private commissions and is the author of The Artist’s Guide to Public Art: How to Find and Win Commissions (2008). Register here.


The Fairfield Museum and Historical Society seeks a part-time Collections Manager for 25 hrs/wk, flexible scheduling. This is a 6-month position, with the possibility of extension. Responsibilities will include: Ensuring the museum collections are handled, preserved, stored, and exhibited in a safe and prudent manner according to professional and institutional standards; coordinating review, assessment, and move of objects from offsite storage facilities to consolidate storage at one location; organizes offsite storage facilities; maintaining records of accession, condition, and location of objects in the museum collection and overseeing implementation of new registration database; assisting with the development and installation of museum exhibits, oversees loans and correspondence with lenders; managing and coordinating necessary conservation assessments and treatments, and supervise contract conservators and technicians; and working with the Collections Committee regarding possible deaccessions and managing documentation and disposal according to collections policy. Qualifications include:
broad, hands-on experience in museum registration, storage, deaccessioning procedures and exhibitions; an energetic and collaborative working style; highly developed skills in communication (verbal and written), organization and management; the ability to be entrepreneurial, innovative, adaptive and creative; and 
excellent interpersonal skills and dedication to public service. A BA/BS is required, but an MA would be preferred, with 3 or more years of registration or collections
management experience. Compensation is $20-25/hour depending on experience
The Fairfield Museum and History Center is an equal opportunity employer. Please submit cover letter and resume to by January 8, 2016.

The New Canaan Society for the Arts seeks a part-time (20 hours a week) Gallery Coordinator for its Carriage Barn Arts Center. Must be flexible and able to work evenings, depending on events schedule. General Office Duties: Phones, printing, emails, communication with outside companies such as cleaners, photographers, print companies, town officials and departments, other arts organizations, members and prospective donors, interns, volunteers, and the general public. Bank deposits, post office trips, ordering and keeping track of office supplies. Strong knowledge and record of experience using Photoshop: Ability to design and edit templates for posters, postcards, and printed materials; strong understanding of working with image files, basic photography abilities and image editing skills. Social Media and Website: Wordpress, forms, tables, plugins and submissions with PayPal account management; Constant Contact email newsletter design, Facebook, listings, postcard mailings. MS Office: Editing & proofreading gallery documents and correspondence, ability to edit and design brochures, signage, etc. Strong Excel skills for tracking member information, submission data, sales, rental information, and information needed for grant reporting. Database: Ability to use Donorsnap software to manage and track memberships. Organize digital archives on computers; scanning and basic file organization. Events: Public speaking, engagement with community, ability to welcome diverse audiences. Curatorial attention to space and gallery facilities, installation and proper handling of works, and lighting. To apply: Email Cover Letter and Resume to

Long Wharf Theatre (LWT) seeks a seasonal, part-time (approximately 20 hours per week) resident teaching artist to join its Education department, reporting to the Director of Education. The resident teaching artist will implement and advance LWT’s education programs, work with the Education Director, Manager and other key staff to support LWT’s mission, creativity, vision, and values. Responsibilities (including, but not limited to) are serving as a teaching artist in the classroom, as an Educators’ Laboratory mentor and assist Director of Education and Program Manager with program implementation and planning functions. Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Education or Theatre Performance strongly preferred. Must possess: minimum one year experience in arts education; excellent teaching skills; excellent verbal and written communications skills; strong organizational skills and the ability to work independently as well as in a team environment. Must be pro-active and self-directed and must be available to work a flexible schedule. Mileage reimbursed for personal car travel to schools. Send letter, resume, and references to: Attn: Human Resources, 222 Sargent Drive, New Haven, CT, FAX (203) 776-2287, Email: EOE..

Sacred Heart University, the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England, that offers more than 70 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs on its main campus in Fairfield to more than 8,000 students, seeks a Graphic DesignerAs a member of the Marketing & Communications department, and reporting to the Director of Communications, the Graphic Designer's responsibilities include ensuring the proper implementation of the SHU brand across all visual communications and producing a variety of communications that serve the needs of the many constituencies throughout the University and that promote public recognition, awareness and support of SHU. Duties include: design and manage the production of print, digital and other communications requested by University personnel within allocated budgets and timelines; maintain the consistency of the University brand across all visual communications; create templates for recurring communications; serve on committees as needed; be a resource to other departments and University personnel regarding their graphic design needs; ensure continued quality and relevance of University's graphic communications; and assume other duties as necessary. A Bachelor's degree is required, as is a thorough knowledge of print production, including preparing files for offset printing; a minimum of three years graphic design experience; an ability to prioritize time and manage multiple projects simultaneously; demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills, a self-starter and team player and a sense of humor. For complete job description and application details, click here.
Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available

Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum: Teaching Artists
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum: Senior Press Officer
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum: Manager of Academic Programs
Downtown Cabaret Theatre: Stage Manager (seasonal, part-time)
Greenwich International Film Festival: Executive Director; MarketingGraphic Design; and Programming Interns
New Haven Symphony: Box Office Manager
Neighborhood Music School Audubon Arts Summer Theatre: Program Director
Norwalk Youth Symphony: Arts Management Intern
Pequot Library: Development Associate
Prosek Partners (Fairfield): Graphic Designer
Westport Arts Center: Development Director
Westport Arts Center: Education Assistant
Yale University Press: Publishing Assistant (Art Books)
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Dec. c6: Puffin Foundation: Small Artists Grants: Deadline for Requesting Application
Dec. c7: Rauschenberg Foundation: Artist As Activist 2-Year Fellowship Deadline
Dec. c9: Progressive Gallery Tour: Leclerc Contemporary, 19 Willard St, Norwalk, 6pm
Dec. 12: Submissions Due for No Pop Public Lightbox project, New Haven.
Dec. 15: TransCultural International Conference, Boston: Early Bird Registration
Dec. 15: Banana Factory, Bethlehem: The Creative Muse Submission Deadline
Dec. 20: Carriage Barn Arts Center: Submissions Due for Annual Photography Show
Dec. 20: Stamford Art Association: Illusion of Light Submission Deadline
Dec. 22: Nominations Due for CT State Troubadour
Dec. 30: Puffin Foundation: Small Artists Grants: Submission Deadline

Jan. 8,9: Submissions Due for Stamford Art Association Faces & Figures Juried 
Jan. 11: Maple & Main Gallery, Chester, CT: First Juried Show Submission Deadline
Jan. 12: Fiscal Sponsorship for Artists: NYFA Workshop at Silvermine Arts Center, 6pm
Jan. 15: Submissions Due for Jamestown Art Center's Blanc de Blanc Summer Exhibition.

Feb. c1: The Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown: Visual Artists Fellowships Deadline
Feb. 28: Terra Vivente Art Studio (Italy): Residency Application Deadline
Feb. 29: SIPMA Contemporary (NJ): I Eat Therefore I AmSubmission Deadline

March c1: Ucross Foundation Residencies for Artists, Writers, 
Composers Deadline
March c1: University of Buffalo Creative Arts Initiative Residencies Deadline
March c2: CONNECTICUT ARTS DAY, Hartford
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