Subject: Artists' Newsletter - January 16, 2016

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News and Opportunities for Artists of Fairfield County
January 15, 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 350 individuals and organizations. Sign up here
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❖ Nominate an Artist for our Arts & Culture Empowerment Awards (ACE)
❖ Sign-up for Next Stop on our Gallery Tour: Southport Galleries - Jan. 20
❖ RSVP for next Common Ground Meeting: New Canaan Library - Jan 27
❖ Welcome New Members: Dennis Bradbury, Michael David Kozlowski, Paul Larson, Cindi Mullins, and Jill Sarver

❖ Member Round-Up: News from Amy Bock, Trace Burroughs, Joy Bush, Eric Chiang, Donna Callighan & Christa Forrest, Jane Davila, Joseph Dermody, Amy Dolego, Scott Glaser, Michael David Kozlowski, Paul G. Larson, Cynthia Mullins, Karen Neems, Amy Oestreicher, Ron Pacacha, Rick Shaefer, Alissa Siegal, and Amy Vensel.

❖ Connecticut Arts Day: Save The Date - March 2

❖ Coastal Arts Guild: Valentine's Art and Wine Boutique - Jan. 29
❖ Center for Photography, Woodstock: Photography Now 2016 - Jan. 31
❖ Greenwich International Film Festival: Film Submission Late Deadline - Feb. 1
❖ Cotuit Center for the Arts: Unsafe: Life After 9/11 - Feb. 1

❖ Rome Art Program: For Students, Painters and Sculptors - Jan. 25
❖ Yukon Arts Centre: Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency
 - Feb. 1 

❖ Westport Writers Workshop: Classes Available
❖ ArtFarm: Shakespeare Acting Laboratory - Feb. 1 
❖ Creative Capital Webinars: Negotiating; Marketing Strategy; Approaching Art Gatekeepers for Women Over 50
❖ New York Foundation for the Arts: Doctor's Hours 

❖ Stamford Art Association: Townhouse Gallery for rent

❖ Shakespeare on the Sound: Apprentice Company
❖ Bruce Museum: Seaside Center Summer Naturalists

❖ Yale School of Music: Design Manager
❖ Real Art Ways: Communications Specialist

Jobs Still Available

Deadlines and Dates to Remember
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Nominations are open for the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County Arts & Culture Empowerment (ACE) Awards. The awards will be presented at a breakfast May 19, 2016, and will celebrate those individuals, organizations, and businesses that have either made significant contributions to the community through arts and culture, or who have enriched the arts and culture sector through volunteerism or patronage. You can nominate individuals for an Artist or Citizen Award, a business for the Corporate Award; an individual, nonprofit, or creative business for the Educator Award, and an arts and cultural organization or leader for the Nonprofit Award. Click here to make your nomination. More...
Sign up for the next stop on our Progressive Gallery Tour, Wed. Jan 20 at the SOUTHPORT GALLERIES, celebrating its 6th Anniversary. Designed to encourage members to mix and mingle, while seeing the wide range of commercial galleries that are members of the Cultural Alliance, the tour has progressed from Greenwich through Stamford, New Canaan and Norwalk, month-by-month towards Bridgeport. Enjoy the party!
Our next COMMON GROUND Meet-Up-style meeting will be held Weds. Jan. 27, 6:30-8:30pm at the NEW CANAAN PUBLIC LIBRARY. This monthly meeting for artists, creative businesses and cultural nonprofits is dedicated to collaborative ideas. Hear the latest about collaborative artist residency project, fine-tune your collaborative project "elevator pitch," and more. Sign up
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Dennis Bradbury is a photographer, curator and founder (2003) and director of South Norwalk’s 22 Haviland Street Gallery, where she has presented 72 art events and curated 59 exhibitions by more than 500 participating artists working in a variety of mediums. Dennis received training at New York's School of Visual Arts, and worked as a professional photographer during a 25-year career in Fairfield County. She has extensive experience teaching art and photography, having taught at Horizons Summer Youth Program at New Canaan Country School, New Canaan’s Photographics Workshop, Stamford Adult Education and The Cultural Arts Center in British Columbia, Canada. She was also instructor and Co-Founder of Spectrum Photography Gallery in Tucson, Arizona. Dennis was granted an artist in residency by the Arts Council of Norwalk in the early 1980’s, and served for eight years on the Mayor’s Norwalk Advisory Commission on Arts and Culture where she was responsible for curating more than 100 original temporary works of public art created by over 50 local artists into Norwalk’s diverse streetscape. She was invited in 2011 by CT's Commission on Culture and Tourism to submit nominations of local artists for inclusion in the Commission’s distinguished Connecticut Artists Collection. In 2013 the State of CT General Assembly awarded 22 Haviland Street Gallery an official citation for “continuing to enrich the arts” as a “landmark arts location in South Norwalk” in recognition of the Gallery’s 10th anniversary. See Dennis' Facebook page here; and the Facebook page of her gallery, 22 Havilland Street.


Painter and Trumbull resident Michael David Kozlowski writes that his inspiration “has always come from painters who have the ability to create and display another world that not only allows you to visit but draws you in and bars the door behind you. Whether this is done through the intrigue created by the symbolism and careful technique of Edward Hopper, or through the visual attack that comes from many paintings by Turner, creating work that has this type of arresting power and presence is my goal." Michael studied art at the Art Students League in New York, the School of Visual Arts, and Southern Connecticut State University where he earned a B.S. with a minor in Fine Arts. His work has recently sprung to many people’s attention - selected as one of eight artists by the Aldrich Museum’s Richard Klein for Westport Art Center’s “SOLOS, 2015” show, soon after awarded Best in Show at the Greenwich Art Society’s Flinn exhibition “Emergence,” by Christie Mitchell of the Whitney Museum of American Art, and just recently inducted into the Silvermine Arts Guild. This past summer he was chosen to participate in several public art projects in New York City including Sing for Hope’s Pianos and 100 Gates NYC. In 2014 he was awarded a grant and residency with the Vermont Studio Center and upon returning to Connecticut was a featured artist in New Haven’s City Wide Open Studios—an honor repeated in 2015. See Michael’s website and Facebook page.


Painter Paul Larson was born and grew up in Greenwich. He studied with Charles “Chick” Peterson, William Gerhold, and Thomas Higgins, graduating with degrees in Fine Art and Education from Marietta College in Ohio and returned to Greenwich. His current work - cubist- and surrealist-influenced paintings - are based on, as he puts it, “multifaceted geometric forms, the illusion of overlapping and intersecting planes, improbable perspectives, and subtle transitions of tonal passages that many have reported ‘tease the eye’” Further, he writes, “These paintings are the product of my exploration into alternate views of the world never seen before. The creation of these paintings involves a personal process of the rediscovery of what has been lost. Their making involves the bringing of what is hidden to light, the revealing of what is unknown to consciousness, the unveiling of the obscure to awareness, and the recollection of that which has been forgotten. My hope is that viewers of my paintings may find something somehow familiar to their world as well; perhaps providing an insight, evoking a memory forgotten, or eliciting an emotion fleetingly familiar, but perhaps long un-felt.” Paul is a member of the Greenwich Art Society, the Loft Artists Association in Stamford, CT, and Art/Place Gallery in Fairfield, CT. He has exhibited regularly since 1975 and has received numerous awards. See Paul's website here.

The descendant of two Hudson River School painters (Aaron Draper Shattuck and Samuel Colman), Cynthia K. Mullins is herself an accomplished landscape painter, who is also drawn to still life and “closely cropped” florals. Cindi paints au plein air as well as in her studio. She describes her work as being “a blueprint of reality, transmuted by my own sensibility and creative decisions.” Whether painting abstractly or staying close to natural scenes, she says she always tries to infuse her own energy into the work and invites the viewer to engage in their own experience. Cindi has exhibited in many solo, juried and group shows in such venues as the Nylen Gallery in Westport, the Carriage Barn Arts Center Gallery, The Merritt Parkway Museum in Stratford, The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, Rockwell Gallery in Ridgefield, CT, the Gallery in the Park at Pound Ridge Reservation, NY and the sylvia wald and po kim art gallery in NYC. She is regionally known for her Merritt Parkway series, and her paintings Through the Woods and Exit 46 were selected for the book cover on The Merritt Parkway: The Road that Shaped a Region, by CAFC members Laurie Heiss and Jill Smyth. Currently, Cindi sits on the board of the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, is an accepted juried member of the National Association of Women Artists in NYC as well as a member of the Carriage Barn Arts Center, Westport Artists Collective, Center for Contemporary Printmaking and the Fairfield County Plein Air Painters. See her website here.


Bridgeport painter Jill Sarver grew up in Ohio and was always fascinated by archeology - and especially by the figures of women of the ancient world. She writes that her paintings are “intuitive responses to my research, observation, and perception of women of the ancient Egypto-Roman world. Even at a young age, I brought these silent figures to life in my mind and translated them into drawings. As ancient peoples were buried and forgotten, my sketchbooks lay dormant for many years. It is my desire to resurrect these characters and to express the same love, nostalgia, and haunting that I feel, to my viewers.” In her current work, Jill investigates "the feminine presence," that she finds in both observation and memory of ancient Egyptian and Roman artifacts. She describes how she uses "shifts in tonality and light to explore the duality between solidity and air, linking present and past.” Jill has shown her work in Connecticut and New York City, most recently at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, at the Westport Women’s League and the Westport Arts Center, as well as at the Blue Mountain Gallery, New York City. She holds an M.F.A. in Painting from Western Connecticut State University, an M.A. in Painting and Drawing from Eastern Illinois University, and B.F.A in Painting and B.A. in Spanish from Miami University. Jill actively studies art, archaeology, and art history in Rome, Italy, where she is a Visiting Professor with the Rome Art Program. She is the Visual Arts Manager at the Westport Arts Center and a member of the Westport Artists Collective. See Jill's website and Facebook page.
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YOUR NEWS                             
AMY BOCK's Lichen Cups, Moss and Rock (36" x 24", oil on panel, detail at right) was selected for the Mattatuck Museum's juried exhibition MixMaster, which opens Saturday, January 23, 2016, 4-6 p.m. The show runs through March 6th. The Mattatuck Museum is located at 144 West Main Street, Waterbury.
TRACE BURROUGHS has a piece in the Carriage Barn Arts Center's 36th Annual Juried Photography Exhibition. Trace's Walken’s Window, is an abstract digital photograph, printed with hi resolution archival inks. The subject is a photo of a small area of the bathroom window in one of actor Christopher Walken’s houses that Trace rents. The show’s reception is this Friday, January 15, 2016, 6-8pm
JOY BUSH has two works in the Carriage Barn's Photography Exhibition. At right is Wall No. 15. from an ongoing series that grew out of photographing social landscapes, spaces, Joy says, that had an undercurrent feeling of absence, loneliness, and discomfort. She writes: "Moving into personal spaces, my work began focusing on walls as a subject: the textures and the patterns of their surfaces, what was added to them, and where they were situated." While referencing literal walls, they also generally have a visual sense that "people seem to have recently left...and there is no certainty of their return."
ERIC CHIANG is one of three members accepted into the Silvermine Artists Guild and has one piece in the New Members exhibition, Are We Asteroids? (acrylic on 3 canvases; 4'x9'; detail at right). In this piece he uses cellos to represent humans and their voices, with cables signifying the connection between people. Eric writes: "Our existences (small wounded cellos) are merely orbiting the pre-destined tracks,  defined by physical and artificial laws, rushing, crashing, & pushing the way, covering ourselves & others with wounds. Can our existence transcend and be free (big cello outside the orbit)?" Eric will be part of a Feb. 9 Artists Talk at Silvermine, 6-8pm
Members DONNA CALLIGHAN, JOSEPH DERMODY and CHRISTA FORREST are included in the LOFT ARTISTS ASSOCIATION's show of work of its newest artist members, New Year=New Artists=New Art, on show through February 7. Donna is showing work from her Earth series - she also has a piece, Bubbles II  in the Carriage Barn Photography Exhibition.
JANE DAVILA has announced her schedule of studio printmaking workshops for Winter/Spring 2016 held at her studio in Bridgeport. Learn a variety of printmaking techniques collagraph printing, simple screen printing, monoprinting, and SolarFast dye printing, all of which can be done on either paper or fabric. Jane also offers several workshops for the business-minded artist. The first is a one-day workshop on creating and publishing a website. The second class teaches you how to shoot and edit your own videos with simple equipment and software. Find out more here.
JOSEPH DERMODY has his largest sculpture to date in the Loft Artists Association's NewYear=New Artists=New Art show through Feb. 7. Asan Point (at right) is a 48"x48" white monochromatic piece using repurposed strips of white melamine posing over a white canvas, that capture the movements and stillness in yoga. Asan Point in yoga practice is the point where in an asana position one holds the breath and the mind goes into silence.
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Congratulations to architectural and fine art photographer AMY DOLEGO for being invited by the Global Art Affairs Foundation to exhibit her work in the upcoming 2016 Architecture Biennale held in Venice, Italy. This is the world’s premier exhibition of architectural innovation and, for the first time, is including 15 international architectural photographers. The theme, Time, Space, Existence, a fundamental concept of mankind, will be visually interpreted by architects and architectural photographers alike, in an effort to provide solutions to the challenges of environment, poverty, over-crowding, etc. in a way that satisfies human need.” Amy is now seeking funding to allow her participation.
SCOTT GLASER has a solo show (paintings, photographs and digital prints) at the Schaffner Gallery of the Pound Ridge Library (271 Westchester Ave.) opening Sat. Jan. 23 (2 - 4pm) At right, detail from Scott’s Liberty (acrylic on canvas, 84” X 92”). Much of his wide range of work will be shown, especially work representing murals and other commissioned pieces for commercial clients and private collectors. In February, Scott will set up his "studio" in the gallery and work on a painting from his new Glaser Does Windows series Feb 20-21 and 27-28 (10am-5pm). Using the grid system, Scott painstakingly paints trompe l’oeil windows and views of places, people or events that are meaningful to the client. He comments: “People at work can now have a “window office” and those at home can have a room with a view of virtually anything.”
Our new member MICHAEL DAVID KOZLOWSKI was also recently inducted to the Silvermine Artists Guild and has two large paintings in the New Members exhibition at SilvermineIn Bloom (94”x66”, oil, acrylic, spray paint, graphite, and stitching on canvas, 2015/2016, detail at right) and Apsides (Autumnal). Michael writes about In Bloom that "it is one of my largest paintings yet, and one I painted specifically for the show at Silvermine. I’m excited both for the fact that it dried in time and for the positive response it has received!"
New member PAUL G. LARSON has a solo show currently at ART/PLACE Gallery at Fairfield Theatre Company. A Brief Sojourn will be on display through February 14. This collection of ten new paintings symbolizes, says Paul, "the odyssey we each wander in life. From birth to death we each travel a constantly changing world, headed inexorably toward a largely uncertain future.”  See detail of The Other Side at right. These stylized figurative paintings depict "beginnings, endings, and the movement of the spirit in between." Don't miss Paul's Artist's Talk Sunday Feb. 21 at noon.
New member CINDI MULLINS has lived in Ridgefield for almost thirty years so, she said, it seemed like a fun idea to do a show on Ridgefield. Inspired by Ridgefield is a new group of work painted over the last year either of known Ridgefield sights or more abstracted ideas taken from her town photographs. AT right a detail of King's Lane View (16" x 20", oil on board) They can be seen at Rockwell Art and Framing, 470 Main St, Ridgefield, through February 6th.
Photographer KAREN NEEMS has two of her works in the Carriage Barn Photography Exhibition: Shadow Play (12" x 12", at right) and Organic Architecture. Congratulations to Karen for Shadow Play being voted "Best in Show"! Both photo collages, are part of a body of work called Nature and Structure, which can be seen on Karen's website here.
AMY OESTREICHER's Gutless and Grateful show was accepted by the Ruby Slipper Fringe Theatre Festival in Winston Salem, NC and she is now accepting donations to help her to fly there. Amy is now teaching art at Westport Continuing Ed, and just released guidelines for guest writers for her  #LoveMyDetour movement. Everyone is welcome to submit. Eventually, these will be published as a compilation of stories.
RON PACACHA's monoprint, Drawn to Light (9"x16", detail at right) has been accepted for the Stamford Art Association's juried exhibit Illusions of Light, opening at the Ferguson Library next Thurs. Jan. 28 (6-8pm) in the Library’s Third Floor Auditorium. Ron writes that this print "represents the human desire to seek the light (and truth, clarity, resolution of differences) even when it is not apparent or obvious, but the knowledge of its existence is visceral. The figures move forward, unbent, determined to find it."
RICK SHAEFER has three works in an exhibition Natural Wonder, opening at the University of New Hampshire Museum of Art  in Durham, NH, Fri. Jan. 29 (5:30-7:30pm) and running through April 3. Rick will be showing with three other artists, Christina Pitsch, Shelley Reed, and Randal Thurston. The show "references our complex relationship with nature through the visual and literary symbolism found in works of art and material culture of the past reinterpreted for contemporary audiences." Rick is showing Large Cumulus (oil on panel, 66" x 84", 2014, detail at right) along with White Oak, and Rhino
ALISSA SIEGAL has three paintings hanging at Northern Westchester Hospital (400 East Main Street, Mount Kisco) as part of its centennial celebration, opening next Thurs. Jan 21, 5pm (RSVP here). At right, detail of Horses (oil on linen, 48"x56"), part of Alissa's Animals series. Other works are Butterfly, and Red Shoes with Birds. Of Horses, Alissa writes, "This is based on a statue near the Louvre. The study for this painting is a more traditional depiction of the fountain. In this piece I took out the basin of the fountain to set the horses free & gave them an apocalyptic red background with splashes and drips of paint meant to echo their fierce nature and enhance the sense of movement."
AMY VENSEL was selected to participate in the Nor’Easter exhibition at the New Britain Museum of American Art. The annual show highlights the exceptional work of emerging artists throughout the country in a variety of media. Judith McElhone, executive director of Five Points Gallery in Torrington, served as this year’s juror. Vensel’s painting, Contra (acrylic on canvas, 24” x 24,” at right), will be on view at the museum until February 14.
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OTHER NEWS                             
CALLS FOR ENTRIES                             

The Coastal Arts Guild is pleased to announce its annual winter show, The Valentine’s Day Art & Wine Boutique, to be held Saturday, February 13, in Stratford. The Guild calls for artists, fine crafters & chocolatiers for this show featuring local artists and craftspeople, along with wine and handmade chocolates at the Winemakers’ Boutique, Stationhouse Square, 2505 Main Street, Stratford, CT on Saturday, February 13, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Each artist will have a 4′ x 2′ table on which to display their work. Wall space is extremely limited, but any artist who owns a folding screen on which art can be hung will be able to place it behind their table. This special Valentine’s Day art and food event is always well-loved event, in the middle of a slow season. Table cost is $35 for guild members and $45 for non-members. Please note that the jewelry category is full. Click here for application. Deadline to apply for this show: January 29, 2016
JANUARY 31, 2016

The Center for Photography at Woodstock’s (CPW) has announced that applications are open for Photography Now 2016, CPW's annual call for entries. Eight to ten photographers will be selected to be featured in the group exhibition in CPW’s gallery from April 16 – June 19, 2016. This year CPW has invited James Estrin, senior staff photographer for The New York Times, and a founder and co-editor of The New York Times’ Lens Blogto select the winning entries. CPW’s annual Photography Now exhibition celebrates the plurality of photography. From traditional to digital, all photographic techniques and approaches are welcome. Straight photography, fine art, narrative, documentary, landscape, social issues, still life, mixed media incorporating photography, photographic installations, and digital imaging and collage – are all eligible! Selected artists will have their work exhibited in CPW’s gallery from April 16 – June 19, 2016. One print by a photographer from the exhibition will be chosen and purchased for CPW’s Permanent Print Collection, held at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz. CPW’s Collection holds over 1,750 works of art by such program artists as Larry Fink, Robert Heinecken, David Maisel, Mary Ellen Mark, Lilo Raymond, and Steven Shore, and many more! Entry Requirements: 6, 10, or 20 images (uploaded to CAFE specifications); artist statement (up to 2000 characters) or Bio (up to 1 page); entry fee: $50 for 6 images; $60 (10); $100 (20). All applicants must be registered users on Details here. Deadline: Jan. 31.

The Greenwich International Film Festival (GIFF) celebrates the visual arts with a world-class film festival in June. Founded to bridge the worlds of film, finance and philanthropy. Set in Greenwich, the Festival connects prospective financiers, distributors, journalists and film lovers with rising stars in the film industry. GIFF's mission is to provide filmmakers with a platform to showcase their work with the goals of funding  financing, distribution and promotional opportunities.GIFF attracts an audience of approximately 10,000 celebrities, filmmakers, journalists, financial executives, movie lovers, and Fairfield & Westchester County residents.
The Second Greenwich International Film Festival (GIFF) event will take place June 9- 12, 2016. The four-day festival will showcase 30+ domestic and international film premieres and screenings, a star-studded Opening Night Party, educational panels and workshops, and more. Awards & Prizes include: Best Narrative Feature: $10,000 for a fictional motion picture that tells a story and is over 40 minutes in length. Best Narrative Short: $2,500 for a fictional motion picture that tells a story in under 40 minutes in length. Best Documentary Feature: $10,000 for a non-fiction motion picture that documents reality in more than 40 minutes. Animated documentaries may be submitted. Best Documentary Short: $2,500 for a non-fiction motion picture that documents reality in less than 40 minutes. The Social Impact Award: $10,000 for one film across all categories that promotes social change and awareness. Download submissions flyer here. Apply via WithoutABox here; or via FilmFreeway here.

Entries are now being accepted for the Cotuit Center for the Arts' (Cotuit, MA) juried show Unsafe: Life after 9/11. Artists working in all media (painting, sculpture, photography, video, found objects, etc.) and writers from all genres (fiction, poetry, nonfiction, etc.) are invited to submit works that convey the impact the attacks on the World Trade Center Towers have had on life in America. Artists are encouraged to write accompanying text that will help elucidate the significance of their works of art. Writers are encouraged to submit objects or documents that provide physical context for their written passages. Passages should be brief enough to fit on wall labels or contained in a volume. Adjudicators are particularly interested in the long-term effects of 9/11 on families and society in general. Short video diaries or remembrances are encouraged. Works that convey the personal and social impact of the tragedy will be preferred. The exhibit will run in tandem with the world premiere of Jim Dalglish’s play Unsafe. Works will be displayed in the upstairs theater exhibition space of the center during the run of the show. Exhibition Dates: 3/24 – 4/23, 2016. Opening Reception: April 2, 2016. Submit high resolution digital images of the works of art and their accompanying descriptions or .mov files to Kim Baker at
Deadline: February 1, 2016
Jan. 17: Yake Humanist Community: Green Light Project, RFQ Deadline
Jan. 25:
I-Park (East Haddam): General Residencies Application Deadlinene

Launched in 2009, the Rome Art Program is designed to inspire students to expand their artistic vision through painting and drawing on the streets of Rome; expanding on the plein-air tradition of earlier generations of artists.
The program is incorporated as a U.S. non-profit educational organization and it’s Artistic Director is Carole Robb, a winner of the Rome Prize in Painting (1980), a Fulbright Scholar and a member of the National Academy NY. Ms. Robb has worked and exhibited in Rome, London, and New York. The Program has an internationally recognized faculty of artists, visiting artists and art historians. The Program’s ideology is based on the compelling impact that firsthand observation and perception have on drawing and painting. Students will work on location taking their inspiration from the evocative ruins, churches, Renaissance palaces, museums, streets and gardens that constitute the Italian landscape. Critiques and lectures will lend insight and prompt a deeper knowledge of each student’s artistic journey. Guiding students through important sites, distinguished art historians will illuminate the significance of historic places and periods. The Rome Art Program welcomes students pursuing their BA and MFA degrees in Studio Art, as well as painters and sculptors looking to renew their studio practice. Working plein-air, where the street and garden become the studio, profoundly impacts the focus and output of our students. Four- and eight-week sessions are available with trips to Florence, Venice, and Pompeii. Scholarships granted to students applying through a visiting professor. Courses may be applied as college credit. For information, contact Jill Sarver, Visiting Professor, at or by calling 419.705.0028.

The Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency Program is an opportunity for Canadian and American artists to be inspired by the natural beauty and the human history of the Chilkoot Trail. In its sixth consecutive year, this program is a unique wilderness backpacking trip, across an international border, passing through Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (Alaska) and Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site (northern British Columbia). The program is a partnership between the Yukon Arts Centre, Parks Canada and the US National Park Service. The same 53 km that tested Chilkoot Tlingit traders and Klondike Gold Rush stampeders, is now a hikers’ paradise. Average modern hikers take four to five days to complete the trek, whereas the artists will spend two weeks on the Trail interacting with hikers, making art, and engaging with the site’s natural and historic heritage. During and following their residencies, artists will present public outreach programs such as talks, workshops and demonstrations. The deadline for applications is February 1st, 2016. Program information HERE. Apply here. For further information, contact:
Katie Newman, Marketing Director, at
Yukon Arts Centre, 1-867-393-7108, or
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT                             

The Westport Writers Workshop offers classes and workshops at many levels. Winter classes have just started but there may still be one or two spaces available. 

Writing Thriller and Mystery (Levels 2&3) with Jessica Speart
8 Wednesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., beginning Jan. 13 $450

Polish and Publish Your Magazine Articles with Megan Smith-Harris
8 Thursdays, 7 to 9 p.m., beginning Jan. 14

Upper Level Fiction & Nonfiction (Levels 2 & 3) with Jessica Speart
6 Thursdays, 7 to 9 p.m., beginning Jan. 28

Writing Children's Picture Books (All Levels) with Susan Hood
6 Fridays, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., beginning March 4 $295

See complete list here.

ARTFARM Artistic Director Marcella Trowbridge is touted as having a special knack for opening actors up to Shakespeare’s verse, and for using Shakespeare to help actors discover a deeper level of work. Participants in ARTFARM’s Shakespeare Acting Laboratory, which starts February 1, will have the opportunity to work with her in an intensive, small-group setting. Shakespeare Acting Laboratory is open to experienced and aspiring actors age eighteen and over. The eight week class will meet Mondays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm from February 1 through March 21, culminating in an informal public presentation of Shakespeare performance work on March 21. Known as both an exceptional performer of Shakespeare and a challenging acting coach, Marcella will lead participants in a focused exploration of Shakespeare from the actors’ point of view. Tuition is $250; the course will be held on the campus of Middlesex Community College in Middletown, but is an independent course offered by ARTFARM. For more information, or to register, contact, call (860) 346-4390.


Thursday, January 21, 7:00-8:30pm.
Effective Negotiations, with Kirby Tepper
Kirby Tepper uses his experience as both a performer and a psychotherapist to help you recognize and overcome the obstacles preventing you from being a great negotiator. Artists in all disciplines will learn how to ask for what you deserve with confidence. $25. Register here

Monday, January 25, 7:00-8:30pm $25
Creating a Marketing Strategy 
with Dread Scott. In this webinar, you'll learn to define your marketing goals; develop creative tools, tactics, and messaging; and identify, engage, and build your audience and support community. Review case studies of artists who have effectively used traditional and non-traditional marketing strategies. $25 Register here

Mondays, February 1-22, 7:00-8:30pm
Approaching the Gatekeepers of the Art World for Women Over 50, with Sharon Louden. A 4-part webinar series looking at ways to overcome the specific challenges encountered by women visual artists over 50. It offers useful tools to find empowering solutions for women who aspire to grow, thrive, find their audience, build a vibrant professional life and participate in a serious discourse. $100 for 4. Register here.

The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) offers monthly Doctor's Hours sessions at its offices in Brooklyn. Doctor’s Hours offers artists an opportunity for one-on-one consultations with a range of industry professionals in their creative field. Artists can receive practical and professional advice in person from one or more arts professionals, serving approximately 400 artists each year. The programming has expanded to include special consultation sessions for filmmakers and those working in performing and literary arts. In association with the New York State Bar Association, NYFA conducts pro-bono legal clinics 2-3 times a year. Check NYFA Current for future Doctor's Hours sessionsDISTANCE CONSULTATIONS: Live outside the New York metro area or abroad and interested in our Doctor’s Hours program? Distance Consultations provide artists with 30-minute, one-on-one appointments via Skype with experienced Doctor’s Hours consultants. The sessions provide an opportunity for practical advice and feedback on presentation of your work, your website, or an upcoming application. Each appointment is $50. For more information, email
The STAMFORD ART ASSOCIATION Townhouse Gallery, 39 Franklin Street, Stamford, is available for rent March 25 to April 21. Two floors are available at $500 per floor if a member, $550 if not a member. Floors can be shared. The 2 floors are approximately 10' x 25' and can hold about 25 medium sized pieces on each floor. If work is smaller it can be double hung. Work must be framed and wired for hanging on our hanging system. Artists can share the space. The artist is responsible for hanging the exhibit and providing a reception, if desired. The artist will have access to the gallery at all times during the exhibition and will be asked to provide gallery sitters on the weekends. Normal gallery hours are Thursday/Friday 11-3 (SAA provides coverage) and 12- 3 on the weekends but artist may extend hours or make use of gallery at other times. Interested? Contact Christine Irvin at

Shakespeare on the Sound, the award winning outdoor Shakespeare Theater based in Norwalk, is seeking applicants for the 2016 Apprentice Company. Opportunities exist in the following disciplines: acting, directing, stage management, education, playwriting, technical design, costume design, marketing and social media, and production/company management. Shakespeare on the Sound is searching for early career/emerging artists and administrators. Successful candidates will be self-motivated, dedicated, inquisitive, collaborative, enthusiastic, and capable of working in a fast-paced, challenging, multi-faceted environment. Apprentices function as an integral part of the organization and will have the opportunity to work directly with the accomplished and professional artists creating the main stage production. Additionally, apprentices will be expected to attend master classes and create/organize the annual Budding Bards new play event. Requirements: applicants must be between 18 and 25, in college, or recent graduates. Time commitment for most apprentices is early May through the second week in July. Some apprenticeships may begin earlier. The position is unpaid. Travel compensation to and from NYC rehearsal space and CT will be provided. Housing is not available. Application forms and apprenticeship descriptions are available here. Deadline to apply is March 1, 2016 to be considered for the 2016 Apprentice Company. Send completed application to Claire Kelly, Artistic Director and Director of Education at

The BRUCE MUSEUM seeks two Naturalists for 13 weeks: June 8 – September 8, 2016. 35 hours per week, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM (one-hour unpaid lunch break), Tuesday – Sunday, with flex day off. Must work weekends, July 4, and Labor Day Monday. There may be times, especially at the beginning and end of term, that fall outside the Tues. – Sun. schedule. The Naturalists for the Bruce Museum Seaside Center at Greenwich Point Park are responsible for the operation and care of the building and marine touch tanks, under the supervision of Museum staff and in cooperation with the Town of Greenwich. The Naturalists are responsible for the development, implementation, staffing and evaluation of educational programs at the Seaside Center as well as the supervision of interns, volunteers and the general public. These positions require a high degree of independence, managing the public and groups of all ages, working in a marine environment, being able to operate a vehicle, and dealing with facilities that are unequipped to accommodate the physically challenged. The position reports to Manager of Seaside, Center Cynthia Ehlinger, (and other museum staff as appropriate, e.g. manager of School/ Community Partnerships, Volunteer Program Manager, Exhibitions Design, Curator of Science, Finance or Facilities Maintenance). Comp/flex-time, as approved by supervisor. Click here for more details. Send letter and resume by 4/1/2016 to: Cynthia Ehlinger, Seaside Center Manager, Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT 06830,

Yale School of Music YSM) seeks a Design Manager to lead its communication design efforts across all media. Report to the Director of Communications and Alumni Affairs. Primarily responsible for user experience strategy and visual design of the School's digital touch points, from websites to apps to digital signage. Partner with Yale's Information Technology Services and outside vendors to continue building YSM's visual library and evolve its digital infrastructure for both internal and external audiences. Essential Duties include1. Assist the Director in the design and production of publications and the production of concert programs and collateral print material. 2. Manage the development and maintenance of YSM website, including third-party integrations and online accounts. Identify improvements to user flows and online transactions. Develop strategic partnerships with technical partners to help design and develop more streamlined user experiences. 3. Oversee the work of third-party consultants and other vendors (web developers, designers, writers, photographers) to produce new web projects, including planning, scheduling, and budgeting. Research current and developing web technologies and monitor sites of peer institutions to stay abreast of developments. 4. Provide art direction to photographers to provide broad range of imagery for various publication purposes and contexts. Supervise casting of subjects where needed, coordinate photo session logistics including scheduling, permissions for use of space, and image rights. 5. Provide photo editing [digital and printed] for press distribution, as well as for electronic distribution and web publishing. Capabilities in color correction, portrait retouching, and image compositing are a plus. For full job description and requirements, click here. Apply here. Please include URL of portfolio.

Real Art Ways (RAW) seeks a full-time Communications Specialist to work in areas related to the development and implementation of strategic communications across all RAW platforms. Interested candidates will have a background in Communications and an interest in arts, contemporary expression and social engagement. Responsibilities include: Develop and implement multi-faceted communications plans for films, gallery openings, performances, special events, and the organization at large; Participate in the creation and planning of film programming and RAW events; Generate and implement new strategies for improving the quality and quantity of communications; Manage website content creation and maintenance using WordPress; Create and manage social media content and advertising strategy within social media; Create and/or proof printed materials across all programs including the quarterly print calendar; Establish and maintain relationships with key members of the media locally and nationally; and more. Qualifications include: Bachelor's degree or higher; 3+ years experience in marketing or communications, preferably in the non-profit sector; High level of proficiency in design, social media and web software. Ability to understand and adopt new communication tools and platforms; and more. Character Attributes include: Professionalism and responsiveness in all interactions; Highly organized with a focused attention to detail and accuracy; Positive customer-service orientation; Initiative to collaborate with staff and constituents. Full job description and requirements available here. To apply: send cover letter and resume in a single PDF to Amanda Baker, Deputy Director at Cover letter may include links to online portfolios or other examples of previous work. Open until filled.
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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
Arts for Learning Connecticut: Businesss Development Associate
Downtown Cabaret Theatre: Stage Manager (seasonal, part-time)
Faifield Museum: Collections Manager
Greenwich International Film Festival: MarketingGraphic DesignProgramming Interns
New Haven Symphony: Box Office Manager
Pequot Library: Development Associate
Prosek Partners (Fairfield): Graphic Designer
Sacred Heart University: Graphic Designer
Westport Arts Center: Development Director
Westport Arts Center: Education Assistant
Yale University Press: Publishing Assistant (Art Books)
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Jan. 17: Yale Humanist Community: Green Light Project, RFQ Deadline
Jan. 20: Cultural Alliance Progressive Gallery Tour: Southport Galleries, 6-8pm
Jan. 25: I-Park (East Haddam): General Residencies Application Deadline
Jan. 25: Rome Art Program: Application Deadline
Jan. 27: Cultural Alliance Common Ground Meeting: New Canaan Library, 6:30pm
Jan. 29: Coastal Arts Guild Valentine Art & Wine Boutique Application Deadline
Jan. 31: Center for Photography, Woodstock: Photography Now Submission Deadline

Feb. c1: The Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown: Visual Artists Fellowships Deadline
Feb. c1: Greenwich International Film Festival (GIFF): Film Submission Deadline
Feb. c1: Cotuit Center for the Arts: Unsafe: Life after 9/11 Submission Deadline
Feb. c1: Yukon Arts Centre: Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency Program 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 
March 21: CCP: Footprint International 2016, Submission Deadline

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