Subject: Artists' Newsletter - May 20, 2017

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News and Opportunities for Artists of Fairfield County, CT
MAY 20, 2017
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is a nonprofit service organization that supports its members through 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 500 individuals and organizations. Sign up here
Join us for the Cultural Alliance's second Arts & Culture Empowerment (ACE) Awards Breakfast, to be held at The Shore and Country Club, Norwalk on Weds. June 7, 7:30am. Special Guest Speaker will be Broadway star Kelli O'Hara (at right). Master of Ceremonies will again be James NaughtonAward Winners are: Corporate: Spinnaker Real Estate Partners; Artist: Shanna Melton; Nonprofit: Silvermine Arts Center; Educator: Pamela Kuhn; Citizen: Michael Widland. Thanks to our sponsors United Capital Financial Life Management, Cohen and Wolf, Hobbs Inc., Shipman & Goodwin, Studio2pt0, and Berchem, Moses & Devlin. Buy your tickets here.

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Stamford-based artist Eugenie Diserio makes kinetic abstract paintings with vibrant and muted colors, evocative marks and brushstrokes. A life-long painter and visual artist, her work is in juried shows, permanent exhibits and private collections. Eugenie earned a BFA in Painting from Tyler School of Art, Temple University and an MFA in Fine Arts from Columbia University. While a graduate student, she co-designed the catalog Rooms for PS1's 1976 inaugural show in Long Island City, a show with 80 artists that "has since become a landmark in the art history of 1970s New York." After experimenting with conceptual and performance art, she co-formed the seminal 80's art rock bands, Model Citizens, The Dance and Chandra, whose music continues to be licensed and sampled in films and recordings today. In the late 90's, she founded the astrology website, Astronet and was named one of Harvard Business School's Top 10 Entrepreneurs of the Year. From all of her diverse ventures, she has learned to trust and follow intuition during the journey of a creative project. "The universe is rigged in our favor for resolution. Recognize the signs that are leading you home,” she says. As a dedicated Yogi, Eugenie considers the painting process to be transcendental. "You lose your sense of time and space and suspend in the present moment and vision. Ultimately, I hope my paintings create a calming pause for the viewer to refresh and reboot." Eugenie's Chakra paintings are on permanent exhibit in the Yoga Lounge at Chelsea Piers CT in Stamford. Her painting, Radical Amazement was juried into the The Carriage Barn's Spectrum 2017 show. See Eugenie's website, Facebook page and Instagram feed.

An  Illinoisan, Rhonda Gentry, was always committed to the arts and design - from discovering her love of finger painting in kindergarten, to winning winning awards through grade school, to gaining the McNee Prize for top Senior in Art and Architecture History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. After graduation, Rhonda interned at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio in Oak Park, and then went on to become curator of three San Mateo County, CA, Museums. After stints in Cincinnati and a return back to Geneva, IL, Rhonda returned to painting with oils on canvas and began exhibiting her work. Now living in Ridgefield, Rhonda continues her painting and is an active member of the Ridgefield Guild of Artists (RGOA). Rhonda is an inveterate oil painter, loving the smell, "essential," she says, "for a sensory seeker like me." Rhonda writes that "the creaminess and slow drying time of oils allows me to push the paint around and work with it until I get it just right. I choose no particular subject matter but paint what is interesting and inspires me at the moment and I don’t adhere to a strict painting code of etiquette. By using saturated and adventurous color in somewhat traditional or abstract subject matter, the viewer is wowed but can still relate and understand the work." For Rhonda, for someone to declare, as they have, that "these are happy paintings" makes her day. Rhonda shows regularly with the RGOA, is on the board and is Director of Special Events. See Rhonda's website here, her Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Now established in Westport, Carole McClintock was raised in California, where living near the ocean with the intense light and vibrant colors of the West made a lasting impression on the young artist. Traveling east, Carole earned a Bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College, with a focus in both Art History and Studio Art, before attended the Sorbonne in Paris, where she was able to devote significant time painting at a local studio with a French master painter and visiting art museums across Europe. Carole moved to Westport in 1992. She took classes at Silvermine Arts Center and most recently has been specializing in several landscape series, including lily pads, poppies, underwater scenes and skyscapes. Carole writes that her artistic philosophy is to paint from a place of authenticity, not to be inhibited by what a viewer may or may not think. “Every day there is something in nature that inspires the next painting.” She prefers to work both in plein air and in the studio and often has five or more paintings going at a time. She typically starts out with a photograph as a reference point of something that inspired her and then lets the paint and brush take over. Carole’s work can be seen in a variety of galleries and collections, including the Windjammer Gallery in Bermuda, the Field Gallery, the Christina Gallery and the Gardner-Colby Gallery on Martha’s Vineyard, the River Gallery in Westport, and private collectors worldwide. See her website.

New Canaan-based poet, Gwen North Reiss has a degree in Literature from Yale and studied poetry at the 92nd Street Y’s Unterberg Poetry Center with Jen Bervin and Sharon Dolin. She says that she was drawn to poetry early on "because of the way a poem does its work—in a waterfall of words where language and form work with and against each other." One commentator has written that "The lines of Reiss' poems are always alert to the constant surprise of being alive." Her poem “Illuminated” was chosen by judge Karl Kirchwey for the 2012 Rachel Wetzsteon Prize given by the Unterberg Poetry Center. In 2014 she participated in a program on writing about art directed by Sharon Dolin and based at Jiwar, an artist residence in the Gràcia district of Barcelona. Gwen has published poems in Rhino, Connecticut Review, The Atlanta Review, Dogwood, Truck, and other literary magazines. Pen + Brush in New York City recently published Gwen's Paper Aperture and Other Poems, as part of its new e-publication program. She is also the author of a chapbook, Notes on Metals, published in 2015.
 Gwen works as a communications consultant for Grace Farms Foundation and Silvermine Arts Center, and as an educator at the Philip Johnson Glass House.
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Anna Badini, Linn Cassetta, Eric Chiang, Eugenie Diserio, Phyllis Sinrich and Karen Vogel will be participating in the Carriage Barn Art Center's SPECTRUM Coffee with Artists this Sat. May 20, 10am-12pm. Join juror Adrienne Ruger Conzelman for coffee and to hear each artist talk informally about their work.
Frances Ashforth (Water Study 40A)Nina Bentley (Thank You for Your Service), Thomas Berntsen (Manorjyo vr. 517), Elise Black (Will You Be Mine?), Katherine Evans, (Color Awakenings V), Cindi Mullins (Black Zinnias), Nancy Woodward (Untitled 2) were among the 70 accepted from the 232 submitted works for the Ridgefield Guild of Artists Annual Juried Show through June 18. Heide Follin won First Place and Ellen Gordon won 2nd Place - see their entries below.
BEVI BULLWINKEL is in a two-person show at the New Canaan LibraryPainting Inside-Out. As opposed to her realist counterpart, Pam Ackley, whose background in psychology combines with her artistic skills to approach the inner world through realistically-painted objects, Bevi conveys an internal perspective and level of contemplation in her abstract landscapes. At right, Transcience 10 (cold wax and oil stick on board, 20" x 16," detail). The show runs from May 25 through July 23. An opening reception will be held Thurs. June 1, 6pm.
Miggs Burroughs, the Westport Library's artist-in-residence shares a photographic exploration of "If I can stop one heart from breaking," a poem by Emily Dickinson, through the visual poetry of American Sign Language. Signs of Compassion is on display May 19-July 27 in the Library's Great Hall, and the artist's reception is Fri. May 26, 6-7:30pm. The poem is celebrated by community members (a visual chorus of neighbors) responding with their hands, to a timely need for compassion. Most signs consist of several gestures, and Miggs used the lenticular medium (embedding two images in each frame, changing as the viewer walks by) to convey the hand movements of each person. See Miggs' talk at the CT State Capitol on the work. Click image for complete poster.
Trace Burroughs has his digital art piece, Enlightenment, at right in the The Flower Art Show, Saugatuck Congregational Church in Westport, Hoskins Hall. The show runs through June 16. Of this and other digital pieces, Trace has written: "These works are created utilizing digital drawing, retouching and enhancement, then composited to create a single digital image. I try to create each work so it is different from the others in in the way it elicits a response from the viewer… Within the digital realm, I like to change genres from surreal, abstract expressionism, natural and others."
A profile of Ann Chernow appeared in the May 2017 Issue of 25A Magazine. The Art of Ann Chernow Explores Noir (pp.92-93) is a double-page spread with some fine reproductions of a few of Ann's works on one of her favorite subjects. At right, for example is a detail of The Inscrutable Orient (2016, mixed media, 30x24") where she is working with images based on pulp magazines and films from the '30s and '40s that influenced Film Noir. The Inscrutable Orient was first drawing, then silkscreen, and then oil on canvas.
New member Eugenie Desirio had her work Radical Amazement (2017, oil on acrylic on canvas, 40x60" at right, click for complete painting) juried into the Carriage Barn Art Center's Spectrum: Grayscale, closing May 21). Eugenie commented on her painting, created specifically for this show: "The grayscale palette is both visually stimulating and meditative. Monochromatic luminosity with contrasting edges expand space and time and suspends the present."
Carol Nipomnich Dixon has added four embroidered collages to her representation at Bedford Village Gallery, 15 Court Road, Bedford, NY. Among them is her work Blue Tree Trunk (2016, 14”h x 11”w framed at right), along with her pieces Flora, Rite of Spring and Over the Alps. These mixed media works all reflect the vivid colors of nature.
Congratulations to Heidi Follin for winning second place in the Ridgefield Guild of Artists Annual Juried Show, juried by Artspace New Haven's Helen Kauder. Heidi won second place with High Mountain Pass, (2017, acrylic on #300 watercolor paper, 22x30", detail at right, click for complete painting) and Battle for the Fort (2016, acrylic on watercolor paper, 18x15"), which had won First Place for acrylics at the 2017, Inspiration exhibition at the Rowayton Arts Center. “High Mountain Pass” shown here, is part of her ongoing series relating to experiences traveling the narrow roads in the mountainous Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. Battle for the Fort is a more spontaneous piece that emerged over time as a sea battle.
Congratulations to Herm Freeman.His painting, Morning Interlude, (2017, 22x28", acrylic on w/c paper, detail at right, click for larger image) won First Prize at the Stamford Art Association's exhibit, ART in the Environment on exhibition running through eception on Thursday, 5/18, 6-8PM at The Ferguson Library in Stamford. The show runs through September 7. Herm comments that his current "Caribbean" paintings fit his long standing obsession with the landscape, where he looks to blend the landscape with the elements of pure painting. 
Sandy Garnett recently completed another of his signature Fingerprint Portraits. This was for an entire family of six (detail at right, click for complete image). Sandy is also creating a website that will focus just on this ongoing project of his and developing a book on the project.
Congratulations to Ellen Gordon for winning First Place in the Ridgefield Guild of Artists Annual Juried Show, juried by Helen Kauder. Ellen's Dreaming of India (2015, mixed media collage, 40x30", detail at right, click for complete image) won her the prize; she also had Ink/Color Study #1 accepted into the show. Ellen's mixed media collages will be on display in the lobby of the Ridgefield Playhouse, May 31, as part of an Evening of Art, Wine and Jazz with Pink Martini.
Katya Lebrija will have a solo show of a compilation of her work, which includes 20 pieces from all of her series, at The Avance Day Spa, 32 Churchill Rd, Newtown. The exhibit will run from May 22 through June 24, with an artist's reception on Sun. June 4, 4-6pm. At right, Village (2017, mixed media, 30x30", click for larger image)
Sooo-z Mastropietro got her piece, Monochromania #16-1362TCX-16-1463TPG' (2017, cotton lycra fabric tubes on canvas, 25"x25" at right) into Renegade Fiber, the Summer National Juried Exhibition held at the Marin MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art). The juried show features 50 contemporary fiber artists exploring many themes through innovative use of traditional and non-traditional materials. Juror Richard Elliott delighted in "examples of the revitalization of cast-off textiles, social and political sentiments, and poignant, personal portraits. The independent voices of the artworks selected makes each one of them Renegades in their own right.” Running May 27 - July 2, the artists' reception is June 10, 5-7 pm.
Rick Shaefer recently sold his American Bison (2013, triptych, charcoal on vellum on aluminum, 96" x 148", detail at right) to the U.S. State Department. Its Art in Embassies Program bought the piece for the new embassy in Chad. The sale occurred via his New York gallery, Sears Peyton. Rick commented that he thought it particularly cool that "this iconic American animal (pulled from extinction at the very last moment) is going to Africa where they are struggling to save some of their mega fauna for future generations." Rick was also featured in an article Black Magic, focusing on his use of charcoal, in the April 2017 issue of New England Home.
Joan Wheeler has her work Autumn Descent (oil on canvas, 30"x40" detail at right, click for complete image) in the juried exhibit Flight, at the Dehn Gallery, Manchester Community College, May 16-August 26. Jurors for the competitive exhibition include Neil Daigle-Orians, visual arts coordinator at Real Art Ways, David Borawski, artist and curator, and Jane Rainwater, Dehn Gallery curator. See Susan Dunne's review in the Hartford Courant.
Compiled List of Artist Member Openings & Events
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Sat. May 20: Carriage Barn Art Center's SPECTRUM Coffee. 10am-12pm (Anna Badini, Linn Cassetta, Eric Chiang, Eugenie Diserio, Phyllis Sinrich and Karen Vogel)
May 26: Miggs Burroughs, Signs of Compassion, Westport Library. Artist's Reception, 6-7:30p
June c1: Bevi Bullwinkel, Painting Inside-Out. New Canaan Library. Artists' Reception, 6pm.
June c4: Katya Lebrija, Solo Show, Avance Day Spa, 32 Churchill Rd, Newtown. Reception, 4-6pm.
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CALLS FOR ENTRIES - Deadlines         
Lettered pole markers are part of a mapping of the water system in Milwaukee for a project of Mary Miss's nonprofit City As Living Laboratory (CALL).

Next City, a nonprofit with 
with a mission to inspire social, economic and environmental change in cities has a compelling article on its website about sculptor Mary Miss' new project to get artists more involved with town and city agencies. Miss herself is serving as the first artist-in-residence at New York City’s Department of Design and Construction (DDC). In the article you can read about her plans to be a more effective agent in bringing artists into the planning process for town and city projects: “Having visualized historic flooding patterns in Boulder, highlighted the streams of Indianapolis, called attention to the architectural guts of New York’s Union Square subway station and more, Miss is currently developing a framework for other artists to work with and within this city agency.” While Miss says Percent for Art projects are fine, they usually happen after a project is completed. What is more effective could be bringing artists into a complex project earlier in the game. She offers three potential pathways: Artists could be hired as liaisons between a construction project and local residents, before, during and after construction; they could be brought on as a member of the design team; or they could apply to DDC as fellows. DDC might announce its upcoming projects and invite artists to submit proposals. Recently Los Angeles’ DOT has its first artist-in-residence and the Canadian city of Calgary has taken an artist-integrated approach to its water system. Miss’s main goal is to create examples of what is possible when creative thinkers are asked to take on the city’s problems, from an emergency preparedness kiosk in a Harlem housing project, to turning Broadway into New York’s green corridor. Read the article here.

Artists of Fairfield County are asked to assist in helping to plan a unique, affordable live/work community for artists and creatives in New Haven. The Clock Shop Lofts are being planned in the 150-year-old New Haven Clock Company factory complex, once one of the largest clock makers in the world. This project is being proposed by Reed Realty Group, a for-profit developer based in Portland, Oregon, with a long-standing commitment to arts development, historic preservation and affordable housing, as a fully-renovated, creative community with 125 lofts, juried selection process, and low, long-term controlled rents. If you would like to apply for a loft, you will have the opportunity to be among the first on the waiting list by indicating your interest and providing your contact information toward the end of the survey. Bill Kraus, of C.W. Kraus Preservation & Development, a CT-based consultant specializing in economic development through historic preservation and the arts has been retained to conduct this survey to determine the creative community’s needs and desire for this space. If you are a member of the arts/creative community, your opinions are important to the organizers of the survey whether or not you are in need of housing or would consider relocating to the Clock Shop Lofts. All information collected from this survey will be kept strictly confidential
. Take the survey here.
CALLS FOR ENTRIES - Deadlines         
MAY 26-27

The Stamford Art Association (SAA) announces its Anything Goes  People's Choice benefit exhibit. This inclusive event both raises valuable funds for SAA programs and makes affordable artwork available to the public. Artists are invited to participate by donating postcard-sized works (4" x 6"). Works must be on unframed paper, with artist information on the back. Each original work is sold for $40 on a first-come first-served basis and the buyer will take the work with them at the time of the sale. All proceeds go to benefit SAA programming.   All work will stay at the SAA Townhouse Gallery, 39 Franklin St. Stamford, until sold. Receiving: May 26/27, Fri/Sat Noon-3pm (Work dropped off or sent via mail). Reception: Fri. June 23, 5-9 pm (Best in Show winner will be chosen by guests during ArtWalk)
Earth by Pilar Gara, Best in Show, 2016
MAY 30-31

Artists between the ages of 18 and 39 are invited to submit their paintings, sculptures or installations for the Rowayton Arts Center's annual Focus Under Forty exhibition. There is no limitation in theme or media. This exhibition showcases some of the region’s most unique and bold talent. Two to five works may be submitted. Best in Show wins a prize of $250. Students (18-20 years) are eligible for a reduced entry fee. For more information, see the prospectus here. Receiving dates: Tuesday, May 30 (4-7pm); Wednesday, May 31 (11am-2pm). Exhibition dates: June 4 – June 25.  Opening reception: Sunday, June 4 (4-6pm) Free and open to the public. 
The exhibit chairs are Eunice Roy and Karen Kent; the exhibit judge is Paul DeRuvo.
MAY 31

For its 4th annual celebration of the arts, Weston Arts is sponsoring The Arts Bloom in Weston, an exhibit, sale and party on June 10, 2017, at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Weston. Artists who wish to showcase their work to the community and to potential buyers submit an application form by May 31, with payment ($25 for first piece, $15 for second piece) and a photograph of your work to The Arts Bloom in Weston, c/o Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 285 Lyons Plain Rd, Weston, CT 06883. Church Office: (203) 227-8565. Download submission form and instructions here. All accepted work must be delivered to the church between Monday, June 5 and Thursday, June 8, 10am-3pm. All original artwork accepted: Ceramics, Textiles, Sculpture, Glass, Drawings, Collages, Paintings, Printmaking, Photography, Mixed Media, and Artisan Furniture.

The Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport MA is now accepting submissions for its 16th Annual New Works Festival. This festival fosters the growth of New England playwrights while showcasing the talent of local and regional actors and directors. Playwrights from across New England are encouraged to submit their 10-minute, one-act, and full-length plays. An independent blind panel will select the festival’s shows in anonymous readings. From the selected plays, one from each category will be awarded The Pestalozzi Prize (for the Full-Length category), with an honorarium of $150.00, and The Peter Honegger Prizes (for the One-Act and Short Play categories) will each be awarded an honorarium of $75.00. Festival dates are January 19 & 20 January 26 & 27, 2018. Submission Details here.


Loft Artists Association, Stamford has issued a call for entries for its 4th annual tri-state juried exhibition, Visual Narratives. All artists create visual languages to convey narratives and concepts that are important to them. These languages establish a formal construct which can be representational or abstract. As such they create a unique way of communicating ideas. Historically, artists have used their personal lexicon to express religious, political, historical or spiritual ideas. Contemporary artists can reference the real world directly or they can create a singular language devised, codified, presented, performed, and understood only by the artist themselves and their followers. The show Visual Narratives explores these artistic imagined and created world views, lexicons, and visual languages, which are at the heart of this exhibition. Participating artworks are considered from all media. $1000 in Cash Awards. Artists from Connecticut, New York and New Jersey are invited. Juror, Katerina Lanfranco, is the Chief Curator at Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn, New York, and Founder of Rhombus Space, an exhibition venue established in 2013. Prospectus is here. Entry is here.

The Connecticut Women Artists organization was founded 88 years ago in 1929 when thirteen women artists exhibited at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford. Since exhibition opportunities for women were rare at that time the women started a society of female artists. As one of this country’s oldest continuing art organizations for women, CWA now has over 200 elected members. CWA has announced the dates for its 2017 National Open Juried Exhibition to be held September 1-29, 2017 at the Vernon Arts Center East in Vernon, CT. The juror of selection and awards will be Nancy Stula, Executive Director of the William Benton Museum of Art, UConn, Storrs. Artists do not need to be a member to submit work to this show. Original work in painting, mixed media, drawing, collage, printmaking, fiber art, photography, sculpture. Photomechanical reproductions of original work (giclée prints) are not eligible. Three images per artist will be accepted. See prospectus for complete information here. Submissions are being accepted at Entry deadline: Friday, July 30, 2017.
And Remember...
May 22: Darien Arts Center: 58th Annual Art Show Registration Deadline
May 26: Etsy: 2017 Maker Cities Application Deadline
May 26: Norman Rockwell Museum: Four Freedoms Submission Deadline
May 27: Silvermine Arts Center: Art of the Northeast: Submission Deadline
May 31: Iconic Norwalk Instagram Contest Submission Deadline

See other deadlines below in Opportunities Calendar
  • Run by WESTAF (Western States Arts Federation) this is a registry of opportunities, as well as an application management system. Registration required.
  • ArtSake: Archive of Calls for Artists, run by the Massachusetts Arts Council
  • "the art world's first and most accessed resource of its kind"
  • The Calls for Artists (can be indexed by state and deadline)
  • Scoop.It: Public Art RFPs and RFQs
  • NYFA Opportunities: Calls, Residencies and other opportunities. Can be indexed by date, location and type:
  • No Film School: "A Massive List of Spring 2017 Grants All Filmmakers Should Know About."

JUNE 15 

The Center for Book Arts is pleased to continue the Scholarship for Advanced Studies in Book Arts. In 2017, the Center will award two to three scholarships to individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to the artistic endeavors of the book arts. The purpose of this program is to provide opportunities to emerging artists committed to developing careers in the book arts field, and to further the growth of this artistic profession. The award includes a cash stipend plus a materials budget and 24 hour access to the Center’s printing and binding facilities for a full year. Artists also receive a tuition waiver for courses throughout the year, planned in conjunction with the staff. Scholars will be required to complete an artist project by the end of the scholarship period, with an exhibition in our gallery space and public presentation the following autumn. Artists are invited to submit applications by June 15, 2017. There is no fee to apply. Apply here.

The Studios at MASS MoCANorth Adams, MA, provides residencies for artists and writers for up to 8 weeks , hosted by MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program. Selected artists receive private studio space on MASS MoCA’s campus, newly renovated housing, free access to the museum’s galleries throughout the residency, financial and business coaching from Assets for Artists staff, and free use of Makers’ Mill, a printmaking and fiber arts makerspace located a short walk from the Studios.
Applications are currently accepted through July 6, 2017, for r
esidency sessions between October 13, 2017, and April 2, 2018. 
The full-price residency fee is $650/week, but many participants are offered both merit- and need-based financial aid. This residency season, certain sessions include additional training and coaching on “financial wellness” — and those 2-week sessions have a fee of only $150/week and provide a $500 travel/meals stipend in addition to the benefits listed above. Apply here.
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The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts of Fairfield University seeks an Events Liaison (Part-time) who would report to the Technical Director and Sales and Events Manager. Duties include: management of University events including schedules, technical requirements, presentation materials, Box Office information, Front of House information, and details related to the success of the event; supervision of University events, acting as primary liaison to the client and performing tasks including setting up stage and technology requirements, ensuring set-up of any auxiliary space needs (i.e. lobby, dressing rooms, etc), serving as stage manager for the event including calling lighting, running computer presentations, and mic-ing presenters, and reporting afterward on event; oversee all aspects of communication channels pertaining to University events including Front of House staff/Sales and Events Manager; provide on-site leadership for selected QCA events/rentals to manage the flow of the event including supervision of student workers and volunteers, concessions, safety of audience, patron services, etc.  Qualifications and Necessary Skills: An effective Event Liaison is well-organized, confident, and team-oriented. S/he can handle activities that are both planned and unexpected and is fully reliable, ethical, and supportive of the Quick Center for the Arts mission and expectations for excellence. S/he must have ability and be comfortable learning computer applications and software including: Excel, Word, Power Point, Key Note, Q-Lab, Drop Box, Prezi, You Tube, EMS, etc. In addition, the Event Liaison should feel comfortable communicating to a wide range of people from students and volunteers, to artists and renters, as well as donors and University VIPs when necessary.Position includes evenings and weekend hours and is considered “Temporary” by the university. To apply: email your cover letter, resume, and three references to Lori Jones at no later than May 31. No phone calls please.

The Westport Arts Center seeks a part-time (20 hrs/week, extended hours in the summer) highly motivated arts enrichment educator and assistant, comfortable teaching students ages 3-17. Applicant must have fine arts degree and teaching experience, with the enthusiasm and flexibility to thrive in an evolving program. As part of a small team, applicant must be a team player, willing to help when needed and comfortable with being highly flexible. The Educator and Assistant will be tasked with assisting the Director of Education upon request, and reports directly to the Director of Education. Their role will encompass both education roles, and office management roles, as directed by their supervisor.
Responsibilities include:
  • Develop lesson plans for specifically assigned classes, while following guidelines of course write-up.
  • Teach all arts education programs assigned, both in-house and off-site.
  • Lead occasional weekend events, birthday parties, and attend occasional evening events.
  • Lead outreach exhibit tours to visiting groups.
  • Maintain art studio space. This maintenance includes cleaning the space, keeping the space and supplies organized, tracking the supply inventory, and refreshing the inventory when necessary by making supply runs.
  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed. 
Please send resume and cover letter to Lillie Fortino, Director of Education:
 Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available

Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum: Education Programs Assistant
AMS Planning & Research: Analyst and Project Manager
Fairfield Museum: Associate Educator/Site Supervisor
International Festival of Arts & Ideas: Development Manager
Maritime Garage Gallery: Curator
Quick Center for the Arts: Events and Sales Manager                                        Sacred Heart University, Art & Design Adjunct                                                       Wadsworth Atheneum: Donor Relations Manager                                                Westport Country Playhouse: Development Fellow and Digital Content Manager
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OPPORTUNITIES CALENDAR                             
May 20: Women Photograph: Pulitzer and Ona Grant Submission Deadlines
May 22: Darien Arts Center: 58th Annual Art Show Registration Deadline
May 26: Etsy: 2017 Maker Cities Application Deadline
May 26: Norman Rockwell Museum: Four Freedoms Submission Deadline
May 26-27: Stamford Art Association: Anything Goes Peoples Choice Small Works Receiving
May 27: Silvermine Arts Center: Art of the Northeast: Submission Deadline
May 30-31: Rowayton Arts Center: Focus Under Forty Receiving
May 31: Iconic Norwalk Instagram Contest Submission Deadline
May 31: Weston Arts/Emmanuel Episcopal Church: Arts Bloom in Weston Submission Deadline
May 31: Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition: Black & White Submission Deadline

June 11: Firehouse Center for the Arts: 16th Annual New Works (Playwriting) Submission
June 15: Coastal Arts Guild Artists and Artisans At the Beach Application Deadline
June 15: Center for Book Arts: Book Arts Scholarships, Application Deadline
June 16: City Lights Gallery, SameSex Exhibit: Submission Deadline
June 21: CT Office of the Arts: Artist Fellowship Application Deadline
June 23: Carving Studio & Sculpture Center, West Rutland, VT: Sculptfest2017 Deadline
June 30: NYFA: Canadian Women Artists' Award Application Deadline
July 30: CT Women Artists: 2017 National Open Juried Exhibition Submission Deadline

July c6: Studios at MASSMoCA: Assets for Artists Writers & Artists Residencies Application
July 15: CT Society of Portrait Artists: Southbury Portrait Festival: Submission Deadline
July 23: Stamford Art Association: Faber Birren Color Award Submission Deadline
July 24: Loft Artists Association: Visual Narratives Submission Deadline

Aug. 25: Boston Printmakers: 2017 North American Print Biennial Submission Deadline

Nov. 17: 15th Annual Photo Contest Submission Deadline

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