Subject: Artists Newsletter, November 15, 2019

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NOVEMBER 15, 2019
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is a nonprofit membership 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. See member benefits here. Join here..
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OUR NEWS
UPDATING THE NEWSLETTER
Thank you to the 44 readers who responded to our survey, requesting comments on the design and content of our Artists Newsletter. In response, we are streamlining both the design and content and from January 2020 will go to a monthly schedule. We always welcome your comments and suggest-ions for further improvements. Contact us here.
WELCOME VIKTORIYA!
Please join us in welcoming our new administrative assistant at the Cultural Alliance, Viktoriya Barabanova. Viktoriya was born in Belarus and immigrated to the U.S. in 1997 with her immediate family. She is passionate about music, food, nature and travel and has spent a significant amount of time out on the wild West Coast, in Hawaii and Paraguay. Viktoriya also enjoys her work as a paralegal with M.C. Law Group, an immigration law firm in Bridgeport. She graduated from Warde High School in Fairfield, and her professional goals include obtaining court certification to be an interpreter and returning to school to finish her degree. Viktoriya is also a CT state authorized notary – if you are in the neighborhood, stop by to say hello.
HEAR PODCAST OF LATEST SPOTLIGHT SHOW
BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL - WHERE DOES IT LEAD?
If you missed our November edition of Spotlight on Arts & Culture on WPKN 89.5FM, then you can hear it on Soundcloud here. This month's edition focused on the Bridgeport Art Trail, the largest arts event in our region, with more than 4,000 visitors to 200+ artists in over 40 venues. Hear how it went, what was new this year, what the impact of the Arts Trail is on the City of Bridgeport and its arts, cultural, community and economic life - and what's coming up next. Our guests this month were Suzanne Kachmar,  creator of the Art Trail and Executive Director, City Lights Gallery; Courtney George, Board member of City Lights Gallery, and Principal at Cohen & Wolf; Jane Dávila, artist and Managing Director of The NEST Arts Factory; Shiran Nicholson, Principal, Nicholson Events and owner of The Knowlton; and Lauren Coakley Vincent, President and CEO, Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District.
 – Latest List by Town of Organization and Creative Business Members: here
 – Latest List by Town of Artist Members: here
"The Cultural Alliance is the hook and thread that stitches together 
Fairfield County’s cultural institutions and artists into an informative blanket  for all to adopt into their daily lives."
If the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County has touched you, or inspired or helped you during the year, please consider a small, medium or larger donation to let us know your appreciation for what we do, and to help keep us going. You can donate here, click the button below, Text to 56512: "ARTS (amount) and (your name)", i.e., ARTS 250 JOHN SMITH, or mail a check to CAFC, 301 West Ave., Norwalk CT 06850. Thank you.
MEMBER NEWS
GROUP SHOWS
Cynthia Mullins and Kelly Rossetti are two of the seven artists in A Harvest of Hues, opening at The Wilton Library, Fri. Nov. 15, 6-7:30pm, and running through Jan. 2. Their works represent a wide variety of styles, media and subject matter choices. 
Farnash Olamai Birch, Erin Dolan, Heide Follin, Lori Glavin, Nancy McTague Stock, Claudia Renfro and Vicki French Smith are seven of the 15 artists showing new work when the Wilson Ave Loft Artists open their studios for an exhibition and event curated by Patricia Miranda: Visual Conversations. The show and studios will open with a reception Fri. Nov 15, 6-8pm and will be open Sat & Sun., 11am-4pm.
Yvonne Claveloux, Eugenie Diserio, Kat Evans, and Jennifer Moné Hill, along with Kristen Ambrosi, make up 5 Fabulous Abstract Women, an exhibition of their stunning and colorful work at Norwalk's Rene Soto Gallery, opening with a reception Sat. Nov. 16, 6-9pm.
Holly Hawthorn, Amy Kaplan, and Susan Leggitt are three of the six area artists showing work in Small Works, Big Talent, at the New Canaan Library, Dec. 3 through Jan. 19, opening with a reception and artist talks Thurs. Dec. 5, 6-8 p.m. All pieces had to be 18” x 18” or smaller, and the works cover the spectrum, reflecting a range of mediums as well as the distinctive, individual style and discipline of each artist, from Holly’s New England shells, and Amy's paper strips, to Susan’s sky-less and water-less landscapes.
INDIVIDUAL NEWS
  • Suzanne Benton is Odetta Gallery's Flat File Featured artist, Nov. 19 to Jan. 4. Odetta's Ellen Hackl Fagan curated a collection of Suzanne's monoprints, including her Rosalba (2014, monoprint with chine collé, 10x8). Susanne will be giving an artist talk Sat. Nov. 23, 3-5pm. Odetta is at 269 11th Ave. (at 28th St.), NYC.
  • Carol Nipomnich Dixon is showing two related works in the Greenwich Art Society Faculty Exhibition at its 2nd floor gallery at the Greenwich Arts Center, 299 Greenwich Avenue, Nov. 9-Dec. 2, 2019. As a teacher of mixed media collage and a critique course, her works reflect her use of different media. Her 30" square expressionistic oil painting Sunlit Woods is echoed by her 13” square framed embroidery Sunlit Woods #2.
  • Scott Glaser has a solo show curated by the Greenwich Art Society and showing at their gallery in the Greenwich Arts Council building, running Dec. 7 through Jan. 3. Scott Glaser and the Grid shows Scott's devotion to this centuries-old system that Scott has used in his men's suit-fabric cityscapes, his bandage portrait mosaics, neo-pointillist drawings or photorealist paintings. See the range of his work in these mediums in which he uses the grid to great effect. 
  • Robert Keating has a solo show with 22 oil paintings at the Cedar Woods Community Center in Branford (80 Cedar St. right off exit 54 of I-95.) The show opens with a reception and artist talk, Thurs. Dec. 5, at 3pm
  • Niki Ketchman was recently invited to join 14 sculptors, a cooperative group starting in SoHo in the 1970s, and exhibiting around the Tri-State area. She has two pieces in their new show: 12 Sculptors: Shelter opening at St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY, Wed. Nov. 20, 4-6pm and Sun. Nov. 24, 1-4pm. Her two pieces are: Safe Keeping (fabric, zippers, felt, brass mesh, feathers, wood, wheels, steel rod, PVC, ribbon, wood, 72x36) and Resination 14 (mixed media on canvas coated with resin, 12x12x2), both part of her Sculpture for Home Use series, in which the pieces are a cross between sculpture, toys and furniture. You can unzip Safe Keeping and stow away your treasures.
  • Sooo-z Mastropietro will be selling her new Cucina Collection of tablewares at Williams-Sonoma in Bedford Square, Westport, Nov. 24 (11am-4:45pm) & Nov. 30 (9am-6pm). Taken from her original food paintings, the images have been printed on high-quality 100% cotton twill fabric for a unique tableware ensemble. The collection includes dish towels, napkin sets, reversible placemats, coasters, bags, and wine bagettes.
CALLS FOR ENTRIES
Dates in Headings are Deadline Dates
PICTURE THAT 
MARTIN LUTHER KING EXHIBIT
NOVEMBER 29

Picture That Art Consultants  is currently seeking images of Dr. King around his legacy and particularly his role as a torchbearer of "the dream" through education, for a special exhibit, Dr. Martin Luther King Artwork Keepsake. Submissions should include digital files in JPG format, an artist bio and/or artist statement, price, and a listing of the work title, year created, medium and size. Materials should be emailed to opencallforartists@picture-that.com. For more information, click here.
ARTS EQUITY SUMMIT
CALL FOR ART
NOVEMBER 30

Arts Connect International (ACI) partners with "emerging artist leaders of color, and arts influencers who hold institutional power in the arts & culture sector, to collectively build equity, access, and inclusion through transformational leadership development." ACI is now curating a coalition of community partners, sponsors, speakers and artists for its second Arts Equity Summit in April 2020. It currently seeks visual, performance and multimedia art that address equity issues. To apply, provide a statement about yourself, how your work addresses equity, and share some samples. Start here. Questions to sahara@artsconnectinternational.org 
CULTURAL CENTER OF CAPE COD
SEEING RED
DECEMBER 6

Artists worldwide are invited to submit work for a show, Seeing Red, to be held at the Cultural Center of Cape CodJan. 8 - March 1, that depicts the color red. From cave paintings to modern day, red has been used throughout history to create powerful works of art. Representing strong emotions like love, passion, fear, and anger. Its meaning and roles hold a significant amount of symbolism and psychology. All media will be considered, except film. No work can exceed 320 sq.in. Fee: $20 for first entry/$5 each additional entry, up to 20. All works for sale: nonmembers pay a 40% commission. Prospectus here; entry via callforentry.org 
BROOKLINE ARTS CENTER
ACTIVATION
JANUARY 1

The Brookline Arts Center (Brookline, MA) invites artists of all media residing in the United States to submit work for the exhibition Activation (March 13-April 10, 2020). Artists have explored the nature of vision and movement in art since the early twentieth century. For this exhibition, they are seeking works that move or are activated to perform. A call for Kinetic Art: art of both real and apparent motion. Works should explore the element of time, or reflect on the modern world through technology. The juror is Arlette Kayafas, Director of Gallery Kayafas. Submission Fee: $25 (1-3 pieces); $35 (4-6 pieces). 
CENTER FOR BOOK ARTS
EXHIBITION PROPOSALS
MARCH 15

The Center for Book Arts, New York, is accepting curatorial proposals for its Main Gallery Exhibitions. Curators and artists are invited to submit exhibition proposals that elaborate, challenge and contribute to the artistic, theoretical, historical, and contemporary aspects of Book Arts. The selected curatorial projects will be given access to the Center’s resources such as the archive and collection artworks, as well as institutional support during the curation process. In addition, the curator will be awarded a $3,000 honorarium; an honoraria budget to divide amongst participating artists and program speakers; and a budget for production, including an exhibition brochure. Prospectus here.
OPPORTUNITIES
MAP FUND
PRODUCTION GRANTS
NOVEMBER 25

Through project grants and artists services, the Multi-Arts Production Fund - MAP Fund supports contemporary artists, of all abilities and backgrounds, whose work challenges canon and convention and, by extension, ableist, cis, hetero-normative, Western cultural dominance.  MAP invests in artistic production as the critical foundation of imagining, and ultimately co-creating, a more equitable and vibrant society. MAP awards $1 million annually, to up to 45 projects in the range of $10,000–$45,000 per grant. The grant supports original live performance projects that embody a spirit of deep inquiry, particularly works created by artists who question, disrupt, complicate, and challenge inherited notions of social and cultural hierarchy across the United States. Applicant Guide is here.
WHOLE PICTURE FILMS
SCRIPT-TO-SCREEN FEATURE
CONTEST
NOVEMBER 30

Script-to-Screen FEATURE is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get your dramatic screenplay fully produced. Whole Picture Films is searching for unique voices and compelling original dramatic stories. The search is on for screenwriters who have written features or short films before, and have a polished feature length script ready to be produced.
Script-to-Screen FEATURE teaches writers how directors transform their screenplay into a shooting script. For more details, click here.

GOTTLIEB FOUNDATION OFFERS $25k ARTIST GRANTS
DECEMBER 15

The Gottlieb Foundation encourages painters, sculptors, and printmakers who have been creating mature art for at least twenty years and who are in current financial need to apply for the 2020 individual support grants. For guidelines and how to apply, click here.
CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARDS
DECEMBER 31

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation is accepting entries for its 2020 Children's Book Awards. Grants of $3,000 will be presented to an outstanding new writer and new illustrator of children's books whose work portrays the universal qualities of childhood, a strong and supportive family, and the multicultural nature of our world. Apply here.
FOUNDATION OFFERS EMERGENCY GRANTS
Deadline: Running

The Foundation for Contemporary Arts is offering emergency grants on an ongoing basis. Created in 1993 to further FCA's mission to encourage, sponsor, and promote work of a contemporary, experimental nature, Emergency Grants provide urgent funding for visual and performing artists who have sudden, unanticipated opportunities to present their work to the public when there is insufficient time to seek other sources of funding or incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates. Learn more and click here to apply.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
ARTS EQUITY SUMMIT
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
NOVEMBER 30

Arts Connect International (ACI) is preparing for its second Arts Equity Summit in April 2020 (see Call for Art above). It is seeking proposals from artists and arts and cultural leaders for Panel Discussions (60mins); Workshops (90mins); Round Table Discussions (60mins); and Town Hall Discussions (30mins) working within three strands: 1. Structures for Success: Building Equity in Your Organization; 2. Innovative Creatives: Building New Systems; and 3. Celebrating Resistance: Centering Community. See more on the conference; to submit proposals, click here.
NY FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS
IMMIGRANT ARTIST 
MENTORING PROGRAM
DECEMBER 16

If you an immigrant visual or multidisciplinary artist within commuting distance consider joining NYFA's growing immigrant artist community by applying to be part of its Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program. The program is free and runs from Jan. through May 2020. The program pairs immigrant artists with artist mentors who provide one-on-one support for their mentees, guiding them to achieve specific goals and providing them with broader access to the Greater New York cultural world through an exchange of ideas, resources, and experiences. It provides opportunities to connect with other immigrant artists through group meetings, peer learning, and informal gatherings that include alumni from 2007 to the present. For more information and to apply, click here.
CRAFTING A YEAR-END 
ARTIST FUNDRAISING STRATEGY 

In the latest NYFA Current, Anne Muntges, Program Officer in NYFA's Fiscal Sponsorship Program, reminds us in Crafting a Year-End Fundraising Strategy, that "nearly one third of all charitable donations are given in December." Making your own fundraising push as an artist is a crucial chance to connect with your supporters and secure vital funding, so she suggests creating a plan to connect with your audience during this crucial time of year and gives six tips to help you stay on task! Click here. Image above: Erin O’Keefe (NYFA Photography Fellow), Built Work #33 (2018, archival pigment print).
JOBS
PEQUOT LIBRARY
PUBLIC PROGRAMS MANAGER 

Southport's Pequot Library is searching for a Public Programs Manager. The Library seeks a dynamic and enthusiastic nonprofit arts professional to develop a wide variety of interpretive programs for all ages that are inspired by the rotating schedule of visual art and Special Collections exhibitions, Children’s Library initiatives, and innovative public library multidisciplinary learning opportunities. Full information here.
THE KLEIN AUDITORIUM 
DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

The Klein, which operates the 1,447-seat performing arts center in Bridgeport, seeks a qualified individual to become its fulltime Director of Development. This individual will plan, direct, and coordinate all Development activities, major fundraising activities and special projects, by performing the following duties personally, and or with executive director, Board of Directors, as it relates to targeted goals in Development Plan. Learn more.
THE ALDRICH MUSEUM 
EDUCATION ASSISTANT

The Adrich Contemporary Art Museum is seeking a new Education Assistant to support the Education Department in developing and delivering innovative, enriching, and creative strategies for engagement with Pre-K through 12 students and educators; college and university students and educators; families, teens, and adults. Supporting outreach and managing the administrative responsibilities associated with these audiences is a critical role for the Assistant. The Assistant will also have the opportunity to generate ideas and content in the programs listed below, as well as across the department. Full job description.
JOBS STILL AVAILABLE

Greenwich Historical Society: Curator of Exhibitions and Collections
The Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center, Grantwriter
Pantochino Productions: Sound Operator
JOBS, FOR SALE, FOR RENT, SERVICES, VOLUNTEERS, AND CALLS FOR ARTISTS - CONSULT AND POST IN OUR CLASSIFIEDS
OPPORTUNITY DEADLINES CALENDAR
NOVEMBER
Nov. 15: Sedona Arts Center, 31 Women Artists
Nov. 15-17: Rowayton Arts Center, Holiday Gift Show: Receiving
Nov. 19: Fox Foundation, Resident Actor Awards
Nov. 29: Picture That, MLK Artwork Keepsake
Nov. 30: Arts Connect International, Arts Equity Summit Call for Art
Nov. 30: Whole Picture Films, Script-to-Screen FEATURE

DECEMBER
Dec. c6: Cultural Center of Cape CodSeeing Red 
Dec. 15: Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Grant
Dec. 16: New York Foundation for the Arts: Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program
Dec. 16: Housatonic Museum of Art: Mock Public Art project 
Dec. 30: The Puffin Foundation: Music, Photography and Theater Projects 
Dec. 31: Iconic Norwalk


JANUARY
Jan. c1: Brookline Arts Center: Activation
Jan. c8: Assets for Artists: MassMoCA Artists & Writers Residences
Jan. 30: Women Vote Poster Contest 

FEBRUARY
Feb. 1: Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center: Artists & Writers Residences Deadline 

MARCH
Mar. 15: Center for Book Arts: Curatorial Proposals

ROLLING DEADLINES
Savor City: Bridgeport Artists and Musicians Needed.
Kershner Gallery at Fairfield Public Library: Application for group shows
Gottlieb Foundation: Emergency Grant Program (painters, printmakers, and sculptors)
ioby/ArtPlace America: Artists Lead!: creative placemaking crowdfunding plus
Foundation for Contemporary Art Emergency Grants application
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