Subject: Artists Newsletter, November 2, 2019

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NOVEMBER 2, 2019
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On Nov. 8, 6-8pm, during the Bridgeport Art Trail, Savor City Bridgeport returns with a visit to STAR ISTANBUL (29 Markle Court) in Downtown Bridgeport. The prix-fixe Turkish buffet will cost $35 (including corkage fee for BYOB) - payable as you enter. Star Istanbul is the culmination of more than 25 years of experience in the restaurant business by its proud owner Helim Yildiz, who first came to the U.S. from Turkey in 1986 and immediately got to work. With 4.5 stars in Yelp, the restaurant is developing a reputation for great food and great hospitality: a true gem. Art by Kristen Ambrosi; music by "Fuzz" Sangiovanni.  Find out more and sign up by Wed. Nov. 6 at the latest.

Alder Crocker, a recent quadriplegic who attended art therapy classes during his rehabilitation, now focuses on painting abstract expressionist canvases, using acrylic and latex, large format multimedia. A marketing executive for over 25 years in New York and Connecticut, Alder won several awards for creative and strategic campaign development, and now uses those visual arts skills to create each of his pieces. His focus is developing layers upon layers and then utilizing unexpected color combinations to enable viewers to create personalized stories when they see his abstract paintings. Alder is fortunate to have recently been selected to be the featured artist at the Rene Soto gallery in Norwalk CT in February 2020 and is furiously working on maur pieces in a range of sizes.

Tom Kretsch is a photographer who owns a business called Peaceful Places. He travels throughout New England exhibiting at fine arts festivals during the outdoor season. His work has a painterly quality to it and his mantra is "less is more," when it comes to compositions. He recently published a book of his work entitled On the Road - Five Visions, in which he featured five themes that he had worked on over the years. After teaching PE in the Norwalk Public Schools for 36 years, he started his new phase of life as a photographer. He is a member of the Rowayton Arts Center where he has won numerous awards and most recently completed an installation for an office corridor in Westport. 

Architect Donald M. Rattner helps individuals and organizations maximize their creativity by drawing on scientific research into the psychology of space. Educator and author as well as practitioner, Rattner’s publications include My Creative Space: How to Design Your Home to Stimulate Ideas and Spark Innovation, and The Creativity Catalog. He has taught at the University of Illinois, New York Academy of Art, New York University, and Parsons School of Design. His work has been featured on CNN and in The New York Times, Work Design Magazine, Builder, L-Magazine, and Better Humans. He holds a BA in art history from Columbia and a Masters of Architecture from Princeton.

Debbie Smith is a lifelong fine artist working in Westport. After decades of exploring street and abstract photography, Debbie was ready for a change. That came when she was introduced to the world of ceramics about 10 years ago and she hasn't looked back. Over time, her ceramic work has returned to the essence of her photography: light, form, shadow, repetition, tempo, texture. Her work is informed by the organic nature of Japanese ceramics - beginning with a loose concept and then allowing for the element of chance. The results are unique and animated, and more and more humanoid without being strictly figurative. Working in groupings allows her to explore relationships and interactions. Since 2009 Debbie's been immersed in ceramics at The Silvermine Art Center. In addition to being a Silvermine Guild member she is an exhibiting member at many local art centers.
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Elizabeth Agresta, Anna Badini, Rosa Colon, Lisa Cuscuna, Afsaneh Djabbari-Aslani, Ellen Gordon, Joyce Grasso, Mark Macrides, Jim Malloy, Barbara Mathis, Ann McCrae, Lina Morielli, and Julliette Tehrani all have work in the Loft Artists Association's Open Studios weekend Nov. 1-3, opening with a reception, Fri. Nov. 1, 5:30-8:30pm.
Nina Bentley, Lisa Berger, Heidi Lewis Colemen, and Pamela Stoddart are four of the ten artists that are participating in the Ridgefield Library's Art+Text exhibition, opening with a reception Sat. Nov. 2, 2-4pm. This is part of the parallel set of shows on the theme of Art & Text organized by ArtSpaces, a 13-member consortium of library galleries across Fairfield County from September through December 2019.
Patrice Barrett, Carlos Davila, Jane Davila, Kristin Merrill, Susan Murray, Rick Shaefer, and Denise Susalka are among the artists who will be participating in the NEST Open Studios for the Bridgeport Art Trail Sat. Nov. 9 and Sun. Nov. 10, 10am-5pm. Special programs include an "Art for Collectors Art Exhibit" with works priced at $250 and under; a NEST Associate Member Exhibit; Wine Tasting; an Artist Brunch; and even Mindful Flow Yoga.
Janine Brown, Linn Cassette, Eric Chiang, Linda Colette, Lesley Koenig, Brechin Morgan, Meighan Morrison, and Susan Newbold are among the artists who will be participating in the 14th Annual Open Studios event at the American Fabrics Arts Building, as part of the Bridgeport Art Trail. Studios will be open Sat. Nov. 9 and Sun. Nov. 10, 10am-5pm. Free and open to the public with musical performances, the WPKN record sale, food trucks and ample on-site parking.
Daniel Wade Barrett, Eugenie Diserio, Gayle Gleckler, and Jim Malloy are all new members of the Stamford Art Association and are included in SAA's New Members Exhibition, opening with a reception Sunday, November 10 4-6 pm   
Daniel Wade Barrett has work in the Stamford Art Association New Member Show, opening with a reception Sun. Nov. 10, 4-6 pm. Of his two paintings, The City (detail) is at right. He also has two works in the Art and Text Exhibit at the Ferguson Library: Word and Image.
Ridgefield resident and internationally acclaimed artist Suzanne Benton has a solo exhibition, Captivating History at the Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center (KTM&HC), opening with a reception Sun. Nov. 3, 1-5pm. This is a retrospective exhibition of monoprints with chine collé, featuring artworks that interweave photo imagery from the KTM&HC collection of Joseph Hartmann photographs of 19th-century to early 20th-century Ridgefield life. Other works of Suzanne’s in the show reference suffragists, feminists, writers, and educators from the same period. The exhibit runs through Nov. 11. 
Lisa Berger has Discovered Passage (17x20"; detail at right, click for complete image), an ecoprint created with wild flowers and leaves gathered in the fields of Connecticut in the Rowayton Arts Center's Autumn Juried Show through Nov. 9. Lisa also has two pieces in the Ridgefield Library's Art+Text exhibition, opening with a reception Sat. Nov. 2, 2-4pm. Lisa's works areUncalculated   Conversation (mixed media, 28x21 framed) and Truth be Told (wood panel, mixed media, 10x10).
Amy Bock has a new website for her new jewelry practice. Told by a psychic, many years ago, that she had been a jewelry designer in Egypt during the time of Cleopatra, Amy has now turned to focus her creativity to this craft. She says, "I am entranced by the endless combinations of gems, metal and crystals, and love the joy and sparkle that my jewelry brings to the people who choose to wear my creations." Specializing in off-loom beading and combining historical beading techniques with a Boho and Victorian vibe, her pieces are sculptural and unique with an eye to wearability and enduring fashion. See her website at
Trace Burroughs announces that goes live with 60+ original songs. Trace is offering his library of songs for music publisher consideration, as well as for performers to cover and perform live or on a music release for free on an email request. The genres he currently writes in are adult contemporary/blues, rock, modern country and pop. "Carol King is my inspiration in that in her early years she wrote songs in many genres." A performer or group can take one or more of his songs, and make them their own and release it. Go to TraceBurroughsMusic to hear his song demos. Trace sings on the adult contemporary/ and rock songs.
Ann Chernow has her Purple Rose of Cairo (10x8, lithograph) included in Almost Miniatures, an exhibition at Francesca Anderson Gallery, Lexington, MA, showing Nov. 20-Jan. 12. Ann also has her Vodka...The Trouble With the World is that Everyone is Three Drinks Behind (2015, etching/ aquatint, 11x14; detail at right) included in Heart and Mindopening at Silvermine Arts Center with a reception Sun. Nov. 3, 2-4pm.
Heidi Lewis Coleman will be exhibiting her mixed media piece, Strata 2, in the Ridgefield Library's upcoming show, ART + TEXT that opens with a reception Sat. Nov. 2, 2-4pm and runs through Dec. 19. Strata 2 (2015, acrylic and cut paper on canvas, 36x36; at right; click for complete image) is part of a body of work that incorporates abstract writing as part of an exploration into the aesthetics of using language in art. 
Congratulations to Rosa Colón for winning First Prize at the Ferguson Library's Art and Text exhibition for her Flower Geometry (mixed media, 40x24; detail at right.). Rosa is also participating in the Loft Artists Association's Open Studios this weekend, opening Fri. Nov. 1, 5:30-8:30pm, and then Sat. and Sun., noon-5:00pm
Legendary photographer Adger Cowans (pictured at right), who has work in the Soul of a Nation exhibit, organized by the Tate Modern, that was at the Brooklyn Museum, and is now opening at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, November 9, is featured in an interview with young photographer Hank Willis Thomas in a recent issue of Cultured magazine. Adger talks about the fights over whether photography was an art in the 1960s, how he embraces digital technology, and how his art is the most important part of his life. Recommended.
Eugenie Diserio's paintings Shadow Dance and Zephyr (acrylic, glitter on canvas, 40 x 60") are on exhibit in the Stamford Art Association's New Members show through Dec. 12. The opening reception is Sun. Nov. 10, 4-6pm. At right is a detail of Zephyr. Eugenie says, "One of the best things I did this year, was joining SAA and becoming a part of their accomplished and supportive community."
Carol Nipomnich Dixon will be exhibiting five works at the show Welcoming Moments, sponsored by the CT Pioneer Branch of the National League of American Pen Women at the Byram Shubert Library, 21 Mead Avenue, Greenwich, from November 2-30, 2019. Among her art is her embroidery on felt Petal Palette, 13” square framed (at right). 
Ellen Gordon will be showing works from her new Crazy Town Series as well as some new etchings at the Loft Artists Association Open Studios that opens with a reception Fri. Nov. 1, 5:30-8:30pm and is open Sat and Sun 12pm - 5pm. This new series started as a figurative abstraction based on overlapping figure drawings, but Ellen says it has transformed into a rhythmic dance about shape, color and form - which for her is what everything she makes is about. At right, Ellen's Crazytown VIII (20x20, mixed media acrylic).
New member, Westport Photographer Tom Kretsch has a solo show, River Take Me Along - Meander-ing on The Saugatuck, opening with a reception Sun. Nov. 3, 4-7pm at Bistro Du Soleil.  The images are part of his journey to capture the beauty of this treasure of a natural resource that rambles for some twenty-three miles from Danbury to the Long Island Sound. Living close to the river and exploring many parts of its winding course over the years, Tom has chosen some images that speak to him of its serenity and the joy that it brings to people both physically and spiritually. 
Jim Malloy has 7 abstract acrylic paintings in the Loft Artists Association Open Studios Nov. 1-3:. Lupine Sublime (detail at right)Lost Weekend, Canned Fantasy and four others. Malloy is also exhibiting two paintings in the Stamford Art Associations New Member Show: Blockhead Tries To Smile and Silent Vigil. The show runs Nov. 10 though Dec. 12. Jim will also be showing Pinot Noir, an abstract work that captures the essence of the wine of the same name at the Katonah Library, Westchester County, NY, which is hosting Katonah Art Museums All Member Show Nov. 3-29. A new exhibition is opening at Ridgefield's RPAC Gallery  Nov. 7. Jim, who is an RPAC resident artist, will have three pieces on display that are inspired by iconic pop/rock music: Imagine (Lennon), Torn (Natalie Imbruglia) and Torch Song (inspired by Eric Clapton's Layla).
Poet and painter Shanna Melton is having a solo exhibit of her work, Her Dragons Fly, at Bridgeport's Barnum Museum, opening with a reception Fri. Nov. 8, 5:30-8:00pm. Admission is $5.00. She will also be giving an Artist's Talk Sun. Nov. 9, 12pm-1pm at the museum. Through these vibrant paintings, Her Dragons Fly explores transition, evolution and blooming, and is a visual narrative about learning that wisdom comes when we claim our peace. Celebrating our ancestors, the exhibition welcomes us to stand in the midst of their energy and helps us navigate the soulful meaning of our lives. As Shanna puts it: "The dragonfly itself is a symbol of transformation and self-realization that brings us to the deeper levels of life. It celebrates the light of those who came before us.” 
Photographers Jay Misencik & Geralene Valentine are showing the latest iteration of their The Bridgeport Portrait Project at The Boathouse at 305 Knowlton Street, Nov. 9, 11am-6pm,  as part of the Bridgeport Art Trail 2019. The Bridgeport Portrait Project is a (click image at right for complete poster) photo/audio/ video documentary style, cultural heritage project that   introduces you to the people who make the City of Bridgeport much more than just a place. Jay Misencik and Geralene Valentine will show slide show videos from this ongoing project and other Bridgeport-based photo projects they have produced. Jay and Geralene invite you to come share your memories of Bridgeport and volunteer to be included in their project.
Duvian Montoya's scenes of urban Mexico, including works from his series IslaMujeres, are on display at the Garvey|Simon Art Projects viewing room on New York's Upper West Side, by appointment, and online in Select4 on art.Net. At right, Duvian's #IslaMujeres, (2017, gouache on paper, 15.50h x 14.50w in., framed: 28 x 28). "Montoya works from photographs and memory, documenting indicators of social economics and cultural aesthetics, while holding onto the wonderment of coming upon the unknown."
Three of Julie O'Connor's photographs, Ruth's Farm, Weston CTTurquoise and Malachite, and See Into Sky: Autumn, will be on display in Autumn's Approach at Art & Frame Gallery in Newtown, from Oct. 26 through Nov. 16.  At right, detail of Julie's Turquoise and Malachite (click for complete image) that is part of a series she has been working on for a couple of years called See Into SkyIn this piece, Julie says she captured the transition from summer into fall: "Sky, clouds, fallen floating Amur maple leaves, and samaras all meld and reflect into and onto the mineralization of a pool of water."
Amy Oestreicher will be be part of Author Speak at the Norwalk Public Library Wed. Nov. 6, 12pm - 1:30pmdiscussing her book, My Beautiful Detour - light lunch will be served.
New member, architect Donald M. Rattner is giving an illustrated talk, drawing from his newly published book My Creative Space: How to Design Your Home to Stimulate Ideas and Spark Innovation, at the New Canaan Library Nov 7, 6:30-8pmDid you know that the color of your walls, the shape of your furniture, and amount of light in your home can all greatly impact your ability to come up with creative ideas? The book, and the talk, delves into these and other elements of interior design that researchers have found to positively influence creative task performance. 
Barbara Ringer has four pieces in the Silvermine Arts Center's Heart and Mind, opening with a reception and lecture, Sun. Nov.3, 2-4pm. At right is Barbara's You Are Not Alone (2019, canvas prints, wooden frame, 11x11x4; click for larger image). All of Barbara's pieces in the exhibition are from Anxiety, a photography-based mixed media series that is the artist's expression of various states of panic, self-doubt, and rumination. 
Julia Rose will be exhibiting 8 abstract artworks at the Bridgeport Art Trail Downtown Kick-Off at Read's Artspace, Nov. 7, 5:30pm. The exhibit will be on display until mid-January. At right are Surf (acrylic on canvas in palette knife, 30x24) and Harbor (acrylic on canvas in palette knife, 20x16). Julia Rose describes her work as an exploration of bold lines and dynamic palettes that aims to capture the sensations, feelings, and experiences of the subject.  
Rick Shaefer has his Untitled #2, from his The Parson's Tale series (detail at right; click for complete image) in the exhibition Reseeding the City: Ethnobotany in the Urban at the Lower Level Gallery of the Rhode Island State House. Curated by Judith Tolnick Champa, the exhibition features works by 20 artists on "the often unrecognized, interconnections between nature and urban life." The show opened Oct. 26 and will be on display through Nov. 26.
Liz Squillace had a solo pop-up exhibition of her award-winning Waterfront Paintings - at the new Grill II on Broad Street, Bridgeport. Liz's canvases were painted on the dock between Bridgeport’s Port Jefferson Ferry and the Bridgeport Train Station, each one looking at a different cardinal point of the compass, as part of a mini-grant challenge offered by the Trust for Public Land, the Waterfront Advisory Board, and the City of Bridgeport. At right one of the four Waterfront Paintings (click for larger image).
Connie Newton Stancell's painting, Canyon Rhythms XIV, (2010-2012, 2014, 30x40; detail at right; click for complete image) will be included in the upcoming exhibition Joyous Light at the Edward Williams Gallery, Fairleigh Dickinson University, 150 Kottee Place, Hackensack, NJ. The exhibition dates are November 18, 2019 to January 10, 2020. There will be a reception on Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 2 to 4 pm. Canyon Rhythms XIV is one of the 27 paintings in Stancell's recently completed Canyon Rhythms series of paintings, capturing the essence of her Grand Canyon experience and created over time through integral connections of music, intuition, gestured brush strokes, meditations.
Lee Walther and Kate Henderson are two of the artists who worked on a whimsical and interactive commissioned installation, Searching for the Fountain of Youth: A Feminine Perspective, one of a set of 13 commissioned projects that are part of the New Haven City Wide Open Studios festival exploring the theme Older, But Younger. The project takes the form of a guided ritual where the artists will lead participants through five-stages designed to release, renew, and awaken one’s inner goddess. The final stage opens into a fountain and seating area where the artists will organize daily talks, including a conversation on gero-protective interventions led by Morgan Levine PhD. Open Nov. 2 - 3 at Yale West Campus (I-95 Ex 41)  from 12-6pm  Room 3C.
Congratulations to Nancy Woodward, who received Best in Show award for her digital photograph Wishes (2019, archival inkjet print; detail at right; click for complete image) in the Rowayton Arts Center's Autumn Juried Show  through Nov. 9. The juror was the artist Katerina Lanfranco, who has works in the Museum of Modern Art and teaches studio art at Parsons The New School and at Hunter College, CUNY.

November is National Novel Writing Month, and this year is its 20th anniversary! NaNoWriMo, as it is known, is a nonprofit that supports creative writing and education and each November challenges people to write a 50,000-word novel. You can sign up for the event, get community support, progress tracking and motivational advice to complete a book draft.  
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Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn is accepting submissions through Nov. 7 for its Open Call Juried Salon Show to be held Nov 8, 8pm-12am. A panel of judges who will choose the winners. Best in Show wins $200 and a solo show. Runner-up winners receive a slot in a group show with other runner-up winners. All mediums accepted: size limit 24x36. Free to submit; $5 fee for those accepted into the show. Submit jpegs, or website link to: Accepted artists must deliver the work to the Gallery in person and the work must arrive READY TO HANG by 11pm. Artists must also pick up their work after the show. Works are sold at every show: the gallery takes no commission: works are sold in Greenpoint's dedication to support the artistic community.

The 35th Annual Bruce Museum Outdoor Crafts Festival will be held May 16 and 17, 2020. The purpose of the festival is to foster an appreciation of, and increase an interest in, the arts. The main criteria for selection is excellence of work. The festival is strictly juried from digital images. A maximum of 80 exhibitors are selected. No dealers, imports, or reproductions. Accepted are contemporary, functional crafts, no fine art. The categories for submissions are:wood, ceramics, jewelry, fiber, metal, leather, and glass. For questions, or to be included in our application mailing lists, please contact: Sue Brown Gordon - Festival Director 203.869.6786 x336. Application form is here.

The Rowayton Arts Center (RAC) is seeking original, handcrafted works for its annual Holiday Gift Show from November 29 to December 24, 2019. RAC will accept small ornaments and holiday-related items as well as jewelry, pottery and ceramics, candles, wooden toys and items, small furniture, knitted or crocheted items, fiber art, original cards and small prints or paintings. This is a juried event, so items will be included at the discretion of the Holiday Gift Show Committee. In order to participate, artists must sign up for a time to drop off their work. Fees: $30+30% of sales. RAC members pay no fee + 30% commission. Prospectus is here.

The Co-Creation Live Factory is designed to empower international artists selected through an open call to to articulate and develop their individual praxis within an independent temporary autonomous zone of co-creation under the tuition of established performance artists. The project, with the theme "Dissenting Bodies Marking Time" is The project is intended for those artists, performers, and poets, who wish to articulate and refine their skills, expand their practice, explore new ideas and approaches, allowing their work to become more fully realized. It offers a rare opportunity to explore new territories of performance in an extended, intensive period of time outside of an academic setting. It is both a learning path and a unique occasion to work and collaborate together in the ART WEEK venue Palazzo Mora in Venice while strengthening the creative talent and intellectual freedom of each participant. The fee of €600 covers full tuition, accommodation, and local transport. Training dates Jan. 8-18; open to the public Jan 15-18. Full details at

The Carriage Barn Arts Center and New Canaan Land Trust are sponsoring the New Canaan Sculpture Trail, a significant outdoor art installation to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day (April 22, 2020). Proposals are being accepted through December 15 from regional artists for temporary sculpture placements/installations at 5-8 locations throughout New Canaan. Selected artists will receive a $1,000 stipend to offset materials, transport-ation and installation expenses.  Installations will be on view from April-July, 2020. Artists are encouraged to consider the national milestone of Earth Day at 50 years and express it through site-specific installations that consider the scale, geography and context of the distinct sites, celebrating and responding to the natural environment, and be visually engaging and/or interactive for viewers. Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of creativity, interactivity, and how the structure complements the landscape. Selection Committee includes Hilary Wittmann, Aaron Lefland, Richard Klein and Thea Lanzisero. See prospectus here.

The Housatonic Museum of Art announces a Mock Public Art Project. Rachel Owens is inviting area artists to design a new work of art for Bridgeport’s Seaside Park to commemorate the history of Little Liberia, a historic community located in the South end of Bridgeport. This neighborhood was settled by free people of color and was called “home” by its most famous residents, Mary and Eliza Freeman. Artists and designers are invited to submit their proposals to address topics such as gender or racial inequities, the environment, or the inclusion of new monuments or memorials that address erasure from the historical record or conversely, long-overdue recognition for the “anonymous.” The winning design will receive $500. This project will exist as a model or blueprint ONLY and will be on display in the Museum Atrium in conjunction with the exhibit by sculptor Rachel Owens. Proposal should be delivered as a PDF no larger than 25 MB to Details and prospectus here.

The Curatorial Committee for the Bruce S. Kershner Gallery in the Fairfield Public Library seeks more artists to show in late 2020 and in 2021. Most shows include 3 artists and run for 6 weeks. The fee depends on the number of artists in a show. The application process involves sending the committee a brief bio and artist statement and CD of about 10 recent works or color images on photo paper. For more details on what and where to submit, click here. The Curatorial Committee reviews all received materials. Accepted artists are then informed when they can be in a show. All showing artists receive media coverage and participate in a reception, which is held on a Friday evening at the gallery. For questions, email or call 203-246-9065. 

The Alice James Award welcomes submissions from emerging as well as established poets. The winner receives $2000, book publication, and distribution through Consortium. In addition to the winning manuscript, one or more additional manuscripts may be chosen for publication as the Editor’s Choice. Submissions must be made via SubmittableScreening for the Alice James Award is blind, so no contact information is allowed within your manuscript, including within the filename, if electronically submitted. Electronic submissions will have contact information collected via Submittable, which is hidden from our screeners. Hardcopy submissions must include a separate title page, which lists the title of your manuscript and contact information (name, address, e-mail address, and phone number). For guidelines and application click here.

The William & Eva Fox Foundation provides grants to actors and not-for-profit charitable organizations to promote study, research, and training in the field of acting and to encourage participation by actors and potential audiences in non-commercial theater. The Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships support an actor's artistic and professional growth in collaboration with a TCG Member theatre. Grants are awarded for: Exceptional Merit - $15,000 (with an additional $10,000 available to relieve student loan debt) to support actors who are established in their careers as working professionals with 10 years or more of professional experience; Distinguished Achievement$25,000 supports actors with 20 years or more of experience who have amassed a substantial body of work. Funds will support recipients who are looking for opportunities to continue growth and sustain the longevity of their careers. Actors may use these resources to adapt to physical changes later in their career, as well as changes in casting. Applications must be jointly developed by the actor and host theatre, and ultimately submitted by the actor. For guidelines and how to apply, click here.

Since October 2015, The Studios at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA, have hosted over 500 artists and writers for residencies 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, shared use of printmaking and weaving equipment, optional financial and business coaching from Assets for Artists staff, and a daily group meal. Applications for the Studios at MASS MoCA are currently open! The deadline is January 8, 2020 for the Spring/Summer 2020 season. Apply here.

The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown offers a unique residency program for emerging artists and writers. Located in a rustic fishing village with a storied history as an arts colony, the Work Center provides seven-month Fellowships to twenty Fellows each year in the form of living/work space and a modest monthly stipend of $750. Residencies run from October 1 through April 30. Fellows pursue their work independently in a diverse and supportive community of peers. Additional facilities include a print shop with an etching and lithography press, and digital media lab. Optional activities provide Fellows the opportunity to meet acclaimed visiting artist and writers, and exhibit their work in the Work Center's Hudson D. Walker Gallery. Applications for the 2020-2021 Visual Arts Fellowship must be submitted electronically on or before February 1, 2020 using SlideRoom. The Visual Arts Fellowship application fee is $57. Apply here.

A artists residency can be idyllic—when you come prepared. There are steps you can take and missteps you can avoid to ensure the best possible experience. Read's suggestions for making the most out of your next artist residency.
Take Notes: Thoughtful attendees can learn more about themselves and their ideal working conditions, carrying such lessons back to daily life.
Ask Questions: Even the most independent artists need help sometimes—in the studio or the kitchen.
Be open-minded: Things can change and working around others, with very different backgrounds, can inspire creative breakthroughs.
Explore: Stopping to smell the roses might actually lead to renewed creativity.
Consider materials and logistics beforehand: Tying off loose ends regarding personal and work commitments takes plenty of energy. After all that clearing away, it couldn’t hurt to sleep about 12 hours the first night in residence.
Don’t go to a residency for career advancement: Residencies are about making art and exploring, enjoying a haven away from industry professionalism. “Don’t think of a residency as an opportunity for career advancement and networking,” says Macdowell's David Macy. “Think of it as a chance to improve your game.”
See the Cultural Alliance's own resources on residencies, including a video, slides and resources from our Artist Residencies panel with artists who have been on residencies.
Picture: Alice Walker at The MacDowell Colony in 1967

The Aldrich Museum seeks a part-time Visitor Experience Coordinator (VEC) who is responsible for the public face of the Museum by managing the front desk, supervising the visitor experience staff, and building relationships with the Museum visitors. This role primarily functions in communicating the Museum’s programs and activities to the public, promoting excellent customer service in the Museum, and serves as a liaison between visitors and all departments in the Museum. In addition, the VEC is responsible for all details related to the public face of the Museum during their shift, and is charged with leading the Museum Attendants to ensure that all works of art are working properly, that all of the Museum’s spaces are clean, and dealing with any other issue that may arise. Full information here.

The University of Hartford, Hartford Art School is now seeking applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Ceramics beginning in fall 2020. We are seeking an exceptional artist with a strong exhibition record and a wide range of technical skills. The position requires teaching three courses each semester for all levels of students from freshman 3-D Foundations through sophomore, junior and senior-level Ceramics classes. Expectations include actively and regularly engaging in the Ceramics Department and Art School extracurricular activities, student advising, committee service, program development, and production of a record of creative or research activities that meet tenure requirements. The University of Hartford, Hartford Art School is looking for qualified applicants who can contribute to the diversity of our campus through their teaching, research and service. 

Greenwich Historical Society: Curator of Exhibitions and Collections
The Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center, Grantwriter
Pantochino Productions: Sound Operator
Nov. c2: The Maritime Parking Garage Gallery, Seeds of Peace Submission Deadline
Nov. c2: The Wave Pool Art Space Is Your Space Submission Deadline
Nov. c4: Carriage Barn Arts Center: Capturing New Canaan
Nov. c4: Carriage Barn Arts Center: Capturing New Canaan
Nov. c4: Alice James Poetry Award: Application Deadline
Nov. c7: Greenpoint Gallery: Open Call Juried Show Submission Deadline
Nov. 11: Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie: Photowork: Beyond20/20 Submission Deadline
Nov. 12: NEFA: Public Art Learning Fund: Application Deadline
Nov. 11-15: Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Under the Influence: Receiving
Nov. 13: Bruce Museum, 35th Annual Crafts Festival: Submission Deadline
Nov. 15: Sedona Arts Center, 31 Women Artists: Submission Deadline
Nov. 15-17: Rowayton Arts Center, Holiday Gift Show: Receiving
Nov. 19: Fox Foundation, Resident Actor Awards: Submission Deadline

Dec. c7: Venice Int'l Performance Art Week Training with Co-Creation: Application Deadline
Dec. 15: New Canaan Sculpture Trail Application Deadline
Dec. 15: John Lennon Songwriting Contest Application Deadline
Dec. 16: Housatonic Museum of Art: Mock Public Art project Application Deadline
Dec. 30: The Puffin Foundation: Music, Photography and Theater Projects Deadline
Dec. 31:  Iconic Norwalk: Submission Deadline   

Jan. c8: Assets for Artists: MassMoCA Artists & Writers Residences: Application Deadline
Jan. 30: Women Vote Poster Contest Application Deadline

Feb. c1: Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center: Artists & Writers Residences Deadline

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
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