Radius: Professional Practice Series for Artists

Radius has entered its second decade! Radius is a professional development program organized by The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in conjunction with the Ridgefield Guild of Artists to promote the growth and interests of regional artists. The Radius program has multiple components, including a professional practice forum, annual juried exhibition, workshops, and networking events.

Radius Professional Practice Series is supported, in part, by The Gage Fund and the Wadsworth Russell Lewis Trust Fund.

Radius Professional Practice Forum
Technology and Artmaking
February 27, 2010, 2 to 3:30 pm

Art professionals offer candid thoughts about the art marketplace and strategies for succeeding in it. Join us for a panel discussion featuring George Fifield, founder and director of the Boston Cyberarts Festival; artist Eva Lee; and Steven Sacks, director of bitforms gallery, as they discuss digital technology’s impact upon studio practice. Moderated by Aldrich exhibitions director Richard Klein, the Forum is open to the public and precedes the opening reception of the annual Radius exhibition.

Past Forum speakers have included Kay Takeda of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, 2004 Aldrich Emerging Artist Award recipient David Opdyke, art dealer Jessica Murray of Jessica Murray Projects, artist and art dealer Rene Lynch of Metaphor Contemporary Art, executive director Cheryl A. Young of the MacDowell Colony, grantmaking and artists’ services director Sean Elwood of Creative Capital, artist and professional development workshop leader Jackie Battenfield, and Aldrich director Harry Philbrick.

Radius Annual Juried Exhibition

Artists who participate in the Radius exhibition are chosen from a review of submissions received following an open call for entries. In addition to the group exhibition at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, the selected artists receive an individual exchange with a curator, during which their portfolios and original work are reviewed, focusing on professional development. Radius also includes networking opportunities, workshops, and a public forum to address important issues for professional advancement.

Deadline for Radius submissions: Applications for the Radius exhibition will be accepted in early fall 2010. Application deadlines will appear here as they become available. All applications will be reviewed by the Radius Selection Committee, comprised of curators from The Aldrich and the Guild. Applications for Radius are only accepted online. Qualified applicants may submit applications to Radius only once every two years.

Click here to apply to the Radius exhibition

Radius: Emerging Artists from Connecticut and Southeastern New York
Annual Juried Exhibition

February 27 to March 27, 2010

Opening Reception at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists
February 27, 2010, 4 to 6 pm

Exhibition at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists
34 Halpin Lane, Ridgefield, CT; 203.438.8863; www.rgoa.org
Open Wednesday through Sunday, 12 noon to 4 pm

The twelfth annual juried Radius exhibition, held in conjunction with the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, will feature the work of seven talented, dedicated, and soon-to-be-recognized regional artists. Each selected artist has received a one-on-one exchange with a curator, through a review of his/her portfolio and original work, with a focus on professional development. An illustrated brochure featuring the work of each artist will accompany the exhibition.  The artists participating are Mia Brownell, Geoffrey Detrani, Thomas Doyle, Brad Guarino, The Ladies’ Auxiliary, Sabrina Marques, and Blake Shirley.

Radius Professional Practice Series
Radius offers an annual workshop series to promote the growth and interests of regional artists. In these workshops, art professionals lead sessions for practicing artists on professional development issues. Radius has partnered with regional arts organizations to extend these workshops to a wider audience, and this year the workshops will be hosted by Artspace, New Haven; Ridgefield Guild of Artists; and Washington Art Association, Washington Depot.

Radius Workshop #1
Friday, March 12, 2010
50 Orange Street, New Haven, CT 06510
203.772.2709; www.artspacenh.org

Radius Workshop #2
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Washington Art Association
4 Bryan Hall Plaza, Washington Depot, CT 06794
860.868.2878; www.washingtonart.org

Radius Workshop #3
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Ridgefield Guild of Artists
34 Halpin Lane, Ridgefield, CT 06877
203.438.8863; www.rhoa.org

For Artists Only!
An Open House for Artists and Related Professionals
Saturday, May 15, 2010

Join us at The Aldrich to make and renew friendships with other area artists. Bring a small portfolio of your work to share with our guests, discuss what you’re working on in the studio, learn about Radius and other professional programs, and view the current Aldrich exhibitions. Docent led tours will be available and refreshments will be served. Take advantage of this great networking and professional development opportunity!

Top of page: Thomas Doyle, A Corrective, 2009. Courtesy of the artist.