City-Wide Open Studios 2018: Wellbeing

October 5–28, 2018

Each year, City-Wide Open Studios adopts a theme that prompts artists and visitors to reflect on and engage around issues that impact our community. This year’s theme of Wellbeing has been selected to encourage artists and visitors to explore how we care for each other and for the creative resources in our community, particularly in the face of ongoing struggle, challenges and trauma.

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Erector Square, October 6–7

Visit a unique creative ecosystem, where some of New Haven’s most established artists work alongside an array of wellness practitioners in what was once the Erector Set toy factory.

Westville in Focus, October 13

A place where supporting artists and their creative enterprises has turned into a nourishing set of support structures and village traditions.

Private Studios in Focus, October 14

Visit a cluster of studios or trek to some farther-flung points on this day of discovering artists in the intimacy of their own environments. Bike tours (guided and self-guided) are well-suited to the pace of Open Studios.

Alternative Space, October 26–28

A record number of 200+ artists, collectives, art departments and more will show their work alongside 12 major commissions on the them of Wellbeing, from visual art, to performance-based work and social practice

Commissions & Special Projects

Commissions & Special Projects

Commissions & Special Projects


Veterans Art Fellowship

By Deborah Lehman di Capua

In an exploration of social isolation, this collaborative effort between cultural organizer Deborah Lehman di Capua and Yale Internist Dr. Dave Rosenthal consists of a two-month residency at the West Haven VA in order to better understand the veterans there and their relationships with loneliness and art. Veterans will take part in guided close looking sessions with organized group visits to artist studios and meet artists who are vets themselves.

Science for a Better Life

By Jeff Ostergren

Investigating the site’s history, this series of paintings is created with Bayer- and Monsanto-based chemicals as well as traditional paints in order to depict images related to the project’s space and explore the multiple meanings behind “wellbeing.”

The Underneath

By Martha Lewis & Marion Belanger

This site-specific installation examines our place in the greater ecosystem by creating a womb-like environment of roots, dirt, insects, and both filtered and natural light. Working with soil and the growth of plants is vital to survival and the cultivation of food, as well as to mental wellbeing and healing, and by invoking the varied meanings of “roots,” this project explores what nourishes us and how we interact with “the underneath.”


By Suzanne Kachmar

A travelling exhibit including local artists, BOOBs addresses Breast Cancer Awareness Month and responds to a variety of feminist issues and protests against racial and social injustice. The works seek to examine the breast in many contexts, such as age, gender, body image, race, and healthcare.

Made possible by the generous support of Suzio York Hill.

An Urban Perspective: Black Minds Rewired

By Elizabeth Nearing, Dawnise Traore & Collaborators

This collection of 30 short pieces collected from writers, musicians, and poets from New Haven and beyond explores race, mental health, and the stigma surrounding mental illness in poor black communities. Wellbeing cannot be achieved without a well mind, and this project seeks to address that fact and its interaction with urban communities.

Hero Stories

By Lilianna Marie Baczeski in collaboration with Adam Christoferson and Douglas Duhaime

Working with Musical Intervention, this installation seeks to create a safe space for recovering addicts to record music and design album art, as well as allowing others to listen to and purchase the recordings produced or share their own struggles with addiction.

Through the Echoes

Kellie Ann Lynch in collaboration with the performers

Elm City Dance Collective and friends from the community will embrace this years City Wide Open Studios’ theme, “Wellbeing” through visually evocative movement that reflects the performers’ humanity and pays homage to the site they will be performing at, Yale University’s West Campus. The performers will embody the essence of wellbeing through movement that engages the space and physically expresses metaphor inspired by contemplative practices and ritualistic ways of being in community. Seen from the outside, performed inside within the glass walkway connecting the Yale School of Nursing to Building #410.

An Experimental Laboratory for Healing

By Debbie Hesse

Inspired by their daughters’ mitochondrial disease, the Hesses create an interactive, mixed-media video installation through the use of found, repurposed, and fabricated forms and materials – such as plexiglass, sculptural forms, medical information, fabric, and video projections – in order to merge art and science and make visible what we cannot comprehend.

Tree Spa for Urban Forest Healing

By Colin McMullan

Both a mobile tree syrup processing unit and a tree spa, this relaxing getaway features a steam room of evaporated tree sap, drawing on various traditions of healing from around the world. In honoring these traditions yet moving to a post-modern society, this piece unifies those engaged in a collective healing experience.

I Know You So Well: A sound and movement choir

By Rachel Bernsen, Rachel Kauder Nalebuff & Collaborators

Loosely adapted from Plato’s symposium, I Know You so Well examines the fracture of an industry. The project’s first iteration, commissioned by Artspace for City-Wide Open Studios, brings healthcare workers together who likely never connect in their professional lives to think holistically about what it means to heal. Made possible thanks to an Emergency Grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Art and an Anonymous Donor.

Conversion Therapy

By Neil Daigle Orians

Dealing with the violence and mistreatment inflicted on queer youth, this immersive installation seeks to reverse that rejection and shame, and instead foster individual acceptance and self-celebration. Made possible thanks to the generous support of Audrey Conrad and Leonardo H. Suzio.

ana alole (The Hats)

Erin Lee Antonak

Referencing a mash up of traditions that intertwine Iroquois crafts, regalia, and ceremonial objects, with millinery techniques and drag culture, Antonak will create six hats intended give restorative strength and prayer to their wearers. Made possible thanks to the generous support of Robert Buckholz and LizAnne Fontaine.

Veterans Art Fellowship

By Deborah Lehman di Capua

In an exploration of social isolation, this collaborative effort between cultural organizer Deborah Lehman di Capua and Yale Internist Dr. Dave Rosenthal consists of a two-month residency at the West Haven VA in order to better understand the veterans there and their relationships with loneliness and art. Veterans will take part in guided close looking sessions with organized group visits to artist studios and meet artists who are vets themselves.





National Endowment for the Arts, New Alliance Foundation, State of Connecticut’s Office of the Arts, Yale University, WSHU Public Radio, Petra Construction Corp, Yale Medicine

Participating Artists

Participating Artists

  • Kwadwo Adae
  • Faustin Adeniran
  • AGORA Collaborative
  • Greg Aimé
  • Camille Altay
  • Jonathan Amici
  • Christian Ammon
  • Bek Andersen
  • Joseph Vincent Annino
  • Aspasia Anos
  • Liz Antle-O’Donnell
  • Erin Antonak
  • John Arabolos
  • Bayla Arietta
  • Stephanie Arrell
  • Manuela Artia
  • ACWH ArtsWest CT
  • Monique Atherton
  • Caryn Azoff
  • Ebony B
  • Chris Barnard
  • Cate Barry
  • Amanda Bartel
  • Wyatt Baum
  • Hayne Bayless
  • Kraig Binkowski
  • Binwanka
  • Miles Birch
  • Andy Bishop
  • Blackunicorn Studios
  • Joan Bombalicki
  • Olivia Bonilla
  • Joan Bosson Heenan
  • Maria Bracale
  • Michelle Bradford
  • Sarah Bratchell
  • Johanna Bresnick
  • Rita Brieger
  • Jay Bright
  • Janet Brodie
  • Jay Brodsky
  • Anna Broell Bresnick
  • Bethany Brooke
  • Constance Brown
  • Amira Brown
  • Connie Brown
  • Alexis Brown
  • Jennifer Brubacher
  • Colin Burke
  • Eóin Burke
  • Claudine Burns Smith
  • Cristina Cammarota
  • Travis Carbonella
  • Eileen Carey
  • William Carpenter
  • Dennis Carroll
  • Kaitlyn Casso
  • Catherine Cazes-Wiley
  • Taylor Chamberlain
  • Najila Chambers
  • Karen Chance
  • The Chapel Street Collective
  • McKenzie Chapman
  • Tracie Cheng
  • Jennifer Cherrington
  • Annie Chittenden
  • David Chorney
  • Adam Christoferson
  • Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill
  • City Gallery
  • Susan Clinard
  • Julia Coash
  • Milton Coburn
  • Cohen Dunne Hermosilla
  • PenRod Cook
  • Dave Coon
  • Michael Corey
  • George Corsillo
  • Rosemary Cotnoir
  • KC Councilor
  • Kevin Cox
  • Nicole Croce
  • Ron Crowcroft
  • Atelier Cue
  • Jan Cunningham
  • Megan Czekaj
  • Terry Dagradi
  • Marina Daneva
  • Robert Datum
  • Bridget Daunais
  • Erich J Davis
  • Leila Daw
  • Francisco Del Carpio
  • Kathleen DeMeo
  • Geoffrey Detrani
  • Duo Dickinson
  • Dooley-O
  • Pete Doty
  • Karen Dow
  • Ileana Dumitriu
  • EcoworksCT
  • Eileen Eder
  • Kayla Ek
  • Howard el-Yasin
  • Eric Epstein
  • Daniel Eugene
  • Evād
  • John T. Fallon
  • Robert Faucher
  • Joe Fekieta
  • Jim Felice
  • Fellowship Place
  • Jamie Ficker
  • Joan Fitzsimmons
  • Jane Gilman Fleischner
  • Brian Flinn
  • M Flower
  • Robert Fort
  • Xavier Fortes
  • Oi Fortin
  • Matthew Fowler
  • Julie Fraenkel
  • Jennifer Fremd
  • Kathryn Frund
  • Howard Fussiner
  • Alexis Gage
  • Anatar Gagne
  • David Gagne
  • Maura Galante
  • Eric Gallant
  • Molly Gambardella
  • Peter Gardner
  • Gerardo Garduno
  • Greg Garvey
  • Liam Geleneau
  • Sergei Gerasimenko
  • Maddie Gerig Shelly
  • Craig Gilbert
  • Jacquelyn Gleisner
  • Rob Goldman
  • Mike Golschneider
  • Ruby Gonzalez Hernandez
  • Yvonne Gordon-Moser
  • Joseph R. Gorneault Jr.
  • Amber Gratta
  • Deborah Greco
  • Amir Green
  • Robert S. Greenberg
  • Eliška Mörsel Greenspoon
  • Robert Gregson
  • Dan Gries
  • Mohamad Hafez
  • Regine Hahn-Selzer
  • Colleen Rose Hains
  • Larissa Hall
  • Sonia Hansman
  • Barbara Harder
  • Violet Harlow
  • Nina Harold
  • Sidney Harris
  • Clymenza Hawkins
  • Holly Hawthorn
  • Kate Henderson
  • Stephen Henderson
  • Colectivo Dunne Hermosilla
  • Sara Hope Hill
  • Shaunda Holloway
  • Marianne Holtermann
  • Maggie Hotchkiss
  • Ellen Hoverkamp
  • David Howley
  • Lisa Hunihan
  • Eric Iannucci
  • Indigx
  • Aileen Ishmael
  • Mary Janacek
  • Noe Jimenez
  • Sophy Johnston
  • Brian Jones
  • Jilaine Jones
  • Richmond Jones
  • James Jones
  • Katie Jurkiewicz
  • Christina Kane
  • Nancy Karpel
  • Nikki Katz
  • Kyle Kearson
  • Bob Keating
  • John Keefer
  • Kehler Liddell Gallery
  • Luanne Kemp
  • Afaf Khalil
  • Esthea Kim
  • Emily Kirchner
  • Merry Kismet
  • Beth Klingher
  • Karen Klugman
  • Jenny Krauss
  • Sheldon Krevit
  • Gary Kriksciun
  • Briana Krzeminski
  • David Kuehler
  • Abbie Kundishora
  • Judith Lambertson
  • Dana LaMontagne
  • Daniel Lanzilotta
  • Constance LaPalombara
  • Gaetano LaRoche
  • Hannah Leckman
  • Derek Leka
  • Nate Lerner
  • Mary Lesser
  • Wendy Lewis
  • Martha W. Lewis
  • Evie Lindemann
  • Linda Lindroth
  • David Livingston
  • Carlos Lopez
  • Christa Lorusso
  • Karleen Loughran
  • Karleen Loughran
  • Beth Lovell
  • Briah Luckey
  • Lunch Money Print
  • David Lyman
  • Thomas Mahoney
  • Dan Makara
  • Barbara Mansilla
  • Eric March
  • Daneva Marina
  • Melinda Marquez
  • David Marshall
  • Milagros Martinez
  • Kiara Matos
  • Zoe Matthiessen
  • Mary Anne McCarthy
  • Susan McCaslin
  • J Patrick McDonough
  • Sara McGrimley
  • Amy McNamara
  • Brian McSherry
  • William Meddick
  • Fethi Meghelli
  • Barbra Meleshkewich
  • Eliana Mesa
  • Mablo Micasso
  • Lori Michels
  • Miggy
  • Christian Miller
  • Denise Miller
  • Irene K. Miller
  • Lori Miller
  • Andrea Miller
  • Jane Miller
  • Christopher Mir
  • Carole Monahan
  • Carolyn Monastra
  • Kayla Mone’t
  • Roy Money
  • Maria Morabito
  • Aidan Moran
  • Lindsay Morgan
  • Amber Morris
  • Tyler Morris
  • Magda Mraz
  • Jeff Mueller
  • Musical Intervention
  • Eliza Myers
  • Alan Neider
  • Raheem Nelson
  • Margot Nimiroski
  • Evan Nork
  • Sean O’Brien
  • Beatriz Olson, MD
  • Jeff Ostergren
  • David Ottenstein
  • Liz Pagano
  • Liz Pagano
  • Elida Paiz Pineda
  • Felice Panagrosso
  • Jay Petrow
  • Mr. PJC
  • Caleb Portfolio
  • Mark W. Potter, Jr.
  • Alice Sara Prael
  • snffbx press
  • Marion Pritchard
  • Tina Puckett
  • Michael Quirk
  • Gabriella Radujko
  • Jennifer Rae
  • Betsy Ratner
  • Shilo Ratner
  • Zohra H. Rawling
  • Tyler Reid
  • Tom Reilly
  • Tim Reimer
  • Winfred Rembert
  • Claudia Renfro
  • Avé Rivera
  • Nick Robinson
  • Steve Rodgers
  • Amanda Rodriguez
  • Rafael Rodriguez
  • Robert David Rogers
  • Susan Sara Rogol
  • Michael Roman
  • Dariush Rose
  • Judy Sirota Rosenthal
  • Cynthia Beth Rubin
  • Gina Rubin
  • Philip Rubin
  • Anna Russell
  • Mary Russell
  • Jackie Ryan
  • Ronnie Rysz
  • Joseph Saccio
  • Sacred Heart University Students
  • Annie Sailer
  • Steve Sangapore
  • Robert Santin
  • Martha Savage
  • Sarah Schneiderman
  • Scott Schuldt
  • Suzan Scott
  • Bimshwel Scridgemfridge
  • John David Scully
  • Shayna Segal
  • Semi Semi-Dikoko
  • Edgar Serrano
  • Megan Shaughnessy
  • Sideways & Askew
  • Ricky Silverspoon
  • Anna Sincavage
  • Jeff Slomba
  • Sol for Art
  • Southern Connecticut State University Art Department
  • Southern CT Polymer Clay Guild
  • Deborah Speese-Linehan
  • Hilda Speicher
  • Christina Spiesel
  • Sydney Spiesel
  • Jeremy Sporbeck
  • Sujata Srinivasan
  • Mark K. St. Mary
  • Joe Standart
  • Jeffrey Starkes
  • Thomas Stavovy
  • Alice Steinhardt
  • Kate Stephen
  • Kevin Stevens
  • Matt Stevens
  • Sarah Stewart
  • Willie Stewart
  • Jade Streater
  • Stephanie Strosahl
  • Lotta Studio
  • Marcus Surrealius
  • John Sweeney
  • Rashmi Talpade
  • Jordan Taylor
  • Paul Theriault
  • Michele Thomas
  • Nathan Thomas
  • Robert Thomas
  • Lisa Toto
  • Kelly Triolo
  • Ninh Truong
  • UARTS Chapel Haven
  • University of New Haven Art & Design Department
  • Sandra Valabregue
  • Eliza Shaw Valk
  • Rita Valley
  • Albert Vasseur
  • Adriane Vawter
  • Joe Velardi
  • Caleb Vinson
  • Maya Vulinovic
  • Cindy Wagner
  • Amanda Walker
  • Sara Walsh
  • Olivia Walton
  • Amanda Ward
  • Gar Waterman
  • Brian Wendler
  • West River Arts
  • Kim Weston
  • Kim Weston
  • Karen Wheeler
  • E. White
  • Holly Whiting
  • Christa Whitten
  • JoAnne Wilcox
  • M. Wilk
  • Marian Wittink
  • Mary Wolff
  • Working Together
  • Haley Wulfman
  • Don Wunderlee
  • Helen Wyland-Malchow
  • Trevor Youngberg
  • Jessica Zamachaj
  • Dganit Zauberman
  • Sara Zunda