• CWOS Opening Reception,
  • CWOS Westville Weekend,
  • photo credit: Stephanie Anestis
  • CWOS Westville Weekend,
  • photo credit: Stephanie Anestis
  • CWOS Westville Weekend,
  • photo credit: Stephanie Anestis
  • CWOS Alternative Space Weekend,
  • photo credit: Stephanie Anestis
  • CWOS Private Studios Weekend,
  • Photo credit Artspace Staff

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, we invited artists to respond to the shifting stakes in the use and abuse of truth and alternative facts, the resulting fracturing of the body politic, and the urgency of envisioning new and empowering narratives. Visitors will find responses over all four weekends, including:

Westville Weekend: Oct 7–8  After last year’s launch of our new kickoff weekend, all the artists are galvanized to celebrate the tight-knit creative community in Westville.

Armory Weekend: Oct 14–15  165 artists, groups, collectives, art departments, along with 12 major commissions and specially-invited projects, combine to offer audiences an exuberant and immersive experience across a huge vacant building.

Private Studios Weekend: Oct 21–22  A rare chance to step inside private homes and work spaces. Use the map to serve as your guide, or join a cycling tour. Plan ahead to catch all the artists- some are open only one day.

Erector Square Weekend: Oct 28–29 A unique, open-door invitation to visit the largest studio complex in New Haven where some of New Haven’s most established artists work, in what was once the Erector Set toy factory.

November Programs: Oct 31–Nov 9 More ways for people to come together to keep celebrating New Haven’s creative community and rally around the upcoming City election, in support of vital causes under threat as never before.

CWOS 2017 Commissions


As we integrate “fact-checking” into the way we consume social media and the news, we face a dilemma: what do we do when we know we are being lied to? The 20th annual City-Wide Open Studios takes this uneasy question as a point of inquiry into four weekends of art-looking. Artspace invites artists to submit a proposal for the production of a new or ongoing work that explores the too tidy distinctions we make between “reality” and “illusion,” “fact” and “fiction,” and “history and myth.” These proposals may ponder our political situation, design alternatives to this moment, or take a formal approach, investigating, for example, the science of perception, memory, performance, and the promise of the speech-act. We are also interested in hearing from artists who seek refuge from this discussion completely, and work to make places that provide safety, well-being and care for the self and others.

Artspace is grateful to the 2017 jury panel who helped review the submissions to the fRact/fiction Open call for artists: Lani Asuncion, Marijeta Bozovic, Kevin Ewing, Gregg Gonsalves, Danilo Machado, Onyeka Obiola, and Hanifa Washington.


By: A Broken Umbrella Theatre
A project in partnership with Artspace
Location: located at each CWOS weekend

A Broken Umbrella Theatre spent four months visiting retirement communities and community groups throughout the Greater New Haven region, recording stories about participants’ relationships with the telephone, communication, and personal exchange. These stories inspired and contributed to “Exchange,” a production that explores both New Haven’s history as the home of the first telephone switchboard and exchange and residents’ personal histories. The final production, performed twice on Saturday and Sunday on a roving portable theater built on a flatbed truck, explores the relationship that our community has with its history.

garden - pleasure

By: Ian Donaldson, Daniel Glick-Unterman, and Olisa Agulue
Location: Goffe St Armory

A team of Yale School of Architecture students have created 7 booths that, when seen from a specific vantage point, form an image. Inside each booth is a small mythological garden, created by a different pair of artists, architects, psychologists, writers, journalists, or other producers. As viewers move through the installation, the image on the booth changes, reflecting how representations of truth and order are often based in an individual’s perspective. The 7 disparate gardens create enclosed havens that allow for reflection and mass interpretation.

Collaborators on the project include: Ian Donaldson, Dan Glick-Unterman, Carr Chadwick, Dwight Portocarrero, Olisa Agulue, Lani Barry, Polina Vasilyeva, Suzie Marchelewicz, Caitlin Baiada, Christian Golden, Jeannette Hinkle, Caitlin Thissen, Hyeree Kwak, Isabelle Song, Kevin Huang, Yo-E Ryou, and Matthew Wolff


By: Zeph Farmby
Location: Goffe St Armory

Artist Zeph Farmby seeks to question societal ideas of black culture through his piece “Brainwashed”. 8-foot-tall heads of young black men will be set up in the large Drill Hall of the Armory. The top of each head is painted with old pop culture depictions of black culture, showing the stereotypes that society creates and perpetuates through the media. Farmby aims to activate the self-consciousness of the viewers to think beyond their own insecurities and move towards a new reality.

Sounds for Liberation

By: Maria Gaspar
Location: Goffe St Armory & surrounding neighborhood

“Sounds for Liberation” is an audio project that examines issues of boundaries and divisions between the New Haven Correctional Facility, the New Haven Armory, and the neighborhood surrounding these two institutions. Audio recordings of song, personal narratives, storytelling, and the spoken word, collected from youth, community members, and the currently detained, are available to listen to in various locations around the neighborhood. By focusing on the voice, this project creates a common ground, connecting and building relationships at places of disconnection and isolation. No lines will be drawn, but rather, they will be erased.

The Lazarus Library

By: Theresa Gooby
Location: Goffe St Armory

The Lazarus Library tell the story of a wealthy 19th century industrialist who entertains his children with stories of extinct creatures that were mutant beasts. Lazarus hired illustrators to create images of the mutant creatures he described to his children. These illustrations were then slipped into books and left throughout the home for the children to discover on their own. The illustrations in the books provided proof that these creatures were not imaginary, that they truly did exist at one time. Because if its in a book, it must be true. The Lazarus Library takes a museological approach to presenting the remaining books and artifacts in the Lazarus collection.

Paradise Limited

By: Young Joo Lee
Location: Goffe St Armory

Artist Young Joo Lee imagines the Korean Demilitarized Zone as a place both of possible reconciliation and of propaganda and fear, as a dangerous sanctuary. A 3-screen video installation explores this idea of the demilitarized zone; two screens show the opposing military sides, while a third screen in the middle imagines the zone as a feminine entity that allures both militaries. As the soldiers enter the forest, it undresses them, and they enter a lake in the forest to transform into part of the forest.

Best Thing to Hold in Your Hands

By: Adam Niklewicz
Location: Goffe St Armory

Viewers get a chance to be a part of Adam Niklewicz performance sculpture as they go onstage and try to guess what could be in his hands. Niklewicz will be seated behind a table covered in brown paper, where participants can write down their guesses. After guessing, Niklewicz will reveal the object hidden in his hands. The juxtaposition of that object with the many guesses covering the table will reveal truths about how we place value on objects of beauty and use.

Neo-American Post-Teen Day-Dream

By: John O’Donnell
Location: Goffe St Armory

John O’Donnell’s performance piece, “Neo-American Post-Teen Day-Dream” starts with a ‘stage’ made to look like a front lawn - fake grass, picket fence, fake flowers, and lawn chairs. Completing the stage will be an inflatable structure referencing a rainbow, a temple and a home. There will also be a mobile performance, where O’Donnell will wear an inflatable suit and push a cart that is a front yard/lawn mower. His performance explores what it means to be American in the current political climate and the failed systems at play in America.

Excavating the Armory

A collaboration between Yale School of Architecture and New Haven Academy students, lead by Yale University professor Elihu Rubin
Location: Goffe St Armory

Yale University professor Elihu Rubin leads a collaboration between Yale undergraduates and New Haven high school students that explores the architecture and architectural history of the Goffe Street Armory. Multi-media presentations, such as mapping studies, architectural histories, place-based storytelling, and engaging representations form a base exhibit in the Armory. These projects will be accompanied by workshops, tours, and other interactive activities to include visitors and community members. The exhibit is designed to engage community members and visitors in the past, present, and future of the Goffe Street Armory and its surrounding environs.

Come Come

By: Cesar Valdes
Location: Goffe St Armory

Artist Cesar Valdes’ piece “Come Come” occurs within a limited world, a definition of reality. It focuses on the reality of immigrants working in the food industry, which ends up transforming into a regulated system. This limited world results in a mix of fact and fictions.


By: Brittany Whiteman and Kyle Skar
Location: Goffe St Armory

Our site specific installation takes the viewer on an immersive and self-reflecting journey through light, color, and space. When entering the room, the the participant is confronted with a white wall that is slightly leaning toward them. Cut out of this wall is a 2'x2' hole. At the back of the room and visually in line with the cut out is a mirror. The mirror is tilted to alter the perspective of the viewer and reveal the back side of the wall; not the reflection of the viewer. The front, sides, and cuts in the wall will be white, but the back of the wall will be a bright red, illuminated with light. Our hope is when the participant enters the room and looks through the cut in the wall, they will see a bright red shape, but it is not immediately known where it is coming from. We also hope for exploration of the space to happen, so the "truth" of where the red square is coming from is revealed.

Pool Noodles

By: Dan Bernier and Dan Gries with the assistance of Common Ground School
Location: Goffe St Armory

Lead artist-mathematicians Dan Gries and Dan Bernier collaborated with students from Common Ground High School to design and produce this colorful installation for the exterior of the Goffe Street Armory. The New Haven and Hamden based duo used computer code to determine how many pool noodles, purchased from the dollar store, could be spliced into ¼ inch sections and placed into the wire grids covering the windows to create a readable image. From afar, viewers can perceive the images as representations of plant life, but the closer they get, the more the image breaks down. At an arm’s distance, the windows transform into a swarm of color.

Students from Common Ground helped choose the designs and install the work, working side by side with the artists and City-Wide Open Studio volunteers over several days. The subject matter celebrates the life of the new community garden, located on the County Street side of the Armory. Since this summer, the garden has grown and been maintained by the New Haven Land Trust and a group of community members, with enthusiasm and support from community leader, Nadine Horton, and city engineer, Giovanni Zinn.

This project was made possible by the generous support of Common Ground School, especially educators Ashton Killilea and Carla Lia, and Common Ground High School Students.

Participating Artists

Kwadwo Adae
Faustin Adeniran
Dionel Altreche
Eduardo Alvarez
Jonathan Amici
Christian Ammon
Bek Andersen
Hil Anderson
Joseph Annino
Aspasia Anos
John Arabolos
West River Arts
Thomas Aschenbach
Sideways & Askew
Anna Audette
Lexi Axon
Caryn Azoff
Lillianna Marie Baczeski
Chris Barnard
Amanda Bartel
Wyatt Baum
Hayne Bayless
Miguel Benitez
Robert Bienstock
Kraig Binkowski
Sonia Bombart
Michael Bond
Michelle Bradford
Jarrell Brantley
Sarah Bratchell
Rita Brieger
Jay Bright
Janet Brodie
Alexis Brown
Amira Brown
Frank Bruckmann
Tanner Bryant
Colin Burke
Marc Burns
Claudine Burns Smith
Annette Bushman
Eskarlin Cabrera
James Capuras
Alicia Caraballo
Eileen Carey
Leslie Carmin
Bill Carpenter
Dennis Carroll
Judie Cavanaugh
Taylor Chamberlain
Adam Chambers
Mariellen Chapdelaine
Jennifer Cherrington
David Chorney
Wendy Chorney
Susan Clinard
Julia Coash
Tyler Cofrancesco
Kieran Coleman
Jeanette Compton
Ana Cornier
George Corsillo
Rosemary Cotnoir
Bimshwel Crimmenabim
Jeanne Criscola
Lipgloss Crisis
Nicole Croce
Ronald Crowcroft
Phyllis Crowley
Jan Cunningham
Terry Dagradi
Neil Daigle Orians
Robert Datum
Leila Daw
Francisco Del Carpio
Kathleen DeMeo
Charlotte DePalma
Geoffrey Detrani
Duo Dickinson
Anne Doris-Eisner
Lydia Douglas
Phil Duarte
Steven Duchesne
Andre Eamiello
Howard el-Yasin
Eric Epstein
Daniel Eugene
Roxanne Faber Savage
Junko Falcone
John Fallon
Zeph Farmby
Matthew J. Feiner
Joe Fekieta
Christie Fisher
Joan Fitzsimmons
Jane Fleischner
Brian Flinn
Heather Flinn
M Flower
Heide Follin
Robert Fort
Oi Fortin
Roberta Friedman
Scott Friedman
Kathryn Frund
Howard Fussiner
Maura Galante
Eric Gallant
Kehler Liddell Gallery
Molly Gambardella
Peter Gardner
William Geleneau
Edwin Gendron
Martin Gent
Sergei Gerasimenko
Gabriela Gigola
Craig Gilbert
Leslie Giuliani
Jacquelyn Gleisner
Rob Goldman
Mike Golschneider
Ruby Gonzalez Hernandez
Ellen Gordon
Amber Gratta
Debbie Greco
Bob Gregson
Dan Gries
Stephen Grossman
Ashley Guerrera
Sarah Gustafson
Mohamad Hafez
Barbara Harder
Sidney Harris
Louise Harter
Grady Hearn
Rachel Hellerich
Stephen Henderson
Taja Herring
Lisa Hess Hesselgrave
Debie Hesse
Karen Hibbs
Sara Hill
Willie Hoffman
Marianne Holtermann
Allison Hornak
Craig Houghton
Donald Houston
Ellen Hoverkamp
Kat Hyatt
Eric Iannucci
Joan Jacobson Zamore
Mary Janacek
Nikole Jewell
Keith Johnson
Aude Jomini
Jacqueline Jones
Katie Jurkiewicz
Jean Kandalaft
Nancy Karpel
Kyle Kearson
Michael Kellner
Katie Kindilien
Suzanne Kirschner
Beth Klingher
Karen Klugman
Nikki Korth
Sheldon Krevit
Kim Krivensky
Abbie Kundishora
William Kutschinski
Bayla Laks
Constance LaPalombara
Hannah Leckman
Mary Lesser
Martha Lewis
Evie Lindemann
Linda Lindroth
Robert Lisak
Carlos Lopez
Karleen Loughran
Sharon Lovett-Graff
Jane Lubin
David Lyman
Courtney Lytle
Mahmood Mahmood
Dan Makara
Eric March
Charles Maring
Barbara Marks
Sabrina Marques
Alisha Martindale
Sven Martson
Kiara Matos
Zoe Matthiessen
Susan McCaslin
Rosemary McClain
William Meddick
Fethi Meghelli
Pierre Merkl
Lori Michels
Miggy Miggy
Sharon Mihalyak
Jean Miles
Christian Miller
Denise Miller
Irene K. Miller
Jane Miller
Carole Monahan
Maria Morabito
Larry Morelli
Tyler Morris
Eliška Mörsel Greenspoon
Lenny Moskowitz
Alexis Musinski
Eliza Myers
Theresa Nast
Alan Neider
Raheem Nelson
Ethan Newman
Joneen Nielsen
Margot Nimiroski
Sean O'Brien
Ely Center of Contemporary Art
Ryan Olsen
Re Olsen
Beatriz Olson
Hilary Opperman
Liz Pagano
Hank Paper
Ryan Paxton
Daniel Pizarro
Fellowship Place
Southern Connecticut Polymer Clay Guild Inc
Mark Potter
Michael Quirk
Rafael Ramos
Shilo Ratner
Betsy ratner
Steve Reggiani
Chen Reichert
Thomas Reilly
Tim Reimer
Ave Rivera
Nick Robinson
Stephen Rodriguez
Rick Rodriguez
Susan Rogol
Vasilisa Romanenko
Dariush Rose
Matthew Ross
Lesley Roy
Anna Russell
Jackie Ryan
Joseph Saccio
Annie Sailer Dance Company
Gerald Saladyga
Denise Saldaña
Steve Sangapore
Eliezer Santiago
Martha Savage
Samuel Sbarbori
Niko Scharer
Dana Scinto
Jean Scott
Suzan Scott
John David Scully
Semi Semi-Dikoko
Meghan Shah
Polly Shindler
Suzan Shutan
Chelsea Silbereis
Anna Sincavage
Brian Sing
Stephen Sitko
Claudine Smith
Joe Sorge
Sydney Spiesel
Christina Spiesel
Timothy Spratlin
Mark St. Mary
Jeffrey Starkes
Marcela Staudenmaier
Thomas Stavovy
Kate Stephen
Kevin Stevens
Matt Stevens
Joan Strickland
Lotta Studio
Marcus Surrealius
John Sweeney
Robert Thomas
Christina Tillbrook
Elizabeth Tranzillo
Ninh Truong
Bu Tu
Eliza Valk
Rita Valley
Kevin Van Aelst
Kimberly Van Aelst
Jennifer Van Elswyk
Penelope Van Grinsven
Claudia Van Nes
Karissa Van Tassel
Joe Velardi
Katya Vetrov
Ariel Visci
Michael Visosky
Nicki Vitali
Amanda Walker
Shilo Walsh
Gar Waterman
Toby Welch
Brian Wendler
Kim Weston
Holly Whiting
Jim Whitten
Christa Whitten
Mark Williams
Glenn Williams
Marian Wittnik
Marjorie Wolfe
Mary Wolff
Haley Wulfman
Don Wunderlee
Helen Wyland-Malchow
Nina Yuen
Kristina Zallinger
Jessica Zamachaj
Sue Zola
Sara Zunda
City Gallery