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. Visitors will find responses over three weekends, including:
Erector Square: Oct 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: Oct 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: Oct 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: Oct 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
The Center for Adult Swaddling
By: Adam Berkwitt / Aude Jomini / Chen Reichert / Sam Malissa / David B. Smith / Laura Marsh / Alexandra Jomini
Through the experience of a tight swaddle, imitating the structure of the womb, this collaborative and interdisciplinary project invites visitors to return to fetus-like states to experience a comforting bundled environment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Made possible thanks to the Mactez 2018 Summer Stipend.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Made possible by the generous support of the CT Health Foundation and an Anonymous Donor.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
Joseph Vincent Annino
ACWH ArtsWest CT
Joan Bosson Heenan
Anna Broell Bresnick
Claudine Burns Smith
The Chapel Street Collective
Cohen Dunne Hermosilla
Erich J Davis
Francisco Del Carpio
John T. Fallon
Jane Gilman Fleischner
Maddie Gerig Shelly
Ruby Gonzalez Hernandez
Joseph R. Gorneault Jr.
Robert S. Greenberg
Eliška Mörsel Greenspoon
Colleen Rose Hains
Colectivo Dunne Hermosilla
Sara Hope Hill
Kehler Liddell Gallery
Martha W. Lewis
Lunch Money Print
Mary Anne McCarthy
J Patrick McDonough
Irene K. Miller
Beatriz Olson, MD
Elida Paiz Pineda
Mark W. Potter, Jr.
Alice Sara Prael
Zohra H. Rawling
Robert David Rogers
Susan Sara Rogol
Judy Sirota Rosenthal
Cynthia Beth Rubin
Sacred Heart University Students
John David Scully
Sideways & Askew
Sol for Art
Southern Connecticut State University Art Department
Southern CT Polymer Clay Guild
Mark K. St. Mary
UARTS Chapel Haven
University of New Haven Art & Design Department
Eliza Shaw Valk
West River Arts