Artspace’s 30th anniversary reunion program

June 23-24-25

Join your fellow artists and friends to reflect on the contributions made by New Haven-based artists and help celebrate 30 years of exhibitions and programs that have made New Haven a catalyst for artistic inquiry. We hope you’ll accept our invitation to return, reconnect, and reminisce at our first-ever reunion weekend. We look forward to seeing you!

Free (except meals as noted) but pre-registration is required. REGISTER HERE.

The following is a tentative program. We welcome your input while the schedule is still in flux.
Artists: Propose a panel or workshop you would be interested in facilitating HERE. A modest honorarium will be offered to accepted proposals. Deadline to submit. March 17.


 June 23 Friday evening


  • Monster Drawing Rally, with Special Guest DJ Dave Coon. MDR started in San Francisco, then became a thing in Cleveland, and now it’s coming to New Haven. See images from the Monster Drawing Rally in San Francisco to get a glimpse.  Advance Registration will allow us to know how much paper to provide. Sign up when you register for the reunion.

June 24, Saturday—Discussion Panels Live Streamed


  • Sharon Louden The Artist as Cultural Producer: Sustaining A Creative Life 2, Book reading and discussion with artist-essayist contributors Mark Tribe, Zoe Charlton and others.
  • Speed Networking for Social Change. Artists:  Pitch your socially-engaged projects in our speed-dating style with elected officials. Mayors Toni Harp, Luke Bronin (Hartford), Under Secretary for CT Criminal Justice Policy Mike Lawlor, City of New Haven Director of Traffic & Parking are a few of the civic leaders who have been invited. Apply to take part, here.


  • Role of the Artist in the Community 1 pm. Plenary session that invites wide-ranging reflection on the role of the artist in the community. Speakers drawn from Artspace’s 3 Decades.
  • Rideshare—Mini artist-led workshop and walking tour: Stephen Grossman, Architect and former member of the Visual Arts Committee and Board Chair: Participants are invited to look at the city as a (re)source for make a new work of art. The goal is to observe one or more existing architectural or urban conditions and to extrapolate a base upon which to make a new piece of art. The new piece could be an intervention or site-specific installation; or a completely autonomous image or object. Regardless of the form it takes the new project shall investigate how we experience architecture, consciously or not. Implicit in this project is the belief or hope that the gap between art and architecture may be bridged, even if only for an instant. The workshop should produce a written concept for an art project or perhaps a menu of conceptual starting points for a project. Please sign up for this event when you register for the reunion.
  • Artist Studio Archive & Legacy Workshop. Based on best practices promoted by the Joan Mitchell Foundation, this workshop is designed to empower artists to develop sustainable practices for personal and studio archiving. We will cover basic strategies for organization, preservation, and documentation (covered in this free workbook) that will help make your archives an integral and useful part of your artistic practice.
    • Speakers: Heather Gendron, Director of the Haas Arts Library, Yale University Library; Euan Cochrane, Digital Preservation Manager, Yale University Library; Tim Young, Curator, Beinecke Library
    • Immediately followed by “deep dive” breakout sessions: a) digital preservation, and b) placing the collection. Interested in being considered for one of the Studio Archives Deep Dives? Applications accepted here through March 17, 2017.
  • Artists & Curators in Conversation.
  • Denise Markonish, Mass MOCA, and Chris Mir, in conversation.


  • Ticketed Picnic Dinner in the Goffe Street Armory Drill Hall.  All invited.  More information coming soon.
  • Performance TBA

June 25, Sunday


  • Morning remembrance service: A celebration of artists whose memories live on.
  • Board Member brunch
  • Staff/Intern/Summer Apprentice and Lead Artist reunion
  • Artists of Color Meet Up


  • Sunday Closing Panel: How should we think about monuments now? Laura Wexler,  Professor of American Studies, Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and founder and director of the Photographic Memory Workshop at Yale. Currently she is working on a monograph entitled The Awakening of Cultural Memory, using historical photographs as a source of resistance to the politics of white supremacy in the formation of contemporary American reading practices.
  • ADJOURN– 3pm

Check back soon for detailed agenda


Stop by the New Haven artists’ experience Story Telling Booth and share your recollections


  • Childcare – Friday and Sunday events are children and family friendly. On site Child Care will be offered on Saturday. Onsite and subsidized childcare will be offered by All Our Kin providers (for children ages up to 5), and by the Eli Whitney Museum (for Children ages 5-12). Please help our planning by indicating if you are potentially interested by March 17.
  • Accommodations – 
    • There are some affordable New Haven options on AirBNB here.
  •  How you can help?
    • Housing: Are you a New Haven resident with an extra bedroom willing to host a visiting Artspace alum for two nights? Please email and let us know when you register for the reunion.
    • Ride Sharing: If you need a ride or would like to provide a ride, please post it here. Parking in New Haven is always scarce, so we strongly encourage carpooling if you can.
    • Discussion: Share information and talk to your fellow attendees at this forum.
    • Alumni Outreach: Contact your friends and invite them to join you at the reunion.
    • Volunteering: Want to help with artist greeting & registration, event planning and set up, help serve dinner, or just pitch in where needed? Contact Rachael McNerney,

Register for the Artspace Reunion HERE.

image credit above: Top Row (L-R), Harold Shapiro, Harold Shapiro, Isabel Chenoweth, Harold Shapiro, Artspace
Bottom Row (L-R), Isabel Chenoweth, Isabel Chenoweth, Artspace, Isabel Chenoweth.

Artspace’s 30th anniversary reunion is free to attend thanks to the support of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven, the Tremaine Foundation, and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc/The Outtrim Group.