to Oct 2

#Unload : Pick Up the Pieces

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 Detail of   Picking Up the Pieces    2018  by Helen Klisser During

Detail of Picking Up the Pieces 2018 by Helen Klisser During

Important Dates and Times

  • Knolling Performance at Artspace : July 12, 4:30–6:30 pm.

  • Deadline for Application to Exhibit : Wednesday, October 2, 11:59 pm

  • Artwork Drop-offs : Tuesday/Wednesday, October 2 and 3, 12–4 pm; Thursday, October 4, 5–8 pm

  • Opening Reception : Thursday, October 11, 5–8 pm

  • Closing Party : November 11, 1–3 pm

  • Artwork Pick-ups : November 11, 3–5 pm and November 12, 12–4 pm

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to Jul 26


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Summer Edition

June 3 – July 26, 2018

Artists Work-Space Residency

ECOCA A.I.R. will include:
> Closing reception July 26, 5-8 pm
> Studio visits by artists to be announced
> Open studios June 23, 3 pm for International Festival of Arts & Ideas tour

A new edition of the ECOCA artist-in-residence workspace program where artists and collectives each occupy a room in the John Slade Ely House Galleries, a 1905 English Elizabethan style house, to produce work that includes film, painting, illustration, video and social practice.

The International Arts & Ideas Festival is planning a Public Tour on Saturday, June 23 @ 3 pm, of the Ely Center's Artists-in-Residence and a Closing Reception on July 26 from 5-7 pm. . Other special programming will be announced throughout the month—studio visits for the residents and workshops, panels, conversations, screenings, and other public events driven by the artists-in-residence.

ECOCA A.I.R. editions reinforce our mission to reaffirm Grace Ely’s testamentary wishes for an art center where artists, arts organizations and the public assemble, exchange, learn, and engage through exhibitions, performances, and emerging contemporary practice. 

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Open Call 2018/19
to Jul 21

Open Call 2018/19

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Open Call 2018/19

Submissions considered for August 2018 – June 2019
Deadline to apply : July 21, 11:59 pm EST
Application fee : $35 *

Application Materials
 > Up to five high-resolution images of artwork
 > CV / bio
 > Artist statement

All Submissions Considered
 > Solo exhibitions
 > Online exhibitions
 > Group exhibitions
 > Project room space
 > Off-site exhibitions at Whitney Center Perspectives Gallery and other venues
 > Social media and website promotion

Eligibility & Terms
 > Artists of all backgrounds and working in all medium are welcome to apply
 > All artwork submitted must be ready to hang or install
 > Artists will be responsible for delivery of artwork
 > We do not ship work
 > Works in new media, film, or video
 > Equipment is limited, supplied equipment welcome
 > Artists may submit up to five works

* This fee does not apply to entry fees for Special Exhibition Calls.

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Silence Breakers
to Feb 25

Silence Breakers

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Deadline for online entries: February 24, 2018

Exhibition Dates: Sunday, March 4 – Thursday, April 5, 2018
Gallery Hours: Wednesday and Thursday from 5–8 pm, Saturday and Sunday 1–4 pm
Public Reception: Thursday. March 8 from 5–8 pm
Public Closing Reception: Thursday April 5 from 5–8 pm

Each year during Women’s History Month, the Ely Center of Contemporary Art (ECOCA) showcases In Grace We Trust, an annual exhibition that reminds us that 51 Trumbull Street, now a pillar of the New Haven arts community, was once Grace T. Ely's home. In Grace We Trust addresses ideas of tradition and change - a nod to the past as we confront current societal challenges and rise together to create our future narrative.

This year, ECOCA is collaborating with Nasty Women Connecticut for In Grace We Trust: Silence Breakers. We invite artists working across disciplines, to create artwork that addresses issues of abuse, consent, and identity as well as themes of domesticity and home. The show will look at the often-blurred line between security and insecurity we associate with home—while embracing ideas around women’s issues, equity, individuality, and home life.

Drop off and install: February 27 – March 2
De-install artwork: Friday, April 6; Saturday, April 7, 12–2 pm; and Sunday, April 8, 1–3 pm


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