Clementina Arts Foundation’s Sprouting Spaces, a program that leverages commercial vacancies by gifting them as studio spaces to promising artists, is thrilled to announce Jenn Cacciola as the program’s 2023 Artist in Residency at Connecticut Post Mall. The location on the mall’s lower level not only provides Cacciola the opportunity to showcase her art but also grants the public access to observe and interact with her during her creation process.
The Sprouting Spaces program aims to revitalize vacant spaces as community points of interest. Notably, they provide a chosen artist with a working environment, free of charge. As the program’s host location for the second consecutive year, Connecticut Post Mall has also offered to provide the artist with a monthly stipend and inclusion in the property’s marketing efforts and community programs.
After an open call for artist applications, Jenn Cacciola was selected as this year’s Sprouting Spaces Artist in Residency by the program’s premier judge, Felix Suarzo, a renowned professor, art critic, researcher, and curator. Boasting an impressive resume as both a curator and arts educator in addition to her work as an artist, Jenn is the Co-Founder and Program Director of Ice Cream Social and a co-curator of Openings Artist Collective and P2P Curatorial. She has also exhibited her work in spaces throughout the Northeast and previously taught Pre-K through 12th-grade art in New York City schools.
“Through sculpture, tapestries, and installation, my work focuses on the desire to connect ourselves to the ultimately unreachable past while seeking a livable path under current climate change anxieties,” said Cacciola. “I am excited about this opportunity to work in a new, dedicated space and engage with the local community at Connecticut Post Mall.”
Connecticut Post Mall will host a launch party to welcome Jenn Cacciola as the 2023 Sprouting Spaces Artist in Residency on Saturday, October 14th at 2:00 PM. This event is open to the public and free to attend.