Artist will be awarded studio space in Wilton

The commercial space in the Wilton River Park Shopping Center where the studio will be. — Kendra Baker photo

The commercial space in the Wilton River Park Shopping Center where the studio will be. — Kendra Baker photo

One local artist will be awarded a full year of free studio space in the Wilton River Park Shopping Center at the Old Ridgefield Road and Godfrey Place intersection through the Clementia Arts Foundation’s Sprouting Spaces program.

Sprouting Spaces works to unite landlords with commercial vacancies with emerging artists seeking space to work. Studios are reserved for a minimum 12 months at a time, wherein an artist is allowed to create freely and achieve breakthroughs.

The studio space in Wilton was created in partnership with Kimco Realty, which owns the Wilton River Park Shopping Center.

The Clementia Arts Foundation put out a call in early November to emerging and mid-career artists living in Fairfield County. Submissions were reviewed by a panel of three curators, art advisers and program directors, who narrowed it down to seven finalists and ultimately one winner.

The winning artist will be named during a launch party in the 921-square-foot space next to Cactus Rose on Saturday, Dec. 16, from 6 to 9 p.m. The event is open to the public and will feature food, drinks and music.

To learn more about the Clementia Arts Foundation, visit clementinaarts.org.

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