Ben Quesnel, a multimedia artist, Stamford resident and art teacher at Eastern Middle School in Greenwich, has been awarded a full year of free studio space in the Wilton River Park Shopping Center through the Clementina Arts Foundation\u2019s Sprouting Spaces program. Quesnel was named the winner of the 921-square-foot space next to Cactus Rose during a Sprouting Spaces launch party on Dec. 16. Winning the space, Quesnel said, was \u201can amazing feeling.\u201d \u201cTo have an accessible space to create work is hard to come by around here,\u201d he told The Bulletin. \u201cAs artists and cultural producers, we often spend a lot of money and time to create our work, so to acquire a space like this and free of charge is a dream.\u201d 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 first-ever Sprouting Spaces studio in Wilton was created in partnership with Kimco Realty, which owns the Wilton River Park Shopping Center. The Clementina 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. In a joint statement, the jurors said they \u201cunanimously recommend\u201d Quesnel, who \u201cpresented a coherent and well-conceived proposal for his yet-to-be realized installation Undelivered, which features a strong plan for community participation.\u201d Undelivered is an \u201cimmersive installation\u201d Quesnel is working on that materialized when a friend of his discovered two abandoned mail trucks in the woods of his property in northern Connecticut. In the trucks, Quesnel said, he and his friend found a box of mail dating back to 1982 \u2014 \u201cpieces of undelivered messages that never made it to their final destination.\u201d Quesnel said he took an interest in the now-inoperable trucks, which once \u201cserved as a means for people to connect with one another\u201d but were \u201cleft abandoned with pieces of mail that never reached their destination.\u201d \u201cI wonder how many important messages never make it to their recipient. I not only consider unexpected occurrences disrupting the line of transportation, but I also think about the messages that we never send,\u201d he said. \u201cHow often have we wanted to say something to someone but did not?\u201d Using one of the abandoned trucks and the undelivered mail as the center of his installation, Quesnel said, he \u201cwill provide an interactive space where people will have the opportunity to engage with the project and create letters and messages of their own.\u201d Prior to working with \u201cfound and created objects,\u201d Quesnel said, he did \u201ca lot of painting\u201d and was contracted as an illustrator for children\u2019s books. A graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City\u2019s master of fine arts program, Quesnel has performed public and private installations throughout the tri-state area. His work was recently exhibited at the Governors Island Art Fair in New York, Satellite Art Fair in Miami and The Hollows in Brooklyn, N.Y. Images of Quesnel\u2019s recent works and news about where his pieces are showing are available at BenQuesnelArt.com. \u201cOnce I begin Undelivered,\u201d said Quesnel, \u201cI will be creating a page on my site dedicated to the project and its evolution throughout the year.\u201d Quesnel said he\u2019s already started moving his tools and books into his new studio space, which will have an \u201copen door policy\u201d \u2014\u00a0\u201cmeaning visitors are welcome to come in and say hi, ask questions and get involved.\u201d To learn more about the Clementina Arts Foundation, visit clementinaarts.org.