Bridgeport Innovation Center

Bridgeport Innovation Center

955 Connecticut Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06607
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Artists of the Bridgeport Innovation Center

Contact info for the Bridgeport Art Trail events
(please do not call the main office with questions about the events)
Robin Gilmore – Made in Bridgeport, Suite 1212

Gerald Moore – Gallery 1212, Suite 1212

Go to Art Trail events
Go to Musical Performances

Since 1989 the focus of the Bridgeport Innovation Center (BIC) has been to provide a nurturing space for artists, entrepreneurs, community organizers and small to mid sized companies to grow and flourish. BIC leases flexible commercial spaces such as office, warehouse, storage, and sunny loft spaces perfect for artists.

The building itself possesses a rich history and is a hidden historical gem of Bridgeport’s East End. The oldest of 10 buildings within the complex dates back to 1914 and for the majority of its life it was occupied by the Weed Tire Chain Company.

Due to intense competition and a changing economic landscape, the location closed its doors and was vacant for over 20 years. Today BIC is home to artists, entrepreneurs, business professionals, community and religious organizations and mid-styled companies in a variety of industries.

BIC is a prime example of how Bridgeport is getting better everyday. The business park has seen a flood of new business tenants move in, in the last 6 months. Artists, BIC is the best kept secret for the lease of a variety of bright, sunny creative spaces featuring old world architecture such as high wood beam ceilings, oak floors, brick walls and 7 foot windows. Come check out these spaces for lease.

Call Carrie at 203-333-9000 for a tour.

Parking is available on site and to the right, behind the buildings is plenty of more ample parking.

Please do not park in assigned parking spots. Parking is also available in the lot along the side of building 1. Please follow rules on posted signs, BIC and its tenants are not responsible for towing or traffic violations.

No pets permitted.

Elevator access is available in Building 1 from the ground floor (see signs directing to its location) We suggest drop off for handicap accessibility and parking in a different location on the complex.

2016 Bridgeport Art Trail Programming:

Event: Gallery 1212/ Made In Bridgeport Open Studio

Building #1, Suite 1212, 2nd floor
Saturday, November 12; 10 am to 7 pm
Sunday, November 13; 10 am to 7 pm

Please join your hosts Robin Gilmore and Gerald Moore at the Bridgeport Innovation Center as they open their studio and showroom for viewing mixed-media art, their collections of vintage clothing and accessories, and unique, vintage finds. Local artists have been invited to exhibit their mixed media, sculpture, photography, drawings, paintings, digital works, and fiber art creations for the Bridgeport Art Trail Weekend. Music and theater artists will be performing both days with some fun surprises in the Gallery 1212 location. Light refreshments provided.

Event: Artists Invitational Exhibiting Artists and Performing Artists

Building #1, 2nd floor hallway and Gallery 1212
Saturday, November 12; 10 am to 6 pm
Sunday, November 13; 10 am to 6 pm

Area artists and performing artists have accepted our “Artists Invitational” with more than 20 artists exhibiting in the 3-story factory building. Art will be on display on the 2nd and 3rd floors in building #1. Visual works created by local artists will be on view with a variety of art mediums. Support our visiting artists and see their photography, computer graphics, videography, sculpture, mixed media, assemblage, pastel drawing, air brush, and pen and ink work.

Artists will be onsite to discuss their creative process. The Artists Invitational includes John Lawson, Vincent S C Filardi, Deborah Weiss, Carole Monahan, Stephen Sookoo, Edwin Rosado, Benjamin Casiano, Gino Pisani, Bryant Davis Jr, Daniel Recinos, Virginia Semeghini, Ana Ruiz Castillo, and Clyde T. McLaughlin, Faustin Adeniran, Michael Corey.

Visiting artists from the Coastal Arts Guild of CT:
Valerie Riveras Rhodes, Mark Hannon, Karen Essig, Neda Nashu, Willie Scaife

Event: ReMade In Bridgeport, Creative ReUse Challenge Exhibit and Reception

Building #1, Suite 1212, 2nd floor
Saturday November 12; 10 am to 7 pm
Sunday, November 13; 10 am to 7 pm

Reception: Sunday, November 13; 12 pm

From August to October, ReMade In Bridgeport Boxes have been made available for distribution at The Black Rock Farmers’ Market, Downtown Bridgeport Farmers’ Market, and City Lights Gallery. A genius project created by Made In Bridgeport’s Robin Gilmore.

The Boxes are filled with mystery items of recyclable materials. Participants commit to create an art piece using the materials that are in their mystery box with the goal to exhibit during the Bridgeport Art Trail. Artists of all levels of art experience took part, and some of the participants will be exhibiting their art in a gallery venue for the first time ever. ”Artists” ages 5 and up are all contributors to this community-focused project.

This is a family-oriented, multigenerational and multicultural, and earth-friendly project that brings everyone together through imagination and creativity. Each participant will receive a certificate of completion and have their work viewed by the Bridgeport Art Trail audience.

Come applaud those who made their creative works and completed the challenge.

Event: ReMade In Bridgeport Hands On Community Interactive Art Project

Building #1, 2nd floor hallway
Saturday, November 12; 11 am to 1 pm

If you missed out on the ReMade In Bridgeport Creative ReUse Challenge, here is an opportunity to create with recyclable materials and add your artistic flare to a large mural, “Odds and Ends”. All materials will be made available to add to the mural, or bring your own found or recyclable item to donate to the community project. There is no fee, but a financial donation will be welcomed. Children are encouraged to participate with parental supervision/participation.

Event: The Art Of Play, Gallery 1212

Building #1, 2nd floor

Saturday, November 12; 12 pm

Join artist and educator Gerald Moore as he introduces you to The Game an interactive, conceptual, and performance work of art that has evolved into an effective communication, educational, and training tool which utilizes the power of imaginative play to facilitate the creative process. “The Game” is central to a series of workshops based on a growing body of research that values “play” as an ideal context for learning and overall human development. Intriguing and insightful to all who learn how to play. It’s “Recess for Adults” and for children of all ages.

Event: Jesús Villarreal presents Student Art Work

Building #1, Suite 1222, 2nd floor
Saturday, November 12; 1 pm to 5 pm

Jesús Emmanuel Villarreal, fine artist, figure and portrait painter, was trained in the academic tradition at the Florence Academy of Art. He exhibits internationally and offers figure drawing and painting workshops in his studio at the Bridgeport Innovation Center. Recent successes include the induction of a large scale nude to the New Britain Museum and the acceptance into the 2015 Figurativas Competitions 2015 in the European Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona, Spain. His primary studio is in Brooklyn. Jesus conducts weekly drawing and painting classes in his studio at the Bridgeport Innovation Center. Bridgeport Art Trail visitors can view a sampling of his studies along with student work.

For more information about classes, portraits and commissions:

Event: The Art of Food With Heidi

Saturday, November 12; 10 am to 6 pm
Sunday, November 13; 10 am to 5 pm

Heidi Vandemal Food Artist Elegantly Casual Cuisine.

Event: The Art of Clay

Saturday, November 12; 10 am to 6 pm
Sunday, November 13; 10 am to 5 pm

The Southern Connecticut Polymer Clay Guild was founded in 1997 by Sharon Mihalyak & Diane Villano to encourage, educate, share, and connect with kindred spirits. We are polymer clay and mixed media artist of all levels, several of our members are published in books and magazines and many have traveled all over the world to teach and share their techniques. As individual and unique as each one of us are, together, we create beauty, whimsy, intent, laughter, fun and artful works, making time, making art, making friends. See more at

Event: The Art of Boxing

Building #1, Basement suite
Sunday, November 13; 10 am to 6 pm

Please join us for Ortiz Boxing Gym’s Art of Boxing event as part of the Bridgeport Art Trail. This community exhibition will include youth sparring matches, workout demonstrations with the heavy bag, speed bag and double-end bag, and shadow boxing features to display the sweet science of movements.

Ortiz Boxing Gym provides students an education in boxing, as well as instruction and information in regard to exercise, fitness, weight training, health, and wellness. For many youths, the gym’s structure creates a sense of community & unity. We pride ourselves in providing an atmosphere that enables our youth to share in an extended family experience, supporting them in their everyday endeavors.

Please stop in, have fun, and learn more during this unique open studio experience.

Musical Performances at Bridgeport Innovation Center

Event: The Family Show with Justin Shay

Building #1, Gallery 1212, 2nd floor
Saturday, November 12; 11:30 am to 1 pm

Justin Shay does a program on WPKN called JMS Jams, where he likes to highlight the under-appreciated art world, with a focus on soft quiet relaxed sounds and vibes. His DJ sets can be a random mix of whatever is grabbing his attention at the time. He loves music and making art too. He will be providing the fun side of pop and bubblegum music and his own eclectic mix during the community hands on mural project “Odds and Ends”.

Event: “That Virginia”

Building #1, Hallway, 2nd floor
Saturday, November 12; 2 pm to 3 pm

Virginia was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and she brings the tropical warmth of her nature to her performances, while often singing about the not-so-warm truth, humanity, and other oddities. Although Virginia’s first instrument was the bass guitar, she has fallen in love with the guitar since her movefrom Brazil to the United States.

Connected with her feelings, her audience, she now performs on both guitar and keyboards, with vocals that are both controlled and emotional.

Event: Brian and Company

Building #1, Gallery 1212, Suite 1212
Saturday, November 12; 3 pm to 4:30 pm

Jazz, R&B, hip hop, gospel performance with bass guitar, drums, keyboard, singer

Event: Lines West

Building #1, Gallery 1212, 2nd floor
Saturday, November 12; 5 pm to 7 pm

Lines West is a Bridgeport-based Americana/Indie Pop band that has been described as “Simon and Garfunkel fronting Wilco or The Band”. Others have called them “A semi-acoustic ColdPlay fronted by Paul McCartney”.

They join the Bridgeport Art Trail as their third album, “The Ghost For You”, is released. Come help them celebrate!

Event: Shannon McMahon

Building #1, Gallery 1212, 2nd floor
Sunday, November 13; 12 pm to 1:30 pm

Shannon McMahon, singer/songwriter from Stratford, CT, creates contemporary folk music with rich vocals and songs that resonate with a strong sense of the human experience. Shannon got her first guitar at the age of nine, and wrote her first song when she was ten years old. She started performing publicly when she was 12, at church, coffeehouses, and other functions.

At the age of 17, Shannon auditioned for and was accepted into a vocal performance class at the New School, in New York City, taught by Brown Bradley. In 1996, Shannon recorded her debut CD, Some of My Years, an independent release that features 12 original songs in a contemporary folk style with a hint of country flavor. Her warm, earnest voice is reminiscent of Joan Baez and Natalie Merchant.

Since 2008, Shannon has also been performing daily for worldwide audiences in Second Life. Chosen as a finalist for the CT Folk Fest for 2015, she was also selected as an alternate for the 2015 CT Folk songwriting contest.

Her music is available on Apple Music, Pandora, Spotify, iHeart-Radio, and CDBaby.

Event: Terry Hopper’s Exotic One Man Band

Building #1, Gallery 1212, 2nd floor
Sunday, November 13; 2 pm to 4 pm

Join in and listen to the musical talents of Terry Hopper as he plays electric gamelan, and other sounds from around the world, including Taiko, Indian, African, and sounds of nature. Terry is inviting the audience to participate in a “Flash Mob Drum Circle” after his own performance.