CWA Annual National Open Juried Exhibition

Opening Reception: Saturday, August 21, 1:00–3:00pm
Exhibit Dates: August 21–September 10, 2021
Gallery Hours: Thursday–Sunday, 1:00–5:00pm

Arts Center East is proud to host the Connecticut Women Artists 2021 Annual National Open Juried Exhibition.

View the list of all selected works.

Congratulations to the Award Winners
First Place: Krista Guerin, Mein Mutter/My Mother
Second Place: Janet Leombruni, Caruso
Third Place: Carol Vinick, Margaret Day: The Matriarch
Alternative Media Award: Sarah Schneiderman, The State of Healthcare in the United States of America #2
President’s Award: Patricia Trapp, The Three Barns
Council Award: Nancy Greco, At the Top of the Stairs
Juror Award: Eileen O’Donnell, Dusty
Juror Award: Barbara Groff, Brush Bouquet

A Statement from the Juror, Susan Fisher, Director of the Mystic Art Museum

“Thank you for the invitation to participate in the Connecticut Women Artists exhibition at Arts Center East in Vernon. It was more than a pleasure to take a long, thoughtful look at such a range of artwork. In person, I was even more deeply impressed by the generosity of spirit and the eloquence of the artists and their artwork, than I had been in the online review.

It was difficult to make selections. I was attracted by the whole-hearted devotion of all the artists to their work. This was evident in the intense explorations I saw of various techniques and mediums: the intense focus on the imagery in representational works, and the gallant explorations of non-objective compositions. I especially appreciated the variety of mediums: everything from oil and watercolor paintings to collage, found objects, clay, monoprint, and fiber. This is a refreshing scope of creative expression.

I also noted a high degree of humor in several of the works on display. In the pressure of creative work – particularly in the aftermath of a pandemic and the world of hurt it has brought to so many – it can be easy to lose sight of joy. I was impressed by, and grateful for, the n umber of works that managed to express lightheartedness with tremendous skill and fluency.

We in the arts face unprecedented challenges right now. Thank you for rising to the challenge of seeing beyond the day-to-day and bringing your talents to bear on a broader vision.”