Still Lifes & the Legacy of Charles Ethan Porter

Exhibit Dates: April 1–April 30, 2022
Gallery Hours: Thursday–Saturday, 1:00–5:00pm

Arts Center East is pleased to present an exhibit of contemporary Still Lifes alongside artwork and information about 19th and early 20th century Rockville artist, Charles Ethan Porter.

Charles Ethan Porter was a renowned Still Life Artist in the 19th and early 20th Century. He lived in Rockville, CT for most of his life. Porter not only studied art at the National Academy of Design in New York City, he was one of the first Black artists to exhibit there. He was the only Black artist at the turn of the century who painted still lifes. His work can be found in collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Wadsworth Athenaeum, and more. Most recently, a painting of Porter’s was acquired by the Florence Griswold Museum in Connecticut. It is also likely that much of Porter’s work is owned privately but has not been officially authenticated.

With this exhibit, we are shining a light on Charles Ethan Porter and celebrating artists who are working in the style of still lifes today. Open to artists 18 years and older working in acrylic, pastels, oil, watercolor, charcoal, and colored pencil. Subjects can vary from traditional still life or memento mori composition (flowers, fruit, timepieces, etc.) to more contemporary or surreal compositions.

Submission Deadline: March 13, 2022
Jury Results: March 21, 2022


Exhibits at Arts Center East are free and open to the public. We are grateful for the support from our community and visitors.

Thanks to our Juror
Barbara Groff
This exhibit is made possible by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving Vernon Greater Together Community Fund.