Still Lifes Exhibit

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 4, 2:00–4:00pm
Exhibit Dates: May 4–June 1, 2024
Gallery Hours: Thursday–Saturday, 1:00–5:00pm
Free and open to the public

In the 19th and early 20th century, Rockville, CT was home of the renowned still life artist, Charles Ethan Porter. 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, as well as several private collections.

This Still Lifes Exhibit is to celebrate the legacy of the style and showcase artists who are working in the style of still lifes today. Subjects vary from traditional still life or memento mori composition (flowers, fruit, timepieces, etc.) to more contemporary or surreal compositions.

Congratulations to the Award Winners

First Place: Final Catch, Steve Wilda
Second Place: Brush Bouquet by Barbara Groff
Third Place: Vintage Iron by Gene Suponski

Susan Shimer Memorial Award: Let’s Call It A Day by Virginia Morrissey Bilodeau

Honorable Mention: My Mother’s French Toast, Payton Brown
Honorable Mention: Uncle Ralph’s Clarinet, Douglas Gillette
Honorable Mention: Sunny Spot, Bonnie Lindland

If you are interested in purchasing any of the pieces in the exhibit, please email with the title of the piece and the artist’s name.

*All images are the property of the artists are are not for individual downloads.

Accepted Artists Pick-up: Sunday, June 2, 11:00am–2:00pm & Monday, June 3, 3:00–6:00pm

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
Sanchitha Vishwanath
Thanks to our Sponsors

Susan Shimer Memorial Award