Invest in the Arts

Arts Center East is the heart of the arts east of the river!

Arts Center East is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that relies on a variety of funding sources, including individual donations from visitors like you. Your generosity helps make possible all that we offer.

When you support Arts Center East, you are investing in the Arts in your community. Your financial contributions help ensure our exhibits remain free to the public. They impower us to conceptualize more unique exhibits and programming and ensure our staff can continue to connect with and serve our artists and our visitors.
Donations can also be made In Memory or In Honor of individuals. It is a great way to honor artists and art lovers, by bolstering the arts community here at Arts Center East.
We are deeply grateful to all who have supported our programming and our mission to be an arts destination for all. Your generosity makes a big difference to everyone who comes through our doors and visits us virtually.

Membership for Artists and Art Lovers

General Members of Arts Center East enjoy benefits like discounts on art purchases and discounted tickets to events.
Artist Members receive the additional benefits of being listed on our website, inclusion in our Members exhibits, and more!


Individuals can apply for Senior/Student Membership, Individual Membership, or Family Membership

  • Membership is renewable annually
  • Members receive a 10% discount on classes, gift shop purchases, and select events


Artist Members receive the additional benefits of being listed on our website, inclusion in our Members exhibit, the opportunity to sell items in our Artisan Gift Shop, and more!

Signature Artist Members who are accepted by the jury receive the additional benefit of having their personal websites included in their listing, inclusion in the Members and Signature Members Exhibit, the opportunity to sell items in our Artisan Gfit Shop, and more!

When you invest in Arts Center East, you help support our Exhibits, Classes, & Events. With your support, we can continue to present our exhibits free to the public, and present affordable programming to the public.

Apply to be an Artist Member

Send your artist resume and statement to with five (5) images you feel are representative of you as an artist. (Or use our application forms.) After your application fee has been received, we will review your application and notify you.

NOTE: Current Artist Members can apply for Signature Membership in the months of April, or September. Notifications will be made by May 30 or October 31, depending on the application cycle. Interested Artist Members can email your application pieces to Applications should include:

  • Five high-quality jpg images, at least 700 pixels wide
  • Recent bio, list of acceptances into juried shows, awards (at last three), memberships/affiliations, website
    NOTE: applications may submit their website as supporting material
  • Contact information including mailing address, email, and phone
    NOTE: Current Artist Members can earn Signature Status by having won prizes in three ACE exhibits. Please submit a resume via email showing these awards.

No additional application fee is required as long as membership is current.

Application fees can also be paid via check or credit card over the phone.

Donor Categories

Between Rounds Bagels
Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff
Clay Furniture Ind. Inc.
CMC Memorial Four Town Vet
Elmo’s Dockside
Exstillia Boutique Skincare
Friends of the Rockville Public Library Inc.
Golden Artist Colors
Great Harvest Bread
Highland Park Market
John Boyle Decorating Center
Ladd-Turkington and Carmon
Lucky Taco
Monet’s Table
Riley’s Liquor
Santini Villa Apartments LLC
Spare Time
Superior Energy
Vernon Coffee Roasters
Vernon Diner
Worthington Vineyard & Winery

Susan Shimer Memorial Award

Sheryll Bedingfield
Joan Elias
Kelly Taylor
Michael & Phyllis Winkler

Diane Becker
John DeWolf
Karin Dionne
Sharon Kehmna
Karen KIes
Hilary Lang
YukShan Li
Ellen Marmer
Pamela Rizzo
Jon & Janet Roe
Mark Schoell
Thomas Shea
Paul Shimer
Marie Smith
Christine Sniadach
Carol Stocks Prandy
Thomas & Lynn Sweet
Jeanne Teraila
Gina Trusiewicz

Karen Anger
Joyce Benson
Paula Capaldo
Deborah Cormier
Catherine Costa
Mary Jo Costabile
Kurt Dembeck
Jan DiTarando
Jim Dorer
Alvin Eichorn
Ginny Emerson
Emilia Gonzalez
Calli Joy
Nicole Kincman
Laura Kinlock
Ann & Bob Letendre
Laura Malin
Nancy Osgood
Lisa Ouellette
Jane Penfield
Karen Pizzitola
Debra Polikaitis
Lisa Rischowsky
Mariann Saltus
Tina Schwach
Joan Sonnanburg
Kathy Stavens
Susan St. Germain
Karen Suponski
Stephen & Jennifer Sutton
Elayna Szkrybalo
Kathleen Waine
Ann D. Williams
SUsan Winkel
Lilly Yanagita

Arts Center East receives additional support from the Connecticut Office of the Arts, CT Humanities, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and the Rockville Bank Community Foundation.