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.

Arts Center East is home to a rich Arts Community. Support from the community ensures that we can continue to bring you educational and engaging exhibits, classes, and events. 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/Artisan 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

Ampli Sound: Hearing Care Center
Anchored Fitness
Artist Haven Media
Big Y (Tolland)
Clay Furniture Industries Inc.
CMC Memorial Four Town Vet
Dick Blick
Divine Treasures
EBK Art Frame Art Services
Frame Dimensions
Gottier Fuel Co. Inc.
Great Harvest Bread
Jerry’s Artarama
NAEK Construction Company Inc.
Santini Villa Apartments LLC
Shortell Framing
T&S Building and Remodeling
Garden Barn
Wood n Tap

Susan Shimer Memorial Award

Joel Sokolov
Kelly Taylor

Christine Acebo
Karen Anger
Phyllis Baker
Carol Bryant
Catherine Candelaria
Louise Cooke
Anna Crawford
John DeWolf
Joan Elias
Ellen Marmer
Peggy McCardle
Sana Nouman
Pamela Rizzo
Jon & Janet Roe
Paul Shimer
Karen Suponski
Thomas & Lynn Sweet
Jeanne Teraila
Gina Trusiewicz
Susan Winkel

Emilie Beckwith
Patricia Buxton
Thomasina Clemons
Deren Dagon
Janet & Roger DiTarando
Carolyn Emerson
Nadine Giglio
Emilia Gonzalez
Robert & Lorraine Hurd
Laura Kinlock
Jacques Lamarre
Lynn Reed
Mark Schoell
Joan Sonnanburg
Marian Storch
Michael & Phyllis Winkler

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.