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CWA's 2023 Annual Members' Juried Show

Connecticut Women Artists, Inc. (CWA) is one of the   country's oldest women's art organizations, founded in 1929. CWA is a statewide group of vibrant, highly accomplished professional artists working in various media, including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, assemblage, photography, clay, metal, fiber, and textiles.

The work of these participating contemporary artists, in many media and styles, is on display from
April 1 until April 22, 2023, at the Art League of New Britain, 30 Cedar Street, New Britain, Connecticut. The opening reception and awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2023, from 2:00 until 4:00 pm, and the closing reception will be held on Saturday, April 22, from 1:30 until 3:00 pm. The collection of works was juried by Dr. Anna Swinbourne, Ph.D., Executive Director and CEO of the Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, Connecticut.

Show Chair, Amy Conover,

Reception Chair, Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti

First Prize Award

Town Bricks, Casa Grande Trading Post, Los Cerrillos, New Mexico

Grace Scharr McEnaney

Award Winners

2nd Prize Award: Anne Doris-Eisner, Secrets of the Heart; Alternative Media Award: Jennifer Muller, Back in the Game; Juror Award: Amy LaBossierre, Sober Friends; Council Award: June Webster, Barn Abstraction; Presidents’ Award: Kara Simmers, Autumn Waterfall

Juror's statement

"I am not certain if it happened gradually over multiple viewings or in one specific shock as a teenager, but I know that what draws me to art and the private and priceless experience of viewing it first-hand is its ability to inspire awe. I believe that awe can take countless forms. I will never tire of marveling at the technical prowess, reveling in the thought provoked, or appreciating the sheer innovation of a particular piece. Nor will I cease in admiring the individual who chooses, after the long and difficult journey of birthing a creation, to share it bravely with the world, to expose their innermost selves and visions to the public.

Therefore, I would like to thank sincerely every artist who submitted a work for consideration. While I struggled to make selections and determine awards, I greatly enjoyed my time with this collective body of artwork and its awe-inspiring powers.

I also appreciate on both the individual and collective levels the presentation of the Now, our particular moment in time on this planet. Great art distills this in compelling and often beautiful fashion, and in so doing connects us humans across time and place. From the traditional media and subject matter to the alternative and unorthodox, the women in this exhibition have placed their thumb on the pulse of our moment. It is a joy to behold."  Dr. Anna Swinbourne, Ph.D., Executive Director and CEO of the Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, Connecticut.

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