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Connecticut Women Artists Invites the Public

to its Annual National Open Juried Exhibition

 

ROCKY HILL, Connecticut, April 4, 2020. Celebrating its 90th anniversary as an organization dedicated to advancing women in the arts, Connecticut Women Artists, Inc., (CWA) invites the art-loving public to two upcoming art exhibits.


CWA's Annual National Open Juried Exhibition will be held at Arts Center East, 709 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon, CT 06066, and is scheduled to begin on Saturday, August 29, with a closure date of Friday, September 25. The exhibit will showcase the art of women from across the United States, working in media as diverse as painting, mixed media, drawing, collage, printmaking, fiber art, photography, and sculpture. At a reception scheduled for Saturday, September 12, 2020, from 1 to 3 p.m, several participating artists will receive a total of $2000 in cash awards. Carol Padberg, an artist who also directs the Interdisciplinary MFA at the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, is the juror for the exhibition.


CWA this summer will also open the doors for an invitational exhibit, in celebration of its 90th anniversary, featuring the work of its current and former officers and council members. This event, currently scheduled for August 1 to August 27, 2020, at the East Hartford Public Library, 740 Main St., East Hartford, CT 06108, coincides with an exhibition at the Art Museum of the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, called, "Where Are the Women? Rediscovering the Origins of Connecticut Women Artists". The exhibition celebrates the work of CWA's original 20 founders.
CWA traced its roots to 1929 when a small group of outstanding women artists founded the organization due to a concern over the lack of attention given to women artists at that time. In the past 90 years, CWA has grown to become a statewide organization of highly accomplished artists working in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, assemblage, photography, clay, metal, fiber, textiles, and glass.


CWA's Annual National Open Juried Exhibition is open to women artists from across the United States. Details, including entry fees, delivery and pick up deadlines, and opening date and time, are available in the online prospectus at Call for Entries for the Annual National Open Juried Exhibition 2020.

For more information about CWA visit the website at www.ctwomenartists.org.

Media Contact: Diane Cadrain, Vice President, Connecticut Women Artists, Inc., (860) 966-0647

diane.cadrain@gmail.com


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Connecticut Women Artists: 90 Years of Promoting Women in the Arts

WEST HARTFORD, Connecticut, February 28, 2020. Recently celebrating the 90t​h​ anniversary of its promoting and supporting women in the arts, Connecticut Women Artists​, originally founded as the Society of Women Painters and Sculptors of Hartford, is now thriving as a statewide organization of highly accomplished artists working in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, assemblage, photography, clay, metal, fiber, textiles, and glass.

Now numbering close to 200 members, the organization had its genesis in the scarcity of exhibit opportunities for women artists in the male-dominated art community in Hartford in the early twentieth century. Two women, Jessie S. Goodwin Preston (1879-1973) and Helen Townson Stimpson (1886-1977), both professional artists, brought together the group’s first exhibition, at Hartford’s Wadsworth Atheneum, in 1929.

The original 20 artist-founders are now the subject of an upcoming exhibit, Where are the Women?​ Presented at the University of St. Joseph, 1678 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06117-2764, which will show the highlights of the founding members' work and rediscover art never exhibited to contemporary audiences.

Connecticut Women Artists (CWA) now presents one open juried show, one members' juried show, and one Council Members' show each year at respected art venues throughout the state. The organization chooses jurors from among the most talented and significant women currently working in visual arts. CWA is also a long-standing Award Patron of the annual Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards which supports the outstanding artistic achievement of youth in Connecticut.

 

For more information about CWA visit the website at www.ctwomenartists.org.

Media Contact: Diane Cadrain, Vice President, Connecticut Women Artists, Inc., (860) 966-0647

diane.cadrain@gmail.com

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For images of members’ work, visit the ​Featured Artist Gallery​ and the Member Gallery on the CWA website.

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Home page top to bottom strips - CWA Members: Sarah Warda, Morning Light, Block Island, Oil on Canvas; Linda Boisvert DeStefanis, Lotus Rising II, Oil on Canvas; NC Whitcher, High-fire Handbuilt Stone Vessel;; Carol Vinick, United We Stand, Fabric Collage

Home page left to right / top to bottom repeaters - CWA members: Clara Nartey, I Heart My Puffs, Threads on Cotton;  A recent CWA Annual National Open Juried Exhibition at the Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich, Connecticut, Photo by CWA member B. Rossitto; Nan Runde, A Cup for You, Oil on Canvas

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