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Waterford Historical Society (CT)

The Waterford Historical Society, Inc. is soliciting 1 or 2 original works of art from local artists for the 5th annual Art In Waterford event. Deadline for submissions is midnight April 10, 2023.  See the prospectus below for entry information and requirements. You do not need to be a member of the Waterford Historical Society to enter, but we always appreciate new and returning members.  

En Plein Air art event

In addition to the “Past + Present + Future” exhibits,  artists who are interested in participating in plein air painting during the event weekend are encouraged to respond by email to artinwaterford@gmail.com, indicating which day and approximate time you would like to participate. The historic buildings and grounds of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center make fabulous painting subjects for interested artists, and anyone can join in! Direct any questions to Kristen Widham, President, at artinwaterford@gmail.com.

Prospectus for “Art In Waterford” juried art exhibition

The theme of the exhibition is anything that relates to southeastern Connecticut. This could be people, towns, historic buildings, iconic scenes, objects, rivers, shorelines, etc.

Artists must fill out and submit the entry form. It is an editable PDF which can be filled out and submitted electronically. Download the entry form.

Both two- and three-dimensional art will be considered, including photography. All art must be the original work of the artist. No work done under instruction or tutelage is allowed.

Each artist may enter one or two works for consideration. There are no entry fees.

No prints of paintings may be entered.

Two-dimensional pieces must measure no more than 48 inches on a side. Three-dimensional pieces must measure no more than 30 inches in any dimension, and weigh no more than 50 pounds.

Artists may offer their work for sale at the price listed on the entry form. “Not for sale” entries are allowed.

For any sold pieces, the Waterford Historical Society will retain 25% of the sale price, and remit 75% to the artist.

Deadline for entries is midnight, April 10, 2023. Artists will be contacted by email within approximately 10 days with the results of the selection process.

All entries must be submitted in the form of a high-quality .jpg, .jpeg, or .heic image (up to three images in the case of three-dimensional art), labeled as follows:  last-name_first-name_title_entry number. In the case of three-dimensional art, the letters “a”, “b” or “c” may be appended, depending on the number of images submitted.

​For two-dimensional art, images should be at least 1000 pixels on the shortest side, less than 5MB total size, and should depict just the art (i.e., no frames).

The entry form and images must be sent to artinwaterford@gmail.com. If it is not possible to submit entry information by email, the entry form and printed images may be sent to Kristen Widham, Waterford Historical Society, Inc., P.O. Box 117, Waterford, CT, 06385 and postmarked no later than Thursday, April 6, 2023.

Artists of accepted pieces are expected to deliver and place their works in the Rose Barn at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center on Wednesday, May 24, between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Artists should take note that no art will be hung on the walls. Instead, all two-dimensional art will be displayed on easels, and three-dimensional art on pedestals. The Waterford Historical Society can provide a limited number of easels and pedestals, but artists are encouraged to provide their own portable displays.

The show will be open to the public from 12 noon to 5 p.m. on Friday, May 26, through Monday, May 29, 2023.  Artists must remove their work between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Monday, May 29.

Art In Waterford 2023:  Call for Artists and Prospectus