|"Day's End," 24x12" acrylic on canvas, copyright Joan Cole|
"From the 18th century onward, Connecticut has a long and illustrious history as a place for artists to live and work. Artists of the past found inspiration in the state's natural beauty, its towns and cities, and its people from many backgrounds. This is abundantly evident in the permanent collection galleries of the Slater Museum. The Connecticut Artists Exhibition ,,, demonstrates how artists of today share some of these same interests, and move in exciting new directions.
My assignment as Juror was to select approximately 120 works out of the nearly 400 submitted. I was pleased to see such diversity of approaches across all media. In the end, I tried to reflect that diversity with a representative selection of works marked by creative expression and proficiencies of execution. I also found works with a "spark" of originality that I hope you will enjoy as much as I did. I was struck by how many works showed a profound concern for the future of our planet, our natural environment, and our wildlife. This was a reminder that artists can serve as a kind of collective conscience for our society, tapping into and expressing visually what is on our minds today."
If you haven't yet seen this exciting exhibition, I invite you to make the trip to Norwich to do so. The Slater Museum is on the grounds of Norwich Free Academy. Additional information can be found at www.slatermuseum.org.