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Connecticut Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition

In collaboration with the Connecticut Art Education Association Inc.

Jan 14 - Feb 1 | Silpe Gallery

Connecticut Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition

CT Scholastic Art Awards

Submission guidelines


Important Dates

Judging: January 3-4 2019

Drop off: January 9-10, 2019

Exhibition: January 14-February 1

Pick up: February 2-6, 2019

Awards and Reception

Sunday, January 27, 2019 from 2-3:30 pm in Lincoln Theater, University of Hartford

2019 Alexander A. Goldfarb Juried Student Exhibition

Jan 31 - Feb 22 | 1-5 pm | Joseloff Gallery

2019 Alexander A. Goldfarb Juried Student Exhibition


In the late-1980’s, the Alexander A. Goldfarb Memorial Trust was created at the University of Hartford to honor the late Alexander Goldfarb and his dedication to the arts.  This trust would fund the Juried Student Art Exhibition—as it was then called—to be held annually at the Joseloff Gallery.

All current students of the University of Hartford are invited to submit up to two works of art to be considered for the exhibition. Of the works chosen for the show, two undergraduate students will be chosen to receive purchase prizes in the amount of $1,000 each.  The winning students’ artwork will become a part of the Goldfarb Memorial Collection, owned by the Hartford Art School and proudly displayed throughout the University public spaces.  Part-time and graduate students may enter work for the exhibition, but only full-time, undergraduate students are eligible to win the two purchase prizes.  

Submission Dates: November 1 to December 15

Notification: December 21, 2018

Drop-off dates: January 22-24, 2019

Install: January 25-30

Exhibition: January 31 to February 22, 2019

Reception: January 31, 2019, 5-7 pm

De-install/Pick-up: February 23-24


John O’Donnell creates artistic projects beyond the confines of any media, employing material that is germane to his conceptualization. O’Donnell is a printmaker, a sculptor, a performance and new media artist who addresses everyday engagement with our perceptions of reality, awkward transitions, nostalgia, and politics with its attendant conflicts broadcasted by traditional and social media.

As Assistant Professor of Printmaking at the University of Connecticut, he focuses his teaching on the rigors of a strong technical foundation while encouraging experimentation and exploration of concepts and materials.

Most recently, O’Donnell has had solo exhibitions at the Glass Box Gallery, Seattle, WA; No Pop Gallery, New Haven, CT; The School of the MFA, Boston, MA; EBK Gallery, Hartford, CT; Blue House Gallery, Dayton, OH; and the New Britain Museum of American Art, CT. He received his MFA at the University of Connecticut and currently resides in New Haven, CT.


Submissions Details


  • Submissions will be accepted online only.

  • Only currently enrolled students of the University of Hartford are eligible to enter.

  • Part-time and graduate students may enter work for the exhibition, but only full-time, undergraduate students are eligible to win the two purchase prizes.

  • Submissions should be recent and a fair representation of your current work.  Freshmen who completed work over the summer, before entering the art school may enter those works.  Please do not enter work completed as assignments during courses at other schools or universities.

  • Artwork made from organic materials that may rot during the exhibition (pieces made of food/vegetables/trash/etc.) will alter the environment in the gallery and may harm the work around them.  The Joseloff Gallery will disqualify any work deemed hazardous to the gallery or the artwork installed around it.

  • All accepted artwork must remain on display in the gallery through the end of the Goldfarb Exhibition on March 26 and will not be allowed to be removed while the exhibition is on view for any reason.

  • Maximum file size for ArtCall.org image uploads is 540 x 1920 px.


Sculpture/3-D Work
You may submit up to three images per entry.  If you would like to show multiple views of your sculptural work, please do.

ArtCall recommends the following for video submissions:
"Due to the vast number of codecs and wrappers and formats for digital video (and enormous storage requirements), we recommend that students upload their videos to either Vimeo.com or YouTube.com.  Users can then copy the URL for the video and paste it into the description field on their submission."
ArtCall's current video upload capability only allows for .mp4 videos and a maximum file size of 4MB.

2-D Work
You may submit up to three images per entry. 

*If your work is matted or framed PLEASE be sure to submit an image of the entire piece, including mat/frame.*

2-D work should be in show-ready condition.  This does not mean that it needs to be framed; it means that it should look neat, there should be no tape on the face of the work, there should be no fingerprints in the borders, and the edges of the paper should not be torn.

If your piece is meant to be matted, you are encouraged do so, but please know that it is better to submit a piece with a well-fitting mat ONLY than it is to place your work in an ill-fitting, store-bought frame for the sake of framing it.

Unmatted works on paper will be pinned to the wall when hung in the exhibition.  If you would prefer that your work be hung differently, please devise a hanging system before submitting your work.

Matted pieces and works on paper mounted to board will be hung on the wall with L-nails and the gallery may have Plexiglas cut to size for the exhibition. If you would prefer that your work be hung differently, please devise a hanging system before submitting your work.

Works on stretched canvas will be hung on the stretcher bars if a hanging wire is not supplied. If you would prefer that your work be hung differently, please devise a hanging system before submitting your work.

Work in a series (a diptych or triptych, for example) may be submitted as one entry.  Please be sure to enter an image of the full series installed as a group.

This exhibition and associated events are made possible by the Alexander A. Goldfarb Endowment fund at the Hartford Art School, Inc.         


Transfer Student Award Exhibition

Feb 14 - Feb 28 | 1-5 pm | Silpe Gallery


Submission:     November 1, 2018 to January 19, 2019

Notification:    Exhibition Round: January 26, 2019            Scholarship Round: February 14, 2019

Exhibition:       February 14-28, 2019

Reception:       February 14, 2018, 6-8 pm

Drop-off:         February 7-9, 2019, 10 am – 4 pm

Install:             February 11-13, 2018

Pick-up:           March 1-2, 2019, 10 am – 4 pm



Exhibition Round:

Students showing exceptional work will be chosen to exhibit at the Donald and Linda Silpe Gallery at the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford.


Scholarship Round:

Students selected in the Exhibition Round are eligible to compete for scholarship awards, including full tuition (approximately $36,000, exclusive of room fees and board) per year, and partial tuition scholarships.



  1. Enrolled in any Connecticut Community College (Asnuntuck, Capital, Gateway, Housatonic, Manchester, Middlesex, Naugatuck, Northwestern CT, Norwalk, Quinebaug, Three Rivers, Tunxis); or students enrolled at Holyoke Community College, Springfield Technical Community College, or Greenfield Community College
  2. Declared or plan to declare as a Fine Art/Studio major (double majors are eligible)



  1. Portfolio – 10 different works of art, submitted as .jpg, .png, .tif, 144 dpi (each work can have 3 images)
  2. Artist Statement – 500 words MAXIMUM
  3. Letter of Recommendation – 1 letter from your college art professor
  4. Unofficial Transcripts – official transcripts will be required after receiving an award (including prior institutions, if applicable).


SUBMIT ALL MATERIALS TO joseloff@hartford.edu with the subject line Community submission


QUESTIONS?  email joseloff@hartford.edu



Awards Reception

February 14, 2019

6-8 pm

2019 Georgette and Richard Koopman Distinguished Chair in the Visual Arts

Feb 28 - Mar 29 | 1-5 pm | Joseloff Gallery

2019 Georgette and Richard Koopman Distinguished Chair in the Visual Arts

The Georgette and Richard Koopman Distinguished Chair in the Visual Arts is an annual artist-in-residency program that brings prominent artist/teachers to the Hartford Art School. Mark Burns presents recent works while working with students in the Ceramics Department for the academic year 2018-19.

Koopman Events

Reception: March 7, 5-7 pm

Dinner: March 7, 7-10 pm

Koopman Talk: TBD

Jackie McLean Fellowship presentation

Billie Lee and the Learning space

Mar 7 - Mar 14 | Silpe Gallery

Jackie McLean Fellowship presentation

Hartford Art School visiting faculty, Billie Lee presents her McLean Fellowship project.

Billie Lee is an Assistant Professor of Art History and Painting in the Hartford Art School. She is an artist, educator, and writer working at the intersection of art, pedagogy, and social change. Her arts practice includes painting, video, and a documentary film project, Moving Home, that premiered at the Hawai‘i International Film Festival in 2012. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and MFA from Yale University, and has held positions at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Yale University Art Gallery, Queens Museum, and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. As a doctoral candidate in American Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Lee’s dissertation project extends her interest in pedagogy through an examination on the cultural politics of difference in contemporary art and education.

Learning Space

Throughout the week, the Silpe gallery will present thematic presentations.