Carriage Barn Arts Center

Home of the New Canaan Society for the Arts

2018 Spectrum Prospectus

This Spring the Carriage Barn Arts Center, home to the New Canaan Society for the Arts will host its 28th annual Spectrum Contemporary Art Show.  Spectrum is a juried exhibition of original, contemporary artwork by local and regional artists, and invites submissions in all media.  Entries must have been created within the past two years and not have been previously exhibited at the Carriage Barn.

The guest juror is Hilary Lewis, chief curator and creative director of the Glass House.  Inspired by Philip Johnson and David Whitney’s legacy as art collectors and champions of contemporary art, Lewis will review and select submissions that represent “What’s Now / What’s New” — new interpretations, original techniques, diverse subject matter.

Johnson and Whitney shared a respect for history, but also believed art, architecture and ideas should not be trapped by the past. Johnson believed strongly in the adage “the one constant is change,” and the 2018 Spectrum exhibit will showcase artwork and artists that best represent the future and reflect the world we live in today.

From the accepted entries, the juror will select 4-6 “Artists To Watch” who will be recognized at the opening and throughout the show and who will be invited to participate in a special presentation at the Carriage Barn Arts Center.

ABOUT the Juror:
Hilary Lewis is Chief Curator & Creative Director at the Glass House, former home of Philip Johnson and now a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in New Canaan, Connecticut. There she oversees art exhibitions, publications, public programs, and other creative efforts at the institution as well as the Glass House permanent collection and archives. With Johnson, Lewis wrote two books and numerous articles, including Philip Johnson: The Architect in His Own Words, recipient of the AIA International Architecture Award. Additionally, Johnson spent five years with Lewis recording his memoirs and ideas on architecture, work that continues to inform her projects relating to the legacy of Johnson. Educated at Princeton, MIT and Harvard, Lewis is both an architectural historian and specialist in urban planning and development.


Deadline: Friday, March 9, 2018
Notification (by email, selections on our website): Monday, March 26, 2018
Drop off:  April 15 & 16 between 10am-1pm
Opening reception: Friday, April 20, 6-8pm
Closes: Thursday May 24, 2018
Pickup: Friday, May 25, between 11-2pm & Saturday, May 26, between 10-Noon

Submission fees directly support our operations. Click here to become a member today for reduced entry fees!
members/students: $26 for up to 3 entries. $5 per additional entry (up to six)
non-members: $41 for up to 3 entries, $5 per additional entry (up to six)

Member/student entry form
Non-member entry form

Work delivered to the gallery must be installation-ready. All two-dimensional works and wall sculptures must be wired or cleated with a beveled edge on the cleat for hanging. We use the Walker hanging system (nails and screws are not drilled into the walls). Work must remain on exhibit for the entire show. Following the pickup dates after the close of the show, there will be storage charge of $10/day for any work left at the gallery. Note: We prefer to receive works framed in white, natural wood, or black frames with white or ivory tone mattes. Saw tooth hangers and small wire loops on the back of inexpensive frames are not acceptable along with scratched glass or plexi-glass, poorly constructed frames and poorly cut mats. We reserve the right to reject any work whose presentation is sub-standard.  Sculpture must be presented in a permanent, non-fragile medium. A limited number of pedestals are available.  The Walker Hanging System is used for wall sculpture. All sculpture must be delivered fully assembled and presented in a permanent, non-fragile medium.

We encourage exhibitors to enter works that are for sale. For any works sold, artists receive 60% of the sale price before tax. The Carriage Barn Arts Center and New Canaan Society for the Arts retains the remaining 40% as a transaction fee. While the New Canaan Society for the Arts [NCSA] supports exhibitors who are seeking to sell their work by putting prospective buyers in touch with member artists, the determination of value and other terms of a sale remain a matter between the artist and the prospective buyer throughout the sale process.

While all care will be taken while art is being exhibited in any NCSA sponsored exhibition, NCSA assumes no responsibility for any damage to the artwork during delivery, installation, and de-installation including, by way of example but not limitation, normal wear and tear, such as minor nicks to frames or scratches to Plexiglas. NCSA will not be liable for work not claimed after specified pick-up dates and times.

As a condition for exhibiting work in any NCSA exhibition, the exhibiting artist acknowledges by executing this agreement that NCSA assumes no responsibility for theft or other catastrophic loss beyond the applicable limits of NCSA’s insurance coverage. Except to the extent set forth in a separate written agreement signed by both the Exhibitor and NCSA, and subject to applicable deductions, insurance coverage cannot exceed 50% of the market value of any particular item, with the understanding that the exhibitor’s requested price may not be determinative with regard to market value for insurance purposes.

Image Usage Rights:
Artist’s recognition is provided with any use. By submission for jurying, artists whose submissions are chosen for the exhibition grant The Carriage Barn Arts Center the right to use their images for the purpose of promoting the artist, promoting the Center’s programs, promoting exhibitions and subsequent display on the Center’s website of current and past exhibitions. Promotions and images may also be placed on social networks with artist credit.