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The 2023/24 season begins with the Annual Member Show, celebrating the range, interests, and talents of artist members working across all subjects, styles, and media. 

2023 Member Show Selected Work

The Betty Barker Award was established in 2018 to honor one of the founders of the Carriage Barn.  The selections are based on input from past exhibit jurors and exhibition committee members.

2023 Betty Barker award winner ($250):
Amy Schott, Leftovers mixed media collage vintage found printed papers used in previous works.  A variation of Schott’s shadow box pieces with the same beautiful composition and flawless execution.  The piece takes viewers on a visual journey that is nostalgic, surprising, and layered while also visually arresting as a whole.

Honorable mentions to three artists whose pieces demonstrate technical expertise and pushing the boundaries of their mediums/process.

Howard Gould, Back Alley Infrared (590nm) Color photograph. printed on Canson Infinity Pure White smooth paper

Derek Freres, Navigation by Asterisms kinkformed soda lime glass

Thomas Brenner, Mirror Image self portrait pastel on paper



Submission Deadline: Monday, August 14
Notification via email: Saturday, August 19

Art Delivery: August 27/28 between 11am–1pm
Opening Reception: Saturday, Sept. 9 from 4-6pm
Gallery Artist Talk: Sunday, Sept. 17 from 3-4:30pm
Waveny Park Arts Festival: Sunday, Oct. 1, 10am-4pm
Carriage Barn Annual Meeting & Panel: Wednesday, Oct. 4, 6:30pm
Marketing Your Art Panel & Closing Event: Thursday, Oct. 12 from 6:30-8pm
Art Pickup: Oct. 12 (after panel) and Oct.14 10am-1pm 

Each year, one piece is awarded the Betty Barker Award and a $250 prize.  The award was established in 2017 in honor of Betty Barker (1920-1997), a prolific and accomplished artist who was the driving force in establishing the Carriage Barn Arts Center.  


SPECIFICATIONS: 2D work must be delivered to the gallery ready-to-hang and no larger than 30 x 40 inches (or 36″ x 36″) including frame. We use the Walker Hanging System, work should be appropriately wired or cleated with adequate support. Sculpture and installations may also be submitted for display in the gallery or outside in the courtyard. Work must remain on exhibit for the entire show. Saw tooth hangers and small wire loops on the back of inexpensive frames, scratched glass and Plexiglas, poorly constructed frames, and poorly cut mats will not be accepted. Submissions received without payment will not be considered. The Carriage Barn Arts Center reserves the right to reject any artwork due to inadequate preparation for installation or for potential security or public safety issues. There is a daily storage charge of $10/day for any work left at the gallery after the show without prior arrangements made for an alternative pickup date and time.

IMPORTANT: Upload image file appropriately sized and specifically labeled: “lastname_firstname_entry#_title” (all lowercase). Example: smith_mary_1_butterflies.jpg.  Submit your image as .jpeg, maximum file size 3 MB, minimum file size 100 KB, maximum image width 2000 pixels.

SALES: We encourage exhibitors to enter works that are for sale. For any works sold, artists receive 65% of the sale price before tax. The Carriage Barn Arts Center and New Canaan Society for the Arts retains the remaining 35% 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.

LIABILITY AND INSURANCE: Insurance covers work accepted for exhibition while in possession of the NCSA. Upon delivery of work, artist must sign a consignment and liability form conceding that the NCSA assumes no responsibility beyond the applicable limit of our insurance coverage. If the liability form remains unsigned, the NCSA can only insure to the extent of 50% of the value accepted and/or determined by the insurance company less any deductible. The work will be insured 100% if the artist presents a third-party appraisal.

All care will be taken while art is at the Carriage Barn, but NCSA is not responsible for any loss or 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.

IMAGE USE 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.

About the Carriage Barn

The mission of the New Canaan Society for the Arts, Inc. is to promote the visual and performing arts, and to enrich the community through exhibitions, education, and cultural experiences, and to operate the Carriage Barn Arts Center.


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Carriage Barn Arts Center
Waveny Park
681 South Avenue
New Canaan, CT 06840

(203) 594-3638

[email protected]