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Please join us for an artist Gallery Talk on Saturday, May 18 at 11am

Check out the Visual Rhythms playlist featuring music that inspires the exhibiting artists!

Spectrum is a juried exhibition of original, contemporary artwork by local and regional artists, and invites submissions in all media.  All entries must have been created within the past two years and not previously exhibited at the Carriage Barn.  

The juror Sam Wilson, a founding director of Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, reviewed original works in all media that celebrate and explore the connection between Art & Music.

For centuries, artists and musicians have inspired each other through their creative expression. Significant artistic movements such as Impressionism and Abstract Expressionism evolved out of the visual interpretation of rhythm and sounds. Both art and music share the power to evoke and inspire emotions, tell stories, and communicate ideas. 

Works selected for the exhibition will showcase the common elements such as rhythm, harmony, repetition, movement, and expression, and the many ways that musicians or iconic performances influence artists in our contemporary world.  Artwork of all sizes and mediums are welcome. 

Deadline: Monday, April 1, 2024 (passed)

Notification (by email, selections on our website): April 10, 2024

Drop off:  Sunday, April 28 between 1pm-3pm & Monday, April 29 between 1pm-3pm (UPDATED)

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 4 from 5-7pm

Closes: Sunday, June 2, 2024

Pickup: Sunday, June 2, 5-6pm & Monday, June 3, 10am-Noon


ABOUT the juror:

Sam Wilson is one of three founding directors of Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, which opened in Brooklyn in 2004.  At the time all practicing artists, Wilson and his partners set up the gallery as a project space that highlighted the work of young artists showing for the first time.  Since then, the gallery has grown to a full scale operation, launching and managing the careers of significant artists in New York and internationally.  The gallery moved to its current space in Tribeca in 2022.

Wilson holds a BFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has taught at RISD and NYU in addition to visiting critic and lecturing roles at schools across the country. 

Members and Students (age 25 & under): $30 for up to 3 and $5 per additional entry (up to 6 total)

Non-members: $45 for up to 3 and $5 per additional entry (up to 6 total)

Entry fees help support our non-profit educational arts organization, free public programs and continued free gallery access to all.  Become a member today for reduced entry fees and other benefits.

PREPARE IMAGES TO ENTER ONLINE: Resize your images to 72 dpi sized no smaller than 1000 pixels in any direction (about 13”). This should result in most image files ranging from 700kb to 2mb in file size. Files bigger than 3mb will not be accepted. For non-visual art submissions including audio, video, or writing, submit the appropriate files (.mov for video, .avi for sound, and .doc/.docx/.pdf for writing and other proposals) in place of images.

IMPORTANT!  Save images as a .jpg file and label each image as “lastname_firstname_01title” (example: Smith_Mary_01untitled.jpg)

– Spectrum is a juried exhibition of original, contemporary artwork by local and regional artists, and invites submissions in all media.  All entries must have been created within the past two years and not have been previously exhibited at the Carriage Barn.
– 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). Saw tooth hangers and small wire loops on the back of inexpensive frames are not acceptable along with scratched glass or plexi-glass. We reserve the right to reject any work whose presentation is sub-standard.
– 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. 
– Sculpture must be delivered fully assembled and presented in a permanent, non-fragile medium. The gallery has a limited number of pedestals. Artists might need to provide pedestals.  

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. 

Each artist retains all copyrights to their submitted images.

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. Selected arwork will be exhibited in the Carriage Barn, in an online exhibit on the Carriage Barn Arts Center website.

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.

Gallery Open Wednesday – Saturday 10am-3pm and Sunday 1-5pm.
Closing early at 3:30pm on Sunday May 19