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44th Annual Photography Show Details Coming Soon

February 3 – March 8, 2024

View The Virtual Gallery Here
List of the 43rd Photography Show Selections

A message from exhibition judge Christina Zanetti:

It was an honor to review the 650 impressive photography submissions. I selected pieces that — to me — reflect the artists’ aim to encourage an appreciation and understanding of contemporary art, creating a safe space to exercise curiosity about their work and engage with viewers through sharing their vision, stories, and connections with the human experience.
Juror’s Awards- 
Best in Show:
Pam Einarsen Transition: Exposed
Vulnerability is the basis for creating a great portrait; capturing those around us, whether strangers, acquaintances, or loved ones, requires us to put our subjects in public view as well as ourselves. If correctly approached, a deep trust occurs between us – the photographer – and our subjects. This intimate, unspoken understanding displays areas we often hide, are working through, or learning to love. This portrait illustrates the importance of photography – it is a tool to communicate, heal, connect, and grow.
Special Recognition:
I would like to recognize these three works with Special Recognition as the photographers have an  evident mastery of understanding the impact that natural and studio lighting has on  creating dynamic and emotionally charged photographs. Each piece is compositionally inviting, drawing me deeper into the environments they were created while emitting  nostalgia, a sense of familiarity, and curiosity. 
Mark Battista Iris & Teapot

The color palette of the still life recalls the period of the Dutch Masters, one of my  favorite periods of painting in art history. This photographer used their medium to contemporize their subject, and successfully so. The dramatic lighting makes the  photograph appear three-dimensional as if we could reach into the image and feel the  vase’s smoothness, the table’s rigidity, and the velvet-like petals. 

William Frucht Ellis Island #6

The architectural interior is lonely and beautiful and perfectly executed. Architectural  photography is underestimated and can only be accurately depicted using a large format camera; this photographer understands the importance of bellows, and if they  did not use a large-format camera, then they need to teach me how to become better  at Photoshop. 



Sally Harris Amish Family on a Country Road

The portrait of the three children is intimidating yet inviting; portraiture is another  subject matter that is often hard to achieve, especially when the subjects make direct  eye contact with the lens. A delicate balance goes into creating a harmonious portrait,  and this photographer achieved that. My eye is centralized in the frame, leading with  the boys and back to the girl in the wagon – methodically done, compositionally  alluring, with a primary focus and harmonious background that furthers the focus on the portrait itself.

Exhibit Generously Sponsored By:

Christina Zanetti, Director of the Bruce Silverstein Gallery

Christina Zanetti has been working within the arts for the past 14 years, receiving her BFA in photography and art history from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and her MA in Art History and Visual Culture from Lindenwood University.

Her passion for photography came to fruition after partaking in a photography intensive course in Abiquiu, New Mexico, at the Ghost Ranch in 2006, which led her to travel to Eveleth, Minnesota, to teach photography and lead trips through the Boundary Waters. She began her career path in the gallery sector of the arts by interning and volunteering, eventually working her way up to a directorship at Daniel Azoulay Gallery in Miami, Florida, and opening her own gallery upon her return to Savannah, Georgia. Zanetti currently lives in New York, New York, where she is the Director of Bruce Silverstein Gallery, which represents an international roster of contemporary artists and photographers and is located at 529 West 20th Street in the heart of the Chelsea Art District.

Submission Deadline: Sunday, January 8 (midnight)
Notification (via email): Friday, January 13
Drop off: Sunday, Jan. 29 1-3pm or Monday, Jan. 30 10am-1pm
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 4 from 4-6pm
Pickup times: Tuesday, March 7 10am-1pm or Saturday March 11 10am-Noon

Submission is open to regional photographers — amateur, professional, and student.   All original photographic media, including film and digital images accepted. Criteria the juror will consider include: impact, creativity, style, composition, color balance, presentation, focal point, lighting, subject matter, narrative, and degree of difficulty.  All subjects and styles will be considered.


– Work previously exhibited at the Carriage Barn will not be accepted for the show.

– Photographs must be presented in a manner compatible with a gallery hanging system using secure wire or D-ring securely attached to the back of the photograph. Wire should be mounted no more than 1/4 of the way down from the top edge of the photograph/frame and be taut from side to side so as not to swing away from the top when hung.

– Work delivered to the gallery must be installation-ready. Non-traditional photographic works and two-dimensional form and photographic wall sculptures must be wired or cleated for hanging.

– 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: Photographs may be mounted on a panel (wood, plexi or metal), gallery-wrapped canvas, or framed (neutral frames/mattes preferred). 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.


Members: $25 for up to 3 and $35 for up to 6 entries
Students (age 25 & under): $25 for up to 3
Non-members: $40 for up to 3 and $50 for up to 6 entries

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)


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.

Copyright Policy:
Each artist retains all copyrights to their submitted images.

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

Liability and Insurance:
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.   

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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