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SPECTRUM: 26th Annual Show Prospectus

Saturday, February 28 – Sunday, March 29, 2015


Artwork in all media, except photography, will be considered. Artists should make note of exact materials and any distinctive presentation of the artwork if applicable.

This year’s exhibition theme, Elemental Energies, focuses on the four elements, namely earth, air, fire, and water. These four elements of astrological tradition refer to the vital forces or energies that make up the universe. A tradition of representing the elements in art stems back to the Renaissance and was especially popular in the Netherlands. This system of ordering the world can be interpreted broadly. For example, Earth can be represented by landscapes, animals, plants, or works made of natural materials. Fire, the element that is used to create sculpture or glass, can categorize most three-dimensional works or be represented literally.


Amy Smith-Stewart is the Curator at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield. Smith-Stewart has served on the faculty at the School of Visual Arts and Sotheby’s Institute of Art, both in New York. She was the founder of Smith-Stewart, a nomadic gallery that formerly operated on New York’s Lower East Side. Smith-Stewart’s prior experience includes curatorial roles at MoMA PS1, the Peter Norton Collection and Mary Boone Gallery.


Entry Deadline: Thursday, January 29, 2014

Announcement of Juror’s Selection: Saturday, February 7

Delivery of Artwork: Monday, February 23, 10 am – 2 pm; 5-7 pm

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 28, 6 – 8 pm                              

Show closes: Sunday, March 29 at 3 pm

Pick-up after the show: Monday, March 30, 10 am – 2 pm; 5-7 pm

Please note that work not picked-up at the designated time will be charged a $20 storage fee.  


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

– Work must remain on exhibit for the entire show. No exceptions.

– Work must be wired for hanging. Hanging mechanism is the Walker hanging system. Saw tooth hangers and small wire loops on the back of inexpensive frames, scratched glass and Plexiglas, poorly constructed frames, and poorly cut mats are not acceptable. Framed work should be under glass or Plexiglas unless it is intentionally unframed and professionally presented. White or ivory mats are preferred.

Two-dimensional works must be wired for hanging.

Sculpture must be presented in a permanent, non-fragile medium. The gallery has a limited number of pedestals. Artists might need to provide pedestals. The Walker hanging system is used for two-dimensional work and wall sculpture. Weight should not exceed what can be lifted by two art handlers.

NOTE: The curator reserves the right to reject any work at delivery whose presentation and quality is sub-standard.


A maximum of 5 works per artist will be accepted for a non-refundable fee:

NCSA members: $20 for up to 2 and $30 for up to 5 entries.

Non-members: $35 for up to 2 and $45 for up to 5 entries. Pay online with PayPal. There are no refunds for work accepted or not selected.

Become a member today for reduced entry fees!


1. Resize your images to 72 dpi and not larger than 8” x 8”. Suggested pixel size is 1024 inches in largest dimension.  Or save the images for “web” in the photo program on your computer and they will automatically be sized correctly for uploading.

2. Save the newly sized images as a .jpg file and rename each image file with your name, the entry number and the short title.  Follow this example exactly including the underscore marks and capitalization. 

Example: Smith_Mary_01ShortTitle.jpg


Enter online (preferred entry method):

  1. Fill out the Entry Form online. Click here for Entry Form
  2. Upload .jpg image sized and labeled as described above
  3. Click SUBMIT, then Payment method is PayPal, or call the Carriage Barn with your credit card information.
  4. You will receive a submission confirmation email.

Mail Entries (alternative submission method):

  1. Burn a CD of .jpg images sized and labeled as above.
  2. Complete the entry form (without uploading images) Click here for Entry Form and SUBMIT.
  3. You will receive a confirmation email.
  4. Include a printed copy of entry form with your CD.
  5. Include a check made out to New Canaan Society for the Arts. Submissions received without payment will not be considered by the juror.
  6. Send to:
    Carriage Barn Arts Center (Attention: Spectrum)
    P.O. Box 1044
    New Canaan, CT, 06840 
  7. Must be RECEIVED by January 29.
  8. Include a self addressed stamped CD mailer with your entry only if you would like your CD returned.


You may enter works that are for sale.

NCSA receives a 40% fee on sales.


Insurance covers work accepted for exhibition while in possession of the NCSA.  Upon delivery of work, the artist must sign a consignment and liability form in order for the work to be insured. The NCSA will insure to the extent of 50% of the value accepted by the insurance company less any deductible. The work will be insured 100 % if the artist presents a third-party appraisal. The NCSA will not be liable for work not claimed after specified pick-up dates and times.  All care will be taken while art is at the Carriage Barn Arts Center, but NCSA is not responsible for any loss or damage to the artwork during delivery, installation and de-installation or for normal wear and tear, such as minor nicks to frames or scratches to Plexiglas.