The Westport Arts Center announces the 2017 Call For Entries for the third annual High School Student Exhibition.  High School students throughout Fairfield County are invited to submit original works of art showcasing their creativity and artistic talent.

Entries are due by April 5, 2017 and selected artists will be notified on April 17, 2017.  The selected art will be on display in conjunction with the Arts Center’s Spring Exhibition, opening on April 21, 2017.

Distinguished Westport artists Ann Chernow and Leonard Everett Fisher will serve as the jurors for the High School Student Exhibition.

“We are always impressed with the quality of local art programs and the caliber of work submitted to the High School exhibition; to be selected by these two jurors is a significant accomplishment,” stated Amanda Innes, Executive Director of the Westport Arts Center.

The competition is sponsored by The Honorable Alan and Janet Nevas, in memory of Tracy Sugarman. Sugarman, a Westport resident who was an illustrator, writer and civil rights activist, is best known for his painting and illustrations recording American history from D-Day to the space shuttle.

The Call For Entries is open to students throughout Fairfield County.  Westport residents and/or students that attend a Westport High School are eligible for the Tracy Sugarman Award, which includes a $100 prize.  Other awards may be announced at a later date.

Submitted artwork must meet the following guidelines:  

  • Each student can submit one work of art.
  • Artwork must have been completed after January 1, 2016.
  • Work must be two-dimensional. Sculptures, films and three-dimensional works will not be accepted.
  • Work including frame may not exceed in 24” any direction.
  • Work must be ready to hang; works on paper must be framed and wired.
  • Artist must submit an artist statement, specs, and a brief description of submitted work.
  • By submitting a work, you consent to your work’s use in any promotional purposes, including social media and press materials.

There is a $10 entry fee.  Please contact the Westport Arts Center at 203/222-7070 to discuss need-based scholarships.

Further detail on how to submit work is available on under Calls For Entry.   Selected artists will be notified on April 17, 2017.

For more information, please contact the Westport Arts Center at 203/222-7070 or visit  The Westport Arts Center has completely redesigned its website, making it easier to find what you’re looking for and to register for events – take a look!


About Ann Chernow

Ann Chernow is an American artist who resides in Westport and is known for her portrait-style illustrations that evoke the images of female cinematic figures of the 1930s and 1940s. Born and raised in New York City, Chernow studied music and art from a young age; both appealed to her as forms of emotional expression. At around the same time that she acquired an affinity for the arts, Chernow was exposed to several movies that left a lasting impression and prompted her to make the likenesses of leading ladies. In most of her works, however, Chernow avoids specificity, choosing instead to portray universal situations through figures who are inspired by film but reinterpreted to transcend stereotypes. Chernow has worked extensively in the mediums of lithography, silkscreen, etching, and colored pencil.


About Leonard Everett Fisher 

Painter Leonard Everett Fisher has also illustrated some 250 books for young readers (1955-2007), authoring 88 of these, a number of which appear in a dozen or more languages.  He has designed 10 United States postage stamps and has executed paintings for the Norwalk (CT) Transit District building.  He has also served as the President of the Westport Public Library.

His numerous honors include a Pulitzer painting award, the Premio Grafico Fiera Internazionale di Bologna, the Medallion of the University of Southern Mississippi, the Christopher Media for Illustration, a National Jewish Book Award, the Regina Medal of the Catholic Library Association, the University of Minnesota’s Kerlan Award, the American Library Association’s Arbuthnot citation, and the New England Booksellers Association Children’s Literature Award.


About the Westport Arts Center

The Westport Arts Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting community through the arts, reaches more than 11,000 people annually through outstanding programs in visual arts, arts education, and the performance arts of Chamber and Jazz music.

The Westport Arts Center also receives philanthropic support from the Katherine and Howard Aibel Foundation; Artur and Heida Hermanns Holde Foundation, Inc.; AB Bernstein; CBP; Cohen and Wolf, P.C.; Connecticut Cigar Company; Connecticut Office of the Arts; Delamar Southport; DanceSport; Dragone Motor Cars; Fairfield County Bank; Fairfield County’s Community Foundation; Finn, Dixon & Herling LLP; Fleishers Craft Butchery; 4th Row Films; GWAY Marketing Gymnasium; Hal Prince Music; the Hall Art Foundation; The Hofstetter Baron Group; J.P. Morgan; Lillian August; the Mitchell’s Family of Stores; Moffly Media; Newman’s Own Foundation; Random Acts; Rosenkranz Foundation; Saugatuck Grain & Grape; Shack Sackler Foundation; Sontag Advisory LLC; Stamford Tent; Sun Hill Foundation; Verde Energy USA, Inc.; Vespa Restaurant; Wells Fargo Advisors; Westport Now; William J. Rosenbloom Charitable Trust; Xerox Foundation; WPKN and WSHU Public Radio Group.


For more information, contact the Westport Arts Center at 203/222-7070 or   The Westport Arts Center gallery is open Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT.



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