Photo: Audrey Seo, 2015 selected artist and winner of the 2015 Tracy Sugarman award, with her family in front of her selected drawing “Visceral Tension.”   Photo by Helen Klisser During.

The Westport Arts Center announces its second annual Westport High School Student Art Exhibition showcasing the artistic talent of the student community.

The exhibition is a wonderful opportunity for Westport students to share their creativity, passion and talent. Selected works will be on display in the Westport Arts Center’s Project Space from March 18 – April 23.

The competition is open to all students who reside and/or attend high school in Westport. There is no specific theme or subject matter for the exhibition, allowing students to submit the work of their choice.

The juror for the exhibition is Ann Chernow, a Westport artist who is known for her portrait-style illustrations that evoke the images of female cinematic figures of the 1930s and 1940s.  Her exhibition, NOIR, will be on display at the Westport Arts Center from March 18 – April 23.

The competition is sponsored by The Honorable Alan and Janet Nevas in memory of Tracy Sugarman. Sugarman, a 62-year Westport resident who was an illustrator, writer, civil rights activist and WWII veteran, is best known for his painting and illustrations recording American history from D-Day to the space shuttle.  Mr. Sugarman passed away in January 2013 at the age of 91.  In memory of Tracy Sugarman, juror Ann Chernow will award the second annual Tracy Sugarman Award to a promising young artist.

“We love showcasing the amazing and diverse talent of our student community,” said Cindy Armijo, the Westport Arts Center’s Executive Director.  “Having your work selected by juror Ann Chernow is a big honor,” she added.

Submitted artwork must meet the following guidelines:

  • Each student can submit one work of art.
  • Artwork must have been completed after January 1, 2015.
  • 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.
  • Works must be ready to hang; works on paper must be framed and wired.
  • Artists have the option to submit an artist statement and a brief description of submitted works.

An entry fee of $10 must be submitted with each entry. Entries are due by March 12 and selected artists will be notified on March 16, 2016.

Complete entry and exhibition details are available on or by calling 203.222-7070.

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 music and jazz.

The Westport Arts Center also receives philanthropic support from 4th Row Films, the Aibel Foundation, the Arnhold Foundation, Artur and Heida Hermanns Holde Foundation, Inc., Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Bernstein Global Wealth Management, Borrowed – A Vintage Inspired Company, the Brant Foundation, CBP, Cannupa Foundation, the Carl Marks Foundation, Cohen and Wolf, P.C., the Connecticut Office of the Arts, EC Infosystems, Finn Dixon & Herling LLP, Fairfield County Bank, Fairfield County Community Foundation, Festivities, Gault, Energy, Geiger’s, GWAY Marketing Gymnasium, the Hall Art Foundation, KD & J Botanica, Land Rover Milford, Landtech, Lillian August, LLBH Private Wealth Management LLC, Madison/Mott, Main Street Resources/Green Village Initiative, Meadow Ridge, the Mitchell’s Family of Stores, Moffly Media, Newman’s Own Foundation, Riverside Management Group, Saugatuck Sweets, the Shack Sackler Foundation, the Sheffer Family Foundation, Sontag Advisory LLC, Stamford Tent, Steel Shed, Sun Hill Foundation, Thomas C. Hofstetter and Daniel Baron of The Saugatuck Group, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, Westport Family Counseling, Westport Now, Westport Resources, Westport Special Education PTA, William J. Rosenbloom Charitable Trust, Xerox Foundation, WPKN, WSHU Public Radio Group, and Yellowtail.


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. to 5 p.m. at 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT.


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