Photo: David Sheksin, “The Control Group — Museum Viewer,” Original digital print, 24 x 24 inches.

The Westport Arts Center is thrilled to announce the artists selected for its SOLOS 2016 member artist exhibition.

Juried by Douglas Hyland, Former Director of the New Britain Museum of American Art (NBMAA) in New Britain, CT, SOLOS 2016 will be on view from June 24 – August 20, 2016.  SOLOS 2016 is generously sponsored by Cohen & Wolf, P.C.

An opening reception will be held on June 24 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public, and all works are available for purchase.

Now in its tenth year, SOLOS is a celebration of the artistic talent and diversity of the Arts Center’s artist members.

Juror Douglas Hyland stated, “It is an honor to serve as the 2016 juror for the tenth annual SOLOS exhibition.  Over the last decade, a distinguished group of artists and jurors have participated, so that now SOLOS is both well-established and celebrated for its excellence.”

The exhibition will feature a diverse range of works, including paintings, photographs, prints, sculptures, and mixed media.  With entries from across the country, selected artists are from Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey.

Selected artists include:

  • Nina Bentley, Mixed Media Artist (Westport, CT)
  • Cynthia Cooper, Painter (Farmington, CT)
  • Larry Gordon, Painter (Larchmont, NY)
  • Allan Gorman, Painter (West Orange, NJ)
  • David Kalman, Photographer (Westport, CT)
  • Daniel Lanzilotta, Sculptor (Westport, CT)
  • Barbara Ringer, Photographer (Ridgefield, CT)
  • David Sheskin, Printmaker (Bethel, CT)

“Initially, I had envisioned more of a themed show, but the reality of the situation is that each of the selected artists demonstrates a distinct individuality.  Thus this exhibition celebrates a disparate group, which in fact is the underlying purpose of SOLOS – it’s about 21st century artists embracing daring innovations, unusual media and bold new techniques,” added Hyland.

The March 2016 Call For Entries generated over 160 proposals for consideration, and out of this pool of talent, eight artists were selected in total. Hyland’s selections included both established artists well known in the community as well as newer, emerging artists.

Amanda Innes, the Westport Arts Center’s Acting Executive Director stated, “We are honored to have Douglas Hyland join the Arts Center for SOLOS 2016.  To be selected by a juror of his caliber is quite an accomplishment.”

For more information on the exhibition, contact the Westport Arts Center at 203/222-7070 or visit the website: http://www.westportartscenter.org.


About The Juror

Hyland served as the Director of the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, CT from 1999 – 2015.  During Hyland’s tenure at the NBMAA, the museum’s holdings more than tripled to more than 14,000 items, the number of docents increased from 35 to 117, memberships rose from 1,500 to 3,800, staff from 19 to 46, and the endowment from $9 million to $21 million.

His previous directorships were at the San Antonio (Texas) Museum of Art, the Birmingham (Alabama) Museum of Art and the Memphis (Tennessee) Brooks Museum of Art.

He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his doctorate in art history from the University of Delaware.  Dr. Hyland lives in West Harford, CT, with his wife Professor Alice Hyland.

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 Aibel Foundation; Artur and Heida Hermanns Holde Foundation, Inc.; AB Bernstein; the Brant Foundation; CBP; Cohen and Wolf, P.C.; Connecticut Cigar Company; Connecticut Office of the Arts; Disney Worldwide Services, Inc., DanceSport; Dragone Motor Cars; EC Infosystems, Inc.; Fairfield County Bank; Finn, Dixon & Herling LLC; Fleishers Craft Butchery; 4th Row Films; Geigers Home and Garden; GWAY Marketing Gymnasium; Hal Prince Music; the Hall Art Foundation; Land Rover Milford; Lillian August; the Mitchell’s Family of Stores; Moffly Media; Newman’s Own Foundation; Rosenkranz Foundation; Saugatuck Sweets; Shack Sackler Foundation; Sheffer Family Foundation; Sontag Advisory LLC; Stamford Tent; Sun Hill Foundation; Verde Energy USA, Inc.; Vespa Restaurant; Wells Fargo Advisors; Westport Family Counseling; 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 www.westportartscenter.org.   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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