Mystic Museum of Art’s Annual Members/Elected Artists Exhibition features 129 works of sculpture, drawing, photo, painting, mixed-media and collage from some of the region’s most accomplished artists.
Elected Artists are those who have had original work accepted in four juried shows at MMoA over a 24 month period. The designation provides opportunities for artists to exhibit and sell their work, a network of artist collaboration, and increased promotion through MMoA’s social media, website and other publications. MMoA also holds a reciprocal agreement with the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), whereby all works juried in the CAFA annual show at MMoA represent a third juried opportunity each year.
During the Members/Elected Artists Exhibition, MMoA’s Liebig Gallery will display Flipped, a concise exhibition of works from the permanent collection focused on women artists. Erika Neenan, MMoA’s Curatorial Assistant, who curated the show, says the title of the exhibition reflects the under-representation of women artists in major permanent art collections in the United States, where women account for about four percent of total holdings. Flipped “flips” the numbers so that male artists account for four percent of the show. Notable works in the exhibition include: paintings by museum co-founder Frances D. Davis; a charcoal drawing and watercolor by Charlotte Eastman, the former director of the Norwich Art School, whose works depict local scenes of everyday laborers; and, Julian Joseph’s Helene, a striking portrait of brilliant and floral color.
Both exhibitions run through June 3. MMoA is open 11am–5pm Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free.