The Nor’Easter Members Exhibition

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Saturday, April 29–Sunday, May 28, 2017


Sunday, April 30, 1-2:30 p.m.


56 Lexington Street, New Britain, CT 06052


The Nor' Easter is the New Britain Museum of American Art’s opportunity to expose contemporary visual arts to a wide audience. This prominent showcase in the Northeast region highlights the exceptional work of emerging artists in all media. This year, the exhibition will be on display during The ART Party of the Year Spring Gala and Auction, therefore increasing exposure among sponsors and guests of the Gala.


First Prize $1,000
Second Prize $500
Third Prize $250
Juror's Award Upgraded Membership to Friend’s Circle level
Visitors' Choice Upgraded Membership to Friend’s Circle level


Sarah Fritchey is a curator and writer based in New Haven, CT. She is the full-time Curator/Gallery Director at Artspace New Haven and a contributor to, Art New England Magazine, Big Red and Shiny, and The Fairfield Courant/Hartford Advocate. Fritchey holds a master’s degree in Curatorial Studies from CCS Bard and a bachelor of the arts in Comparative Literature from Hamilton College.


Submissions begins on CaFÉ
November 4, 2016

CaFÉ Tutorial
January 5, 6-8 p.m. at NBMAA (by registration only)

Deadline for submissions on CaFÉ
February 10

Notification on CaFÉ and
March 3

Receiving of accepted works
March 30, 3-7 p.m. at NBMAA

Deadline for shipped artwork
April 7

Duration of exhibition
April 29–May 28

Reception and Awards Ceremony
April 30, 1-2:30 p.m. at NBMAA

Pick-up of displayed works
May 31, 1-5 p.m. at NBMAA


National artists 18 years or older with current NBMAA membership. Original works accepted in all media, executed during the past two years and never previously exhibited in this Museum.


A $10.00 entry fee will be charged for each submitted work. Check, Visa, Discover, Mastercard, or American Express will be accepted through the CaFÉ website.


NBMAA will only accept submissions through CaFÉ. CaFÉ is an
online application and jury management system for calls for entry.
Visit, click "How to Apply," and follow the
three-step process to submit. 


A tutorial will be offered on January 5, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. at the NBMAA  on how to submit artwork on CaFÉ. Participants must preregister with Jenna Lucas at or (860) 229-0257, ext. 231. If there are no registrants, this program will not take place. Feel free to bring your laptop or iPad with your artwork already loaded onto it and follow along as a staff member walks through the submission process. This tutorial will only include the CaFÉ submission process. Please do not bring artwork to Museum.


You must have a current NBMAA Membership to be eligible to submit your work. If you are not a current member, the NBMAA reserves the right to remove your work from the jurying process with the loss of entry fees as a result. For membership information, please contact Jenna Lucas at or (860) 229-0257, ext. 231 or go to membership before accessing CaFÉ.


  • Up to three works per artist may be submitted.
  • A maximum of one work per artist may be selected.
  • All two-dimensional work must be framed and/or ready for installation with hanging hardware, wire, d-rings already installed on work and must not exceed 84 inches in any dimension. The work cannot exceed 75 pounds. 
  • Pieces without hanging hardware will not be included in the exhibition.
  • Three-dimensional work cannot exceed 48 inches in any dimension and  should be accompanied by a pedestal/or be ready for display as a freestanding or self-containing work. The work cannot exceed 150 lbs.
  • NBMAA will accept installations that have been previously created. 
  • All work requiring assembly or any work with a complex installation procedure must be accompanied by a detailed set of installation instructions with reference photos from previous installations. Verbal instructions will not suffice.
  • Artist must provide equipment to be used in the installation of any video or sound work.
  • The Museum prohibits glitter, wet paint, sharp objects, open flames, balloons, spray (perfumes, hairsprays, etc), dangerous chemicals, weapons, pressurized containers, plants or animals (alive or dead), hazardous materials (explosive, flammable, or perishable), decaying materials (visible mold, or insect infestation), or anything deemed harmful to the Museum’s collection. Anything of question should be cleared by the Collections Department by contacting Keith Gervase at (860) 229-0257 ext. 217 or


Selected works must be delivered ready to hang/display. Artworks considered unsuitable for hanging/presentation will be refused. Staff reserves the right to refuse an artwork that is misrepresented through documentation or is not the piece selected by the juror. The exhibition will be on display during The ART Party of the Year Spring Gala and Auction on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Please be aware that food and beverage will be served in the gallery. Accepted work cannot be removed during the exhibition. Sculpture or three-dimensional work may be moved to accommodate the event floor plan.


Any artwork being shipped must include return postage/shipping fee that must be received before the end of the exhibition (May 28, 2017). In the case of inadequate or nonexistent return postage, works will be considered abandoned property and disposed of as the NBMAA sees fit. The deadline for receipt of shipped artwork is April 7, 2017. If work is not at the NBMAA by April 7, 2017, we reserve the right to not include it in the exhibition. Please do not ship artwork with packing peanuts. All artwork should be packaged in a manner that will allow for the materials to be re-used for return shipping. Otherwise please include materials for return packaging.  


The Museum will not be responsible for any damage whatsoever, before, during or after the exhibition. No works will be released without proper identification. Any work not picked up by the dates noted above will become property of the Museum.


We encourage the sale of artwork; however work does not have to be for sale if selected for the exhibition. The NBMAA will not deduct a commission for any sale of work in the exhibition. The Museum will not serve as a third party for sales; we will provide artist contact information to any individuals inquiring about purchases.


A series of educational programming with accepted artists will be scheduled during the exhibition. Information on participating in programming will be distributed following notification of acceptance.


  • For questions regarding artwork guidelines only, contact Keith Gervase, Installation Specialist, at (860) 229-0257, ext. 217 or
  • For membership and other exhibition questions contact Jenna Lucas, Development Associate, at (860) 229-0257, ext. 231 or
  • For website help, please refer to "CaFÉ help."