Nor'Easter: Annual Juried Exhibition


Saturday, June 22–Saturday, July 14, 2019


Sunday, June 23, 12:30-2 p.m.


56 Lexington Street, New Britain, CT 06052


Nor’Easter: The 49th Annual Juried Exhibition is the New Britain Museum of American Art’s opportunity to showcase contemporary visual arts from the region. This prominent show highlights the exceptional work of emerging artists in all media.


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


Nicholas Bell is Senior Vice President for Curatorial Affairs at Mystic Seaport Museum, where he oversees collections and research and the Era of Exhibitions initiative. He is formerly the Fleur and Charles Bresler Curator in Charge at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and is author of many books on contemporary art, self-taught art, American craft, and material culture.


Submissions begins on CaFÉ
January 4, 2019

Deadline for submissions on CaFÉ
April 19

Notification on CaFÉ and
May 13

Receiving of accepted works
June 6, 3-7 p.m. at NBMAA

Deadline for shipped artwork
June 10

Duration of exhibition
June 22–July 14

Reception and Awards Ceremony
June 23, 12:30-2 p.m. at NBMAA

Pick-up of displayed works
July 17, 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 before the submission deadline of April 19, 2019. CaFÉ is an online application and jury management system for calls for entry. Visit and click on “How to Apply” and follow the three-step process to submit.


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 [email protected] 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 [email protected].


Selected works must be delivered ready to hang/display. Artworks considered unsuitable for hanging/presentation will be refused. Curatorial staff reserves the right to refuse an artwork that is misrepresented through documentation or is not the piece selected by the juror.


The deadline for receipt of shipped artwork is June 10, 2019. If work is not at the NBMAA by June 10, 2019, we reserve the right to not include it in the exhibition. Any artwork being shipped must include return postage/shipping fee that must be received before the end of the exhibition (July 14, 2019). In the case of inadequate or nonexistent return postage, works will be considered abandoned property and disposed of as the NBMAA sees fit. 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. Please do not ship artwork with packing peanuts.


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 and will be considered abandoned property and disposed of as the NBMAA sees fit.


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 [email protected].
  • For membership and other exhibition questions contact Jenna Lucas, Development Associate, at (860) 229-0257, ext. 231 or [email protected].
  • For website help, please refer to "CaFÉ help."