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Connecticut Women Artists
CT Women Artists 2023 National Open Juried Show


PROSPECTUS/Call for entries – CWA Annual National Open Juried Show


2023 National Open Juried Show


Friday, September 1 through Friday, September 29, 2023

Opening Reception & Award Ceremony – September 9, 12-2 PM


Barnes-Franklin Gallery at Tunxis Community College

271 Scott Swamp Road, Building #600, Farmington, CT 06032



Juror of selection & awards:

Cecelia “Keffie” Feldman, PhD

Chief Curator, Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT



With a wide-ranging background in art and history, Dr. Keffie Feldman holds a Ph.D. from the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University and a B.A. in archaeology and art history from Tufts University. Her work has taken her all over the world, which has informed her curatorial practice and deepened her appreciation of the things we hold in common. Whether considering art of the ancient past or the contemporary present, she is interested in art’s power to communicate both on personal and societal levels.




• This show is open to all US women artists aged 18 and over.

• Up to three artworks may be submitted online at Online Juried Shows (log in and click Enter This Show to begin the entry process). Size limit for two-dimensional work is 62” high x 46” wide (including frame) with a maximum weight of 35 lbs. Diptychs, triptychs, etc. count as one piece and must fall within the size limitation. Sculpture (3D) weight limit is 40 lbs.

• Work submitted must not have been shown in any previous juried CWA shows and must have been completed within the last 4 years.

• Original work in painting, mixed media, drawing, collage, printmaking, fiber art, photography, sculpture is eligible. Photomechanical reproductions of original work (giclee prints) are not eligible. No artificially generated artwork is eligible (AI).

By entering this exhibit, you attest that this work is not that of other artists or for which you do not hold the copyright. CWA reserves the right to refuse any artwork for suspected copyright infringement. Any accepted work that violates copyright will be withdrawn from the exhibition immediately. Should such an entry be given an award, the award money must be returned at once.



All work must be thoroughly dry, ready to hang and wired. No saw-tooth hangers, tacks or pins are allowed. No clip frames will be accepted. All other frames must be of sound construction. Work that is inadequately prepped will not be hung. All accepted work must be accompanied by the artist’s signed contract and forms when delivered or shipped.



All entries must be made online using Online Juried Shows.

Each artist may submit up to 3 works. 

CWA Members: (2023 dues must be paid in full): First entry is $25, second/third entry $10 each 

CWA Non-Members: First entry: $35, second/third entry: $15 each

Please note: CWA offers an elected membership process annually in August. For more info go to:



Online Juried Shows Submission Deadline is midnight, Saturday, July 22, 2023. Enter up to three images online at (log in and click enter this show to begin). For best results, make sure your image is 1920 pixels @72 dpi on the longest side. Images should be under 4 mb, in JPEG format, RGB color. Be sure to make a copy of the prospectus for your records.



For help photographing your work and properly sizing images go to: For help entering, contact or call 888-666-1351 during business hours, Monday 10 am to 2 pm and Tuesday - Friday 9 am to 5 pm, Pacific time.

Please note: The Online Juried Shows offices are closed on weekends.



CWA and Barnes-Franklin Gallery take NO commission. Interested buyers should contact the CWA Co-chairs: 
Lakshmi Nair: 860 256-5440 or Nancy Whitcher: 860 965-7518

Selling work is the responsibility of the artist after contact info forwarded to buyer.



$2,200 in awards will be granted in cash prizes.


CALENDAR – Timeline of events

1.    Deadline for entry: work must be submitted through Online Juried Shows before midnight, Saturday, July 22, 2023

2.    Notification: online ( by Wednesday, August 2, 2023

3.    Delivery of shipped artwork: Selected work must arrive between Monday, August 14 - Tuesday, August 22, 2023

4.    Accepted artwork drop-off: Friday, August 25, 11am-1 pm, and Saturday, August 26, 10am-1 pm
Work that is not delivered on time will not be included in the show.

5.    Opening Reception and Award Ceremony: Saturday, September 9, 2023, 12-2 pm

6.     Pick up of artwork: Saturday, September 30, 10am-1pm only. NO STORAGE IS AVAILABLE!


SHIPPING INSTRUCTIONS (for those who will not do in-person delivery)

1.     Shipping address information will be emailed with notification of acceptance.

2.     DO NOT SHIP WORK TO THE BARNES-FRANKLIN GALLERY AT TUNXIS COMMUNITY COLLEGE. Please Note: any work shipped to the Barnes- Franklin Gallery will be refused and returned to sender. Fees will not be refunded if your work misses the show due date or is shipped to the wrong place.

3.     Artwork must arrive “installation ready.” You MUST INCLUDE an exhibition label with your contact info, (including mobile phone number) in the package. 

4.     Selected artwork must be shipped UPS or FedEx only. No COD shipments will be accepted.

5.     Artist will be responsible for ALL shipping expenses. A pre-paid shipping label for the return of your work MUSTbe included for your work to be hung in show.

6.     Artist is responsible for insurance related to their work while it is in transit.

7.     CWA and the Barnes-Franklin Gallery are not responsible for any work that is lost or damaged.

8.     All work shipped must be shipped securely and safely, such as Airfloat StrongBoxTM (highly recommended) or similar re-useable professional packing box.

9.     Packing materials must be easy to unpack and re-use to return work to the artist at the conclusion of the exhibition. The use of packing peanuts is prohibited.

10.  ALL SHIPMENTS MUST BE RECEIVED BETWEEN Monday, August 14 – Tuesday, August 22, 2023. Late deliveries or damaged work will not be accepted. The return address for shipped work must be included. Late or damaged work will be returned without being opened or hung.

*Shipping location will be emailed with notification of acceptance.



Connecticut Women Artists (CWA) was founded in 1929, when 20 women artists exhibited at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford. Since exhibition opportunities were rare for women at that time, they started a society of female artists. As one of this country’s oldest continuing art organizations for women, CWA now has over 190 elected members. Because CWA does not own its own gallery, the organization is able to choose from among other noteworthy Connecticut venues in which to hold their exhibits.

Connecticut Women Artists encourages all members to enter this CWA Annual National Juried Show. This show presents an opportunity to highlight the diverse and exceptional range of artistic talent within CWA.



CWA, Inc, its officers or agents, and Tunxis Community College/Barnes- Franklin Gallery assume no responsibility for loss or damage of any kind during transit, drop off, storage, exhibition, or pick up. Submission of all artwork, framing, and other materials is at the sole risk of the artist. CWA reserves the right to photograph, or use submitted images for publicity. The show committee reserves the right to reject work not accurately represented by the images submitted. No substitutions allowed. Artist’s entry confirms agreement to all conditions herein stated.

Work must remain in the exhibition throughout the entire show; it cannot be removed until after the show closes. 

THERE IS NO STORAGE OPTION! All entries must be picked up by 1pm on September 30. CWA and Tunxis Community College/Barnes-Franklin Gallery will not be responsible for loss or damage to art not claimed. 

For information or questions NOT covered by the prospectus, contact Members’ Show Co-chairs:

Lakshmi Nair:  860 256-5440 or Nancy Whitcher: 860 965-7518 


To give permission for someone else to pick up your work, please email so there is a record of it.



Barnes-Franklin Gallery at Tunxis Community College, building #600* (walk through building #700), 271 Scott Swamp Road, Farmington, CT 06032

From I-84 West:  Take Exit 38 to US-6 W towards Bristol. Drive 4.87 miles and take a left at the light and 271 Scott Swamp Rd. left into parking lot. # 700 Building entrance and walk through to #600 / Barnes-Franklin Gallery, is on your right in #600 building.

From Waterbury and points West:

From I-84 East:  Take Exit 33 on the left side toward Bristol and merge onto Rt. 72 W. Take Exit 1, the CT-177/N Washington St. Continue to follow CT-177 about 2 miles, then turn right onto Scott Swamp Rd/US-6 E.

*Note: You must use #700 building entrance and walk through to #600. Barnes-Franklin Gallery is on the right. 

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