Academic Artists Association
66th Annual National Exhibition
of Traditional Realism

May 1 – 20, 2016
Wednesday - Sunday, 1 to 5 PM
(Exhibition closes at 4:00pm on May 20th)

Final List of Accepted Submissions 2016 (all)

Arts Center East
(formerly Vernon Community Art Center)
709 Hartford Turnpike
Vernon, Connecticut

Please see the calendar of dates to remember below. Dates are subject to change.

New award added: the "Jackie Lowry Memorial Award for Oils" - $130.00

Other awards are as follows (also listed on the prospectus)

Academic Artists Association reserves the right to adjust the prize awards
as determined by the quality and number of entries in each category.
All awards are subject to change.

Final List of Accepted Submissions 2016 (all)

Vernon Community Art Center

DATES TO REMEMBER (Subject to change)

Digital Entry* Received-by Deadline March 19, 2016  
Notification (Digital entries) March 30, 2016  

List of Accepted Digital Submissions 2016

Hand Delivery April 9, 2016 10am - 2pm
Hand deliver to the Arts Center East (formerly the Vernon Art Center)
709 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon CT
Shipped Work must be received by April 13, 2016  
No COD's accepted!
Notification: accepted/declined/awards April 16, 2016  
Accepted/declined entries will be posted on this website
Pick up of declined work April 23, 2016 10am - 2pm
Opening Reception May 1, 2016 1 - 4pm
Awards announced at 2pm
Exhibition closes May 20, 2016 4pm
Artwork removal May 21, 2016 10am - 2pm

Final List of Accepted Submissions 2016 (all)

We are listed with


Doug Gillette in his studio

Doug Gillette - Artist, Teacher

Doug Gillette has a BFA from Maryland Institute, College of Art and a Master’s Degree from Towson University.   

Widely known for his silverpoint drawings, Doug’s work is grounded in the conviction that good drawing skills should be the foundation of most artwork. He has spent many years developing a finely detailed style that has earned him numerous awards and considerable recognition. 

Doug is past president of the Academic Artists Association and the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts.  He is an elected Master Artist of the Cape Cod Art Association, an elected member of Allied Artists of America, Academic Artists Association and Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, among others.

Doug teaches regularly at the Museum School in Springfield MA.  He maintains a studio in his home in Enfield CT where he creates artwork in traditional academic style.

Dan Riccio in his workshop/studio

Dan Riccio - Artist

Daniel J. Riccio has been an artist for 40 years. He has degrees in painting, sculpture and biology. He is best known for his small scale bronze sculptures that are collected internationally. Biological imagery, mythical ideals, and spiritual references are recurrent themes in Dan’s work. 

Daniel is a past president of the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts. He managed that group’s competitive exhibitions from 1985 to 2014. During that period, Dan advanced the organization’s shows from their former regional status to the national stage.

Dan teaches metalsmithing at Central Connecticut State University where he has directed the jewelry program for 30 years. He also teaches drawing and design at CCSU. 

2014 jurors, Jeremiah Patterson and Fred Wessel
2014 jurors, Fred Wessel and Jeremiah Patterson