Coming in 2017:
Academic Artists Association
67th Annual National Exhibition
of Traditional Realism

Opening Reception: Sunday, April 30
Show dates: May 3 – 19, 2017
Wednesday - Sunday, 1 to 5 PM
(Exhibition will close at 4:00pm on May 19th)

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

Final List of Accepted Submissions 2016 (all)

2016 Awards

Vernon Community Art Center


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