Announcing A Call for Entries

pink chipsThe Silpe Gallery at the University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School is proud to announce a call for entries for our 2016 juried show: PINK! a small works exhibition addressing the multi-faceted notion of what pink represents.

Is pink sexual? Feminine? Soft? Bold? Complimentary? Derogatory? How does pink make you feel?  What are the implications of the word “pink” in our modern language?  How would you describe pink to a person without sight?  Submissions need not include the color pink in order to be considered.

PINK! Is the Silpe Gallery’s third national juried exhibition open to all artists working in the continental United States. Works in all media will be accepted with a size limit of no more than 24” on the longest side. Works will be selected by our guest juror, illustrator, educator, and author, Kate Bingaman-Burt.

Works will be juried from digital images only, please visit to submit entries.

The jury fee is $35 for up to three entries. A maximum of three entries may be submitted per person.  From the selected entries, three will be chosen to receive the juror’s prizes of $300, $200, and $100.

Entries will be accepted online from 8 a.m. EST on December 28, 2015 through noon EST on Monday, February 15, 2016.

The exhibition of selected works will take place in the Hartford Art School’s Silpe Gallery on the campus of the University of Hartford in West Hartford, CT from March 7-26, 2016.  A closing reception and awards presentation will take place on Saturday, March 26, 2016 from 4-6 PM in the Silpe Gallery.

Available works will be presented for sale during the exhibition.

For more information, please visit or email us at

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Up Next: Game of Throwns, the Clay Club Show and Sale

Opening the weekend after Thanksgiving break, the Silpe is proud to announce the always popular Hartford Art School Clay Club Show and Sale.  This year’s show theme is “Game of Throwns”.  Join us for a week long show and sale of work created by Hartford Art School students, alumni, and faculty.

Get your holiday shopping done and support the Clay Club as they raise money to travel to the 2016 Conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference in Kansas City, MO.

Show and Sale Dates: December 5-10, 2015

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 5, 6-8 p.m.

Up Next: Freshman Foundation Show

This weekend, Gilman. Pieper. Selwyn. Wenzel 1968-2015 will be open for your final chance at viewing this terrific alumni exhibition, before it is taken down.

The gallery will be dark for two weeks while the Hartford Art School hosts National Portfolio Day on October 31 (more info here), and then for another week while the annual Freshman Foundation Exhibition is installed.

If you’ve never seen a Freshman Foundation Exhibition, you’re in for a treat.  The new art students, the eventual Hartford Art School class of 2019, show off the wide variety of projects they’ve completed in their fall Foundation courses.  It’s a jam-packed, floor-to-ceiling extravaganza of creativity and art-making.  Here are some images from past a Foundations exhibition.

This year’s Freshman Foundation Exhibition will run November 9-22, 2015 with an opening reception on Wednesday, November 11 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.  Join us in celebrating the newest wave of art-makers at the Hartford Art School.