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75th Annual Exhibition of Connecticut Watercolor Society

June 13- July 12, 2015

Reception: Sunday, June 21, 2-5pm

List of Participating Artists

Community Partners in Action Connecticut Prison Arts Program Annual Show 2015

May 10- June 7, 2015

Reception, Sunday May 17, 2- 5pm.


John Slade Ely House Center for Contemporary Art
51 Trumbull Street, New Haven, CT

This is the 37th Annual Show of artwork from Connecticut’s prisons. The Annual Show features 797 artworks from 138 inmates in 12 prisons. Inmates and staff work all year toward this unique and extraordinary community event.

The Prison Arts Program is a collaboration with the CT Department of Correction initiated in 1978 and is a program of Community Partners in Action, a non-profit agency created in 1875.
This is the third and final time the John Slade Ely House will host the Annual Show before closing the building to become a granting organization for fine arts in New Haven. This is an amazing place to see the show.

THE PRISON ARTS PROGRAM? WHY? Makes prisons safer for correction officers, staff and inmates. Reduces idle time. Improves self-discipline. Provides substantial, self-generated and self-sustaining reasons for inmates to maintain their discipline. Improves social skills and respect for others. Develops empathy, the opposite of criminality. Develops self-respect, self-esteem, accountability and dignity. Enables positive contribution to the community. Encourages rigorous long term endeavors. Develops work ethic and communication skills. Encourages inmates to take themselves and their situation seriously. Gives purpose. Connects inmates with their families, especially parents with their children. Generates valuable health/behavior education materials for use in the prison and in the outside community. Positively and constructively changes the inner life of the inmate, the environment of the prison and the outside world. Reduces recidivism. Reduces crime. Saves money. Results in unique, fascinating, thoughtful, amazing and unexpected works of art.

For further info please contact:

Jeffrey Greene, Program Manager / 860-722-9450 /

Mark Despres, Crying Tomatos


April 22- May 3,  2015

Reception: Sunday May 3, 2-4pm. Awards ceremony at 3pm.

ATTENTION: High School Art Teachers in Southern New Haven County (includes schools, public and private, in New Haven, Hamden, East Haven, West Haven, North Haven, Branford, Cheshire, North Branford, Woodbridge, Guilford, Milford, Madison and Wallingford)

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Elizabeth Greeley Memorial Portfolio Awards $200
Amal Alharbi, West Haven High School
Sean Hughes, Cooperative Arts and Humanities Magnet High School
Jenna Pisano, Amity Regional High School
Lillian Rose-Wilen, Educational Center for the Arts
Mark Séjourné, Guilford High School

Arts Council of Greater New Haven Award $25
Kevin Ortiz, “Butterflies,” Cooperative Arts and Humanities Magnet High School

Photo Arts Collective Award $25
Emily Strong, “Untitled,” Sacred Heart Academy

New Haven Brush & Palette Club Awards, 6@$25
Dylan Gonzales, “Abstract What?” Mark T. Sheehan High School
Daniel Pappa, “2004 Gold Yoke Pink,” Cooperative Arts and Humanities Magnet High School
Jada McAulay, “Mountains & Sunset,” Wilbur Cross High School
Chelsea Debeary, “Sunflower,” Hamden High School
Molly Bishop, “Untitled,” Sacred Heart Academy
Ariana Allen, “The Silenced,” West Haven High School

Elizabeth Greeley Memorial Award $50
Kayleigh Dutra, “Untitled,” Guilford High School

John Slade Ely House Awards, 4@$50
Ruby Gonzales, “Lamp,” Educational Center for the Arts
Albert Sanders, “Lucy,” Cooperative Arts and Humanities Magnet High School
Brittany Bendaz, “Emotions,” West Haven High School
Alex Cavanaugh, “Let Me In,” Amity Regional High School

New Haven Paint & Clay Club Awards, 6@$100
Sarah Delucia, “Pancakes,” Guilford High School
Chloe Rinell, “Maddie,” Mark T. Sheehan High School
Samantha Boughton, “Rays of Light,” Educational Center for the Arts
Marissa Antoni, “Lemons,” Educational Center for the Arts
Emily Russo, “Tree,” Sacred Heart Academy
Audrey, “Single Tree,” Amity Regional High School

Jordan Abeshouse Memorial Award $100
Jessica Raccio, “Sunday Morning,” Educational Center for the Arts

March 22 – April 12, 2015

Paint & Clay 114th Annual Juried Art Exhibition

Opening Reception:
March 22, 2015, 2– 5 pm. Awards will be presented at 3 pm.


The Visual Arts Advisory Group (VAAG) of 

The Arts Council of Greater New Haven presents:

Canvases for Cancer -Research

Exhibition/ Fundraiser

At John Slade Ely House


January 14 – January 18, 2015


Thank you for participating in Canvases for Cancer--Research, an exhibition/fundraiser to support cancer research that will be presented at John Slade Ely House. This project is the brain child of Katro Storm, artist and member of the Visual Arts Advisory Group (VAAG) of the Arts Council.


Drop Off Dates:

January 6,7,8 Wed-Fri, (11am – 4pm)  


Drop Off location:

John Slade Ely House at

51 Trumbull St, New Haven




Sunday, January 18, 2015, 2-5pm

2-4 pm: party and bidding

4-5pm: payments made for winning bids


Help celebrate C for C

Please bring a food item to share!


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November 23- December 21, 2014


2014 Exhibition of Undergraduate College Artwork in Connecticut


Public Reception: Sunday, December 7th, 2-5pm


Closed Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 27th


Albertus Magnus College

Fairfield University

Gateway Community College

Manchester Community College

Norwalk Community College

Paier Art College

Sacred Heart University

Southern Connecticut State University

University of Connecticut

Yale University


The John Slade Ely House is happy to announce the 2014 Exhibition of Undergraduate College Artwork in Connecticut which runs from November 23 through December 21. Participating students are enrolled in colleges public and private in the state of Connecticut. A variety of media are represented including photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed media, and installation. The biennial exhibition hopes to provide students an introduction to the practice of exhibiting and engaging audiences for their artwork. A Public Reception will be held on Sunday, December 7th from 2-5pm and is free and open to the public.

October 12- November 9, 2014


Opening Reception: Sunday, October 12, 2–5 pm

An exhibit of contemporary art by Brazilian artists
including, photography, painting, video, drawing.
Curated by Leticia Galizzi

Alice Quaresma, Gabriel Giucci, Leticia Galizzi
Luiz Flavio, Marcelo Drummond, Marco Giannotti, Sacha Ingber

Brazil’s ambiguous relationship with Western Europe often assumes the form of a problematic quest for authenticity in a culture plagued by a feeling of double exoticism, foreign in Europe and yet not entirely native in America. Sérgio Buarque de Holanda opens Roots of Brazil claiming Brazilians to be “exiles in our own land” and 50 years later Roberto Schwartz speaks of a Brazilian sense of harboring “misplaced ideas.” Aren’t we all at least a bit exiled and our ideas at least a bit displaced? Brazilian culture is traversed with this keen sense of displacement.
The Brazilian artists featured in this exhibit work under the pressure of being at once beneficiaries and victims of the particular culture into which they happen to have been born.

Luiz Flavio, Two Pillows


May 14- July 20

Curated By Paul Clabby and Debbie Hesse

and: Community Doll Collection

Opening Reception: Sunday May 18, 2-5pm

Lani Asuncion
Susan Clinard
Cara DeAngelis
Silas Finch
T. Foley
Mary Giehl
Tine Kindermann
Laura Marsh
Margaret Roleke
Joe Saccio
Kimberly Mikenis

Doll-Like brings together artists working across disciplines and media who integrate ideas pertaining to dolls into their artwork.  Puppets, marionettes, figurines, action figures and even living dolls are substitutes for our self, offering a vehicle to communicate and examine ideas about play, therapy, magic, ritual, spirituality, memory, scale, empathy, identity, gender and notions of beauty and idealized form. Subverting traditional ideas that we associate with this familiar emblem of our individual and collective humanness, this show aims to challenge our preconceptions and stereotypes.

Kimberly Mikenis, Video Still: Lost And Found.


January 26- March 9, 2014




Michael Angelis

Jeff konigsberg

J.D. Richey


Closing Reception, March 9, 2-5pm


Read Allan Appel's Write-up of Cityscapes in New Haven Independent


John Slade Ely House launches its 2014 exhibition schedule with Cityscapes an exhibition of painting, drawing, and mixed media works by artists who document their environment. Participating artists are Michael Angelis, Jeff Konigsberg, and J.D. Richey. There will be a public reception for the artists on Sunday, February 2, from 2-5pm.


Michael Angelis and J.D. Richey find interesting points of view of the city in the course of daily life. Both either residing or working in New Haven they include plein air painting as part of their art making practice. Documenting a city under development and renewal they record the juxtaposition of highway construction, city, state, and federal buildings, churches, and residential buildings that intersect and layer in our visual space. 


In his “Drawings For Manhattan/City States” series Jeff Konigsberg draws and paints over digital prints of Manhattan. Some views in the work being aerial, others ground level, he envisions a city in the post Sandy hurricane period. His is an apprehensive view of the city, walled in with concrete, attempting to forestall the approaching destructive forces of nature.




November 17- January 19, 2014


Digital Ground


Holiday Hours:

Regular hours through Sunday December 22.

Open Saturday and Sunday December 28 and 29, 2-5pm

Reopen Saturday January 4th


Catalina Barroso Luque   Claudia Cron

Tom Hebert   Ken Lovell   Ken Morgan

Paulette Rosen   Paul Theriault


Digital Ground is an exhibition that explores the potential of combining digitally produced material in conjunction with traditional art practices such as drawing, painting, and photography. Use of recycled or repurposed materials as well as first hand production are included in the artists creative processes. Works as varied as Paulette Rosen’s scanned and drawn upon images of birds to Catalina Barroso Luque’s projected photo collage installation to Paul Theriault’s looping digital video works offer a survey of the ways artists are incorporating new technology into their art practices.



Ken Morgan, "VISUALTRICK#5", Digital Print



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