Hygienic Art

About Us

Hygienic Art, Inc. was created as an incorporated structure in the fall of 1979, when artists employed by a federal Comprehensive Education and Training Act (CETA) grant decided, as a final project, to hold an outsiders' art festival. The show was modeled after the "Salon Des Independants," a late 19th century art movement in Paris in which artists had protested the aristocracy by exhibiting their works in cafes located in the 'seamy' areas of the city. The artists in those exhibitions gave rise to the great French Impressionist movement. 

The exhibition was presented at the Hygienic Restaurant, New London's only 24 hour eatery, which had been open since 1919. The rules were simple; no judge, no jury, no fees, no censorship, one piece per artist and all were welcome. The show was an immediate success and the Hygienic Art Exhibition became an annual creative arts festival, attracting over 450 artists and an audience of thousands.

The Hygienic Restaurant closed in 1985 and the show continued in other historic venues in the city. Hygienic Art was formally incorporated in 1987 to save the exhibition from speculators who wanted to use the Hygienic name to promote other festivals in the city.

In 1996 the building that housed the Hygienic Restaurant was slated for demolition to become a parking lot for a bank. Originally built as a whaling company's provisioning store and crews' quarters, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings. Hygienic Art, Inc. led a statewide grassroots effort to save the building. Enlisting the support of the State's Attorney Generals Office, the Connecticut Historic Commission, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, City of New London, the Governor, State Legislators, the Connecticut Historic Commission, the Chester Kitchings Foundation, Community Foundation of S.E. Conn., Palmer/ Bodenwein Fund and thousands of private donors and volunteers, Hygienic Art bought and historically renovated this landmark building into a residential artists co-op and public art galleries. The building opened in January of 2000 for the 21st annual Hygienic Art Exhibition and stands as a testimony to community activism. Hygienic Art exists today as one of New London's premier community development projects and fine arts venue.

 

 

OFFICERS
A. Vincent Scarano, President
Scott DeLaura, Vice President
Daphne Lee Martin, Treasurer
Victoria Mueller, Secretary

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Terry Davis
Amy Hannum
Fred Levesque
Bernard Skrupsky
James A. Stidfole


MANAGING DIRECTOR
Rich Martin

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Joseph Celli

 
GALLERY ASSISTANT

& ARTIST ACADEMY
Jess Brey

RESIDENT ARTISTS
Kim Abraham
Travis Gibbs
Susan Hickman
Patti Murphy
Casey Moran
Troy Zaushny


GALLERY PROGRAMMING

Susan Hickman
Kat Murphy
Rich Martin
A. Vincent Scarano 


GALLERY CURATOR

Krissa Ressler

 

ART PARK SUPPORT
Kathy Salvio
Betty Cole
Bruce Cole
Sherry Stidfole
James Stidfole
William Golaboski
Daphne Lee Martin
Vinnie Scarano

Hygienic Filmwerks
Andrew Bell

SUBMISSIONS:
The Hygienic Art Galleries are committed to representing a diverse arts community by offering space for new, emerging and established artists to show the work they are developing. Our programming committee would like to invite you to submit your portfolio in consideration for upcoming shows.

Submissions should include 10-15 images in the form of color prints or on computer disc (300 DPI jpgs). Include artist statement, artist biography and a list of works with title, medium, size and price (Hygienic commission is 30%). This form facilitates press and printing purposes for scheduled shows. 

Portfolios may be kept on file for future programming possibilities. Please update your materials and contact information as needed.

For general gallery or show information:
Hygienic Art, Inc.
79 Bank Street
PO Box 417
New London, CT 06320
860-443-8001 (phone and fax #)
hygienicart@gmail.com

Latest Activity

Hygienic Art posted an event
Thumbnail

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS! at Hygienic Art Galleries @ 79 Bank Street New London, CT 06320

May 7, 2014 from 7pm to 9pm
With the arrival of Spring and approach of Summer there are many fun volunteer opportunities at…See More
6 hours ago
Hygienic Art's event was featured
Thumbnail

Masterminds Gathering : Your Art Show at Hygienic Galleries

April 27, 2014 from 3pm to 4:30pm
Masterminds Gathering is a gathering of artists whom are mutually interested in expanding their…See More
yesterday
Hygienic Art updated an event
Thumbnail

PLAYING WITH GRAIN at Hygienic Galleries

April 26, 2014 at 7pm to May 24, 2014 at 6pm
A unique showcase of regional artists who work with wood as their connection to the natural…See More
yesterday
Andrew Wilson is attending Hygienic Art's event
Thumbnail

THE NINTH CROSSING JURIED EXHIBITION at Hygienic Art Galleries

March 22, 2014 at 7pm to April 19, 2014 at 6pm
Hygienic Galleries presents the The Ninth Crossing Juried Exhibition featuring works in all media.…See More
Wednesday
Profile IconAlec Leshy and Richard Goode joined Hygienic Art
Apr 12
Hygienic Art posted an event
Thumbnail

Masterminds Gathering : Your Art Show at Hygienic Galleries

April 27, 2014 from 3pm to 4:30pm
Masterminds Gathering is a gathering of artists whom are mutually interested in expanding their…See More
Apr 10
Marnie Bourque posted photos
Apr 6
Hygienic Art's event was featured
Thumbnail

PLAYING WITH GRAIN at Hygienic Galleries

April 26, 2014 at 7pm to May 24, 2014 at 6pm
A unique showcase of regional artists who work with wood as their connection to the natural…See More
Apr 5
Hygienic Art posted an event
Thumbnail

PLAYING WITH GRAIN at Hygienic Galleries

April 26, 2014 at 7pm to May 24, 2014 at 6pm
A unique showcase of regional artists who work with wood as their connection to the natural…See More
Apr 5
Profile IconBrita Ingalls DeMars and Marnie Bourque joined Hygienic Art
Apr 4
Edmond Chibeau is attending Hygienic Art's event
Thumbnail

CALL FOR ART: EUGENE O'NEILL - ARTISTS INTERPRET HIS LIFE & WORK at Hygienic Galleries

May 22, 2014 at 11pm to May 24, 2014 at 5pm
Hygienic Art has issued a call to artists for a show that promises to be a “dynamo,” a “strange…See More
Apr 4
Charles W Reyburn posted a photo

The First Railroad Tunnel in America

Oil on canvas14" x 18"$350.00(860) 443-4209
Apr 2
Hygienic Art updated an event
Thumbnail

CALL FOR ART : OUTDOOR ARTS FESTIVAL at Bank St from Golden & Pearl

May 16, 2014 to June 13, 2014
Hygienic Art's annual outdoor arts festival during New London SailFest returns for its 10th year on…See More
Apr 2
Profile IconDiana Atwood Johnson and gordon kyle joined Hygienic Art
Apr 1
Hygienic Art updated an event
Thumbnail

CALL FOR ART: EUGENE O'NEILL - ARTISTS INTERPRET HIS LIFE & WORK at Hygienic Galleries

May 22, 2014 at 11pm to May 24, 2014 at 5pm
Hygienic Art has issued a call to artists for a show that promises to be a “dynamo,” a “strange…See More
Apr 1
bart jeczmienny posted a photo
Mar 31

Badge

Loading…

© 2014   Created by Thomas Mitchell.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service