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

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SERIOUS FUN with ANGKOR CAMBODIAN DANCE TROUPE at Hygienic Art Park @ 79 Bank Street New London, CT 06320

August 10, 2014 from 7pm to 8pm
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JESSE DEE IN THE ART PARK at Hygienic Art Park

August 9, 2014 from 7pm to 11pm
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SERIOUS FUN with ANGKOR CAMBODIAN DANCE TROUPE at Hygienic Art Park @ 79 Bank Street New London, CT 06320

August 10, 2014 from 7pm to 8pm
Admission is $10 and family packages are available for $25. Purchase online tickets in advance! …See More
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THE BASEBALL PROJECT with THE ZAMBONIS at Hygienic Art Park

July 22, 2014 from 7pm to 10pm
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TRADITIONS at Hygienic Art Park

July 19, 2014 from 5pm to 11pm
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I FEEL BAD at Hygienic Art Galleries

August 8, 2014 at 6pm to September 6, 2014 at 6pm
Casey Spectacular, and his fellow witches, brings us on a journey of sadness, through a world of…See More
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JESSE DEE IN THE ART PARK at Hygienic Art Park

August 9, 2014 from 7pm to 11pm
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JESSE DEE IN THE ART PARK at Hygienic Art Park

August 9, 2014 from 7pm to 11pm
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THE CAN KICKERS, PAUL BROCKETT ROADSHOW and THE MACLEAN SISTERS at Hygienic Art Park 79 Bank Street New London, CT 06320

July 5, 2014 from 7pm to 11pm
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HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE at Hygienic Art Galleries

July 5, 2014 at 7pm to August 2, 2014 at 6pm
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Lines of our Sojourn

Train Station Catwalk Steps.
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HYGIENIC ART'S BIZARRE BAZAAR at Bank St between Golden & Pearl

July 12, 2014 at 10am to July 13, 2014 at 6pm
For the past nine years Hygienic Art has collaborated with New London SailFest to incorporate an…See More
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