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.

 

MANAGING DIRECTOR
Rich Martin

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Barbara Crouch


GALLERY ASSISTANT

& ARTIST ACADEMY
Sarah McKay

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

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Terry Davis
Darlene DeLaura
Jaime Duquette
Bernard Skrupsky
James A. Stidfole

RESIDENT ARTISTS
Kim Abraham
Justin Richard Anderson
Travis Gibbs
Susan Hickman
Casey Moran
Troy Zaushny


GALLERY PROGRAMMING

Rich Martin
A. Vincent Scarano 
Sarah McKay
Krissa Ressler
Mark Patnode
Kim Abraham
Travis Gibbs


GALLERY CURATOR

Krissa Ressler

 

ART PARK SUPPORT
Kathy Salvio
Betty Cole
Bruce Cole
Sherry Stidfole
James Stidfole
William Golaboski
Tim Petranek
Jaime Duquette
Christy Hicks

Hygienic Filmwerks
Andrew Bell
Karen Arfi

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
New London, CT 06320
860-443-8001
hygienicart@gmail.com

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CALL FOR ART: HYGIENIC 36 at Hygienic Galleries

December 17, 2014 from 7pm to 8pm
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THE REDUCERS CD RELEASE PARTY at Hygienic Art Galleries

November 29, 2014 from 8pm to 10pm
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THE REDUCERS CD RELEASE PARTY at Hygienic Art Galleries

November 29, 2014 from 8pm to 10pm
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