Coming in 2017:
Academic Artists Association
67th Annual National Exhibition
of Traditional Realism

Opening Reception: Sunday, April 30
Show dates: May 3 – 19, 2017
Wednesday - Sunday, 1 to 5 PM
(Exhibition will close at 4:00pm on May 19th)

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Calendar of important dates

Selected photos from the 2016 reception. Photos by Diane Christian


Arts Center East
(formerly Vernon Community Art Center)
709 Hartford Turnpike
Vernon, Connecticut


Vernon Community Art Center

Founded by Springfield artist Harriet R. Lumis in 1949 in response to the developing trend in the art world away from representational work, Academic Artists Association has remained true to Lumis' founding principals. Each year, the Association has sponsored a show representing the finest of realism in art.

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DATES TO REMEMBER (Subject to change)

Digital submissions open* January 1, 2017
Digital entry Received-by Deadline March 18, 2017  
Notification (Digital entries) March 29, 2017  
Hand Delivery April 8, 2017 10am - 2pm
Hand deliver to the Arts Center East (formerly the Vernon Art Center)
709 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon CT
Shipped Work must be received by April 12, 2017  
Ship to: SHEILA SCULLY, HEAVENLY EDIBLES
38 PEASE STREET, ENFIELD, CT 06082
No COD's accepted!
Notification: accepted/declined/awards April 15, 2017  
Accepted/declined entries will be posted on this website
Pick up of declined work April 22, 2017 10am - 2pm
Opening Reception April 30, 2017 1 - 4pm
Awards announced at 2pm
Exhibition closes May 19, 2017 4pm
Artwork removal May 19, 2017 4 - 5pm
May 20, 2017 10am - 2pm

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*Digital submissions - enter by email, submit your entry details and pay online.

If you'd like to submit by email, please send your digital image (1200 pixels in the large dimension) to steve@stevehamlinwatercolors.com. You'll receive a confirmation email that will include the URL of the entry form (for the text info related to the submission). After submitting the form, you'll be directed to a thank you page that will include the appropriate link to Paypal (member or non-member). You can still submit via CD or walk-in if you prefer.

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2017 JURY OF SELECTION AND AWARDS

Robert J. O'Brien

Robert J. O'Brien AWS, NWS

Robert J. O’Brien is a full time watercolor artist, and popular local and national workshop instructor. He has won many prestigious awards, including the Honor Award for watercolor at the 66th  Academic Artists Association Exhibition and the Silver Medal at the 2016 New England Watercolor Society’s Juried Members Exhibition at the Guild of Boston Artists.      

Robert was the Juror of Selection for the 2016 New Jersey Watercolor Society’s Exhibition and the Hawaii Watercolor Society’s National Exhibition in 2012. He served as the Awards Juror for the North East Watercolor Society’s International Exhibition in 2016. His work has been featured in numeroous publications, including the February 2015 issue of Watercolor Artist Magazine, the Dec. 2011/ Feb. 2012 issue of the French watercolor magazine, l’Art de l’Aquarelle, and Splash 15, The Best of Watercolor. He was a contributing writer to the Creativity Workshop column for the February 2011 issue of Watercolor Artist Magazine.

Robert O’Brien serves as the Scholarship Chair for the American Watercolor Society. He lives and paints in Weathersfield, Vermont and teaches workshops throughout the United States, abroad, and now online


John C. Traynor John C. Traynor - Artist

John Traynor spent his early years in Chester and Mendham NJ. His art studies began at Delbarton School in Morristown New Jersey; from there he went to Paier College of Art in New Haven CT, starting at the age of 16. He studied figure painting at the Art Students League of New York, as a merit scholar, with Frank Mason, as well as landscape painting in Vermont. John followed his studies with Mason by spending a year studying sculpture in Italy.

Traynor has won numerous awards including the Frank Dumont award from the Hudson Valley Art Association and the Medal of Honor from the Salmagundi Club of which he is an honorary member. John was also recently inducted into the Delbarton School Hall of Honors and he has reached the level of Copley Master from the Copley Society of Boston.

John has made numerous painting expeditions to Ireland as well as trips to England, Scotland, Holland, Italy, France, Austria and many locations across the United States. John currently resides in southern New Hampshire in a quaint New England village with his wife Liz. Their home is surrounded by many gardens that inspire John’s paintings.

John is a skilled painter of every genre: landscape, still life and portraiture. His unique blend of realism and atmospheric impressionism set his work apart. Many people can recognize a “Traynor painting” by its brush strokes and unique feeling. His use of light and atmospheric effect are inspired by old master paintings such as the American tonality painters and the French Impressionist artists. His unique style embodies a richness and fullness that is ‘old world’ yet contemporary.


For more information, email steve@stevehamlinwatercolors.com.
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