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Academic Artists Association
72nd Annual Exhibition
of Traditional Realism

May 12-June 5, 2020


2022 Awards Judge: David Brega

More details below

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

Accepted Entries List

Accepted entry tag

Please see the calendar of dates to remember below. Dates are subject to change.

Viewing hours - Thursday through Sunday from 1 to 5pm.

DATES TO REMEMBER (Subject to change)

Entry Deadline March 19, 2022
Notification by April 2, 2022
Shipped Work must be received by April 29
Ship to: LetterpressArts
13 Rockland Dr., Enfield CT 06082

No COD's accepted! See prospectus for instructions
Hand Delivery of accepted work April 30 10am - 2pm
Hand deliver to the Arts Center East
709 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon CT
Show opens 1pm, May 12, 2022
Opening Reception May 15, 2022 1 - 4pm
Awards announced at 3:00 pm
Exhibition closes 4pm June 5, 2021
Artwork removal June 5 4 - 5pm
June 6 10am - 2pm

2022 Awards Judge - David Brega

"By Squeaker Cove" - Hale Johnson

"Three of a Kind" by David Brega

David Brega is recognized today as one of the country’s foremost contemporary painters of still life.  Throughout his forty-year career, he has carved out a specialty in trompe l'oeil – a branch of still life painting which mimics reality so cleverly that the viewer is fooled into thinking he is looking at real objects and not an actual painting.

David attended the Paier College of Art in Hamden, Connecticut and both the San Francisco Art Institute and the Los Angeles Trade Technical College in California. 

At Paier College of Art, he studied under premier trompe l’oeil and still life painter Ken Davies.  Under his tutelage, David honed his skills as a technician and draftsman and most importantly found his niche as a painter.

David resides on the South Shore of Massachusetts where he has maintained a Studio for the past 36 Years. To learn more, please see his website:

Jury of Acceptance

Entries will be juried for acceptance into the show by a committee of three members of Academic Artists Association, each representing a different medium. Members of the jury committee will be selected as the deadline approaches.

Jurors will be recruited based on artistic skill, willingness, availability and proximity to a convenient meeting place. They must be members in good standing of Academic Artists Association.

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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