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Academic Artists Association
73rd Annual Exhibition
of Traditional Realism

May 21-June 18, 2023

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2023 Awards Judge: Del-Bourree Bach

More details below and in the prospectus

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

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

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DATES TO REMEMBER (Subject to change)

Entry Deadline March 25, 2023
Notification by April 8, 2023
Shipped Work must be received by May 12
Ship to: LetterpressArts
13 Rockland Dr., Enfield CT 06082

No COD's accepted! See prospectus for instructions
Hand Delivery of accepted work May 14 10am - 2pm
Hand deliver to the Arts Center East
709 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon CT
Show opens 1pm, May 21, 2023
Opening Reception May 21, 2023 1 - 4pm
Awards announced at 3:00 pm
Exhibition closes 4pm June 18, 2023
Artwork removal June 18 4 - 6pm
June 19 10am - 2pm

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2023 Awards Judge - Del-Bourree Bach

Del-Bourree Bach in his studio

Del-Bourree Bach in his studio

Contemporary realist Del-Bourree Bach has been a working professional painter for over 40 years. He is known for his striking and almost tactile depictions of man and nature. Although many are inspired by the sea and the life in and around it, he enjoys painting many subjects from rural farms to western vistas to city sidewalks. His paintings invite viewers to enter into the scene and challenge them to create their own stories. Primarily a studio painter, he works mainly in acrylic, but occasionally enjoys transparent watercolor.

Del's work is included in many private and public collections including the Florence Griswold Museum in CT, the Albrecht Kemper Museum in MO, the Salmagundi Club New York and the U.S. Embassy and Coast Guard Art Collections. He has received more than 350 awards in national and international competitions.

To learn more, please visit 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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