2019 Best of Show
From all of us at CAFA, we just want to reach out to our community of artists and supporters to say that we hope you are staying safe and well and are able to absorb yourself in your art practice during this stressful time.
We will get through this together...
Art Heals the Soul
Encourage artistic achievement and excellence in the arts
Recognize a diversity of style and medium
Provide a forum to advance the efforts of accomplished artists
Who We Are
The Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts is now over 100 years old and continues to carry out the important mission envisioned by our founders. CAFA is the sum of its members. Today, we are proud to count 384 artists as members, with 277 of them having been awarded Elected status. Our membership includes painters in all media, sculptors, photographers and creators of fine art in all its forms. Over the years, The Academy has called many fine institutions home, including the Hartford Atheneum and the Slater Museum in Norwich. CAFA has exhibited at the Mystic Museum of Art (MMoA) in Mystic, CT for over 10 years and is happy to be a part of that highly valued art space. Our annual juried show is one of the most competitive in all of Connecticut, attracting artists from all over the United States and recently parts of Europe. We accept submissions digitally online as well as the traditional carry-in method. CAFA employs jurors, offers very competitive prizes, and issues a museum quality catalog. Our legacy in the art world, our dedicated and talented membership, and our relationship with the MMoA make The Academy an important element in promoting fine art in all its forms. We hope to be around for another 100 years.