June 26 - August 14, 2021

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Looking back to the year that was and where we were last March, the word grateful comes to mind. Being grateful however, is clearly an understatement. Our membership rallied in their support during the temporary change to host back to back virtual Annual shows as well as the creation of a brand new CAFA+ Members show. Technology came to our rescue, helped us pull off these spectacular shows, and got us through without too much skin off our nose! A lot of patience and determination goes a long way.


Our second virtual exhibition was narrowed down to 150 pieces of outstanding art from a total of 599 works from 275 artists scattered across the US and beyond. Our jurors, Dora Atwater Millikin and Dominic Molon, created a unique show illustrating abundant talent and diversity. We thank them for their professionalism and eagerness to fulfill their task.


Remember what it was like to enter into a gallery on opening night, or thereafter, and feel the excitement and energy within? A brand new show unfolding right before you. Devouring works with your eyes, sharing compliments, and congratulating award winners and show participants. Mingling with fellow artists amidst the buzz, offering a gentle pat on the back or a slight nod from across the room. Fast forward to 2022, and CAFA’s 111th Annual Exhibition will once again be under an actual roof with the same sense of belonging and where friends, art lovers, and art share the same space in time. I am delighted to announce that the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts will be that place.

I raise a glass to the many artists who entered into CAFA’s 2021 show, and offer congratulations to those whose work appears in our virtual exhibition and to all the worthy prize winners.

Here’s looking to brighter and better days ahead.

Gabrielle Robinson

CAFA Director


In jurying a body of work such as this, I look for variety and strength of composition whether it be seen in
two or three-dimensional work. Solid form achieved through accomplished skills is more important to me than superfluous detail and the mimicking of other artists. I like to see the artists’ individual personality in the work I jury.

Dora Atwater Millikin

Given the broad range of mediums represented in the submitted works, I try to consider how the artist
is engaging with the larger history of artworks made in that particular format or genre. I contemplate how their work is encouraging us to rethink what we already know about painting, sculpture, ceramics, or whatever discipline they’re working within. I am also particularly interested in works that defy or question clichéd or conventional ways of approaching a particular subject or theme and using unexpected colors, perspectives, or compositional strategies to reveal a truly personal vision.

Dominic Molon