NEW deadline!  “Gilded Age Redux” artists please submit your artwork (jpgs) and bio by September 24 via email to:;

Please make sure that the digital artwork is in a jpg format and high resolution (300 dpi).



Lockwood-Mathews Museum
October 8-January 8, 2017

RAC Exhibiting Members are invited to submit work for the fall 2017 juried art show at Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum in Norwalk, CT. The foucs is today’s interpretation of the Nineteenth Century Gilded Age.
Questions to ponder: How would today’s artists interpret this turbulent yet seminal period of recent American history? Are there parallels to today’s social, political and economic state in the U.S that prompt creative expression by contemporary artists?
Terms and Conditions for Sale of Artwork: Checks and credit card payment for purchase of artwork, including CT sales tax, shall be made out to the Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum. If the artwork is sold, 30% of the sale price will be retained by the LMMM and 70% of the sale price will be remitted to the artist by check from the LMMM. The LMMM will retain and remit the sales tax. As a not-for-profit organization, the LMMM provides the artists with an opportunity to exhibit but does not assume the role of agent or representative.

Membership Fee: Your LMMM membership must be current. Membership is $35 a year. Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is extending a year’s complimentary membership for the Rowayton Arts Center Members.

EXHIBITION DATES: Sunday, October 8, 2017 – Monday, January 8, 2018

RECEPTION: Thursday, October 26 – 5:30-7:30 Exhibitors, LMMM members and guests

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all Rowayton Arts Center Exhibiting Members

MEDIA: All media (no free-standing sculpture, reproductions or crafts)

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: After you receive notification of acceptance by phone (9/25) then submit art on October 5.  All work must be signed, priced, and framed with wire (no sawtooth hangers). Gallery wrapped canvases must be professionally painted on all four sides with no staples showing. Maximum size is 36” in any direction, including the frame. BLANK EXHIBITION TAGS ARE ATTACHED.

FINANCIAL/ENTRY: Entry fees can be paid by check made out to Lockwood-Mathews Mansion. Submit entry with your name and title(s) of work(s) on the check.

RECEIVING: The exhibit, “Gilded Age Redux,” please have RAC artists submit their digital artwork and bio by September 24 via email to: Jurors: Gail Ingis, co-chair and Curator of Art, Julyen Norman, co-chair and Curator of Art, Susy Gilgore, Executive Director, Lockwood-Mathews Mansion. Send all work to following emails: addresses: or

Please make sure that the digital artwork is in a jpg format and high resolution (300 dpi).  Include title, size framed. (The height of your painting is the first dimension, i.e. 36×24 is a vertical painting, 24×36 is a horizontal painting.)Please let me know that you have received this and that it is what you needed. Thank you for all your help, Susy Gilgore.

Deliver accepted artwork to Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum (295 West Street • Norwalk, CT  (203) 838-9799) on Thursday, October 5, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. – 12 noon (Enter at the side door with ramp.)

PICK UP END OF SHOW: Tuesday, January 8, 2018 from 10-3p.m.

INVITATIONAL FLYER: For purposes of PR, please submit bios and images at high resolution when saved at approximately 8×10 inches (2400×3600 pixels), ideally, and 5×7 inches (1500×2100 pixels), at minimum. (We will create labels for the show. NOTE: To create labels, please remember that first dimension is the height), All accepted artists should be prepared to send a print-quality file to Lockwood by September 26.


Submission of work and payment of entry fees do not constitute a guarantee of acceptance. Notification of juror’s decision will be by phone on 9/25.  Juror’s decisions are final.

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THEME: The Gilded Age: Then and Now?
You are invited to submit work for the fall 2017 juried art show at Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum in Norwalk, CT. We are focused on today’s interpretation of the Nineteenth Century Gilded Age.
We are asking: How would today’s artists interpret this turbulent yet seminal period of recent American history? Are there parallels to today’s social, political and economic state in the U.S that prompt creative expression by contemporary artists?
For more see below:
Below is a brief history, major issues and events that marked the “Gilded Age.”
The Gilded Age, circa 1870-1900.
The Gilded Age was a period of rapid economic and social growth characterized by the emergence of a wealthy middle class, excess and embellishment in architecture, art and fashion, fueled by mechanization, transportation, major inventions and the growth of cities. Under the surface however lay significant social tensions- corruption in politics, collusion in business and poverty among unskilled industrial workers, child labor and discrimination. The term “Gilded Age” comes from the satirical novel co-authored by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner and published in 1873 (the process of gilding, applied a thin veneer of gold to a baser material such as pewter or tin to make the artifact appear more valuable, had recently been introduced). Twain likened it to the era of serious social problems masked by thin gold gilding.
For more on the Gilded Age consider the Wikipedia content available on line, or read below.
Here is a list of major features and events for consideration:
• Architecture: The early part of the Gilded Age featured large and ornate Victorian “Second Empire” styles (e.g. Lockwood Mathews Mansion). Exquisite hand-crafted interiors influenced by the Belle Epoque in Europe and created by imported German and Italian craftsmen. By 1884-85 the availability of manufactured steel allowed architects William Le Baron Jenney and Louis Sullivan to create the first steel-framed skyscrapers in Chicago.
• Visual Art: New York became established as a center in the international art market. American painters emerged on the world scene, including Mary Cassatt, Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, John Singer Sergeant, James McNeil Whistler, Childe Hassam, and John Henry Twachtman, among others. Art depicting a romanticized West was also popular: Max Bierstadt, Charles Remington et al.
• Robber Barons or Captains of Industry? Industrialists and financiers such as John D. Rockefeller, Jay Gould, Henry Clay Frick, Andrew W. Mellon, Andrew Carnegie, J.P. Morgan, Meyer Guggenheim and Cornelius Vanderbilt dominated, often ruthlessly. However it was also the beginning of American philanthropy – Carnegie (a Scottish immigrant) donated over 90% of his wealth, founding hundreds of public libraries. Rockefeller donated over $50 million to charity.
• Railroads open up the country: In 1869 the first Transcontinental Railroad was completed. Travel from New York to San Francisco now took six days instead of six months. Labor unrest and strikes were commonplace however; The Great Railroad Strike of 1877 lasted 45 days and resulted in the deaths of several hundred participants. The 1894 Pullman Strike effectively shut down the national railroad system. President Cleveland sent in the U.S. Army. By 1900 the railroads were carrying over 5.5 million passengers annually.
• American Inventions and Expositions:
o The Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876 attracts nearly 10 million visitors.
o The Columbian Exposition (World’s Fair) in Chicago in 1897 is attended by over 27 million visitors.
o Alexander Graham Bell invents the telephone
o Thomas Edison invents the incandescent light bulb, patents the phonograph and the motion picture camera. He would also form the Edison Electric Light Company (later General Electric)
o George Eastman invents the first roll film camera. He calls it “The Kodak”.
o Frederick Eugene Ives invents the half-tone process for printing illustrations
• Immigration: 20 million immigrants came to the United. Most were poor peasants from Europe looking for work in unskilled manual labor in mills, mines and factories. In 1892 the government opened a reception center at Ellis Island. In 1882 the Chinese Exclusion Act is passed, banning immigrants from China. The policy lasted until 1940.
• Financial Market Crises: . The Panic of 1873 triggered a depression in North America and Europe that lasted until 1879. The Panic of 1893 caused a run on gold reserves. A series of bank failures followed. Over 15,000 companies and 500 banks failed. Unemployment spiked as did foreclosures on homes of the middle class.
• Miscellaneous moments in history:
o 1875 Macy’s opens the nation’s first Toy Department
o Heinz reorganizes after bankruptcy with Tomato Ketchup as its main product
o NL Baseball plays its first official game (Boston vs Philadelphia)
o Fred Harvey opens his first railroad depot restaurant (with Harvey Girls)
o Custer is defeated at the Battle of Little Big Horn
o P.T. Barnum merges with James Bailey to create the Barnum & Bailey Circus
o President Garfield is assassinated
o 1898: The Spanish-American War begins