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Essex Art Association

Essex Art Association Exhibition Jurors are carefully chosen for each exhibit. 

Essex Art Association 2018 Jurors

Current Show Juror


BILL COLRUS, a longtime illustrator, cartoonist, and graphic designer, now retired, was known for his versatility and fondness for trying new approaches.  After retiring from the commercial art world and turning his hand to fine art, the same passion for exploration prevailed.  “Not the greatest idea if you’re trying to make a name for yourself as a painter”, acknowledges Colrus.  “But I could never and still can’t, resist the urge to let my imagination roam freely and beyond my comfort zone.

During his many years in illustration and design, he also taught for 33 years, adjunct faculty, at the Paier College of Art.  After a brief, very brief, retirement, Colrus decided to return to teaching, independent of the college where he would have free reign to implement strictly his own philosophy and perspectives.  “Encouraging aspiring artists to explore and discover more about themselves through their art is one of my strongest recommendations”, says Colrus.  “The art student and the person are one in the same – inseparable.  Teach one and you teach the other.  Those parts of us honed for art making purposes are no less relevant in our daily lives.” 

Though a latecomer to fine art, Colrus’ work – originals and prints – already hang on many walls, here and outside the area.  Coming with his newfound pursuit have been many awards, including best in shows.

2017 Jurors      

Lenny Moskowitz Juror Summer Juried Show "Weather, Whether"

“I have always tried to hide my own efforts and wanted my work to have the lightness and joyousness of a springtime, which never lets anyone suspect the labors it has cost.”     - Henri Matisse

Without some mystery, some sense of the unknown, I might not manage everything that comes along with painting: the isolation, the expense, and the feelings of rejection, elation, triumph, satisfaction.

The unexpected and unknown aspects of my practice remind me of the stories of Greek mythology, where the challenges of the Gods force the characters into creativity. With my work, I gravitate towards challengingmyself and finding new modes of creativity.

I’m not interested in trying to control the process of a painting; I keep working the canvas until I see something I’m satisfied with, though not necessarily what I imagined. What emerges is a different vision of the world around me, a slightly altered reality with order and smoothed over edges. Painting en plein aire brings me such euphoria that my feelings are invariably captured in the painting, elevating reality. The weather, the light, the breeze, and the moods of the place all affect me deeply, and incorporate themselves into the image.

Much of my evolution as an artist occurs between each painting, while I am just living, unaware of my creative process. New visual ideas, new ways of approaching my work build up in my subconscious, manifesting the next time I pick up a brush.

            Lenny Moskowitz is a Connecticut landscape painter who lives in New Haven with his wife Katherine. He graduated with his B.F.A from the Philadelphia College of Art and received his M.F.A. from Michigan's Cranbrook Academy. Lenny has participated in both group and solo shows at numerous galleries throughout the U.S. and has taught classes and workshops in Connecticut, Block Island, and Nantucket. Presently he teaches at Quinnipiac University and several community art schools.  He has been awarded several artist residencies, including at the Anderson Center in Michigan and at the NISDA Foundation on Nantucket, MA. In the summer of 2011 he was awarded a residency at Weir Farm in Wilton, CT.  He makes yearly painting trips to Maine, Nantucket, and frequent sojourns to the surrounding the Connecticut woods to paint the landscapes.

Eileen Eder Juror Open Show "Wild and Crazy"

Eileen Eder received her MFA from the New York Academy of Art. She is a member of the Salmagundi Club, Oil Painters of America and Lyme Art Association Elected Artists.  Eileen has won numerous prizes for her work in competitions both locally and nationally, and exhibits widely. Her work has won Best in Show for the Connecticut Academy of Fine Art 2016, top awards for 3 years running in Artist’s Magazine in the category of Still Life and was recently awarded second place in Oil Painters of America’s Online show. Exhibits include galleries in Connecticut and New York along with juried local and national shows. An experienced instructor, Eileen is known for her positive attitude and works hard to make painting and drawing enjoyable and easy to understand. She is currently teaching at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Art and Lyme Art Association in Lyme CT.

Jurors from earlier 2017 shows 

Leila Daw Juror EAA Spring Juried Show "Anything You Want"

Leila Daw is an independent artist with a studio in New Haven, and Professor Emeritus, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston. Her art practice is rooted in concepts and processes of cartography, archaeology, geology, and the exploration of communities interacting with the natural world. Currently she is working on a project to develop cross-cultural map imagery with traditional Burmese tapestry craftswomen in Myanmar.

Daw’s permanent public installations can be seen at Bradley International Airport, Hartford; the Wilson Branch of the New Haven Public Library; Northwestern CT Community College, and the St. Louis light rail system. Her work is in the collections of the Cincinnati Art Museum, DeCordova Museum, St. Louis Art Museum, Boston Public Library, Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, Housatonic Art Museum, Texaco Corporation, Monsanto Corporation, Southwestern Bell, Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences, and in many private collections.

Current and recent exhibitions include the Fitchburg (MA) Art Museum, deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA), Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Art Chicago International Fair of Contemporary and Modern Art, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia; Mercy Gallery at Loomis-Chaffee School, Windsor, CT, SUNY Suffolk County, Arizona State University, A.I.R. Gallery (Brooklyn), and Atrium Gallery, St.Louis.

Recent publications featuring Daw’s work include: Katherine Harmon, The Map as Art, Princeton Architectural Press; Denise Markonish, Badlands: New Horizons in Landscape, MIT press; E. Ashley Rooney, 100 Artists of New England and Artists’ Homes and Studios,  Schiffer Publishing; Ronald Lee Fleming, The Art of Placemaking: Interpreting Community through Public Art and Urban Design, Merrill Publishers. Articles about her work have appeared in Art in AmericaArt NewsThe New York TimesArt New EnglandThe Village VoiceThe Boston Globe, among others. She is co-author of the book The Artist Meets the Critic with Robert E. Kohn.


Melanie Carr Juror Elected Artist Show "Up in the Attic"

Melanie Carr is a Connecticut based artist who received her MFA from the College of Art and Design at Lesley University in 2011. Carr began her studies in visual art after serving in the United States Navy as an Operations Specialist onboard the USS Willamette (AO-180) in Pearl Harbor, HI. After 10 years at the New Britain Museum of American Art, her most recent role as Curator of New Media, she is now Adjunct Professor at Central Connecticut State University where she teaches drawing. Other teaching venues include Farmington Valley Arts Center, Avon, West Hartford Art League, Spectrum Art Gallery, Centerbrook, Pathways Senderos, New Britain, CT, Green Street Arts Center, Middletown, CT, and the New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT. Carr’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Soapbox Gallery, NY, Stockman Gallery, New Britain, CT, City Arts on Pearl, Hartford, CT, Westport Arts Center, Westport, CT, and Pegasus Gallery, Middletown, CT. In addition, Carr’s work was included in numerous exhibits that include The Point, United Kingdom, Gibney Dance, NYC, Gallery Aferro, New Jersey, The Delaware Center for the Cotemporary Arts in Wilmington, Mattatuck Museum, CT, Hans Weiss Newspace Gallery, CT, and Herter Gallery, MA.

Carr has work in the collections at the New Britain Museum of American Art, The Loomis Chaffee School, and the Boston Public Library, as well as many private collections.


Moya Aiken Juror Open Show "A Walk in the..."

Moya Aiken is an Emmy award-winning graphic artist and abstract mixed-media artist. Raised in England, Moya graduated from Central Saint Martins, the world famous arts and design college and part of the University of Arts London, before moving to New York City. Moya has designed for Comedy Central, HBO, MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, Rob's Really Good, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, One Brooklyn Bridge Park, Capella Hotels and Resorts, Spin NYC, and Perry Ellis amongst others. Moya currently resides in Essex, CT, where she works remotely for for Queue Graphics, a design company specializing in motion graphics for television and film that was recently awarded a Ford Foundation grant for their animated work. In her free time, Moya can be found in her favorite place, her art studio...pursuing her passion for line and abstract art.