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The New Canaan Land Trust and Carriage Barn Arts Center Present

The New Canaan Sculpture Trail

Nature and Art Join Up to Create New Canaan Sculpture Trail Program

New Canaan, CT (November 2019) The New Canaan Land Trust announced this week that the non-profit conservation organization has partnered with the Carriage Barn Arts Center to create a four-month art exhibition to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in 2020. The exhibition, named the New Canaan Sculpture Trail, will feature sculptural installations on Land Trust Preserves throughout New Canaan and at the Carriage Barn. Regional artists have been invited by the Carriage Barn, via an online prospectus, to submit proposals for sculptures that commemorate Earth Day’s upcoming milestone and uniquely complements the landscape of the designated sites.

New Canaan Sculpture Trail will feature up to eight juried-works of temporary sculpture placements at Land Trust preserves and in the front courtyard of the Carriage Barn in Waveny Park. Artists are encouraged to create site-specific installations that respond to the scale, geography and context of the distinct properties. An Exhibit Advisory Committee which draws from the world of art and naturalism will evaluate and select the exhibition’s featured sculptures. The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2019; the final selection will be announced in February 2020. The Exhibition will be run from early April through July, and the public will be encouraged to visit throughout that period.

Tom Cronin, President of the New Canaan Land Trust Board explained: “Connecting audiences to art and nature in the setting of our preserves is a wonderful way to recognize the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.” He continued, “We believe that New Canaan Sculpture Trail will make New Canaan a destination for many to observe these unique sculptures while instilling a greater appreciation of the natural world that surrounds us.”

The New Canaan Sculpture Trail has been made possible by the generous support of Harlan and Lois Anderson Foundation, who will serve as the lead sponsor for this significant exhibition. Their sponsorship, along with other still-to-be-named sponsors, will help cover the costs of artist stipends, property preparation and maintenance and promotional costs.

Hilary Wittmann, Executive Director of the Carriage Barn commented “We’re excited to partner with the New Canaan Land Trust and to create this special opportunity for regional artists. The selected installations will be visually engaging and also celebrate and respond to each unique natural environment.”

The Exhibit Advisory committee is comprised of; Richard Klein, Director of Exhibitions, The Contemporary Art Museum; Thea Lanzisero, President, Sculptors Guild; Hilary Wittmann, Executive Director, Carriage Barn; and Aaron Lefland, Executive Director, New Canaan Land Trust.

Questions can be directed to NCLT Executive Director, Aaron Lefland at info@newcanaanlandtrust.org or by calling 203-972-1270. For the prospectus, go to: https://carriagebarn.org/sculpture-trail/.

Artists, View the Full Prospectus HERE

We welcome proposals from regional artists for temporary sculpture placements / installations at 5-8 locations throughout New Canaan from April-July, 2020.  Selected artists will receive a $1,000 stipend to offset materials, transportation and installation expenses.  

We encourage artists to consider the national milestone of Earth Day at 50 years and express it through site-specific installations that consider the scale, geography and context of the distinct sites.  Proposed works should celebrate and respond to the natural environment, be visually engaging and/or interactive for viewers.

From left to right:  Aaron Lefland, Executive Director, New Canaan Land Trust;  Catharine Sturgess, V.P. Board of New Canaan Land Trust; Hilary Wittmann, Executive Director, Carriage Barn.