Legacy and Tradition


Founded: In 1910 the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts was established by a group of renowned Connecticut Artists who enjoyed a National reputation. Their goal was to promote the art of area members. They achieved this through the Annual Salon show, a juried exhibition which held high standards of artistic ability. Artists could gain membership by proving themselves in the jury process.

Today: The Academy is still an active organization of artists members. We are a non-profit organization supported by the membership. All of the leadership positions and exhibition activities are performed by volunteers dedicated to the preservation of this organization and the values it represents. In keeping with our long standing tradition we hold yearly exhibitions which are open competitions. All artists are encouraged to enter their work.

Our Mission


  • 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

CAFA Council and Officers


    Robert K. Frink   President
    Gabrielle Robinson   Associate Director
Leonard Hellerman   Treasurer

Board Members

Karen Barthelson
William Butcher
Betty Hellerman
Layne
Karin Forde Whittemore
 

    Founders

  • Charles Noel Flagg
  • James Goodwin McManus
  • Daniel F. Wentworth
  • Henry C. White
  • Isaac H. Grant
  • Wm. H. Smith
  • Ralph Russell Seymour
  • Ruel Crompton Tuttle
  • Carl Ringius
  • Harold Green
  • Alfred J. Eaton
  • Carl J. Dietrich
  • Albertus E. Jones
  • Albert Entress
  • Aage Moll
  • George Keller
  • Thomas Brabazon
  • W. Sherman Potts
  • Robert B. Brandegee
 

    Presidents

  • John Ferguson Weir 1910
  • Charles Noel Flagg 1910 - 1916
  • Daniel F. Wentworth 1916 - 1927
  • Guy C. Wiggins 1927 - 1935
  • James Goodwin McManus 1935 - 1948
  • Albertus E. Jones 1948 - 1950
  • Walter O. R. Korder 1950 - 1960
  • Sanford B. D. Low 1960 - 1964
  • Irving Katzenstein 1964 - 1966
  • Louis J. Fusari 1966 - 1972
  • Isabel S. Fairchild 1972 - 1974
  • Kenneth Davies 1974 - 1976
  • Charles B. Ferguson 1976 - 1978
  • Glo Sessions 1978 - 1980
  • Gerald Doudera 1980 - 1985
  • Daniel DuBois 1985 - 1990
  • Daniel J. Riccio 1990 - 1992
  • Elizabeth Smith 1992 - 1993
  • Darrell Decker 1993 - 1995
  • Daniel J. Riccio 1995 - 2002
  • Joseph J. Kuczynski 2002 - 2004
  • Hans Stargardter 2004 - 2006
  • Douglas Gillette 2006 - 2007
  • Leonard P. Hellerman 2008 - 2012
  • Grace Zazzaro 2012 - 2013
  • Robert Frink 2013 -