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The National Arts Program® For Hartford and Middlesex County

The CRT National Arts Program® is designed to give all artists living in Hartford and Middlesex counties the opportunity to exhibit their work in a professional manner and to compete for cash prizes.

Prestigious professionals in the field of visual arts judge the entries based on the age and the experience of the artists.


2016 Judges 

JoAnne Bauer
An award-winning and Elected Artist of the West Hartford Art League, Joanne serves as a Board Member of Rough Edges Art Production in Windsor and on the Advisory Council of Art Connection Studio at Arbor Arts Center and as a grants reviewer for the Greater Hartford Arts Council. Currently, she is a juried member of the Women Artists Collective and was previously juried into the Canton Artists Cooperative; CT Women Artists; and the former Artworks Gallery Cooperative, where she was a Board Member. Having studied art in courses at various universities, JoAnne was juried into more than 75 exhibits within a decade. To see samples of her art visit: hygienic.ning.com/profile/JoAnneBauer.  
Andres Chaparro
Andres Chaparro, who coordinates the City of Hartford’s Cultural Affairs Division, is a self-taught artist. Although he studied art history in college he has never taken 
an instructional art class. His work is rooted in mixed media incorporating collage, oil pastels, marker, crayon, pencil, acrylic, spray paint and virtually anything else at his disposal. Andres continues to refine his own visual vocabulary through his focus on the intersection between art and jazz music.  His work can be found in myriad private art collections and he has exhibited in galleries and alternative exhibition spaces in the United States and Canada. 
Ellis A. Echevarria
Born in Patillas, Puerto Rico, Ellis works predominantly in digital media, drawing and painting. Ellis attended Manchester Community College and Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford. He has had solo and group  shows in Hartford’s Craftery Gallery, Windsor Art Center,  Wadsworth Atheneum and the Pump House Gallery. Ellis’ work can be found in many private collections throughout the country. Ellis has also been recognized internationally and awarded for his design excellence on behalf of clients ranging from ESPN to Dr. Perricone Skin Care.
Angela Parker 
Angela Parker is the Docent and Tour Programs Manager at the Wadsworth Atheneum where she manages and trains current and incoming docents and contributes to the museum’s school and adult tour programming. She holds a BA in English from Yale University and a MA in Art History from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she is continuing to pursue a Ph.D. in Art History.
Tracy Kane
Tracy Kane is the Director of Arts for Hartford Public Schools.   Before moving to the Central Office, she taught theater to middle and high school students in both the Hartford and Farmington Public Schools. Prior to becoming a public school teacher, she held education positions at professional theatres including Director of Education at Hartford Stage, Associate Director of Education at Honolulu Theatre for Youth, and Education Coordinator at American Place Theatre in New York City. Her education includes a BA in Drama from Vassar College, an MA in Educational Theatre from New York University, and a Sixth-Year in Educational Leadership from Central Connecticut State University. 
Ed Johnetta Miller
A fiber artist, quilter, teacher, curator and lecturer, Ed Johnetta Miller is acknowledged to be one of the most creative and colorful improvisational quiltmakers in the U.S. Widely exhibited in the U.S. and internationally, her quilts can be found in many leading museums, corporate and private collections including The National Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.; Nelson Mandela’s National Museum in Capetown, South Africa; Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art; and the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden, Colorado. Ed Johnetta received the State of Connecticut’s most prestigious artistic award, The Governor’s Art Award; Wadsworth Atheneum’s first Presidents’ Award; Leadership Greater Hartford’s Arts and Cultural Award;  Vision Award for Arts and Culture; and the Capital Community College Heritage Award. HGTV featured Ed Johnetta on the Modern Masters series. In addition, she appeared on Debbie Allen’s series “Cool Women,” and Public TV in Tokyo, Japan, and her woven creations were worn by actress Phylicia Rashad.


Updated February 2016  


Andres Chaparro
Hartford Cultural Affairs
Judge 2016
“The CRT National Arts Program is a great and important event. Artists are encouraged to create and submit work. Everyone from six years to 90 years have a great time.”