More than 100 Artists Submit Their Work to CRT’s 30th Annual National Arts Program Show, on NBC CT

CRT’s 30th Annual National Arts Program show is online this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We were able to share details about this year’s show with Shannon Miller from NBC Connecticut.

To accommodate the safety needs of the artists, judges, and guests who will view the artistic work submitted, this year’s National Arts show is available in an online gallery format.

All forms of visual arts were submitted to the show; from paintings and photographs to sculptures, crafts and textiles. Up to two entries could be submitted per artist. This year, CRT encouraged participants to consider creating or submitting art that is related to their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year CRT is using the online platform to exhibit photos of the art submitted to the show. The gallery link is available for sharing, and CRT encourages artists to share their work in the show with friends and family.

Judging of the submissions to the National Arts show this year took place at the end of March, and winning artists will be notified in April. An online awards reception will occur in May.

The National Arts Program provides materials and funding for this visual art exhibit including awards for winning work totaling $3,450.

Cash prizes will be awarded in each of the following categories:

  • Amateur – an adult with little or no experience
  • Intermediate – an adult with some experience, beginning art students, etc.
  • Professional – an adult with serious art training or employed in an art-related job
  • Youth (12 Years and younger)
  • Teen (ages 13 – 18)
  • Teens Looking Out for Teens (ages 13 – 18) – in this special category, individual teenagers or groups of teens can submit a piece of art that evokes a greater understanding of the social issues affecting teens.


Featured image: “Blue” by Caleb Brackett; Professional; Painting (oils, acrylics) – 2021.