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Weir Farm NHP Announces 2021 Art in the Park Contest

A plein air artist in front of a easel painting with a red art studio in the background.
Artist painting the Weir Studio at Weir Farm.

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News Release Date: June 12, 2021

Contact: Kristin Lessard, (203) 834-1896, x13

WILTON/RIDGEFIELD, CONNECTICUT – Weir Farm National Historical Park’s Annual Art in the Park Contest and Exhibit are going virtual! Join us in celebrating creativity at Weir Farm by participating and submitting a work of art. All artists, from beginner to professional, are encouraged to take part in this contest by submitting an image of a piece of artwork inspired by or made at the park. Any original work created at or inspired by Weir Farm in any visual art medium may be entered into the contest. This includes paintings, drawings, pastels, fabrics, sculpture, photographs, mixed media, and more! Submissions will be accepted online through September 1, 2021. Once entered, artwork will become part of a virtual exhibit that is focused on showcasing artistic inspiration and creativity at Weir Farm, launching on our website on October 1, 2021. Become part of our long lasting artistic tradition by sharing your artwork with us today!

To view last year's Art in the Park Contest Exhibit and winners: Click here!

Virtual Art in the Park Contest Rules:

  • Participants enter by emailing an image of their artwork to and filling out this form to provide information about their art and permission to use the image on the park website. Teachers and group leaders can skip this form and email their group submissions.
  • All artwork must be submitted by end of day Wednesday, September 1, 2021.
  • Only digital submissions will be accepted, no in person submissions.
  • One submission per person.
  • Any original work created at or inspired by Weir Farm in any visual art medium may be entered into the contest. This includes paintings, drawings, pastels, photographs, fabrics, sculpture, mixed media. Works depicting other locations (ie Block Island, etc.) will not be accepted.
  • Entries will be judged on the use of color, quality of work, originality, creativity, and how well the work represents Weir Farm.
  • Contest categories include Junior Artist, Teen Artist, Adult Artist, and Advanced Artist for the public, and a NPS Staff, Partner and Volunteer category. This year we are also adding a special category for Photography.
  • The winner of the Advanced Artist category will receive the Weir Masterpiece Award.
  • All works will be included in a virtual exhibit on Weir Farm's website at, that will go live on October 1, 2021.
  • By entering the contest, the artist gives permission for the park to use images of the work on the park's website, social media, and print media. Advanced/Professional artists may request crediting or limitations on use.

Any questions about the contest? Email

A big thank you to Weir Farm NHP partners, G&B Cultural CenterWeir Farm Art Alliance, and Friends of Weir Farm for their support of all Art in the Park programs and this year's contest and exhibit!

About Weir Farm National Historical Park: Visit the home and studio of America's most beloved Impressionist, J. Alden Weir, and walk in the footsteps of a world-class artist. Set against a rural Connecticut landscape that has been painted by thousands of artists from 1882 to the present, Weir Farm is a national legacy of American Impressionism, the creative spirit, and historic preservation. Explore this National Park for Art and experience what Weir described as "The Great Good Place." Learn more at and visit us on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram @WeirFarmNPS.

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Last updated: June 12, 2021

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