The Joy of Art! Program at Hospital for Special Care is hosting its Juried Art Competition & Exhibition with an opening reception on Thursday, April 23, 2020 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

Those interested may submit up to two original pieces for the exhibition, which will run until Thursday, June 25, 2020. Submissions will be taken on Friday, April 17 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm and Monday, April 20 from 1:00 – 6:00 pm at the Hospital for Special Care Aquatic Center Entrance at 2150 Corbin Ave. All works must be hand-delivered with the proper completed forms which can be found at

There is an entry fee of $30 for one submission and $45 for two, which can be paid by cash or check. The size for the piece is limited to 42 inches, including frame, in any direction. All works must be wired for hanging.

The Joy of Art! program offers multiple in-house art exhibitions affording patients, family members, visitors, staff, and members of the community the opportunity to enjoy beautiful artwork gracing the walls of the hospital, and fundraising through commission proceeds of sold exhibition artwork.

Multiple prizes will be awarded, as well as Honorable Mentions awarded at the discretion of the Juror, Paul Baylock. Paul Baylock currently lives and grew up in New Britain, Connecticut. He was the second oldest child of a second generation Lithuanian/Irish family of ten. His dad worked at New Britain Machine Co. and would bring home old blueprints that Baylock would draw dinosaurs and war scenes on. Baylock attended Catholic schools from grade one to twelve and subsequently graduated from Hartford Art School with Bachelor’s degree and Masters in Art Education. Baylock taught art in New Britain public schools at the middle and high school level for 38 years, retiring in 2012. While he taught full time, he spent nights and weekends involved in artmaking. He trained with many CCSU faculty like Rachel Siporin, Dr. Michael Cipriano, Molly Bornstein, and Jenny Knauss. He once had a studio next to Zbigniew Grzyb, an artist who he admired and was influential on his work. Upon retiring, Baylock has been very involved with the Art League of New Britain for the past seven years, serving as president for the last four years. He paints and shows his art in many area galleries, including a solo exhibition in NEWNOW gallery at NBMAA.

Hospital for Special Care believes that art is an important factor in healing. By providing an opportunity for expression and communication of one’s emotions as well as improving state of mind with a calming and creative environment, art enhances quality of life. Through the Joy of Art’s Creative Expressions art therapy group we afford patients the opportunity to expand their creativity. The Joy of Art! program also displays a diverse selection of art for patients, visitors and staff enjoyment. The program strengthens our bond with the community by fostering relationships with talented artists.

Contact Hollie Randall at 860-827-4758 or Olivia Reed at 860-827-4774 with any questions.


About Hospital for Special Care

Hospital for Special Care (HFSC) is the fourth largest, free-standing long-term acute care hospital in the U.S. and one of only two in the nation serving adults and children. HSC is recognized for advanced care and rehabilitation in pulmonary care, acquired brain injury, medically-complex pediatrics, neuromuscular disorders including ALS research, spinal cord injury, comprehensive heart failure and comprehensive inpatient and outpatient treatment for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder.

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