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Hygienic Art

79 Bank Street

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Hygienic Art, Inc. was created as an incorporated structure in the fall of 1979, when artists employed by a federal Comprehensive Education and Training Act (CETA) grant decided, as a final project, to hold an outsiders' art festival. The show was modeled after the "Salon Des Independants," a late 19th century art movement in Paris in which artists had protested the aristocracy by exhibiting their works in cafes located in the 'seamy' areas of the city. The artists in those exhibitions gave rise to the great French Impressionist movement.

The exhibition was presented at the Hygienic Restaurant, New London's only 24 hour eatery, which had been open since 1919. The rules were simple; no judge, no jury, no fees, no censorship, one piece per artist and all were welcome. The show was an immediate success and the Hygienic Art Exhibition became an annual creative arts festival, attracting over 450 artists and an audience of thousands.

The Hygienic Restaurant closed in 1985 and the show continued in other historic venues in the city. Hygienic Art was formally incorporated in 1987 to save the exhibition from speculators who wanted to use the Hygienic name to promote other festivals in the city.


Matt Parke

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
I stopped in randomly to an art showing and really liked it. I purchased my first small piece of art. Great people. I also attended their Ska Prom show with 3 different bands. It's a great set up.

Shawn Meilicke

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
I came here for a concert that was held outside, and what a cool venue! The sound was good, the dance area was nice, great amount of seating and room to move around, the bar had a wide selection. As for the art gallery half, I did a walk through and there were some really interesting pieces. I like what this place stands for and I love that it supports local artists!

Bruce McDermott

Sunday, July 15, 2018
Great outdoor venue for music. Covered translucent canopy, trees, tables, bathrooms, and libations. The only problem is the Amtrak trains make a racket and can drown out the music when they blow their horns for the nearby crossings.

Adelina Pagan

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018
Went there one time last weekend with my dad, step mom, and wife and absolutely fell in love with there gallery. The staff were kind, and very informative also recommended a restaurant. Thank you so much!

oscar segura

Monday, July 16, 2018
Sailfest. It was s great Latino show

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Upcoming Events at Hygienic Art

Bacchanalia II - Amphitheater Benefit Gala

Saturday, Aug 25, 2018 from 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Hygienic Art Gallery
New London, CT
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