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New London - 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.


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!

John Desjardins

Friday, Feb. 2, 2018
The annual Open Art Show for the emerging artist is the bomb. You will see everything from the classic train to someone xerox their nuts on the wall. You will never be bored with what you find at the Hygienic.

Alan Taylor

Friday, Feb. 23, 2018
A cool art gallery and alternative space. In January there is an open show that has many events around town.

Patricia Krajewski

Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017
Always a pleasure to take my grandson to tje kids Jr artists academy! great people all around! Fun shows as well!

Platinum Pastel

Friday, Dec. 15, 2017
I have been coming here for three years, twice a week to participate in an after school writing club. The staff here are wonderful and kind, and the art is always interesting to look at. There are a lot of live events that go on here as well.

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