June 17-July 23

Juror Terri C. Smith

Flower (Re)Power, an annual open-juried competition with guest curator Terri C. Smith will be held at the Housatonic Museum of Art June 17 through July 23.

The competition, designed to breathe new life into the flower as an artistic symbol or subject, provides an opportunity for emerging and under-recognized artists to have their work seen by a notable curator working in the field and to exhibit their work in a significant venue.

"Still life paintings of flowers are often predictable and decorative," said Museum Director Robbin Zella."Flower (Re)Power is asking artists to breathe new life into the genre."

"Contemporary artists such as Charles Ray, Andy Warhol, Peter Coffin, Polly Apfelbaum, and Christopher Wool have managed to break free of familiar formulas and create new aesthetics and approaches to the flower," she added.

With approximately fifteen years of curatorial experience, freelance curator Terri C. Smith has created more than seventy exhibitions and a variety of related programming for museums and other not-for-profit arts institutions. These shows usually involved working with contemporary artists, but also included permanent collection exhibitions and art historical projects.

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, will be on display in the Burt Chernow Galleries in Lafayette Hall at Housatonic Community College. The opening reception will be held June 17, 5 to 7 p.m. in the galleries. For more information about the competition, please visit the museum website at .

Housatonic Community College is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in downtown Bridgeport, less than 150 yards off I-95 (Exit 27) and Rte. 8 (Exit 1), a block from the arena at Harbor Yard. Free parking is available in the HCC garage.

The galleries are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and Thursdays until 7 p.m. The museum is closed all state and national holidays.