About Guest Curator Sharon Butler

Sharon Butler at Yaddo, 2018  photographed by Elisabeth Haynes.

Sharon Butler at Yaddo, 2018 photographed by Elisabeth Haynes.

We are pleased to announce that Sharon Butler will jury a show curated from our Open Call 2020. The show will run from January 12 – February 16.

A painter and arts writer, Sharon Butler is widely known as the founder of Two Coats of Paint, a project which includes an online art journal, an artist residency, and many other initiatives. The journal has been sponsored by numerous arts organizations including the Creative Capital Warhol Foundation Art Writers Program, and for the past two years has additionally been supported by reader contributions and advertising revenue. In 2015 and 2018, Sharon was a resident at Yaddo, and was also the inaugural artist-in-residence at Counterproof Press. She has shown work nationally and internationally, has been included in NADA New York and Pulse Miami. Sharon is affiliated with Theodore: Art in Brooklyn and SEASON in Seattle. In 2016 and 2018, her exhibitions at Theodore: Art in Bushwick were selected as a Critic's Picks in Time Out New York and New York Magazine. This coming academic year she will be teaching at Cornell University and the New York Academy of Art.

Her new paintings are based on a series of digital drawings that she made in a phone application and has posted on Instagram each day.
Hashtag: #sbgoodmorningdrawings

For more information, visit her website at

Sharon Butler’s studio

Sharon Butler’s studio


Open Call 2020

Apply now! Submit your work for exhibition opportunities with ECOCA for 2020.

Submissions considered for:

  • An exhibition guest curated by Sharon Butler, January 12 – February 16, 2020

  • Solo exhibitions curated by ECOCA

  • Grace’s Trust, an on-line exhibition platform

  • Thematic exhibitions

  • Project space for video, installation, and experimental works

  • Perspectives Gallery @ Whitney Center (in Hamden) exhibitions curated by Debbie Hesse

  • Other off-site programs

Eligibility & Terms

  • Artists may submit up to five works

  • New media, film, or video works are encouraged, though equipment is limited, supplemental equipment welcomed

  • Artists are responsible for hand-delivery of artwork

  • All artwork accepted must be ready to hang or install

  • We do not ship work, see exception below*

  • The fee may not apply to entry fees for other specific calls.

  • Artists retain 70% of the proceeds from any work sold.

  • Deadline to apply : Sunday, November 10, 2019, 11:59 pm EST

Application Fee

Once the fee submission is completed, a confirmation screen appears confirming your order with a download link to the Open Call 2020 application form where the following is required:

  • ALL files named with your first initial, full last name, and a number in the following file formats:

    • JPGs for up to 5 images—each must be less than 5 MBs.

    • PDF of your CV / Bio

    • PDF of your Artist Statement

  • The download link will be accessible for 24 hours once it is opened.


*Shipping option for January 12 – February 16, 2020, Sharon Butler, curator

Shipping arrangements for work outside of a one hundred mile radius of New Haven, CT will be considered. The map illustrates the area. Please indicate your intention to ship on the application form. If you are shipping, you are required to provide a pre-paid shipping label for return. Please take note that we will reuse the packing materials provided. The gallery is not responsible for artwork packed or in transit.