Hygienic XLIII – Salon Des Independants

NEW DATE for Art Drop off and hanging will be:
Saturday, February 5th at 8am-6pm
Show opens at 7pm

The Hygienic XLIII Art Exhibition will open on Saturday, February 5th, 2022 at the Hygienic Art Galleries in downtown New London Connecticut at 7pm. Modeled after the Salon des Independants held in Paris since 1884, New London’s outsider art event is open to all artists; no judge, no jury, no fees, and no censorship.

The Salon des Independants movement was created by French Impressionists who were not accepted into the established Salon in the late 19th century. In an effort to protest the rigid art establishment, these artists exhibited their work in cafes in the seamy sections of Paris. This revolutionary movement included such notables as Matisse, Munch, Rousseau, Cezanne, and Modigliani among others. The intent of the artists (and Hygienic Art) was to create an artistic event without jury or reward so that all forms of visual art expression and trends in the art of the moment would have a chance to be presented for public consideration without restriction.

The exhibition is well known for its diverse original art ranging from the sublime to the outrageous. Over its 40 year history, the annual art extravaganza has grown from an anti-establishment visual art show to a multi-media arts festival.

Sign-in and hanging begins on Saturday, February 5th from 8am until 6pm. The exhibition opens to the public at 7pm that night. The show runs through Saturday, February 12th.

Artwork drop-off: Saturday, Feb 6th, 8am – 6pm
Pick Up Unsold Art Work: Saturday, February 12th from 12 – 4pm OR Sunday, February 13th, 12 – 4pm

Hygienic Grande XLIII

Hygienic Grande is an annexed exhibition space (as an extension of Hygienic XLIII- Salon Des Independants) located at 38 Green Street for large format art to include sculpture, multi-media extravaganzas, and large canvasses over 6 feet in size.

No judge, no jury, no fees, no censorship. One piece per artist (Artwork under 6ft in size should be dropped off at Hygienic Galleries. See Hygienic XLIII – Salon Des Independants for details).

Saturday, Feb 6 | 7 – 10pm (On display until Feb. 12th)

Size requirements:

  • 5×5′ minimum footprint (base) for sculptures
  • 6×6′ minimum for wall art

Artwork drop-off: Saturday, February 5th, 8am – 6pm

Contact Bill Dumas for more info: