Local artist wins Historic Gardens Day Poster Art Contest

Artist Kim Villanti poses at Hill-Stead Museum, the inspiration for her contest-winning painting, Stonewall. Photo by Lea Anne Moran, February, 2014.

Artist Kim Villanti poses at Hill-Stead Museum, the inspiration for her contest-winning painting, Stonewall. Photo by Lea Anne Moran, February, 2014.

Connecticut’s HistoricGardens, a group of 14 distinctive historic sites and gardens dotted throughout the state, announced Bristol artist Kim Villanti is the winner of the first annual Historic Gardens Day Poster Art Contest.

The Historic Gardens Day Poster Art Contest gives local artists a chance to showcase their talents while advertising this important, statewide event. The contest aims to join Connecticut artists with the group’s historically significant homes and gardens.

Along with a small cash prize, the winning artist received widespread exposure – at the annual Connecticut Flower & Garden Show (Feb. 20-23, 2014, booth 413), at each of the 14 Connecticut’s Historic Gardens sites throughout the year, and at Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day itself, an event that attracts thousands of garden lovers throughout the state and beyond. This year’s Historic Gardens Day takes place on Sunday, June 22, 12 to 4 p.m.; visit cthistoricgardens.org for details on activities offered at each site. 

Contest winner Kim Villanti has been a professional artist for 30 years. She holds a B.F.A. in Communications Arts with a minor in Ceramics from East Carolina University School of Art, North Carolina, and an A.A. in Graphic Arts from Montgomery College, Maryland. For many years she studied French Impressionism, and it was after visiting the Musée d’Orsay in Paris that Kim was inspired to paint full time, after a career as a graphic designer in corporate communications, branding, and employee benefits communications. Kim is currently represented by C. Parker Gallery in Greenwich, CT.

More of her work can be seen at www.behance.net/KimVillanti. ens.org.