2020 Winning painting for Historic Gardens Day poster.

"The Magnificent Garden," acrylic and oil (16" x 20") by Peter Kokoszka, 2021 Poster Contest winner.

2021 CT's Historic Gardens Day Poster Contest Winner Announced


Connecticut’s Historic Gardens is pleased to announce artist Peter Kokoszka of Meriden, CT as the winner of the eighth annual Historic Gardens Day Poster Art Contest. “The Magnificent Garden” is a 16” x 20” acrylic and oil painting.
“The painting is a tribute to the Historical Florence Griswold House, Barn, Garden and the flowers and wild life found within Gardens of Connecticut that have inspired artists throughout generations to express their creative ideas of our beautiful state,” said Mr. Kokoszka.

This contest gives local artists a chance to showcase their talents while advertising CT Historic Gardens Day, an important, statewide event. The group began the contest to encourage Connecticut artists to visit and capture these historically significant homes with beautiful gardens. They hope that these sites will provide inspiring subjects for their art.

Along with a cash prize, the winning artist receives widespread exposure – at each of the 15 Connecticut’s Historic Gardens throughout the year and at Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day, an event that attracts garden lovers from throughout the state and beyond. This year’s Historic Gardens Day takes place on Sunday, June 20, 2021 from 12-4 pm.

Primarily a self-taught artist from central Connecticut, Peter graduated from Waterbury State Tech with degrees in Computer Aided Drafting and Design. Peter has worked as an aerospace draftsman, mechanical process engineer, plant manager and inspector but his true passion in life has always been creating artwork. Peter states: “In an attempt to break away from the usual things I drew and to expand my horizons I began medaling with oil paints and other mediums such as acrylic, pastel and watercolors. I love the use of color and I love the spring and summer time so my current art tends to reflect this. Some of my favorite subjects to create are nature, ships, architecture, animals, abstract and technical illustrations. I like to do works of extreme detail as well as impressionistic works of art.”  

Stay tuned for information on the 2022 Poster Art Contest when it opens later this year. Contact Jill Hogan with questions at [email protected]