Still Life Studio

Still Life Studio (June 3, 2014 – February 1, 2015)

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Cornelius De Heem. “Still Life”, c. 17th century. Oil on canvas

Still lifes – from the Dutch stilleven (‘inanimate object’) – were for centuries considered lesser works than portraits or allegorical scenes, focusing as they do on common, everyday objects. Yet these simple scenes have captured artists’ attention for centuries. A still life has the ability to capture a passing moment and transcend time, allowing us to connect with the long ago artist and see the common objects of our own surroundings with fresh eyes.

Still Life Studio invites you to consider the unassuming still life genre anew. Compare a selection of artworks from the museum’s collection, ranging in origin from 17th century Holland to present day America, then spend some time sketching a still life of your own, using basic drawing principles and materials provided in the gallery.

Painting Nature: The Intimate Sublime of Jan Beekman

The Annual Murstein Lecture, honoring the Lyman Allyn docents:

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A presentation by Barbara Zabel
Professor Emeritus, Connecticut College

Jan Beekman’s paintings evoke a sense of the Sublime—or awe—as viewers come face to face with renderings of the intricate textures of lichen and the graceful shapes of windblown branches, among other natural phenomena.  This lecture will place Beekman’s paintings in the long tradition of the Sublime in American landscape painting—not the “operatic” Sublime evoked by vast expanses of nature, but an “intimate” Sublime evoked by equally awe-inspiring close-up examinations of nature, a sensibility also found in artists of the Hudson River School.

Reception 5:00 pm
Presentation 6:00 pm

members:$5 / Non-members: $10
No charge for docents

Nathan Hale Arts Magnet School

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May 8 – June 5, 2014
Now open in our community arts gallery!

On view in Glassenberg Gallery- art by students of the Nathan Hale Arts Magnet School. Thanks to a partnership with expressiones and artists Margarita Hernandez & Sebastian Portillo for their Artist-in-Residence program, they’ve contributed to developing the Nathan Hale students to their fullest artistic and academic potential.
Come see the great art work they’ve done! The Lyman Allyn Art Museum is always free to New London residents.

Derby Day Gala: A Great Success!

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The Lyman Allyn Art Museum would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s Gallivant such a successful and elegant event! We greatly appreciate the generous contributions of our friends, sponsors, and supporters. We are extremely thankful to the hardworking Board members, staff, and volunteers who organized and helped make this years Gallivant a memorable event. Special thanks to all of the wonderful people who transformed the Lyman Allyn into a Derby delight! 

The Lyman Allyn Art Museum Receives Grant to Support Free Public Forum

March 5, 2014
CONTACT: James Eckerle, Interim Director
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The Lyman Allyn Art Museum Receives Grant to Support Free Public Forum in conjunction with its current exhibition Sub Urbanisms: Casino Company Town/ China Town.

NEW LONDON – The Lyman Allyn Art Museum received a grant for $1500 from Connecticut Humanities to help support the Sub Urbanisms Public Forum.

On March 29th, Lyman Allyn Art Museum and Connecticut College will host a free, daylong public forum (10AM-4:30PM) offered in conjunction with the museum’s newest exhibition, SubUrbanisms: Casino Company Town/ China Town (February 8 – May 12, 2014). The forum will feature speakers with backgrounds in architecture, urban design, land use, anthropology, journalism and American Studies and will explore issues of casino urbanization, suburban Chinatowns and the contested domestic landscape. Community residents and architecture and planning insiders alike will benefit from this open conversation on a local topic with a global reach. Thanks to a grant from Connecticut Humanities, Lyman Allyn is able to offer a program that invites visitors to reflect on the values, practices and public policies that determine how we live, and to consider how cultural expectations for building design might further change in response to growing ecological, financial and societal pressures.

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