June 3 – August 13, 2017
Artist and New London native David Smalley, who passed away in 2015, pioneered the use of computer technology as a tool for creating sculpture, and founded the Center for Arts and Technology at Connecticut College, where he taught studio art for more than three decades.
Working in steel, aluminum, bronze and other media, his sculptures incorporate a range of styles, and have been featured in more than 50 solo shows in the United States, England and Japan. Smalley typically worked in series, and the show is organized accordingly: kinetic works in stainless steel, which reflect and engage their environment; bent wood pieces, also kinetic, which reference more natural materials and contexts; experiments in 3D printing that produce dystopic industrial landscapes enclosed in bell jars; a somber series of bronze shipwrecks; and finally a mesmerizing “Spartina” series, inspired by the graceful movements of wetland grasses.
Smalley Sculpture Trail
June 3 – October 29, 2017
The outdoor component of our summer David Smalley memorial exhibition will remain on view through October 29th, giving visitors the opportunity to engage with eleven of Smalley’s large-scale sculptures sited on the museum’s beautiful grounds, and with twelve works installed on the Campus of Connecticut College.
David Smalley received his Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art at the University of Connecticut and his Master of Fine Arts at Indiana University. Smalley was honored with the Henry B. Plant Professorship at Connecticut College, where he taught sculpture and drawing for 36 years until his retirement in 2001. David Smalley has exhibited his work in galleries in New York and in museums and galleries in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan. In his later years he divided his time between Crystal Beach, Florida, and Niantic, Connecticut.