Face Off: Portraits by Contemporary Artists

April 10 – September 18, 2011 This intriguing exhibition will present a wide variety of portraits by artists working in recent years. Once considered retrograde, portraiture has assumed a central role in the art of our time. Artists have turned to portraiture as a major vehicle for addressing issues of identity and gender, race and […]

The Subject is Light: The Henry and Sharon Martin Collection of Contemporary Realist Paintings

March 18, 2011 – August 21, 2011 This exhibition presents artworks by some of the most skilled contemporary representational artists working today. Featuring images of New England seascapes – ocean views that transcend geography and appeal to everyone, it also includes some outstanding still lifes. The organizing principle of the exhibition is the opportunity it […]

Members Collect: The Thrill of the Chase

October 16, 2010 – March 20, 2011 Unless one is an intimate friend, it is not often that the opportunity arises to view prize possessions from very private collections. But that is exactly what the Lyman Allyn Art Museum is going to do with upcoming exhibition Members Collect: The Thrill of the Chase. It will […]

A Sense of Place: Painters of Matunuck, Rhode Island 1873-1941

During the last decades of the nineteenth century, the picturesque hamlet of Matunuck, Rhode Island, emerged as an art colony, rooted more in its location than in a unified style of painting. Artists ranging from the marine painter William Trost Richards to the impressionist Philip Leslie Hale were introduced to Matunuck by family members and […]

Play/Things: Toys and the Invention of Modern Childhood

March 27 – September 12, 2010 Play/Things: Toys and the Invention of Modern Childhood will highlight toys, dolls and dollhouses from the museum’s permanent collection as well as important objects on loan from collectors. While the objects themselves will appeal to visitors of all ages, the interpretation will encourage adult viewers to reflect on the larger […]

Ajiaco: Stirrings of the Cuban Soul

September 12, 2009 through February 21, 2010 This exhibition is sponsored by the Hispanic Alliance. Guest Curator Gail Gelburd, Ph.D., Professor of Art History at Eastern Connecticut State University In 1939, the anthropologist Fernando Ortiz characterized Cuban culture as an ajiaco: a rich stew consisting of an array of ingredients cooked until a thick broth […]

What’s the Word: Words and Symbols in Art from the Lyman Allyn Art Museum

Through November 30, 2009 Guest Curator Zina Davis, Joseloff Gallery at the University of Hartford Language is incorporated into works of art in ways that encourage us to consider the meaning of words and symbols in relation to the visual experience. Sometimes the viewer must look closely to find the words and symbols: in some […]

Elizabeth Enders: Landscape/ Language/Line

March 7 through August 23, 2009 Elizabeth Enders builds microcosms of her very own making. Brilliantly fusing principles of realism with those of lyrical abstraction, the artist brings these formal opposites into a purposeful harmony. In her series of landscapes, with an emphasis on seascapes painted over past several decades, Enders displays a unique balance […]

Remembering Charles Chu

Through April 12, 2009 Charles Chi-Jung Chu (1918-2008) was a master painter, calligrapher, scholar and professor emeritus of Chinese at Connecticut College. Chu was a highly respected and beloved member of the Southeastern Connecticut community. He was a professor at Connecticut College for 19 years and was responsible for introducing the study of Mandarin Chinese […]

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