February 6, 2015
Lyman Allyn Art Museum
Press Contact: Rebecca Marsie, Communications Coordinator
860.443.2545 x112 / [email protected]


 Transmissions: Teaching and Learning in the Studio
New work by the Faculty of the Connecticut College Art Department

New London – The Lyman Allyn Art Museum is proud to present Transmissions: Teaching and Learning in the Studio, an exhibition of new work by the artist/educators of the Connecticut College Art Department and their current studio activities. Transmissions: Teaching and Learning in the Studio will be on view at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum from February 10 through June 7, 2015.

The exhibit features more than 50 pieces by 8 artists working in painting, sculpture, print drawings, photographs and installations.

The artists represented in the exhibition include: Nadav Assor, Gregory Bailey, Chris Barnard, Ted Hendrickson, Pamela Marks, Timothy McDowell, Denise Pelletier and Andrea Wollensak. Topics addressed in their works of art range from environmental issues and contemporary culture to political, social and cultural awareness.

“The Lyman Allyn plays an important role in the Connecticut College community, and it is very satisfying that through the presentation of Transmissions we can further invigorate that relationship,” said D. Samuel Quigley, Director of the Lyman Allyn Art Museum. “This exhibition represents the breadth of contemporary art practice and highlights the new work by highly regarded local artists who we all are fortunate to have in our midst as members of the college’s esteemed art faculty.”

Each artist/educator in this exhibition has created art that finds new ways of engaging the greater community. In the videos, installations and performances of Nadav Assor, personal narratives and cultural aspects of military-industrial technologies examine technology as an essential and transformative human condition. Gregory Bailey utilizes the elements of wit, humor, irony, and visual aesthetic to portray the vulnerability of all life, plant and animal, to that of humankind’s folly. Chris Barnard is currently focusing on the relationship between romantic representation of the “American” landscape and the ideologies that have long fueled U.S. imperialism and violence. A native of New London, Conn, Ted Hendrickson’s photographs explore placed stonework marking the man-altered landscape and its potential evidence as work and ritual, as sculpture and talisman. Examining natural form and abstract visual language is a continual pursuit for Pamela Marks. The vibrations and color interactions in Mark’s art create a palpable sensation for the viewer grounded in the real world.  The imagery of Timothy McDowell represents an ongoing exploration of the changing conditions of the natural world. McDowell utilizes specific items from nature as a catalyst to memory by capitalizing on how that memory gets frozen and fixed over time into nostalgia.  Denise Pelletier is inspired by images of 16th and 17th century alchemical and pseudoscientific forms. Her art shows her curiosity about objects that exist at the margins of the human body and the exterior world. Andrea Wollensak combines new media technology and traditional design and fabrication to explore the convergence of place, identity, and history through site-based artwork. Specific themes in her work include community, environment, surveillance and memory. For more information on the artists, visit the faculty profiles at

The faculty members at Connecticut College see the work of art making and teaching as reinforcing concepts. They are invested in the success of their students and are joined by a passion for making art that broadens our understanding of humanity.  The exhibit will express fresh viewpoints, pose new questions and supply surprising answers that exemplify the energizing results of the teaching/studio relationship.

For more information or images, please contact Rebecca Marsie at 860.443.2545 x112 or at [email protected].

About the Lyman Allyn Art Museum
The Lyman Allyn Art Museum welcomes about 25,000 visitors annually from New London, Southeastern Connecticut and all over the world. Established in 1926 by a gift from Harriet Allyn in memory of her seafaring father, the Museum opened the doors of its beautiful neo-classical building surrounded by 11 acres of green space in 1932. Today it presents a number of changing exhibitions each year and houses a fascinating collection of over 15,000 objects from ancient times to the present; artworks from Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe, with particularly strong collections of American paintings, decorative arts and Victorian toys and doll houses.

The museum is located at 625 Williams Street, New London, Connecticut, exit 83 off I-95. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sundays 1:00 – 5:00 pm; closed Mondays and major holidays. For more information call 860.443.2545, ext. 129 or visit us on Facebook or the web at:

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