January 25, 2018
Lyman Allyn Art Museum
Press Contact: Rebecca Marsie, Communications Associate
860.443.2545 x2112 / [email protected]


New London – The Lyman Allyn Art Museum is pleased to announce the recent gift of 263 photographs by contemporary photographers Kristin Capp, Donna Ferrato, Sally Gall, Ralph Gibson, Walter looss, Joyce Tenneson, and Peter Turnley. The photographs add depth and breadth to the museum’s growing holdings and offer great potential for multiple future exhibitions. Ranging widely in subject matter, the gift includes breathtaking landscapes and views of people and places from around the world, as well as detailed studies of flowers and trees, great moments and personalities in sports, and photojournalism ranging from coverage of world events to a focused look at the well-being of women and families. This generous gift, from donors Joseph D’Angelo, Julie Dwyer & Dr. Thomas Dwyer, Karen Ganz, and Sonia Shah & Dr. Rahul Shah, was facilitated by Summit Art Advisory LLC of New Jersey.

The work of acclaimed photojournalist Peter Turnley enters the Lyman Allyn’s collection for the first time with 50 photographs that span Turnley’s long career covering major world events for Newsweek Magazine, Harper’s Magazine, CNN and NBC’s Nightline, among others. Attentive to injustice and suffering, Turnley has captured the plight of international refugees, documented major world leaders, and depicted politics and conflicts in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the U.S., and Latin America.

Fifty-six photographs by acclaimed sports photographer Walter Iooss expand and enrich a group of six Iooss photographs donated earlier in 2017 by Connecticut College alumna Karen Ganz. A longtime photographer for Sports Illustrated Magazine, Iooss has been called the “poet laureate of sports.” The 2017 gifts show a range of Iooss’s work from the 1960s through to the present, capturing individual athletes and teams in motion, including Willie Mays, Muhammad Ali, Wilt Chamberlin, Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King, Michael Jordan, and Lebron James, among others.

The gift includes 53 photographs by Donna Ferrato, a groundbreaking, award-winning photojournalist and activist whose work focuses on domestic abuse and gender studies. With photographs that are often politically charged and intense, Ferrato’s American Women portfolio includes images from the 1970s to the present.

Photographer Joyce Tenneson is represented by 12 lush detailed color images of flowers rendered against a black surface and three large-scale photographs from her Gold Trees series. These complement eight Tenneson photographs already in the collection—four photographs of flowers late in their bloom cycle and four portraits from the photographer’s Wise Women series, focusing on women aged 65 to 100.

Ralph Gibson, who assisted photographers Dorthea Lange and Robert Frank early in his career, is known for his surrealist imagery, his classical nudes, and his interest in texture and light, often utilizing traditional black-and-white photography. With photographs that span Gibson’s distinguished career from the 1970s to the present, this gift includes 46 images from his Curated Retrospective portfolio and 6 works from his recent series Political Abstraction.

Interested in capturing the beauty of the natural world, Sally Gall has focused on landscape over the last 30 years with an emphasis on water imagery. A gift of 19 black-and-white landscape photographs from sites around the world represents her work from the 1980s to the present, expanding the museum’s existing holdings of 16 of her photographs.

A portfolio of 20 vivid color photographs by Kristin Capp enters the collection with this gift. The photos represent Capp’s work in Namibia in 2013-14 and include portraits and domestic spaces. Capp is at an earlier point in her career than some artists represented in this gift, having worked as a photographer since the late 1990s. Capp’s keen eye for composition and color are evident here and in her 2003-2005 Brazil portfolio already in the museum’s collection.

For more information or to request images, please contact Rebecca Marsie at 860.443.2545, ext. 2112 or ­­at [email protected].

About the Lyman Allyn Art Museum
The Lyman Allyn Art Museum welcomes visitors 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 12 acres of green space in 1932. Today it presents a number of changing exhibitions each year and houses a fascinating collection of over 17,000 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. 2129 or visit us on Facebook or the web at:

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