January 30, 2015
Lyman Allyn Art Museum
Press Contact: Rebecca Marsie, Communications Coordinator
860.443.2545 x112 / [email protected]


 New London – The Lyman Allyn Art Museum is proud to announce an art history class beginning this February, as part of a new lifelong learning program, Art History For AllThis year’s class is entitled,Exploring 20th Century American Art: The Collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art.”

Barbara Zabel, Professor Emeritus at Connecticut College, will lead this exciting new 10-week art history class at the Lyman Allyn. Professor Zabel will discuss works of art from the Lyman Allyn collection as they relate to those in the Whitney collection. The art history classes will entertain, enlighten and engage the audience through dynamic and interactive lectures, museum visits and discussions.

The 2015 opening of the Whitney Museum’s magnificent new Renzo Piano designed home, located between the High Line and the Hudson River, provides a unique opportunity to explore American art through the Whitney’s unparalleled collection of 20th century art. The course—and the greatly expanded galleries of the Museum—will offer new perspectives on art in the United States, from the early acquisition of Ashcan School painters by founder Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney to more recent acquisitions of contemporary art.

The course will culminate with an optional bus trip to New York for an exploration of the Whitney Museum and specially arranged tours of the galleries of contemporary art. Weekly classes will be held in the auditorium of the Lyman Allyn Art Museum.

Class Information
Classes: Thursdays 10:00-12:00, February 5th-April 9th (10 sessions)
Fee: $200 members / $250 non- members

 Advanced reservations are required for the series: please contact the Education Department at 860-443-2545 x110 or [email protected]. 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 more than 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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