February 3, 2016
Lyman Allyn Art Museum
Press Contact: Rebecca Marsie, Communications Associate
860.443.2545 x112 / [email protected]

Re-Presenting America: American Art at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum

New London – The Lyman Allyn Art Museum is pleased to announce the continuation of its three-part lecture series: “Sunday Salon,” which for this Spring, highlights Lyman Allyn’s permanent collection of American art. The series debuts February 21 at 2:00pm in the Museum’s Lehman auditorium, with a reception to follow.

Speakers include Lance Mayer and Gay Myers, renowned Painting Conservators, Dr. Tanya Pohrt, Special Project Curator, and Tad Fallon and Randy Wilkinson, Furniture Conservators.

Program Details

Sunday, February 21, 2:00pm
Lance Mayer and Gay Myers, Painting Conservators
These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things 
Mayer and Myers, who have worked at the Lyman Allyn for over thirty years, will discuss a number of their favorite American paintings and other objects in the Museum’s collection. The talk will include stories about some of the people behind the art, as well as stories that remained hidden until the art was examined and understood from the point of view of a conservator. Reception to follow the presentation.

Sunday, March 13, 2:00pm
Dr. Tanya Pohrt, Special Project Curator
Exploring American Stories: Researching the Lyman Allyn Collection
Pohrt will discuss the process of reviewing the American collection in preparation for the museum’s reinstallation in October 2016. The reinstallation will expand the scope of American Stories to include objects from the second half of the 20th century. This lecture will outline significant objects in the permanent collection and discuss the stories they reveal about the art and history of New London, Connecticut, and America. Reception to follow the presentation.

Sunday, April 3, 2:00pm
Tad Fallon & Randy Wilkinson, Furniture Conservators
Furniture as an Essential Element in the Narrative of American Art
Learning to examine furniture more closely will lead to a richer understanding of the object, how it was made and decorated, its historical context, and its current state of preservation. But how do we look at furniture? The traditional, art historical way we are taught to look at furniture is informed primarily from design iconography and historical references, but too often falls short when looking deeper into the craftsmanship and patina that also defines an object’s beauty. How do the qualities of wood affect furniture designs and provide clues to its authenticity? How do we learn to examine the surface; decipher patina and identify past interventions? Striving for a better understanding of materials and tools that made the furniture will allow you to better appreciate humble domestic furnishings as historic artifacts as well as works of art. Please join us for a fun and informative lecture, as we go behind the ropes and take a closer look. Reception to follow the presentation.

The admission fee is $15 per lecture for members, $20 per lecture for non-members. Alternatively, one can sign up for all 3 programs at the discounted price of $40 for members or $55 for non-members. Advance reservations are required. Please contact the Museum at 860-443-2545 ext.129.

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

This series is generously sponsored by Benchmark Wealth Management, LLC.
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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 11 acres of green space in 1932. Today it presents a number of changing exhibitions each year and houses a fascinating collection of over 16,000 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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