January 22, 2020
Lyman Allyn Art Museum
Press Contact: Rebecca Dawson, Director of Communications
860.443.2545 ext. 2112 / [email protected]


New London – A Century of Creativity: Connecticut Art from the New Haven Paint and Clay Club celebrates the history and continuing legacy of the New Haven Paint & Clay Club, one of the oldest active art clubs in New England, established in 1900. This exhibition of paintings, prints, and drawings explores our surroundings—the land, water, people, and places that help shape this region. The exhibition will be on view from January 31 through May 10, 2020.

As its name indicates, the New Haven Paint & Clay Club’s identity is geographically based. As such, it seems fitting to consider place and regional identity as the organizing theme for this retrospective exhibition. The history and impact of the New Haven Paint & Clay Club extends beyond New Haven, drawing members and exhibitors from across Connecticut, as well as from New York and New England. In the first half of the 20th century, numerous artists connected to the New Haven Paint & Clay Club were also affiliated with the art colonies at Cos Cob, Old Lyme, and Mystic.

Showcasing landscapes of Connecticut and beyond, A Century of Creativity includes traditional views of the region’s beautiful coastline, woods, and fields, as well as its cities, towns, roads, boats, and industry. The exhibition also contains art reflecting artists’ travel to distant places and art that explores space and place in different ways, rendering abstract landscapes and imaginative places.

All objects are from artists affiliated with the New Haven Paint & Clay Club. Many pieces come from the Club’s permanent collection, acquired from Club exhibitions dating back to 1931. Works of art from the Lyman Allyn’s collection and several from the New Haven Museum help augment the story, adding material by artists from the Club’s early years.

The opening reception will be on Thursday, January 30, from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. Museum members are free and non-members are $10. Please RSVP to 860.443.2545 ext.2129.

Check the museum website at and the museum’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for updates and additional programming.

Tours of the exhibition are available for groups. To schedule tours, call the Education Department at 860.443.2545 ext. 2110 or e-mail [email protected].

For more information or images, please contact Rebecca Dawson 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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