June 21, 2022
Lyman Allyn Art Museum
Press Contact: Luciana Quagliato McClure
Founding Organizer of Nasty Women Connecticut
[email protected]


NEW LONDON – The Lyman Allyn Art Museum is hosting the sixth annual exhibition of Nasty Women Connecticut, The Will to Change: Gathering as Praxis, which opened on Saturday, June 18 as part of its Near :: New series. This year’s show is dedicated to the life and work of American writer and social activist bell hooks (1952–2021).

The volunteer-run and led group, based in New Haven, invited submissions of art, writing and other formats that celebrate hooks’ openness and inclusivity while looking globally to understand the community’s role in feminist movements. The work of the feminist writer focuses on sexist, exploitative and oppressive systems that hold us all captive, and the belief that “healing does not take place in isolation.”

This exhibition features more than 60 works of art in 2D, 3D, digital media, performance and other styles. The event aims to address, build and repair relations and community while encouraging us to honestly love ourselves and others. The organizers note that this year’s show takes special care to explore new relationships, specifically the roles that men and boys play in dismantling patriarchy within our communities.

An opening reception will be held Friday, June 24 from 5 to 8 p.m. It will feature two performances, Monstrous and Terrible to Behold by Heather Sincavage, which reflects on the personal complexities of the body in distress, and The Labor of Speech by Julie Graves Krishnaswami, which references words and phrases selected from the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings of female Supreme Court nominees and witnesses.

Reception attendees will enjoy music by Dooley-O, food and drinks to celebrate the opening both inside and on the Museum grounds. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 860.443.2545 or emailing [email protected]. An event donation of $10 per person at the door is suggested.

This exhibition is made possible with support from Nasty Women Connecticut.

For more information, please contact Rebecca Dawson, Director of Communications, by email 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 at

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