#GenerationArt Celebrated by The Connecticut (CT) Art Trail

Social campaign to spark creativity and imagination from all generations – Download this PDF for more information!


STATEWIDE, CT (June 30, 2016) — This summer, the Connecticut (CT) Art Trail is running a campaign #GenerationArt until September. This social media campaign brings together Connecticut’s world-class museums and historic sites to show that art is for every generation. Discover diverse collections and programs that bring together Millennials and Baby Boomers, Generation X, Y and Z. No matter one’s age, we are all #GenerationArt.

As part of this campaign, various locations across the Trail have exhibits and programming that feature generations of artists or are to attract multi-generational visitors. Bring your family and come see what the CT Art Trail has to offer this summer:


H2007_05Greenwich Historical Society/Bush-Holley Historic Site – Cos Cob/Greenwich, CT

Former resident artist Elmer MacRae of the Cos Cob art colony often featured his own twins in his work. These paintings are currently on view at the Greenwich Historical Society’s Bush-Holley Historic Site. Tours of Bush-Holley House are Wednesday – Sunday, 12noon to 4:00pm. 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob, CT 06807. Find more information at www.greenwichhistory.org.

As the culmination of a yearlong museum-school partnership, students from Hamilton Avenue Magnet School mounted an exhibition at the Greenwich Historical Society to showcase what they learned during field trips to Bush-Holley Historic Site. Learn more about the third- to fifth- grade students, their artwork, and their journey to become junior docent’s at http://ctarttrail.org/press-release/hamilton-avenue-students-showcase-results-museum-partnership/

13482858_1049371478443934_6372367512130863273_oWeir Farm National Historic Site – Wilton, CT

Take your photo with one, or all seven, of the new National Park bison that are grazing throughout Weir Farm National Historic Site to celebrate the summer of #GenerationArt and The National Park Service’s Centennial. Each adult bison is covered with a historic painting related to Weir Farm. All three of the generations of artists who lived on the Branchville farm are represented. You can see two paintings by J. Alden Weir, two by his son-in-law Mahonri M. Young and two by Sperry Andrews. A painting by Albert Pinkham Rider, a close friend of J. AldenWeir and frequent visitor to the Branchville farm, completes the seven. Most of the bison are set near the original painting location, so you can observe any changes to the landscape that occurred since the painting was created. Share your pictures with #weirfarmbison.

FOOTPRINT-POSTERCenter for Contemporary Printmaking – Norwalk, CT

The Center for Contemporary Printmaking’s 5th Biennial Footprint Exhibition features prints created by artists across the generational spectrum and can be enjoyed by everyone. The exhibition is on display through August 28.


Neale_ProbikovaYale Center for British Art – New Haven, CT

“The Poet of Them All”: William Shakespeare and Miniature Designer Bindings from the Collection of Neale and Margaret Albert explores the works of William Shakespeare from a fresh perspective, placing the literary giant within a tradition of fine craftsmanship on a completely different scale. Nearly one hundred exquisitely bound miniature editions of plays, sonnets, and books inspired by Shakespeare—each measuring three inches high or less and selected from the singular collection of Neale and Margaret Albert—are on display until August 21.

On Saturday, July 16, the Yale Center for British Art welcomes a musical performance that complements “The Poet of Them All” exhibition, one of the foremost interpreters of Cole Porter, legendary cabaret singer Steve Ross, will perform many of Porter’s greatest songs, as well as other music from the American Songbook. Cole Porter and His Contemporaries begins at 3:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public. For more information about current exhibitions, docent led tours, film screenings, and other exhibition related programs visit britishart.yale.edu.


Civil Rights - I Am A ManLyman Allyn Art Museum – New London, CT

Lyman Allyn’s exhibition “For All the World to See” and related program “Children of Change! Kids & Civil Rights” are great examples for #GenerationArt.

For All the World to See: Visual Culture and The Struggle for Civil Rights examines the role that visual culture played in shaping and transforming the struggle for racial equality in America from the late 1940’s to the mid-1970’s. Through a compelling assortment of photographs, television clips, art posters, and other historic artifacts, this exhibit on view until August 11, 2016, traces how images and media disseminated to the American public transformed the modern civil rights movement and jolted Americans, both black and white, out of a state of denial or complacency.

On Saturday, July 23 from 1:00-4:00 p.m., join award-winning children’s authors Elizabeth Partridge and Kekla Magoon for a look at how children shaped the Civil Rights movement of the 1950’s and ‘60’s. We’ll explore issues of social justice and self-expression then and now and the big impact that even the youngest members of society can have. Presentations and book signings by award-winning young adult authors, Q & A between authors and audience, and free creative writing workshop for kids ages 10+ on self-expression in adversity are just a few of the things to look forward to. Find more information at http://ctarttrail.org/press-release/lyman-allyn-museum-hosts-exhibit-program-civil-rights/.

Herbaria MakingSlater Memorial Museum, Norwich Free Academy Campus – Norwich, CT

The Art and Science of Herbaria, led by naturalist Sigrun N. Gadwa, and master gardener Mary-Lou Bargnesi, is a wonderful introduction to the diversity of our local ecology. This unique two-part experience is sure to be compelling for all ages — inspiring wonder, discovery, and environmental responsibility. Learn more about the workshop series at http://www.slatermuseum.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Herbarium-registration.pdf.

Lynn_WhiteElephant1The William Benton Museum of Art, University of CT – Mansfield/Storrs, CT

The William Benton Museum of Art is showing “Blow Up: Inflatable Contemporary Art” through July 31 (closed July 2-4). This playful, family-friendly exhibition includes a 10-foot tall White Elephant, two giant, smiling red bunnies, towering superheroes, and a 17-foot long Trans Am replica of the 1977 “Smokey and the Bandit” car. The oversize structures connote fun and whimsy, and challenge our everyday, feet-on-the-ground perspective. The exhibition was organized by Carrie Lederer, Curator of Exhibitions, Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA, and was made possible by a grant from The National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit Benton.uconn.edu.


NC-wyeth-MrHandsNew Britain Museum of American Art – New Britain, CT

An upcoming exhibition, Masterpieces of the Sanford B.D. Low Illustration Collection, on view July 8–October 2, will appeal to all ages. Featuring works by renown illustrators such as Maxfield Parrish, Norman Rockwell, and N.C. Wyeth, this exhibition depicts themes of daily life, the ‘American Dream,’ and various pulp art genres.

NBMAA’s Low Illustration Gallery is now featuring works by I SPY creator, Walter Wick. This show is a ten-year tribute to Wick’s exhibition in 2006, Walter Wick: Games, Gizmos, and Toys in the Attic, and to the acquisition of this collection, generously donated by the artist.

And on September 11, 2016 from 1:00-4:00 p.m., bring your family to the NBMAA to celebrate Grandparents Day! Festivities will feature drop-in art activities, a live animal show by The Children’s Museum, and music by the Bedlam Brothers String Band. All events and exhibitions free with Museum admission.


“We discovered many exciting art treasures and jewels, and enjoyed the opportunity to have this affordable overview of [Connecticut’s] riches,” said pass-holders Kay and Stephen of Long Island, NY.

The Connecticut Art Trail Art Pass is the ideal gift for locals and visitors alike, making for a valuable cultural experience over the course of one year for all generations. To purchase an Art Pass, fill out the form online at www.ctarttrail.org 

About the Connecticut Art Trail

The Connecticut Art Trail is a nationally recognized partnership between eighteen world-class museums and historic sites, created to promote Connecticut’s rich cultural assets as part of a travel experience.

The Trail was launched in 1995 as the Connecticut Impressionist Art Trail, celebrating Connecticut’s ten museums and historic sites that highlighted American Impressionism. In 2005, the member museums voted to expand its membership beyond Impressionism to include even more quality museums and historic sites, increasing the membership to nineteen today. This strategic initiative was accomplished in order to reach a broader audience and showcase the diversity of collections within the state. The Connecticut Art Trail also offers the Art Pass, granting visitors one-day access to each museum along the trail for a small fee. More information about the Art Trail can be found online at www.ctarttrail.org and on facebook.com/CTArtTrail.