The William Benton Museum of Art at the University of Connecticut Presents: Sacred Sisters: In Praise of Art & Poetry and The 49th Annual Art Department Faculty Show


Opening Reception: October 22, 4:30 to 7 pm

Storrs, CT, September 29, 2015 –– The William Benton Museum of Art, the State art museum located on the University of Connecticut campus at Storrs, is opening two new exhibitions on Thursday, October 22, with a reception from 4:30 to 7 pm.

The 49th Annual Art Department Faculty Show is an annual presentation of recent works by permanent faculty in the Art and Art History Department of the School of Fine Arts at the University. A broad spectrum of mediums will be represented, including painting, sculpture, illustration, graphic design, printmaking, photography, and installation art. Works by Alison Paul and John O’Donnell will be showcased.

Sacred Sisters: In Praise of Art & Poetry brings together bold portraits of eight nuns from the 12th to the 19th centuries and around the world with prayerfully-phrased poems. This collaboration by visual artist Holly Trostle Brigham and award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson captures the essence of the nuns as artists and writers while it explores the complex issues of gender and creativity, religion and history, and the connections between the visual and literary arts.

Both exhibitions will be on view through December 20, 2015. The Benton will be closed November 21 through November 30.


Every Wednesday through November 18, Noon

Campus Art & Architecture Walks

October 27, 12:30 pm

Faculty-artist Talk by Olu Oguibe, Professor of Painting and African American Studies

November 6, 5 pm

The Salon at the Benton: “In Praise of Art & Poetry”

A conversation with artist Holly Trostle Brigham and poet Marilyn Nelson, whose works are presented in the exhibition Sacred Sisters.

November 10, 12:30 pm

Faculty-artist Talk by Alison Paul, Lecturer in Illustration and Animation

November 13, 5:30 pm

The Gene and Georgia Mittelman Lecture

“Fauns, Goddesses, and Patriots: Frederick William MacMonnies and Small Bronze Sculpture in America, 1890–1930”

Thayer Tolles, Curator of American Sculpture, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


THE WILLIAM BENTON MUSEUM OF ART, Connecticut’s official state art museum, is located at the University of Connecticut, 245 Glenbrook Road, Storrs, CT.  HOURS: Tuesday through Friday 10 to 4:30 / Saturday and Sunday 1 to 4:30 / 860-486-4520 / / Admission is free. Donations are gratefully accepted.


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