Virtual Trails

While most of our museum members are open to visitors (be sure to check with each museum before visiting), many members have added virtual experiences that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home. Check them out:

Bruce Museum — Greenwich, CT

Bruce Museum is thrilled to share our virtual exhibition information for those of you following us at home.

Virtual Exhibition: iCreate 

This year’s iCreate is a virtual exhibition. The iCreate exhibition is an annual juried competition that showcases the talents of an emerging generation of artists. With a final selection of 46 artworks from over 620 submissions across 46 high schools throughout Connecticut and New York, iCreate exemplifies a breadth of themes and styles. In addition to providing a venue for youth expression, iCreate seeks to instill confidence in participating artists and offer the public a glimpse of the unbounded genius contained within creative young minds. 

https://brucemuseum.org/site/exhibitions_detail/icreate-2021

https://www.icreate2021.com

Center for Contemporary Printmaking — Norwalk, CT

The Center for Contemporary Printmaking is pleased to share exhibition space virtually! The Center publishes virtual experiences alongside the regularly scheduled exhibitions for those viewing remotely. 

  • View CCP’s current exhibition COMFORT/(DIS)COMFORT virtually by browsing the online catalogue. View the COMFORT/(DIS)COMFORT-Fall 2021 Exhibition Catalogue Here.
  • Each year, CCP holds instructional workshops providing interested artists with opportunities to learn new printmaking techniques. Online Instructor Showcase 2021 includes prints made by all instructors teaching at CCP during the 2021 year and will continue through this calendar year. View this virtual exhibition here. 

Fairfield University Art Museum — Fairfield, CT

This fall at the Fairfield University Art Museum, the art is live and the programs are virtual!

Our fall exhibitions (September 18 – December 18, 2021) will be open to the public Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., and virtual tours in both English and Spanish will be available on each exhibition’s webpage. Make sure to check out the museum’s programming calendar for upcoming virtual events – free and open to the public – or catch up on what you’ve missed on our Watch, Listen & Learn page.

Carrie Mae Weems: The Usual Suspects  
https://www.fairfield.edu/museum/carriemaeweems/
Walsh Gallery (Quick Center for the Arts)

Roberto Lugo: New Ceramics 
https://www.fairfield.edu/museum/robertolugo/
Bellarmine Hall Galleries

Robert Gerhardt: Mic Check
https://www.fairfield.edu/museum/robertgerhardt/
Bellarmine Hall Galleries

Link to your online collections: https://www.fairfield.edu/museum/collections/index.html

Virtual events: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/fairfield-university-art-museum-8204781229

Interested in checking out the Florence Griswold Museum’s current exhibitions? Check them out here! What is better than art? Art and dogs together! Follow this museum on social media and follow their #DogsOfTheArtistsTrail campaign. Follow them here! 

Our friends at Lyman Allyn Art Museum are increasing the number of digital experiences on their website every day! Check out how you can do studio projects at home here! This content is designed for families to get inspiration for art and STEAM projects. Additionally, check out their app in the App Store to see featured tours and educational content.

Mattatuck Museum — Waterbury, CT

The Mattatuck Museum is keeping the community of Litchfield Hills engaged from home!

We offer a series called “The MATT @ Home,” that provides weekly lesson plans, online exhibitions, worksheets, coloring pages, and more! Check it out here!

Mystic Museum of Art — Mystic, CT

Though the galleries are closed, we are still a community. MMoA exists to bring people together with art and allow the inspiration to happen. That’s exactly what we will continue to do. 

MMoA at Home provides virtual transformative art experiences including:

  • Coloring with MMoA – Color works from our permanent collection
  • Art to Soothe the Soul – Weekly online exhibitions on a variety of themes celebrating the artwork from our permanent collection 
  • Thinking of You – Signed, sealed, delivered! We’re collecting cards to deliver to local assisted living communities 
  • Arts & Crafts – Projects for adults and kids to enjoy at home
  • MMoA Artists Share – Art shared by MMoA’s volunteers, studio teachers, and Elected Artist members
  • Virtual Tour – Take a virtual tour of our current Photo Show 42 exhibition
  • Eye Spy – A treasure hunt activity for kids while taking a virtual tour
  • Mindful Activities – A few creative ways to shape a positive moment while social distancing

Visit www.mysticmuseumofart.org/mmoaathome

New Britain Museum of American Art — New Britain,

The New Britain Museum of American Art is offering new ways to connect with its permanent collection and special exhibitions through its website at nbmaa.org/online.

  • Special Exhibitions – Take a virtual walkthrough of special exhibitions Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated), and In Thread and On Paper: Anni Albers in Connecticut presented by museum curators
  • Curatorial Chats – With new episodes every week, each of these short “chats” explores key works by women artists in the Museum’s permanent collection, in honor of the 2020/20+ Women @ NBMAA initiative. 
  • Art Activities –  Get creative and enjoy art activities inspired by the NBMAA’s permanent collection, including coloring book pages of select works. 
  • Video Lessons – Build upon your art skills, or learn something new with easy to follow, step-by-step instructions. 
  • Student and Teacher Resources – Find new ways of facilitating learning with student engagement and hands-on art activities. Students and teachers are invited to take virtual tours of the Museum with special themes that connect to school curriculum, state, and national content standards. 

At Slater Memorial Museum, they are offering three unique ways to enjoy their exhibitions virtually. Check them out:

  1. The Museum has a virtual tour available on our website. Explore here!
  2. Anyone can search selections from the Museum collection database online, for free! Check it out!
  3. The Museum has a free app available through the App Store which provides gallery highlights and educational information. In the App Store search: Slater Memorial Museum.

The Aldrich Contemporary Museum — Ridgefield, CT

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is pleased to offer virtual poetry workshops inspired by our current exhibitions and storytimes in collaboration with the Ridgefield Library! 

See a full calendar of The Aldrich’s events: https://thealdrich.org/events

Explore our current exhibitions: https://thealdrich.org/exhibitions

For more ways to enjoy The Aldrich from home visit: https://thealdrich.org/learn

The William Benton Museum of Art, University of CT — Storrs, CT

The William Benton Museum of Art is Connecticut’s State art museum, located on the University of Connecticut campus at Storrs. We offer a variety of ways to visit us, virtually!

Please check out our website to learn about our current exhibitions: benton.uconn.edu

We also have several online exhibitions for your enjoyment: https://benton.uconn.edu/web-exhibitions/

We’ve also gathered resources to help our community access the museum from home. Explore talks by artists and scholars, online exhibitions and guides to The Benton’s collections, as well as new scavenger hunts. These digital resources can be found together at The Benton at Home:  https://benton.uconn.edu/the-benton-at-home/

You may explore our Collections from home, too: http://bentonart.uconn.edu:1025

Lastly, enjoy our self-guided art and sculpture hunts, designed for any age:  https://benton.uconn.edu/campus-art-and-sculpture-hunt/

Experience an audio tour of the Wadsworth’s exhibition Savor: A Revolution in Food Culture. Hear from curator Meredith Chilton, chef Lindsay Perkins, artist Chris Antemann, cookbook author Robert Landolphi, and others who share stories about works of art in the exhibition. Click here to listen today! 

Weir Farm National Historical Park — Wilton, CT

Explore the landscape, history, and art of Weir Farm National Historical Park. Check out our latest exhibitions and virtual offerings:

A Big Truth: Julian Alden Weir and His Branchville Farm: Check out the exhibit here!

Virtual Jr. Ranger ProgramLet the fun begin!

Legacy of a Landscape: Weir Farm: This 13-minute film offers an introduction to Weir Farm National Historical Park.  Learn about Julian Alden Weir’s artistic transformation from an academically trained portrait/ still-life painter to one of the pioneers of American Impressionism. Watch the video here!

Julian Alden Weir’s Student Years in Europe: Visitors can use this story map to follow J. Alden Weir’s travel during his student years in Europe. Check out the story map!

Weir Farm’s Art Lineage: The selected pieces of artwork in this digital exhibition by Julian Alden Weir, Dorothy Weir Young, Mahonri Young, Sperry Andrews, and Caroline Weir Ely, portray landscapes, buildings, or objects that are a part of Weir Farm. Explore the exhibit here!

We also invite you to check out our virtual tours:
https://www.nps.gov/wefa/learn/photosmultimedia/virtual-tours.htm

Yale University Art Gallery — New Haven,

At the Yale University Art Gallery, you can enjoy a variety of content from the comfort of your own home. Here are three ways you can stay connected:

1. The Gallery’s collection is completely searchable. Click here to explore!
2. You can download their audio guide. It is a great way to explore the museum and learn about our collection from curators, scholars, conservators, students, and artists. Click here for their audio guide!
3.  The Gallery YouTube channel is another great way to watch previous lectures and programs offered at the museum – there are nearly 200 to choose from! The most recent videos feature the Gallery’s current installation of Japanese surimono prints, as well as lectures discussing the current exhibition “James Prosek: Art, Artifact, Artifice” and the exhibition “Reckoning with ‘The Incident’: John Wilson’s Studies for a Lynching Mural.” Click here to start watching today!

*James Prosek’s “Bird Spectrum” (2019) in the exhibition “James Prosek: Art, Artifact, Artifice,” Yale University Art Gallery.