Current Exhibitions


An American Place: The Art Colony at Old Lyme

During the first two decades of the 20th century, the village of Old Lyme, Connecticut was the setting for one of the largest and most significant art colonies in America.

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September 30, 2017 - January 28, 2018

Three exhibitions examine social consciousness and community participation.

World War I and the Lyme Art Colony

World War I and the Lyme Art Colony illuminates the significant role played by artists with ties to Connecticut in mobilizing public sentiment for America’s entry into the war and in defining a new role for art in the field of modern warfare. In particular, members of the Lyme Art Colony pioneered designs for naval camouflage painted on the hulls of ships and created celebrated images such as Childe Hassam’s depictions of a flag-draped New York as the emblem of the nation that would tip the balance in favor of the Allies.

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Oscar Fehrer: Reflecting and Reflections

Oscar Fehrer: Reflecting and Reflections presents a selected retrospective of work from every period of Fehrer’s career—early charcoal drawings, portraits, and plein air landscapes—to reconsider Fehrer’s contribution to the art world on both a local and international level.

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A Room of Her Own (Ballad of Ruth Coxe)

Contemporary photographer Pola Esther presents A Room of Her Own (Ballad of Ruth Coxe), an exhibition of photographs and installation elements that conjure this complex and unconventional woman. Coxe, who died at age 85 in 2015, was an embattled figure who clashed with others on politics, feminism, and religion.

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Upcoming Exhibitions

February 9, 2018—May 6, 2018

Pen to Paper: Artists’ Handwritten Letters from the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art

Pen to Paper, a selection from the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art, reveals the beauty and intimacy of the craft of letter writing. Pen to Paper explores the handwriting of celebrated artists such as Berenice Abbott, Alexander Calder, Mary Cassatt, Frederic Edwin Church, Thomas Eakins, Howard Finster, Harriet Hosmer, Jacob Lawrence, Robert Motherwell, Claes Oldenburg, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, John Singer Sargent, James McNeil Whistler, and many others.

To complement the Smithsonian’s collection, a selection of handwritten letters from the Florence Griswold Museum Archives will augment the display.

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Online Exhibitions

Dear Dear Husband

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With a Needle & Brush

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The Exacting Eye of Walker Evans

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