The Benton is a resource that supports teaching and enhances learning across academic departments at the University of Connecticut. The museum offers instructors a variety of opportunities for their classes to engage with original works of art.
We welcome class meetings in the Benton galleries that engage temporary exhibitions as well as the permanent collection. Faculty may schedule a self-guided visit, or work with museum staff to facilitate discussion and craft related assignments. For sample lesson plans and activities, visit our Instructor Toolkit page.
Use the request form to schedule your class visit, which is required for groups of more than ten people (including self-guided class visits). Advance notice of at least two weeks is recommended to ensure availability of gallery space and personnel. Contact Amanda Douberley, Assistant Curator/Academic Liaison, for more information.
Object Study Sessions
Only a small percentage of the Benton’s permanent collection is on display at any given time. Faculty may request objects from storage for class meetings at the Benton. Plan your visit by searching our online database and use the request form to schedule a study session. Advance notice of at least four weeks is recommended. Contact Amanda Douberley, Assistant Curator/Academic Liaison, for more information.
The Balcony Gallery and Study Gallery are available for short-term exhibitions that support UConn courses. Benton staff work with faculty to select objects, which can be displayed for sustained engagement by students and the UConn community. Recent collaborators include the African American Cultural Center, School of Nursing, and the Department of Art & Art History. Contact Amanda Douberley, Assistant Curator/Academic Liaison, at least one semester prior to the desired exhibition date.
Campus Art Walks
Benton Docents lead tours of the many works of contemporary art located across the UConn campus. Learn about the artists and their creative process as well as the selection and siting of each artwork. Use the request form to schedule a tour. Contact Allison Golomb, Education Coordinator, for more information.
Walker Evans (American, 1903-1975), The Plenge Chemical Co., Charleston, S.C., 1935. Gelatin silver print. Robert S. and Naomi C. Dennison Fund for Acquisition.