Art has the capacity to enrich our experience of a moment, of one another, and of the world. It can serve as an object of intensive contemplation, of spirited discussion, and as a window onto other cultures, times, and places. As Connecticut’s state art museum located in the heart of a university campus, the William Benton Museum of Art engages our academic, local, and state communities by fostering meaningful learning experiences and creativity through encounters with original works of art. We invite you to explore the following pages to learn more about the Museum’s offerings in support of K-12, university, and lifelong learning.
University Learning Amanda Douberley, Assistant Curator/Academic Liaison, is responsible for connecting the Benton’s collections and exhibitions with teaching in departments across the university. She has curated numerous exhibitions at the museum, often in collaboration with faculty and other campus partners. Amanda holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin with a focus on 20th-century American sculpture and public art. Before coming to UConn in 2018, she taught in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
K-12 Schools and Community Mollie Sixsmith, Curator of Education, oversees learning and engagement for K-12 and community audiences. She has spent over twelve years teaching in museums, with a focus on object-based learning and hands-on art making experiences. Mollie holds a M.A. with a focus in humanities from Wesleyan University and a B.A. in art history from the University of Rhode Island.