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From Hogarth to Daumier: Satirical Prints in the Benton’s Collection

From Hogarth to Daumier: Satirical Prints in the Benton’s Collection, 1720-1848 August 30 – October 14, 2018 Reception: Thursday, September 6, 4:30 – 7:00 pm Caricature and graphic satire flourished in Western Europe during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, when widespread social change and tumultuous political events inspired new forms of humorous printmaking. This […]

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What’s the Alternative? Art and Outrage of the 1960s Underground Press

August 24, 2018 to October 14, 2018 Opening Reception:  September 6, 2018, 4:30 – 7pm Drawn exclusively from the Alternative Press Collection at the UConn Archives & Special Collections, What’s the Alternative? The Art and Outrage of the 1960s Underground Press  surveys the efforts of cartoonists, illustrators, photographers and painters to warn against public impassivity in the […]

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Civil Rights March

I AM A MAN: Photographs by Ernest C. Withers

February 1, 2018 to May 6, 2018 I Am a Man is a portfolio of ten photographs by African-American photojournalist Ernest Withers that tells the story of the civil rights movement from the perspective of one of its most important chroniclers. This exhibition is the first of two collaborations in 2018 between the William Benton Museum of Art and the African American Cultural Center (AACC), which is celebrating […]

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51st Annual Studio Art Faculty Exhibition

January 18 – March 11, 2018 Opening Reception – Thursday, January 25, 2018,  4:30-7 pm. 5:30 Remarks by Anne D’Alleva, Dean of the School of Fine Arts, & Cora Lynn Deibler, School of Fine Arts Department Head Cash bar, hors d’oeuvres, & live music by UConn Jazz Ensemble This annual exhibition highlights recent work of the permanent, adjunct, […]

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Ancestors of the Passage:  Journey Through the Middle Passage.  Instillation by Imna Arroyo. 2018

Ancestors of the Passage: Work by Imna Arroyo

Inspired by this year’s UConn Reads Selection The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen January 18 – March 11, 2018 “If the Atlantic Ocean were to dry up, a trail of bones would lead from the shores of Africa to the Americas.” Ancestors of the Passage is a multi-media installation resulting from Puerto Rican-American artist Imna Arroyo’s quest […]

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A Print Sampler: Explore Printmaking Techniques

A Print Sampler: Explore Printmaking Techniques Through Polish Prints 1960-1990 March 22, 2018 to May 27, 2018 Opening reception: Wednesday April 18 5 pm – 7:30 pm.  Cash bar. Free of charge and open to the public This exhibition is geared towards teaching the viewer how to distinguish the various printmaking techniques–from mezzotint to woodcut,  […]

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MFA 2018 Close Third Person, Graphic

Close Third Person: MFA Studio Art Group Exhibition

April 3 – May 6, 2018 Opening Reception: Wednesday April 2018 5pm – 7:30pm Free of charge and open to the public Close Third Person highlights new work by the Studio Art MFA class of 2018. The exhibition features painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, ceramics, installation, and digital animation The Master of Fine Arts in Studio […]

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Living in Frames: Gendered Spaces

October 19 – December 17, 2017 Opening Reception – Thursday, October 19, 2017,  4:30-6:30 pm. Cash bar, hors d’oeuvres, & live music by “Souls of Zion” playing original and cover Roots Reggae  Remarks by Françoise Dussart at 5:30 Gender and space are the central concepts of this exhibition. Gendered identities are confined to public or intimate spaces […]

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Susan Hoffman Fishman, "Water Wars #2," 24 x 48" mixed media.

Unfiltered: An Exhibition About Water

August 31 – December 17, 2017 Opening Reception – Thursday, August 31, 2017,  4:30-7:00 pm. Unfiltered explores water as a universal concern and which touches specifically on the themes of: the power of water and the changing landscape; water pollution and biology; water scarcity; climate change; the physical properties of water; and the Connecticut River. The […]

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Deborah Dancy, “Libby” painting, 72” x 120”, 1998

Marking 35 Years: The Work of Deborah Dancy

August 31 – October 15, 2017 Opening Reception – Thursday, August 31, 2017,  4:30-7:00 pm. FREE & Open to the Public. Professor Dancy will give a Gallery Talk about her work at 4:30pm. A retrospective exhibition.  Recently retired from the University, Deborah Dancy was on the faculty in the Department of Art and Art History at the […]

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Liz Whitney Quisgard: An Installation

March 23 – July 30, 2017 Liz Whitney Quisgard was one of the few women artists represented by eminent gallerist Andre Emmerich in NYC in the 1960s.  Her career spans six decades and the work in this installation features an environment of patterned textiles and sculpture created in the last two decades. The exhibition’s opening […]

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Objectifying Myself: Works by Women Artists from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

March 23 – July 30, 2017 Objectifying Myself explores work by women artists, created between 1968-2005, which serve, to some degree, as self portraits.  But these “self portraits” employ surrogate objects rather than depictions of the artists’ faces or bodies. Artists in the exhibition include Judy Chicago, Louise Bourgeois, Miriam Schapiro, June Wayne, Louise Nevelson, […]

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Work It: Women Artists, Ellen Emmet Rand, and the Business of Seeing

March 23 – July 30, 2017  (closed May 8 – 15) Work It features paintings by Ellen Emmet Rand and other women artists in the first half of the 20th century—how they fought for opportunities, paid their bills, and found ways to have their art and creativity seen and taken seriously. Featuring several works by […]

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East Meets West by Professor Deborah Dancy

The 50th Annual Studio Art Faculty Exhibition

January 26 – March 12, 2017 Opening Reception: Thursday, February 2, 2017 4:30 – 6:30pm This annual exhibition highlights recent work of the permanent, adjunct, and visiting studio art faculty from the Department of Art and Art History, School of Fine Arts at UConn. A variety of media are featured; painting, sculpture, illustration, graphic design, […]

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Azari, The Snake Charmer of the 21s Century Savage, 2013

UConn Reads: Sacred Ground

January 26 – March 12, 2017 Opening Reception: Thursday, February 2, 2017 4:30 – 6:30pm Inspired by this year’s UConn Reads selected book, Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America by Eboo Patel, this exhibition features artists and subjects connected by a shared history, ideals, and identity that serve as bridges of cooperation […]

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Reginald Marsh

Steaming Ahead: Reginald Marsh Watercolors of Locomotives

            October 20 – December 18, 2016 VIRTUAL EXHIBITIONS: Steaming Ahead: Reginald Marsh Watercolors of Locomotives Reginald Marsh Watercolors of Havana ABOUT THE EXHIBITION ON VIEW IN THE MUSEUM GALLERIES Reginald Marsh (1898-1954) is best known for his images of gritty New York—the beaches of Coney Island, the burlesque halls […]

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Visual AIDS

On view on the Balcony Gallery from September 1 – December 18, 2016 This marks the thirty-fifth anniversary of the first published reports of what would come to be called the AIDS epidemic with exhibitions at The Benton Museum, the Dodd Research Center, and at the School of Nursing. Ironically, 2016 also marks another AIDS […]

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First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare

September 1 – 25, 2016 Opening Reception: September 1, 4:30–6:30 PM Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night. These famous plays and 15 others by Shakespeare would probably have been lost to us without the First Folio. Published in 1623, the First Folio is the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays, and only 233 copies are known […]

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IN-DIFFERENCE: Reflections on Race

January 21–March 13, 2016 Opening Reception: Thursday, January 21, 4:30–7:00 pm Coordinating with the 2015 UConn Reads theme, “Race in America,” a group of University of Connecticut students in the School of Fine Arts employed typography, color, and motion to visually communicate personal experiences with race—limiting themselves to only six words. This digital exhibition of […]

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Male Nude

Stark Imagery: The Male Nude in Art

Stark Imagery: The Male Nude In Art January 21–March 13, 2016 Opening Reception: Thursday, January 21, 4:30–7:00 pm* While images of the female nude have dominated art exhibitions through the centuries, the male nude has been almost invisible. This exhibition takes a new look at the male body and its various representations over the last […]

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Are We All Here? 2016 MFA Thesis Exhibition

April 9 – May 8, 2016 Are We All Here? is the culminating exhibition of the two-year Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Connecticut. The interdisciplinary program includes intense studio practice and analytical evaluation of contemporary art practice. The 2016 MFA candidates are Amanda Bulger (Sculpture and Drawing), Don Burton (Video and […]

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Guerrilla Girls: Art, Activism & the “F” Word

March 24 – May 22, 2016 Opening Reception March 24, 4:30 – 7 pm. Founded in 1985, a group of female artists joined together to form the Guerrilla Girls, an art activist group devoted to protesting the under-representation of female artists in many of the world’s most prominent art museums. Since then, they have grown […]

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Blow Up: Inflatable Contemporary Art

June 2 – July 31, 2016 Opening Reception June 2, 4:30–6:30 pm. This exhibition explores the medium of inflatable art with imagery that is figurative, conceptual, and abstract. These inflatable sculptures connote fun and whimsy, and challenge our everyday, feet-on-the-ground perspective. Blow Up was organized by Carrie Lederer, Curator of Exhibitions, Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for […]

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Brigham Hildegards

Sacred Sisters: In Praise of Art & Poetry

October 22-December 20, 2015 Sacred Sisters is a collaboration between visual artist Holly Trostle Brigham and award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson. Brigham’s paintings depict eight nuns from 12th-century Germany, 15th-century Italy, 16th-century Spain, 17th-century Mexico, 18th-century Japan, and 19th-century America and Brazil, each of whom was an artist or writer. While Brigham’s portraits imagine the nuns […]

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The 49th Annual Art Department Faculty Show

October 22-December 20, 2015 This yearly exhibition highlights the work of the permanent faculty in the Art and Art History Department of the School of Fine Arts. A variety of media are featured, including painting, sculpture, illustration, graphic design, printmaking, photography, and installation art. Such diverse bodies of work represent the most significant directions in […]

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Dotted Dialogues: Contemporary Indigenous Art from Central Australia

September 1 – October 11, 2015 Dotted Dialogues features contemporary paintings and sculptures from Aboriginal communities in Central Australia. In the early 1980s, new governmental policies encouraged Indigenous communities to partake in various initiatives meant to counteract the erosion of Aboriginal cultural identity. The traditional iconography of these works tells ancestral stories with the hope […]

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Bread and Puppet

Speak Up! Speak Out! Bread & Puppet Theater

May 28 – October 11, 2015 Opening Reception May 28, 4:30-7 pm Speak Up! Speak Out! Bread and Puppet Theater presents puppets ranging in height up to 20 feet, masks, paintings, and other works from Peter Schumann’s Bread & Puppet Theater, which has left an indelible stamp on the world of theater and the American […]

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Uncle Sam

Remembering the Vietnam War

April 14 – August 9, 2015 The Benton marks the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War with an exhibition of American works of the era — from posters to photographs, prints, and UConn ephemera that convey the anti-war sentiments that were held by many. Featured are works by Nancy Spero, LeRoy Henderson, and Douglas […]

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The 2015 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition: A World Still in the Making

April 14­–May 10, 2015 Opening Reception: Wednesday April 22, 4 – 6:30 pm The 2015 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition: A World Still in the Making is the annual culminating experience in the Master of Fine Arts program at UConn. This year’s exhibition presents the works of Claire Coleman (printmaker and photographer), Elliott Katz (sculptor and […]

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In the Paint: Basketball in Contemporary Art

January 22 –March 29, 2015 The exhibition will feature artworks in a variety of media that explore the world of basketball.  Concepts of performance, competition, branding, and spectacle are central to the work of contemporary artists who engage with the sport as subject matter.  Their work reveals structural similarities between the spheres of athletics and […]

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Sweet Sensations: UConn Reads The Omnivores Dilemma

January 22 –March 29, 2015 Exhibition complimenting the 4th Annual UConn Reads. Since its publication, Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (2006) has sparked a national conversation about American ways of eating and their impact on our health and environment. With our passion for the environment, health, and human rights, […]

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Landgrant Lawson

Land Grant Landscapes: Pre-1950 American Landscapes from the Benton Collection

October 23–December 14, 2014 As the State Museum of Connecticut located on the campus of one of the first land-grant universities to be established by the Morrill Act of 1862, the Benton is uniquely situated to present an exhibition that explores the symbolic power of land’s representation. The works on view consider changing ideologies of […]

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Jesseca Ferguson (American, b. 1949). The Moon, 1999 Collage with pinhole ware cyanotype print, Collection of The William Benton Museum of Art

CHEM 101: The Science of Photography

October 23 – December 14, 2014 Since the medium’s invention in 1839, photography has often had one foot in the lab and the other foot in the studio, combining the science of image-making with the aesthetics of art-making. This exhibition celebrates both sides of the photographic process and features the work of contemporary photographers who […]

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Joan of Arc

Victory is a Question of Stamina: Posters from the First World War

September 2 – October 12, 2014 July 28, 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, a global conflict that lasted more than four years and claimed 37 million lives. In recognition of the centenary, The William Benton Museum of Art presents a selection of posters from The Great War contextualized […]

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Photograph by Charles Hagen

The 48th Annual Art Department Faculty Exhibition

September 2 – October 12, 2014 This yearly exhibition presents the work of the permanent faculty in the Art and Art History Department. A variety of media are featured, including painting, sculpture, illustration, graphic design, printmaking, photography, and installation art. Such diverse bodies of work represent the most significant directions in contemporary art, as well […]

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Kate MacCluggage

Stagecraft: 50 Years of Design at Hartford Stage

May 23–August 10, 2014 The William Benton Museum of Art at the University of Connecticut at Storrs is celebrating The Hartford Stage Company’s 50th anniversary season with the exhibition Stagecraft: 50 Years of Design at Hartford Stage, on view from May 23 through August 10, 2014. The Benton, the final stop on Stagecraft’s statewide tour, […]

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Unclaimed Space: The 2014 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition

April 5–May 11, 2014 Unclaimed Space: The 2014 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition showcases the cutting-edge works of Micah Cash, Julia DePinto, Jared Holt, Shane Morrissey, and Reagen Elizabeth O’Reigaeken. Micah Cash is both a painter and photographer with a focus on landscapes and their social meaning. He received his BFA in Painting and Art History […]

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Rolling Stones electric horses

Ronnie Wood: Art and Music

March 28–August 10, 2014 Best known as a musician with The Rolling Stones and formerly with The Faces, Ronnie Wood is also an accomplished artist who works in a variety of media and exhibits regularly in galleries and museums. This exhibition features an exciting selection of paintings, lithographs, and pen-and-ink drawings by Wood as well […]

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Persepolis: Word and Image

January 21 – March 16, 2014 A UConn Reads Exhibition Inspired by both the format and content of Persepolis, the graphic novel and coming-of-age memoir by Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis: Word & Imagedraws from the Benton’s permanent collection to present some of the ways that text and art have functioned historically. Also featured are works on loan from […]

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Making the Movement Move: Photography, Student Activism, and Civil Rights

January 21 – March 30, 2014 Making the Movement Move: Photography, Student Activism, and Civil Rights highlights the powerful images of Ernest Withers and Danny Lyon, two prominent photographers active both as observers of and participants in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. This exhibition considers the multifaceted ways visual images contributed to […]

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Near McCook

Framing Photography: New Additions to the Benton Collection in Context

Oct 22 – Dec 15, 2013 Combining artworks in a variety of media with a recent gift of 44 distinguished photographs from the Samuel and Ann Charters Collection of Classic American Photographs, this exhibition places the achievements of such noted American photographers as Timothy O’Sullivan, Aaron Siskind, Edward Steichen, Imogen Cunningham, Reenie Barrow, and Elaine […]

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Convergence: Contemporary Art from India and the Diaspora

Oct 22 – Dec 15, 2013 Convergence: Contemporary Art from India and the Diaspora Guest curator Kathryn Myers, UConn Professor of Art, brings together in this exhibition fifteen contemporary artists who, through diverse creative approaches, explore issues of identity and the continued power of place in our global World. The artists represented are Ravi Agarwal, […]

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Handstitched Agendas: Art and Politics of the Kuna Indian Molas

Sept 3 – Oct 13, 2013 The term mola refers to the type of shirt worn by Kuna Indian women. Mola is also the word for the decorative panel that adorns either the front or back of a shirt. This exhibition highlights molas of a political nature from the Elisabeth Hans Collection and considers the […]

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20/21: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Benton’s Collection

June 4-August 4, 2013 A continuation of From Old Masters to Revolutionaries, this exhibition introduces some of the Benton’s newest acquisitions including a painting by Mike Bayne and a mixed media portrait by Keun Young Park, both active contemporary artists. They join the illustrious company of Dieter Roth, Willem De Kooning, and Richard Diebenkorn. Also exciting […]

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Elisions: The 2013 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition

April 6-May 12, 2013 The MFA program in Studio Art at the University of Connecticut features an intense, multidisciplinary approach to the developments of work in a wide range of art media. Graduation requirements include a thesis, an oral exam, and a collective exhibition of their recent artwork. The Benton is pleased to be presenting […]

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The Secret Paris of the 1930s: Vintage Photographs by Brassaï

March 26-May 12, 2013 Early 20th-century Paris was the setting for one of the great periods of innovation in photography. As with painters and sculptors, ambitious young photographers from around the world flocked to interwar Paris, where together they formed a fertile artistic milieu. Among them was Brassaï (1899-1984), whose evocative, inky-black, and extremely rare […]

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little dancers

Garth Evans: Selections from the Studio

February 2-April 28, 2013 Garth Evans, Little Dancer No. 48, 2008, ceramic.         Garth Evans’ studio view, 2012.         Garth Evans: Selections from the Studio highlights the artist’s sculptures from the 1990s to the present day, a period during which he turned to using clay as his primary material. Also […]

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Director’s Cut

January 22-March 17, 2013 Over the past thirty plus years that I have been at the Benton, many works of art have entered its collections, and the nature of these works has significantly changed. Geographically, the once predominantly European and American emphasis had by the mid-1990s broadened to include Asian, Latin American, and African art. […]

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Shimon Attie: MetroPAL.IS.

October 30-December 16, 2012 MetroPAL.IS., the creation of the contemporary artist Shimon Attie, is presented in an oval configuration of eight video screens with the viewer standing within the oval. The artist’s intention is for the artwork to re-imagine and re-configure the seemingly intractable Middle East conflict between Palestinians and Israelis by engaging their shared […]

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Taking Shape: Building The Benton’s

October 23-December 16, 2012 How do you build a university museum collection? In the case of the William Benton Museum of Art, it all began in 1933, when former Connecticut College of Agriculture President Charles Lewis Beach donated to the College many of the works that would comprise the Museum’s founding collection, accompanied by a […]

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The 46th Annual Art Department Faculty Exhibition

September 4-October 14, 2012 Reception: Thursday, September 6, 5-7:30 pm The East Gallery For artistic variety, contemporaneity and quality, the annual Art and Art History Department studio faculty exhibition excels. The exhibition features a variety of media including painting, sculpture, illustration, graphic design, printmaking, photography, and installation art. This diverse body of works represents many […]

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From Objects to Object: Found Sculpture by Leo Sewell

June 2-August 5, 2012 Philadelphia sculptor Leo Sewell (b. 1945) grew up in Annapolis near a naval community dump where he began playing with its found objects before he was ten. With the help of his father and access to his father’s workshop, he began creating assemblages using fasteners and welding. While in college in […]

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Four Seasons

June 2-August 5, 2012 Four Seasons takes visitors on a visual journey through the diverse scenes and activities that characterize a year. Drawn from the Benton’s collection of late 19th- to late 20th-century American art, the works in this exhibition reflect the artists’ enduring interest in the surrounding world and a lasting tradition of defining American […]

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The 2012 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition

March 31-May 6, 2012 The Benton is pleased to present an exhilarating exhibition of works by the MFA degree candidates in the Class of 2012: David Cool (video/installation / new media); Yelizaveta Masalimova (mixed media / sculptor and printmaker); Alyssa Matthews (painter); David Sinaguglia (sculpture and multimedia); and Heather Stamenov (painter).

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March 22-May 20, 2012 In concert with the School of Fine Arts’ digital media initiatives and the debut of the interdisciplinary Digital Media Center early last year, the Benton presents an exhibition focused on the social and creative impact of digital media’s most ubiquitous arena: the Internet. From the development of the largely text-based and […]

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Women of New England: Dress from the Industrial Age, 1850-1900

January 17-March 11, 2012 As a land-grant university, the University of Connecticut has a long history of acquiring and preserving garments and textiles pertinent to the history of the State of Connecticut. Since 1898, when the Home Economics Department was created, many talented professors and students have worked to amass over 8,000 items, 3,500 of […]

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Themes from the Collections: The 16th to the 21st Century

January 17-March 11, 2012 The works chosen for this exhibition fall into thematic groupings that reflect the strengths in the Benton’s collections and relate to a variety of programs on the spring schedule. Ellen Emmet Rand’s life-size portrait entitled The Singer complements a Sunday afternoon performance of French vocal music on February 19 and Ben Wilson’s 1943 […]

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Half the Sky: Historically

January 17 – March 11, 2012 In concert with the campus-wide initiative UConn Reads and inspired by the stories recounted in Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women WorldwideM by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, the William Benton Museum of Art presents Half the Sky: Historically. This exhibition takes place on the Benton balcony and consists […]

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In Retrospect: Art Department Faculty Emeriti, 1961-2001

October 29-December 18, 2011 The year 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the School of Fine Arts and, while the Benton did not become a part of the School until 1997, it is a part of the history of the School. Since 1967 the Museum has hosted the annual art department faculty exhibition. In celebration […]

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Barkley L. Hendricks: Some Like It Hot

October 25-December 18, 2011 Barkley L. Hendricks: Some Like it Hot focuses on the artist’s work created in response to his travels to Jamaica and West Africa. With their compelling scenery and inhabitants, these tropical regions have provided him with a wealth of inspiration, and the resulting photographs and paintings represent a significant portion of his […]

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The 45th Annual Art Department Faculty Exhibition

August 30 – October 16, 2011 This popular showcase of current work by the studio faculty of the Art and Art History Department is a yearly event that introduces the work of the permanent faculty. The exhibition presents a variety of media including painting, sculpture, illustration, graphic design, printmaking, photography and video. This diverse body […]

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Project 35

August 30 – December 18, 2011 ICI has invited 35 curators from around the world to each select one single-channel video work, culminating in the four-part touring video program that is Project 35. Mining on ICI’s extensive international network of professionals, the project is a budding model for organizing, sharing and circulating art videos as cultural […]

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The Sum of Its Parts: Selections from the Benton Collections

May 31-August 7, 2011 This summer the Benton returns to a popular practice of presenting mini-exhibitions from its permanent collections of works from the 16th to the 21st centuries. The familiar and the not-so-familiar will be hung in a variety of theme-related groupings beside new acquisitions, many that have never been exhibited before. Highlights will […]

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The Colored Woodcut in 19th-Century Japan: Edo and Osaka

May 31-August 7, 2011 The colored woodcut was ubiquitous in 19th-century Japan, and for Europeans a source of artistic influence and of pleasure in collecting them. The late 19th-century artistic influence of the woodcut lay in its disavowal of Western perspective, an ingrained facility for two-dimensional patterning, and an unwavering sense of coloration. The pleasure […]

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Cat in the Hat

The Art of Dr. Seuss

May 31-August 7, 2011   In collaboration with the Connecticut Repertory Theatre production of “Seussical: The Musical” (June 16 -26), the Benton Museum will present a retrospective of works by “America’s favorite illustrator,” a small but comprehensive exhibition of rare original works by Ted Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss. This engaging collection showcases some of his […]

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The End of Life: A Multicultural Interdisciplinary Experience

April 12-May 8, 2011 Death and dying are the subjects of this small out-of-the-ordinary exhibition of works from the Benton collections. Featured works are George Bellows’ 1918 lithograph, Death of Edith Cavell, and William Morris Hunt’s Our Sick Soldier. The Bellows work depicts the moments before German soldiers execute a nurse who operated a hospital for wounded […]

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The 2011 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition

April 9-May 8, 2011 The Benton is proud to present this year’s MFA Exhibition, showcasing sculptures by Lani Asuncion, photographs and videos by Siobhan Landry, photographs by Rita Lombardi, paintings by Benjamin Piwowar, and sculptures and videos by Jamie Uretsky.

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Photo Identities: Images from the Benton Collections

March 26-May 8, 2011 n the wake of the civil rights movement of the 1960s, investigations of identity emerged as a prevalent artistic mode. Further fueled by cultural movements and critical discourse such as feminism and queer theory, artists working in the 1980s and 90s frequently took on various disputed identitiesgender, sexuality, racein their work. […]

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Views and Re-Views: Soviet Political Posters and Cartoons

January 25-March 20, 2011 Views and Re-Views is an exhibition of Soviet-era political posters and cartoons dating from 1919 through the 1980s. Within the broader scope of visual propaganda administered by Soviet Union officials, these works were selected to emphasize the theme of friends and enemies, a concept that pervaded Soviet society. Rendered in bold blacks, […]

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Project 35

January 25 – December 18, 2011 This eclectic and evolving compilation of video works was chosen by 35 international curators to celebrate the global reach that video has achieved as a contemporary art medium today. In recognition of their 35th anniversary in 2010, Independent Curators International (ICI) invited 35 curators from around the worldEgypt, Australia, […]

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The 2010 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition

April 1 – May 9, 2010 This celebration of the creative talents of the Class of 2010 in the Master of Fine Arts program in Studio Art showcases the works of Lauren Laudano (sculpture), Kasey Lindley (painting and multi-media installation), Katie Mansfield (photography, sculpture), Owen McKenzie (drawing) and Frank Travers (printmaking).  

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Poem & Picture

March 25-May 9, 2010 Poem & Picture features the collaborative visions of twentieth-century artists and poets, works that combine the disciplines of art and poetry in a way that each is complimented and enhanced by the other. They are poems and pictures intended to be experienced together, whether they are bound side-by-side in a limited edition […]

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CounterMart, An Installation by Abby Manock

March 25-May 9, 2010 In CounterMart, artist Abby Manock utilizes juvenile color schemes and rudimentary forms in her installation of a convenience store counter in the style of a children’s television show set. It is a scene from the artist’s video Counters brought to life and available for visitor interaction. In Counters, on view within the installation, the […]

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The Spirit of Afghanistan: Carpets of War and Hope

October 29-December 18, 2009 Three decades of wars have deeply marked the entire culture of Afghanistan, yet artistic expression, particularly through carpets, has been maintained in spite of hardships including displacement to refugee camps. In traditional Afghani carpet-weaving, patterns tended to be geometric or floral, reflecting the Islamic rejection of anthropomorphic depictions. However, by the […]

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Women’s Work, Women’s Dreams: A Century of Swedish Women’s Arts

September 24-December 18, 2009 “Work and dreamsthe two have long gone hand-in-hand for Swedish women artists as well as for women and men artists throughout the world,” Ann Charters writes in the introduction to Women’s Work, Women’s Dreams, the catalogue that accompanies the Benton’s exhibition of the same title. But what were the dreams of the […]

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The 44th Annual Art Department Faculty Exhibition

September 3-October 18, 2009 For artistic variety, contemporaneity and quality, the annual Art and Art History Department studio faculty exhibition excels. Painting, sculpture, illustration, graphic design, printmaking, photography and installation art are the dominant media. This year’s featured artists are Randall Hoyt, graphic design; Janet Pritchard, photography; and Mark Zurolo, graphic design.  

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Punch & Judy: Handpuppets, Politics & Humor

June 6 – August 9, 2009 Punch and Judy have come to symbolize the world of puppet theater for many audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. Known for their comic antics and Punch’s ever-present club, these puppets at first glance might appear to be benign and colorful entertainment for children. But a closer look […]

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A Touch of Humor

June 6 – August 9, 2009 A Touch of Humor explores the complex nature of humor. What amuses us? What roles do age, geography, cultural upbringing and personal experiences play in appreciating humor? While the exhibition includes works from the 19th century, it is the 20th century, particularly in American art, that encompasses a broad range […]

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Apperceptions: Master of Fine Arts Exhibition 2009

April 4 – May 10, 2009 The William Benton Museum of Art at the University of Connecticut is pleased to present the works of the 2009 Master of Fine Arts degree candidates in an exhibition entitled apperceptions. The public is invited to meet the artists at a reception in their honor on Friday, April 3, 5-7:30 […]

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The Heywood Legacy: Twenty Years of Costumes for the Connecticut Repertory Theatre

March 17 – May 10, 2009 In England, they call Judy Heywood’s job “Costume Interpretation,” a term that aptly describes what she has done for the Connecticut Repertory Theatre for more than twenty years. She has taken two-dimensional drawings by MFA Costume Design students and turned them into three-dimensional sculptures, filling the gaps between reality […]

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Anatomically Correct: Medical Illustrations, 1543-2008

March 17 – May 10, 2009 The Benton’s contribution to the University-wide “Year of Science 2009” celebration is an exhibition that chronicles the history of medical illustration through a selection of prints, drawings, computer graphics and animation from the 16th century to the present. Each piece articulates a unique union of art, anatomy and medicine, […]

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¡Merengue! Visual Rhythms / Ritmos Visuales

January 20–March 6, 2009 ¡Merengue! Visual Rhythms is the first exhibition to explore the historical role merengue has played as a fundamental cultural axis, a form of communication and a symbol in the visual arts of the Dominican Republic. These forty works include paintings, works on paper, photographs, sculpture, video, and popular graphics that span the […]

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Yuyanapaq: To Remember

January 20 – March 6, 2009 Yuyanapaq: To Remember is a witness, in words and images, to the extreme political violence that consumed the Peruvian nation between 1980 and 2000. These two decades saw an outbreak of violence that involved insurgents, state armed forces, paramilitary groups, and peasants’ self-defense organizations. It was instigated by the […]

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Rhythms in Design

January 20 – March 6, 2009 This exhibition of works from the Museum’s collection highlights music in the visual arts as both imagery and an influence on design.

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Mandala: The Sacred Circle of Vajrabhairava

November 10 – December 19, 2008 A fascinating look at the creation and profound inner meaning of the Buddhist mandala, an intricate and vividly colored pattern that represents an enlightened universe. 60 minutes.

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Rome, Italy and Europe

November 6 – May 23, 2008 Between 1550 and 1650, Italian artists and the city of Rome were at the center of the European art world and, despite the rise of Paris and London in the eighteenth century, Rome remained the most important cultural center until about 1800. Rome was, above all, the source of […]

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Monks of Namgyal Monastery Return to the Benton

November 4 – November 9, 2008 It’s been five years since we’ve had visiting monks at the Benton! From November 4th through 9th, two monks from Namgyal Monastery, Thupten Woser and Lobsang Tashi, will be in residence at the Benton tocreate a Sand Mandala of Enlightenment in the East Gallery. During this time, the public is invited […]

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Bound by Tradition and Religion: Tibetan Tangkas

October 21 – December 19, 2008 This exhibition features fabric art pieces from the collections of Peter Polomski and Richard Allen. Historically, the majority of Tibet’s greatest art has been bound up with religion, and the most prominent traditions include tangkas, or scroll paintings of Buddhist and Bon divinities. Since very few Tibetans learned to […]

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43rd Annual Art Department Faculty Exhibition

September 2 – October 12, 2008 Painting, sculpture, illustration, graphic design, printmaking, photography and installation art will all share the East Gallery in this autumn’s 43rd annual Art Department exhibition. Much has changed in the art world since the first exhibition in 1967, but the technical excellence, the modernity and the artistic quality of this […]

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Sera: The Way of the Tibetan Monk, The Photographs of Sheila Rock

August 26 – December 19, 2008 Sheila Rock’s Sera: The Way of the Tibetan Monk is only occasionally a photographic document of the daily life of the Tibetan monks of the Sera Monastery in Bylakuppe in Southern India’s Mysore district. Rather, it is an extended visual essay on a state of mind; portraits of a […]

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Stoned or Impregnated, New York Lithography, ca. 1960

June 3 – August 10, 2008 Although lithography after World War II was generally considered a commercial medium, between 1958 and 1960 three new lithographic workshops opened that sought to re-create lithography as an artistic medium. In 1958 ULAE on Long Island, Collectors Graphics in New York city in late 1959, and Tamarind in 1960 […]

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Pentameter: The 2008 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition

April 12 – May 11, 2008 After two years of intense studio research, five dynamic young MFA candidates will exhibit their work at the William Benton Museum of Art from April 12-May 11. Pentameter showcases the diverse talents of Valerie Garlick, Matt Jensen, Patrick Earl Hammie, Jenn Dierdorf, and Krysten Bailey. Valerie Garlick’s video work […]

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Marcus Garvey: The Centennial Exhibition

March 19-May 11, 2008 Marcus Garvey: The Centennial Exhibition, a sampling of the rich photographic legacy left by America’s most colorful black nationalist, is on exhibition at The William Benton Museum of Art through May 11. Originally mounted in 1987 in commemoration of Garvey’s 100th birthday, the exhibition is touring nationally under the auspices of […]

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Heart Mountain

The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps 1942-1946

January 22 – March 30, 2008 In Japanese, the word gaman means, “enduring the seemingly unbearable with patience and dignity.”  This exhibition is based upon a ground-breaking book (The Art of Gaman, Ten Speed Press, 2005) by Delphine Hirasuna, who is the exhibition’s guest curator. It presents arts and crafts made by Japanese and Japanese Americans who […]

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Pamina Traylor’s Tagged

January 22 – March 30, 2008 Tagged required three years to complete and is a meditation on the nature of ethnic prejudice. Images are photo transferred onto solid-sculpted glass “tongues.” The majority of the photographs are altered reproductions of photos by Dorothea Lange, taken for the War Relocation Authority during the period that Japanese-Americans were forcibly […]

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Manzanar and Tule Lake: A Soundscape by Richard Lerman

January 22 – March 30, 2008 Location recordings were made at these two Japanese American internment camps in California. Using self-built transducers, sounds were recorded from artifacts still at the camps: barbed wire, crumbling foundations of the former barracks, plants, and from the boughs of an apple tree that had been planted by the internees. […]

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A Place Called Manzanar: Photographs by Ansel Adams

January 22 – March 30, 2008 In 1943, distinguished American photographer Ansel Adams (1902-1984) captured through his lens the individuals, daily life, work, and pastimes in the Manzanar War Relocation Center, located at the eastern edge of the Sierra Nevada mountains, approximately two hundred miles northeast of Los Angeles. Of his photos, Adams wrote when […]

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Rodin’s Contemporaries

September 8 – December 16, 2007 The visual arts in France from the late nineteenth to early twentieth centuries were varied, innovative and revolutionary, profoundly changing the course of art after 1900. Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) created his sculptural masterpieces in this era and, as a complement to the exhibition of his sculpture, 15 works by […]

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42nd Annual Art Department Faculty Exhibition

August 28 – November 4, 2007 For artistic variety, quality and contemporaneity, the annual Art and Art History Department studio faculty exhibition excels. Painting, sculpture, illustration, graphic design, printmaking, photography and installation art are the dominant media. The diverse body of works created by the faculty represents many of the most significant directions in contemporary […]

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Musical Prints: 1568-1949

August 30-October 16, 2011 The history of European music is a history of its sounds, instruments, composers, performers, and patrons. The history of its sounds and instruments is generally known through performances and recordings, but the visual history of music in Europe is far less known even to the audience that enjoys the music. Musical […]

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