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The Yale University Art Gallery, founded in 1832, and with more than 100,000 pieces in its permanent collection, is the oldest university art museum in the country. The gallery offers an excellent overview of art history, ranging from ancient to modern. There is an exquisite collection of American paintings, and an extensive display of 20th-century European paintings. Classic objects from ancient Egypt and the Middle East, and treasures from the South Pacific and Far East are also on display. Guided tours, lectures, and family programs are all available. Admission is free.
The serious and the curious venture into this gallery, where work by some of the more talented artists in the region is showcased on a semi-permanent or revolving basis. The work displayed is in a wide range of media, and artists also give frequent lectures and gallery talks. The gallery also sponsors one of the largest art festivals in the country, the New Haven's City-Wide Open Studios.
Culture abounds on quiet Audubon Street. There are galleries (Artspace, Small Space Gallery), performance spaces (The Arts Hall), arts organizations (City Spirit Artists, the New Haven Ballet), a host of art schools (the Neighborhood Music School, the Educational Center for the Arts, Creative Arts Workshop), and even the annual Audubon Arts on the Edge Festival. Shops and restaurants have also begun moving into the neighborhood. Ongoing activities are listed in the Arts Council Calendar, available free at the Arts Council office at 70 Audubon St across from Leeney Plaza.
Part of the school's Paul Mellon Arts Center, the gallery plays host to temporary art exhibitions showcasing works of school students as well as local artists. Art works created by Choate Rosemary Hall's pupils during their term breaks are usually displayed at the gallery. In the past, it has hosted noted visualizers and alumni David Row and H. Peik Larsen, who addressed an engaging audience about the art and their success stories.
The Paul Mellon Arts Center at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford is not just a performing arts center for the Choate students, but it is also a masterpiece of modern architecture designed by I.M. Pei. The facility is named for Paul Mellon, son of Andrew Mellon (former Secretary of the Treasury), who attended Choate during the 1920s. The Main Stage, which seats 800, hosts a variety of shows put on by students and by touring artists, including the big spring musical, with past shows like Grand Hotel, Little Shop of Horrors, Chicago and Les Misérables. Throughout the year, there are children's theater productions too, often based on classic children's books. There is also an Experimental Theater (often called "The Black Box") where improv, theater practices and small cabaret shows are put on. On the other side of the arts center is the Art Gallery where student works are displayed and you can find students studying and lounging on the couches.
The CCSU (Central Connecticut State University Art Galleries) is an art gallery and educational center. The gallery invites artist from all over America to showcase their work and exhibits, and is proud to host exhibitions showcasing works of popular artists like Judy Chicago, Faith Ringgold, and Philip Pearlstein There are three major shows hosted each semester, which includes a show by the CCSU students. Major art studios showcase their work by the end of spring, while major educational institutes showcase their work by the end of fall. Entry to all exhibitions and events hosted by the CCSU Art Gallery are free. Being an educational center, they offer undergraduate and graduate programs along with teaching certification programs. Art lovers can spend a wonderful time admiring the works of art on display and make a humble donation to the foundation.
The Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds is situated adjacent to the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in the historic town of Old Lyme. The 4.5-acre (1.82-hectare) outdoor park features over 90 original large-scale sculptures and art pieces by artist Gilbert Boro that visitors can explore. The artist's studio, Studio 80, is also located on the grounds where you can see these fascinating pieces being wrought first hand. Walk upstairs to the studio gallery to check out the artist's smaller artworks and sculptures. The sculpture garden is open to all, while visits to the studio need to be booked in advance. Call ahead to arrange visits to the studio or request a group tour.