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This museum boasts of the most comprehensive collection of British art outside the United Kingdom, which includes paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings and rare books that chronicle British life from the Elizabethan period to the present. Fifteen hundred paintings showcase the likes of great landscape painters John Constable and JMW Turner. The museum also hosts concerts, lectures, family education days and symposia. The gift shop offers a wide range of collectibles, art reproductions and literature for both children and adults.
This formidable structure on the New Haven Green was designed in 1908 by architect Cass Gilbert to blend in with the churches on the green. The handsome facade with its soaring columns and enormous windows bestows upon the visitor a gracious place to read and research. Gilbert is one of the most famous architects of the early 20th-century United States. Perhaps his best-known work is the Woolworth Building in New York City.
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.
Founded in the year 1993, the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame, was established with the intent to showcase the achievements and contributions made by the women of Connecticut in various fields, all for their community, state and country. This non-profit organization promotes awareness through its educational programs and has inspired many young women and girls across Connecticut to follow their role models. Here one can explore the life and achievements of celebrated women, which are well documented, thorough a wide range of programs, all programs offered are free of cost to the citizens of Connecticut. One can also explore their Virtual Hall on their website and get a feel and understanding of the organization.
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.