"When the founding museums first gathered, over two decades ago, I'm not sure that anyone imagined that this Trail would not only continue to thrive but grow in reach and reputation, across the country," shares Carey Weber, volunteer President of the Connecticut Art Trail and Executive Director of the Fairfield University Art Museum. "When considering how to celebrate twenty-five years of collaboration, the answer was clear--curating and opening a collaborative exhibition comprised of works from all of our member museums, hosted by a member."
The resulting Made in Connecticut collaborative exhibition will run through Sunday, February 7, 2021, at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford.
James Prosek, American artist, writer, naturalist, and current Artist-in-Residence at the Yale University Art Gallery will be the independent curator for the exhibition. "This exhibition is made possible thanks to the tremendous collaboration of the partner museums, and the generosity of our guest curator James Prosek. We are excited about building on this energy for our next twenty-five years," continues Ms. Weber. "In addition to paintings, drawings, prints and other traditional works of art, this exhibition will feature a number of decorative and industrial art objects including a rubber desk, an early typewriter, a selection of historic buttons and much more."
"The member museums and historic sites of the Connecticut Art Trail are spread statewide," shared Mr. Prosek. "Their combined collections number over half a million objects and are filled with astonishing works. It is an honor to be working with the museums to showcase the diversity of objects that have impacted Connecticut's rich cultural landscape over the centuries."