Please note: Visit the Lyman Allyn Art Museum for Free through Sept. 3

The Lyman Allyn Art Museum has a great, no-cost way to entertain friends and family during these final weeks of summer. The Museum is offering free admission to all visitors through Sept. 3, generously funded by Dominion Energy. The grant is connected to the Museum’s current exhibition, Barkley L. Hendricks in New London, which runs through Sept. 3.

“We want to thank Dominion Energy and invite everyone into our galleries throughout the month of August,” Museum Director Sam Quigley said. “The Barkley Hendricks show features the art and photography of one of New London’s own, and we’re hoping free admission will bring in even more visitors during the final weeks of the show.”

The Museum will also present a panel symposium, “Looking at Legacy: Reflecting on Barkley L. Hendricks with Connecticut Arts Leaders” on Aug. 11 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Museum. Regional arts leaders will discuss Hendricks’ artistic legacy and issues related to teaching in the arts and humanities today. Panelists include Kalia Brooks, Director of Programs and Exhibitions at NXTHVN; Kate Rushin, Distinguished Visiting Poet at Connecticut College; Alexis Boylan, Director of Academic Affairs at UCONN Humanities Institute; and Marvin Espy, a distinguished artist, who lives and works in New London. The program, in-person and virtual, is free, but attendees need to register in advance. Please visit to register for the program.

Barkley L. Hendricks in New London

Through September 3, 2023

The internationally celebrated Barkley L. Hendricks (1945–2017) is best known for his expressive, large-scale portraits, many from the 1970s, which present a powerful vision of modern Black identity. Inspired by Old Master portraits and the desire for racial diversity in the artistic canon, Hendricks painted himself and the people around him—his neighbors, students, family, and strangers he encountered on the street. Barkley L. Hendricks in New London considers the work of this influential artist from a regional standpoint, exploring the role of place, community, and teaching in Hendricks’ career. With 35 works of art on view in a range of media, the exhibition explores the range and breadth of Hendricks’ artistic production.

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Random Access: Photographs by John T. Hill

Through September 10, 2023

Random Access is a collection of John T. Hill’s photographs taken over 70 years. Hill’s consistent focus has been on spontaneous, chance happenings that strike a personal chord. They document the broad scope and empathy of his vision.

From a street scene in São Paulo in 1958 to the inside of a Queens taxi in 1970, from John F. Kennedy at the podium of a 1960 rally to punks in Trafalgar Square, from Walker Evans’ house interiors in1975 to recent landscapes and still lives, his work is democratic, curious, all-embracing.

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Poetry of the Wild Installation


Poetry of the Wild is an environmental art project designed to engage communities with their landscape through poetry, art and activity.

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