Events and Exhibitions

Ongoing exhibitions include a broad spectrum of professional, student and alumni artwork throughout the year.

The galleries are the site of the annual senior and all-student juried exhibitions, which are opportunities for students to exhibit their work in a formal gallery environment.

Exhibitions are free and open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.

Upcoming Events and Exhibitions

Vision Box Project

Vision Box Project

Opening Reception: July 19, 2018, 5 p.m.
Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
84 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT

Ana Flores is the first Schumann Foundation Visiting Artist at the University of New Haven’s Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. She is an award winning “ecological artist” probing the relationships between the human and natural history in different geographies. One of her goals as an artist is to encourage the public’s awareness of their local landscapes, deepening their connections to place because if we don’t care about something we will not help protect it.

At Lyme this spring she has been teaching Environmental Art, introducing students to ecological artists and having them create projects that involve ecology, community engagement, and activism. She has also been exploring the unique environment of Old Lyme in preparation for a public art project. The Old Lyme landscape, with its conjunction of river, marshes, fields, and forests served as the inspiration for the American Impressionist movement in the early 20th century. For over three decades well known painters traveled here to document the estuary landscape with its particular quality of light. Flores believes there is a connection between the sustained gaze of these artists and the extraordinary efforts in conservation in the area. “The artists gave the land value for its irreplaceable natural beauty and since the mid 1960’s Old Lyme citizens have been working hard to preserve some of the habitat that lured artists here.”

Working in collaboration with non-profit land trusts, the open space commission, individual stewards and local artists, Flores has designed the Vision Box project. The Vision Box project reminds us that we cannot take for granted open space, mature trees, or a clean river, they exist only because of visionary stewardship and in the case of Old Lyme, inspiration from artists’ vision.

Beginning in early June, the public can follow the trail of the Vision Boxes installed at four sites throughout Old Lyme. The boxes will be up for three months, at the end of the project the boxes will be auctioned. The resulting funds will be contributed to programs that bring urban youth to visit wilderness parks or refuges in the local area and give them the opportunity

The project was designed by ecological artist, Ana Flores, the first Schumann Visiting Artist in Environmental Art at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in 2018 in collaboration with community groups and individuals.

Special thanks to: Patricia Shippee, Deborah Quinn-Munson, Sara Drought Nabel, Rosamund Christison. The project is made possible with support and funding from: Robert F. Schumann Foundation and Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. Partners include: Old Lyme Open Space Commission, Old Lyme Land Trust, Lyme Art Association, CT Dept. of Energy and Environmental

Find the Vision Boxes:

  1. Ferry Landing Park: Walk to end of boardwalk, box on viewing platform.
  2. Watch Rock Preserve: Entrance at end of Joel Road, take Yellow trail 0.4 mile, box faces West over water.
  3. Lyme Art Association: Box faces stream, located near back parking area.
  4. Champlain North: Turn on Wyckford Road, go to end. Open space trails are not private. Take Red trail, bear right, 0.4 mile to Barbizon Oak and box.
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A Living Monument to Cultural Heritage Preservation: Cities of Peace Exhibition

Opening Reception: Friday, June 22, 5 - 7 pm
Exhibition on view June 22 through September 8.
Gallery Hours: Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

“Cities of Peace” honors the history and culture of various cities that have experienced major conflict and trauma, including Baghdad, Beijing, Hiroshima, Jerusalem, Kabul, Lhasa, Monrovia, New York, Sarajevo, and Yerevan. Founder and artistic director of Cities of Peace, Ellen Frank, Ph.D.'s visit to Jerusalem in 1999 inspired her to produce the first painting in the series and to visualize the creation of other works representing additional cities that have survived strife. The series directs action through hopeful energy by celebrating the best of the human spirit, transforming anguish into beauty.

For more information about “Cities of Peace” visit:

Ellen Frank, Ph.D.

Artist, scholar, and writer, Ellen Frank has received many awards in painting, book design, and scholarship including a Fulbright Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts, Ford Foundation Fellowship, PollockKrasner Award in Painting, New York State Council on the Arts, and a New York Foundation for the Arts grant. Dr. Frank studied art history and connoisseurship at Yale University, the Courtauld and Warburg Institutes, and holds an interdisciplinary doctorate in English Literature and the Visual Arts from Stanford University. In 2015, she received an Honorary Doctorate for her work with Cities of Peace from the Russian Armenian (Slavonic) University. Dr. Frank was Assistant Professor of English Literature at UC Berkeley where she co-designed and created the first interdisciplinary major “Literature and the Visual Arts”; she was guest Associate Professor at Barnard College and Rutgers University; Visiting Professor at School of Visual Arts and Tyler School of Art. Her first book, Literary Architecture: Essays Toward a Tradition (University of California Press), was awarded the New York Institute for Graphic Arts 50 Best Books; Ronce & Coffin Club Design Award; and “Best Book in 50 Years” by University of California Press.

In 2005, Dr. Frank founded Ellen Frank Illumination Arts Foundation, Inc., a non-profit global organization dedicated to the transformative power of art to build a culture of understanding and peace. “Cities of Peace” is its primary initiative. As artistic director, Dr. Frank has trained artist-interns from more than 25 countries, and unites scholars and experts to work on its joint creations.

Related Lecture

“Lecture by Ellen Frank, Ph.D.
Sparking Light from Darkness: Transforming Anguish into Beauty”
February 22, 5 - 7 pm.
Click here for more details.

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Fresh Off the Easel

Fresh Off the Easel

Sponsored by Ocean House,
One Bluff Avenue, Watch Hill, Rhode Island
Sunday, August 12, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

A celebration and auction of art painted by regional artists at exquisite private and public settings along coastal Rhode Island, Watch Hill to Weekapaug. A benefit for Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts.

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Past Events and Exhibitions

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Senior Studio Exhibition

Opening Reception: Friday, April 13, 5 - 8 p.m.
Exhibition on view April 13 — May 11.
Chauncey Stillman Gallery
Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. — 4 p.m.

Featured Artists

Lori Anderson, Scott Bartlett, Shaina Bernard, Hannah Bogart, Ashley Gibbs, Jazzlynn Gilot, Mary Helchowski, Sharon “Bingk” Houle, Sarah Kentoffio, Heidi Klieber, Qingyu Lu, Alec Luciano, Paul Michael, Jennifer Moore, Austin Morrison, Antoinette Oyola, Jasmine Oyola, Aubrianna Robinson, Rani Rusnock, Matthew Russo, Chelsea Visel, McKenzie West, Martha Williams

With gratitude to our generous sponsors: Overabove | Saybrook Point Inn/Fresh Salt

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42nd Annual Student Exhibition

Two Locations!

Exhibition on view February 9 - March 31, 2018
Chauncey Stillman Gallery at Lyme
Gallery Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am - 4pm

Hygienic Basement Gallery, New London
Exhibition on view Saturday, March 10 through Friday, March 30.
Closing Reception on Friday, March 30, 6 - 9 pm