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A Day at the Museum

A Joint Partnership Program between the Wesleyan Institute for Lifelong Learning and the Florence Griswold Museum

Join Richard Friswell, associate director of Wesleyan University’s Institute for Lifelong Learning, for a day-long field trip to the Florence Griswold Museum. Drawing on the agricultural heritage of Florence Griswold’s family estate, the Lyme region and beyond, Art and the New England Farm examines the history and character of New England’s farms in works by artists from the 19th to the 21st century. Paintings, drawings, and photographs from public and private collections trace the challenges of farming in New England and the pastoral landscapes crafted through intense labor. The day includes a docent-led tour of the current exhibition, lunch at Café Flo, a lecture on regional landscape painting and American identity by Richard Friswell, and docent-led tours of the Florence Griswold House and gardens. Transportation will be provided from Essex Meadows to the museum and back. There will be a $48 fee for this program and registration is limited to 25 individuals.

Richard Friswell, M.Ed., M.Phil., is a cultural historian and associate director of Wesleyan University’s Institute for Lifelong Learning. He is a recipient of Wesleyan’s Rulewater Prize for Interdisciplinary Scholarship and numerous awards for art commentary. He is publisher and managing editor of ARTES magazine, a fine arts publication.

The Wesleyan Institute for Lifelong Learning was chartered by Wesleyan University in 2009 to provide educational opportunities to members of the community outside of formal degree-granting programs. The Institute’s objective is to employ the talents of retired and current members of the Wesleyan faculty, plus a few others who are similarly qualified, to present a series of short, intellectually stimulating, and lively courses to area residents.

The Florence Griswold Museum fosters the understanding of American art, with emphasis on the art, history, and landscape of Connecticut. The Museum achieves this goal through the acquisition, preservation, and interpretation of original artifacts of American art and history. To this end, the Museum recognizes its responsibility to present exhibitions, educational programs, and publications that contribute to a greater appreciation of the nation’s artistic accomplishments and the region’s distinctive cultural history.

Please remember to register early as registration for this program is limited.  Checks should be made payable to Essex Meadows and should be mailed to Essex Meadows, 30 Bokum Road, Essex, CT 06426 to secure your reservation.  For questions about Essex Meadows and Arts & Exploration 2018, please email Amanda Reynolds: reynoldsa@essexmeadows.com or call (860) 767-4578, Extension 5220. 


July 11
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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