By Amy Barry, Special to The Day
Near::New’ works color Lyman Allyn gallery
48 x 48 x 5½ inches
Polymer Paint on Cradled MDF
Events & Exhibits
Published December 13. 2015 | New London, CT
Since Sam Quigley became director of New London’s Lyman Allyn Art Museum in 2014 his mission has been not only to show art of the past but to give equal time to art of today. And so he created a series of changing exhibitions of contemporary art by regional artists in the museum’s Glassenberg Gallery that he calls "Near::New."
“I believe strongly that contemporary art has got to be a component of our daily menu of exhibitions,” Quigley stresses. “We are a museum. We are full of life. We want to show that the world is full of life and that art is being created today. Everybody may not love everything we show, but we want people to think, to engage in it, to be moved in one way or another by contemporary art.
Therefore, Quigley thought it was very important to not only designate a gallery to new works at the Lyman Allyn, but also to "show off what’s being done by the artists among us.”