As the first museum in the country to focus exclusively on American art, the New Britain Museum of American Art (NBMAA) has spent the past century amassing an impressive collection spanning three centuries while remaining dedicated to bringing that art to the people. The NBMAA strives to create a welcoming atmosphere in which to create first-hand experiences with the art. With an amazing permanent collection and special exhibitions on a wide variety of diverse subjects, their collection manages to be both highly aesthetic and intellectually engaging.
At the NBMAA, you have the opportunity to view especially great collections of colonial portraiture, the Hudson River School, American Impressionism and the Ash Can School, as well as the important mural series The Arts of Life in America by Thomas Hart Benton, all of which are a part of the museum’s permanent collection. Other gems include The Cycle of Terror and Tragedy, September 11, 2001 by Graydon Parrish and Dale Chihuly’s Blue and Beyond Blue spectacular glass chandelier. In addition, the museum provides a series of borrowed shows as well as works by emerging artists.
Currently, the museum is showing Pixelated: The Art of Digital Illustration, an interactive display which features 27 illustrations by widely recognized and awarded illustrators, allowing you to see into the world of 21st century illustrator. Two other great exhibits are Nelson H. White: Scenic Spirit and The Weir Family, 1820-1920, Expanding the Traditions of American Art which celebrate two of Connecticut’s notable dynasties of artists. The NBMAA truly provides an American art experience that you will not get anywhere else.
With its focus on American art and its success covering the history of American artistic achievements, the New Britain Museum of American Art is a significant teaching resource available to the local, regional and national public. While the museum’s slogan “Where Art Meets Life” literally comes to life through its quarterly Museum After Dark parties for young professionals and the monthly First Friday jazz evenings. For more information on the dynamic museum, visit their website at www.NBMAA.org and their Facebook page www.facebook.com/NBMAA. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to call (860) 229-0257. The museum is located at 56 Lexington Street in New Britain, a short drive from Southington and features free onsite parking, a café and Museum Shop.