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Long Profile of The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT



The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut was established in 1964.

The Museum "is one of the few independent, non-collecting contemporary art museums in the United States, and the only museum in Connecticut devoted to contemporary art."


The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum was founded in 1964 by art collector Larry Aldrich. It was "one of the country's first museums devoted exclusively to the exhibition of contemporary art."

The original Board of Trustees included prominent cultural figures of the mid-20th century: Alfred Barr, Joseph Hirshhorn, Philip Johnson, and Vera List.

Since the Museum's founding mission was to exhibit only contemporary art, in 1981, the Board voted "to deaccession the Museum's permanent collection."

The Museum reopened June 2004 after a major renovation and expansion.


The Museum's mission according to their website: "The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum advances creative thinking by connecting today’s artists with individuals and communities in unexpected and stimulating ways."


The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is located in Ridgefield, Connecticut, "at 258 Main Street, two blocks south of Ridgefield center on Route 35."

"Access from New York is via the Sawmill River Parkway North or Interstate 684, and Route 35 East. Access from Connecticut is via route 7, off Route 15 (Merritt Parkway) or Interstate 95, and Routes 33 or 35."

Museum's Conservation Department:

Art conservation is the practice of preserving and restoring an artwork. Art conservators do detailed research and scientific analysis to explore the best way to conserve an artwork for future generations.

Since the Museum does not have a permanent collection, it has no need for an in-house conservation department.

Famed Artworks in Collection:

According to the Museum's website: "It is the mission of the Aldrich's curatorial department to present innovative, exciting, diverse contemporary art exhibitions and programs that focus on emerging and mid-career artists. We strive to offer exhibitions of the highest quality and provide opportunities for collaborative, artistic, and curatorial risk taking that respect both artist and audience."

The Museum does not acquire artworks, nor maintains a collection. However some of the artists whose works have been exhibited include: David Wojnarowicz, Xu Bing, and Janine Antoni.

Noteworthy Facts:

The Hall Curatorial Fellowship

The Hall Curatorial Fellowship is an invitation-only opportunity for a visiting international curator to work with the Museum's program.

Radius: Professional Practice Series for Artists

Radius is a program geared for artists. It consists of "professional practice seminars, workshops, and networking events." Field trips to "places of historical, architectural, and cultural significance" are included.

"Radius programs are open to visual artists living or working in Connecticut and its neighboring states: Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island."

Employment Information:

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum posts job opportunities on its website, which may be available in the various departments such as administrative, curatorial, educational, marketing, public relations, and security so be sure to check the listings regularly. It also posts volunteer and intern positions.

How to Apply for a Job:

Please refer to the Museum's guidelines regarding employment, as you can apply online for a job. When a job opening is available, it is typically requested to submit your résumé, with a cover letter to the Museum stating the position which you are applying.

Museum's Contact Info:

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 258 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877. Tel: 203-438-4519.

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum's website

Museum Hours :

  • Mondays closed
  • Tuesdays 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Wednesdays 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Thursdays 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Fridays 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Saturdays 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Sundays 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Closed Holidays
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