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Long Profile of The New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, CT

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Established:

The New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, Connecticut officially opened to the public in 1903.

The Museum has over 10,000 works of art in its collection.

History:

The New Britain Museum of American Art was established in 1903 as a museum dedicated to American art. With its initial funds, the goal was to purchase "modern oil paintings." However, as the Museum grew and American art continued to develop, the definition of "modern" became broader and more encompassing.

Mission:

The Museum's mission according to their website: "'Erected By the People for the Use of the People,' the New Britain Museum of American Art is dedicated to serving all people by pursuing excellence in art through collections, exhibitions, and education.

  • Dedication to serving all people: To be one of the nation’s most welcoming art museums by ensuring that the Museum’s facilities, collections, exhibitions, and education programs create optimal conditions for first-hand experiences with art; by broadening and deepening the Museum’s audience through outreach, education, and marketing; and by establishing the NBMAA as a vital force in the cultural and educational life of central Connecticut.
  • Collection: To be one of the nation’s most distinguished art museums by forming, conserving, and researching an encyclopedic collection of the best works in all artistic media by American artists.
  • Exhibitions: To be one of the nation’s most dynamic art museums by exhibiting the permanent collection and special exhibitions on widely diverse subjects in ways that combine the highest aesthetic standards with engaging and intellectually accessible presentations.
  • Education: To be one of the nation’s most effective centers for learning about art by creating an optimal learning environment for the Museum’s diverse audiences, and by understanding that education is at the center of its public service role.

The New Britain Museum of American Art will be known as one of America’s most welcoming, distinguished, dynamic, and educationally ambitious art museums."

Location:

The New Britain Museum of American Art is located in New Britain, Connecticut.

Please refer to the Museum's website for detailed directions.

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.

Famed Artworks in Collection:

The Museum has acquired mainly artworks by American artists.

According to the Museum's website: "With particular strengths in colonial portraiture, the Hudson River School, American Impressionism, and the Ash Can School, not to mention the important mural series The Arts of Life in America by Thomas Hart Benton, the museum relies heavily on its permanent collection for exhibitions and programming, yet also displays a significant number of borrowed shows and work by emerging artists."

Artists, whose works are in the collection, include John Singleton Copley, Sarah Peale, Gilbert Stuart; Hudson River School artists: Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, Albert Bierstadt and Frederic Church; Post-Civil War art by Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent; 20th century by Marsden Hartley, John Marin, Georgia O'Keeffe, Charles Demuth, Charles Sheeler, Edward Hopper; Social Realists: Ben Shahn, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence; American Abstract Artist group: Stuart Davis, Milton Avery; Abstract Expressionism: Lee Krasner, Robert Motherwell; Pop and Op: Andy Warhol, Robert Indiana; and Conceptual: Christo, Sol LeWitt.

Noteworthy Facts:

Open Call for Artists

Artists are encouraged to submit their résumés, artist’s statement, and images of their work to the Museum to be considered for the 10-year-long running program: the New/Now series.

The New/Now gallery is the site for a 3-month exhibition for a living contemporary artist. Please refer to the Museum's website for further details on how to apply.

Employment Information:

The New Britain Museum of American Art 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.

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 New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington Street, New Britain, CT 06052. Tel: 860.229.0257.

Email address: nbmaa@nbmaa.org

The New Britain Museum of American Art's website

Museum Hours:

  • Mondays 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Tuesdays 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Wednesdays 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Thursdays 11:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • Fridays 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Saturdays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Sundays 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Closed Holidays
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