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Long Profile of The William Benton Museum of Art in Storrs, CT

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Established:

The William Benton Museum of Art in Storrs, Connecticut officially opened to the public in 1967.

The Museum, which is located at the University of Connecticut, has more than 5,500 works of art such as paintings, drawings, works on paper, photographs, and sculptures in its collection.

History:

The William Benton Museum of Art opened officially in 1967, but originated earlier in the 20th century when artworks were bequeathed and donated to the University by various patrons.

In 1972, the Art Museum at the University was renamed in "honor of prominent Connecticut Senator and University trustee William Benton."

Mission:

The Museum's mission according to their website, is reflected in "College President Charles Lewis Beach who bequeathed his impressive holdings of American art to the University on his death in 1933, along with a trust fund for future acquisitions."

"It was President Beach's intent that the collection 'instill and cultivate an appreciation of works of art in the student body of the College and in such other persons as may avail themselves of said collection.'"

Location:

The William Benton Museum of Art is located at 245 Glenbrook Road at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT.

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

Museum's Conservation Department:

Art conservation is the highly skilled practice of researching, analyzing, restoring and preserving works of art for future generations. Art conservators are highly skilled, using scientific equipment to help analyze and conserve the works.

When a museum does not have their own conservation lab, they will send works out to professional conservators.

Famed Artworks in Collection:

The Museum has acquired artworks by "Childe Hassam, Henry Ward Ranger, Emil Carlson, Charles H. Davis, Ernest Lawson and Guy Wiggins" in its original collection, and later acquired works by "renowned artists as Mary Cassatt, Thomas Hart Benton, Fairfield Porter, George Bellows, Rembrandt Peale, Georges Braque, Gustav Klimt, Edward Burne-Jones, Maurice Prendergast and Kiki Smith."

It also has a comprehensive collection of works on paper by Reginald Marsh.

Noteworthy Facts:

"The William Benton Museum of Art is a member of the Connecticut Art Trail, a partnership of fifteen world-class museums and historic sites across the state."

Employment Information:

The William Benton Museum of Art posts job opportunities via the University's website, which may be available in the various departments such as curatorial, educational, marketing, public relations, security, and visitor services 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 via the university's human resources department. 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 William Benton Museum of Art, 245 Glenbrook Road, U-2140, Storrs, CT 06269. Tel: 860.486.4520.

The William Benton Museum of Art's website

Museum Hours:

  • Mondays closed
  • Tuesdays 12:00 pm–4:30 pm
  • Wednesdays 12:00 pm–4:30 pm
  • Thursdays 12:00 pm–4:30 pm
  • Fridays 12:00 pm–4:30 pm/li>
  • Saturdays 1:00 pm–4:30 pm
  • Sundays 1:00 pm–4:30 pm
  • Closed Holidays

Galleries Hours:

  • Mondays closed
  • Tuesdays 12:00 pm–4:30 pm
  • Wednesdays 12:00 pm–4:30 pm
  • Thursdays 12:00 pm–4:30 pm
  • Fridays 12:00 pm–4:30 pm
  • Saturdays 1:00 pm–4:30 pm
  • Sundays 1:00 pm–4:30 pm
  • Closed Holidays

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