Art at the Airport

The Cultural Coalition and Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) have inaugurated an art in the airport program at Groton – New London Airport.

The program’s purpose is to showcase the region’s uniqueness, history, industry, culture and geography through visual arts in the airport’s main terminal located at 155 Tower Avenue in Groton.

The Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition and the CAA seek arts or community organizations, with desire and ability to take advantage of an off-site exhibit space that engage new audiences, and who voluntarily partner in this endeavor. (For more information and to submit a proposal for an exhibit, click HERE.)

On View Now “Bela Lyon Pratt: Sculptor of Monument”

Bela Lyon Pratt: Sculptor of Monument” presented by Slater Memorial Museum of Norwich Free Academy opened September 1 and is on view through November 25 at the Groton – New London Airport.

Bela Lyon Pratt (1867-1917) was born in Norwich, Connecticut to Sarah (Whittlesey) and George Pratt, a Yale-educated lawyer. Together, Pratt’s maternal grandfather and great uncles Orramel, Henry and John Whittlesey, started the first American piano making company in Salem, Connecticut. Orramel also founded, in 1835, the first music school, for women, in the country authorized to confer degrees to teach music, Music Vale Seminary, in Salem, Connecticut.

Bela studied art at Norwich Free Academy, Yale University’s School of Art, and in Paris.  He worked in the studio of renowned American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens and, in 1892, created two large sculptural groups representing The Genius of Navigation for the World’s Fair in Chicago.

Bela became an influential teacher of sculpting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and received numerous commissions for monumental public work around New England, including the figures representing Art and Science for the Boston Public Library; Literature, Science and Art for the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress; the Andersonville Boy on the grounds of the State Capitol, Hartford, Connecticut; Nathaniel Hawthorne in Salem Massachusetts; Captain Nathan Hale for Yale University and placement at other sites, as well as Governor John Winthrop in New London and Captain James Avery in Groton, Connecticut.  The exhibition panels reveal his work and life, including the influence of his wife Helen Lugarda Pray Pratt, also a sculptor.

About Slater Memorial Museum of Norwich Free Academy
Located on the campus of Norwich Free Academy, the Slater Museum awakens visitors to the richness and diversity of the human experience through art and history. For more than one hundred years, the Museum has displayed and interpreted the best examples of fine and decorative art, representing a broad range of world cultures of the Americas, Asia, Europe and Africa.

Previously on exhibit  at Groton  – New London Airport
Life Without Limits from United Cerebral Palsy

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Eastern CT, a Waterford-based organization, showcased pieces of art in a variety of mediums including mosaic, sculpture, and paint on canvas. The artists are individuals with disabilities who, along with staff UCP staff members, work together to create one piece of artwork annually to display at the Hygienic Open Art Exhibit. The exhibit was a collection of work created over the years. All artwork is a collaboration between the people making the piece, from its initial conception to completion. Individuals participate in any way they can, whether making a choice about paint color using eye gaze or physical participation using a hand over hand technique. The art program at UCP enables each person to express his or her unique talents in a manner that makes it accessible to them.

Previously on exhibit at Groton – New London Airport
John Meyer of Norwich: An American Original

The Slater Memorial Museum of Norwich Free Academy presented John Meyer of Norwich: An American Original.  Throughout Connecticut and beyond, women fondly remember John Meyer of Norwich.  Now considered classics of 20th Century design and function, his line of clothing featured everything from “Bermuda” shorts to preppy A-line skirts, Argyle to Fair Isle sweaters.  John Meyer of Norwich was an innovator in fashion for an emerging demographic of career women and college girls.  Working with other technological innovators, he revolutionized the garment manufacturing process, introducing cutting-edge methods still used today.  In addition, John Meyer’s factory and design business provided employment to dozens of Norwichians.  The exhibited panels reveal the person and the company.