The William Benton Museum of Art is Connecticut’s State art museum, located on the University of Connecticut campus at Storrs. Drawing largely from its collection of over 6,500 works of art, the Museum presents exhibitions of art dating from the 15th through the 21st centuries. The museum also creates special exhibitions drawn from outside sources as well as loaned exhibitions.
The William Benton Museum of Art has an interesting and colorful past. While it opened officially as an art museum in 1967, its roots go back to the early 20th century and the days of the Connecticut Agricultural College before it became the University of Connecticut.
The original Museum building was constructed in 1920 and served as The Beanery, the campus’s main dining hall until the mid-1940s. The building is a small, Collegiate Gothic structure, with a gracious sculpture garden. It is among the core campus buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Unfiltered: An Exhibition About Water
Unfiltered explores water as a universal concern and which touches specifically on the themes of: the power of water and the changing landscape; water pollution and biology; water scarcity; climate change; the physical properties of water; and the Connecticut River. The exhibition attempts to place on view works of art which provide visual launching points for discussions about these important water-based issues.
From Old Masters to Revolutionaries: Five Centuries of the Benton’s Best
The Benton is pleased to present a changing selection of its most prized possessions that span five centuries. We begin with a sixteenth-century double portrait by the Spanish court painter Alonso Sanchez Coello, whose unidentified subjects are a well-dressed noblewoman and child.
The Work of Ellen Emmet Rand
Ellen Emmet Rand (March 4, 1875 – December 18, 1941) was a prolific American painter and illustrator. The Benton's collection proudly hosts a large sample of her artworks.
Admission to the Museum is free, but donations are welcome. Sign up on the Activities Board. Van leaves at 1:00 and returns about 5:00 pm.