Connecticut Art Trail
I first published this page in 2009. The CT Art Trail has gone through many changes since then, and keeping up with it has been a challenge. As such, I can’t pretend that the listing here is 100% accurate at the day and time you are reading this.
(Last checked October 2022)
The Trail was launched in 1995 as the Connecticut Impressionist Art Trail, celebrating Connecticut’s ten museums and historic sites which highlighted American Impressionism. Connecticut’s flowing rivers, unspoiled shoreline, bucolic countryside and rural Connecticut villages became a magnet for American Impressionist painters at the turn of the twentieth century. Artists flocked to the state to paint en plein air, forming colonies at the Holley House in Cos Cob/Greenwich (now the Bush-Holley Historic Site) and Miss Florence Griswold’s boarding house in Old Lyme (now the Florence Griswold Museum), which were the cornerstones for the Connecticut Impressionist Art Trail. Such familiar names as J. Alden Weir, William Chadwick, Childe Hassam, Theodore Robinson, John Twachtman and Elmer Livingston MacRae all were part of the Impressionism movement.
Since it began, the Trail has expanded beyond impressionism and has added other museums. I’ve seen some come and go and come back again. I’ve seen “affiliate members” of the art trail now and again. Who knows. Just go to art museums – I promise you’ll be happily surprised.
At some point, the Art Trail people also added 5 spots they call Viewpoints around the state. These are places that have inspired impressionist artists throughout the years and they supposedly have signage explaining the paintings that have been done there. We’ll see. Check it out here.
Connecticut Art Trail
The Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport
Fairfield University Art Museum, Fairfield
Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington
Bruce Museum, Greenwich
Greenwich Historical Society/Bush-Holley House, Greenwich
Mystic Museum of Art, Groton (Mystic)
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford
The William Benton Museum of Art, Mansfield (Storrs)
New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain
Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan
Yale Center for British Art, New Haven
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven
Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London
Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk
Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich
Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield
Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford
Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury
Art Museum at the University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford
MOCA Westport – Museum of Contemporary Art, Westport
Weir Farm National Historic Park, Wilton/Ridgefield
The Five Art Trail Viewpoints: