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January Director’s Message

Dear Friends,
A new year is upon us–a time of anticipation, excitement, and new beginnings. Thank you to everyone who made donations to our year-end Annual Fund drive and and to those who donated throughout this challenging year in support of all we do at the museum. Your generous contributions ensure that we will be able to provide meaningful experiences with art for all in the year ahead.
Looking for a way to ring in the new year? Participate in Hartford’s virtual First Night celebrations starting at 2pm today. Our friends at Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner did a great job of reimagining the festive Hartford tradition. You’ll recognize the Wadsworth as the backdrop for many of the performances and appearances that animate the event. We look forward to providing many more opportunities for you to connect with art and each other, online and on Main Street, throughout the year.
Installation view of Made in Connecticut
Free admission has been extended through January 31. Reserve your next visit to see Made in Connecticut in its final days on view. The collaborative exhibition conceived by the Connecticut Art Trail and its 22 members celebrates the Trail’s silver anniversary and tells stories of our state through a diverse selection of art and artifacts. The museum will be open on Monday, January 18, noon-5pm, for Martin Luther King Jr. Community Day. Register to visit with your family and pick up a free art pack full of materials to take home and create a mixed-media collage. In collaboration with The Amistad Center for Art & Culture, a virtual complement of activities will be available to access from anywhere, including a reading by children’s book author Abdul-Razak Zachariah, dance performance by Jakar Hankerson, and discussion about the poetry of Jayne Cortez. 
This month, we’re launching a new program geared toward adult learning: Art History Through the Wadsworth a virtual look at the collection through an art historical lens. Find details, fees, and registration information on our events calendar. And on Thursday, January 21 artist Enrique Chagoya and art historian and critic Ruben Cordova will give a virtual talk about Chagoya’s work as a vehicle for political, social, and economic critique, centered on his Histoire Naturelle des Espécies: Illegal Alien’s Manuscript (2008) on view now in Protest and Promise, our contemporary installation on Wadsworth Level 3 galleries.
As all of us at the museum look ahead with optimism this month, I send my sincere appreciation to those of you have made immediate or distant plans that include connecting with us virtually and in person here at the Wadsworth.
Happy New Year!
Thomas J. Loughman
Director and CEO

A statement from Kimberly Kersey and Tom Loughman

June 3, 2020

Charly Palmer, I Am A Man, 2006. Acrylic on wood with mixed media. Collection of the Amistad Center for Art & Culture

Charly Palmer, I Am A Man, 2006. Acrylic on wood with mixed media. Collection of the Amistad Center for Art & Culture


A simple yet poignant statement – “I Am A Man.”

We find ourselves searching for words to adequately convey the emotion we feel as yet another name is added to the list of Black lives unjustly taken. There simply are none.

It is our hope that the rightful outrage over George Floyd’s death becomes a catalyst for the uncomfortable conversations and realizations that must be had for real social change to occur. Our institutions thrive when we lean in to our collective humanity and stand together to honor our differences. Through the power of art, we encourage expression and generate mutual understanding. We renew our resolve to be a place for community support, growth, and healing.

With eyes and hearts and arms wide open, we know society can do better. We must do better.


Kimberly Kersey Signature

Kimberly Kersey
Executive Director
The Amistad Center for Art & Culture

Tom Loughman Signature

Tom Loughman
Director & CEO
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art