Calendar of Events

Art After Dark: Color My World
Feb 7 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Celebrate the exhibition American Moderns in Watercolor: Edward Hopper and His Contemporaries and the opening of Emily Mae Smith / MATRIX 181.  The evening includes an artist talk by Emily Mae Smith at 6pm, live music by the Kenn Morr Band, free food, beer tasting by Thomas Hooker Brewing Company, cash bar, a hands-on wine and watercolor workshop (advance reservations required; limited registration; click here to register) and a screening of Bohemian Rhapsody at 8pm. $10; $5 members.

Members enjoy 20% off of purchases in the Museum Shop during Art After Dark.

Wine and Watercolor Workshop
Feb 7 @ 5:30 pm – 7:45 pm

5:30 – 6:30pm
6:45 – 7:45pm

Lindsey Fyfe leads two sessions of watercolor workshops in the Art Studio during Art After Dark. The first session will run from 5:30 – 6:30pm and the second session from 6:45 – 7:45pm. The workshop includes all supplies and one glass of wine. Each session is limited to 20 participants. Purchase tickets today to register! $10; $5 members. 

Gallery Talk: Emily Mae Smith / MATRIX 181
Feb 7 @ 6:00 pm

Artist Emily Mae Smith discusses her current work during Art After Dark. Smith is a painter whose work explores the inner lives of women through a rich visual language that references Disney animation, M.C. Escher, and graphic design. Art After Dark admission: $10;$5 members. Meet at the MATRIX Gallery.

Film | Bohemian Rhapsody
Feb 7 @ 8:00 pm

Film included with Art After Dark admission: $10; $5 members.

This biopic tells the story of the legendary rock band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury, leading up to their famous performance at Live Aid (1985). Winner of Winner Best Motion Picture in Drama and Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture in Drama at the 2019 Golden Globes.

2018. UK. Rated PG-13. 134 min. Directed by Bryan Singer. Starring Rami Malek.

Art After Dark | Artistic License
Apr 4 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Celebrate the exhibition Sean Scully: Landline. The night includes a poetry reading with Julie Choffel, Adjunct Professor at UConn Storrs, a poetry slam performed by Trinity’s Iron Poets, Ellen Arnstein’s on-demand typewriter poetry, and activities inspired by Sean Scully’s work including a group photo opportunity, running poem, Art Quest, art making, and museum tour plus music by DJ Fire, free food, and cash bar.

Come creatively dressed as your favorite color for a chance to win a prize. Body Art by Joy will be in the galleries to top off your look.

$5; free for members and students w/ID.


April Art After Dark is supported by

Hartford Consortium for Higher Education

Art After Dark | Hot to Trot!
Jun 6 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Let’s Tango. Listen to music by June Bisantz and Alex Nakhimovsky from their newly released CD, Love’s Tango. Watch a tango demonstration then try the sensual dance yourself. Indulge in an Argentinean Malbec wine tasting. At 6:30pm MATRIX artist Tom Burr leads a gallery talk. The night also includes free food, cash bar, art activity, and museum tour.

$5; free for members.

Gallery Talk | Tom Burr / Matrix 182
Jun 6 @ 6:30 pm

How does art visualize identity? MATRIX artist Tom Burr discusses his conceptual portraits of important figures from queer history and modernism during Art After Dark.  Free with admission to Art After Dark: $5; free for members. Meet at the MATRIX Gallery.

Art After Dark | Caribbean Block Party
Aug 1 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Caribbean dancersSoak up island vibes during this Caribbean block party featuring; steel drum, reggae and Caribbean sounds by FriendZWorldMusic, body “art” by Joy Monroe and Shawnea Chavies, jewelry making, stilt walkers, and Caribbean dancing. Enjoy free snacks, cash bar, art tour, and more. 

$5; free for members and students w/ID.

Presented in collaboration with the Taste of the Caribbean and Jerk Festival. Supported in part by the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign with major support from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

Festival of Trees & Traditions
Nov 29 – Dec 8 all-day

Beautifully crafted trees, wreaths, and topiaries fill the galleries with holiday cheer for our most festive fundraiser of the year. All decorations are available for purchase, and profits help fund exhibitions and education programs. Live music and performances throughout the museum create a spirited atmosphere that the whole family will enjoy. Galleries open 10am–5pm every day during Festival of Trees & Traditions. Learn more.

Please note: $3 fundraising surcharge is added to all museum admissions during Festival of Trees & Traditions.



Celebrate the Wadsworth
Sep 26 @ 6:45 pm
Celebrate the Wadsworth

You are invited to attend the museum’s first virtual gala from the comfort of your home. Director & CEO Thomas J. Loughman and Board President William R. Peelle, Jr. will be joined by Wadsworth curators, artists, and special guests.

Presented by the Mandell-Braunstein Family

Click here to register.