Calendar of Events

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Highlights Tours | Thursdays–Sundays, 12:30 & 2pm
Family Tour: Eyes on Art | Every Second Saturday, 12:15pm

Apr
24
Fri
American Fine Craft Show presented by American Art Marketing
Apr 24 – Apr 26 all-day

WAD15_Card_NonMailer_4x6_bJoin us at the XL Center for the American Fine Craft Show presented by American Art Marketing. Featuring 135 jury-selected craft artists from throughout the United States, browse the finest original furniture, ceramics, glass, jewelry, wearable and decorative fiber, metal, mixed media, and wood. Meet award-winning artists who have exhibited in the prestigious Philadelphia Museum and Smithsonian Craft Shows, as well as a selection of local artisans, and enjoy live demonstrations and music.

Show Schedule
Friday, April 24, 6 – 9 pm, Preview PartyGet tickets!
Saturday, April 25, 10 am – 7 pm, Public Hours
Sunday, April 26, 11 am – 5 pm, Public Hours

Admission
General admission tickets sold at the door – cash only!

  • Adult $14
  • Senior $13 (over 65 with valid ID)
  • Student $6 (with valid ID)
  • Weekend Pass $15
  • Children under 10 FREE

Facebook event here.

The American Fine Craft Show benefits the Costume & Textile Society of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.

 

American Fine Art Craft Show Preview Party
Apr 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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This event takes place at the XL Center. Directions and parking.

Join us for the opening Preview Party for the American Fine Craft Show presented by American Art Marketing. Preview Party tickets include wine, hors d’oeuvres, and a $20 Gift Certificate redeemable on a purchase of $100 or more that evening.

Purchase tickets online or call 860-838-4100 Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 4:30 pm.

Featuring 135 jury-selected craft artists from throughout the United States, browse the finest original furniture, ceramics, glass, jewelry, wearable and decorative fiber, metal, mixed media, and wood. Meet award-winning artists who have exhibited in the prestigious Philadelphia Museum & Smithsonian Craft Shows, as well as a selection of local artisans.

The American Fine Craft Show benefits the Costume & Textile Society of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.

 

Jul
14
Tue
Fundraiser: Aspects of Portraiture Opening Reception
Jul 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Fundraiser: Aspects of Portraiture Opening Reception

Join Director & CEO Susan Talbott for an inside look at her Director’s Choice exhibition Aspects of Portraiture: Photographs from the Wadsworth Atheneum.

Aspects of Portraiture addresses various approaches to photographic portraiture taken by artists such as Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Patti Smith, and Carrie Mae Weems, and celebrates the patrons whose gifts are on view, with special homage to our late friend Robinson Grover.

Light hors d’oeuvres and libations will be served.

Tickets required. To register call (860) 838-4077 or email Karen Simpson by Monday, July 6.

Please enter the museum via the Avery Memorial Building from Prospect Street.

 

Image: Thomas Ruff, Portrait, 1990, Ektacolor, The Nancy and Robinson Grover Fund for Contemporary Art, 1996.47.1

 

Sep
30
Wed
MATRIX Fundraising Event
Sep 30 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Join MATRIX 173 artist Mark Dion and Patricia Hickson, Emily Hall Tremaine Curator of Contemporary Art, for a sneak peek and rare interactive experience celebrating Dion’s site-specific MATRIX project, The Wadsworth Atheneum’s Great Chain of Being.

Enjoy exclusive remarks from the artist, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a buffet-style dinner, an exhibition tour, and a one-of-a-kind treasure hunt complete with prizes!

Tickets are $125, and the event benefits the MATRIX program. RSVP by Friday, September 18 to Karen Simpson, via email or by phone at (860)-838-4077.

 

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Feb
23
Fri
Special Fundraising Event: Robert Simon on Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi
Feb 23 @ 6:00 pm

Join us for an exciting evening with Robert Simon, as he presents the lecture, Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi: Its Journey from Anonymity to Fame, and from £45 to $450 Million.

All proceeds from this fundraiser benefit the Wadsworth Atheneum.

The record-breaking $450 million sale price of the Salvator Mundi astonished the art world in 2017. The once-lost painting’s rediscovery is told by art historian and art dealer Robert Simon, who helped establish the its authenticity and shepherd it from obscurity to world-wide celebrity.

Tickets are on sale now.

VIP PACKAGE | $250 | Limited quantities available!
Enhance your experience at this spectacular program by purchasing a VIP Package. As a VIP you will enjoy complimentary valet parking, preferred seating during the lecture, and an exclusive post-lecture dinner with Robert Simon in the Untitled Café featuring a tasting menu by Chef Steven Wolf.

GENERAL ADMISSION | $35
General admission tickets are for the lecture only, and seating is first come, first served. Valet parking is available to General Admission ticketholders for $10 per car.

All proceeds from the lecture and VIP packages provide general operating support for the Wadsworth Atheneum.

 

Nov
1
Thu
Preview Party: Accessories by POSH
Nov 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Be the very first to shop the jewelry, shoes, and other delights in this year’s Accessories by POSH sale, a fundraiser supporting the Costume & Textile collection at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Bid on POSH Picks—the very best items!—and enjoy live music and complimentary refreshments.

Tickets for this fundraising event are $92.

 

The POSH Sale is presented by the Costume & Textile Society. All proceeds from this event benefit the Costume & Textile collection at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.

Nov
29
Fri
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.

 

 

Sep
26
Sat
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.