Lyman Allyn Art Museum Offers Art History for All

Lyman Allyn Art Museum Offers Art History for All

New London, CT – The Lyman Allyn Art Museum is proud to announce the continuation of its lifelong learning program, Art History For All. This fall’s course, beginning September 17th, is entitled “Inventing America: How Art & Literature Shaped American History.”

Richard J. Friswell, cultural historian and award-winning writer, will lead a five-week art history series, presented with a novel twist, at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum. This survey course will explore the idea of ‘nation’ and emergence of a unique American identity through the eyes of its artists and writers, from colonial times through the early 20th century.

The course will explore American artists and writes that were shaped—and shaped by—political, social and economic factors over many formidable decades. Drawing upon America as a new nation, and its varied European origins, Friswell will explore the nation’s industrious nature to the task of becoming one of the world’s leading economic and military powers. The impulse to shape—the why and how of that transformation—told through the eyes and voices of our artists and writers, will be the focus of this course.

The classes will include a recommended reading list and handouts for class discussion. Weekly classes will be held in the auditorium of the Lyman Allyn Art Museum. Remaining space for the series is very limited, advanced reservations are required.

Please contact the Education Department at 860.443.2545 x110 or email

Class Information
Classes: Five Thursdays: Sept. 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15 (10:00am – 12:00 noon) Fee: $125 members / $150 non-members.

For more information or images, please contact Rebecca Marsie at 860.443.2545 x112 or at

About Richard J. Friswell
Richard J. Friswell holds a M.Ed. from Boston University and an M.Phil. from Wesleyan University, where he was awarded the Rulewater Prize for interdisciplinary scholarship. He is publisher and managing editor of ARTES magazine, an on-line fine arts magazine providing scholarly reviews and in-depth reporting in the art, architecture and design fields. He is an elected member of the Association Internationale des Critiques d’Art, one of only 450 in the U.S. and an award-winning writer, with two national medals from FOLIO:Magazine for his editorial contributions in the field of art journalism. For the last two decades he has dedicated his career to the fine arts and cultural history, with particular focus on the modern era.

About the Lyman Allyn Art Museum
The Lyman Allyn Art Museum welcomes about 25,000 visitors annually from New London, Southeastern Connecticut and all over the world. Established in 1926 by a gift from Harriet Allyn in memory of her seafaring father, the Museum opened the doors of its beautiful neo-classical building surrounded by 11 acres of green space in 1932. Today it presents a number of changing exhibitions each year and houses a fascinating collection of more than 15,000 objects from ancient times to the present; artworks from Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe, with particularly strong collections of American paintings, decorative arts and Victorian toys and doll houses.

The museum is located at 625 Williams Street, New London, Connecticut, exit 83 off I-95. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sundays 1:00 - 5:00 pm; closed Mondays and major holidays. For more information call 860.443.2545, ext. 129 or visit us on Facebook or the web at: