Lyman Allyn Art Museum Opens New Fall Exhibition

New London, CT Come In! Elizabeth Enders Recent Work will open at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum on September 12, 2015 and run through January 3, 2016. This exhibition will provide a lyrical and meditative look at a broad range of works by contemporary American artist and New London native, Elizabeth Enders.

On display will be about seventy abstract bold and colorful works, featuring a selection of sea and landscape paintings, botanical drawings and various renderings of script and alphabet, through which Enders acquaints viewers to learn more about the world around us, and celebrate the small wonders of the everyday.

Come In! Elizabeth Enders Recent Work, guest curated by Charlotta Kotik, Curator Emerita of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum, is one exhibition in two locations which brings together paintings on loan from private collections, museums and galleries. In conjunction with the Lyman Allyn’s presentation of Come In! Elizabeth Enders Recent Work, Real Art Ways, in Hartford, CT, will show a complementary assemblage of about forty-five works by Enders from approximately the same time period.

Kotik comments: “What makes Enders’ work special is her ability to select often-commonplace parts of her surroundings and to render them unique in rather accurate quick drawing and sketches. At the same time she can create large canvases depicting places observed but radically transformed through her imagination and feelings.”

The exhibition is accompanied by an 92-page catalogue Come In: Elizabeth Enders Work from, 2009-2014 that features a foreword by D. Samuel Quigley, Director of the Lyman Allyn Art Museum, an introduction by Will K. Wilkins, Director of Real Art Ways, and an essay written by guest curator, Charlotta Kotik. The catalogue sells for $19.99 and is available in the Museum shop.

Exhibition reception will be on Friday, September 11 from 5 – 7pm.
Admission is free, but please RSVP to 860.443.2545 ext.129.

The exhibition is open to the public beginning September 12, 2015.
Museum admission is always free to all New London residents.

Tours of the exhibition are available for groups. To schedule tours, call Director of Education Mollie Clarke at 860-443-2545, ext. 110 or e-mail

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

About Elizabeth Enders
Elizabeth Enders was born in 1939 in New London, CT. She graduated from Abbot Academy, now Phillips Academy, in Andover, MA in 1957. After attending Barnard College for two years, she attended Connecticut College, graduating B.A. in 1962. She received her M.A. from New York University in 1987. 

In 1965 she participated in her first group show at the Stonington Art Gallery and the following year had her first one man show at the Paul Schuster Gallery in Cambridge, MA. From 1973-1977 she lived with her husband and four children in London where she worked in a studio in Islington. In 1977 she moved with her family to New York. In 1983 her work was included in the Small Works show at NYU, juried by Ivan Karp, in 1990 in a group show, Maps and Madness, curated by Fred Wilson and sponsored by the Bronx Council on the Arts at the Longwood Gallery, and from 1992-2000 in Putt Modernism, the traveling Artists Space miniature golf exhibition. In 1992 she had her first one man show at the Ulysses Gallery in New York followed in 1994 by a one man show at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum, and another at the Ulysses Gallery. Between 1995 and 2009 she had one man and group shows at the Charles Cowles Gallery in New York. Her recent retrospectives include Painting…Place Elizabeth Enders at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax and The President’s Room at the Century Association in New York. (See Exhibitions History, page 84 of the catalogue).

Her work has been exhibited at the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, MA, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax, NS, the Chester Art Center in Chester, NS, Dieu Donne Papermill in New York, the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Mass MOCA in North Adams, MA, the New Britain Museum of American Art, the New Museum in New York, Real Art Ways in Hartford, the Santa Monica Museum of Art in Santa Monica, CA, and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, among others. It is included in the collections of the Addison Gallery of American Art, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Florence Griswold Museum, the Lyman Allyn Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Smith College Museum of Art, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Dow Jones, and Pfizer Inc, among others.

The exhibition and catalogue were made possible with support from the Frank Loomis Palmer Fund, Bank of America, Trustee, Lyman Allyn Art Museum’s 2015 Exhibition Fund, and the Department of Economic and Community Development.

About the Lyman Allyn Art Museum
The Lyman Allyn Art Museum welcomes visitors 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 over 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: