Shain Library First Floor Exhibition Area 

True Pioneers: The Class of 1919, May 2-July 2, 2019

In September of 1915, 125 young women gathered on a muddy hilltop to begin classes at the newly opened Connecticut College for Women. Some of them had graduated from high school several years earlier, but delayed their higher education so they could matriculate at the new college. Others may have never even considered a college education since it involved traveling away from home. 

Nearly four years later 68 were presented with degrees at the first commencement, having spent their college careers buiding a new institution from the ground up. As Miriam Pomeroy put it in the class poem, "True pioneers, we found no easy trail, / But fearlessly began the heights to scale, / And steadfast marched through sloughs of deep despair, / Willing and unafraid, nay, glad to dare."

Linda Lear Center Exhibition Area

Humor and Illusion in the History of Photography, April 3-June 5, 2019

This exhibit looking at early trick photography was curated by students in Art History 250: Perspectives on Photography, taught by Christopher Steiner and Karen Gonzalez-Rice.

New London Time Capsule, May 9-June 5, 2019

For the past two semesters, students from Professor Anna Vallye’s Architectural Studies 470 and 471 have been working with New London City Government to research the contents of a proposed time capsule of the city of New London on a variety of topics including the history of the building’s design and construction, the history of New London and its built fabric, and life in the city today. This exhibit will display some of the materials they selected for the capsule which will be laid in historic City Hall as part of its upcoming renovation.

Charles Chu Asian Art Reading Room

Four Hundred Miles of the Connecticut RIver, May 1-June 5, 2019

A return of last fall's popular exhibition celebrating Charles Chu’s 100th birthday, featuring works from the Chu family collection and from the College's own Chu-Griffis Asian Art Collection. Charles Chu (1918-2008), a master painter and calligrapher known for his sweeping watercolors, was an emeritus professor of Chinese at Connecticut College and built the College’s unique collection of East Asian art. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a long handscroll depicting the 400 miles of the Connecticut River created by Charles Chu in the spring of 1990.