Please note that all branches will be closed Saturday, July 2 and Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

Raíces sin Fronteras / Roots Without Borders
Works by Miguel Angel Mendoza Melchor
January 25 – March 20, 2020 / 25 de enero – 20 de marzo, 2020

My work reflects the experiences and people of my country, Mexico. / Mi obra refleja las experiencias y gente the mi país, Mexico.

Past ExhibitionsFacePoems
Works by Fred Wallace
November 23, 2019 – January 17, 2020

FacePoems are simple four-line faces accompanied by three-line poems, offering meaning beyond the lines. From face to poem and back, the viewer becomes a participant, inspiring relation and stirring emotions.

Queer Joy: LGBTQ Portraits in Pairs
Works by Cate Barry

September 21 – November 15, 2019 

This exhibit focuses on LGBTQ and gender non-conforming subjects and explores performance, queer representation, and ‘breaking’ (involuntarily showing vulnerability) in front of the lens. It explores how and why subjects feel “seen” in photographs, the ways in which we front, and what happens when we lose control.

Celebrating CETA: A Look Back at New Haven’s Community Mural ProgramCurated by Laura Macaluso


 July 18 – September 13, 2019

This photography exhibit will showcase the people of New Haven who created the City’s most important community mural program as part of the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA); highlighting the successes, but also the tensions, of creating art in the public sphere. 

Adae Fine Art Academy Student Exhibition 2019
Works by Adae Fine Art Academy Students
May 18 – July 12, 2019

This exhibit we will be showcasing artwork executed by Adae Fine Art Academy artists in the past year.

Learn more about Adae Fine Art Academy.

Creative Minds: The Art of New Haven Youth
Works by New Haven Public School Students
March 23 – May 10, 2019

Creative Minds: The Work of New Haven Youth displays current work of high school students from across the New Haven Public School District. The selections featured in this exhibit are just a snapshot of the fantastic artwork being created in the Visual Arts programs throughout the New Haven Public Schools.

Art from Code
Works by Dan Gries
January 19 – March 15, 2019

The images in Art from Code are archival inkjet prints of digital images created from computer code (known as “generative art”) written by Dan Gries. The pieces selected show a range from his portfolio, and are connected by the common theme of aesthetic imperfection and irregularity.

Raptors & Rehabilitation: Where Birds Meet People
Work by Sophie Zyla
November 17, 2018 – January 11, 2019

Birds are hiding in plain sight in the cities, suburbs, and the natural places our paths take us. The photographs in this exhibit are of educational birds from A Place Called Hope (APCH), a non-profit raptor rehabilitation center in CT.

Adae Fine Art Academy Student Exhibition 2018
Work by Adae Fine Art Academy Students
September 15 – November 9, 2018

This exhibition showcases the artwork executed by Adae Fine Art Academy’s artists in the past year. Adae Fine Art Academy is a drawing and painting institution located in the historic Ninth Square district of downtown New Haven. They have been providing individualized instruction to the Greater New Haven area for the past 13 years.

Learn more about Adae Fine Art Academy.

Remixed: A Kaleidoscope of Plastic
Work by Marsha Borden
July 14 – September 7, 2018

In this exhibit, Marsha Borden exploits the sculptural qualities of the single-use plastic bag while examining its place in our culture. What do we consume? Can we ever really throw things “away?” Can waste be beautiful? Do we have an obligation to save the planet by cutting down on our use of plastic? Can we carry a plastic bag without feeling guilty? Is there a place for plastic?

About the Artist
Marsha Borden was born and raised in upstate New York. She is a self-taught artist who is formally trained as a teacher and school psychologist. Her work has been exhibited locally at Kehler Liddell Gallery, Creative Arts Workshop, and Ely Center for Contemporary Art, as well as along the shoreline at Guilford Arts Center and Spectrum Gallery. She has been featured in New Haven’s The Arts Paper and in Madison’s The Source. For more information visit


Work by Liz Antle-O’Donnell
May 12 – July 6, 2018

In 2011, roughly 6-9 million people in the U.S. were estimated to live in a gated community, with 1 in every 2 houses being built behind walls in California alone.

Underlying our study is the question of how gated communities reflect community and citizenship in America. The real issue is not about the actual gates and walls, but why so many feel they need them. What is the measure of nationhood when the divisions between neighborhoods require guards and fences to keep out other citizens? When public services and even local government are privatized, when the community of responsibility stops at the subdivision gates, what happens to the function and the very idea of a social and political democracy? Can this nation fulfill its social contract in the absence of social contact? 1

About the Artist:
A New Haven native, Liz Antle-O’Donnell has been an active member of the local arts scene as a teacher, administrator, and artist for over a decade. Though primarily self-taught, she studied printmaking and studio arts at New York University (BA, English), Paier College of Art, and Rhode Island School of Design. Her work has been exhibited in such local venues as Kehler Liddell Gallery, Creative Arts Workshop, Artspace, Seton Gallery and has found homes in private collections worldwide. For more information:

  1. Blakely, Edward, and Snyder, Mary Gail. Fortress America: Gated Communities in the United States. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 1997.


Creative Minds: The Work of New Haven Youth
Work by New Haven Public School Students
April 4 – May 6, 2018

Creative Minds: The Work of New Haven Youth displays current work of high school students from across the New Haven Public School District. The selections featured in this exhibit are just a snapshot of the fantastic artwork being created in the Visual Arts programs throughout the New Haven Public Schools.

New Haven Public Schools proudly offer a cohesive, comprehensive, sequential Visual Arts curriculum developed and taught by over 70 art teachers. They view the arts as a rigorous subject area with its own content knowledge vital in developing educated citizens. The structure of the curriculum is based on the language of the visual arts, composed of the elements of art and principles of design. Each unit is built around Responding to Art, Creating Art, and Making Connections. In Response to Art, students observe, describe, analyze, interpret, compare and contrast diverse art works which relate to the unit they will be studying. In Creating Art, teachers guide students in experimenting with art materials and techniques to create individual artworks. In Making Connections, the units of study integrate art into other subjects including Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. From their studies and guided by teachers, students think critically, learn the language of the visual arts and create artwork which reflects personal experience and imagination.


The Nature of New Haven
Work by Jeanette Compton
February 3 – March 30, 2018

The Nature of New Haven includes several ink renderings of found natural objects from New Haven and surrounding areas, including abandoned nests, fungi, branches, bark, feathers and more.

Pieces have been completed over the past several years, with a majority of the work having been done in the past three. All her work is done in pen and ink, and is meant to express wonder and appreciation for the natural world.

Some pieces have been named for the subject’s place of origin such as The Whitneyville Fungus and Fallen Bark, Union Cemetery; while others, Danny’s Nest, Jenny’s Nest, and Bea’s Bee, are named for the person who found the subject, or the person to whom the piece was given.


Hollow Earth: Stories from the Underground
Works by John O’Donnell

December 9, 2017 – January 27, 2018

Hollow Earth: Stories from the Underground is an exhibition of prints and drawings depicting invented realms underneath the earth’s surface and featured in the recently released independent publication Hollow Earth. The Hollow Earth hypothesis suggests that the planet earth contains large empty interiors and a variety of subterranean realms. It has been the topic of not only scientific inquiry since the 17th century but is also a concept that has been investigated within religion, science, science fiction, literature, folklore, mythology and conspiracy theory contexts, in turn generating a substantial amount of writing in response to the idea.


Illustrations from A Field Guide to Long Island Sound
Works by Patrick Lynch

October 14 – December 2, 2017

This exhibition consists of recent artwork completed to illustrate Patrick Lynch’s recent book, A Field Guide to Long Island Sound, published by Yale University Press in March of 2017. A few illustrations are also from his forthcoming book, Cape Cod: A Field Guide to the Outer Lands of Cape Cod, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Block Island, & Eastern Long Island, to be published by Yale University Press in 2018.


Do Not Engage. Only Connect.
Works by JoAnne Wilcox
August 29 – October 7, 2017

Do Not Engage. Only Connect. is a wandering journey through the artist’s attempts at understanding empathy and connection as her antidote for shame. A story of motherhood, reclaimed, no matter what. 


Nature Calls for CALM
June 26 – August 12, 2017

A group of four teenagers did something unthinkable at the time. They grew up. These four are Clay Fried, Abbie Rabinowitz, Laura Levine, and Mark Patnode. They call their group CALM, a moniker cutely formed of the first letter of each of their names. Hang on, it gets worse. CALM met in college in the 1970’s having taken classes together or at times separately with the same teachers. They endured the decades as solo painters, mostly avoiding each other. Then one day on a lark they gathered to compare notes and show scars. Now 60, and after joining forces to paint shoulder to shoulder every few weeks for the last four years, they now assemble a fine sampling of their recent compositions which reflect their minds and hearts as lifelong painters of nature.


Adae Fine Art Academy
2017 Student Exhibition
April 9 – June 17, 2017

Daniela Tirziu. Zapillar, Chile. Oil on canvas.

Adae Fine Art Academy is a visual arts institution located on the second floor of
817 Chapel Street, near the corner of Orange and Chapel Streets in the historic
Ninth Square district of downtown New Haven, Connecticut.

Established in 2005, Adae Fine Art Academy was founded on the principle that
any given artist is driven farther by their own creativity when they work on
something they are fully interested in creating. All artists are different and need
the freedom to create whatever they wish. For this reason Adae Fine Art Academy
offers individual art instruction to each student at the school. Students receive an art
class that is specifically catered to their own interests, skill level, and creative needs.
Instruction is offered in all levels and media of drawing and painting.

Learn more about Adae Fine Art Academy.


Examining a Shared Practice
Works by Joan Bosson-Heenan
March 11 – April 29, 2017

This exhibit of works by Joan Bosson-Heenan show a collection of abstract and simple object watercolors produced during a meditative practice.  Her paintings explore remembered places, colors, and feelings.  Bosson-Heenan uses these contemplative painting and drawing sittings to examine the art of practice, of painting for therapy rather than product, and for letting go of achievement and perfection. 


New Haven Creates: Work by New Haven Public School Students
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Untitled, work in mixed media
Paola Gutierrez, 10th grade
Riverside Educational Academy
Rachel Mathieu, Art teacher

New Haven Public Schools proudly offers a cohesive, comprehensive, sequential Visual Arts curriculum developed and taught by over 70 Art teachers. Instruction is designed for students to obtain and cultivate skills and concepts as they align with the National Core Arts Standards. Students learn elements and principles of Art through authentic, hands-on experiences in the artistic processes: create, present, respond and connect.

In New Haven Public Schools, Visual Art is a core subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education. The artwork presented here is a snapshot of the work being done in Visual Art classes throughout New Haven Public Schools.


Everything Nice: Re-imagining the NHFPL Cake Pan Collection
September 12 – November 4, 2016
Organized by Martha Willette Lewis and Ashley Sklar

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Featuring the work of Connecticut Artists:
Regan Avery
Anita Gangi Balkun
Megyn Craine
Roxanne Faber Savage
Kathryn Frund
Martha Willette Lewis
John O’Donnell

Artwork inspired by the Library’s collection of cake pans. This project uses the library’s existing collection and New Haven’s wealth of creative talent to relook at ways of using a profoundly uncreative craft item: the novelty cake tin.

Everything Nice presents clever alternatives to the licensed characters on offer within this collection and reflects on the messages that children and their parents are given in terms of race, class, gender and identity through the branding of these characters. From a very young age children are marketed to in ways that have lasting reverberations. The artists in this exhibit offer an alternative look at the uses, meanings, and possibilities behind the sweet treats’ structural facade…


Words & Images
A celebration of paintings by Lisa Hess Hesselgrave and the poems they inspired
August 1 – September 6, 2016

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On display are prints of work by Lisa Hess Hesselgrave, and the ekphrastic poems her paintings inspired. Ekphrasis means “description” in Greek. An ekphrastic poem is a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art. Through the imaginative act of narrating and reflecting on the “action” of a painting or sculpture, the poet may amplify and expand its meaning. Pencil and paper are available; we invite viewers to participate with poetry, if inspired to do so.


Ageless Beloved
Works by Abbie Rabinowitz
May 16 – July 8, 2016


Ageless Beloved shows a series of oil paintings Abbie Rabinowitz completed during her MFA program at Western Connecticut State University in 2015. Living at home, she chose to paint her parents and their caregiver as the subject for her thesis since they played a big part in her daily life. These studies of her elderly parents express the love, intimacy and affection that they still shared for each other in their 90s. Her paintings are about the experience of intimacy in old age, the acceptance of being cared for and the vulnerability in losing one’s independence.


Journey of a Vagabond and the Stories She Tells
Works by Lani Asuncion
March 14 – May 6, 2016


Follow the story of Asuncion’s character—the “vagabond”—as told through sculpture, documents crafted artifacts and color-pigmented video stills depicting elements of her journey. The VAGABOND series comes from the tradition of travel and has origins of Otherness. This character is a nomad, a collector of stories, one who seeks to find. She is the chronicler of stories collected along journeys across a timeless place.


Work by Alana Ladson
January 19 – March 4, 2016  

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Alana Ladson is a self–taught artist of different forms: painting, drawing, graphic design and digital media. Queens, her mixed-media exhibit, highlights the natural beauty of black women. Ladson lives in New Haven and in 2015 participated in Artspace’s City Wide Open Studios.


Adae Fine Art Academy Student Exhibition
August 27 – October 3, 2015

Adae Fine Art Academy Student Exhibition presents artwork by students from this New Haven community art school in celebration of their 10 year anniversary.  Kwadwo Adae, artist, teacher and curator, selected works from his students (ages 7-100!) representing New Haven area citizens of all ages, backgrounds, skill levels and experiences.


InstaMimo: 50 Views of New Haven #gscia
An exhibition of photographs by Michael Morand
July 10 – August 7, 2015

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