The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887–1920

June 3–September 18, 2016

PRENDERGASTPROMENADEPAFAlwebMaurice B. Prendergast (1859-1924), Promenade, c. 1915-18. Oil on canvas, 24 x 31 in. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia

Organized by the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, The Artist’s Garden tells the story of American Impressionists and the growing popularity of gardening as a middle-class leisure pursuit at the turn of the 20th century, bringing together paintings, sculpture, books, and stained glass. Selections from the Pennsylvania Academy will be blended with examples from the Florence Griswold Museum’s permanent collection in sections that contrast American and European gardens, look at the role of artists, women, leisure, labor, and a burgeoning environmentalism in defining the cultivated landscape, and consider the place of gardens in cities. Read more…

An American Place: The Art Colony at Old Lyme

Ongoing Exhibition in Florence Griswold House second floor gallery


During the first two decades of the 20th century, the village of Old Lyme, Connecticut was the setting for one of the largest and most significant art colonies in America. Centered in the boardinghouse of Miss Florence Griswold, the colony attracted many leading artists – Henry Ward Ranger, Childe Hassam, and Willard Metcalf among them – who were in the vanguard of the Tonalist and Impressionist movements. Drawn to Old Lyme by its natural beauty, they discovered an “old” New England setting that was, as one observer noted, “expressive of the quiet dignity of other days.” Here was a country retreat for artists where, in Metcalf’s words, “every day is so in line with work.” Interacting with each other and with the community, the more than 200 artists of the colony produced an impressive body of work, which achieved renown in its day and still calls attention to the enduring qualities of the rural New England setting. Read More…




In Place: Contemporary Photographers Envision a Museum

October 1 – January 29

James Welling,"Life Studies," 2011

James Welling,”Life Studies,” 2011

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Wee Faerie Village

October 1 through October 30


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Magic of Christmas

December 1, 2016 – January 8, 2017MagicPaletteTree

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Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden 

February 10–May 28, 2017


Throughout her career, Browne favored two themes: animals and flowers.  Visitors to the exhibition will be able to trace her shift in style from highly accomplished academic depictions of farm animals to atmospheric Barbizon-influenced canvases.  Her Impressionist style is most evident in sparkling paintings of gardens as well as in still lifes of lush bouquets.  Read more…


Flora/Fauna: The Naturalist Impulse in American Art

June 3 – September 17, 2017

Willard Metcalf, Collection Chest, Wood containing a collection of butterflies, moths, birds’ eggs, nests and supporting documents, 64 ½ x 42 ¼ x 14 ¼, Florence Griswold Museum

Willard Metcalf, Collection Chest, Wood containing a collection of butterflies, moths, birds’ eggs, nests and supporting documents, 64 ½ x 42 ¼ x 14 ¼, Florence Griswold Museum

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During the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the mastery of needlework was essential to a young woman’s future.

Delve into the Wilsons’ experiences in Old Lyme and gain insight on a First Family who called Miss Florence’s house their home away from home.

The photographer Walker Evans (1903-1975) captured a place in American social, cultural, and artistic history with his unforgettable images of the Great Depression.