Exhibition Opening and Receptions

Sunday, March 5, 2017, 2 pm to 5 pm

Free and open to the public

Presenting Four Solo Exhibitions
Beth Campbell: My Potential Future Past
Suzanne McClelland: Just Left Feel Right
William Powhida: After the Contemporary
Kay Rosen: H Is for House

The artist’s traditional role is usually that of observer, whether looking inward or out towards society. What is less common, however, is when artists act as analytical commentators about themselves, culture, or the art-making process.

The four new solo exhibitions at The Aldrich are by artists who bring critical examination to their creative practice and a range of approaches to art making that includes research, recording personal histories, and both formal and abstract gestures: Beth Campbell’s sculptures and drawings reflect on the paths taken—and not taken—in the artist’s day-to-day life; Suzanne McClelland’s practice spans paintings, installations, glass, ceramic, works on paper, prints and ephemera, capturing the eruptive and disparate voices of a shifting American vernacular and its rippling effect on the way we communicate in our complicated time;William Powhida’s drawings, paintings, sculptures and video interrogate and challenge the socioeconomics of the art world; and Kay Rosen’s text-based gouaches and wall drawings use composition, humor, and linguistics to reveal meaning that can be found in the actual structure of language. In their respective exhibitions at The Aldrich, Campbell, McClelland, Powhida, and Rosen all hold a mirror to reflect diverse subjects that are ever present and very real in the world, but usually overlooked.

Meet the exhibiting artists, explore the galleries, take an expert-led tour, participate in art-making activities, and enjoy light refreshments. Admission is free for all!

Schedule of Activities

Hands-on art projects for all-ages

Located in The Studio, facilitated by Museum educators

Letter Collages

All of the exhibiting artists use text and language in their work. Combine letters of various sizes, textures, and materials to create a word-driven work of art.

Reflective Sculptures

Investigate the shiny sculptures in William Powhida’s exhibition and Suzanne McClelland’s translucent glass installation. Use your imagination to make a 3-D artwork using transparent and reflective materials.

Mixed Media Maps

Influenced by Suzanne McClelland’s map paintings, add a drawing, phrase, or artwork to the collaborative maps of the world and United States in The Studio. Come together with other visitors to design a worldly collage.

Educator-led “mini-tours” of the exhibitions

3 to 4 pm

In the galleries

3:00 – 3:15 pm

Kay Rosen: H Is for House

3:15 – 3:30 pm

William Powhida: After the Contemporary

3:30 – 3:45 pm

Beth Campbell: My Potential Future Past

3:45 - 4:00 pm

Suzanne McClelland: Just Left Feel

The Aldrich, in addition to significant support from its Board of Trustees, receives contributions from many dedicated friends and patrons.

Major funding for exhibitions is provided by the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts; the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation; and Crozier. Additional support is provided by Hotel Zero Degrees, Danbury; Agnes Gund; The Stolbun Collection; GS Gives; Stephanie and Tim Ingrassia; Bart McDonough and Cheryl Horner; Raymond Learsy; James Cottrell and Joseph Lovett; Seymour and Carol Cole Levin; Kim and Larry Heyman; Noah McCormack; Carole Server and Oliver Frankel; Thomson Family Philanthropy, NYC; Cebert S.J. Noonan; and Janet Phelps.