Benton Museum

Truthfully, UConn’s Benton Museum is bent on exhibiting thought-provoking art 

Since 1967, the William Benton Museum of Art has amassed a large, diverse collection and created various public exhibitions. UConn President Thomas Katsouleas recently announced one such exhibition slated for the 2023 academic year, as “the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute (UCHI) received a $275,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

Celebration of global cultures at the Benton 

Celebration of global cultures at the Benton 

The William Benton Museum of Art started off the school year with a bang with the opening of their new West African and Cuban exhibits. Last night, the main exhibition areas of the Benton were bustling with crowds to celebrate “Souvenirs D’Afrique: Arts of Africa from the Collection of Janine and Josef Gugler” and “The Lure of Cuba: Reginald Marsh’s Tropical Watercolors, 1924-1930.” Both exhibitions are on view through Oct. 13. 

Art and Architecture of UConn Storrs: An examination of the Benton, the quad, McHugh Hall and the paintings of Peter Waite

Art and Architecture of UConn Storrs: An examination of the Benton, the quad, McHugh Hall and the paintings of Peter Waite

On a sunny April day, a small group joined docent Judy McChesney for an Art in Small Bites tour of the quad, the Benton Museum’s architecture and Peter Waite’s paintings on display in McHugh Hall.

Game of chairs that are pretty but you’re not allowed to sit in

Game of chairs that are pretty but you’re not allowed to sit in

With the final season of “Game of Thrones” airing in just two weeks, fans are desperate for content. This desperation may have led some students and community members to the William Benton Museum of Art’s reception Thursday night for the opening of their new exhibit entitled “Game of Thrones: An Exhibition of Contemporary Art Furniture.” While only loosely related to either the book series or the television show, the exhibit features a number of artistic chairs, exploring the relationship between art and function.

Benton Exhibition doesn’t shy away from controversy

Benton Exhibition doesn’t shy away from controversy

“F*** COMMUNISM.” These are the first words of the Benton Museum of Art’s new exhibition “What’s the Alternative? Art and Outrage of the 1960’s Underground Press.” With these words visible through the doors leading up to the exhibition, the Benton clearly isn’t shying away from anything.

Kevin Conley discusses the role of the artist in the studio

Kevin Conley discusses the role of the artist in the studio

Conley scrolled through pictures of aesthetically pleasing, messy studios of famous artists including Marcel Duchamp, Cezanne, Picasso, Matisse, Pollock and O’Keefe. Through these images, Conley highlighted the idea of the studio as “a site of pilgrimage” and as “a holy place even for an atheist.”