New Britain Museum of American Art

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Founded in 1903, the New Britain Museum of American Art is the first museum dedicated to strictly American art. Its renowned collection, exhibitions, and educational programs provide a wide-ranging panorama of American artistic achievement. Click here for more info.

Art History

Located next to the Olmsted-designed Walnut Hill Park, the New Britain Museum of American Art is home to one of America’s premier collections of American art. The museum’s renowned holdings of paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings span 250 years of history. Highlights include the Thomas Hart Benton mural series Arts of Life in America and works by Mary Cassatt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Frederick Carl Frieseke, Sol LeWitt, John Singleton Copley, and William Merritt Chase.

The Museum’s collection also includes numerous examples of American Impressionism including Au Jour du Grand Prix by Childe Hassam and the dazzling landscapes of Willard Metcalf, John Henry Twachtman, and Julian Alden Weir. The Museum is also rich in 19th-century figural painting and sculpture, including portraits by artists such as George Washington Reynolds, Roberta Smith, and Mary Cassatt.

Permanent Collection

The Museum’s permanent collection traces over 250 years of American artistic expression. It is particularly strong in Colonial portraiture, American Impressionism, the Ash Can School, and the Thomas Hart Benton mural series Arts of Life in America.

The Museum also holds important holdings of contemporary art including works by Chuck Close, Dan Flavin, Eva Hesse, and many others. Located in 1937 next to the Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Walnut Hill Park, the Museum is proud of its world-class American Art collection which is used as the core for its exhibitions and programming.

The Museum is looking for a new Director of Collections and Exhibitions who will build a team-oriented culture of collaboration among curatorial and education departments and with community partners to chart a fresh vision for NBMAA’s art program. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a growing, innovative, and dynamic museum serving audiences locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. A great place to also visit is Wadsworth Falls State Park.

Changing Exhibits

The Museum’s renowned collections (more than 8,300 paintings, illustrations, sculptures, and works on paper) tell the story of American art. With particular strengths in colonial portraiture, the Hudson River School, and American Impressionism as well as Thomas Hart Benton’s celebrated mural series The Arts of Life in America, the collection offers a panoramic view of American artistic achievement.

NBMAA welcomes visitors of all ages and backgrounds, offering a broad range of exhibitions and programming to engage the entire community. Summer camps, studio classes for kids and adults, and family events are regular offerings alongside gallery talks, concerts, films, lectures, and educational outreach to schools and community organizations.

As one of the nation’s most inclusive museums, NBMAA is dedicated to illuminating voices from underrepresented communities. This is seen most recently in the NBMAA’s ’30 Americans’ and ‘Juneteenth’ initiatives that focus on female artists whose work encourages social action and activism. NBMAA is committed to fair and accessible employment practices.

Education and Community Engagement

Founded in 1903, NBMAA was the first museum in America dedicated to collecting American art. Today, its renowned array of artworks illuminates the voices of all Americans and explores cultural history and new ideas in contemporary art through exhibitions, programs, and events.

In addition to engaging with visitors in the galleries, NBMAA regularly hosts summer camps, creative studio classes for children and adults, artist talks, lectures, concerts, films, performances, and other social events. The Museum also serves educators and administrators through professional development opportunities.

Ideally, the new Director of Education and Community Engagement will be team-oriented and genuinely collaborative, with a track record of harmonious and productive cross-departmental relationships. They will also be able to articulate ambitious, creative, and fundable ideas for growth and deepen the Museum’s regional network of relationships. The Museum is accessible to people with disabilities. Click here for the next blog post.


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