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June 7, 2026 to January 3, 2027 |

The Aldrich Decennial: New Art Made in Connecticut

In June 2026, The Aldrich will debut a recurring ten-year survey of artists who live and work in Connecticut. As the only institution in the state exclusively dedicated to contemporary art, this series spotlights current artists and practices coming out of Connecticut, which has been a home to goliaths of art history including Anni and Josef Albers, Kay Sage and Yves Tanguy, Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Calder, Jasper Johns, Barkley Hendricks, and Sol LeWitt. This survey, encompassing the entirety of the Museum’s building and campus, will explore the varied artistic expression rising from generations of artists choosing to live and work outside of major art centers. The Aldrich has a long history of supporting artists from the state through solo, group and invitational exhibitions since its inception. In line with the Museum’s mission, to support artists at important junctures of their careers, this exhibition will feature an intergenerational roster of artists with an emphasis on breakout debuts, rediscovery, and commissions. None of the artists will have had a solo museum exhibition in Connecticut and all the works included will have been made within the last decade with a special focus on public art and new works made for the show.

Inaugurated by the Museum’s Chief Curator Amy Smith-Stewart, the first edition of the series will be curated by Smith-Stewart, Associate Curator Eduardo Andres Alfonso, and Curatorial and Publications Manager Caitlin Monachino. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue published by the Museum.

Top image: Installation view, State of the Artists: A Connecticut Artists Invitational, March 1 to May 10, 1987, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum