December 12, 2022 Update

December 12, 2022 Update

Happy Holidays from us all at Slater Museum! We come to you with the exciting news that the Slater Roof restoration is in the final days of completion. As we speak, our contractor, Crocker Architectural is putting the finishing touches on the roof before wrapping up this monumental project. Over the next few months, the museum will be doing a deep cleaning of the museum's interior and reinstalling our permanent exhibition galleries before launching a grand reopening scheduled for March 2023. In the meantime, we'd like to give you another glimpse into another new exhibition that will debut in the museum's Dr. Lewis and Mrs. Grace Sears Gallery: The Norwich Masterpieces.

The Sears Gallery will be the new semi-permanent home of the museum's collection of 19th-century American paintings and sculptures. Here visitors will be able to experience the expansive collection of landscape paintings by Norwich artist John Denison Crocker, sculpture by Norwich artist Bela Lyon Pratt, and learn about how Norwich became a budding art scene during the height of the industrial revolution. Much of Norwich history has been put to canvas whether it's a Crocker landscape, or a portrait by Alexander Emmons. This newly reimagined gallery will feature the best examples of the museum's American collection.

One addition to this gallery will be a crown jewel of the museum's collection of 19th-century artwork: Yantic Falls, by artist John Trumbull. John Trumbull has earned his spot in the pantheon of American artists as one who captured some of America's most iconic images of the American Revolution. From painting his own relatives, to George Washington, Trumbull's Yantic Falls is one of two paintings he did of the Norwich landmark; the other painting is held within the collection of the Yale Art Gallery. Slater's painting of Yantic Falls was conserved in 2019 and was fitted with a brand-new late 19th-century era gilded frame. This will be the first time the painting has been displayed since being conserved.

Painting of Trumbull Yantic Falls

Stay tuned for more information on our grand reopening and thank you all again for your continued support of the museum.