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Field Trips and Visiting Artists

With support from the endowment and from the Parent Association, Avon’s art department is fortunate to be able to make several field trips to museums and studios each year as well as bring working artists on campus.

Yearly Art Trips

Each year there is a full-day art field trip to New York City or Boston. Selected students have the opportunity to meet working professional artists in their studios and visit famous art museums. Among the artists and studios that students have visited on the NYC trips are:

  • Christo, who invited them to help wrap the Pont Neuf in Paris
  • Peter Max, a pop/op artist who had close ties to the Beatles
  • Marc Mellon, a sculptor known for his monumental commemorative statues including one of President Bush now permanently on display in The Smithsonian Institute’s National Portrait Gallery
  • Gerry Lynas, sand sculptor and graphic designer, who was instrumental in the development of freestyle Frisbee competition
  • Dieu Donné, a non-profit, artist workspace dedicated to furthering creative explorations and innovations in handmade paper
  • Tom Otterness, an American sculptor whose cartoonish and cheerful bronze works adorn parks, plazas, subway stations, libraries, courthouses, and museums in New York

Local Museum Visits

  • Wadsworth Atheneum
  • New Britain Museum of American Art
  • Hill-Stead Museum