Ives Gallery

Current Exhibition

New Haven Creates: Work by New Haven Public School Students
December 1, 2016 – January 6, 2017

Opening Reception: Monday, December 5, 5 – 7 pm


Untitled, work in mixed media
Paola Gutierrez, 10th grade
Riverside Educational Academy
Rachel Mathieu, Art teacher

New Haven Public Schools proudly offers a cohesive, comprehensive, sequential Visual Arts curriculum developed and taught by over 70 Art teachers. Instruction is designed for students to obtain and cultivate skills and concepts as they align with the National Core Arts Standards. Students learn elements and principles of Art through authentic, hands-on experiences in the artistic processes: create, present, respond and connect.

In New Haven Public Schools, Visual Art is a core subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education. The artwork presented here is a snapshot of the work being done in Visual Art classes throughout New Haven Public Schools.


Past Exhibitions

Everything Nice: Re-imagining the NHFPL Cake Pan Collection
September 12 – November 4, 2016
Organized by Martha Willette Lewis and Ashley Sklar

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Featuring the work of Connecticut Artists:
Regan Avery
Anita Gangi Balkun
Megyn Craine
Roxanne Faber Savage
Kathryn Frund
Martha Willette Lewis
John O’Donnell

Artwork inspired by the Library’s collection of cake pans. This project uses the library’s existing collection and New Haven’s wealth of creative talent to relook at ways of using a profoundly uncreative craft item: the novelty cake tin.

Everything Nice presents clever alternatives to the licensed characters on offer within this collection and reflects on the messages that children and their parents are given in terms of race, class, gender and identity through the branding of these characters. From a very young age children are marketed to in ways that have lasting reverberations. The artists in this exhibit offer an alternative look at the uses, meanings, and possibilities behind the sweet treats’ structural facade…


Words & Images
A celebration of paintings by Lisa Hess Hesselgrave and the poems they inspired
August 1 – September 6, 2016

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On display are prints of work by Lisa Hess Hesselgrave, and the ekphrastic poems her paintings inspired. Ekphrasis means “description” in Greek. An ekphrastic poem is a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art. Through the imaginative act of narrating and reflecting on the “action” of a painting or sculpture, the poet may amplify and expand its meaning. Pencil and paper are available; we invite viewers to participate with poetry, if inspired to do so. Read more…


Ageless Beloved
Works by Abbie Rabinowitz
May 16 – July 8, 2016


Ageless Beloved shows a series of oil paintings Abbie Rabinowitz completed during her MFA program at Western Connecticut State University in 2015. Living at home, she chose to paint her parents and their caregiver as the subject for her thesis since they played a big part in her daily life. These studies of her elderly parents express the love, intimacy and affection that they still shared for each other in their 90s. Her paintings are about the experience of intimacy in old age, the acceptance of being cared for and the vulnerability in losing one’s independence. Read more… 


Journey of a Vagabond and the Stories She Tells
Works by Lani Asuncion
March 14 – May 6, 2016


Follow the story of Asuncion’s character—the “vagabond”—as told through sculpture, documents crafted artifacts and color-pigmented video stills depicting elements of her journey. The VAGABOND series comes from the tradition of travel and has origins of Otherness. This character is a nomad, a collector of stories, one who seeks to find. She is the chronicler of stories collected along journeys across a timeless place.


Work by Alana Ladson

January 19 – March 4, 2016  

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Alana Ladson is a self–taught artist of different forms: painting, drawing, graphic design and digital media. Queens, her mixed-media exhibit, highlights the natural beauty of black women. Ladson lives in New Haven and in 2015 participated in Artspace’s City Wide Open Studios. Read more…


Adae Fine Art Academy Student Exhibition
August 27 – October 3, 2015


Adae Fine Art Academy Student Exhibition presents artwork by students from this New Haven community art school in celebration of their 10 year anniversary.  Kwadwo Adae, artist, teacher and curator, selected works from his students (ages 7-100!) representing New Haven area citizens of all ages, backgrounds, skill levels and experiences.  Read more…


InstaMimo: 50 Views of New Haven #gscia
An exhibition of photographs by Michael Morand
July 10 – August 7, 2015

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