Monthly Archives: April 2016

CT Humanities Awards $50K for a Second Consecutive Year!

A $50,000 grant awarded by Connecticut Humanities to Hill-Stead Museum’s Sunken Garden Poetry Festival will connect the public to current United States Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and a showcase of Latino poetry and music.  The Latino Poetry weekend will include a Poets and Authors Community Conversation with local writers and is open to all Festival attendees.  This year’s Festival also provides exposure to and awareness of Veteran’s poetry and art which will include a 2-hour art workshop by a Veteran “iPhonographer,” and an art show of Veteran’s art in Hill-Stead’s Stone Garage gallery.  All event dates will include poetry-writing workshops and interactive Prelude Interviews with headlining poets.

Hill-Stead Museum is thrilled to receive this grant to present the 2016 Sunken Garden Poetry Festival.  With the support of CT Humanities for this acclaimed public program, the museum anticipates its best Sunken Garden Poetry Festival season yet!

Susan Ballek, Executive Director and CEO, Hill-Stead Museum


ch_logoweb-(1)Connecticut Humanities, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, supports cultural and historic organizations that tell the state’s stories, build community and enrich lives.



A Very Special Speaking Engagement with Alexa Hampton


Alexa Hampton will be May Market’s featured speaker on Saturday, May 7 at 11 am

A perennial member of Architectural Digest’s AD100  and House Beautiful’s Top Designer list, as well as a member of Elle Décor’s A-list, Ms. Hampton’s work is classic and eclectic.  She is the daughter of the late Mark Hampton and owner of Mark Hampton LLC.  Mark Hampton LLC was founded in 1976 by the late designer for whom the firm is named. In 1998, upon Mark Hampton’s death, his daughter, fellow designer Alexa Hampton, took over the ownership and design leadership of the world famous firm. She has completed a wide range of designs for domestic and international projects, from New York City to Hangzhou, China, including apartments and large residences, private airplanes and yachts.

Ms. Hampton’s involvement in design goes far past her position as featured designer of Mark Hampton LLC; she is on the board of trustees for the New York School of Interior Design, the New York Landmarks Conservancy and the Institute for Classical Architecture. She was one of the three inaugural designers who launched Gilt Groupe’s Gilt Home Design Boutiques, serves on the design board of and was the only female cast member of This Old House and was a co-host of PBS’ Find. Over the years, Hampton’s work has been featured in many national and international shelter and design magazines.

Hampton is the author of two critically praised books: The Language of Interior Design, and Decorating in Detail and international shelter and design magazines.

Hampton is the author of two critically praised books: The Language of Interior Design, and Decorating in Detail and contributed an essay for Charlotte Moss’ book, A Visual Life. She is also a contributing columnist for The Wall Street Journal’s Saturday “Off Duty” section. Hampton posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest under Alexa Hampton Inc. and frequently lectures on design around the country and internationally.

Hampton lives in NY with her husband and three children.

For information about May Market, please see May Market.


Fresh Voices WINNERS Announced!

Hill-Stead is proud to announce the 2016 Fresh Voices WINNERS:

  • Owen Elphick
  • Chloe Ezzo
  • Leah Nashel
  • Jossary Padilla
  • Abbey Rose Popolizio

Hill-Stead is proud to announce the 2016 Fresh Voices Finalists:

  • Jenna Baig
  • Kaitlyn Carr
  • Olivia Coleman
  • Rachel Currie
  • Sarah Ferrigno
  • Selena Muniz
  • Winona Scheffn
  • Owen Elphick
  • Chloe Ezzo
  • Rachel Horowitz-Benoit
  • Jacob Lowell
  • Leah Nashel
  • Jossary Padilla
  • Abbey Rose Popolizio
  • Curtis Scheffel

Summer on the Hill: Vacation Workshops


Play • Paint • Explore • Write • Sculpt • Discover

Hill-Stead is offering summer vacation workshops for children ages 7 to 14.

  • Week 1:  July 11 – 15, ages 7 to 8
  • Week 2:  July 18 – 22, ages 9 to 11
  • Week 3:  July 25 – 29, ages 12to 14

Each week concludes with a special exhibition of the children’s artwork INSIDE Hill-Stead Museum. View your child’s creations in the same spaces as other masterpieces of the collection! Light refreshments and snacks will be served.

Museum Members, $175/week.  Not yet a Member?  $225 includes Family Membership plus one week of Summer on the Hill! 


Space is extremely limited. Register by contacting  Kate Ebner at (860) 677-4787 ext. 142, or