Hill-Stead News

Budding Photographers Photo Contest

A photography contest for all ages!

Collective creativity is born from moments like this. The arts have the power to heal. And, making art is good for your health! Now more than ever, art is an important vehicle for staying healthy and connected with the greater community.

Photography is a medium that influences, inspires, and ignites change. Though photography is a much younger medium than painting, the astonishing technological advances coupled with the astounding reach of social media means there are now far more pictures taken every day than there are canvases in all the world’s museums and galleries. When photography was first developed, the people behind the camera captured the world as they saw it. Today, during this time of uncertainty and social distancing, art can keep us together.

Participate in this fun-filled photography contest and, at the same time, let us continue to be there for you. We are in this together, and we can get through it with your help.

ENTER THE CONTEST  VOTE FOR THE WINNERS

How do I enter the Budding Photographers Contest?

Contest Details

  • Entrants upload their photos directly to our photo contest site with a $5 donation
  • Participants can vote with a donation, $1 = 1 vote.
  • The contest ends on May 8, 2020.
  • Three winning photos will be selected for each of the 3 categories and posted on the Museum’s website AND social media accounts. Contest Winners should tag us in their posts!
  • Winners will receive a FREE membership to the museum along with a $20 gift certificate to the Museum Gift Shop and a framed copy of your winning photo from Farmington Frame Shop! The winner will also receive a certificate inviting them to return for a personalized VIP Tour of Hill-Stead Museum, with guests!
  • See the full Contest Rules

Hill-Stead’s Grounds and Gardens Hours Extended

Any hour. Any season. Any weather. That’s when Hill-Stead’s grounds are most beautiful

For the foreseeable future, our glorious grounds and gardens are open for all to enjoy from 7:30am to sunset. With plentiful room to roam, please keep your social distance as we work together to reduce the spread of Coronavirus.

Come and enjoy spring on our grounds – for a walk, a hike, or simply sit in the Sunken Garden to listen to the returning birds.

Let’s turn to the marvels of nature, and their awesome power to help us through.

Our Sheep Get a Spring Haircut!

Welcome Spring!

Clatter Ridge Farm and Hill-Stead Museum are celebrating spring by giving their sheep haircuts and welcoming the first baby lambs of the season.

“The Art of Shearing” Festival has been postponed due to these unprecedented times, but the shearing must go on. We care deeply about our land, our animals and our customers and wanted to share this special experience.

Watch the action and check out the before and after photos below!

Watch this video in its entirety. It’s Sheer Adorableness!

And a slideshow of before and after pictures.

 

Please note that Hill-Stead’s grounds and gardens will be open from 7:30am to sunset. We invite you to take a self-guided walk and enjoy the property’s natural beauty.

 

Effective immediately

In response to the quickly changing circumstances regarding COVID-19, Hill-Stead Museum has temporarily closed its doors.
For the foreseeable future, the gardens and grounds will remain open from 7:30 a.m. to sunset for all to enjoy. With plentiful room to roam, please keep your social distance as we work together to reduce the spread of Coronavirus.
Come and enjoy spring here – for a walk, a hike, or sit in the Sunken Garden to listen to the returning birds. Let’s turn to the marvels of nature, and their awesome power to help us through.

Dr. Anna Swinbourne Appointed Executive Director & CEO of Hill-Stead Museum

The Trustees and Board of Governors of Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, are proud to announce that Dr. Anna Swinbourne has accepted appointment as Executive Director & CEO of Hill-Stead Museum and will assume the role’s full responsibilities in February 2020. Dr. Swinbourne has been the museum’s acting Interim Executive Director since August 2019.

“Hill-Stead Museum has made steady progress over the past few years in becoming an even more enriching, dynamic and sustainable institution, and Dr. Swinbourne is eager and excited to help us write the newest chapter of its storied existence,” says Hill-Stead Museum Board President Mark Shaw.

As Hill-Stead closes in on 75 years as the embodiment of founder Theodate Pope’s extraordinary vision, the site is embarking on a transformative journey that will see it become a world-renown, multi-disciplinary beacon to many more generations of inspired visitors. To lead the museum through this critical phase of activity, Hill-Stead has secured a leader with industry connections, a broad social network and top-notch intellectual acumen; who also can operate at the highest level of integrity with unflagging enthusiasm for the institution’s evolving mission.

Dr. Swinbourne joined Hill-Stead Museum in a lifetime appointment as museum trustee in 2018. She is currently a visiting assistant professor of art history at Trinity College. She recently served as event co-chair, alongside luminaries Agnes Gund and Oprah Winfrey, for Sotheby’s By Women, For Tomorrow’s Women: the first-ever all-women benefit auction at a major auction house. Proceeds from the auction exceeded $3M for financial aid at Miss Porter’s School in Farmington.

From 1999-2009, Dr. Swinbourne was on the painting and sculpture curatorial staff at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York. In 2011, for her service to the Kingdom of Belgium, she was decorated by King Albert II and became a Knight of the Order of the Crown.

“Dr. Swinbourne is a highly regarded and active member of both the local Farmington Valley community and global art/museum industry,” adds Nina Mayhall Hayes, longtime Colonial Dames Trustee of Hill-Stead Museum and Farmington resident. “Our mandate as trustees is to preserve the future of Hill-Stead by installing leadership that will enable the institution to thrive. We are so fortunate to have found a champion for the institution who, much in the same vein as its visionary founder, Theodate Pope Riddle, will strive to keep the museum’s world-class collections and grounds accessible and to ensure the future of the organization remains bright.”

James Fanelli, Managing Director at The Private Bank at Bank of America, and Bank Trustee, Secretary and Treasurer of Hill-Stead Museum seconded Hayes’ enthusiasm and support for the museum’s new captain. “Dr. Swinbourne exhibits a depth of industry knowledge that is breath-taking and impressive,” Fanelli says. “With her unmatched experience and prestigious reputation as an award-winning professional in the art world, she will ensure Hill-Stead remains on the ascent; she is a worthy rival and colleague on par, and eager to collaborate, with the other fine leaders of Connecticut’s most distinguished cultural organizations.”


Anna Swinbourne, Ph.D., is an independent art historian, curator and art advisor engaged in a variety of scholarly and art-market endeavors. She is currently interim executive director and CEO of Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, Conn., and visiting assistant professor of art history at Trinity College.

Most recently, Dr. Swinbourne served as event co-chair, alongside luminaries Agnes Gund and Oprah Winfrey, for Sotheby’s By Women, For Tomorrow’s Women: the first-ever all-women artist auction at a major auction house. Proceeds from the auction exceeded $3M and benefitted financial aid at Miss Porter’s School in Farmington in commemoration of the school’s 175th anniversary.

Her current and recent projects include a collection catalogue for the late David Rockefeller; an exhibition on Paul Cézanne landscapes for Princeton University Art Museum and the Royal Academy of London, opening in 2020.

From 1999 to 2009, Dr. Swinbourne was on the curatorial staff at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, where she curated – either independently, or with Chief Curators, Kirk Varnedoe and John Elderfield – major exhibitions on the work of Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Édouard Manet, and James Ensor. The last two exhibitions were awarded First Prize for Best Historical Show of the year by the International Art Critics Association (AICA).

In 2011, for her service to the Kingdom of Belgium, she was decorated by King Albert II and became a Knight of the Order of the Crown.

Prior to joining MoMA, Anna was an assistant vice president in the Impressionist and Modern Art Department of Sotheby’s, New York. She was trained at the École du Louvre in Paris, Tufts University (B.A.), and the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University (M.A.; Ph.D.). She is a trustee of Hill-Stead Museum and member of the Art Advisory Committee of the King Baudouin Foundation United States.

Free School Programs at Hill-Stead Museum

“We’re Pulling for You” grant from SBM Charitable Foundation offers field trips and outreach for East Hartford, Manchester, and Vernon/Rockville students 

 Hill-Stead Museum is pleased to announce that SBM Charitable Foundation, Inc. had awarded Hill-Stead a “We’re Pulling for You” grant in the amount of $33,125 in support of its “Art, Poetry and History at Hill-Stead Museum” program offered to East Hartford, Manchester, and Vernon/Rockville students. This program, in partnership with the SBM Charitable Foundation, has provided valuable Fine Arts, Language Arts, and World Languages themed educational programs for thousands of underserved students since 2006.

“We are delighted to be able to continue this important and valuable program,” said Dr. Anna Swinbourne, Interim Executive Director & CEO of Hill-Stead Museum. “Working together as partners, the schools’ educators and Hill-Stead Museum staff provide these students with an incomparable experience beyond the classroom, where they can learn about art and the humanities first-hand. Our unique setting is authentic and historically rich, and filled with the inspiring real-life stories of its founders and their ideals, as well as a world-class collection of decorative arts and French Impressionist masterpieces. The generous support of SBM Charitable Foundation makes this learning possible, and for that we are deeply grateful.”

“Hill-Stead Museum’s ‘Art, Poetry and History’ program is tied to the school curriculum and benefits so many school children in our area communities,” said Doreen Downham, Executive Director of SBM Charitable Foundation.  “The SBMCF is delighted to continue our funding support of the Museum to provide such a wonderfully successful education enrichment program for East of the River students.”

About the SBM Charitable Foundation
The SBM Charitable Foundation, Inc., perpetuating the vision of the former Savings Bank of Manchester, is committed to bettering the lives of those who live and work predominantly East of the River in Hartford, Tolland, and Windham Counties. Priorities established for the Foundation’s giving are Health, Human Services, Education, Housing, and the Arts.

2019 Fresh Voices Finalists Announced

Hill-Stead is honored to announce the finalists for the 2019 Fresh Voices Poetry Competition:

  • Riley Arellano – Naugatuck High School
  • Emily Benoit – Westover School
  • Sophia Ciraldo – Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts
  • Elizabeth Cook – Westover School
  • Danny Diaz- Villafane – Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts
  • Emily Fisher – Rockville High School
  • Liza Freeman – Westover School
  • Stella Georgian – East Lyme High School
  • Krista Mitchell – Stafford High School
  • Fiona Mucaj – The Ethel Walker School
  • Autumn Munsell – Granby Memorial High School
  • Jillian Potter – Naugatuck High School
  • Camden Robertson – Granby Memorial High School
  • Abigail Tyrrell – Rockville High School
  • Ava Varano – Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts