Fall Art Exhibits and Galleries Last Updated: October 2021

Every year, autumn’s changing leaves paint Connecticut’s beautiful scenery with warm colors. Why not celebrate the artistry of fall by visiting standout art exhibitions across the state? From interactive sculpture gardens to immersive painting galleries, to unique media experiences, Connecticut is filled with spots to safely admire the arts. It’s time to find your fall inspiration!

For more ideas, check out the Connecticut Art Trail.

Open-Air Exhibits

The Piano Project, June 17-September 19, Stamford

Each year, Stamford Downtown hosts a distinguished outdoor sculpture exhibit. This year’s Piano Project, a fun and interactive exhibit features 25 pianos that were created by local artists. 


Sculpture Garden, The Norwalk Art Space, Norwalk

The Sculpture Garden contains one permanent sculpture and three rotating sculptures that aim to inspire interaction and conversation in an artistic, welcoming environment.


Lincoln Financial Sculpture Walk, Riverfront Recapture, Hartford

Lincoln comes to life, in the form of sculptures, along the Connecticut River. His early years and legacy are reflected through artists’ eyes.


"David Hartt: A Colored Garden," May 10-November 15, The Glass House, New Canaan

This is the first artist-designed garden to activate the 49-acre historic site. Located in the southern meadow just below the Glass House, Hartt’s circular garden spans forty feet and comprise an array of flowers.


Sculpture Garden, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield

Visit The Aldrich Museum Contemporary Art Museum's outdoor Sculpture Garden where you will experience changing exhibitions along with permanent objects. Dine in the Sculpture Garden with artists and fellow art lovers at Aldrich Artists at the Table, a locally sourced three-course dinner.


Open Air: An Outdoor Exhibition of Sculpture and Installation Art, UConn Avery Point, Groton

Open Air is an outdoor art exhibition developed as a response to this unusual time of limited public activity. The artworks in the exhibition offer new vistas and opportunities for reflection and to use the campus as a thought-provoking space of personal inspiration.


Campus Art and Sculpture Hunt, The William Benton Museum of Art, Storrs

Enjoy self-guided art and sculpture hunts, designed for any age. Using your mobile phone, learn about public art and enjoy a 40-minute walk on UConn’s beautiful campus and enjoy taking selfies with the sculptures!


Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds, Old Lyme

Spend some relaxing time exploring the 4.5 acres of outdoor sculpture.


Indoor Exhibits

"Hugo McCloud: from where i stand," June 6-January 2, 2022 | The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield

This exhibit will occupy The Aldrich’s entire first floor and will include approximately thirty-five works borrowed from both private collections and the artist.


"19th Century American Medicine," April 8-October 17 | Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, Norwalk

The exhibition investigates what history can teach us about the Germ Theory, Civil War and its medical legacy, changes in nutrition and self-care, and the extraordinary breakthroughs in technology that rocked the medical establishment leading to the birth of modern medicine and public health.


"Revisiting America: The Prints of Currier & Ives," October 2-January 24, 2022 | Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme

Currier & Ives produced millions of affordably priced copies of over seven thousand original lithographs, living up to its self-appointed title as “the Grand Central Depot for Cheap and Popular Prints. In this exhibition, these images offer a new opportunity to uncover the complexities and contradictions of our history and help shape our understanding of America’s past.


"A Spectacle in Motion: The Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage 'Round the World," May 29-March 27, 2022 | Mystic Seaport Museum

The Panorama, which is owned and preserved by the New Bedford Whaling Museum, depicts in fascinating detail the voyage of a typical mid-19th century New Bedford whaleship on its journey ‘round the world’ in pursuit of whales.


"Furniture at the Yale Center for British Art: A Selection," July 22-December 12 | Yale Center for British Art, New Haven

This exhibition offers an opportunity to view and consider the Center’s furniture as primary objects, even as works of art.


"The Amazon Rainforest: Beauty - Destruction - Hope," June 19-October 10 | Bruce Museum, Greenwich

This exhibition interplays between live animals, scientific specimens, and the work of renowned photographers tell the story of a sprawling ecosystem on the verge of collapse, and the efforts being made to save it.


"Point of View: The100th Annual Elected Artist Show," September 24-November 11 | Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme

Lyme Art Association’s Elected members are its most accomplished professional artists, and the annual Elected Artist show is always impressive. Artists work in a variety of genres, mediums, and representational styles.


"Birds in Art," September 3-October 31 | Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford

Artists from throughout the world push themselves to new heights, striving to be selected for the internationally renowned Birds in Art exhibition.  Birds, in all of their majesty and fragility, connect us with the natural world.