The Gallery

A public celebration of the creative spirit.

Founded in 2013, the Pomfret School Gallery is home to a rotating exhibit of student, faculty, and guest artwork. It also serves as an intimate performance space. In 2017, the gallery moved to the historic Bosworth Block Building in the heart of downtown Putnam, CT.

Overlooking Cargill Falls, this off-campus venue gives Pomfret student-artists the opportunity to create and curate exhibits and performances in a public space. Many student pieces are available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting the operation of the gallery. The Pomfret School Gallery is managed by Studio Arts Teacher Jean-Paul Jacquet with the help of an advisory committee.

Featured Event – 125th Anniversary Alumni Art Showcase

Robert Vickrey Painting
Public Opening: Friday, May 3 @ 6 PM
Reception: Saturday, May 11 @ 2:15 pm
Exhibit Dates: May 3 – May 12


Doers & Dreamers: Celebrating Pomfret’s Artistic Spirit will showcase the work of alumni artists from yesterday and today, representing a wide range of mediums and influences, including ceramics, drawings, paintings, photography, and sculptures. The exhibit coincides with the conclusion of our 125th Anniversary Celebration during Reunion Weekend.

 

About the Artists

More than 15 alumni artists ranging from the Class of 1911 to the Class of 2016 will be featured alongside legendary Pomfret art faculty like Chick Cole, Alice Dunbar, and Kathi Yokum. Highlighted alumni artists include:

Robert Vickrey ’44: Before enlisting in the Naval Officers Training Program, Robert Vickrey studied art at Pomfret School. His talent was discovered by Victoria Hutson-Huntley, an art faculty member at Pomfret, who is also being featured in this show. He then went on to master the art of egg tempera painting, fusing realism and surrealism in scenes of cities showing children at play, nuns in the streets, or shadows cast by bicycles. He was a highly visible artist in the ’50s & ‘60s as he was included in nine Whitney Museum exhibitions of contemporary art and was commissioned to paint dozens of portraits for the cover of Time - notably a portrait of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for the 1964 Man of the Year issue. 

Theodore Sizer ’11: In 1911, Theodore Sizer was awarded the medal of “the boy who gave the most of himself to Pomfret.” He credits Pomfret with giving him rare extracurricular instruction in drawing and used to say that traveling the world with his Pomfret roommate influenced his entire life. He would later enlist in the 27th division for WWI with that same Pomfret roommate. He served as a trustee from 1931 to 1935 and returned to the board in 1937 until 1944. Theodore was the fourth recipient of the Pomfret School Alumni Award in 1966. Theodore was one of Pomfret’s earliest graduates to have a full fledged career in the art world and worked in drawings, heraldry, and hooked rugs. 

Jack Howard-Potter ’93: Jack Howard-Potter grew up in New York City before attending Pomfret School where he was taught by legendary Pomfret faculty Chick Cole. He was inspired by public sculpture, performance, dance, and various artistic exposure. He has been making and displaying his original sculpture since 1997. Jack works with steel to create large-scale figurative sculptures that reflect his study of human anatomy and movement. His work has been on display throughout the world in outdoor parks, galleries, and public exhibitions. He has long-term and permanent displays in parks, municipalities, and galleries across the US in Florida, Texas New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, Colorado, Illinois, and Washington. 




Upcoming Shows

November and December
David Brewster with students
Opening: Friday, November 2 at 6 PM
 
January and February
Arts and Athletics at Pomfret
Student Show
Opening: Friday, January 11 at 6 PM
 
March and April
Variety of Recent Creations
Willie Cole
Opening: Friday, March 1 at 6 PM
 
May
Doers & Dreamers
125th Anniversary Alumni Art Showcase
Opening: Friday, May 3 at 6 PM
 
June and July
JP Jacquet
Opening: Friday, May 31 at 6 PM

Visit

134 Main Street
Bosworth Block Building - 2nd Floor
Downtown Putnam, CT

Thurs - Sat 11:00 - 5:00
Sun 12:00 - 4:00

The gallery is free and open to the public. A special thanks to our friends at Silver Circle Art Center for helping us with staffing.