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.
POMFRET PERSPECTIVES: 125 YEARS OF SOCIAL CHANGE, 1894-2019
November and December
Opening: Friday, November 2 at 6 p.m.
Pomfret School’s social landscape has shifted significantly since its founding days. Recognized social justice artist and former Pomfret teacher David Brewster, alongside Pomfret’s junior class, have created multimedia works in response to the changes that have shaped the school’s climate.
The works presented in this exhibit demonstrate students’ interpretative reactions to issues around racial inclusion, coeducation, gender, and class. In conjunction with the School’s QUEST Social Justice and Diversity pillar, students explore questions that allows them to build a greater sense of empathy for the trailblazing individuals that have come before them. The skills gained through these experiences shows the awareness that our community cherishes as part of the School’s mission for every graduating student.
David Brewster is a renowned painter who likes to take on big themes — like the decline and abandonment of agriculture and urban landscapes — and big social justice issues — like poverty, violence, crime, race, and gender. “I think of my work as terrible beauties,” he says. “I’m interested in revealing the darker side. I like to confront the harsher truths and realities as I see them.” Born in Glyndon, Maryland, in 1960, Brewster holds a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania.
Unusual for a painter, he often creates finished works in a single pass, channeling the spirit of the American Action painters of the mid 20th century. His paintings have been the subject of over 30 solo gallery exhibitions, and he is represented in private and museum collections at home abroad, including the Berman Museum, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Princeton University Art Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Bangkok.
He has been reviewed by a number of newspapers and magazines over the years, including The Boston Globe and Art in America, and has received numerous awards, including a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and a fellowship from the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ireland.
In October 2017, Brewster opened an exhibition, Structure & Perspective, at the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore, interpreting contemporary social issues like race, global warming, and the widely debated subject of transgendered persons.
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.