The show, "Eugene O’Neill: Artists Interpret His Life and Work" represents a unique collaboration between community artists, O’Neill enthusiasts, Hygienic Art, Connecticut College, and the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford.
"Eugene O’Neill: Artists Interpret His Life and Work" opens on Saturday, May 31 at Hygienic Galleries. The artist reception will be held on May 31 between 7-10pm and is open to everyone. The shows will be up in the Galleries until Saturday, June 28.
Specifically, this show has been timed to coincide with two significant O’Neill-related events occurring this spring: the 50th Anniversary of the EugeneO’Neill Theater in Waterford, and the gathering here in June of the Ninth International Conference of the Eugene O’Neill Society, an international group of O’Neill scholars.
“The impact of this show could extend well beyond our region,” says A. Vincent Scarano, President of Hygienic Art. “O’Neill is our native son, but he’s also America’s only Nobel Prize-winning playwright and a four-time Pulitzer Prize winner. This is one of the first times we’ve celebrated O’Neill through the full range of visual arts. It should be a powerful cross-pollination of art, community, and literary history.”
Robert Richter, Director of Arts Programming at Connecticut College who is organizing the local itinerary for the O’Neill Society, said he anticipates the Hygienic show to be of great interest to visiting academics.
“It’s a tremendous opportunity,” says Richter, also the author of a book on O’Neill’s seafaring years. “Not only will we have more than 100 O’Neill scholars in our city, but we’ll be rolling out the red carpet for them with a tantalizing exhibit. Art is a natural bridge to connect these visiting scholars with our community. I think it will enhance their appreciation of New London. It will also bring them downtown to enjoy our restaurants, shops and other galleries.”