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usj art show Eduardo Abela Mujer late1920s webEduardo Abela. Mujer (Woman). Late 1920s. Oil on canvas. Collection of Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami

WEST HARTFORD – The Art Gallery at the University of St. Joseph (USJ) has been awarded a grant in the amount of $23,068 from the Connecticut Humanities Council to support the touring exhibition “Pan American Modernism: Avant-Garde Art in Latin America and the United States” and related educational programming.

The university will open the tour and will be the sole venue in the Northeast.

Developed by the Lowe Art Museum of the University of Miami, with the tour developed by International Arts & Artists of Washington, D.C., this exhibition examines the many cultural and artistic exchanges that characterized art in the Americas between 1919 and 1979. It includes 69 artists working across the Americas (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Venezuela and the United States).

The exhibition opens with a reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 24 and will be on view through Dec. 20 in the art gallery, located in the Bruyette Athenaeum on the university’s West Hartford campus at 1678 Asylum Ave.

The exhibition provides USJ an unprecedented opportunity to showcase the highest quality Latin American and art of the United States by many important masters whose works are not represented in local museums and are rarely displayed together. Because of the stories the exhibition tells about travel, migration, cross-cultural exchange and the influence of literary and political movements, Pan American Modernism offers rich opportunities for humanities programming and is of particular relevance to communities with growing Latino populations and residents of Afro-Caribbean heritage.

The grant from Connecticut Humanities Council will also support exhibition-related educational programming for the public, including bilingual (English/Spanish) lesson plans that will be available free of charge on the gallery’s website; bilingual family guides designed to enhance family visits to the art gallery and promote intergenerational conversation; an original poetry contest for students in grades nine through 12, culminating in a public reading in spring 2016; and presentations at adult community organizations, with follow-up visits to the art gallery for tours in Spanish or English.

University President Rhona Free said, “We are honored to have the opportunity to host this important exhibition and privileged to be the only venue in the Northeast showcasing the work of these highly acclaimed Latin-American and American artists. This generous grant from Connecticut Humanities Council encompasses educational programing – which is free and open to the public – and is aligned with the university’s longstanding commitment to diversity and outreach.”

The Connecticut Humanities Council, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, supports cultural and historic organizations that tell the state’s stories, build community and enrich lives.

For further information on the Pan American Modernism exhibition and programming, see or call 860-231-5743.

The gallery is open from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday; and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. It is closed on Monday. Admission is free.