The Greater Hartford area of Connecticut is an under-the-radar source for quirky and exciting museums and galleries. Despite being known mostly for its prowess in the insurance industry, Hartford is a rich and vibrant source for the visual arts. The scenic area provides inspiration to artists across the country, and the rich history of the area provides a great diversity in the work created by local artists.
Not only is the city home to the Wadsworth Atheneum, the oldest public art museum in the United States, but the surrounding area is littered with a multitude of small galleries that contain beautiful treasures.
Although initially these small treasures may be hard to find, museums and galleries across the state and country are making efforts to reach out to the public through free admission days, open houses, free art walks, and other events. Taking advantage of these opportunities will expand your understanding of the visual arts and allow you to develop more sophisticated opinions. (Rebecca Bliss)