Current and Upcoming Art Exhibits

Signs of Compassion: Celebrating a Poem, as Photographed by Miggs Burroughs

Westport photographer/graphic artist and the Library's Artist-in-Residence Miggs Burroughs sharesan "animated" photographic tribute to a short poem by Emily Dickinson about compassion through the visual poetry of American Sign Language.

An opening reception for the artist will be held in The Great Hall on Friday, May 26, from 6-7:30 pm.

On Wednesday, June 14, from 6-7 pm, the Library will continue its Artist-to-Artist series in The Great Hall, with Burroughs changing seats this time from doing the interviewing to being interviewed by fellow Westport artist Katherine Ross.

On Thursday, August 17 from 6-8 pm, see a screening of the documentary Emily Dickinson: My Letter to the World, an in-depth examination of the life and work of America’s greatest female poet. Writer and Dickinson scholar Jerome Charyn will introduce the film (which is narrated by Cynthia Nixon) and afterward lead a Q/A with producer Sol Padopoulos.

A closing reception and celebration of Miggs Burroughs year as Artist-in-Residence will be held in The Great Hall on Monday, August 21 from 6-8 pm.

Migg's presentation at the CT State Capitol for Arts Day, speaking about the background and preparation of this exhibit

July 2016 Westport News article on Miggs

Dan Woog 06880 article on Miggs as Artist-in-Residence


Teen Photography Contest

Monday, May 1, 2017 - Saturday, Jul 15, 2017

Enter the fifth annual Teen Photography Contest with submissions in the categories of portrait, landscape, abstract, and “transformation.” The contest is open to Fairfield County residents in incoming grades 6-12. With a maximum of three photos per student; email high-resolution jpgs to westportteenphoto [at] gmail [dot] com. Photos should be titled with "first name last name" format and numbers if submitting more than one photo (3 max!). Example: "JainaShaw1.jpg"

Entries must be received by Saturday, July 15. Photographs will be judged by local illustrator/photographer and Artist-in-Residence Miggs Burroughs and will be featured in an exhibit in the Great Hall Teen section in July 24-September 5. Winners will be announced at the award ceremony on Monday, July 24 from 5-6 pm. 

Left, Winner for 2016: Untitled by Michaela Cohen









"A Day in the Life of Westport"

Monday, Jul 3, 2017 - Friday, Jul 21, 2017


On June 21, the summer solstice, photograph anywhere/ anything in Westport to create your own record of the town on that day. Use a high-resolution setting. Select your three best images, and submit them one image at a time to dayinthelifeimages [at] gmail [dot] com at the largest option offered (large or actual size) by Sunday, June 25. Be sure to put your name and town in the subject line. Workshop with Miggs: Start thinking with Miggs about what and how to shoot your Day in the Life of Westport on Thursday, June 1 at 4 pm in The Great Hall. 

An exhibit of a selection of all the submitted photos will be featured in the Riverwalk Hallway from July 3-21, and an opening reception for the exhibit will take place in the McManus Room on Thursday, July 6 from 6:30-7:30 pm. 

The Great Hall Exhibit: A Celebration of America in Wood: Selections from The Levine Folk Art Collection
Friday, Sep 1, 2017 - Thursday, Nov 27, 2017

This exhibit features selections from Westporters Anne and Robert Levine'sextraordinary collection of wooden folk art celebrating the history of America, from the nation's presidents to its popular heroes.

Artist reception: Friday, September 8 from 6-7:30 pm in the Great Hall

Dan Woog 06880: "Finding America’s Best Folk Art, Right Here At Home"

Antiques and the Arts Weekly article: "Carvings Present A Slice Of American History Robert And Anne Levine’s Collection Began At Their Front Door"