Griffin Museum Closed for Renovations

By Joyce Westner

July 17, 2023.  Trying to get some inside time during the heat and rain?  Alas, you can’t go to The Griffin Museum because it’s closed until September 1 while they renovate the interior but there’s still a lot of art to see.  According to Assistant Director Ally Cirelli, the plan is to “paint the exterior, update the galleries and facilities, and install a new Photo Book Library and study space. We have big dreams and are eager to share our updated museum and programs with our visitors.”


The museum is not taking the summer off, says Cirelli, “We have off-site exhibitions, online artist talks, lecture series and artist residencies.”  On the Griffin Museum grounds there are four artists connecting new technologies, to the environment using new ways of seeing.  Check out the banners on the outside of the building built in augmented reality by Liz Hickok & Phil Spitler.  They activate the space, says Cirelli, “Bringing California Poppies to life in Cycles of Regeneration. As we head into a conversation about our changing climate, Submerged is from a series called Ground Waters.”


She adds more info about what visitors can see during the closure.  “Dawn Watson’s Alchemy  is on the walls of our Griffin Terrace. Her photograph is part of the larger exhibition at our Griffin satellite Lafayette City Center Place, Nine Conversations. Ville Kansanen’s Saltwater Intrusion is a site specific artwork that will live outside the museum and dive into Judkin’s Pond until this September. His photographic works will also inhabit the Atelier Gallery, connecting the interior to the exterior.


“We are so pleased to be working with the Winchester Historical Society to bring the work of Alanna Airitam and The Golden Age to Sanborn House, a historic home in the town of Winchester. Also on exhibition in Winchester at our Griffin satellite gallery at WinCAM is Lisa Ryan’s Becoming Light, a visual cacophony of color and light.”