A Fundraiser for Pequot Library
October 13-24, 2023
On view during library hours or by appointment.
Enjoy art on display for viewing and for sale in Pequot Library’s iconic auditorium. All works on view are for sale; half of the proceeds will be donated to the library, and the other half will support the works of the artists. The library is proud to continue this 20-plus-year tradition, which helps support the library’s books, programs, and exhibitions and celebrates artists today.
Lucy Biggers Rahe, Co-Chair | Madeline Rahe Peck, Co-Chair | Miggs Burroughs | Lisa Cooper | Meg Gruppo | Jennifer Bradford Kennedy | Margaret Rieck | Sarah Rinaldi | Kelley Schutte | Jarvis Wilcox
Dr. Philip I. Eliasoph is an American art historian, critic and curator. Eliasoph began his teaching career in 1975 at Fairfield University, where he is currently Professor of Art History in the Department of Visual & Performing Arts. In 1996, Eliasoph founded, and remains director and moderator, of the “Open VISIONS Forum,” a public affairs series held at Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. He is critically credited with the revival of many midcentury American artists of the Magic Realist school publishing monographic books, journal reviews about Paul Cadmus, Colleen Browning, and Robert Vickrey, and others. His articles have been published in Art in America, The American Arts Quarterly, The Smithsonian American Art Journal, and Antiques & Fine Art. Since 2016, Eliasoph has also been a faculty curator for The New York Times digital inEducation platform creating weekly blog posts focusing on international museum exhibitions, art world ethical issues, and global diversity in the visual arts. He is an elected member of UNESCO’s Association Internationale des Critiques d’Art.
Ruth Mannes has been the Executive Director at MoCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) Westport, a nonprofit devoted to inspiring intellectual and creative curiosity through the arts, since February 2020.
Mannes, a 12-year resident of Westport, has an extensive background in publishing, leadership, community outreach, and fundraising for local causes. In addition, she has been collecting art for over two decades and has been recognized by ARTnews as one of the top 30 young contemporary art collectors in America.
Duvian Montoya is an Artist, Muralist, Studio Manager, Curator, and Community organizer. His paintings, murals, and installations can be seen throughout Connecticut and are collected by SONO Collection, Housatonic Community College, The Mattatuck Museum, Disney, and Gulfstream Worldwide. He co-founded 2 Fairfield County Arts organizations, “The Saint Philip Artist Guild” (Norwalk) in 2009 and “The Artists Collective of Westport” in 2014.
His current community project is Executive Director at The Norwalk Art Space, where free art education is given to underserved students and where regional under-represented artists have a premier art space for exhibitions and programs.
This fundraiser has been made possible in part with support from the Jennifer Crosby Cargill “Lipstick and Pearls” Art Fund.