meet the team!

Melanie Carr 
Owner/Director

 

Melanie Carr is a CT based artist and collector who received her MFA from the College of Art and Design at Lesley University in 2011. Carr began her studies in visual art after serving in the United States Navy as an Operations Specialist onboard the USS Willamette (AO-180) in Pearl Harbor, HI. Carr spent over 10 years at the New Britain Museum of American Art, her most recent role as Curator of New Media. She is now Adjunct Professor at Central Connecticut State University where she teaches drawing.  

Eric Litke
Preparator

Eric Litke (BFA '94 School of Visual Arts, NY) is a Connecticut-born artist who currently works at the Yale University Art Gallery. From 2001-6 he was a studio assistant to the artist Sol Lewitt in Chester, CT. He has, over fifteen years, installed numerous museum and gallery exhibitions in New York City and Connecticut.

Jenny Haskins
Email Marketing & Public Relations

 

A practicing and exhibiting artist, Jenny Haskins received her BFA in Printmaking and Art History from the Hartford Art School in 2013. Thriving during her senior-year internship at the New Britain Museum of American Art, Jenny was hired as the Assistant Supervisor of Visitor Services as well as a per-basis Art Handler. Later, she moved her focus towards the Museum's marketing department and worked as their Copywriter for 2.5 years. After five years in total at the NBMAA across three departments, Jenny is well-versed in the language of museum/gallery operations. Currently, she lives in Middletown and works as a Marketing Specialist at Rebel Interactive Group in Southington, CT. 

Joe Bun Keo
Social Media

 

Joe Bun Keo received his BFA from the Hartford Art School in 2009. He was a candidate for The Mountain School of Arts (2012; Los Angeles, CA), nominated for the Wellesley College Alice C. Cole ’42 Fellowship (2013-2014; Wellesley, MA) and is currently pursuing his MFA through Hennessey Youngman’s (Jayson Musson) MFA on DVD program, in jest and in all seriousness. It’s a jam-packed DVD, so at least he can take his time and save tons of money. He is currently an art handler/ preparator for the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, CT.

Gil Scullion
Facilities Director

A graduate of the University of Texas and The State University of New York Scullion is an artist working in a conceptual practice with a background in painting. His work has been featured in exhibitions at Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA, the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, CT, P.S.1 in Long Island City, NY, the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT and the Housatonic Museum of Art in Bridgeport, CT. He has taught in an adjunct capacity for the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at Wesleyan University, and currently at Manchester Community College, in Manchester, CT.

Cindy Ahlberg Thomas
Gallery Assistant 

Cynthia Ahlberg Thomas grew up on the shoreline in Guilford, Connecticut where she began early training in painting, later earning her BA in Studio Art at Marymount College, 1987.  After running a small sign-painting business in Bangor, ME. later moved to Hollywood becoming a scenic artist on several major movies as well as corporate documentaries.   Upon returning to Conn. she rejoined into the multi-generational family establishment specializing in Early American Furniture busy with buying, selling, appraising and restoration.  Currently, living in Old Lyme where she is primarily focused on oil panting and drawing in many varieties of style.

Mary Robins
Visual Art Intern

Mary Robbins grew up in Manchester, Connecticut. After Graduating from Manchester High School in 2017, she is attending Central Connecticut State University. There she is majoring in both Art and Art Education with a focus in secondary education. 

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