Aidron Duckworth Art Museum

Aidron Duckworth Art Museum "...reaching toward the enigmatic nature of being..."
The Aidron Duckworth Art Museum is dedicated to preserving and presenting the artworks of Aidron Duckworth, in accordance with a charitable Trust established by the artist in 1997. The building, Meriden's former "White School", served the children of Plainfield as an elementary school from 1940 to 1972. From 1977 to 2001 it was home and studio for Aidron Duckworth, and a for a brief time his art school for adults. Following Aidron Duckworth's death in 2001, the artworks he left in trust were sorted and catalogued, and modern galleries and storage space were created in the center of the building. The Museum opened in 2002 and two exhibitions a year have presented selections of the 1300 artworks in the collection. The western portion of the building, Duckworth's studio and living area is the only portion of the Museum with heat, from his woodstove. The Studio gives a sense of the artist's life, and provides a place where his writings and library of art books are available to visitors. A full-color booklet on Duckworth's art, life and ideas is for sale in the Studio. Since 2008, beginning with some of Duckworth's students and colleagues, a program of Guest Artists has enriched the Museum's offerings to the community and stimulated artistic dialogue. Four changing exhibitions each year are mounted in Gallery II of the Museum. Sculpture on the Grounds from June through October is an inviting new use of the old school grounds, Duckworth's former gardens. The Museum's exhibition season is generally May through October. The building is handicapped accessible, and admission is free. Donations are the main support of the Museum. It is our hope that presenting the works of Aidron Duckworth and today's artists in this setting will continue his challenging conversation with the world, encouraging artistic awareness and creativity.

The Aidron Duckworth Art Museum is a unique venue for the arts located in the village of Meriden, NH. The museum presents the explorative art and writings of the British-American modernist Aidron Duckworth (1920-2001) as well as the works of contemporary regional artist in four changing exhibitions that take place yearly. June through October there is also a Sculpture on the Grounds exhibit that makes use of Duckworth’s former gardens. Admission is free. Donations are greatly appreciated. We are handicap accessible. The museum is located in the former town schoolhouse where Duckworth made his home from 1976 until 2001. The building has been modified with modern galleries and a sculpture park on the grounds. Duckworth’s former studio and living area is open for visitors and public receptions. In addition, the Aidron Duckworth Art Museum buildings and grounds are available for community exhibitions and events, and has been used in the past by the Meriden Public Library and the New Hampshire Council on the Humanities as well as for the Town History exhibition (Aug. 12-Sept. 4, 2011) and ‘Service to the Birds’ exhibition (Aug. 24-Sept. 15, 2013).

Mission: Aidron Duckworth was a teacher for the entirety of his adult life; the last 25 years of which were spent living, creating, and teaching art in the Upper Valley. By displaying the works of other contemporary artists alongside the works and writings of Duckworth, the Aidron Duckworth Art Museum perpetuates the creation of innovative art displayed in a non-commercial setting. Many of the Aidron Duckworth Art Musuem’s guest artists were once students of Duckworth’s who have now developed their own unique means of expression. This resulting juxtaposition of artists, mediums, and genres stimulates artistic dialogue, and enriches the surrounding community by providing a venue for artistic exploration and innovation.

Please join us September 14, 3pm - 6pm for the Aidron Duckworth Museum's final opening reception before closing permanen...
09/08/2019

Please join us September 14, 3pm - 6pm for the Aidron Duckworth Museum's final opening reception before closing permanently October 27. This extensive exhibit will feature Guest Artists who have shown at the museum over the years since the Guest Artist Program inception in 2008. Come with us to help celebrate the conclusion of this wonderful Upper Valley art institution!!!

Saturday, August 31, 6pm, join the us for a dance performance choreographed and researched by Catherine Galasso speciall...
08/25/2019

Saturday, August 31, 6pm, join the us for a dance performance choreographed and researched by Catherine Galasso specially for the Aidron Duckworth Art Museum. This event is FREE to attend and wonderful for all lovers of dance!!!

CLAYWOMAN performs tonight! At the Aidron Duckworth Art Museum, 21 Bean Rd, Meriden, New Hampshire. Doors Open at 7:30pm...
08/24/2019

CLAYWOMAN performs tonight! At the Aidron Duckworth Art Museum, 21 Bean Rd, Meriden, New Hampshire. Doors Open at 7:30pm. Come see what a 500,000,000 year-old extraterrestrial has to say about the Upper Valley. FREE and great for all ages.

Claywoman

DO NOT MISS your chance to meet a 500,000,000 year-old extraterrestrial this weekend at the Aidron Duckworth Art Museum....
08/19/2019

DO NOT MISS your chance to meet a 500,000,000 year-old extraterrestrial this weekend at the Aidron Duckworth Art Museum. AN EVENING WITH CLAYWOMAN!!!! This event is FREE and open to all ages, species, and all lifeforms!!! Saturday, August 24, doors open at 7:30pm.

Claywoman

08/19/2019
Sound of Ceres at the Aidron Duckworth Art Museum in Meriden, N.H - August 2, 2019

Sound of Ceres performing at the Aidron Duckworth Art Museum - 8/2/2019

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=SyfODN_hJ1o

Sound of Ceres

Jacob Graham, Karen Hover, Ryan Hover, and Derrick Bozich form the band SOUND OF CERES ∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞ Music in th...

Please join us Saturday, August 17 at 7:30pm for a night of incredible performance art by Matthew de Leon as he performs...
08/11/2019

Please join us Saturday, August 17 at 7:30pm for a night of incredible performance art by Matthew de Leon as he performs as UNTITLED QUEEN. De Leon will present a site-specific performance combining elements of a studio visit, an installation, and a drag show. The performance will weave together artist statement as prose poetry, lip sync, and sculpture in collaboration with sound artist/DJ Jess Ramsay.

PLEASE NOTE: this performance contains material that is best for mature audiences. This event is FREE.

Matthew de Leon

Tonight is the final evening of our Sound of Ceres residency featuring new songs and the debut of a new light-art experi...
08/03/2019

Tonight is the final evening of our Sound of Ceres residency featuring new songs and the debut of a new light-art experience. Doors open at 7:30. Come and have your mind transported to an otherworldly dimension!!!

Sound of Ceres

LASERS TONIGHT!!! Night two of the three night Sound of Ceres Residency at the Duckworth Museum promises to have it all ...
08/02/2019

LASERS TONIGHT!!! Night two of the three night Sound of Ceres Residency at the Duckworth Museum promises to have it all - LASERS< MUSIC< ETHEREAL WONDERMENT. Doors open at 7:30pm.

Sound of Ceres

Tonight, August 1st, 7:30. Experimental performance by members of the band Sound of Ceres to open their three night resi...
08/01/2019

Tonight, August 1st, 7:30. Experimental performance by members of the band Sound of Ceres to open their three night residency at the Aidron Duckworth Art Museum!!! PUPPETS LASERS MUSIC!!!

Please join us for three nights (8/1, 8/2, & 8/3) of excitement created by Jacob Graham, Karen Hover, Ryan Hover and Der...
07/28/2019

Please join us for three nights (8/1, 8/2, & 8/3) of excitement created by Jacob Graham, Karen Hover, Ryan Hover and Derrick Bozich - together forming the band SOUND OF CERES. This three day residency will be filled with live puppetry, experimental theater, laser light art and music. Each night the group will perform a unique piece, distinct from the previous night’s offering and culminating with the debut of new songs and a never before seen performance on Saturday, August 3. All performances are FREE & great for all ages. Doors open at 7:30pm.

SATURDAY OPENING - Please join us for the opening reception of three incredible exhibits: Aidron Duckworth Exhibition XX...
07/26/2019

SATURDAY OPENING - Please join us for the opening reception of three incredible exhibits: Aidron Duckworth Exhibition ###IV - THE MULTITUDES CONTAINED, Anne Johnstone, LUSH SURFACE, and dan Waller, SHARP FOCUS. 7/27 - 3pm - 6pm with artist talks at 4 & 5pm.

07/23/2019
Sugarplum 19X Aidron Duckworth Museum

Thanks so much to Dartmouth Sugarplum for the beautiful dance performance in the sweltering heat on Saturday evening!!!

Sugarplum

Sugarplum's dance performance at Aidron Duckworth Museum on Saturday, July 20, 2019. All choreography is our own and the music belongs to the artists. No cop...

Please join us Satuday, July 20, 7:30pm for a dance performance by DARTMOUTH SUGARPLUM! This amazing group is Dartmouth ...
07/19/2019

Please join us Satuday, July 20, 7:30pm for a dance performance by DARTMOUTH SUGARPLUM! This amazing group is Dartmouth College's premier jazz and contemporary dance ensemble performing work choreographed specially for the Aidron Duckworth Art Museum. There will be a reception and Q&A with dancers following the performance. This evening of dance is FREE and fun for all dance lovers. Can't wait to see you here!!!

OPENING RECEPTION 3pm - 6pm!!!! Two bodies of work: TACTICS / BEING CLOSE by Lucy Pullen and Tom Butter and TREE and VES...
06/22/2019

OPENING RECEPTION 3pm - 6pm!!!! Two bodies of work: TACTICS / BEING CLOSE by Lucy Pullen and Tom Butter and TREE and VESSEL by Kyle Morrison. Come enjoy a lovely day at the museum!!!!!!!!

Join us Saturday, June 22, 3pm - 6pm for the opening reception of two bodies of work on the grounds of the Aidron Duckwo...
06/15/2019

Join us Saturday, June 22, 3pm - 6pm for the opening reception of two bodies of work on the grounds of the Aidron Duckworth Art Museum: TACTICS / BEING CLOSE by Lucy Pullen and Tom Butter and TREE and VESSEL by Kyle Morrison. There will be artist talks at 4pm and 5pm. Can't wait to see you here!

Join us June 8, 3pm-6pm  for the opening reception of two exhibits: BUGS ABOUT / DIAGONAL SCIENCE outdoor sculptures by ...
06/02/2019

Join us June 8, 3pm-6pm for the opening reception of two exhibits: BUGS ABOUT / DIAGONAL SCIENCE outdoor sculptures by Langdon Graves and IF EVER recent painting and sculpture by Glenn Goldberg. Goldberg will give an artist talk at 4pm. These exhibits are not to be missed!!!!

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05/31/2019

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Thanks so much to the members of Vermont Dance Alliance who performed the piece IN SITE for the Aidron Duckworth Museum ...
05/19/2019

Thanks so much to the members of Vermont Dance Alliance who performed the piece IN SITE for the Aidron Duckworth Museum Saturday!!!

Vermont Dance Alliance

Dance at the Duckworth - Today 5pm - 21 Bean Rd, Meriden, New Hampshire!!!!!!Vermont Dance Alliance
05/18/2019

Dance at the Duckworth - Today 5pm - 21 Bean Rd, Meriden, New Hampshire!!!!!!

Vermont Dance Alliance

Please join us for the performance of IN SITE, a piece created specially for the Aidron Duckworth Museum by Vermont Danc...
05/12/2019

Please join us for the performance of IN SITE, a piece created specially for the Aidron Duckworth Museum by Vermont Dance Alliance. Saturday, May 18, 5pm - 6:30pm. There will be a reception following the performance and a Q & A with the performers. This event is FREE and open to all ages!

https://www.facebook.com/vermontdance

2019 SEASON OPENING RECEPTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Saturday, April 27, 3pm - 6pm with an artist talk by Tara Sabharwal at 4pm. ...
04/23/2019

2019 SEASON OPENING RECEPTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Saturday, April 27, 3pm - 6pm with an artist talk by Tara Sabharwal at 4pm. SPRING SPRING SPRING!!!!

Come to a Photo Sale of work by local photographer Chad Finer to benefit the Aidron Duckworth Art Museum. Sat. 4/13 & Su...
04/09/2019

Come to a Photo Sale of work by local photographer Chad Finer to benefit the Aidron Duckworth Art Museum. Sat. 4/13 & Sun. 4/14 - 10am-3pm. 189 Brigham Hill Rd in Norwich, Vermont. All prints $30 with the proceeds donated to the museum. www.aidronduckworthmuseum.org

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04/09/2019

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Aidron Duckworth Art Museum's cover photo
02/27/2019

Aidron Duckworth Art Museum's cover photo

Aidron Duckworth Art Museum's cover photo
02/27/2019

Aidron Duckworth Art Museum's cover photo

10/12/2018

Saturday, October 13 the Aidron Duckworth Art Museum will be closing one hour early at 4pm.

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10/12/2018

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It's fall.
10/07/2018

It's fall.

POOFS!!! will be here for the last day of their weekend extravaganza!!! come join them at the Aidron Duckworth Art Museu...
09/30/2018

POOFS!!! will be here for the last day of their weekend extravaganza!!! come join them at the Aidron Duckworth Art Museum, 21 Bean Rd, Meriden, NH from 1pm-4pm today!!!

Come out today and become a POOF!!! there's still time and the POOFS!!! will be here all afternoon. POOF!!! Interactive ...
09/29/2018

Come out today and become a POOF!!! there's still time and the POOFS!!! will be here all afternoon. POOF!!! Interactive performance tonight at 7pm!!! Refreshments and fun - hope to see you here!!!

POOFS!!! They're here and ready to share their wonders with the Upper Valley. Please come out to the Aidron Duckworth Mu...
09/27/2018

POOFS!!! They're here and ready to share their wonders with the Upper Valley. Please come out to the Aidron Duckworth Museum for this wild, interactive weekend. There will be workshops, performances, and puppet making sessions. Please come and join the fun. All ages are welcome!!!

The full schedule is at the following link:

http://www.aidronduckworthmuseum.org/upcoming-exhibitions/

Address

21 Bean Rd
Meriden, NH
03770

General information

The Museum is open May through October from 10AM - 5PM Friday-Sunday and also by appointment.

Opening Hours

Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(603) 469-3444

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