Eastern Professor Emeritus Imna Arroyo Presents at William Benton Museum of Art

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WILLIMANTIC, CT (01/16/2018) Written by Casey Collins

Eastern Connecticut State University Professor Emeritus Imna Arroyo will present her installation "Ancestors of the Passage" at the William Benton Museum of Art. The installation will be on display from Jan. 18 to March 11, with an opening reception on Jan. 25 from 4:30-7 p.m.

"Ancestors of the Passage" is a multimedia installation composed of 27 terracotta ceramic figures, each one cast in a blue sea of acrylic canvas and silk fabric. The figures have a blank stare on their face as they reach a hand out toward the viewer.

The inspiration for the installation comes from Viet Thanh Nguyen's "The Refugees," and the histories of voluntary and involuntary immigration that brought us to become American." Much like Nguyen's work, Arroyo's installation explores the forced immigration of slaves from Africa.

Entrance to the reception is free and open to the public. For more information regarding the installation, please contact the William Benton Museum of Art at (860) 486-4520.


Eastern Connecticut State University is the state of Connecticut's public liberal arts university, serving more than 5,300 students annually at its Willimantic campus and satellite locations. In addition to attracting students from 163 of Connecticut's 169 towns, Eastern also draws students from 26 other states and 20 other countries. A residential campus offering 40 majors and 65 minors, Eastern offers students a strong liberal art foundation grounded in an array of applied learning opportunities. Ranked the 25th top public university in the North Region by U.S. News and World Report in its 2018 Best College ratings, Eastern has also been awarded "Green Campus" status by the Princeton Review eight years in a row. For more information, visit www.easternct.edu.