'Kingdom Animalia' Kicks off Fall Semester at Eastern

First Art Exhibition of 2017-18 Academic Year

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WILLIMANTIC, CT (08/25/2017) The Art Gallery at Eastern Connecticut State University will present "Kingdom Animalia: Illustrations from New England" from Aug. 31 to Oct. 12. An opening reception will be held on Sept. 7 from 4-6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

"Kingdom Animalia" is a sprawling, modern-day take on the medieval bestiary. These "books of beasts" were illustrated encyclopedias of the animal kingdom. Similarly, the 22 illustrators included in the exhibition depict animals ranging from the familiar to the fantastic. In addition to showcasing the work of local and regional artists, "Kingdom Animalia" also celebrates Eastern's new Illustration Concentration, which the Art and Art History Department launched this past year.

The Art Gallery is located in Room 112 of the Fine Arts Instructional Center, on the Eastern Connecticut State University campus. Gallery hours are Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 11 to 5 p.m.; Thursdays from 1-7 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays from 2-5 p.m. Parking is available in the Cervantes parking garage and in the Student Center parking lot. For more information regarding this and other exhibitions at The Art Gallery, please call (860) 465-4659 or visit www.easternct.edu/artgallery.