Tour of Evelyn Longman Batchelder Collections on Loomis Chaffee School Campus

September 28, 2014       2 PM – 3:30 PM

 

Join school archivist and history teacher Karen Parsons on Sunday, September 28 at 2 p.m. for an in-depth exploration of nationally-renowned sculptor Evelyn Longman Batchelder, the first woman sculptor accepted as full member of the National Academy of Design. This walking tour, a program in Loomis Chaffee's yearlong Centennial celebration, will showcase Batchelderís life in Windsor through a number of her works of art surviving on campus.  These include garden medallions and bronze medallions honoring early faculty members, and sculptural studies and drawings. After the tour, visitors will have a rare opportunity to view the silent film, "How to Cast in Bronze," showing the Gorham Company foundry casting Batchelder's 1931 sculpture, Industry.
 
In 1918, Evelyn Longman (1874-1954) arrived in Windsor on the invitation of Nathaniel Horton Batchelder, Headmaster of the Loomis School.  In sculpting a campus memorial to his late wife, Longman launched a productive artistic career in Windsor and cemented her relationship with Batchelder and the school community.  Marrying the Headmaster in 1920 and moving her studio to the Loomis campus, Longman succeeded in the challenges of working as a woman artist and outside urban artistic circles.  


Mr. Batchelder built Chiselhurst-on-Farmington, a studio on campus, for his wife to continue her work and he handled much of the business side of her career out of his office. Together, Nathaniel and Evelyn created a welcoming atmosphere on campus for artists and a culture of appreciation and engagement in art for the school. Evelyn Longman Batchelder balanced the demands of being a wife, a mother, and a headmasterís wife with her career, producing numerous works including many that grace the Loomis Chaffee School campus today. The cost for the program is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors and students, and $10 for Windsor Historical Society members and Loomis Chaffee School alumni and staff.  Pre-registration required by September 27th; this is a limited enrollment program.   Contact Windsor Historical Society at 860-688-3813 to register and obtain a map of where to meet.  

 

 

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