How your contributions can help

Annual Fund: Supports exhibitions and programming

Second Century Capital Campaign: Supports special project to renovate and restore our historic building.

Planned Giving: You can leave a legacy that supports representational art.

Annual Fund

Through the Annual Fund, your generosity and ongoing support make it possible to inspire and educate in so many ways:

  • Keep the gallery open year-round, free of charge
  • Plan a robust schedule of art classes, workshops, and lectures
  • Ensure a strong future for the Lyme Art Association, our vibrant center for representational art founded more than one hundred years ago by the artists of the Lyme Art Colony

We are so grateful that you believe in the value of this very special place where art engages us and enriches our lives.

The Lyme Art Association’s iconic skylight system is one of the building’s most compelling and historic design features. The skylights bring natural light into the galleries, casting natural light on the walls and creating perfect conditions for viewing the art. After 100 years of use, though, leaking and energy loss have become major problems.

Installing a new, insulated skylight system will preserve the building’s historic character and make the building weathertight and sustainable.

With your financial help, we look forward to a strong and sustainable future for our thriving arts community! 

View of laylights from interior of Lyme Art Association
Attic of the Lyme Art Association
So far we are at 51 percent of our phase 1 goal

Planned Giving

Your Legacy of Art

Have you considered a legacy gift for the Lyme Art Association in your estate planning? Whatever your stage in life, planned giving can benefit you and your loved ones while supporting this wonderful community of artists and art-lovers for generations to come.

Bequests, charitable trusts and gift annuities, IRAs, retirement plans, and life insurance are just some of your options for leaving a legacy that continues the tradition of representational art in Old Lyme. 

You may also make it known to family and friends that you wish them to make memorial gifts in your name to the Lyme Art Association after your death. 

Executive Director Elsbeth Dowd is always available to confidentially discuss your plans with you and your advisors. We are deeply appreciative of your lasting support.