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"End of an Era; Past Identity/Future Vision" Exhibition

Written by Anne Pappalardo

textile-smokestackwreckingball.jpgWillimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University Visual Arts Professor June Bisantz and History Lecturer Jamie Eves are collaborating on the exhibition, "End of an Era: Past Identity/Future Vision," being presented by the Windham Textile and History Museum at ArtSpace Gallery, 480 Main Street, Willimantic, from Nov. 9-Dec. 3, 2012.  The exhibition is supported by an AAUP-CSU Research Grant. Publicity materials for the exhibition were designed by Eastern Connecticut State University digital art and design students.

"End of an Era" features large photographs by Connecticut artist Harrison Judd depicting the American Thread Mill Smokestack as the last symbol of Willimantic's industrial past. The smokestack defined Willimantic's identity until fall 2011, when storm damage forced its demolition. The exhibition documents the demolition from the first hit of the wrecking ball to the last pile of bricks. The exhibition's catalog features an essay by Jamie Eves, who is also the executive director of the Windham Textile and History Museum, along with a short essay by Maurice Sendak, recently deceased author and illustrator.  For more information on the exhibit, contact Jamie Eves, executive director of the Windham Textile & History Museum, at (860) 456-2178 or e-mail or

Eastern Connecticut State University is the state's public liberal arts university and serves approximately 5,300 students each year on its Willimantic campus and satellite locations.

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