Top Local Art Enthusiasts In Connecticut To Follow On Twitter

September 16, 2013 8:00 AM

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A growing sect of young, mobile and highly educated Americans are getting their news from Twitter. (Photo by FRED TANNEAU/AFP/Getty Images)

When it comes to social media and the arts in Connecticut, knowing whom to follow on Twitter is a huge advantage. Without a lot of verbiage, art tweeters in the know get right to the heart of the matter. Whether you want to know what’s happening in Connecticut’s museums or are looking for dates and exhibitions, these are five Twitter sites you want to follow. These sites let you know who, what, where, when and why without a lot of chatter.

CT Art Trail

The Connecticut Art Trail covers the happenings of 17 museums in Connecticut. Since 1995, it has been operating as a combination art and travel experience. The combination alone is a winning concept. With so much art available in such scenic locations, finding something to do at a moment’s notice is just a tweet away. Suggesting places for family-friendly outings and even weddings at spectacular sites, this is one Twitter account you’ll want to keep handy. It doesn’t matter what the weather is, CT Art Trail takes that into consideration as well.

Tracey O’Shaunghessy

An award-winning columnist, editor and reporter who covers the Connecticut art scene, Tracey O’Shaunghessy is one of those gifted writers who loves to tweet with equal parts wit and wisdom. Pithy and always on point, she tells it like it is. This knowledgeable art aficionado has the eyes of an artist. Instead of colorful paints, she uses vivid verbiage. Whether it’s a heartfelt obit for a Connecticut illustrator or an exciting interview with a fine artist, she’ll waste no time in spreading the news about art. A writer who knows art inside and out, she’s one Twitter account you’ll enjoy reading every day.

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The Wadsworth Atheneum

How great is this? The “oldest public art institution in the United states” is hip when it comes to art and social media. This athenaeum tweets. Follow this site for the latest in upcoming exhibits and all kinds of art news. The Wadsworth is a top-of-line art experience. You can spend an entire day here. This place is so lovely, it exudes art. If you visit, be sure to check out the gift shop. You’ll want to take home a memory. Be sure to keep this Twitter account close to your “To Do” list. Located in Hartford, Connecticut, news is just a tweet away for followers of art and exhibits. 

Real Art Ways

Real Art Ways does not mince words. This non-profit art space has been around since 1975. Located in Hartford, Connecticut, Real Art Ways exhibits many different genres including visual art. It also takes pride in its independent cinema and includes many other types of artistic events. Anyone in Connecticut, who is serious about art, needs to follow this Twitter site. It has all the latest news about exhibits and artists. It’s the next best thing to a personal guide. Extending beyond fine art and including the performing arts, this site is also a winning Twitter site.

Yale Art Gallery

It doesn’t get better than this. People in the arts can now follow Yale Art Galley on Twitter. Tweets from this gallery will include all types of exhibitions and events. This site will also take tweeters behind the scenes and notify followers of upcoming special and/or limited exhibits and events. Located in New Haven, this facility has had a major facelift with an addition, and looks better than ever. In the heart of Yale, this gallery is as invigorating as it is inspirational. A state-of-the-art facility, follow this site and become an informed art observer.

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Joanne Greco Rochman is the arts editor of The Fairfield County Review, a columnist, critic, feature story writer and English professor. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Republican-American and Hersam-Acorn Publications. Her work can be found at

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