From time to time religiously informed art is exhibited at Trinity Church.
Summer 2017: Works from the CT Prison Arts Program
June 9 – July 26, Tuesday – Friday 11 am – 2 pm, Saturday 9 am – 2 pm.
Community Partners in Action is a non-profit agency created in 1875. It is dedicated to building a better community by providing services that promote accountability, dignity, and restoration for people affected by the criminal justice system.
The Prison Arts Program, initiated in 1978, works with the Department of Corrections to build and maintain a positive and constructive environment in Connecticut’s prisons. While advocating for the value of rigorous, long term endeavors, the program promotes a change in direction, attitude, possibility, and work ethic. It also encourages empathy for all of those living and working in the State’s prisons. The results are often extraordinary.
Please add your thoughts on the concept of “goodness” to the guestbook at the exhibition.
In summer 2016, a selection of artworks by artists in residence over the past few years at OMSC in New Haven was exhibited. Mackenzie Pikaart again provided an outdoor installation.
In the summer of 2014, Trinity hosted two art exhibits, the Clinard and Pikaart Art Exhibits. In 2015, we offered work by Tom Edwards and Mackenzie Pikaart.
Mackenzie Vaughan Pikaart – Summer 2016
Flowers of Glass
An outdoor art exhibit by Mackenzie Pikaart. This is a piece about the approximately 10,000 parishioners Trinity on the Green has had over the past 200 years – a myriad of souls remembered on the bicentennial of the consecration of the church.
Overseas Ministry Study Center Artists – Summer 2016
For details of this program, see http://omsc.org/art-at-omsc/art.shtml
Tom Edwards – Summer 2015
Drawings for Contemplation
This year’s summer art exhibit at Trinity featured the Connecticut artist Tom Edwards. His contemplative rendering of nature scenes fits very well into the context of our church on the Green. Both artist and architect, Edwards’ drawings are based on reality but are derived from his imagination.
These two panels are each 54″h x 18″w. When opened, they expose a different image that is 54″h x 72″w, titled
“Tree between Two Houses”
More information about the artist is at
Mackenzie Vaughan Pikaart – Summer 2015
A space for dreams
Mackenzie Pikaart had a new installation outside the church steps this summer. See below, under 2014, for more information about the artist.
She says: HOPE is a space for thoughts, kind words, wishes, ideas, and dreams. Please leave your message on a piece of fabric, and then tie it to the iron fencing in the front and rear of the church. Thank you for being part of this community, you are loved.
Susan Clinard – Summer 2014
Susan Clinard is a local New Haven artist whose studio is located in the historic Eli Whitney Barn, a place well known to members of Trinity who belong to Trinity Players, which presented many summer plays there. Inspired by the Barn and Eli Whitney’s wood molds and inventions, Susan is also a spiritual person who “sees with her hands.” The slide show below contrasts the installation in colorful and cluttered but beautifully spiritual Trinity Church with images of the artwork that were taken in a studio. The installation of the the wood figures at waist level above the backs of the pews, gives a feeling of sailing on water and a eye-level perspective that engaged members of the church and visitors alike in a spiritually as well as ascetically startling way. A work by Clinard is mounted permanently in the church Columbarium.
Mackenzie Vaughan Pikaart – Summer 2014
Mackenzie Pikaart installed Equal Parts, a piece, that visually highlights a space which seems forgotten, the small “cages” behind iron railings that flank the front steps and tower of Trinity Church. Utilizing neon colors, multiples, and shadow casting objects, this piece portrays the strength in many and the connections made over time.
Mackenzie Vaughan Pikaart is a collage, installation, and sculpture artist. Traditionally trained in ceramics at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia PA, where she received her BFA in crafts, concentration in ceramics. Her most recent work focuses on the highlighting of negative space and being conscious of the connections made within the space, and focusing on how we, as the viewer, perceive that space, and what slight or significant changes can be made to activate the negative space. Her installations consist of multiples of the same product, e.g., straws, pin-back buttons, etc. The process and repetitive nature of her work is extremely important to her, and sometimes offers her almost greater satisfaction than the end result.