Anna Held Audette: Requiem for the Industrial Age

An example of Audette’s work.

An example of Audette’s work.


The Housatonic Museum of Art presents Anna Held Audette: Requiem for the Industrial Age, on view in the Burt Chernow Galleries, 900 Lafayette Blvd., Bridgeport, from June 12 to July 25, with a reception open to the public on Thursday, June 12, 5–7 p.m. The Burt Chernow Galleries are free and open to the public.

Anna Held Audette was an artist and teacher best known for her drawings, prints and paintings of industrial ruins and obsolete machinery chronicling the decline of U.S. industry. Her early works show her formative interest in structure which defined her style and imagery and developed along with her lifelong extensive travel exploring troves of discarded industrial machinery vehicles, and buildings.

A large metal recycling yard in North Haven, was a valuable resource for inspiration due to its proximity to Audette’s home in New Haven. Access to junkyards enabled her to achieve the ideal expressed by the modern painter she admired, Charles Sheeler, best known for his paintings of American industrial sites.

Distinguished career

In 1991 she was inducted into the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Letters, and in 2000 she was invited to become a Fellow of Morse College at Yale. She had a long career teaching drawing and printmaking at Southern Connecticut State University, contributed photographs and illustrations to numerous children’s books and poetry collections, and is the author of The Blank Canvas, 100 Creative Ideas and RUINS, Poems and Paintings of a Vanishing America, with Suzanne Notnagle.

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