The state's art museum/gallery scene seems to be heating up these days. UConn's Benton Museum keeps pace this spring, with three new exhibits that draw on their deep reserves of 18th-century works on Classical themes ("These Groves Were Once the Home of Fauns and Nymphs"), European and 19th-century American art (Director's Cut, with works chosen by interim director and curator Thomas P. Bruhn) and early 20th-century paintings and works on paper (Millionaires and Mechanics, Bootleggers and Flappers: Speaking of "The Great Gatsby," featuring Everett Shinn's 1909 oil-on-board The Dancer, pictured). Check the Benton's website for free gallery talks. (There's one scheduled for the "These Groves" exhibit on Jan. 30 at 12:15 p.m., with assistant curator Carla Galfano.)
Director's Cut; Millionaires and Mechanics, Bootleggers and Flappers: Speaking of "The Great Gatsby"; and "These Groves Were Once the Home of Fauns and Nymphs": People and Places from the Classical World
Jan. 22-March 17, William Benton Museum of Art, 245 Glenbrook Road, U-2140, Storrs, (860) 486-4520, thebenton.org.