Join our Curator of Education Heather Flaherty as she shares some of her favorite stories about art objects in The Trout Gallery permanent collection.



Salvador Dalí
Cosmic Madonna
Lithograph on Arches paper
38.25 x 31.5 in. , 1981, 20th c.
Gift of Joseph Weniger

A New Hope: Dali and Surrealism

Trout Gallery student assistant, Jackson Rhodes, writes about the unpredictability of this past year and how art can give us a sense of hope.


Image of subject of post.
Iranian, Shia devotional object: miniature painting mounted on a fragment of the Kiswah (covering of the Kaaba), Oil on silk
15.5 x 16.13 in.
Late 19th to early 20th c.
1965.1.39, Gift of Mrs. Lloyd Gamble Cole.

 Iran, Islam and an Illumination: The Case of the Triangular Frame

In this object story, watch a video to discover how The Trout Gallery investigated a puzzling object.


Lalla Essaydi, Harem, #14C, Chromogenic print on Kodak paper mounted to aluminum
40 x 30 in. , 2009

Confined Space: An Artist’s Interrogation

Moroccan-born artist Lalla Essaydi explores how physical space is connected to cultural ideology and personal memory.


Shan Goshorn, Two Views, whole basket.

The Medium Matters

Eastern Band Cherokee artist Shan Goshorn demonstrates that the medium of a work of art truly does matter.