The Flinn Gallery is a non-profit, education-oriented exhibition space that presents art in all mediums from a wide range of periods, visions and techniques. The Gallery Committee, comprised of over 50 volunteers, curates and mounts six (6) exhibitions a year from September through June. Each exhibition features an opening reception and related events. The Gallery attracts close to 10,000 visitors annually. Artwork is for sale and commissions help support the community programs of the Friends of Greenwich Library.
The Flinn Gallery is dedicated to presenting a diverse range of local, national and international artwork and related programs that visually and conceptually engage the public, collectors and artists in a mutually enriching cultural experience.
In 1928, librarian Isabelle Hurlbutt secured space and funding for a group of local professional artists (Greenwich Society of Artists) to establish a gallery in the original Greenwich Library on Greenwich Avenue, the current site of Saks Fifth Avenue.
In 1960, the library moved to its present location on West Putnam Avenue, the former site of the Franklin Simon women’s apparel store and was named the Hurlbutt Gallery, in honor of its visionary founder, Isabelle Hurlbutt.
In 1999 the library was re-designed by architect Cesar Pelli. The state-of-the art gallery moved to its current location on the 2nd floor of the Peterson Wing and renamed the Flinn Gallery in honor of Stephanie and Lawrence Flinn, The inaugural exhibit was Molly and Walter Bareiss – Sixty Years of Collecting.