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2008 Exhibit
"Puppets through the Lens"

From now until November 30, 2008, come see "Puppets Through the Lens: The Puppet in Film, Television, and the Internet."  The exhibit displays a wonderful array of puppets by Rufus and Margo Rose, Bil Baird, Shari Lewis, Jim Henson, Marty Robinson, Tim Lagasse, Jim Napolitano, Bart Roccoberton, Flexitoons, Frank and Elizabeth Haines, Janie Geiser, and others. You can see animatronic puppets from Jurassic Park II, Caddy Shack, and AI: Artificial Intelligence; as well as the original Audrey II carnivorous plant from The Little Shop of Horrors; and wonderful examples of puppets in the avant-garde, including works by Janie Geiser, Paul Zaloom, Xander Marro, and other artists featured in Heather Henson's Handmade Puppet Dreams series.  Our hands-on element is the instant creation of internet-ready cut-out puppet shows, made with paper images, a surveillance camera, and a video monitor.  Try your hand at making your own Youtube puppet spectacle!


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Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry
6 Bourn Place UCONN Depot Campus
Free Admission - Call museum for additional information.

The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry (BIMP) is the State Museum of Puppetry for Connecticut. Located on the UConn Depot Campus in Storrs, the Museum preserves and exhibits puppets from around the world as well as those created at the University of Connecticut. BIMP also provides research and educational opportunities to all who share the love of puppetry.

Frank Ballard with two of the Marionettes from his production of HMS Pinafore.

This web site can only start to give a taste of what the museum has to offer. We hope you plan a visit to the museum in order to experience the art and magic of puppetry up close and personal. Frank Ballard has been an inspiration to all who have experienced the beauty and imagination of his work.

School of Fine Arts, Depot Campus
6 Bourn Place, U-5212 Storrs, CT 06269-5212
(860) 486-4605

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