Stephen Knapp

"Done for the Night" by Stephen Knapp is part of the glass art show coming this summer to New Britain Museum of American Art. (Handout / January 29, 2010)

A wide range of exhibits will be on view this summer at Connecticut museums. The New Britain Museum of American Art will burst with energy, with a salon show of contemporary artists and an art-glass exhibit. The Lyman Allyn will focus on mystery, with an exhibit of ancient shipwrecks. But the most fun show of the season looks to be the Bruce Museum's showcasing of the great cartoonist Roz Chast. Here are some of the upcoming shows.

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum Of Art

"Ruben Ochoa / MATRIX 169" continues the four-exhibit run of MATRIX artists from Los Angeles, that will be up from June 5 to Sept. 7. The post-minimalist Mexican-American sculptor uses construction materials used by manual laborers to create his site-specific works. The Atheneum is at 600 Main St. in Hartford. Details: www.thewadsworth.org.

Real Art Ways

"RealUnreal," works by Hilary Brace, Linda Darling, Dennis Pinette and Thom Sawyer, will run from July 17 to Oct. 5. "Collision Repair," works by John Spray, will be up for the same period of time. Real Art Ways is located at 56 Arbor St #1, Hartford. Details: www.realartways.org.

Yale University

"East of the Wallace Line: Monumental Art from Indonesia and New Guinea" will be on exhibit from Aug. 8 to Feb. 1 and "Roman in the Provinces: Art on the Periphery of an Empire" from Aug. 22 to Jan. 4 at Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St. in New Haven. Details: artgallery.yale.edu. And Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St. in New Haven, will show "Of Green Leaf, Bird, and Flower: Artists' Books and the Natural World" until Aug. 10. The show of 20th- and 21st-century artists' books includes those of Eileen Hogan, Mandy Bonnell, Tracey Bush, John Dilnot, Sarah Morpeth,and Helen Douglas. Also at YCBA, "Bruce Davidson/Paul Caponigro: Two American Photographers in Britain and Ireland" will be up from June 26 to Sept. 14. Details: britishart.yale.edu.

Florence Griswold Museum

"Art of the Everyman: American Folk Art from the Fenimore Art Museum" and "Thistles and Crown: The Painted Chests of the Connecticut Shore" will be at the museum, 96 Lyme St. in Old Lyme, from June 6 to Sept. 21. Details: www.flogris.org.

Lyman Allyn Art Museum

"Inside the Natural World of Jan Beekman," a collection of nature paintings by the Belgian-American artist who lives in Southeastern Connecticut, will be at the museum, 625 Williams St. in New London, from June 14 to Dec. 31. Also, "Lost at Sea: Shipwrecks of the Ancient World" will be on view from July 18 to Feb. 1. The exhibit displays artifacts found in shipwrecks on the ancient Roman trade route from Carthage to Ostia; Black Sea trade routes from Sinop to Cheresonesis; and Aegean trade routes from Constantinpole to Athens and Rhodes. Details: www.lymanallyn.org.

New Britain Museum of American Art

"This One's Optimistic: Pincushion," a salon-style exhibition of work by 38 contemporary artists and curated by Cary Smith of Farmington, will be at NBMAA, 56 Lexington St., from June 7 until Sept. 14. Participating artists are John Phillip Abbott, Joshua Abelow, Lisa Beck, Trudy Benson, Timothy Bergstrom, Michael Berryhill, Todd Chilton, Steve DiBenedetto, Amy Feldman, Michelle Grabner, Joanne Greenbaum, Clare Grill, Adam Henry, Daniel Hesidence, Xylor Jane, Bill Komoski, Joshua Marsh, Chris Martin, Andrew Masullo, Keith Mayerson, Douglas Melini, Tom Nozkowski, Carl Ostendarp, Ann Pibal, Josh Podoll, Lisa Sanditz, James Siena, Jennifer Wynne Reeves, Alexander Ross, Julie Ryan, Jackie Saccoccio, Dan Walsh, Chuck Webster, Garth Weiser, Stanley Whitney, Michael Williams, B. Wurtz, Tamara Zahaykevich. Also at NBMAA, "Glass Today: 21st Century Innovations," an exhibit of work by 50 glass artists, will be up from June 21 to Sept. 21. Details: www.nbmaa.org.

Mattatuck Museum

"Haven and Inspiration: The Kent Art Colony," celebrating Connecticut artists, including Eliot Candee Clark, Carl Hirschberg, Francis Luis Mora, G. Laurence Nelson, Spencer Baird Nichols, Robert Nisbet, Willard Paddock and Frederick Judd Waugh, and "The Way We Worked," an exhibit that explores how work became a central element in American culture, from June 22 to Aug. 3. "Sculpture in the Courtyard" will feature works by Babette Bloch also will be on view from June 22 to Aug. 31. The museum is located at 144 West Main St. in Waterbury. Details: www.mattatuckmuseum.org.

Bruce Museum

"ICreate," an exhibit of work by local high school students, will be displayed from June 7 to July 6. "Greenwich Collects: Wyeth, Italian Renaissance Drawings, Chinese Antiquities" will be on exhibit from July 6 to Aug. 31. "Being, Nothingness and Much More: Roz Chast Beyond the New Yorker," an exhibit of work by the cartoonist, will be up from July 12 to Oct. 19; One Museum Drive in Greenwich. Details: www.brucemuseum.org.

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

"David Diao: Front to Back," an exhibit of works created between 1972 and 2012 by the Modernist painter, will be at the museum, 258 Main St. in Ridgefield, from July 13 to Sept. 21. Details: www.aldrichart.org.