DDS Loans Works Public Administration (WPA) Art Work to Waterbury Museum

Bridgeport Parking Log
Bridgeport Parking Lot
by Artist George Earle (1913-2010)
The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) will be loaning nine works of art painted for the Works Project Administration (WPA) in the 1930’s and 1940’s. An exhibition titled, Art for Everyone: The Federal Art Project in Connecticut will be presented at the Mattatuck Museum from September 14, 2012 to January 6, 2013 in Waterbury. This is the first comprehensive exhibition of this important part of Connecticut’s history and it features more than 70 works by 45 artists.

According to the exhibits’ curators, and the Connecticut State Library curators, DDS has the largest preserved collection of WPA art in the state. The 29 paintings were originally painted for the Southbury Training School and hung throughout the campus for many years. Today, some are hung in the STS Director’s Office and others are being preserved.

The nine works that will be on loan include; Bridgeport Parking Lot, Winter Night and Farm House with Wood. George Earle, who painted the Bridgeport Parking Lot began painting at age 8 and studied art at Syracuse University. His view of the parking lot is considered a charming slice-of-life scene.

Winter Night
Winter Night
by Artist Henry Tomlinson(1875-1949)

According to Mattatuck Museum Curator Cynthia Roznoy, Ph.D., "The DDS works will strengthen the exhibition in their variety of subjects and styles. As a group, the art will make a significant contribution to the success of the show."

Farm House
Farm House with Firewood
by Artist Jack Backstrom (1899-1983)