Museum Press

Housatonic Museum of Art at Housatonic Community College Receives Gift from AT&T Connecticut

Nov. 4, 2011

BRIDGEPORT - The Housatonic Museum of Art today announced that AT&T Connecticut has donated fifteen works of art created by twelve American artists during the second half of the twentieth century, valued at approximately $12,000. 

The donated art, mostly from the 1960s and 70s, is comprised of paintings, mixed media works and prints by artists from the Connecticut and New York region, including Richard Lytle, Professor Emeritus of Yale University School of Art and Power Boothe, former Dean of the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford.

“AT&T’s donation represents an exceptionally diverse array of movements, including American photorealism, abstract painting, and surreal investigations of landscape,” stated Robbin Zella, Director of the Housatonic Museum of Art .

“As a whole, the collection offers a wide array of historically important examples of American image-making in the late twentieth century,” stated Ms. Zella.  “The artists represented have trained and worked primarily in the Northeast, while exhibiting extensively both nationally and abroad.  Rooted in explorations of landscape, Americana and painting in the Northeast, these works show a strong commitment to expanding the definition of American art in the late twentieth century. “

The artworks were acquired throughout the last 25 years and were a part of the AT&T Corporation Art Collection.  Most were on view in various AT&T buildings since being acquired.  

“AT&T donates artwork when an institution's needs pair with AT&T's commitment to supporting art and education,” stated AT&T Connecticut president Rodney Smith.   “We’re very pleased to be able to donate these pieces and appreciate that they will find a worthy home at the Housatonic Museum of Art.”

Housatonic Community College provides an affordable and accessible education through two-year degrees, transfer preparation, and certificate programs, as well as a wide variety of continuing education and personal/professional enrichment seminars and workshops.  In addition, HCC offers employee and occupational training for businesses, municipalities, government agencies, and professional associations to help develop the educated and skilled workforce required to meet regional business and industry needs.  HCC is nationally recognized as an “Achieving the Dream” institution.  To learn more, visit the college’s website at: <>

HCC is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in downtown Bridgeport, less than 150 yards off I-95 (Exit 27) and Rte. 8 (Exit 1), a block from the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard. Free parking is available in the Housatonic garage.