Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

The Housatonic Museum of Art sponsors events throughout the year. Many of these events are in collaboration with other organizations. Most events are free and open to the public.

December 4th Artist Talk With Joseph Saccio at HMA

On Wednesday, December 4th join artist Joseph Saccio for an exclusive walk through of his current solo exhibition: “In a Dark Wood, Wandering,” at the Housatonic Museum of Art. During this free event, which begins at 11am, Saccio will share his artistic process and his interests in mythology, nature and the journey though bereavement.

Over the course of thirty years, this artist has created large-scale sculptures that draw on classical mythology and religious narrative to create primal, emotional and fantastical works of art that explore loss, grief, and resilience.

Using wood, natural materials and found objects, the ambitious career survey exhibition features to reflect this New Haven-based artist’s feelings about loss and rebirth. While the artwork is frequently dark and pensive, the mood is often lightened by humor through the placement of brightly colored materials.

“Saccio’s work reminds of the natural cycle of life tempered with humor and surprise; utilizing the power of myth and religious narrative he brings us through the dark and into the light,” said Robbin Zella, Director of the Housatonic Museum of Art. “Time spent in the galleries with him will allow you to contemplate your own experiences with sorrow and resilience.”

Saccio’s work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibits throughout Connecticut, including Mercy Gallery, Silvermine Art Center, Parachute Factory, Erector Square Gallery, Choate Mellon Art Center, Jon Slade Ely House, Bruce S. Kershner Gallery, and Gallery of the Institute Library.

The Housatonic Museum of Art is located in Lafayette Hall on the Housatonic Community College campus, located at 900 Lafayette Blvd in Bridgeport, CT. The exhibition will be on view through Saturday, December 14, 2019.

The Housatonic Museum of Art would like to thank sponsors The Werth Family Foundation and Elizabeth Fray with additional support from The Housatonic Community College Foundation and Housatonic Community College.

This exhibition has been organized by the Housatonic Museum of Art and includes an exhibition catalog with a critical essay by Barbara O'Brien, Independent Curator and Critic.

The Housatonic Museum of Art is home to one of the premier college art collections in the United States. The museum’s collection offers the opportunity to view works that span the history of art from the ancient to the contemporary, and is on continuous display throughout the 300,000 square foot facility. Visit www.HousatonicMuseum.org to learn more.

Mock Public Art Project

Call for Artists

Deadline: December 16, 2019


Winning design receives $500.00

This project will exist as a model or blueprint ONLY and will be on display in the Museum Atrium in conjunction with the exhibit by sculptor Rachel Owens.

Project Details:

Rachel Owens is inviting area artists to design a new work of art for Bridgeport’s Seaside Park to commemorate the history of Little Liberia, a historic community located in the South end of Bridgeport. This neighborhood was settled by free people of color and was called “home” by its most famous residents, Mary and Eliza Freeman. Artists and Designers are invited to submit their proposals which can address topics such as gender or racial inequities, the environment or the inclusion of new monuments or memorials that address erasure from the historical record or conversely, long-overdue recognition for the “anonymous.”


Due: Monday, December 16 by 11:59 pm

Proposal should be delivered as a PDF no larger than 25 MB to

Please include:

  • Contact Information: Name, email, website, phone number
  • Artist’s Statement, no more than 500 words             -this should describe your past practice and how it relates to this project
  • Project Description, no more than 500 words
  • Up to 3 images describing proposed project and site             -include: size, materials, any other pertinent information
  • 10 images of previous work
  • How will you utilize the case: Model/ video/ drawings etc.

Winner will be informed by January 10 of the panelists decision and will have until February 2 to complete the contents of their Chernow Gallery Case (Case size is: 36” WIDE x 36” DEEP x 14” HIGH)

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