News Release
Feb. 18, 2011

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MAYOR FINCH TO SPEAK 2/28 AT HCC

Bridgeport --Mayor Bill Finch will visit the Housatonic Museum of Art to highlight the Museum's recent accomplishments and long term commitment to contemporary art.

To celebrate the Housatonic Museum of Art's leadership in contemporary art exhibitions and programming as well as art education at the college, Finch will make a statement about the arts and the community on February 28.

Museum and gallery staff will speak about the Housatonic Collection and ongoing exhibits and introduce the current gallery show.

This is also a celebration of the museum's recent accomplishments, which include creating a new curatorial position; renovations such as state-of-the-art climate control for the gallery and the permanent collection storage; updated permanent collection exhibitions in Lafayette and Beacon Halls with the exhibition initiative called REFRESH; and a new original exhibition in the Burt Chernow Gallery titled "It's for you, Conceptual Art and the Telephone."

Founded on the idea that art should be a part of daily life, Burt Chernow, an art historian, established the Housatonic Museum of Art (HMA) in 1967. Over the course of forty years, he built a significant collection of more than 4,000 objects, a portion of which are on display throughout our 300,000 square foot facility. The collection includes significant examples of art from every part of the world, with an especially strong showing of works by U.S. artists that date from the 1960s and 1970s. Chernow's unique vision is manifest in a setting that allows students to live with art, to increase learning, to promote critical thinking, and to enhance their lives. For more information on the Museum and to link with its Blog and Facebook sites, go to http://www.hcc.commnet.edu/artmuseum/index.html <http://www.hcc.commnet.edu/artmuseum/index.html> .

Finch will speak at 11:30 on February 28th in the second floor atrium of Lafayette Hall.

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: www.hcc.commnet.edu <http://www.hcc.commnet.edu> .

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.