Courthouse and the Commission on the Arts
Visitors to the new Stamford
Courthouse are treated to Connecticut artists’ works as they enter the
building and step out of the elevators. Thanks to Public Art in Public
Spaces established through the Commission on the Arts, the main entrance and
public elevator lobbies exhibit exceptional works of area artists.
A panel selecting the artists’
works included Judge Edward R. Karazin, Jr., Administrative Judge for the
Stamford-Norwalk Judicial District, and Judge Richard J. Tobin. Also on the
panel are Debra Leiman, Deputy Chief Clerk at the Stamford Courthouse, and
Deborah Levesque, Program Manager/Design, Administrative Services.
Chief Court Administrator, the
Hon. Joseph H. Pellegrino, while touring the new facility, remarked, "The
artwork in this courthouse attests to the caliber of talent we nurture here
in the state of Connecticut."
Judge Karazin praised the
addition of the artwork in the new courthouse: "The artwork done by
Connecticut artists helps make the citizens and staff more comfortable while
they pursue their legal objectives."
The following eight artists were
chosen to exhibit their works in the Stamford Courthouse: Larry Silver
(Westport); Paul Zimmerman (Hartford); Lynn DeLorey (Stamford); Lina
Morielli (Stamford); Gerald Saladyga (Hamden); Susan Sharp; Alberta
Cifolelli (Westport), and Leslie Giuliani (Weston).
Silver’s works are silver
gelatin prints. Zimmerman offers gouache on watercolor paper. DeLorey’s
renderings consist of archival digital from color prints. Morielli has four
offerings of mix media on paper. Saladyga’s work is latex on canvas while
Sharp offers an oil on canvas painting. Cifolelli’s rendering is a pastel on
paper, and Giuliani exhibits encaustic on wood.
The architectural glass art
panels located in the east and west walls of the courthouse lobby are the
works of David Wilson of South New Berlin. The walls are composed of
pilkington planar/structural glass. The panels are supported in aluminum
frames, glazed with a combination of clear glass textures, bevels, opaque
white glass, white spotted glass, mirror and dichroic glass. The glass works
with changing light during times of the day and seasons of the year. The
artist created a floating, prismatic, environmental art work which is
mystifying and visually engaging to the viewer.
Wilson’s glass art panels
present a strong visual presence as one enters the new courthouse in
Stamford. In addition, Connecticut artists’ renderings in elevator lobbies
offer a modern and artistic atmosphere throughout the building.
Linda Dente is the coordinator
for Public Art in Public Places with the Commission on the Arts, located at
One Financial Plaza, Hartford. Benjamin Ortiz is the independent
curator/consultant/juror working with the Commission identifying area
artists for the art work selection for the public elevator lobbies. His
experience includes Curator for the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport and
Graphic Art Center in Norwalk.