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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 18, 2002


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Stamford 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.


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