Naugatuck Valley Community College and the Mattatuck Museum have forged a collaboration to feature a collection of paintings at the College on a long term loan. The paintings will be exhibited in NVCC’s Technology Hall Atrium, the fourth floor Leever Atrium, fifth floor library gallery, and in the President’s Office. Four of the paintings are by Edward Giobbi, a Waterbury native known for his geometric paintings which have a strong architectural influence. Giobbi is an American Artist born in Waterbury, CT. There are also works by landscape painters, Jonathan Scoville, Roger Barnes, George Chaplin and Jamie Ferrer.
The Mattatuck Community Collection at NVCC also includes a mural created in 1951, commissioned for the Savings Bank of Waterbury to commemorate its 100th anniversary and relocation to the building at 60 North Main Street in Waterbury, Connecticut. The mural depicts the history of the Savings Bank and its various locations over the years.
In addition, the community collection features a series of photographs reproduced from the Museum’s collection to depict the history of manufacturing in Waterbury through the images of three manufacturers: American Brass, Chase, and the Scovill Manufacturing Company.
Several local manufacturers have also contributed historical photographs from their private collections, including Mary Cramer of the Marion Manufacturing Company, Dave Mieczkowski of The Platt Brothers Company, Jack Traver, Sr. of Traver IDC, and John Zoldy of Homer D. Bronson Company.
The College plans an opening reception to present the painting and photography exhibition on October 30, from 3-5 pm. The event is open to the public.
NVCC President, Daisy Cocco De Filippis said the opening is a celebration of a long standing collaboration between the College and the Museum. “Art and manufacturing are creations of the human imagination and hands. Both move humanity forward in so many enriching ways, and for our collective benefit. To have the arts join our manufacturing celebration and to bring community together is a rich and very deep intellectual experience both for our students and ourselves. I thank our community partners for the goodness they bring each and every day to our college in benefit of our students, and I celebrate this significant occasion. The Mattatuck Community Collection at NVCC is a magnificent opportunity for our students to get close to the arts and to engage the mind and the heart in understanding the narratives about the human experience these works represent. I thank Robert Burns for his generous leadership of the Mattatuck Museum.”
Museum Executive Director, Bob Burns noted that “The museum is very pleased to be working closely with NVCC to bring the museum’s art and history collections to the college where we hope they will inspire the students, faculty and visitors to the campus. Working with President Cocco De Filippis and her staff has been a wonderful experience for us and we hope to continue to find ways for the two institutions to partner long into the future.”
The opening of the exhibition coincides with the College’s annual “Manufacturing Month” celebration held in October to mark the state’s designation of a time to promote the awareness of manufacturing in Connecticut. After the opening welcome by President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., representatives from both the manufacturing community and the Mattatuck Museum will take to the podium. Jack Traver, Sr., President of Traver IDC, established in 1938, will be the keynote speaker. Mary Cramer, President of Marion Manufacturing Co. and Vice President of the College’s Regional Advisory Council (RAC), and Bob Burns, Executive Director of the Mattatuck Museum, will comment. The program includes representatives from manufacturing, the college and the community.
A special presidential presentation to J. Andre Fournier will acknowledge his gift of an 1898 Brown & Sharpe Screw Machine.
The Program includes a tour of the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center, featuring a Waterbury Farrell Machine, gift of the Prospect Machine Company. Richard Laurenzi, President of Prospect Machine donated a Waterbury Farrell Deep Draw Press to the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center. This contribution was in response to a request from our industry partners for training in metal stamping; the Waterbury Farrell Eyelet is the machine most commonly used for this type of manufacturing work. Laurenzi will talk about the history of this technology, Dave Boiano, Manufacturing Engineer, will demonstrate it for the audience.
The event also includes a tour of the Mattatuck Community Collection at NVCC led by the Mattatuck Museum Executive Director, Robert Burns.
This event is open to the public. To confirm your attendance please contact Deidre Moutinho at
203-575-8014 or email@example.com