Waterbury Public Art Committee
The mission of the Waterbury Public Art Committee is to enhance the economic and community revitalization of Waterbury through integrated arts and performing arts projects that compliment the city’s long-range plan for beautification and development. WPAC provides opportunities for artists to be represented in local public art and the performing arts and for community residents to have access to and participate in the process of implementing public art in their community and neighborhoods.
The Committee is appointed by the Mayor of the City of Waterbury, Neil M. O’Leary. Members serve without compensation and have experience or interest in the arts, and actively contribute to the City’s cultural and economic sectors.
Waterbury City Hall
Meetings are typically held the second Thursday of the month, 4:00-5:00 pm in Waterbury City Hall, located at 235 Grand Street, Waterbury.
Waterbury City Hall is itself a work of public art designed by Cass Gilbert and part of the Cass Gilbert National Register District on Field and Grand Streets in Waterbury. This District is comprised of five large stone and brick structures, including City Hall, designed by Cass Gilbert in the Georgian Revival and Second Renaissance Revival architectural styles and built during the 1910s. City Hall and the other four buildings were designated as a historic district in 1978, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and are contributing properties to the Downtown Waterbury Historic District.
About the Waterbury Artisan Marketplace
The Waterbury Public Art Committee fosters the creation of public art and helps shape a vibrant city culture and economy by organizing the Waterbury Artisan Marketplace, a juried artisanal arts and culinary event held in Waterbury City Hall.
The Waterbury Public Art Committee has fostered the creation and installation of the following public art works in the City of Waterbury:
Cool Waters. Porcelain Tile Mosaic by Connecticut artists Joanne and Bruce Hunter of The Art Spot. More than 1,000 Waterbury residents aged 5-80+ volunteered to help make the mural by placing each individual tile that forms this intricate 30’ x 30’ mural. Installed on the side of a building located at 90 South Main Street. 2012.
Origami. Metal Sculpture by Brian Walters. Installed in front of the Silas Bronson Library, adjacent to Waterbury City Hall. 2015.
Greetings from Waterbury. Painted Mural by Victor Ving and Lisa Beggs, as part of their National Greetings Tour. Painted on the side of the Blakeslee Building, situated at the bottom of Field Street and visible from Interstate 84 which is itself an important icon of Waterbury. 2016.
Bubbles. Stainless Steel Sculpture by Brian Walters. Installed behind Waterbury City Hall, bordering Library Park.
Public Art in Waterbury
Connecticut’s 5th largest city, Waterbury has a long history reaching back to pre-colonial America. Waterbury enjoys an eclectic collection of public art spanning the City’s rich history and representing a range of artistic and architectural approaches. Many individuals, committees and organizations have contributed to Waterbury’s impressive body of public art works over many years.
The Waterbury Public Art Committee is proud to promote all public art and architecture throughout Waterbury. Enjoy exploring Waterbury’s cultural assets using the interactive map below!