New Art Exhibitions at the Mattatuck Museum this Winter

Waterbury, CT — The Mattatuck Museum is delighted to present four new art exhibitions for the winter that will open on December 11, 2016 and remain on view through March 12, 2017. From abstract to representational painting and experimental ceramics, there is something for everyone this winter @ The MATT. All four exhibitions will be celebrated with an opening reception with the artists on Sunday, December 11 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.

Components: The Art of Robert Cottingham features subjects derived from cameras, typewriters and machine parts. The “components” are isolated against boldly colored backgrounds in contrasting light and shadow that highlight these manufacturing details in depth, celebrating them as symbols of American industry.

In her lifetime, self-taught artist Linda Nelson produced folksy scenes of simple life inspired by her childhood days on a farm in Illinois. Small towns and country settings provided imagery for the calendars and cards that has made her work familiar. Her estate of original paintings is administrated by the Connecticut Community Foundation which has lent more than 25 works for this exhibit at the Museum, Winter Scenes: Linda Nelson, focusing on Nelson’s winter and holiday scenes.

Line and Volume: Mindy Horn and Ann Mallory features work by two contemporary artists who contribute to the rich tradition of ceramic art with vibrant and original expressions in clay. Their works vary in size: some are delicately small, inviting close-up inspection, while others are imposing in scale. These technically and aesthetically ambitious works are experimental in shape and dazzle in an array of glazes.

In the 1970s, James Biederman created minimalist drawings and wall sculptures that examined two-and three-dimensional ways of seeing. In recent years he has moved to painting boldly colored gestural abstractions. This exhibition, Zing! Recent Works by James Biederman, consists of works completed since 2010 that show the current state of the artistic journey, the legacy of both abstract expressionism and minimalism, and the manner in which Biederman has taken these movements and reshaped them in new ways. This exhibition is supported in part through a gift from David and Mara Sfara to underwrite exhibitions in The Lab.

For more information on all of the museum’s programs, events, and exhibits visit the website at or call (203) 753-0381. The Mattatuck Museum is operated with support from the Connecticut Department of Economic & Community Development/CT Office of the Arts and Office of Tourism, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and the State of Connecticut through the Consortium of Connecticut Art Museums. The Mattatuck is a member of the Connecticut Art Trail, a group of 18 world-class museums and historic sites (

Located on the green in Waterbury, CT at 144 West Main Street, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Convenient, free parking is located behind the museum in the lots on Park Place.


MEDIA CONTACT: Stephanie Harris, Director of Museum Operations
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CONTACT: Cynthia Roznoy, PhD, Curator
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