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Opening Celebration: Outsider Perspectives, Stitching the Revolution, and Reclaimed: The Art of Recology

June 9 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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The opening celebration will take place on Sunday, June 9 from 11 AM to 4 PM. Join us for a special $5 admission and celebrate our newest exhibitions. Opening remarks by Museum Director, Bob Burns and Chief Curator, Keffie Feldman at 1 PM.  Connect with the talented artists behind these exhibitions.

The Museum is offering reduced admission of $5 for the day. Register online at or by calling (203) 753-0381 x130.

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Outsider Perspectives (May 12-September 1) is produced by self-taught artists who have no formal training or concern for the conventions of the art world.  Outsider Art provides a glimpse into artistic production that is little concerned with external opinions. Employing ready-at-hand materials and often deeply personal imagery, the approximately 30 works in this exhibition explore the power of art as a means of self-expression and a way to process the world.

Stitching the Revolution: Quilts as Agents of Change (May 19-August 25) redefines quilting as a powerful tool for expressing revolutionary ideals and driving meaningful change. Through historic and contemporary pieces spanning over 200 years, this exhibition explores quilts as a medium for communicating potent beliefs. Featuring around 30 quilts from the Mattatuck Museum’s collection and loans from New England institutions and contemporary artists, this exhibition sheds light on the transformative potential of this traditionally domestic craft.

Support provided by the Colby Foundation

Reclaimed: The Art of Recology (May 26- August 18) presents a fascinating survey of thirty-three artists from diverse backgrounds who were awarded space, financial support, and four months to create wondrous, meaningful, and thought-provoking artworks that speak to the past, present, and future. Each year, Recology awards residencies to artists, which include a stipend, coveted studio space, and scavenging privileges at their Transfer Station and Recycling Center. Recology is an employee-owned recycling and composting company based in San Francisco. The Artist in Residence Program is a department within the company.  Artists spend four months scavenging and working at the San Francisco Recycling and Transfer Center – a 47-acre facility that includes multiple recycling operations.  While many would view the facility as a dump, Recology artists consider the site the Big Store, providing unique opportunities to recycle and reclaim discarded waste as reimagined art objects. This special exhibition of work has been created from unwanted materials and encourages viewers to perceive “trash” in a new light.

Reclaimed: The Art of Recology was traveled and organized by Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for Arts, Walnut Creek, CA.


June 9
11:00 am - 4:00 pm


Mattatuck Museum
144 West Main Street
Waterbury, CT 06702 United States
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