Many Visions/One Community

The Mattatuck Museum, is pleased to announce a donation of contemporary art by collectors Benjamin Ortiz and Victor Torchia, Jr. Given at the time that Marie Galbraith is stepping down as director of the museum and moving to Director of Education and Public Programming, the donation reflects Marie's outreach to the various communities that make up our audiences.

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The gift of paintings, sculpture and works on paper by 31 artists celebrates each year of Marie’s tenure. It includes works by artists of diverse backgrounds, some well-known and others just emerging. Galbraith, who is stepping down in February to work on the more creative aspects of museum programming and education, is delighted with the gift which represents multicultural diversity in both its creators and its subjects.

The donation contains a variety of art forms including painting, photography, watercolors and etchings. It represents such movements as figurative realism, feminist art, abstraction, and conceptual art. Included in the donated is a 1955 black-and-white photograph, Grand Central Station, by Larry Silver, Antonio Frasconi’s colorful woodcut Sioux Chief, 1971, and a mixed media work, Esperanza, 1995, by Yolanda Vasquez Petrocelli.

This contribution by Benjamin Ortiz and Victor Torchia is important as it significantly increases the museum’s holdings in 20th century art. Their desire to share their remarkable collection reflects their philosophy that art reflects our culture and that art can inspire us. Additionally, this gift can be used for teaching as well as the enjoyment of our audiences.

Alberta Cifolelli, Making Waves #3, 1979
Mixed media, 23 1/2 x 17 3/4