Client: Connecticut Office of the Arts
Location: Mansfield Storrs, United States
Completion date: 2017
Artwork budget: $4,000
Public Art Agent
Connecticut Office of the Arts
Public Art Agent
Cynthia van Zelm
The Mansfield Downtown Partnership
Zimmerman Fine Art Studio
Artists Live was a visual arts program that started in March and ran through December in 2017. Kathleen Zimmerman and the Mansfield Downtown Partnership were awarded a 2017 Regional Arts Grant sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Connecticut's Office of the Arts and Windham Arts. This program exhibited award-winning Connecticut artists in solo exhibitions along with artist discussions which was open to the public.
The goals for integrating the commissioned artwork into this project were to establish the Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center at 23 Royce Circle in Storrs Connecticut as a place to go to see award-winning Connecticut artists and to facilitate an active exchange between the guest artists and the public. Kathleen was commissioned to exhibit her work and to lead 9 artist discussions, which were open to the public. Kathleen worked with the Mansfield Downtown Partnership to create a new gallery space out of an unused site and demonstrated the high level of work being done by Connecticut artists.
Kathleen Zimmerman approached the Mansfield Downtown Partnership about the possiblity of working together to develop a gallery setting in Storrs, Connecticut. She wrote a grant proposal and was awarded a Regional Arts Grant from the Connecticut Office of the Arts. Kathleen used the grant money to exhibit and run the program, while the Mansfield Downtown Partnership provided the site and gallery sitters.
I was happy to work with the Mansfield Downtown Partnership and the State of Connecticut to get this gallery space established on the right foot. Artists Live was well received and the site continues to be used as an alternative art space.