Danbury Fair Mural Project

Large Mural Opening Reception:

September 2022

Location:

7 Backus Avenue
Danbury, CT 06810

Macerich is an industry leader in sustainability with a long-time commitment toward environmental goals.

The Mural Project aligns with Macerich’s values to protect the environment and includes social awareness too. Adding a social sustainability layer broadens creative expression and creates more opportunity for engagement! The theme for the Mural Project is Sustainable Environment and Social Emergenceto inspire balance, hope, and connection.

An 1800 Square Foot Wall Mural in the Lord and Taylor Corridor.

RFQ + RFP APPLICATIONS CLOSED JULY 7

The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut and Danbury Fair Mall invited artists or artist teams to submit qualifications for the design and installation of a wall mural artwork at 7 Backus Ave., Danbury, CT. Up to three qualified finalists will be selected to develop and submit art proposals and will receive a $300 stipend for their initial proposals. The artist or artist team with the final selected proposal will be awarded a contract of up to $17,000. Stay tuned for final selection in August!

Congratulations to our finalists!

Luana Barcelos and Sophie Groenstein

Luana embraces the beauty of boldness with her eye-catching and expressive style. She has collaborated with several business owners in the Western Connecticut area to make their creative visions come to life. Sophie celebrates the warmth of individuality with her high-spirited style through murals and paintings of all sizes. Her work can be seen across the Greater Hartford area- ranging from murals at outdoor shopping malls to interactive playground and stairway murals.

Matt Dean aka “Kiptoe” Mural Artist & Illustrator

Six plus years’ experience, creating large scale public murals and art projects for small and large businesses, private clients, and the entertainment industry. Painted across the USA using a bright imagination, strong color palettes, and dynamic movement to bring new life to surrounding community.

 Big Sam’s Paints, LLC

Sam Weinberger has completed murals mostly up and down the east coast for private and public clients and many projects along the lines of sustainability and social emergence.

A collaboration with Art in Common to expand mural project.

The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut is collaborating with Art in Common of Ridgefield to expand on the mural project at Danbury Fair Mall. Six permanent but moveable mural canvases will showcase local and aspiring artists. The canvases will be constructed to easily move and enhance the large mural installation in the Apple wing. The focus of the movable murals is social sustainability and community building.

Join us each week beginning July 21st 6-7 PM at Danbury Fair Mall, as we reveal each interpretation of Re-emergence and Awakening” from these six emerging artists. We’ll be near the Apple Store wing on the 2nd level. See you there!

More information about the series!

Particiapting Artists

Marcus Escribano, MFA Painting 2023

To exemplify re-emergence, Marcus incorporates symbols of his Caribbean and African heritage, that represent the sun and rising. He also uses the blue crescent, a symbol of faithfulness which is critical during the reawakening process.

Reveal and Reception Event:

July 21, 2022

Location:

7 Backus Avenue
Danbury, CT 06810

Jannelle Chandler, Illustrator

As a society we are re-emerging and awakening post COVID. We are not unlike the poppy, with the chance to bud, unfurl, open and bloom in the way that feels best. Like flowers, we are each different, unique and beautiful in our own ways.

Reveal and Reception Event:

July 28, 2022

Location:

7 Backus Avenue
Danbury, CT 06810

Eric Chandler, Artist | Illustrator

A caterpillar restricted to the branches, limited by its form undergoes a transformation. The caterpillar awakens from its chrysalis and re-emerges as a stronger more resilient self, transformed, free from its restraints, ready to fly.

Reveal and Reception Event:

August 18, 2022

Location:

7 Backus Avenue
Danbury, CT 06810

Dedan Davenport, LCSW | Artist

We must greet internal and external conditions in our lives with humility. We can emerge humble with each arising situation. This allows us to choose an open, engaged relationship with self, community, and society instead of remaining closed off.

Reveal and Reception Event:

August 25, 2022

Location:

7 Backus Avenue
Danbury, CT 06810

Denise Rosa, MFA Painting 2024

Post-pandemic, people are slowly re-emerging, as is captured in the sketch of a popular Danbury park. This Plein Air painting will embody the spirit of re-awakened activities such as spending time with family and friends, capturing the impact of nature as source of mental wellness. 

Reveal and Reception Event:

September 1, 2022

Location:

7 Backus Avenue
Danbury, CT 06810

Kelsey Gilmore, MFA Painting 2024

Based on a painting by Giotto Di Bondone (or Giotto). This quote has inspired her work and creates the connection between re-emergence and awakening: “Every nature, every modeled form, every creature, exists in and with each other.”

Reveal and Reception Event:

September 8, 2022

Location:

7 Backus Avenue
Danbury, CT 06810