ART AND ARTISANS OF MERIDEN By Justin Piccirillo
About the Book
Located between the urban centers of New York City and Boston, the city of Meriden, Connecticut, has been an important hub for art and artisans for over a century. The city’s rich tradition of innovative design has long been acknowledged as an outstanding contribution to the larger development of American art. Many of America’s leading artists have come from or lived in Meriden, including 19th-century sculptor Chauncey B. Ives, early-20th-century painter Ethel Easton Paxson, and, in more recent years, children’s book author/ illustrator Tomie dePaola. Meriden’s art scene blossomed with an abundance of artistic talent at the beginning of the 20th century. This convergence of artists and designers ultimately led to the creation of an artist colony. In late 1907, the Arts and Crafts Association of Meriden was formed and, to its acclaim, remains the second-oldest continuously active arts organization in the state. Today, Meriden’s tradition as a center for art, design, and aesthetics continues.
About the Author
Justin Piccirillo has spent his career in education. Active in his hometown community of Meriden, he is a teacher, artist, political cartoonist, musician, and historian. Piccirillo lives in Meriden with his wife and three sons. He is also the author of Images of America: Hubbard Park, an Arcadia Publishing work.
PUBLISHER: Arcadia Publishing
DIMENSIONS: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)