History of the HMA
The Housatonic Museum is housed in the Housatonic Community College campus in Bridgeport, Connecticut. It is comprised of two galleries totaling over 2,000 square feet. The collection is composed of outstanding examples of 18th, 19th and 20th century art, as well as ethnographic objects from Africa, Oceania and the Americas.
The museum was founded in 1967 by the late Burt Chernow. Mr. Chernow was a professor of art and art history at the college, as well as an avid art collector. During his tenure at the college, he amassed an extensive collection of over 4,000 pieces of art, featuring masters such as Picasso, Renoir, Rodin and Dali. Mr. Chernow is credited for building the museum's unique collection (almost entirely through donations), into one of the largest and most valuable permanent collections of any two-year college in the country.
The Museum collection represents the realization of a philosophy which makes art a daily part of life for every student, staff member and visitor at the Housatonic. The Museum and Galleries are expressions of a serious commitment to cultural enrichment. The College considers it essential for students, faculty members, administrators and visitors to experience art as an integral part of the educational environment, as important as libraries, textbooks and teachers.