Celebrate Local Art & History

Rich Patton IV
Rich Patton IV is a contemporary fine artist and graphic designer. Two of his pieces appear in the Freeman Center’s exhibit, Reimagining Little Liberia: Restoration & Reunion (also on the BPT Art Trail at Housatonic Museum of Art, Housatonic Community College). Born in Bridgeport, Rich showed an early interest and talent in drawing. He holds a BA in Graphic Design from Western Connecticut State University. “After graduation, life led me to painting. My work is spiritual to the point that the act of painting becomes a form of prayer and meditation.” Patton’s work expresses emotions, ideas and beliefs through the use of vibrant colors, bold compositions, textures and patterns. His work is in private collections in the US and abroad, and in public collections like the Yale New Haven Health Center in Trumbull, CT. Rich’s African, Hispanic and Native American heritage can be seen throughout his work.


The Mary & Eliza Freeman Center for History and CommunityThe Mary & Eliza Freeman Center for History and Community, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization. The Freeman Center owns the historically significant Mary & Eliza Freeman Houses (circa 1848), located at 360 & 354 Main Street in Bridgeport’s South End. The Freeman Center is creating a national African American historic site consisting of a museum and education center, a research/digital humanities center, and a unit of housing. The Center’s preservation and restoration plans are designed to act as catalysts to neighborhood revitalization.
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