The New Haven Free Public Library and local artist Rashmi teamed up for Celebrate New Haven: A Collaborative City-Wide Photo Collage, a community art project open to the public that will be on display at all five library locations.
Participants were invited to submit photographs of the City of New Haven and all its neighborhoods that were used as elements in the larger co-created collages.
Each neighborhood created its own community mural composed of photos taken and submitted by library users and New Haven residents. Each library created two 2’ x 5.4’ collages, one of which will remain on display in the local library while the other will be a part of a larger 5-part installation that will live at the Ives Main Library representing the whole New Haven Free Public Library and its neighborhoods.
Rashmi is a professional artist with a fine arts degree from Bombay, India with additional specialization in photography and ceramics. Her work reflects her extensive travels through photo collages, ink drawings and 3D sculptures. Her work has been exhibited and has been purchased by private collectors in USA, India, and Europe.
Since immigrating to Connecticut in 1991, Rashmi has involved herself in the local art community and has exhibited her paintings, drawings, collages and installations across Connecticut as well as in New York. She has given lectures about her work statewide and in corporate settings and organizations, including the New Britain Museum of American Art and GE Financial. Rashmi has received a visual arts fellowship from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism and grants from the CT Office of the Arts Regional Grant Initiative program through the Arts Council of Greater New Haven as well as the current grant from the CT Office of the Arts Public Art Community Projects program.
She has served as a co-coordinator and the director, for City-Wide Open Studios and is currently on the Visual Arts Advisory Group at the Arts Council of New Haven.
Celebrate New Haven is supported by the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts and the NHFPL Foundation.