Trumbull reaches agreement for paintings

TRUMBULL, Conn. (WTNH)– The town of Trumbull has reached an agreement that will allow it to hang collections of artwork in municipal buildings Wednesday.

The agreement between the town and Dr. Richard Resnick, who donated 33 paintings to the town, protects Trumbull from any liability. This includes any damage to the paintings or theft.

The paintings were taken off the walls in the town buildings on Monday after it was discovered the Library Board of Directors had no prior agreement with Dr. Resnick.

“I am deeply troubled that the Library Director and Library Board of Directors did not consider the implications of hanging valuable artwork in a public facility without an agreement being executed between the owner and the Town.  It is unfortunate that an agreement was not in place to begin with, as this entire situation would have likely been avoided,” said Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst.

The paintings, which are part of the “Great Minds Collection”, can be worth upwards of $7000-10,000 each, according to the press release from the town.

“This would bring the estimate of the total thirty-three piece collection in a range of $231,000 to $330,000. For the Town to continue to display this collection it absolutely must have assurances as set forth in the attached agreement,” Trumbull’s attorney Dennis Kokenos said.

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