OPENING SOON
September 23, 2018 - January 13, 2019
Judy Kensley McKie,  Dog Bites Tail Table/Bench , 2010, cast bronze, 18" x 42" x 18", Courtesy of Gallery NAGA

Opening Reception
Sunday September 23, 2 - 4pm

Interior Effects
 will pay tribute to New England's history of furniture manufacturing through an exploration of the unique capacity of interior furnishings to embody cultural traditions and to shape the spaces within which we live and work. From studio furniture to artworks ranging from sculpture to video, Interior Effects will center on furniture and its design as psychologically charged metaphors.

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September 23, 2018 - January 13, 2019

Ellen Wetmore, #137, 2018, 24" x 19", 25" x 31" (framed) acrylic and pigment ink on paper, Courtesy of the artist
Ellen Wetmore's Grotesques lyrically unite eclectic collections of subjects keenly observed.  Wetmore's contemporary take on the genre is a compilation of her fears, cultural values and observations. A Capricious Catalogue of Grotesques will survey a selection of the themes that she catalogues, ranging from disease, surveillance, to popular culture in drawings produced since 2016. 



The Collected Image: Photography Portfolios
Opening Saturday October 6, 2018

Sage Sohier, British Redcoat Re-Enactor, Battle of Concord and Lexington, Lexington, MA, from Perfectible Worlds, 2002, Printed 2008, Pigmented inkjet print on Harman Gloss fiber based paper, 14" x 17 3/8" (image), Promised gift from Dr. Anthony Terrana

The Collected Image
presents six photographic portfolios from the Fitchburg Art Museum's permanent collection. The works featured in this exhibition come from artists living and working in the United States. They offer in-depth explorations of various cultural pastimes, architectural landmarks, and artistic pursuits by some of today's finest contemporary photographers. Many of the portfolios on display explore a single subject by one artist, like Danielle Weil's appreciation of baseball as America's pastime, or Aaron Rose, who chronicled of the demolition of Penn Station in New York City.

Moving Objects: African and Oceanic Art from the FAM Collection
Opening Saturday, October 27, 2018

Baining artist, Gazelle Peninsula, East New Britain, Papua New Guinea (Oceania), Night mask (kavat), mid-twentieth century (c. 1965-1969), wickerwork, bark cloth (tapa), pigment, Courtesy of the Helen Slosberg Collection of Oceanic Art in memory of her brother Israel Sagoff, Gift of the Worcester Art Museum, Photography © 2018 Charles Sternaimolo

The Fitchburg Art Museum is proud to have important and growing collections of works of art from Africa and the South Pacific. But none of these beautiful and fascinating objects were originally created to be shown in museums! They served very specific religious, ritual, political, decorative, and practical purposes in many different cultures. And they all came to FAM through different-and often circuitous-journeys.  FAM's new exhibition  Moving Objects  presents over fifty artworks from Africa, Australia, New Guinea, and the Pacific Islands, and tells the story of why each object was made, and how it came to North Central Massachusetts.

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CLOSING SOON

Howard Johnson: Phantastrophies 
May 26 - September 30, 2018

Howard Johnson, Wishcraft , 2018,  18 x 24 x ¾",  Prismacolor, graphite, ink pen, crayons, and 
various papers  mounted on Ampersand staged board

Worcester artist Howard Johnson is one of the most original and distinctive artists working in New England today. His visionary artworks reflect his interests in philosophy, mythology, science fiction, and popular culture - among other things.

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PUBLIC ART COLLABORATION


FAM and Fitchburg State University have collaborated to present a new mural by Connecticut artist KK Kozik in the main four-story stairwell at the Amelia V. Galluci-Cirio Library at Fitchburg State University. 
Come meet the artist at a public dedication ceremony at the Library on Thursday, September 27, at 3:30 pm.
 
To view a video of the entire mural, click here.


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FAM IN THE NEWS
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Fighting the Opioid Crisis, One Story at a Time (Boston Globe)

Since starting in 2016, The Opioid Project: Changing Perceptions Through Art and Storytelling, has reached hundreds affected by opioid abuse across Eastern Massachusetts.

Rutland artist Susan Mampre was awarded the sculpture prize in the Fitchburg Art Museum's 83rd Regional Show [SUBMITTED PHOTO]
Rutland Artist Awarded Sculpture prize in Fitchburg Art Museum's 83rd Regional Show

Rutland Artist Susan Mampre's 3-dimensional piece 'National Narrative Nostalgia' has been awarded the sculpture prize in the Fitchburg Art Museum's 83rd Regional Exhibition of Art and Craft.

Worcester photographer Scarlett Hoey used a polaroid camera so big it has to be moved around on wheels.
Worcester Day at Fitchburg Art Museum Offers Free View of City-Based Artists

On Aug. 5 the museum offered a special event in which Worcester residents and their guests could visit the museum free. FAM Director Nick Capasso aptly called it "Worcesterpalooza," although it was more formally labeled "Worcester Day."

Paige Sheehan works on jewelry during an International Youth Day event at Gallery Sitka on Saturday. Sentinel & Enterprise / Jim Fay
'A Safe Place' for Children in Fitchburg During International Youth Day

Chatter filled Gallery Sitka as children and teens picked out paints to decorate rocks and beads to make jewelry.  The Main Street gallery transformed into a space for youth to express themselves as part of the city's celebration of International Youth Day, in partnership with the city of Fitchburg, Fitchburg Art Museum, and the Fitchburg Public Library. 

Photo credit: Norm Eggert
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