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Through January 13, 2019
Interior Effects installation view, Photography  © 2018 Charles Sternaimolo

Interior Effects pays 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 centers on furniture and its design as psychologically charged metaphors.

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Through 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
Through May 19, 2019

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

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.

This exhibition has been funded by a generous grant from the Geneviève MacMillan-Reba Stewart Foundation.


No Evil Project

December 2, 2018 - January 28, 2019

Opening Reception
Saturday, December 8, 2 - 5pm

Free First Thursday 
FREE admission
Thursday, December 6th, 3 - 7pm

Featuring Fitchburg Farmer's Market

Jay Bry, vice president of finance and administration at Fitchburg State University, signs a wooden truss during the topping-off celebration for the B.F. Brown school redevelopment Tuesday. [T&G Staff/Ashley Green]
Topping-off ceremony at B.F. Brown brings out school memories

State and local officials and community leaders - including many B.F. Brown alumni and former teachers - turned out for NewVue Communities' topping-off celebration of the former school building Tuesday, leaving their mark by signing a roof truss that was hoisted by crane into place atop the building.

Liz Shepherd, Untitled (blue), 2005, found objects and wood, size variable, Courtesy of the artist, Photography © 2018 Charles Sternaimolo

Rearranged Furniture: Interior Effect at Fitchburg

The power of 10 original and very crafty contemporary furniture designers, now at the Fitchburg Art Museum, very quickly disabuse one of these easy notions as contemporary furniture furnishes metaphors for our most intimate human concerns, fears and hopes.

Lynne Benoit-Grzyb, a longtime member of the Fitchburg Art Museum's board of trustees, speaks on Friday about her time with the museum. SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE / JOHN LOVE
Benoit-Grzyb's guidance has helped the Fitchburg Art Museum grow

Lynne Benoit-Grzyb speaks about spending nearly two decades volunteering at the Fitchburg Art Museum

Former BF Brown school, site of the future Fitchburg Arts Community. 
B.F. Brown ceremony will celebrate Fitchburg revitalization project

NewVue Communities formally announces the "Topping-Off Celebration" of its B.F. Brown Building, which together with the City Stables and the Annex buildings, will be transformed into the Fitchburg Arts Community development with 50-60 residential units of artist-preference housing.

NewVue Communities held a Topping-Off Ceremony to start putting the roof back on the former B.F. Brown School building which suffered major damage in a four-alarm fire on September 26, 2016. NewVue has started replacing the roof to continue the work on the transformation of this beautiful into the Fitchburg Arts Community. SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE/JOHN LOVE 
Bringing a building back to life in Fitchburg

The building is planned to become the Fitchburg Arts Community, a complex of affordable housing and studio spaces for local artists, but it was alumni and staff of the former school that were most represented at the "Topping-Off Celebration."

 FAM Marketing Manager Kledia Spiro on FATV

FATV features Interior Effects

FAM Marketing Manager Kledia Spiro  discusses the museum's contemporary exhibition Interior Effects.

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