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September 23, 2018 - January 13, 2019

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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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
October 6, 2018 - 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.


Student Artwork
Exhibition at FAM

The Oakmont Regional High School  National Art Honor Society show is on view in the Community Gallery at FAM.

October 31 - November 25

Opening Reception
Saturday, November 3, 12 - 1pm

Saturday, November 3
11am - 5pm

FAM's exhibition Interior Effects links contemporary art to our region's industrial heritage. To celebrate the Chair City, residents of the City of Gardner and their guests will enjoy free admission on
Saturday,  November 3. 

Saturday, November 3, 1:30 - 2:45pm
Free with Museum admission

Many cities in New England have lingering scars from the effects of deindustrialization. Join us for a fascinating panel discussion about this topic as it relates to the region's rich history of furniture making, followed by a gallery talk in our current exhibition, Interior Effects: Furniture in Contemporary Art. Panelists include UMass Lowell Professor Robert Forrant, artist Tracie Pouliot, and former employees at Nichols and Stone Co. Dale Lucier and Denis Boucher.  Afterwards Liz Shepherd and Tracie Pouliot will discuss the inspirations for their artworks and how they were created.

(From left to right) Artists Terry Lamacchia, Evan Charney, Amanda Bastien, and Allison Jané are among those participating in "A Matter of Perspective."
New ArtsWorcester exhibit is a 'A Matter of Perspective'

A new show at ArtsWorcester features the widely varying perspectives of 118 local artists. The exhibition's title, and also its theme, is "A Matter of Perspective." This exhibition is the seventh edition of the call-and-response collaboration between ArtsWorcester and the Fitchburg Art Museum.

FAM Director Nick Capasso (right) joins Mayor Stephen DiNatale and museum Development Director Rebecca Wright after the grant announcement. SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE / JOHN LOVE
Grants 'a big win' 
for Fitchburg Art Museum

The Fitchburg Art Museum announced Wednesday it received two grants totaling $300,000 from the Barr-Klarman Massachusetts Arts Initiative.

Untitled, by Charlie Draleau
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.

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