During the early years of the Attleboro Arts Museum several area residents supported the organization by gifting fine art, memorabilia and items of aesthetic and historical interest. These donations came to form the Museum’s permanent collection. Today, the Museum presents an annual winter exhibition featuring collection highlights. These yearly shows allow the Museum to share segments of its holdings and honor exceptional works donated by its early patrons.
In 2016 the Museum’s permanent collection show, Then and Now, featured the organization’s art and objects – alongside original interpretations from invited artists. The response to this show was overwhelmingly positive, and prompted an encore exhibition – Then and Now 2017. The 2017 show will spotlight the original work of newly invited artists responding to different selections from the collection. Each participating Then and Now artist has chosen inspirational artwork from 3-4 permanent collection pieces. Museum Executive Director and Chief Curator, Mim Brooks Fawcett, handpicked these pieces from the Museum’s holdings. Fawcett states, “The Then and Now experience for our invited artists started with the selection of a permanent collection item that sparked their imagination. It was fascinating to watch them latch onto their inspirational piece and then begin to reel with creative possibilities.”
All of the artists were encouraged to use their personal slant and style and to create new work that was inspired by, or reflects, a Museum object. Twenty-four artists are exhibiting and each will provide a statement chronicling their creative process and tie to their chosen collection work.
• Exhibition opens to the public: Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 at 10am. Museum is closed Sundays and Mondays.
• Opening Reception: Friday, February 17th from 7-8:30pm. Free and open to all.
• Special evening hours during Attleboro’s 2017 Winter Night Festival: Saturday, February 25th; 5-9pm
• Exhibition is on view during the Museum’s 4th Annual All School Show (10am-4pm) and Open House (2pm-4pm): Saturday, March 4th
• Exhibition closes: Saturday, March 4th at 5pm
Museum hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm. Admission to the Attleboro Arts Museum is free; donations are always appreciated.
The Attleboro Arts Museum involves audiences of all ages and backgrounds in the visual arts through diverse educational programs and engaging arts experiences. We
work to support the creative and artistic development of both promising and professional artists. The Museum is a privately supported, non-profit arts institution whose
core commitment to Arts for Everyone guides the Museum's programs and operations. www.attleboroartsmuseum.org
Mim Brooks Fawcett
Executive Director and Chief Curator
Attleboro Arts Museum, 86 Park Street, Attleboro, MA 02703
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