Fitchburg Art Museum

Current Exhibitions





79th Regional Exhibition of Art & Craft
June 21 - August 31, 2014
Opening Reception: June 22nd, 1-3 PM

The 79th Regional Exhibition of Art & Craft, also known simply as The Regional Show, is one of the oldest juried exhibitions of its kind in New England. This annual, summer tradition at the Fitchburg Art Museum strives to discover, encourage, and recognize the talents of artists and crafters from our region (defined as those communities within approximately 30 miles of Fitchburg). The Regional Show provides a professional context for our region’s artists to share their work, network with their peers, and connect with artists and arts enthusiasts in neighboring communities.


About this year’s jurors:

 

Honee Hess currently leads the Worcester Center for Crafts as their Executive Director, an organization founded in 1856 and most recently affiliated with Worcester State University.  She completed her graduate art history degree at Tulane University and began her art museum career at the New Orleans Museum of Art where she worked on the “Treasures of Tutankhamun” exhibition among others.  She later became Curator of Education at the University of Iowa Museum of Art before moving to Worcester to work in Museum Education at the Worcester Art Museum. 

 

Randi Hopkins is Associate Director of Visual Arts at the Boston Center for the Arts where she oversees the exhibition program at the BCA’s Mills Gallery and organizes two studio-based artist residencies and a public art residency on the BCA’s plaza annually.  She was Associate Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston from 2008-2011. She was the co-founder and co-director of Allston Skirt Gallery in Boston’s South End from 1998-2008.  Recent and ongoing related activities include curating an exhibition of Barbara Bosworth’s photographs as independent curator for the National Park Service in fall 2013 and teaching art history and curatorial practice at Simmons College in Boston since fall 2011.

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Juan José Barboza-Gubo: Pink Narcissus
June 21 - August 31, 2014
Opening Reception: June 22nd, 1-3 PM

The Fitchburg Art Museum is proud to present Juan Jose Barboza-Guba: Pink Narcissus, a sole exhibition awarded to the artist as the first-prize winner of last summer’s 78th Regional Exhibition of Art & Craft. This exhibition opens to the public June 21, 2014.

 

Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo’s work usually involves figures – both human and animal – that appear as symbolic characters from mysterious narratives about religion, spirituality, and personal identity. In Pink Narcissus, which makes its public exhibition debut at the Fitchburg Art Museum, the artist turns his attention away from these actors and towards a stage on which they could appear. Here, he conjures a shadowy, enigmatic place that bears traces of human or animal activity. Viewers are asked to engage with this forest of the mind, to actively imagine the stories that could be told in this setting.

 

According to the artist, “the title, Pink Narcissus, is derived from the 1971 film of the same name by artist James Bidgood. I was primarily inspired by a scene in which the film’s main character experiences a similar intimate event within a forest – and the way his connection to his environment mirrors the visceral and fragile connection of our emotional selves to our physical selves.”

 

Barboza-Gubo enjoys the mastery of many media, and in Pink Narcissus he displays his technical prowess in painting, sculpture, installation art, and digital printmaking.  Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo earned MFAs in both sculpture and painting at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, and holds a BA from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, in Lima. He currently lives and works in Providence, RI, where he is on the faculty of Rhode Island College.  This exhibition was organized by FAM Director Nick Capasso.


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