A collection of photographs curated by the Fitchburg Art Museum currently on display in the State House was celebrated by state Sen. John Cronin, D-Fitchburg, during a reception his office hosted for the museum’s artists, supporters and board members.
“Fitchburg Art Museum is the leading cultural institution in North Central and a key anchor of our growing tourism, arts, and culture economy,” Cronin said in a statement. “It is a special feeling to see our region represented each time we enter the Senate chamber and a testament to the outstanding work of the artists and curators who made this collection possible.”
“We are thankful to Senator Cronin and the Massachusetts State House for their efforts to showcase this collection,” said Fitchburg Art Museum Director Nick Capaso. “We are also excited for the impact this series will have in solidifying Fitchburg Art Museum as a regional leader for arts and culture.”
The collection hanging outside the Senate chamber consists of 18 photographs chosen by museum curators. The series, which features American-born photographers, is almost entirely comprised of pieces with a connection to Massachusetts.
Among the contributors, are two Fitchburg State University Professors, Peter Laytin and Jeff Weymouth. Laytin, who is now retired, is a former faculty member of FSU’s Communications and Photography departments, while Weymouth is slated to chair the university’s Communications Department during the coming year.
FAM, which was founded in 1925, features both art historical exhibitions and regional, contemporary exhibitions. FAM also frequently collaborates with area schools, community groups and artist associations who provide pieces for the museum’s community gallery.
The exhibit has hung in the State House since early October and will remain on display until Monday, Dec. 12.