Open to the public during COVID- 19 as well as partially accessible in virtual formats, the Attleboro Arts Museum is presenting its annual Member’s Exhibition through January 29 with artworks by participants from across New England and the United States. At this year’s show, audiences will encounter a well-balanced blend of narrative and abstract styles, which AAM’s director, Mim Fawcett, has installed to create provocative sightlines from one artwork to another. The show demonstrates high quality across genres and also reflects this museum’s tendency to exhibit 2D and 3D art forms with equal emphasis.
AAM’s motto, “Arts for Everyone,” translates here into an exhibition opportunity for artists of any age. The show’s guidelines explained that a member could bring up to three works to the museum with the guarantee that all would be included in the show. It is a sweeping promise that generated, over the span of three days, 391 original artworks arriving at the museum. Initially these were spread en masse across the museum’s Ottmar Gallery floor so that surveying the dishabille from time to time, Fawcett could consider items relationally to isolate currents of curatorial context prior to actually installing the show.