Character Development

Collection and Contemporary Portraits

Exhibition: February 15th – 29th, 2020

During the early years of the Attleboro Arts Museum several area residents supported the organization by gifting fine art and objects. These pieces have been cared for over time and selections are presented in an annual winter exhibition. 

From February 15th – 29th, 2020 the Museum presents Character Development – an exhibition of portraits from the Attleboro Arts Museum’s collection and companion contemporary works.

Sixteen artists working in a variety of mediums were invited to chose one portrait from a subset of the Museum’s permanent collection.  They were asked to visually respond to their selected work and encouraged to use their personal slant and style to create a new work that is inspired by, or reflects, the Museum holding.  The results were not designed to be replicas of permanent collection portraits – they are derivative works that express the voice of a contemporary artist.

Exhibiting Artists

  • Lissa Banks
  • Sue Butler
  • Danielle Coenen
  • Alicia Crespo
  • Susan G. Daum
  • Tim Elliot
  • John (Jay) Gafford
  • Margot Hurley
  • Gina Kalenderian
  • Colleen Kiely
  • Caryl Hull Leavitt
  • Brian McClear
  • Meghan C. Murray  
  • Barbara Johansen Newman
  • Polly Parke
  • Nicolle St. Cyr

Attleboro Arts Museum’s permanent collection portraits appearing in Character Development will include:

Mae West by Al Hirschfeld; etching.
Lydia Dunham Sweet and Daughter Ann Elizabeth Sweet by Laprilete Sweet; oil.
Portrait of Frank Holman’s Mother by Frank Holman; oil.

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