Artist-in-Residence 2016

Our Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program brings contemporary interpretations to our collections, which, in addition to art, include historic artifacts, buildings, and the landscape. AIR candidates are selected based on the relationship of their work to our mission: to inspire and educate through art, nature, and history. A series of events, including talks, classes, presentations, and exhibitions are scheduled from April through November each year. Resident Artists are regularly on-site during open hours so visitors may interact with the artists and gain insight into their creative process. 
Our 2016 Artist-in-Residence was Carolyn Wirth. An artist and educator based in Maynard, MA, Carolyn is an a
djunct professor of Fine Arts at Pine Manor College, where she also curates and directs the college’s Hess Gallery. Carolyn received a B.A. in Art from Smith College, and earned her M.A. in Sculpture and Environmental Art from New York University. She was a member of Boston’s artist-run Kingston Gallery for 10 years and has produced commissions for the Melrose, Massachusetts public library, the City of Boston Parks Department, and Boston Children's Museum. Her public sculpture has been reviewed by Cate McQuaid and Christine Temin in the Boston Globe and Daniel Grant in the Boston Herald. In 2002, she received a Boston Cultural Council Artists Fellowship in sculpture. Her blog and recent sculpture can be seen at

Carolyn's residency concluded with the solo exhibition of Seeing Past Faces in the Art Museum from July 2 through August 21 Key pieces that she created as Artist-in-Residence are now on view in Fruitlands Musteum's Wayside Visitor Center through Sunday, November 6.

Our calendar of classes and workshops provides opportunities for you to take classes with current and past Artists-in-Residence and other museum staff. .

The Poet and Her Daughter
Cast and modeled plaster, wax, and pigment;
life-size, 2010-12

I Read Emily Dickinson All Last Winter
Terra cotta, wax, paper, wood, found objects; 
life-size approx. 36x24x14”, 2007-09

Past Artists-in-Residence:

Central Massachusetts Convention and Visitors Bureau Blue Star Museums 1000 Museums American Alliance of Museums Nema New England Museum Association