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Fitchburg Art Museum appoints Nicholas Capasso as new Director

Dr. Roderick Lewin, President of the Board of Trustees of the Fitchburg Art Museum, announced the appointment of Nicholas Capasso as the museum’s new Director. He will join the museum on December 3rd, 2012.

Capasso currently serves as Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA, where he has helped to reposition that institution to identify and forefront its unique assets, the Sculpture Park. Capasso has worked for over 22 years at deCordova, where he oversees a permanent collection of 3,500 objects, gallery exhibitions and the outdoor sculpture park. He is a member of the museum’s senior management team and served as deCordova’s Acting Director in 2007-2008. Although he specializes in contemporary art, Capasso is eager to work with the Fitchburg Art Museum’s encyclopedic collection. He also brings with him a special expertise in public art.

Capasso holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and Geography from Clark University in Worcester, MA, as well as a Master of the Arts and Ph.D. in Art History from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. He attended the prestigious Getty Museum Leadership Institute in 2011.

Capasso will take over the reins of the Fitchburg Art Museum from Peter Timms, who has been Director since 1973 and retires in December, effective at the museum’s annual meeting. Timms came to Fitchburg when the Museum was but a single building with three galleries – the old “Cross Barn” at the end of Merriam Parkway off Fitchburg’s upper common. Today the Museum is a block long, three-building, 12-gallery complex.

Fitchburg Art Museum
25 Merriam Parkway
Fitchburg, MA 01420
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