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Our Stories, Our Stuff, Our Somerville



Our Stories, Our Stuff, Our Somerville (Working Title)


Curated by Bess Paupeck



This Somerville Museum Community Curator Grant exhibit will begin in February 2019.


Opening in February 2019, this exhibition will be a celebration of the people of Somerville and their life experiences as expressed through their prized possessions and personal stories. The exhibition is funded by the Museum's Community Curator Grant.

The exhibition will bring people together by bringing their things together in a large scale installation - and the convergence of these things, and the stories that go with them, will offer a renewed sense of community at a time when our city is rapidly changing. In addition to objects, programming will include several storytelling events, performances, and an 'Antiques Road Show' style event.

Leading up to the exhibition, a call will be put out to community members, stakeholders and organizations in the community seeking participants who would like to lend a personal object of meaning for the exhibition.

If you have something you'd like to lend to this exhibition or if you'd like to be involved as a volunteer, please email the curator Bess Paupeck at


Beth Paupeck

Originally from the tri-state area, Bess has happily lived in Somerville since February 2002. From deep within this changing city and the lived experience of evolving notions around home and place, Bess draws inspiration for her work, which focuses on creating and producing art experiences that support dialogue and growth for communities.

An arts producer, curator and collaborator, she has found herself working within some of the many cultural and academic institutions in and around Boston. Currently by day, Bess is the Program Manager at Arts @ 29 Garden, Harvard University's first interdisciplinary art-making space. Prior to this, Bess produced courses, lectures, concerts, fashion shows, exhibitions, performances, festivals and community programming at places like the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Museum of Science and with the Somerville Arts Council.

As an artist and performer, Bess is part of the performance art collective Excavate. Excavate Collective aims to make collaborative work that looks at the space beneath the surface of things, offering a peek into often deeply understood but perhaps rarely discussed modes of thinking and being human. Excavate has most recently performed at the Nave Gallery in Somerville as part of the Wall to Wall II exhibition.

Bess holds an MA in Public Humanities from Brown University, a BA from George Washington University in American Studies, Fine Art and Art History, and two graduate certificates - one in nonprofit management from Harvard University Extension School, and one in museum studies from Tufts University.

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