On Sat, Sept 1, the Fairbanks Museum welcomes The Vermont International Museum of Contemporary Art + Design, also known as the “Mobile Museum,” to St. Johnsbury. This unique and unusual attraction will be parked on Main Street in front of the Fairbanks Museum and open to visitors at no charge throughout the day.
The Mobile Museum is a 1:12 scale, miniature art museum housed inside a 1960s era camper. Using a Creation Grant from the Vermont Arts Council with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Vermont Artist Matt Neckers spent three years converting a dilapidated 1960’s era camper into an intricate miniature museum, and he created hundreds of pieces of original tiny artwork to fill the museum’s galleries.
“The Mobile Museum makes a statement on the primary role of artist and audience – without need of intermediary,” says the artist. “It challenges the idea that art must be made by sophisticated personalities, for largely affluent audiences and shown in mostly stationary urban museums. This also brings artwork directly to people where they live.”
“The Fairbanks Museum is a perfect site for this thought-provoking museum,” comments Adam Kane, executive director of the Fairbanks Museum. “The Fairbanks Museum is an institution with long roots in the community and a deeply loved building, however our programs and educational services are always on the move. The concept of mobility and creativity are connected in ways that resonate with us.”
This project was conceived and created by Matt Neckers, a teacher and visual artist who works in a variety of media including sculpture, photography, animation, painting and installation. Matt’s work has been featured in many publications including Hyperallergic, Art New England, the Whitefish Review, Seven Days, and Vermont Art Guide. Take Magazine named him a “2017 Artist to Watch”. He previously received a Learning in Art and Culture Fellowship through the Vermont Studio Center, culminating in a solo exhibition of his work, which was funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Vermont Arts Council.
For his teaching, Matt was named Vermont’s 2016 Lead PBS Learning Media Digital Innovator. This national honor is given to one educator from each state. He was named a Juried Teaching Artist by the Vermont Arts Council. He was also given a Distinguished Arts Education Leader Award by The Vermont Alliance for Arts Education (Affiliated with the Kennedy Center Alliance for Art Education).
Matt has taught for a variety of schools including St. Michael’s College and Green Mountain Tech.