After thirteen years at the Society of Arts + Crafts, ten as Curator and three as Executive Director, Fabio Fernández has announced he will be leaving his position this month.
"I am now ready for a new beginning that will involve getting back to my studio practice, teaching and working with artists and material culture in a way that being Executive Director does not allow. These are my real passions," Fernández said.
During his leadership of the society, Fernández successfully moved the Society from its longtime address on Newbury Street to its new home in Boston's bustling new Seaport District, guiding the organization through a competitive process for the space and working with the Board of Trustees to successfully raise $2.2 million in grants and donations from individuals to finance the build out of the space and the move.
Throughout the move, the Society successfully kept its operations going including running the two annual CraftBoston shows.
The new space has allowed the Society to expand its exhibitions and its retail shop and to add new programming such as the Artist-in-Residence Program. The organization is now also able to offer its space for meetings and events.
Fernández said he is confident The Society of Arts + Crafts will continue its growth in the hands of the strong team of professionals he has brought together.
The Board of Trustees thanks Fabio for his service during these critical three years and wishes him well in his new endeavors.
"While I will miss the Society, I will continue to be an advocate for its dual mission to advocate for American crafts people and educate the general public about the important work that they do."Fabio Fernández
Fabio Fernández previously served as the Exhibitions Director at the Society and as Associate Curator at Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He has planned and executed national exhibitions that presented fresh explorations into the conceptual, technical and material approaches of contemporary makers.
Fernández is a notable advocate in the craft community. He serves as a Trustee of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine and has been a visiting critic at universities around the world. He has served as a juror on numerous grant panels including the United States Artists Fellowship. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan and a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Seton Hall University in New Jersey.