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Museum of Fine Arts Teams With Facility for Arts Research on New Exhibition

Published September 23, 2015

The Museum of Fine Arts (MoFA) is hosting a new exhibition that combines Facility for Arts Research (FAR) technology with classical archaeological reconstructions from sherds. The shapes of ancient pottery from Cetamura will be 3-D printed using FAR technology, and Classics Professor Nancy de Grummond and her team of students are in charge of preparing the models for the show.


Etruscan ceramics. Photo courtesy of

FAR Studio Technician Windham Graves is 3-D printing ancient artifact shapes that have been reconstructed from excavations in Italy at Dr. Nancy de Grummond‘s dig site. The two of them have worked together to integrate past and present art and artistic technology.

The show opens October 16, 2015, followed by International Archaeology Day on October 17, 2015. On that day the museum will hold activities from 10-4 and offer touch tours for blind visitors with Braille labels available. Students from the Visual Disabilities Program will be available to work with visitors on an archaeological reconstruction project. Events are sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America.

The exhibition will be open to the public until November 15, 2015. Museum tour guides are available for both individual and group tours. The MoFA exhibition sponsor is the Peace on Earth Gift for 2015.

MoFA and FAR join Dr. de Grummond in thanking the AIA (Archaeological Institute of America) for funding in recognition of the participation of the Tallahassee Society of the Archaeological Institute of America with special events for International Archaeology Day.

Research for the exhibition is a feature of “Archaeology in Tuscany,” the excavation at Cetamura that is conducted each year as part of the International Programs at Florida State University. International Programs is a vigorous study-abroad complement to a student’s coursework on the home campus.

Contact Teri Abstein at (850) 645-4681 or for more information. This exhibition has also been featured by and Council on Culture & Arts.