CV, David Fairbanks Ford

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58 Bridge Street, White River Jct., Vermont, 05001 — — 802.356.2776


  • 1983: B. A. Connecticut College, New London, Conn. Art History and Studio Art majors. Bill Prize, studio art.
  • 1982: Internship, Fitchburg Art Museum (under Peter Timms, director), Fitchburg, Massachusetts.
  • 1981: Internship, Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts, (under Sinclair Hitchings, Keeper of Prints).
  • 1983–1998: Course of study at Art Students League, New York City.

Professional Experience:

  • 1992–2008: Curator and Director, Main Street Museum, an artifact depository, alternative gallery space, live music venue and experiment in independent taxonomy in White Rive Jct., Vermont, The Tip-Top Building (The Hall Of Industrial Antiquities and the Tip-Top Café “Wall Of Vitrines”), (2004 to present) Bridge Street, White River Jct.
  • 2007, Spring: Lecturer at Tunbridge Library Winter Lecture Series, “P. T. Barnum and the Nuances of Humbug.”
  • 2006, Summer: Exhibition of artifacts and lecture, illustrated with lantern slides. Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont, Art and Architecture Department.
  • 2003, June – August: participan in “Regional Selections 30”, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire. Also, in July, lecturer, “The Mummy, the Soap Lady, and the Devil Man; Degrees of Attraction in the American Museum” (an academic lecture in the vernacular). Hood Museum.
  • 2003-2008: Curator for Main Street Museum booth at the Vermont History Expo/03, a state-wide exposition of Museums and historical collections. And presenter, victrola concerts and lectures, Vermont History Expos 2003-7.
  • 2002, June: designer Hartford Historical Society booth at the Vermont History Expo-2002.
  • 2001, Summer: Co-curator (with Janie Cohen and Pascal Spengeman) of Re/Collections show combining Main Street Museum artifacts, Fleming Museum artifacts and objects from local thrift stores at the Wilbur Room, Robert Hull Fleming Museum (University of Vermont). Research and creation of labels and text material.
  • 1999–2003: Editor, The Electric Organ, a quarterly journal of history, ideas, the arts and downtown redevelopment, published by the Main Street Museum, White River Jct.
  • 1999: “Modern Art Created By Accident” (macba) shown in the White Space Gallery, Tip-Top Building, White River Jct.
  • 1997-9: Set and production designer (with Mark Paul Baker), “Arcadia,” “Shadowland,” and “Strange Passenger,” Northern Stage Theater, White River Jct., Vt.
  • 1997: “The Connecticut River Sea Monster,” special non-interactive display, ava Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire.
  • 1994: Curator and director, “The Art Public Project (Murals and large scale paintings and works on paper at various storefront locations) in White River Jct., Vermont.
  • 1992–: Paintings conservator, independent, 516 Mill Road, Studio 2e, White River Jct., Vermont.
  • 1992-1994: Conservator, Watherston Associates (under Alidar Botlik; conserving mural paintings), 43d St. N.Y., N.Y., Trenton, N.J., and 5th St., Long Island City.
  • 1990: Set painter: “The Nora Burns Show,” Manhattan Public Access Television.
  • 1988–1992: Conservator of Paintings, Patrick Lowery Studios, 19th Street, New York, New York, 10009.
  • 1984–1991: Taxi driver, Boston, Massachusetts.


  • 1993: Paintings in egg tempera on panel and works on gessoed paper at Patrick Lowery Studios, New York, New York,

“The Crucifixion,” large scale egg tempera and acrylic varnish on canvas installed in St. Catherine’s Altar, Paulist Fathers Church (Church of St. Paul The Apostle) 9th Ave. and 60th St., New York, New York.

  • 1990-1991: Landscape drawings, Open Gallery, Harvard Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • 1988: Paintings in egg tempra, Bratzos Gallery, Thayer Street, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 1985-1987: Paintings and drawings in acrylic and egg tempra, Chapel Gallery, West Newton, Massachusetts.


  • Hartford (Vermont) Development Corporation (a local economic development board 2005-present, Secretary.)
  • White River Rotary, Hartford, Vermont.
  • Hartford Historical Society, Hartford, Vt. (Board of Directors and Secretary, 1994-present, Editor, newsletter, 1996.)
  • Rio Blanco Social Club, organizer of the annual Halloween Parade (“Gory Daze”) and the annual “Community Burlesque” show; held at the Main Street Museum.
  • Hartland, Vermont, Historical Society; and Hartland Nature Club.
  • RiverFest ‘95 and RiverFest ‘96 Hartford, Vermont (1995–1996: Board of Directors and Artists Committee).
  • Færie Camp Destiny, Grafton, Vermont, (1997-2001: Co-editor, with Gabriel Q the Destiny Star, quarterly newsletter.)
  • Short Mountain Sanctuary, Liberty, Tennessee.
  • 1995: Vermont Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights (Art Exhibitions Coordinator).

Published in/by:

  • Fanorama, Providence, RI, Fall, 2000 (White River Jct. History.)
  • The Arts; All Of Them, In White River Junction, Vermont, self-published, Hartford, 2000.
  • “There Ought To Be A Plaque,” article on White River Jct. history, Out In The Mountains, Burlington, VT, February, 1998.
  • The Mangelsdorf Tripartite Theory of Corn Genetics, Published by the Museum, with pls. Hartford, Vermont, 1998.
  • Pickled Eggs In Tar, An Intermittently Sulfurous Specimen, fl;189;66;em, “Number 001 in the Series...Prepared Under the Auspices Of The First Branch Memorial,” Hartford Village, 1998.
  • Vermont Families in 1791, vol. 2, (Cotton, and Hoisington Family, contributed to...), Vermont Genealogical Society, Montpelier, 1997.
  • “The Diary of Sabrina Hoisington,” Vermont Genealogy, vol. 1, no. 2 April, 1996. (Separately published as a booklet, with pls, 1997.)
  • Big Fish and Good Looking Women (exhibit catalogue for the photos of Jack Rowell), Main Street Museum, White River Jct., 1996.
  • Sanctuary, Mass Audubon Magazine, (illustrations) Lincoln, Mass., 1986, 1988.


  • Interview with Steve Zind, vpr September, 2007
  • Joe Citro, Weird New England, Barnes and Noble, 2006.
  • Jody Tilman, “Main Street Museum to Move Into Old White River Fire Station,” Valley News, 28 July, 2003, p. a-1.
  • Jeffrey Rouff, (film interview) “A Day in the Life” documentary themed on one day in the life of White River Jct., filmed July, 2003
  • William Craig, “The Ivory Tower and Tunnel Town,” Valley News, 12 June, 2003, p. c-1.
  • Joe Citro and Diane E. Foulds, Curious New England, The Unconventional Traveler’s Guide to Eccentric Destinations, University Press of New England. 2003.
  • James Bissland, “Watch Your Head,” Long River Winding, Berkshire House, Lee, 2003, 223- 227.
  • Jody Tilman, “House of Quirks in Search of Home,” Valley News, Jan. 1, 2003, p. a-1.
  • Mark Bushnell, “Life in the Past Lane” (feature) “An offbeat museum in Hartford sows confusion and fun,” Vermont Sunday Magazine, (Rutland/Barre) 14 July, 2002, pp. 6, 13.
  • Pamela Polston, “Collect Calls,” Seven Days, Burlington, VT, 23 May, 2001, cover and pp. 8a-12a.
  • Olivia Gentile, “David Fairbanks Ford; A Fan of Cyber-Space Creativity, He Believes That Art Is In The Eye Of The Beholder.” Rutland Daily Herald, “In Person,” Rutland, VT, 3 November, 2000, p. 9.
  • ————, “Artists’ Warehouse Thrives,” Rutland Daily Herald, 26 March, 1998, p. 15.
  • Dan Mackie, “It’s the One, It’s The Only: It’s The Main Street Museum,” Valley News, Lebanon, NH, 7 March, 1998, c-1.
  • James Bandler, “Exiles on Main Street,” Boston Globe, Oct. 1997, also pub. Rutland Sunday Herald, with pls.
  • John Greg, “No Cover Up,” Rutland Herald, 12 Oct., 1995, pp. 8-9, with pl.
  • “Elvis Art in a Jar,” The Burlington Free Press, Burlington, VT, Wednesday, August 3, 1994, d-1.
  • Yvonne Daley, “The King Is Alive In Vt. Elvis Wannabes Love Him Tender At White River Jct. Art Show,” The Sunday Rutland Herald and Sunday Times Argus, August 28, 1994, pp. 1, 6, with pl. p. 6, and; The Boston Globe, Sunday, 28 Aug., 1994, p. c-2.
  • William Craig, “A Do-It-Yourself Art Museum,” The Valley News, Thursday, 27 May, 1993, p. 29, with pl.
  • Christine Temin, “Perspectives,” Boston Globe, 15 Nov., 1984, p. 18.