SIXTH ANNUAL GROUP ART EXHIBIT Art show, Harvard University, Holyoke Exhibition Space, Holyoke Center Arcade, 1350 Mass. Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge. 617-495-5214. Free.
Area students are embarking on their mid-winter vacations, but many campuses remain at least partially open during the holidays, which can be a great time to catch an assortment of exhibitions before they close. Enjoy a quick dose of culture while completing your last-minute shopping at this group art exhibition located amid the arcades bustling shops and restaurants. An annual favorite, this vibrant multi media exhibition showcases the talents of more than a dozen artists. The show runs daily 8 a.m.-7 p.m., through Jan. 4. The gallery will be closed Dec. 25.
WORKS BY WILLIAM UTERMOHLEN Art exhibit, Harvard University, the Fogg Art Museum, 32 Quincy St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. 617-495-9400. $7.50, $6 students and seniors.
The artist William Utermohlen, a Philadelphia native who moved to England and helped launch the pop-inflected resurgence of figurative painting in London in the 1960s, has enjoyed a long and respected career. When he was diagnosed with Alzheimers in 1995, his work had already begun to show the effects of the disease. His crisp, representative images gave way to spatial distortions, and his self-portraits began to capture both the progress of his disease and its effects on his perception of himself as an artist and man. The show runs Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m., through Jan 8. The museum will be closed Dec. 24-25.
HIROSHIMA: 59 YEARS LATER THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF ALEXANDRA SILVERTHORNE Art exhibit, Lesley University, Porter Exchange Building, 1815 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. 508-732-9721. Free.
Photographer Alexandra Silverthorne traveled throughout Japan in 2004, including visits to the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which were devastated by atomic bombs at the end of World War II. She responded to the aftermath of those bombings in the way that came most naturally to her through photographs. She created a series of images that she hoped would show Americans how the literal destruction and lingering emotional pain have been healed and, in many cases, not healed 59 years after the bombs were dropped. The show runs daily, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., through Jan. 19. The gallery will be closed Dec. 25.
FACULTY SHOW Art exhibit, Fitchburg State College, Hammond Campus Center Art Gallery, Hammond Campus Center, 2nd floor, 160 Pearl St., Fitchburg. 978-665-3162. Free.
When theyre not inspiring a new generation of young minds, the faculty members of Fitchburg States communications, media, and humanities departments pursue a wide variety of artistic interests. A wide range of visually arresting paintings, sculptures, photographs, mixed media pieces, and films is gathered together in this group show. Highlights include Peter Laytins moody black and white photographs, as well as work by film/videomaker Robert Harris, who has had screenings at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The show runsMon-Fri 9 a.m.-5 p.m., through Feb. 3. The gallery will be closed Dec. 24-26.