The first time Peter Timms saw the Fitchburg Art Museum, he was interviewing to become its director. That was 39 years ago. In a few weeks, Timms, 70, will step down from the top post, leaving behind a vastly different institution. The galleries are full of art, including paintings by John Singer Sargent and Childe Hassam, and photographs by Charles Sheeler and Walker Evans. The museum’s budget has increased from $50,000 a year to $800,000.
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