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Fitchburg Art Museum announces exhibits and programs

Press release submitted by the Fitchburg Art Museum


February 9, 2019 – June 2, 2019
Fire and Light: Otto Piene in Groton, 1983–2014
Fire and Light presents the work of internationally renowned artist, Otto Piene (b. Germany, 1928-2014), focusing on artworks created since the mid-1980s when he moved to Groton, MA.

February 9, 2019 – August 18, 2019
Broad Strokes: American Painting of the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries from the FAM Collection

February 9, 2019 – June 2, 2019
Joe Landry: Boston Common, Summer of 1969

January 31 – February 24, 2019
Community Perspective: Central Mass through the local photographer's lens
Community Gallery @igcentralmass

February 27 – March 31
Everything We Never Told You

FAM Community Gallery Exhibit by Fitchburg High School

April 3-29
Material Girls

FAM Community Gallery Exhibit by Quilt Guild of Central MA

June 21 – September 1
84th Regional Exhibition of Art & Craft
One of the oldest juried exhibitions in New England. This annual summer tradition at the Fitchburg Art Museum strives to discover, encourage, and celebrate the artists and crafters of our region.

June 21 – September 1
Call and Response: A Matter of Perspective

The seventh annual collaboration between the Fitchburg Art Museum and ArtsWorcester that features works from FAM’s collection and by ArtsWorcester members in one collaborative exhibition.

Events and Programs

March 7, April 4, May 2, and June 6 – 3-7 pm
First Thursdays at FAM

Admission is free after 3pm. Guided Tours at 4:30pm. Shop at the Fitchburg Farmers Market from November through June.

Thursdays, March 14, April 25, May 9, June 13 – 1-3 pm
Hidden Treasures

FREE specialized art appreciation program for individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease or a related dementia and their caregivers. Pre-register by calling 978-345-4207. 

Sunday, March 3, 1:30 pm
Lecture: “Introduction to Oceanic Art”

Dr. Jean Borgatti, Curator, will give a brief overview of art from the Pacific Islands, and then we’ll tour the exhibition where she will explain the significance of masks, personal adornment, shields, and sculpture in Pacific Island cultures. FREE with Museum admission. 

Saturday, March 9, 6-9 pm
A Night at the Museum: The Age of Aquarius

Let the sun shine in and come together to support Fitchburg Art Museum. Enjoy groovy hors d’oeuvres, far out cocktails, and mod music. Can you dig it? Be there or be square. Tickets are $50. Available for purchase online, at the reception desk, or by calling 978-345-4207 x306 

March 19 - May 7, 6:30-7:45 pm (8 weeks)
Yoga Class

Reap the health benefits of yoga as you are guided through warm-up postures, yogic breathing, and relaxation. Classes take place in the galleries among works of art. All levels. Ages 12+ $72 M, $88 NM for an 8-week session; $14 for drop-ins 

Saturday, March 30, 11 am-3 pm
Girl Scout/Brownie Spring Program - Papyrus to Paper

Explore the ancient civilization of Egypt with a guided, interactive tour of Discover Ancient Egypt as well as special exhibition Fire and Light: Otto Piene’s Groton Years and photography from our permanent collection. Program include gallery sketching and/or art activity. Cost: $10/girl, $3/adult, Ages 7-12

Sunday, March 24, 1:30 pm
Light Robots

A performance of Piene’s Light Robots by artist John Powell and conversation led by Terrana Curatorial Fellow Candice Bancheri. FREE with Museum admission 

Saturday, April 6, 1:30 pm
The Legacy of Otto Piene

Performance of Piene’s Light Robots by artist John Powell; panel discussion with Lynette Roth of Harvard Art Museums, George Fifield of Boston Cyberarts, and Seth Riskin of MIT; and a poetic reflection by Otto Piene’s widow, poet and media artist Elizabeth Goldring. FREE with Museum admission. 

Tuesday, April 16 & Wednesday, April 17 – 10:00 am-12 noon
April Vacation Week Workshops

Classes include Stack a Robot! or Wild Watercolors. For ages 5-8 or 9-12. More classes, information, and registration can be found at or by calling 978-345-4207. 

April 25–28
21st Annual Art in Bloom

Each spring FAM collaborates with the Laurelwood Garden Club to interpret our collection and special exhibitions with colorful floral displays.
Champagne Reception Friday, April 26, 2019 6-8pm
Tickets are $30; $25 for FAM members. Available for purchase online, at the reception desk, or by calling 978-345-4207 x306 

Saturday, April 27, 11 am–3 pm
Sky Art Event

Help fly one of Otto Piene’s inflatable sculptures, or swing by to observe and draw. Drawing supplies and tables will be available for children (and adults) to draw the floating sculptures. Location: Lowe Playground (located across the street from the Museum on Elm Street) 

May 19, 12:30-4:00 pm
Pacific Islands Family Day

Travel off to the Pacific Islands through art projects, a dance performance, and live animals. FREE for everyone.

May 14 - July 2 (8 weeks) – 6:30-7:45 pm
Yoga Class

Reap the health benefits of yoga as you are guided through warm-up postures, yogic breathing, and relaxation. Classes take place in the galleries among works of art. All levels. Ages 12+ $72 M, $88 NM for an 8-week session; $14 for drop-ins 

Sunday, June 2, 1:30 pm
Fire, Light, and Protest

A conversation with artist Joe Landry on his photographs of the Summer of 1969 in Boston and Curator Lisa Crossman on the work of Otto Piene. FREE with Museum admission 

Friday, June 21, 6-8 pm
FAM Summer Party

Celebrate the opening of three new exhibitions, including the 84th Regional Exhibition of Art and Craft! The event is FREE to the public. Guests are welcome to enjoy light refreshments and a cash bar.

About FAM

The Fitchburg Art Museum serves the cities of Fitchburg and Leominster and the surrounding communities in North Central Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. FAM was founded in 1925, and its five-building complex, with over 20,000 square feet of exhibition space, features exhibitions from its art historical collections as well as special exhibitions focused on New England contemporary art. FAM plays a vital role in the cultural life of the region and the Museum maintains active educational partnerships with the local school systems, as well as Fitchburg State University. FAM is an engine for creativity, education, community building and fun!

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