Featured Exhibitions
Otto Piene,  The Proliferation of the Sun , 1966/1967, re-staged for the Neue Nationalgalerie in 2014, multimedia performance, installation view, Fitchburg Art Museum, 2019. Photo credit: ©2019 Charles Sternaimolo
Fire and Light: Otto Piene in Groton, 1983-2014
Through June 2, 2019
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. Piene's relentless exploration of light, fire, and air led to groundbreaking achievements in art and technology.  Fire and Light  offers a rare opportunity for visitors to experience Piene's immersive artworks and contemplate Piene's vision and practice.  Fire and Light  is sponsored in part by the National Endowment of the Arts, Carol and Carl Canner, Patricia La Valley and Geoff Hargadon, and the Simonds Lecture Fund. 
Broad Strokes: American Painting of the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries from the FAM Collection
Through September 1, 2019
Broad Strokes  explores a dynamic period in American painting in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The exhibition reveals significant stylistic shifts and artistic developments that were catalyzed by the drastic social changes of post-Civil War America, including major historic events like World War I and the Great Depression. The variety of approaches American artists engaged during this time is evident in works by renowned artists such as Georgia O'Keeffe and lesser-known artists like local Fitchburg painter Constance Bigelow.
William B.P. Closson (1848–1926), Preparing for the Pageant (detail), 1915, oil on board, Made possible by the Carl Pickhardt Estate
Quilted Masterpieces
Material Girls Quilt Guild
April 4 to May 19, 2019
Coming soon! Save the date for this special textile arts show on view in the Community Gallery.
Art in Bloom
21st Annual Art in Bloom
Thursday, April 25, 1 to 5 pm and Friday, April 26 to Sunday, April 28, 11 am to 5 pm
Celebrate spring with the Fitchburg Art Museum and Laurelwood Garden Club! Thursday, April 25 through Sunday, April 28 the Museum galleries will feature flower arrangements created by local florists, garden clubs, and individuals interpreting the art in our galleries.
Art in Bloom Champagne Reception
Friday, April 26, 6 to 8 pm
Fitchburg Art Museum and The Laurelwood Garden Club invite you to An Evening of Flowers, Music, Art and Champagne . Enjoy hors d’oeurves by Eating In and music by Wachusett Jazz. Tickets are $30; $25 for FAM members. Tickets can be purchased online, at our reception desk, or by calling 978-345-4207 x306 before Monday, April 22. For details email: events@fitchburgartmuseum.org .
Sky Art Event
Saturday, April 27, 11 am to 3 pm
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. If you are interested in participating in the event, please contact Terrana Curatorial Fellow Candice Bancheri for more information: fellow@fitchburgartmuseum.org
This is a FREE event for all! Location: Lowe Park (located across the street from the Museum on Elm Street). This event is presented in connection with the exhibition  Fire and Light: Otto Piene in Groton, 1983–2014  and will be held during the annual  Art in Bloom  celebration at FAM. The Sky Art event is an official selection of ArtWeek 2019.
Programs
FAM FREE First Thursday
Thursday, April 4, 3 to 7 pm
Celebrate Poetry Month at the Fitchburg Art Museum! Join us at First Thursday to create a found poem and play poetry games. Also enjoy an express art tour at 4:30 pm, shop the Fitchburg Farmers Market, and s ip wine from 5:30 to 7 pm. Make a date, bring a friend, all ages welcome!
The Legacy of Otto Piene
Saturday, April 6, 1:30 to 2:30 pm
See a spectacular performance of Piene's Light Robots by artist John Powell. Also engage in a panel discussion with Lynette Roth, Harvard Art Museums; George Fifield, Boston Cyberarts; Seth Riskin, MIT and hear a poetic reflection by Piene's widow, poet and media artist Elizabeth Goldring.
April Vacation Week Workshops
Tuesday, April 16, 10 am to noon
 
Stack a Robot! for ages 5 to 8
Instructor: Miranda Putnam
Transform cardboard boxes, colored papers, pipe cleaners and more into your fantastic robot.
 
Impressionist Painting for ages 9 to 12
Instructor: Linda Snay
Paint on canvas with acrylic paints in the style of the Impressionist masters.

Wednesday, April 17, 10 am
to noon
 
Wild Watercolors for ages 5 to 8
Instructor: Linda Snay
Learn several watercolor techniques, then explore colors, shapes, and lines.

Make a Light Spinner for ages 9 to 12 
Instructor: Miranda Putnam
Make one (or two) lamp shades that can create different patterns and colors on the wall when spun on top of a light.
Hidden Treasures
Thursday, April 25, 1 to 3 pm   
Art makes memories. Join us for a 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. Explore Art in Bloom   & enjoy refreshments.
Community Events
Censored Identity Concert
Thursday, April 11, 7 to 10 pm
Hear music live in the galleries! Join the Worcester Chamber Music Society for a dynamic performance at the Fitchburg Art Museum. The program will feature Gubaidulina's In the Garden of Joys and Sorrows for flute, viola and harp, Mendelssohn's Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49 , and Korngold's Piano Quintet in E Major, Op. 15 . Presented in conjunction with Fire and Light: Otto Piene in Groton, 1983-2014. 
Chalk Art Event
Saturday, April 13, 10 am to 3 pm
The Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster will hold its Annual Central MA Science Festival at the Clubhouse, 365 Lindell Avenue in Leominster. This year’s Festival will feature a 3D street painting illusion that will make the pavement appear to dip inward and objects project outward. Attendees will be allowed to step onto the 3D illusion for photos or try their own chalk art skills, supplies provided.
Konstantin Simun:
The Sacred in the Profane Exhibition
Through June 30, 2019
The Sacred in the Profane  offers a survey of artist Konstantin Simun’s unique capacity to find forms that appear in ancient art and Christian iconography in consumer objects. This special exhibition at the Museum of Russian Icons is guest curated by Fitchburg Art Museum Curator, Lisa Crossman. Visit 203 Union Street, Clinton, MA.
In the News
Open Studio with Jared Bowen
Go behind-the-scenes of Fire and Light: Otto Piene in Groton, 1983-2014 with WGBH Boston!
Sentinel & Enterprise
Explore Piene's incredible "otherworldly" multimedia work on view at Fitchburg Art Museum.
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