New This Month
Fire and Light: Otto Piene in Groton, 1983-2014
February 9, 2019-June 2, 2019
Otto Piene, Proliferation of the Sun, 1966/1967-2014, installation view, Neue Nationalgalerie,  Berlin, 2014, Dimensions vary, Photo, Rainer Schlautmann
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  Carol and Carl Canner, Patricia La Valley and Geoff Hargadon, and the Simonds Lecture Fund. 

Opening Reception
Saturday, February 9, 3-5pm

Guests will enjoy light refreshments and a cash bar.  
The event is free with admission and free for all FAM members.

Broad Strokes: American Painting of the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries  from the FAM Collection
February 9, 2019-September 1, 2019
Edwin Ambrose Webster (1869-1935), Cactus, St. Paul, France, 1925, oil on canvas, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Edward Sleeper, 1997.3
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.

Opening Reception
Saturday, February 9, 3-5pm

Guests will enjoy light refreshments and a cash bar.  
The event is free with admission and free for all FAM members.

Coming Soon
Enjoy groovy hors d'oeuvres, far out cocktails, and mod music.  
Fab attire encouraged. Can you dig it?  Be there or be square.
A Night at the Museum provides support for FAM's education initiatives, exhibitions, and special programs. Our theme this year is inspired by the spring exhibition Fire and Light: Otto Piene in Groton, 1983-2014 as well as the 50th anniversaries of the Apollo 11 moon landing and Woodstock.

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Community Gallery
Community Perspective:
Central Mass through the local photographer's lens

On view January 31 - February 24. 

Reception: Saturday, February 16 
  (Museum admission free for reception attendees.)

@igcentralmass is an Instagram account that invites posts from local photographers. This exhibition will display the work of these photo enthusiasts, whose work was chosen through their social media participation.
Ongoing Exhibitions
The Collected Image: Photography Portfolios
Through August 18, 2019
Herb Snitzer (American, b. 1932), Dizzy Gillespie, Performance at Hunter College, New York City, 1959, silver gelatin print, 19" x 14 ½", Gift of Jeanne and Richard S. Press
The Collected Image  presents six photographic portfolios from the Fitchburg Art Museum's permanent collection.  The works featured in this exhibition come from artists living and working in the United States. They offer in-depth explorations of various cultural pastimes, architectural landmarks, and artistic pursuits by some of today's finest contemporary photographers. Many of the portfolios on display explore a single subject by one artist, like Danielle Weil's appreciation of baseball as America's pastime, or Aaron Rose, who chronicled of the demolition of Penn Station in New York City.

Moving Objects: African and Oceanic Art from the FAM Collection
Night Masquerade, Papa New Guinea, tapa cloth, mid 20th c.
The Fitchburg Art Museum is proud to have important and growing collections of works of art from Africa and the South Pacific. But none of these beautiful and fascinating objects were originally created to be shown in museums! They served very specific religious, ritual, political, decorative, and practical purposes in many different cultures. And they all came to FAM through different-and often circuitous-journeys. FAM's new exhibition  Moving Objects presents over fifty artworks from Africa, Australia, New Guinea, and the Pacific Islands, and tells the story of why each object was made, and how it came to North Central Massachusetts.

This exhibition has been funded by a generous grant from the Geneviève MacMillan-Reba Stewart Foundation.

Learn More
Museum of Russian Icons Collaboration
February Vacation Week Workshops

Tuesday, February 19, 10am-12pm
Clay Animals for ages 5-8  
Paint and Collage a Coral Reef for ages 5-8
Tuesday, February 19, 12:30-2:30pm
Acrylic Painting on Canvas for ages 9-12
Tangle Art for ages 9-12

Wednesday, February 20, 10am-12pm
Patterns in Nature f­­­or ages 5-8
Paint-a-Palooza for ages 5-8
Wednesday, February 20, 12:30-2:30pm
Paint and Collage a Coral Reef for ages 9-12
Optical Illusions for ages 9-12
*Registration is required for workshops. You can register  by 
or by clicking the link below.
February 28, 4-6pm
 Tour these two exciting exhibitions with the curators, then meet with Director of Education Laura Howick to make connections to curricula. Light refreshments, resource materials, and PDPs, too!  
Fee: $10 (free for Fitchburg schools' educators) 

*Registration is required for workshops. You can register by 
or by clicking the link below.
Deadline: Tuesday February 26
First Thursdays at FAM
Upcoming Programs
Thursday, February 14
Self-Guided Tour

 Thursday, March 14
Fire and Light Tour & Art Activity
Thursday, April 25
Art in Bloom & Refreshments
Thursday, May 9
Moving Objects & Refreshments
Hidden Treasures is free, but participants must pre-register  with the Fitchburg Art Museum by calling 978-345-4207. Programs are limited to 16 participants and require a caregiver with each adult with Alzheimer's.

Save the Date!
Every spring FAM collaborates with the Laurelwood Garden Club to showcase floral interpretations of our collection and special exhibitions. Stay tuned for more details about the schedule of events.
Are you interested in creating a floral arrangement this year?
Come to a Laurelwood Garden Club meeting on the second Friday of each month at Fitchburg Art Museum o r Email  for more information.
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