3:00 PM15:00

Opening Reception for 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. 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 and the Simonds Lecture Fund.

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 9, 3–5pm

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4:00 PM16:00

Educators’ Workshop

Fire and Light: Otto Piene in Groton, 1983–2014 and Moving Objects: African and Oceanic Art from the FAM Collection
We’ll tour these two exciting exhibitions with the curators, then make connections to curricula. Light refreshments, resource materials, and PDPs, too! Fee: $10 for teachers who teach outside of Fitchburg; Free for Fitchburg teachers. Please pre-register; go to www.familyid.com/fitchburgartmuseum or call 978-345-4207 ext. 305

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6:00 PM18:00

A Night at the Museum: The Age of Aquarius

Let the sun shine in and come together to support Fitchburg Art Museum at:  

A Night at the Museum:

The Age of Aquarius

MARCH 9, 2019 6-9PM

Enjoy groovy hors d’oeurves, 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.

All tickets $50

Sponsorship opportunities available.  Click here for more information.

To become a sponsor now, click here.
For more information email events@fitchburgartmuseum.org or call 978-345-4207 x 306

Proceeds from the Age of Aquarius will provide necessary support for the museum’s education, outreach, and public programs. Your help is appreciated.

Current Sponsors:

Fitchburg State University


Lynne Benoit, Deb Faucher, Roderick Lewin, Achla Madan, William McSheehy, Nadine Price, Jocelynn Roetzer, Susan Roetzer

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1:30 PM13:30

The Legacy of Otto Piene

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

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11:00 AM11:00

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. If you are interested in participating in the event, please contact Terrana Curatorial Fellow Candice Bancheri for more information:  fellow@fitchburgartmuseum.org.  All are welcome! FREE!

Location: Lowe Playground (located across the street from the Museum on Elm Street)

Saturday, April 27, 11am–3pm

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1:30 PM13:30

Lost Manufacturing, Found Art

Free with Museum admission

A panel discussion on the effects of deindustrialization, as it relates to the region’s rich history of furniture making. Panelists include UMass Lowell Professor Robert Forrant, artist Tracie Pouliot, and former Nichols & Stone employees, followed by a talk by artist Liz Shepherd. 

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12:00 PM12:00

Cultural Heritage Day

Cultural Heritage Day at the Fitchburg Art Museum on September 30th, 12-4PM, is an opportunity to learn about the important idea of heritage, how it defines who we are, and what kinds of resources are available to learn more about it. During interactive activities and talks, participants will learn about local cultural heritage as well as how past heritage from other countries and time periods are connected to us. Anyone with an interest in history and culture will love this event! There will be activities for adults, especially K-12 educators who can earn professional development points for the event, and children.

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2:00 PM14:00

Interior Effects Opening Reception

The Fitchburg Art Museum's next compelling New England contemporary art exhibition, Interior Effects: Furniture in Contemporary Art, opens with a reception on Sunday, September 23, 2–4pm.  

From studio furniture to artworks ranging from sculpture to video, Interior Effects centers on furniture and its design as psychologically charged metaphors. The exhibition includes artwork by 10 New England artists: Katarina Burin, Sandra Erbacher, Samantha Fields, Yuri Kobayashi, Sarah Malakoff, Judy Kensley McKie, Tracie Pouliot, Celeste Roberge, Liz Shepherd, and Leah K. Woods.

Interior Effects is the second in a series of FAM exhibitions that link contemporary art practice to our region’s industrial heritage.

Guests will enjoy light refreshments and a cash bar at the opening reception.

The event is free with admission and free for all FAM members.

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3:00 PM15:00

Free First Thursday

FREE admission to FAM, featuring artist talks with Scarlett Hoey and Mark Del Guidice at 5:30pm. 

In celebration of FAM's 83rd Regional Exhibition of Art & Craft and Free First Thursday, two of this year's Regional Show prizewinners will offer short artist talks.  To learn more about Scarlett's photography and Mark's studio furniture, please join us on Thursday, August 2 at 5:30pm.

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10:00 AM10:00

Free Fun Friday!

Fitchburg Art Museum is proud to participate in the 10th anniversary of the Highland Street Foundation's Free Fun Fridays program. 

FAM Admission is FREE during our extended hours from 10am – 4:30pm. Guests can enjoy activities throughout the day including face painting, art-making, and a treasure hunt. Check out the summer exhibits, including Howard Johnson: Phantastrophies as well as the 83rd Regional Exhibition of Art & Craft. Have fun designing an African mask or trying out an artist’s technique in one of our learning lounges.

Take part in the No Evil Project at Fitchburg Art Museum's Free Fun Friday.

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