Educators’ Workshop: Animals in Art
Thursday, March 9, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Tour two exhibitions, A Curious Nature: Paintings by Shelley Reed and A Feast of Beasts, with FAM’s Curatorial Fellow, Lisa Crossman. We’ll explore art history, personification, and the power of black-and-white in a world of color. Share lesson ideas with your peers and Director of Education Laura Howick. Light refreshments and PDPs provided. $7M, $10NM includes a resource packet.  Please register by March 8 by emailing  or calling 978-345-4207 ext. 305.


Curator’s Tour: A Curious Nature: Paintings by Shelley Reed
Thursday, April 6, 5:30 p.m.

Get the insider’s scoop with Interim Curator Lisa Crossman as she tours this amazing exhibition.


Gallery Talk: Shelley Reed
Sunday, April 30, 1:30 p.m.

Meet painter Shelley Reed and learn about her process for creating large-scale artworks inspired by sixteenth-century European paintings.


The Painted Bird: Birds in 3000 Years of Art

Sunday, May 21, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Can you go birdwatching in an art museum? Absolutely, and this lecture will show you why looking at birds in a museum’s collection is not only fun but important for both ornithology and art history. Looking at the birds, mammals, and other creatures in an art museum’s collection we can learn about the changing human views of natural world. But why did artists choose to depict one type of bird rather than another?  In this lecture we’ll attempt to answer that question as we look at Mayan turkeys, Ancient Greek owls, Dutch magpies, modernist gulls and much more . The great thing about gallery birding is your feet never get wet, the birds sit still and your day list is like no other. So grab a field guide, but leave your wellies at home, and join us for an afternoon of birds in art.

After the lecture, stick around and we will do some gallery birding by identifying species in A Curious Nature and A Feast of Beasts.


Wednesday – Friday 12pm – 4pm
Saturday & Sunday 11am – 5pm
1st Thursday of the month 12pm – 7pm



Fitchburg Art Museum
185 Elm Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
Phone 978.345.4207


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