Join us at the Fleming Museum for our series of afternoon and evening programs. Each program is related to an exhibition or an object from the permanent collection currently on view. Programs are included with regular admission, unless noted otherwise.


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 - 5:30 - 7:00 PM

Winter/Spring 2018 Opening Reception

Hosted by UVM President Thomas Sullivan, Fleming Director Janie Cohen and the Fleming Museum's Board of Advisors

Cash bar, hors d'oeuvres, and live jazz music


ARTIST'S TALK: Self-Confessed: The Inappropriately Intimate Comics of Alison Bechdel

with Alison Bechdel

From her long-running comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For, to her family memoirs Fun Home and Are You My Mother?, Bechdel has explored in graphic detail the overlap between the personal and the political, the domestic and the global. This evening Bechdel talks about how her cartooning has evolved over the past four decades, and discusses the strange alchemy that happens when one draws and writes at the same time.

Co-sponsored by the UVM Department of English and the Vermont Humanities Council

NOTE: The talk takes place at UVM’s Davis Center in the Silver Maple Ballroom. Free Admission.


The Painted Word Poetry Series

with Michael Dickman

Michael Dickman is the author of The End of the West (2009); Flies (winner of the 2011 James Laughlin Award); 50 American Plays (2012), co-written with his brother, Matthew Dickman; Green Migraine (Copper Canyon Press, 2015); and Brother (Faber and Faber, 2016). He has received fellowships from the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas; the Fine Arts Work Center; and the Vermont Studio Center; and he won the 2008 Narrative Prize. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, Field, Tin House, Narrative Magazine and others. He is a faculty member of the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University.

Co-sponsored by the UVM Department of English

MARCH 2018


TALK: The Dark Side of Daumier’s Comedy

with Gretchen Van Slyke, professor, UVM Department of Romance Languages

Much of Daumier's humor is plain to us now, and while some of us may laugh at some of these politically incorrect representations of writing women, others may want to grit their teeth. Still, we cannot fully understand Daumier's satires without knowing something about the expectations for bourgeois women in mid-nineteenth century France and how the norms of femininity were enforced. We'll take a look at Barbey d'Aurevilly’s 1878 book on Les Bas-bleus to explore the virulent reaction of a man who defined himself as a staunch Catholic conservative and felt deeply threatened by the bluestockings' refusal to stay in the place that society defined for them.


TALK: Alison Bechdel’s Vermont: A Queer Regionalism

with Valerie Rohy, professor, UVM Department of English

In April 2017, Alison Bechdel was named Vermont’s Cartoonist Laureate, an honor that raises questions about the significance of Vermont in her work. This talk traces representations of Vermont in Dykes to Watch Out For, a 2009 graphic essay on the state, and her most recent memoir, Are You My Mother? It places Bechdel’s work in the context of American literary regionalism, with its tensions between the particular and the universal, and considers how they inform her ongoing concern with queer identities.

APRIL 2018


PANEL DISCUSSION: A Conversation with Alison Bechdel, James Kochalka, and Edward Koren: Vermont Cartoonist Laureates Past and Present

Join Alison, James, and Edward as they discuss their work, and the role of cartooning in our community and culture, moderated by Seven Days co-founder and co-editor Pamela Polston.

SATURDAY, APRIL 14 - 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

——CANCELLED—— WORKSHOP: Writing and Drawing a Single Panel Cartoon

Cartoonist Hilary Price, known for her syndicated strip Rhymes with Orange, leads this full-day workshop on the single panel cartoon which introduces some basic cartooning concepts, including characters, environment, plot, and the gag. Ages 16+

Co-sponsored by The Center for Cartoon Studies

Fee: $95 / $80 Museum Members. All materials are provided
Click here for more information and to register.


The Painted Word Poetry Series

Ekphrastic Poetry Reading

To celebrate the 10th anniverasary of The Painted Word poetry series, we offer a reading of ekphrastic poetry——verse written in response to works of visual art. The ancient Greeks taught ekphrasis as a way to share the emotional experience and content of an object through detailed descriptive writing. In later centuries, ekphrasis was used to create vivid descriptions of works of art. The Painted Word invites students and community members to write original poems describing or inspired by the wide range of visual art on view in the Museum’s galleries. (A selection of images from the spring exhibitions can be viewed on the Fleming’s website this fall.)

Writers of selected poems will be invited to read at The Painted Word on April 18, and their poems will be printed in a booklet available at the Museum.

Submissions must be received by March 16. Click here for more information and to submit.

MAY 2016

THURSDAY, MAY 17 - 6:00 PM

PechaKucha, Burlington: Volume 27

PechaKucha Night (PKN) is a worldwide phenomenon that offers the opportunity for a broad range of partcipants to present their projects, ideas, thoughts, and designs at a fun and informal gathering. This volume is hosted by the Fleming and takes place in the Marble Court.