• Detail of Sally Curcio's "Jackie Onassis Reservoir, NYC," 2014

    NEW EXHIBITIONS OPENING

    Two new exhibitions featuring the miniature in art open on February 13.

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  • The Asian Gallery at the Fleming Museum of Art

    NEW GALLERY OF ASIAN ART

    The Museum's venerable Wilbur Room has been transformed into an exciting new gallery space.

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  • UVM class visits the Fleming Museum of Art

    A TEACHING MUSEUM

    The Fleming is proud of its long history as a critical teaching resource for faculty at the University of Vermont.

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  • A scholar talk at the University of Vermont' Fleming Museum of Art

    A ROBUST SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

    This spring the Museum offers 16 exciting program and events for all ages.

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  • Detail from a Native American Chilkit Blanket

    ART FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

    The Museum's rich Native American collection is just one of many permanent collection galleries.

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  • Detail from a Winslow Homer painting

    FROM REMBRANDT TO HOMER

    Pictured: Winslow Homer's The Tent (Summer by the Sea), 1874

Welcome to your Museum

A cultural treasure prized by Vermonters and visitors for more than 80 years, the Fleming Museum is located on the campus of the University of Vermont, which, chartered in 1791, is one of the nation's oldest universities.

When the Museum opened in 1931, it was hailed as "a practical place of learning — a vibrant, ongoing educational institution for both children and adults." Today, the Museum houses Vermont's most comprehensive collection of art and anthropological artifacts. It presents innovative exhibitions of contemporary and historic art from around the world, complemented by year-round programming for all ages.

Detail of Mohamad Hafez's "Hiraeth"

Small Worlds: Miniatures in Contemporary Art

Small Worlds explores the ways contemporary artists use miniatures to inspire awe, whimsy, and even dread. These artists either create or employ found miniature figures, rooms, and landscapes, displaying them through photographs or sculptures. The resulting scenes, reminiscent of our childhood play-things, can recall in us that sense of wonder for the world around us, but also call our attention to the dark forces hidden beneath the seduction of the small.

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A miniature bible

Global Miniatures

 

Miniatures—small versions of real-world objects—can be found the world over and throughout time. What is the appeal, seemingly universal, of seeing something familiar made small? What functions do miniatures serve? This exhibition will explore these questions using a wide range of objects from the Fleming Museum’s global collection.

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Photo of an ant resting on a leaf

Life in the Little City

Thursday, February 21, 12:00 PM

An ant colony is a society in miniature, with concerns both pedestrian and momentous that mirror our own: traffic jams, bucket brigades, housekeeping, childcare, neighborhoods, factions, epidemics, and massacres. The lives of ants are both foreign and familiar, and it is this juxtaposition that has made them an object of fascination for centuries. In this talk, Sara Helms Cahan (Associate Professor and Chair, UVM Department of Biology) will discuss what we can learn about universal truths of social life when we take the time to look deeply at these little creatures who rule the world.

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