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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.

PLEASE NOTE: The Fleming Museum of Art is closed during the University of Vermont's Fall Recess, Saturday, October 12 through Monday, October 14. We reopen with our regular hours on Tuesday, October 15

Be Strong and Do Not Betray Your Soul: Selections from the Light Work Collection

The forty-seven artists featured Be Strong and Do Not Betray Your Soul use the medium of photography to express their own humanity and that of their subjects; to subtly comment on the social, economic, and historical forces that oppress us all, but especially women, queer people, and people of color; and above all to create images that are by turns startling, meditative, and thought-provoking.

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This exhibition explores the intersection of art and activism. Drawn primarily from the Fleming Museum’s collection, the RESIST! INSIST! PERSIST! features the work of historical and contemporary artists who have countered adversity and hardship with empowerment and expression. This show was curated by UVM students in the Fall 2018 class Art History 282: Museum Studies.


Photo of Patrick Brown

TALK: History of Activism at UVM


Student activism has a long and vibrant history. From the early “butter rebellion” in 1776 at Harvard to the high school students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School creating a groundswell of protest in 2018 following the shooting at their high school, students have worked hard for social justice and change. This presentation by Patrick Brown, the former Director of Student Life at UVM, will take a brief look at the history of student activism on campus with a focus on how this activism has changed the University of Vermont.

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