Firehouse Center for Visual Arts
The Firehouse Center for the Visual Arts (FCVA) provides visitors with a fully-integrated arts experience through contemporary exhibitions and educational programming informed by the work in the Firehouse Gallery. The FCVA includes a community darkroom and photography studio; artist-in-residence studio; multimedia conference facility for lectures, film series, and panel discussions; and Resource Room and Library with public meeting space and Internet access. Burlington City Arts (BCA) opened all five floors of the building in 2004 after an extensive historic renovation, and has yet to complete the $3.5 million capital campaign.
The Firehouse Center for the Visual Arts is programmed and managed by Burlington City Arts.
- Lower Level – Firehouse Community Darkroom and Multi-Use Classroom
This level houses a Firehouse Community Darkroom and classroom and a multi-use classroom. From black and white photographs to drawing from the figure, the amateur and professional will benefit from the offerings of this floor. Our Darkroom is handicapped accessible.
- Ground Floor – Firehouse Gallery
The Firehouse Gallery has been central to BCA’s identity since it was opened in 1995. The gallery’s mission is to promote excellence, experimentation, and education in all forms of contemporary art. The Firehouse Gallery fulfills this mission by presenting thought-provoking exhibitions, supporting innovative and emerging artists, and engaging the public through exposure to high-quality artwork, exhibition-related discussions, and arts activities. Much current art has historically been misunderstood, disliked, and rejected in its time. Firehouse Gallery exhibitions provide important contextualization of contemporary art and encourage critical discussions. Exhibitions and education programming are part of our ongoing effort to build and sustain audiences for contemporary art outside of a major urban center.
Second Floor – Lorraine B. Good Multi-Media Lecture Hall and Conference Center and the Bill and Nicky Roth Room
Burlington City Arts programs the Lorraine B. Good Multi-Media Lecture Hall and Conference Center (pictured left) on the second floor with lectures, exhibitions, classes, films and many special events. It is also frequented by other community organizations, and is available to rent for private use.
Located in the heart of downtown Burlington on the Church Street Marketplace, the Firehouse Center for the Visual Arts offers a unique blend of historic architecture, contemporary design, and distinguished exhibitions providing a dynamic setting for conferences, corporate trainings, holiday, birthday, and retirement parties, wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, and more.
The secluded second floor can be rented in its entirety as a small conference center or private party setting, or can be rented by room for smaller events and meetings.
The floor features:
- Capacity for 125 people with both rooms or 50 people in either individual room
- Full warming/serving kitchen
- Full range of multi-media presentation equipment available in-house for lectures, films and meetings
- For more information about renting the Firehouse, please contact Craig Carlson or call 802-865-5849.
- Third Floor – Art Education Studio and Artist Resource Room
The Art Education Studio (pictured left) is equipped for everything from oil painting to sculpture. The room is constructed with a special ventilation system, adjacent storage and drying areas to accommodate all the artistic offerings of the Firehouse Education Classes. The Artist Resource Room (pictured right) is open to the public during regular business hours and harbors an eclectic selection of art books, periodicals and online resources. The resource room is the welcome and information center for Burlington City Arts and is not limited for use by artists – all residents and visitors can learn about the “happenings” in the greater Burlington area.
- Fourth Floor – Artist-in-Residence Studio
The Artist-in-Residence Studio allows the Firehouse Center for the Visual Arts to bring both national and international artists to our region. The artist is given space to work and exhibit and is an integral part of the Firehouse Education Program. There are “open studio” hours, private classes and time for the artist to work privately. The program builds extensive outreach through the Firehouse Gallery and form partnerships with local schools and universities. more info »
- High atop the Firehouse lives its original bell. Soon after September 11, 2001, Burlington City Arts learned that the Shelburne Museum hoped to gift the original bell back to the Firehouse tower. Ravaged by years of water, damage, a re-engineering and renovation of the tower as well as a concentrated fundraising effort took place. The bell was hoisted back into it's home on September 12, 2002. As a symbol of the services provided by the Firehouse’s inhabitants throughout history, the bell’s return seemed to confirm the building’s connection to the community.
- Read more about the History of the Firehouse.