National Artist Fills the Firehouse Art Center with Intricate Installation

The Firehouse Art Center is bringing in a national artist whose work will fill the space, creating a large-scale installation and immersive experience for visitors. Liz Miller’s mixed-media creations, “Acrimonious Efflorescence,” will fill the Main gallery from August 31 to October 7.

Miller is a Minnesotan and professor of installation and drawing at Minnesota State Univeristy-Mankato. Her work has been displayed worldwide, and she is the recipient of many national awards, grants and fellowships.

Firehouse curator Jessica Kooiman Parker has wanted to do an exhibit like this for a long time. “I work with an exhibitions committee made up of community members, board members and artists,” she explained. “For years we have discussed a site-specific exhibit of bold and riveting work. Liz was on the top of our list.”

Miller hasn’t been to Longmont but is looking forward to assembling her large-scale installation in the “handsome space” of the historic Firehouse. “The shapes I am bringing will vary in size and in relation to the space they are in. I want the viewers to have moments when they can look at the work as a whole, and moments when they can walk through it and under it.”

Liz Miller’s large-scale installation will fill the Firehouse’s Main Gallery.

A site-specific exhibit like this takes on the shape of the space in which it is exhibited. “Acrimonious Efflorescence” will be influenced by the architecture of the Firehouse gallery and will be unlike any other of Miller’s installations. So too, is the gallery talk she will give at the opening of the show. She is prepared to tailor her talk to the Firehouse and answer questions that people have as they are surrounded by her installation. “This is not an exhibition on a pedestal or in a glass frame,” she said. “I want the audience to feel really close to the work.”

Liz Miller’s Artist Talk and Reception is Thursday, Aug 31 from 6-9 p.m. Another reception will be held during Downtown Longmont’s Second Friday event on Sept. 8 from 6-9 p.m. You can also purchase a ticket to an intimate brunch with the artist on Sunday, Aug. 27 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. “Acrimonious Efflorescence” is open from Aug. 31 to Oct. 7 at the Firehouse Art Center, 667 4th Ave. Call 303.651.2787 for details.


Artist Brunch | Sunday, Aug. 27
$35 for food and drinks | 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Artist Talk & Reception | Thursday, Aug. 31
FREE | 6-9 p.m.

2nd Friday Reception | Friday, Sept. 8
FREE | 6-9 p.m.

The mission of the Firehouse Art Center is to promote cultural awareness of the arts in the community by: diverse educational programs, events and curation of local, regional and national exhibits. For more information about this and upcoming exhibits, events and programs, please visit

The historic Firehouse Art Center building was built in 1907 and served as a fire station until 1971. The Firehouse Art Center has been located there since 1987.

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