EVENTS

  1. 24
    Aug
    Entry Workshop
    for BEST OF THE BEST | 1:00 - 2:00 pm
    If you are interested in entering the annual juried art exhibition "Best of the Best," you'll want to mark your calendar for this important opportunity. We are holding a free Entry Workshop to give artists who plan to enter the competition guidance on understanding the rules, tips on acceptable framing and presentation, and to answer questions. Attendees will have one entry fee waived.
  2. 4-6
    Oct
    Best of the Best - Preview!
    FREE ADMISSION WEEKEND
    Enjoy St. Lucie County’s hosting of the 3M Scott Firefighters Combat Challenge – U.S. Nationals competition in the parking lot between the Museum and the Manatee Observation and Education Center, and come visit the annual juried exhibition for a preview before the official opening!
  3. 12
    Oct
    Season Opening Reception
    BEST OF THE BEST | 5:00 - 8:00 pm
    Join us for the opening of the season and celebrate this year's award winners in the "Best of the Best" - ! Free for members, $20 not-yet members.
  4. 13
    Oct
    Season Open House
    BEST OF THE BEST | 12 noon - 4:00 pm
    Free Admission and refreshments this Sunday to kick off the 59th Season. Gallery Tours: 2:00 pm - A.E. "Bean" Backus by J. Marshall Adams, Executive Director 3:00 pm - Florida Highwaymen by Roger Lightle
  5. 26
    Oct
    BACKUS BOO BALL
    Halloween Thrills | 6:00 - 10:00 pm
    It’s time to Eat, Drink, and Be Scary to benefit the Backus Museum! Costume contest, Silent as the Grave Auction, Witches’ Brews, Zombie Jamboree (dancing), Undead (live) music by The Humdingers … a bloodcurdlingly boo-tiful bash for artsy-funky grown-up fun. Get your tricked out disguise ready, but get your tickets before they’re gone!
  6. 3
    Nov
    Free Admission Sunday
    BEST OF THE BEST | 12 noon - 4:00 pm
    Free Admission to view "Best of the Best" and our collection of the paintings of A.E. Backus and the Florida Highwaymen.
  7. 6
    Dec
    Opening Reception
    DOUBLE FEATURE | 6:00 - 8:00 pm
    Enjoy the new exhibition "Double Feature: Contemporary Icons by James and Candice Ceravolo," meet the artists, and take advantage of the Members' Preview of the Holiday Sale! Free for members, $20 not-yet members.
  8. 7-8
    Dec
    HOLIDAY SALE WEEKEND
    Sat 10 am - 4 pm | Sun 12 n - 4 pm
    FREE ADMISSION WEEKEND! The Museum Store is your one-stop shopping destination for unique and creative gifts. Backus-inspired items for the home or office, artisan jewelry, specialty books, and more are waiting for you. Knock out your "Nice List" at the Museum for some happy holidays!
  9. 1
    Dec
    Free Admission Sunday
    DOUBLE FEATURE | 12 noon - 4:00 pm
    Free Admission to view "Double Feature: Contemporary Icons by James and Candice Ceravolo" and our collection of the paintings of A.E. Backus and the Florida Highwaymen.
  1. 11
    Jan
    We Remember Backus
    Treasure Coast History Festival | 1 pm
    In partnership with the 4th Annual Treasure Coast History Festival This favorite festival returns to Historic Downtown Fort Pierce, this year including a program commemorating artist and humanitarian A.E. Backus, who died 30 years ago. Sunrise Theatre's Black Box Theatre
  2. 5
    Jan
    Free Admission Sunday
    Collection on View | 12 noon - 4:00 pm
    Free Admission to view our collection of the paintings of A.E. Backus and the Florida Highwaymen.
  3. 26
    Jan
    Sunday in Key West
    Luncheon & Auction | 11:30 am - 3 pm
    Make your plans for the winter escape you love right here at home! Enjoy the exciting auction of one-of-a-kind items and prizes, bountiful brunch fare, and fantastic setting at the Pelican Yacht Club with unmatched views of the Indian River Lagoon – all topped with an ample serving of the lively appeal of Key West. Reserve your seats starting Dec 1!
  4. 2
    Feb
    Free Admission Sunday
    DRIVING FORCE | 12 noon - 4:00 pm
    Free Admission to view "Driving Force" and our collection of the paintings of A.E. Backus and the Florida Highwaymen.
  5. 14
    Feb
    Closing Reception
    DRIVING FORCE | 6:00 - 8:00 pm
    Don't miss Doretha Hair Truesdell's stories of her late husband Alfred Hair and the Florida Highwaymen, on the eve of the Highwaymen Heritage Trail Festival. Free for members, $20 not-yet members.
  6. 14-16
    Feb
    HIGHWAYMEN WEEKEND
    Free Admission during regular hours
    Friday - Sunday | Outdoor Mural Plaza - Browse a selection of vintage Highwaymen paintings available through private dealers; Appraisal services on site for you to bring your Highwaymen paintings or other works of Florida Art Saturday | 5th Annual City of Fort Pierce Highwaymen Heritage Trail Festival and Art Fair, Moore’s Creek Linear Park - shuttle service offered between Museum and Park
  1. 1
    Mar
    24th Annual Backus Brunch
    Sunday, 9:30 am - 12 noon
    We learned from “Bean” Backus that the best way to bring people together is art and food, and this modern translation of a Florida Cracker breakfast acts as a winter community homecoming. Don't miss your last chance to buy the lucky ticket for the annual drawing to win an original Backus painting. Drawing held at 12:30 pm.
  2. 1
    Mar
    Free Admission Sunday
    JAMES F. HUTCHINSON | 12 n - 4 pm
    Free Admission to view "James F. Hutchinson: Visionary Truths" and our collection of the paintings of A.E. Backus and the Florida Highwaymen. (We'll be finishing up with the Backus Brunch, please be kind as we put things back to normal!)
  3. 13
    Mar
    Opening Reception
    JAMES F. HUTCHINSON | 6:00 - 8:00 pm
    Enjoy the new exhibition "James F. Hutchinson: Visionary Truths," and meet the artist. Free for members, $20 not-yet members.
  4. 4
    Apr
    Slow Art Day 2020
    JAMES F. HUTCHINSON | 11:30 - 12:30
    Discover a new way to experience art – slowly! Slow Art Day helps more people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art. Offered in partnership with the Fort Pierce Art Club. Space is limited – tickets available Mar 4!
  5. 5
    Apr
    Free Admission Sunday
    JAMES F. HUTCHINSON | 12 n - 4:00 pm
    Free Admission to view "James F. Hutchinson: Visionary Truths" and our collection of the paintings of A.E. Backus and the Florida Highwaymen.
  6. 15
    May
    Opening Reception
    Through the Eye of the Camera | 6-8 pm
    Don't miss the award-winners and accepted works from this year's annual juried photography exhibition "Through the Eye of the Camera." Free for members, $20 not-yet members.
  1. 7
    Jun
    Free Admission Sunday
    Through the Eye of the Camera|12-4pm
    Free Admission to view the annual juried photography exhibition "Through the Eye of the Camera" and vote for your favorite for the People's Choice Award.
  2. 6
    Jun
    Backus Bingo -Wild Things!
    Saturday, June 6, 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
    Held at the Pelican Yacht Club 1120 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce People go wild for this colorful event year after year. Participants enjoy an untamed series of games with wonderful prizes, a luncheon feast fit for man and beast, cash bar, exceptional door prizes, and lots of fun and merriment for all. Reserve your summer safari today!
  3. 20
    Jun
    Summer Schedule Begins
    Open Saturdays & Sundays
    The Museum shifts to its Summer Schedule - open only on Saturdays 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, and Sundays 12 noon - 4:00 pm. (We will be closed Saturday, July 4.) We observe our Summer Schedule through July and into August; please check back for our announcement to return to Regular Schedule before the opening of the 60th Season.
  4. 5
    Jul
    Free Admission Sunday
    12 noon - 4:00 pm
    Free Admission to view our collection of the paintings of A.E. Backus and the Florida Highwaymen.
  5. 2
    Aug
    Free Admission Sunday
    12 noon - 4:00 pm
    Free Admission to view our collection of the paintings of A.E. Backus and the Florida Highwaymen.
  6. TBA
    Aug
    Entry Workshop
    For Best of the Best 2020| TIME TBA
    If you are interested in entering the annual juried art exhibition "Best of the Best," you'll want to mark your calendar for this important opportunity. We are holding a free Entry Workshop to give artists who plan to enter the competition guidance on understanding the rules, tips on acceptable framing and presentation, and to answer questions. Attendees will have one entry fee waived.
HOURS & ADDRESS 
Wednesday - Saturday
10:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday
12:00pm - 4:00pm
500 North Indian River Drive
Historic Downtown
Fort Pierce, Florida 34950
772-465-0630
          
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