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n Vermont, the signs of a healthy creative economy pop up around every wide corner, hilly country road, and small city street. Here, art takes on all forms—and is completely approachable. It’s local, yet also surprisingly grand and global. Vermont itself is a cultural campus where curiosity, ingenuity, quality, beauty, history are celebrated—in galleries and art centers, museums and music halls, but also on farms, in restaurants, and in visitor centers and resorts. Yes, the Vermont experience is academic. Yet no one—Vermonter or visitor—is being graded or judged. Here, creativity flows freely. Diversity in expression is appreciated. The language of art in all its forms is spoken. Vermonters have the gift of world-class assets, and travelers are given the gift of authentic Vermont. So when you’ve got the time to travel to or just through Vermont, so much awaits you. Any direction you head—from Burlington to the Northeast Kingdom to Stowe, down Route 100 to Rochester, and everywhere in between— encourages you to start exploring, get inspired, be delighted. Here are places to see and people to meet along the way. Distinguished as the nation’s first state affiliated craft center, Frog Hollow’s Burlington gallery offers a unique collection of fine, traditional, and contemporary Vermont art and craft representing a community of more than two hundred Vermont artisans, from Dug Nap’s cartoons to the Celtic-inspired jewelry of Deirdre Donnelly to Kate Pond’s Corten steel sculptures. Frog Hollow is dedicated to the exposure and appreciation of Vermont fine craftsmanship, and works statewide to enhance art education. Its Church Street location is an open invitation for the discovery of Vermont art and artisans. Located on the fourth floor of the Burlington City Arts Center (also on Church Street in Burlington) the Vermont Metro Gallery presents and sells the artwork of Vermont artists working in a wide variety of contemporary media. Since 1995, The BCA Center has built an exceptional reputation for its contemporary exhibitions and ability to attract and cultivate regional and national talent in Vermont. Now, by harnessing BCA’s experience and pride in the Vermont-made, the Vermont Metro Gallery features an ongoing rotation of distinctive work for sale by local and regional contemporary artists. Proceeds from the sale of artwork in the gallery

Charles Movalli, The Church, Vermont, acrylic on linen, 36 x 36".

support Vermont artists and BCA’s education and arts programming. The Robert Hull Fleming Museum of Art houses Vermont’s most comprehensive collection of art and anthropological artifacts on the campus of the University of Vermont. With more than 20,000 objects, the Fleming’s collection offers a unique opportunity to study visual cultures from early Mesopotamia through contemporary America. From didgeridoo and gamelan music performances to painted word poetry in the museum’s Marble Court, the Fleming Museum engages audiences with fresh ideas in the context of the history of civilization. Like UVM, Vermont’s other accredited institutions deliver local communities access to a healthy variety of public programming, while also luring new neighbors to the green mountains with the promise of quality education in the arts. With spectacular views of Sterling

Ridge from its hilltop campus in Johnson, Johnson State College offers undergraduate degrees in art (B.A.) and media arts (B.F.A.), as well as an M.F.A. in studio arts that includes residencies at the renowned Vermont Studio Center in town. The college’s newly renovated Visual Arts Center features gallery and studio space for painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography, woodworking, ceramics, media arts and more. Sculpture and artwork are on display throughout the JSC campus buildings and grounds, and the Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, housed in Dibden Center for the Arts, exhibits work by student and visiting artists year-round. Undergraduate degrees in the performing arts include music, theater and drama, musical theater, technical theater and music education. Widely known in visual and written arts circles, Goddard College in Plainfield is an M a r c h / A p r i l 2 0 1 4    

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Art New England  

Focus On: Northern Vermont March / April 2014

Art New England  

Focus On: Northern Vermont March / April 2014