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Spotlight Gallery

In-house Exhibits by Vermont Visual Artists

The Arts Council's gallery is open to the public and located in the corridor and conference room of our offices at 136 State Street in Montpelier. Exhibits generally run for a two-month period. There are times when the conference room is not available, but the corridor exhibit is always open during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Exhibiting through December 31: Bhakti Ziek

Artist Statement—Études

Preliminary work produced while researching a larger work is often overlooked, yet these pieces contain insights and information essential to the large work. The weavings in this exhibition, Études, are finished works in their own right, and, simultaneously, studies for other weavings.

I could also have called this exhibition Mindscapes. The weavings are reflections of places in my inner world—a place of abstraction, words, and light. They connect to the outer world and its terrain, but are not referential to any specific place or time. Letters float like leaves, the potential for communication not yet formalized. For me, letters are beautiful in their own right, which then become exquisite chains of insight.

There is always a nod to historical textiles in my work. I identify with a lineage of narrative textiles that includes Safavid and Ottoman weavings. Rich in details, refined but sparkling with gold and silver, they told stories about their times. They are a source of possibilities and inspiration for me, as I hope my weavings will be for others.

Past Exhibits

Tony Conner

Art Costa

Piper Strong

Diane Donovan

Jeff Clarke

Alexis Kyriak

Janet Fredericks

Robert Gold


Exhibiting Your Work

If you are interested in having your work in the Spotlight Gallery, send samples, information on the proposed exhibit, and an artist’s statement/resume or biography by email to Thaddeus Gibson, or by postal mail to: Vermont Arts Council Spotlight Gallery, Attn: Thaddeus Gibson, 136 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05633-6001.

If you are chosen for exhibition you will receive a detailed floor plan and special instructions for hanging your work to be fully accessible. Work is displayed in two spaces in our offices: the conference room and the main corridor. The work hangs from a picture rail; approximately 20 average size paintings (or other two-dimensional media) can be hung. Exhibits should fill both spaces and be accessible to people using wheelchairs.