Skip to Content

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, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

So Handsome! I know right? by Jonathan VanTassel

through May 1

Artist Statement

I like to golf. It is a real ninja sport. People don't realize that. But golf shirts occasionally horrify me. Not the baggy, striped, tiny-collared silly ones. It's the ones that look good. The times when I genuinely feel that I look good … in a golf shirt.

I had a moment of horror once in a dressing room while trying on a great form-fitting, black, Moreno wool golf shirt from New Zealand. Everything was right about it. I looked great. It was even on sale. Then I had  a moment in which I felt the enormous power of society and its immeasurable access to my tastes. It was making me feel as though I ought to let people know how reasonable of a guy I am. Somewhat handsome, respectful, and with a touch of style too. Feral tastes running wild and opting for a picnic instead of the hunt. Of course, there is no solid counter move. One runs to the end of another wing in the infinite halls of elegance. Taste oscillates, turns on itself and each move is a move driven by the others. No escape. I thought in that moment that it would be more honest of me to wear a giant, dirty, white t-shirt with some boobs drawn on the front, no pants, and maybe get some face-tattoos. I didn't do those things. I did, however, NOT buy the shirt. I hastily (and respectfully) returned it to the rack and left with a hot-blooded emotion that remains with me.

When I paint there is an abstract realism that I like to hang out in where I can reference fashions, manners, sensibilities and use and question them. These works allowed me to do that. Not without struggle. Elegance is something we all need in whichever form it is we take it. I am not happy with elegance alone.

More About the Artist

Read more about Jonathan and his work on his website.

Past Exhibits

Nick Neddo

Bhakti Ziek

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.