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Category: Public Art

Digging Deeper

Digging Deeper

Posted: May 25, 2017

A year ago, the Council published the results of the 2016 Vermonter Poll. The study made clear that art matters to us in our public life, schools, and homes. A full 85% of Vermonters agreed with the statement, “I value the arts as an important element of life in my community.” We shared this data with Paul Costello, executive director of the Vermont Council on Rural Development since 2000. He said, “This statistic doesn’t surprise me. It mirrors what we hear from Vermonters all around the state. In all the years I’ve been involved in work with Vermont communities, the arts turn up time and time again as key local assets, as a driver for the local brand, and as one of the crucial points of attraction for entrepreneurs, youth and new residents.” Read More
Maple, Murals, Sugarhouses, and Sculptures

Maple, Murals, Sugarhouses, and Sculptures

Posted: February 22, 2017

In the Green Mountain State, sweet signs of spring include maple forests awakening and a plethora of outdoor art awaiting visitors. With more than 3,000 sugarmakers in residence, Vermont is the top maple syrup producer in the United States, generating over one million gallons annually. This year, pair your visits to the state’s famed maple sugarhouses with outdoor arts exploration. From Maple Open House Weekend, March 25-26, to the Vermont Maple Festival, April 28-30, the opportunities for exploring Vermont arts and savoring the season are as ample as maple is sweet. Read More
Funding Available for Public Art

Funding Available for Public Art

Posted: September 26, 2016

Information sessions for the Animating Infrastructure Grant program will be held October 13-26. The program is designed to encourage communities to engage artists in the planning, design and/or fabrication of public art in infrastructure projects and to encourage thinking beyond the ordinary as concepts for new buildings, roads, bridges, and other public spaces are developed. Participants will learn about the application process, and will have the opportunity to brainstorm ideas for projects in their own community. Sessions are led by Michele Bailey, senior program director at the Vermont Arts Council. Anyone who wants to learn more about this grant program is encouraged to attend. Read More
Symbolic Landscapes

Symbolic Landscapes

Posted: August 18, 2016

Elizabeth Nelson has painted since she was eight. Her work has been shown since the late 1980s and has been presented in juried shows for nearly as long. Well-known for her images of northeastern landscapes, she is represented by galleries in New York and Vermont and has won commissions for public art. Liz is neither a young nor obscure artist; years of experience inform her painting. Reflecting on that, she said, "Every so often artists come to the end of what they're exploring. They have to ask, 'Where do I go from here?'" 2012 was one of those times. She wanted to transform her art. Read More
The Progression of Flight

The Progression of Flight

Posted: April 14, 2016

There’s a compelling exhibit at the West Branch Gallery in Stowe. "Flight: Explorations in Movement, Migration, and Freedom” was curated by Tari Swenson, but only after an incubation period of years. She long considered showing just birds, but the concept did not feel whole. News coverage of Syrian refugees brought the idea strength to fly. Flight is movement. Movement includes seeking refuge. Art speaks of all human experience. Read More
Building Community Out of Silos

Building Community Out of Silos

Posted: February 18, 2016

“Jeffersonville Fiercely Debates Proposed Public Art” proclaimed the Stowe Reporter headline. Asked about those words, Justin Marsh, trustee of the Cambridge Arts Council (CAC) laughs. “Fierce may be a bit strong, but there has certainly been debate. And I think the project has been more successful because of it.” Six months earlier, Marsh and CAC president Carol Plante didn’t have an idea in mind when they decided to attend a Vermont Arts Council grant seeker workshop. They were intrigued by the grant name, Animating Infrastructure, and CAC was looking for a new project. “It was a bit daunting,” said Marsh, “but the workshop organizers were encouraging and the first phase required only a one-page proposal so we went for it.” Read More