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Outside in Vermont: We Are All Artists

November 11, 2023 at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Lecture and Discussion

Date: Saturday, November 11, 2023 at 3:00 PM

Location: GRACE, 59 Mill Street, Hardwick VT

What does it mean to be an artist, or to be labeled an “Outsider Artist?” What alternatives do we see to this label?

Join us for a transformative journey through the world of art! “Outside in Vermont, We are all artists” is a unique lecture presented in collaboration with GRACE and local artist and educator, Phillip Robertson, featuring artwork from the GRACE Archive Collection. Explore the creativity that resides within all of us and challenge perceptions of who can be an artist.

Lecture Highlights

– Gain fresh insights into the world of Outsider Art.
– Challenge preconceived notions about artistic identity.
– Engage in thought-provoking discussions led by local artist and educator, Phillip Robertson.
– Explore artwork from the GRACE Archive Collection, reflecting a legacy of nurturing untrained artists.

The notion that “everyone is an artist” stands at the center of a dynamic conversation in the upcoming lecture, “Outside in Vermont: We Are All Artists,” presented by GRACE utilizing the captivating artwork from the GRACE Archive Collection. Guided by local artist and educator, Phillip Robertson, participants will embark on a journey to inquire into this idea. The lecture and following discussion serve as an open forum to challenge conventional beliefs about who can be considered an artist. Through an engaging discussion and presentation, attendees will delve into the diverse world of art, allowing for a robust and respectful debate about the boundaries of creativity.

This thought-provoking lecture will attempt to unfurl the tapestry of art terminologies, encompassing naive art, folk art, outsider art, and self-taught artists. Phillip Robertson’s presentation provides not just a historical overview but also invites reflection on whether the notion of “everyone is an artist” is an inclusive truth or a subject open for discussion. Anchored in the Grassroots Arts and Community Effort, the lecture will touch on the past GRACE initiatives, a testament to nurturing untrained artists and providing them with a voice in the art world. Join us in this enriching exploration, where we collectively redefine what it means to be an artist.

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More about the presenter:

Phillip Robertson is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and printmaker, living in Vermont since 1994. Phillip is inspired by the natural landscape, using his imagination and memory to look beyond realism to make a statement about the pastoral landscape tradition in the 21st century. He earned his BFA in Painting with a Minor in Art History from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst in 1989 and earned an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College in 2008. Robertson currently teaches printmaking, drawing, painting, and art history at Northern Vermont University (Johnson Campus) and the Community College of Vermont. He is the Director of the Julian Scott Memorial Gallery on the Johnson campus of Vermont State University and has been involved as a volunteer at the T.W. Wood Gallery in Montpelier, Vermont since 1997.

*The GRACE Gallery will also be open November 10 &11 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM to view the artwork exhibition.


November 11, 2023
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Rural Arts Collaborative
(802) 533-9370
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Creative Zone
Northeast Kingdom Zone (Caledonia, Essex, and Orleans Counties)


59 Mill Street
Hardwick, VT 058423 United States
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