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Sculpture Garden

The Arts Council and the Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services maintain an exhibit at the Council offices at 136 State Street in Montpelier—next door to the Capital Region Visitors Center. The Garden is a public/private collaboration featuring rotating two-year showings of contemporary work created by Vermont artists. Designed in 2002 by Burlington landscape architects H. Keith Wagner and Associates, it offers a place to picnic or engage in quiet reflection in Montpelier's downtown.

Chris Miller's "Unity" sculpture of two stone hands

Unity by Chris Miller.

Through 2021

The State of Sculpture . . . a sampling of sculpture in Vermont  is a selection of sculpted work being created in the state of Vermont in our current time.

As curators we want to showcase a wide variety of materials and techniques. The works represent the traditional skills of stone carving and woodworking, as well as casting and fabrication using stainless steel, iron, and concrete. Most importantly, we are committed to creating an intimate environment for the public, one that is friendly and engages you to sit, rest, and reflect.

—curators Joe Chirchirillo, Northern Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Show and Matthew Perry, Vermont Arts Exchange

Participating sculptors: Ria Blaas, Joe Chirchirillo, Clark Derbes, Peter Lundberg, Chris Miller, Andrew Hamilton Reiss, and Gregory Smith

Visiting the Garden

The public can enter from the city sidewalk on State Street, or from the parking area where there are two accessible parking spots at the garden's entrance. All sculpture is visible from a walkway that crosses through the garden; the surfaces are concrete, finely crushed gravel, and flat slate. There are two steps into the lower garden, and snowbanks may block access to some areas of the garden in the winter. In the summer, visitors may enjoy the picnic table on the grass just beyond the pathway.

Virtual Tour

The exterior of the Vermont Arts Council offices on a mild March day, snow melting on the lawn.During the Covid-19 pandemic, in-person visits to the Sculpture Garden may not always be possible or advisable. To help the public enjoy the Garden at a distance, we have created a virtual tour.

Take the virtual Sculpture Garden tour.