Vermont Arts Council

I AM… 2021: A Virtual Exhibit

5 of 19 featured artists, from left to right: Jericho Parms, KeruBo Webster, Toby MacNutt, Samirah Evans, Shani Stoddard, John HughesFeb. 16 – April 30, 2021

Part of the Council’s mission is to expand access to the arts for all people, regardless of background. Vermont is not often thought of as a diverse state, but people of every stripe call this place home, and the different experiences they bring make our communities rich and vibrant.

To celebrate Vermont’s diverse arts landscape and deepen our state’s creative identity, the Council began publishing the I am a Vermont Artist interview series in early 2019. Two years on from the series’ launch, the Council has published over 30 interviews with artists, exploring how their creative expressions reflect their experiences of ethnicity, gender identity, religion, disability, or age—and the group continues to grow.

In fall 2019, the Spotlight Gallery presented I AM…, a multimedia exhibit and panel discussion with the series artists. To honor the artists who have joined the group since 2019 and to catch up with those we featured in the first I AM… exhibit, the Spotlight Gallery is starting 2021 with I AM… 2021, a virtual exhibit and event series.

Eighteen artists from the I am a Vermont Artist series exhibited work in our online gallery from Feb. 16 through April 30, and on the third Thursday of each month we hosted a Zoom gathering so that audiences could engage with the artists directly.

The virtual exhibit consists of individual online galleries with up to five pieces from an artist.

Recordings of each Zoom gathering are available on this page.

Online Gallery

Visit the online gallery and browse all the exhibiting artists.

Featured Artists

Click an artist’s name below to visit their individual gallery.

LN Bethea | Bryan Blanchette | Rajnii Eddins | Samirah Evans | William Forchion | John Hughes | KeruBo | Nettie Lane | Toby MacNutt | Mikahely | Riki Moss | Jericho Parms | Leaf Silver | Toussaint St. Negritude | Veronica Stevens | Shani Stoddard | Kaylynn TwoTrees | Cai Xi


Screenshot of the Zoom event, I AM... 2021: Meet the ArtistsFeb. 18 at 7 p.m. | I AM… 2021: Meet the Artists

This event gives all participating artists an opportunity to introduce themselves and share how this moment in history has impacted their art practice and/or work. A Q&A at the end of the event will provide an opportunity for discussion between artists and the audience.

View a recording of the first event.

Screenshot of the Zoom event, I AM... 2021: Behind CreationMarch 18 at 7 p.m. | Behind Creation: Discussing the Creative Process

Five featured artists take us “behind the scenes” in a discussion of their creative process. Artists will share the good, the bad, the uncomfortable, and more on the journey from conception to completed work.

View a recording of the second event.

A screenshot of the third I AM 2021 artist talkApril 15 at 7 p.m. | The Business of Creativity: Getting Our Work Into the World

Five featured artists discuss how they bring business and strategy to their creativity. Left brain meets right brain in this conversation about the partnership between art and the business of making art.

View a recording of the third event.

admin-place January 14, 2021