Vermont Arts Council

Vermont Voices: An Exhibit of Vermont Art Educators Association Members

VAEA members Kimberly Desjardins and Dorsey Hogg stand beside Hogg’s book art on display in the Spotlight Gallery.

Vermont Voices: An Exhibit of Vermont Art Educators Association Members

March 8-31, 2023 | Gallery hours 12-5 p.m. Mon, Wed, Fri | Opening reception 4 p.m., Saturday, March 11

For sales inquiries contact VAEA member Rebbie Carleton at [email protected].

A showcase of visual art by members of the Vermont Art Educators Association, coinciding with the Youth Art Month exhibit at the Vermont State House

The Vermont Arts Council Spotlight Gallery will host the Vermont Art Educators Association’s (VAEA) first ever member exhibit from March 8-31, 2023.

The exhibit, titled “Vermont Voices,” will display one work of art by participating members of the VAEA, which is Vermont’s statewide professional association for art educators and an affiliate of the National Art Education Association.

“Our membership organization sponsors relevant professional development opportunities for art educators at all levels and advocates for art education by exhibiting imaginative and creative student art,” said VAEA member and exhibit co-curator Rebbie Carleton. “The synergy of those two endeavors combines to show the profound influence visual communication and expression have on the education and lives of our students.”

“Vermont Voices” will coincide with the VAEA’s biennial Youth Art Month exhibit at the Vermont State House, across State Street from the Arts Council Spotlight Gallery, enabling the community to see the creativity of both Vermont’s youngest artists and the arts educators who support their growth.

“When art teachers feel supported and recognized as artists, their teaching in the art room becomes more meaningful and authentic,” said Dorsey Hogg, another exhibit co-curator and VAEA member. “When art educators have time to create and reflect on their own art, they can empathize with their students and work towards a more artful practice.”

Visitors to the exhibit can expect to see a range of visual art styles and mediums, including painting, drawing, photography, book arts, and more. The exhibit is free and open to the public, and select artworks will be available for sale through the artists.

“Art educators inspire young Vermonters with the power of creativity and self-expression,” said Amy Cunningham, interim executive director of the Vermont Arts Council. “We’re thrilled to partner with the Vermont Art Educators Association to showcase the incredible talent of their members.”

Learn more about the Vermont Art Educators Association.

Reception photos

Desmond Peeples March 17, 2023