Vermont Collects: Modern and Contemporary Masters
VERMONT COLLECTS: MODERN & CONTEMPORARY MASTERS is the first in a series of exhibits showcasing the diverse aesthetic and cultural sensibilities within our community. It provides viewers with an opportunity to experience rarely seen paintings, prints, and sculpture on loan from the private collections of local residents, along with a selection of prints donated by a private collector to The Putney School. While traveling around Windham County, I was struck by the breadth and quality of artwork people live with every day. We in Brattleboro are fortunate indeed to have a group of patrons willing to part with cherished objects for three months that we, too, might spend time in rich contemplation. On behalf of the board, staff, and visitors to BMAC, I thank them profoundly for their generosity.
— Mara Williams, Chief Curator
WE’RE ALL COLLECTORS, whether we think of ourselves that way or not. From the spoon drawer to the linen closet to our home files of documents, letters, and owners’ manuals, collections nudge and guide us through our day.
What, then, is different about an art collector? He or she gathers and keeps objects not because they are useful but because, to the collector, they are beautiful, inspirational, challenging. An art collection is built not just as the collector chooses new pieces, but as the collection itself nurtures the passion behind it
— Anne Hilker Sack, Guest Essayist