Past Exhibits

Cloaked and Revealed: Sculptural Paintings by Marela Zacarias

Billowing clouds of what appears to be stiffened fabric envelop everyday objects (televisions, tricycles, swings) or float across walls. Painted in bold, geometric patterns inspired by world textiles and by the great muralists of Mexico and the WPA, these hybrid objects scramble the categories of art and life, past and present, painting and sculpture.

May 9 - June 22, 2014

Opposing Forces: New Paintings by John Gibson

Since the 1980s, John Gibson has used balls as his signature motif. Lushly painted designs, ranging from dots and stripes to patterns inspired by scientific and ethnographic symbols, cover each ball. Although inanimate, the balls assume individual and group characteristics, lending each a quirky personality.

May 9 - June 22, 2014

All the Days of the Year

This video installation by Walter Ungerer is a record of one year as seen from Mount Battie, Maine. Every day for a year, 13 digital video clips were recorded from a single location on a rock on a hill overlooking the ocean. Read more…

May 9 - June 22, 2014

Flora: A Celebration of Flowers in Contemporary Art

It’s spring and BMAC is bursting into bloom! Filling four of the museum’s six galleries, Flora explores our physical and metaphorical relationship with flowers. Read more…

March 15 - June 22, 2014

Out of the Shadows: Paintings by Jim Giddings

Giddings consistently gives the entire surface of a painting edge-to-edge interest. His newest creations, depicting clotted, mud-caked roads and woods, are physically and psychologically nuanced, requiring careful observation to unlock their riches. Read more…

March 15 - May 4, 2014

Water Studies, Brattleboro

An audio-visual installation by Jennifer Stock, Water Studies, Brattleboro projects abstracted visions revealed via reflections in the town’s water, complemented by processed ambient field recordings. Read more…

March 15 - May 4, 2014

Your Space: Chance

Inspired by Jerry’s Map, this hands-on exhibit illustrates how artists have used chance operations, such as the rolling of dice, to create artwork in a wide range of media.

December 6, 2013 - March 8, 2014

VT Kids Design Glass II

Imaginary creatures drawn by kids in grades K-6, transformed into glass sculptures by professional artists.

November 1, 2013 - March 8, 2014

Cosmic Geometry: Sabra Field

A suite of 16 prints by Vermont artist Sabra Field revealing reflectafors in the world around us — from the microscopic to cosmic scale.

November 1, 2013 - March 8, 2014

Jerry’s Map

Predating Minecraft and SimCity by decades, Jerry Gretzinger’s richly detailed, ever-expanding map of an imaginary world began as a doodle in 1963.

November 1, 2013 - March 8, 2014

Our Fragile Home: Pat Musick

A multimedia installation by Pat Musick, based on words space travelers use to describe their impressions of Earth from outer space.

November 1, 2013 - February 9, 2014

Suspended Worlds: Vermont’s Historic Scenic Curtains

Organized by Burlington, Vermont-based Curtains Without Borders, this exhibit consists of photographs of Vermont’s historic stage scenery and a 100-year-old painted backdrop from southern Vermont.

October 3 - December 1, 2013

Your Space/Color

The basics of color theory are presented with participatory visuals, with media to facilitate discovery, through hands-on activities, and in books about color for all ages.

June 29, 2013 - March 8, 2014

Dynamic Invention: American Abstract Artists at 75

Explore the visual language of form, color, and line in the work of 48 of America’s leading nonobjective artists.

June 29 - October 20, 2013

Between Dark and Night: New Pastels by Mallory Lake

Steam trains, foggy nights, and the golden glow of monumental Beaux-Arts interiors are the settings of this evocative and mysterious new work inspired by film noir.

June 29 - October 20, 2013

Red Grooms: What’s the Ruckus?

Enter Red Grooms’s world and experience the joy of the circus and hurly-burly of the Big Apple.

June 29 - October 20, 2013

Terry Slade: Collective Memories of Place

Terry Slade creates a site-specific sculpture of found metal referencing the museum building’s history as the Union Railroad Station.

June 29 - October 20, 2013

Your Space: Camouflage

Liu Bolin’s photographs of his clothed body, painted so as to disappear into various surroundings, inspired this exhibit about camouflage in nature. Liu chooses camouflage as a metaphor for individuals…    read more

March 16 - June 23, 2013

Liu Bolin: The Invisible Man

Click here for a slideshow of selected images from this exhibit. As China undergoes widespread, thorough transformations to become a highly developed twenty-first century nation, it is confronted with the…    read more

March 16 - June 23, 2013

Hot Pot: A Taste of Contemporary Chinese Art

Click here for a slideshow of selected images from this exhibit. Click here to read a great review by Artscope Magazine. Hot pot is a communal dish of broth, meat,…    read more

March 16 - June 23, 2013

New England Biennial 2012

Click here for a slideshow of selected images from this exhibit. Read Art New England’s review of this exhibit. As BMAC’s chief curator I travel throughout New England, make regular trips…    read more

November 2, 2012 - March 1, 2013

Your Space: Collage

Your Space is a newly designed interactive area that focuses on a particular medium or artistic concept and offers hands-on materials for visitors of all ages to make and exhibit…    read more

July 13, 2012 - March 2, 2013

Gathering Light: The Art of Stephen Hannock

“Luminous” is a word often employed in describing Stephen Hannock’s landscape paintings, which appear to glow from within, as though the light were gathering in real time as the viewer contemplates the scene. Hannock has a way of seeing and painting…

July 13 - October 21, 2012

Making is Knowing: The Art of Ric Campman

When I first knew Ric, he was young and full of ambition to create. He studied architecture at Columbia University and then art at Keene State College. His 1978 lithograph Buffalo Sofa is a fine example of how well he had mastered the contemporary application of line, form, …

July 13 - October 21, 2012

Vermont Collects: Selections from the Heller Family

Vermont Collects is an occasional series of exhibits showcasing the diverse aesthetic and cultural sensibilities within our community. For George and Laura Heller, collecting is largely a family affair. The Hellers are multi-generational alumni…

July 13 - October 21, 2012


Stacked wood — lining porches, tucked into sheds, sheltered by eaves, or snaking along the edges of forested parcels — is a familiar sight, almost iconic in the long history…    read more

March 31 - October 21, 2012

Sylvan Forms

The word ‘sylvan’ — relating to or characteristic of the woods or forest; made, shaped, or formed of woods or trees — describes the congruence of the apparently divergent work…    read more

March 31 - July 8, 2012


It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanates from old…    read more

March 31 - July 8, 2012

Bridging Earth and Sky

The tree is more than first a seed, then a stem, then a living trunk, and then dead timber. The tree is a slow, enduring force straining to win the…    read more

March 31 - July 8, 2012

Witness Trees

“Witness trees,” designated as such by the National Park Service, are venerable specimens on Park Service properties, trees that have “witnessed” key events and people in American history. These might…    read more

March 31 - July 8, 2012

The Golden Game

Julia Zanes’s recent paintings are imbued with gold, both literally and figuratively. Zanes says that fairy tales, psycholanalyst Carl Jung’s writings on art and alchemy, and board game designs influenced…    read more

March 31 - July 8, 2012

Heritage Trees

In some mysterious way woods have never seemed to me to be static things. In physical terms, I move through them; yet in metaphysical ones, they seem to move through…    read more

March 31 - July 8, 2012

Four Eyes: Art From Potash Hill

The work of painter Cathy Osman, sculptor Tim Segar, ceramicist Martina Lantin, and photographer John Willis is not linked formally, stylistically, or thematically. Rather, the artists’ shared experience is that…    read more

November 4, 2011 - February 5, 2012

Elsewhere: Mary Heller & Ernest Kafka

Serious travel photography is a genre that dates back to within a few years of the invention of the camera. By the early 1840s, photographs of the outskirts of Paris,…    read more

November 4, 2011 - February 5, 2012

Wolf Kahn: Brattleboro Pastels

Wolf Kahn spends much of his summer sketching in pastel in and around Brattleboro, Vermont, later refining the sketches in his hilltop studio. BMAC is honored to present a portion…    read more

September 28, 2011 - February 5, 2012

VT Kids Design Glass

VT Kids Design Glass is a collaboration that brings kids’ drawings of “imaginary creatures” to life with the help of a group of New England glass artists. The exhibit was…    read more

November 4, 2011 - February 5, 2012

Glass in All Senses

The artists in Glass in All Senses investigate the ways in which glass can enhance or alter our perceptions. As the exhibition’s title suggests, the focus is not just on…    read more

July 15 - October 23, 2011

Claire Van Vliet: A Celebration of Paper

Most artists make works on paper; Claire Van Vliet makes works with paper. She exploits its soft, supple, yielding qualities as she builds the surfaces and edges of her pulp…    read more

July 15 - September 26, 2011

Jackie Abrams & Josh Bernbaum: Dialogue

Continued growth is a necessary component in art making, as it is in most endeavors in life. Stretching yourself in order to explore a new idea, in a medium over…    read more

July 15 - October 23, 2011

Martina Lantin: Passage

For her site-specific installation at BMAC, ceramic artist Martina Lantin turned her eye to the Union Railroad Station’s decorative period details, which over the years have been fractured and painted…    read more

July 15, 2011 - February 5, 2012