Past Exhibits

Gathering Threads: Contemporary Fiber Art

A survey of work by artists pushing the boundaries of traditional textile techniques into innovative, hybridized forms, affording viewers a chance to explore myriad ways in which fiber can be exploited for its vast emotional and symbolic potential.

March 14 - May 3, 2015

Dialogue: Lindenfeld + Lindenfeld

Ceramics by Naomi Lindenfeld inspired by and exhibited alongside textiles by her mother, Lore Kadden Lindenfeld, a second-generation Bauhaus artist who studied at Black Mountain College.

March 14 - May 3, 2015

Love, Labor, Worship: The People of Basin Farm

Photographs from Basin Farm, a Twelve Tribes community in Bellows Falls, Vermont, whose members live simply and devote themselves to their Messiah and master, Yahshua.

March 14 - May 3, 2015

Open Call NNE (North Northeast)

I approached curating the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center’s 2014 Open Call NNE (North Northeast) with an open mind and no expectations of assembling an exhibition based on any specific themes, other than one: quality…

January 10 - February 7, 2015

Your Space: Portraits

For much of history, only those of high social rank and affluence could afford to commission artists to create their portraits. But artists themselves have been creating self-portraits regularly since…    read more

November 1, 2014 - March 7, 2015

Portraits, Expanded

Portraits, Expanded is a multi-gallery exhibit featuring work by artists who extend the traditional concept of portraiture to include language, voice, time, history, community, and culture.

November 1, 2014 - March 7, 2015 *

World Leaders & Global Citizens: Photographs by Patrick Leahy, U.S. Senator

Organized in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of Patrick Leahy’s service in the U.S. Senate, this exhibit reveals the photographer’s unique perspective on global events and players, from ordinary citizens to presidents.

November 1, 2014 - March 7, 2015
Roadtrip: The American Landscape through the Windshield

Road Trip: America Through the Windshield

Through imagery ranging from urban street scenes to national parks and highway tourist attractions, the artists in this exhibit explore the ways in which the road has transformed our relationship to the American landscape.

June 27 - October 26, 2014
A World Transformed: The Art of Jessica Park

A World Transformed: The Art of Jessica Park

Enter Park’s visionary world of imagination and creativity, which has emerged from a combination of artistry and her lifelong struggle with autism.

June 27 - October 26, 2014
Spotlight on Small

Spotlight on Small

Small works by five artists — Laura Christensen, Adrienne Ginter, Elizabeth Sheppell, Altoon Sultan, and Jen Violette — who delve into the question of scale and whether or not size matters in the world of art.

June 27 - October 26, 2014
Deco Details: Photographs by Andrew Bordwin

Deco Details: Photographs by Andrew Bordwin

Bordwin’s stunning silver gelatin prints transport us to the tops of Art Deco buildings and inside their closed lobbies, allowing us to experience the iconography and craftsmanship of these early-twentieth-century masterpieces.

June 27 - October 26, 2014
See the U.S.A. in your Chevrolet

See the U.S.A. in Your Chevrolet

Six decades of vintage automobile ads make clear that a car’s appeal is often less about power, speed, style, and comfort, than it is about freedom, the open road, and the places you’ll go.

June 27 - October 26, 2014

Your Space: USA

Road Trip: America Through the Windshield sets the stage for BMAC’s newest participatory exhibit: Your Space/USA. Here, visitors of all ages are encouraged to learn about the 50 states and…    read more

June 27 - October 26, 2014

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