Vermont Art History

with an emphasis on representational art



 

Introduction

This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "Vermont Art History." Articles and essays specific to this topic published in TFAO's Resource Library are listed at the beginning of the section. Clicking on titles takes readers directly to the articles and essays.

Following the links to Resource Library articles and essays are a listing of museums in the state which have provided materials to Resource Library for this or any other topic.

Listed after Resource Library articles, essays and museums are links to online resources outside the TFAO website. Following these resources is information about offline resources including DVDs, paper-printed books, journals and articles. Our goal is to present complete knowledge relating to this section of Topics in American Art.

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Texts contained in Resource Library by named authors listed by author name in alphabetical order:

The Art of Vermont by Mickey Myers

Masters of Vermont: Five Women Artists by Mickey Myers

 

Articles contained in Resource Library without named authors listed by article name in alphabetical order:

Ten Vermont Women: Sculpture, Painting, Craft

We recommend that researchers always search within Resource Library for additional material. Please see TFAO's page How to research topics not listed for more information. As of April, 2015 Resource Library contains 304 pages including the state's name.

 

Museums and other non-profit sources of Resource Library articles and essays:

Please click on the name of each source to view articles and essays related to that source:

Brattleboro Museum & Art Center

Bennington Center for the Arts

Bryan Memorial Gallery

Frank Covino Academy of Art

Middlebury College Museum of Art

Robert Hull Fleming Museum

Shelburne Museum

Southern Vermont Arts Center

 

(above: from left to right: Entrance to Shelburne Museum; Webb Gallery, containing American art. Photos by John Hazeltine. Click on images to enlarge them.)

 

Other online information:

"A Beautiful Legacy of Art by Our Vermont Masters" by Heather K. Michon, from Vermont Women. Accessed August, 2015.

"A Centennial Celebration: The Art of Francis Colburn and Ronald Slayton"was an exhibit held June 8 - August 29, 2010 at the Fleming Museum of Art. Accessed July, 2016

"The Art of Vermont Exhibits" by Theodore Hoppe (Vermont Art Zine, May 15, 2009). Accessed August, 2015.

"The Artistry and Collection of Jessica H. Bond" by Susanne Rappaport, Curator, from Dorset Historical Society. Accessed August, 2015.

Artists from Vermont in Wikipedia. Accessed August, 2015.

Frank Mason in Vermont: Artist and Teacher  is a 2017 exhibit at the Bryan Memorial Gallery which does not save online information about its exhibits. However, BMG posted media coverage from a 8/17 article in American Art Review  Accessed 8/17

Granite Sculptures of Hope Cemetery from RoadsideAmerica.com. Accessed August, 2015.

Herbert Barnett: Vermont Life and Landscape, 1940-1948 is a 2017 exhibit at the Robert Hull Fleming Museum at University of Vermont which says: "Herbert Barnett: Vermont Life and Landscape, 1940-1948 reexamines the contribution of this mid-century modernist painter through the subject matter and time period in which the artist's distinctive style found its greatest expression: his Vermont landscapes of the 1940s."  Accessed 11/17

Henry Sheldon Museum collections including historic furniture, paintings and decorative arts. Accessed August, 2015.

Sabra Field, Now and Then: A Retrospective is a 2017 exhibit at the Middlebury College Museum of Art which says: "In addition to many of her signature Vermont landscapes, mythological suites, and portraits, the exhibition includes the revelatory 2015 documentary film Sabra by Dartmouth professor William Phillips....Relying on an iconography of green pastures, windrows lying in soft curves, an old red barn, blue hills, and a blue sky that goes on forever, her landscape designs conjure up a pastoral idyll that has enormous public appeal." Also see artist's website. To read more after exhibit closes, go to "Past Exhibitions" section of museum website. Accessed 6/17

Vermont (sampling of artists and works connected to state) from askArt. Accessed August, 2015.

Vermont Arts Council website page with a link to the 2008 catalogue titled Art of Vermont, the State Collection. with an introduction by David Schutz. Many color images of artworks spread among several locations are included. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]


TFAO's Distinguished Artists catalogue provides online access to biographical information for artists associated with this state. Also, Search Resource Library for online articles and essays concerning both individual artists associated with this state's history and the history of art centers and museums in this state. Resource Library articles and essays devoted to individual artists and institutions are not listed on this page.


 

Books, listed by year of publication, with most recently published book listed first:

History of the Northern Vermont Artist Association, Publisher:: Vermont Historical Society, 2009. 22 pp. Vermont Historical Society says on its website: "In 1931 Harold Knight formed a group of artists who made it their mission 'to encourage the study, improve the practice, elevate the standards, and advance the cause of creative art.' The NVAA has provided a place for many artist to display their work and will continue to encourage others in the future."

Vermont Art Guide, by Ric Kasini Kadour, Christopher Byrne. 208 pages. Publisher: Kasini House (October 15, 2005).ISBN-10: 0977139700. ISBN-13: 978-0977139705

Art and Soul: The History of the Southern Vermont Artists and the Southern Vermont Art Center, by Mary Hard Bort, Margot Page, 142 pages. Publisher: Gallery Pr (July 2000). ISBN-10: 0966938240. ISBN-13: 978-0966938241

Vermont Landscape Images: 1776-1976, by William C. Lipke, Philip N. Grime, Published by Robert Hull Fleming Museum, 1976

Early Vermont Wall Paintings, by Robert L. McGrath. Published by University Press of New England, 1972. ISBN 0874510627, 9780874510621. 105 pages

The Bennington Battle Monument: Its Story and Its Meaning, by John Spargo. Published by The Tuttle Company, 1925. 122 pages

The Dedication of the Bennington Battle Monument: And Celebration of the Hundredth Anniversary of the Admission of Vermont as a State, at Bennington, August 19, A. D., 1891, with an Historic Introduction and Appendices, by Vermont Centennial Commission, Henry Leonard Stillson, Bennington Battle Monument and Historical Association . Published by Banner Book and Job Printing House, 1892. Original from the University of Michigan. Digitized Jan 5, 2007. 241 pages (Full View available through Google Books)

 

Articles:

Christine Hadsel: "Vermont Painted Theater Curtains" American Art Review September-October 2006 (Volume XVIII, Number 5)

Mickey Myers: "Five Women Artists of Vermont" American Art Review May-Junel 2007 (Volume XIX, Number 3)

Mickey Myers: "The Art of Vermont" American Art Review, May-June 2008 (Volume XX, Number 3)

Mickey Myers: "Masters of Vermont, the Watercoloriststs" American Art Review August 2011 (Volume XXIII, Number 4)

 

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