As Shelburne Museum enters our summer season, we are heartened that Yankee magazine has named us Vermont’s “Best Tourist Hot Spot” for 2016—high praise for all of the hard work of our staff and supporters.
2016 promises a dazzling array of exhibitions which amplify Shelburne Museum’s well-earned reputation for delivering an infinite variety of creative experiences. In partnership with the Bennington Museum, we present Grandma Moses: American Modern which contextualizes her work within the larger narratives of 20th century American art, moving her beyond the perception as simply a creator of nostalgia and romanticized art. Papering the Town: Circus Posters in America celebrates a core collection here at the Museum, featuring historic pieces from the late 19th and early 20th centuries when rival circus companies vied for the public’s attention by producing outrageously large posters pasted on barn sides, home exteriors, storefronts, factory walls and fence rows.
Additionally, two exhibitions feature contemporary artists. Wind, Waves and Light: Kinetic Sculpture by award-winning American sculptor George Sherwood, is an outdoor exhibition of eight sculptures and Dominique Ehrmann: Once Upon a Quilt is an immersive whimsical exhibition featuring quilts that tell stories, often humorous, and an outdoor wind-powered kinetic sculpture (with canvas, foam and steel) having its public debut at the entrance to our Hat & Fragrance building.
2016 also introduces this new website, a distinctive new logo, color palette and layout which will be used throughout the organization. This logo conveys the robust spirit of the Museum today while evoking the four themes within the Museum’s collection: color, pattern, whimsy and scale. This new brand celebrates a collective connection of multi-generational relevance and the love of Vermont. I would like to thank Eric Olsen and Byron O’Neill for their inspired digital platform development and design work this year as we introduce the “new” Shelburne Museum.
I look forward to seeing you at Shelburne Museum in 2016!