Stephen Huneck, The Wagon (detail), 2002. Woodcut print, 18 1/2 x 25 1/2 in. Collection of Shelburne Museum, gift of the Friends of Dog Mountain, Inc. 2022-3.7. Photography by Andy Duback.

Built from the Earth: Pueblo Pottery from the Anthony and Teressa Perry Collection

Built from the Earth will feature highlights of historic Pueblo pottery from the Perry Collection of Native American Art and introduce viewers to the artists and cultures who craft these stunning works of art with materials rooted in the land of the American Southwest.


Pet Friendly: The Art of Stephen Huneck

Utilizing simple forms, saturated colors, bold textures, and, at times, the written word, Stephen Huneck’s multimedia artwork reveals how animals humanize people. Huneck was inspired by the world around him, but he also worked “from within,” as he put it, drawing upon his strong bond with his dogs. Pet Friendly: The Art of Stephen Huneck explores the artist’s innate ability to capture this complex, centuries-long relationship.


Right Under Your Nose: Children’s Printed Textiles from the Collection of J.J. Murphy and Nancy Mladenoff

Right Under Your Nose features selections from the collection of J.J. Murphy and Nancy Mladenoff, a compendium of more than 3,200 children’s printed handkerchiefs and related ephemera gifted to Shelburne Museum in 2020.


Action Figures: Objects in Motion

Including automatons, mechanical banks, toys, and whirligigs, this online exhibition brings Shelburne Museum’s collection to life. Whether by turnkey, button, string, or breeze, these objects have been carefully reactivated, many for the first time in more than half a century. Featuring short digital videos, the exhibition captures these rare performances, allowing contemporary audiences the opportunity to watch these historical objects spring into action.


Nancy Winship Milliken: Varied and Alive

Commissioned to celebrate the Museum’s 75th anniversary, Nancy Winship Milliken: Varied and Alive, is a site-specific outdoor sculpture exhibition that embodies the Museum’s commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability while also engaging in global and local ecological conversations, from climate change to Lake Champlain’s watershed history.


Maria Shell: Off the Grid

Maria Shell: Off the Grid features a selection of vibrant, contemporary quilts that push the boundaries of the traditional gridded format of the American quilt. This online exhibition is the precursor to an exhibition featuring fourteen works by Shell created between 2011 and 2022 on view in the Dana-Spencer Textile Galleries at Hat and Fragrance from May 15–October 16, 2022.


In Plain Sight: Rediscovering Charles Sumner Bunn’s Shorebird Decoys

The extraordinary life and art of master carver Charles Sumner Bunn, a member of the Shinnecock-Montauk tribes, who carved a group of shorebird decoys in Shelburne Museum’s collection that until recently were incorrectly attributed to another, possibly fictitious, carver.  


Mary Cassatt’s Impressions: Assembling the Havemeyer Art Collection

Mary Cassatt’s Impressions: Assembling the Havemeyer Art Collection explores the enduring friendship between Cassatt and the Havemeyers and highlights archival anecdotes and primary sources detailing their acquisitions of Impressionist paintings, drawings, and sculptures based on Cassatt’s advice.


Pattern & Purpose: American Quilts from Shelburne Museum

Drawn from Shelburne Museum’s extensive permanent collection, Pattern & Purpose brings together twenty masterpiece quilts made between the first decades of the 1800s and the turn of the twenty- first century, ranging from carefully-pieced Lemoyne stars and embroidered “best quilts” to more recent “art quilts” by contemporary makers.


A. Elmer Crowell: Sculptor, Painter, Decoy Maker

A. Elmer Crowell: Sculptor, Painter, Decoy Maker explores the artistry and innovation of the acclaimed carver’s ornamental birds. Drawing from Shelburne Museum’s renowned decoy collection, the exhibition features important milestones that chart the development of Crowell’s prolific artistic career, from the earliest miniature goose he carved in 1894 to the very last bird he made before retiring in the early 1940s.


Creature Comfort: Animals in the House

Drawing heavily from Shelburne Museum’s permanent collection and supplemented by strategic loans from contemporary artists and private collectors, this exhibition will explore the creative ways animal forms have been adapted to create a wide range of beautiful and functional household objects. Ranging in date from the 18th century to the present day, the selected decorative art objects explore complex themes related to animal/human bonds, including domestication, emotional connections, and ethical treatment.


American Stories

American Stories explores the ways Americans celebrate the bonds of friendship, family, and civic identity through remarkable and unexpected objects drawn from Shelburne Museum’s permanent collection. 


Color, Pattern, Whimsy, & Scale

This inaugural online exhibition explores Electra Havemeyer Webb’s idiosyncratic, intuitive, and imaginative approach to collecting, and features well-known masterpieces and treasures in Shelburne Museum’s diverse collection.