Peter Lyons, SNE 48010, 2015. Oil on canvas, 36 x 60 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Shelburne Museum Launches New England Now, a New Biennial Series

July 2, 2018
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(Shelburne, Vermont) New England Now, Shelburne Museum’s inaugural exhibition in a biennial series featuring contemporary artists organized around thematic subject matters, will be on view from September 15, 2018 through January 13, 2019.

New England Now challenges the notion of the Northeast’s long-accepted stereotype as stagnant and quaint, and instead plumbs its evolving identities and complex beauty. Building upon scholarship on the visual construction of the region, this exhibition explores the contemporary landscape, capturing the changing environment. From disintegrating historic buildings and disappearing “virgin” land, New England Now reveals our evolving landscape.

“New England has long played a special role in the national imagination and as a proving ground for artists from the early 19th century to today,” said Shelburne Museum Director, Tom Denenberg. “As a premier institution contributing to New England’s artistic conversation, Shelburne Museum has a special responsibility to reflect on and nourish the region’s creative culture.”

In this, the biennial’s inaugural exhibition, curated by Denenberg and Shelburne Museum Assistant Curator, Carolyn Bauer, the featured artists work in two-dimensional art—painting and photography—to explore the striking human interventions of housing, factories, and highways.

“Somewhat of happenstance, as the checklist for the exhibition developed, it became readily apparent that the works of art shared another common trait,” said Bauer. “Most of the pieces are large to monumental in scale. While the large size may be a reflection of the expansive natural wonder and awe of the subject matter of landscape, in effect it also creates an immersive viewing experience.”

What: New England Now exhibition

When: September 15, 2018 – January 13, 2019

Where: Shelburne Museum, in the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education’s Murphy Gallery

Who: Curated by Carolyn Bauer and Tom Denenberg


Founded in 1947 by sugar heiress and pioneering folk art collector Electra Havemeyer Webb (1888–1960), Shelburne Museum is the largest art and history museum in northern New England and Vermont’s foremost public resource for visual art and material culture. The museum is now open year-round, with the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education and Webb Gallery featuring important American paintings by Andrew Wyeth, Winslow Homer, Grandma Moses, John Singleton Copley, and many more. For more information, please visit

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