Celeste Roberge, Chaise Gabion, 2012. Edition 5/10. Stainless steel and river stones, 24 x 72 x 27 in. Courtesy of Celeste Roberge.

Take a Seat at Shelburne Museum’s Upcoming Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Bench Space

March 13, 2018
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(Shelburne, Vermont) When Shelburne Museum’s summer hours begin, on May 1, visitors will have an opportunity to experience the grounds in a completely new way through the forthcoming special outdoor sculpture exhibition, Bench Space.

Organized by assistant curator Carolyn Bauer, Bench Space is a site-specific exhibition celebrating contemporary furniture designers’ and artists’ inspirations and interpretations of the world around them. By focusing on the theme of garden benches, this outdoor exhibition is designed to showcase the work of talented contemporary furniture makers in the New England/ New York region throughout Shelburne Museum’s beautiful 45-acre campus. Participating artists are invited to exhibit functional yet highly creative benches that respond in some way to the grounds or collection at Shelburne Museum. The loaned works will be displayed outside, within the landscape to be enjoyed by the public.

Shelburne Museum encompasses over 45 acres of landscaped gardens, providing unique visitor experiences among its 39 historic buildings that house its varied permanent collection. Along the multiple pathways across the Museum, benches not only provide targeted moments of rest and contemplation, but they also build connective tissue linking the outside landscape to the buildings and its collections held within. In celebration of contemporary furniture design, Bench Space features five innovative artists working in a variety of media: Peter Dellert, Louis Lim, Celeste Roberge, Mitch Ryerson, and Johnny Swing.

What: Bench Space exhibition
When: May 1 – October 31, 2018
Where: Shelburne Museum Grounds
Who: Curated by Carolyn Bauer, featuring works by Peter Dellert, Louis Lim, Celeste Roberge, Mitch Ryerson, and Johnny Swing.



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 shelburnemuseum.org.

Shelburne Museum

6000 Shelburne Road or PO Box 10

Shelburne, VT 05482