Burlington City Arts

Megan Bisbee-Durlam

Megan Bisbee-Durlam, a Vermont native, assembles whimsical installations from modest, re-purposed materials.  Her work addresses issues related to environmental degradation and preservation, and optimism in a time of great transition.  Megan currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.


Agnes Martin Barley

Agnes Martin Barley’s paintings distil linear relationships and composition into constructed symbols of the human experience. Her work creates imagined landscapes that diagram her search for place as a metaphor for context.  Agnes joins Seven Below Arts Initiative from New York City.


Taylor Baldwin

Taylor Baldwin creates sculptural assemblages out of handmade objects. His sculptures are made from a wide variety of materials including basic building supplies as well as more difficult to source materials like trees struck by lightning, work shirts from San Quintin prison, and extinct heartwood. While in residence, Taylor worked on “Campaigner”, a sculpture made from driftwood scavenged from Lake Champlain’s epic flood of 2011, resin, glue, zip ties and a salvaged shotgun.


Julie Ann Nagle

Julie Ann Nagle is a sculptor and installation artist living in New York City. Her work explores the origins and evolution of the materials and the social context of the very artwork she creates. At Seven Below, Julie used themes from agriculture, archeology, and anthropology as a model for a sculpture/photography project called “Consumption”, in which she ceremoniously served pig bones cast in sugar and cornmeal to a herd of pigs.


Rob Swainston

The basic print on paper remains the core of Rob Swainston’s practice, even as he mixes printmaking with installation, sculpture, painting, drawing and video. Rob reconfigures old prints and woodblocks in a constantly evolving process analogous the building up and tearing down of the social world. At The Barn, he worked on a handmade book and a large-scale woodblock print installation. The book collapsed images from recent exhibitions into a unified form and the installation was a labyrinth like maze created from steam roller prints on fabric.


Hannah Walsh

Hannah Walsh is a filmmaker from the flat fields of Indiana. A primary theme in her work is the landscape and the relationship people construct with it. She shot hours of video in the woods, waterfalls and mountains throughout Vermont, and she captured footage for “Widowmakers” in the forest near The Barn that she edited into a looping video in her studio. The video shows a surreal scene: a pair of identical widowmakers swaying slightly out of sync over the course of a minute and a half.


Jonathan Monaghan

Jonathan Monaghan uses commercial computer graphic techniques to create short animations. He appropriates icons from video games and pop culture and inserts them into historical narratives. He is also interested in imposing architecture and the empires that build it, and he spent much of his time at The Barn modeling a Vanderbilt estate as a blackened monument.