Burlington City Arts

Clark Derbes

The abstract constructions of BCA’s 2015 Barbara Smail Award winner, Clark Derbes, combined the vernacular of Louisiana craft and folk art, with Op-Art and geometric pattern-based painting. Derbes’ use of vivid colors, playful titles and sincere execution collapsed the cold distance of modernism to highlight the humanity behind the construction of an art object.    

Exhibition sponsored by Seven Days.

Cal Lane: Traditional Culprits

Bridging industry and fine art, Cal Lane eliminates the tough and imposing characteristics of steel and iron to create alluring, delicate, and intricate sculptural forms. Using wheelbarrows, shovels, and fuel tanks as her canvas, Lane transforms these once functional objects into ‘industrial doilies’ ornate with lacy motifs that reference domestic life. Soil is reinterpreted and re-purposed, elevating it from a modest material of the Earth to a medium for the artist’s imagination.


Clay objects are often associated with particular utilitarian and domestic purposes.

The long lasting association of ceramics with functionality engrains a tension

Tom Cullins: A Creative Life

This retrospective paid tribute to the work and legacy of fourth-generation Vermonter and Burlington-based architect and artist Tom Cullins. As a Principal Emeritus of the notable design firm TruexCullins, examples of Cullins’ architectural accomplishments can be found throughout Burlington’s urban landscape, rural settings across New England, and overseas.

Sabra Field, Vermont Printmaker

In conjunction with Of Land & Local, BCA was proud to include the work of