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community fund

Community Fund

The BCA Community Fund was created to foster a robust, healthy, creative community, to encourage social innovation through the arts, and to support artists and organizations that contribute to the public good through a competitive grant process. The City of Burlington contributes $35,000 to the program, and BCA raises additional funds to augment the program through private sources.

While Covid-19 has profoundly affected the arts and social engagement, we can count on artists to creatively connect community at a time of need. This year, the Burlington City Arts Community Fund will provide grants of up to $3,000 for Burlington-based practicing artists, creative professionals, or small arts organizations to adapt or develop projects that engage and benefit Burlington’s community during the Covid-19 pandemic.

This year, the program’s goals are to:

  • Support Burlington artists and the adaptation of arts practices to the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Engage Burlington residents in a creative process or increase access to arts experiences for Burlington residents
  • Encourage integration of equity and inclusion into project design and delivery



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Artist Markets

BCA's artist markets put local artists, makers, and entrepreneurs directly in touch with consumers, supporting Vermont's creative economy while bringing vibrancy and a unique shopping experience to downtown Burlington.

Summer Artist Market

The weekly BCA Summer Artist Market runs from June through October and joins together Vermont artists and makers for a unique, local, artist-powered retail experience of artisan products. The market is held at 339 Pine Street, in Burlington's historic arts district, from 8:30 am-2 pm.

Stay tuned for application announcements coming Spring 2021, and email Jacquie O'Brien at with any questions.

This market is funded in part by grants from the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment For The Arts.


Holiday Artist Market

The BCA Holiday Artist Market is held over two days in early December in downtown Burlington's City Hall Park. The market offers a unique, contemporary, and diverse shopping experience that supports local artists. Strict health and safety guidelines will be in place for an enjoyable and safe shopping experience for all.

Look for application information in Fall 2021. Email Jacquie O'Brien with any questions at

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Art Sales and Leasing Program

BCA’s Art Sales & Leasing program provides Vermont artists with opportunities for increased exposure and sales through auxiliary exhibitions in public and private locations. BCA handles all aspects of installation and receives a 40% commission on work sold. Clients may purchase or choose to lease artwork for their public spaces using our non-juried, online artist database to explore participating artists. All artwork is insured for the duration of the exhibition by the hosting venue. Participation in this program is non-exclusive, and we encourage artists to explore and foster many options for exhibition, representation, and sales.

Joining our database may connect you to your next exhibition or sale! To get started, please download the following forms: ApplicationConditions of LoanW-9 Form. Submit them to Kate Ashman, and she will be in touch make sure you have everything you need to get up and running! For more information, please contact Kate Ashman at

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Gallery Submission

The BCA Center is Vermont’s premiere showcase for contemporary artists working in all media including but not limited to painting, sculpture, photography, video, installation and performance. Thoughtful consideration and equal representation is given to artists with strong connections to Vermont and the region. The BCA Center is equally dedicated to exhibiting artists of national and international scope so as to foster dialogue, promote an exchange of ideas, and to highlight current tendencies in contemporary art between the local art community and those residing elsewhere. BCA presents six to eight Main Gallery exhibitions each year, which range from thematic, group exhibitions to single artist exhibitions. 

  1. Please submit all submissions through email. All submissions can be sent to: Heather Ferrell, Curator and Director of Exhibitions, Please include the following as attachments:
    • A resume, bio, or curriculum vitae.
    • An artist statement about your practice and/or proposed body of work or installation.
    • PDF files of exhibition catalogues, press or other pertinent bibliographic material
    • 5-10 JPEG images, sized to be viewed at a screen resolution of 72 dpi (file names should begin with the artist’s name and be numbered in the order in which you wish them to be viewed (i.e. “vanessagerman01.jpg, vanessagermon02.jpg,…”). 

2. Submissions may reference websites for additional information. 

3. If submitting time-based media, please include a web link to Vimeo or YouTube. 

4. If your submission is project-based, please take into account the size and parameters of the gallery space and include a projected, itemized budget as well as any technical or equipment requirements. 

5. The BCA will notify you of the status of your submission within 6-8 weeks of its receipt. 

6. Please do not submit original works of art or physical portfolio submissions. Burlington City Arts cannot be responsible for returning unsolicited works of art or physical submissions. 

Thank you for your interest in the BCA Center.

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herb lockwood prize

The Herb Lockwood Prize

The Herb Lockwood Prize was created to reward the pinnacle of arts leadership in the state of Vermont. The prize recognizes artists who produce significant work in the areas of visual arts, music, writing, drama, dance, film, and fine woodworking, while also having a beneficent influence on the Vermont community. An anonymous committee selects one recipient each year; there is no application process. Herb Lockwood was an inspirational figure in the Burlington arts and music scene in the 1980s. Learn more: