In addition to our exhibitions at the BCA Center on Church Street, BCA hosts external exhibitions at partnering locales in and around Burlington. All artwork is available for sale. For more information, to purchase, or to see additional works by these artists, please contact Kate Ashman at (802) 865-7296 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Burlington International Airport features Vermont artists from BCA's External Exhibitions program in several spaces. These exhibits are located in the Skyway and Gates 1-8 (both located on the 2nd floor) as well as above the escalator in the main building. Artwork rotates every few months in these locations. These exhibitions run through December 2022.
Robert Hitzig, mixed media on birch panels (Skyway) (pictured)
Hitzig loves that the meaning and intent of abstract geometric art is not immediately evident. It allows people to generate their own relationship to the work, create their own questions, and find their own meaning. It doesn’t hit you over the head with ideas about what to think and how to feel. It creates space for wonder, questions, and dialog, whether internally or with others. And for him, that is the point. To use art as a vehicle to explore, question, and, most importantly, to not know. Because not knowing helps us to break down our hardened beliefs in absolutes, in black and white. With irony, he loves the idea of using random shapes and colors to help people see the world in shades of gray. In this way, he hopes his art can create an opening for the viewer, providing an unexpected path for seeing the world in a less rigid way.
Bear Cieri, photographs (Gates 1-8)
The Quarry Survey series of photographs is an extension of a separate photographic project about Barre, VT. It explores a landscape that would otherwise be overlooked were it not for human intervention. Beauty is buried deep within the earth, but it takes human ingenuity, energy and opportunity to extract it. Therein lies a contradiction that applies not only locally to the granite industry, but globally to any industry that exploits natural resources. By creating abstract compositions, Cieri is decontextualizing each element, forcing the viewer to consider smaller and more constructed pieces of a larger idea.
Made in active quarries these images express his appreciation for and connection to the natural world, while simultaneously exploring the way humans have evolved to not only command ownership of the land, but also the way we depend on it for our way of life.
The City Hall Gallery is located on the main level of Burlington's City Hall and features Vermont artists from BCA’s external exhibitions program on a rotating basis. This exhibit runs through December.
Sam Wyatt – Writing on the Wall Project
This project started as a desire to reconnect with a form of creative expression that Wyatt has always had a tremendous appreciation for; graffiti. As a young kid growing up in Philadelphia in the 1980s, early Hip Hop culture was exploding all around him and he was fascinated by the sights and sounds bubbling up from the cracks in the pavement. Being a visual person, he was drawn to graffiti.
Graffiti is a personal means of public self-expression that can communicate the rhythms and emotions of a specific time and place. This desire to write or paint on the surfaces of our built environment is nothing new, however. From the cave paintings of Lascaux and earlier, humans have acted on this creative impulse to depict something on walls as a record for others to see. Graffiti’s subversive, illegal nature became a poster child for urban blight and crime, but it was just a continuation of people saying “this is my name, this is where I’m from… and I existed.” Graffiti is no longer a dirty word that conjures up urine-soaked back alleys and subway cars, but a complex universe that encompasses everything from quickly scrawled monikers (names) to ornate street art murals, complete with corporate sponsorship and commercial intentions. There are writers who still lurk in the shadows under the cover of night and those who openly embrace the spotlight of the newly found acceptance of street art. There are those who use the medium as a form of social or political commentary, and those who are seeking the respect and recognition of their fellow writers. Wyatt believes there is room for all of these things.
The goal of this project was to create a body of paintings that explore graffiti as a reflection of this moment in our society and culture. The past couple of years has been a whirlwind of social and political unrest that has been many years in the making. Police brutality, the Black Lives Matter movement, and political division, coupled with an unprecedented global pandemic, have turned our world upside down. Wyatt did not quite know what he was looking for, or what he would find, but he figured some of this turmoil must be finding expression. In the end, he realized he could only filter what he saw through his own eyes and experience. He does not know the artist’s intentions, so he had to look for writing that moved him for his own personal reasons within the context of current events. Some of the examples that he has found, and painted, were executed within the past several years, and some were most likely done before then. He thinks that this moment in time did not happen spontaneously, but rather came about from the accumulation of many events and circumstances. When he knows the artist that painted the graffiti, he tries to give credit, but the majority of the examples are unknown to him.
Wyatt believes graffiti is part of a sacred relationship between the landscape and the written word that continues to be a record of the times in which we exist.
* This project is supported in part by the Vermont Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Vermont Community Foundation.
Hilton Garden Inn
BCA was honored to partner with the Hilton Garden Inn to select artwork from 10 local artists to be included in the design and décor of Burlington’s newest boutique hotel. Learn more about Hilton Garden Inn here. This exhibition is ongoing.
Casey Blanchard (pictured)
Primarily a self-taught artist, Casey explores her experiences through the engaging and often unpredictable print medium of monoprinting. She is most interested in the spiritual aspects that emerge in the image, particularly relating to how we live in the world and how the world lives in us. In the beginning, the work may be a search for answers, but in the end it's more about being here without them.
Casey Blanchard was born in Greenwich, CT in 1953. She lives in Shelburne, VT with her husband, Dan Cox, and their daughter, Julia Cox. Her artwork is found on the walls of health care facilities, private residential collections, corporate offices, the hospitality industry, on web designs, and various published materials.
Johanne Durocher Yordan
Johanne is a Burlington based artist who works out of her studio on Pine Street. She was born in Quebec, Canada, but has lived most of her life in Vermont. It was not until 1998 that Johanne began committing herself to her artwork and finding her own voice. She studied at the University of Vermont and has since developed a diverse body of work that is a testament to her ability to succeed as an independent artist. Creating work that fits a variety of audiences, while always building upon her unique self-taught style, is the secret to her success. Johanne has always been the type of person who explores on her own, tapping into the unknown and developing her own fashion and techniques. Many of her paintings include found or collected items which add depth and meaning to combine form and function to her work. Her abstract work captures her emotions and represents her unique style and expression. Johanne has exhibited her work extensively throughout Vermont in both solo and group exhibitions over the past 12 years.
Cameron Schmitz grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut and spent idle time in her youth drawing. Encouraged by two artistic parents, including her mother who is also a painter, she learned at a very early age the joy and satisfaction of participating in the visual arts.
Schmitz holds a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting & Drawing from the University of New Hampshire, in addition to studying Art and Art History at Studio Arts Center International in Florence, Italy.
Following a month-long artist residency at the Vermont Studio Center in 2006, Schmitz moved to Vermont after discovering Vermont's rugged landscape to be uniquely inspirational. Now located in the Brattleboro area, Schmitz actively exhibits her work regionally and nationally. Her work has been featured at Fitchburg Art Museum's biannual exhibition, Ne England/New Talent, Green Mountain College, Kyoto Seika University in Japan, Emory University, Northern Arizona University Art Museum, and Rogue Space in Chelsea, New York. Her work is represented by The Drawing Room Art Gallery in Cos Cob, CT and Furchgott Sourdiffe in Shelburne, VT, and she is an artist member of the Copley Society of Art in Boston. In addition to her painting practice, Schmitz is also the Gallery Curator of The Drawing Room Art Gallery and teaches painting at the River Gallery School in Brattleboro, VT.
I strive to create unique interpretive, impressionistic and abstract images that relate my personal vision of or reaction to the subject matter before me. Before I even pull out the camera I try to experience all that my subject reveals, or even what it makes illusive – not just the obvious, like the literal view, the colors, texture and patterns - but the less obvious sensual aspects, the energy and the “feeling” that it conveys. Whether in landscape, abstract, street photography, fine art nude or whatever else captures my interest, I seek to find and interpret life’s visual symphonies, one click at a time.
I feel that to a large extent my photographs consist of three different points of view: the raw material that is the literal subject matter of the image that my camera captures; what I see, sense, and work to portray when I interpret that subject; and what the viewer sees when looking at the image on the wall. Those may be three very distinct views of what is essentially rooted in the same thing. That, to me, is stimulating art. And that is a great part of what draws me to photography.
Jeff Schneiderman works as a wedding, portrait and fine art photographer in Williston, VT. He has been taking photographs for over 35 years, traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and the world and has made Vermont his home for the last 27 years. Patterns are a major theme in Jeff’s work as he is fascinated with the designs in nature how they are reflected in things manmade. More of Jeff's work can be seen at: www.jeffschneiderman.com."
Krista Cheney is a native Vermonter, currently living in St. George, Vermont. She studied English Literature and Agricultural Economics at the University of Vermont. She has studied photography since 2003, taking classes and workshops at local venues and the Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, Maine.
Carolyn Enz-Hack's work includes painting, sculpture, and scenery design. While she has spent most of her life on a farm she holds a degree in theatrical design from Rutgers University and has spent years designing for the theatre. Her rural sensibility is informed by themes explored in ancient theatrical and religious literature, and by developments in cross-disciplinary Science. Each piece is an attempt to process the exterior world through an internal lens. Her most recent solo exhibitions have been at the Castleton Downtown Gallery in Rutland, Vermont, and Creare Inc. and the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center both in Lebanon, New Hampshire. She is the recipient of a Vermont Arts Endowment Award, a painting merit award from the Chaffee Center for the Arts, a residency at the Vermont Studio Center, and her work has been selected for exhibition in regional and nationally competitive shows.
Erinn Simon is a fiber artist and yarnbomber. She crochets tapestries, toys, baby mobiles, vegetables, baked goods, blankets, scarves for trees, and the occasional bloodthirsty zombie cupcake. Her work has appeared in group shows in Burlington, Seattle, and Australia and she ships her one of a kind creations to customers around the world. She lives in the Old North End of Burlington with her husband and three kids. You can find her on facebook as Callie Callie Jump Jump.
The Maltex Building, located at 431 Pine St, holds four floors of artwork curated by the BCA's External Exhibitions Program. This venue features artwork from nine Vermont artists, rotating bi-annually, and can be visited during regular business hours (Monday - Friday 7 am - 5 pm). These exhibitions run through April 2023.
Pievy Polyte, acrylic paintings
Polyte is an artist, coffee farmer, and founder of Peak Macaya Coffee. He is from Peak Macaya, Haiti and has been living in Burlington, Vermont since 2016. Peak Macaya is the second tallest mountain region in Haiti, and home to the country’s last area of cloud forest – characterized as a tropical and moist climate at high altitudes. Polyte has been working with the local community to repair this area and support farming efforts since the devastation of hurricane Matthew in 2016. Polyte grew up around coffee, having learned the trade and growing techniques from his father, he and his brother Otheniel expanded the family coffee production into a model that supports, involves, and invests in their local community. They are focused on protecting the region, its diversity and its inhabitants through education, nutrition, and sound environmental practices. Through this lens, Polyte founded a school that provides eco-friendly education along with daily nutritional programs and medical services. Today, the school has over 500 students. All products sold by Peak Macaya Coffee Co-Op are made by Peak Macaya artisans using materials from the region. The coffee and cocoa is produced using sustainable and environmental practices. A portion of proceeds from artworks sold during this exhibition will be generously donated by Polyte towards the installation of composting toilets in Peak Macaya, Haiti.
Shannon O’Connell, acrylic paintings (pictured)
O’Connell focuses on detail and dreamlike color combinations. Many of her botanical paintings have phosphorescent and UV sensitive pigments mixed into the paint, allowing secondary paintings to be revealed. She has always been enchanted by the magic in flowers. Over her years as an artist, she has acquired a love for travel, exploring botanical gardens for inspiration. Having lived in Hawaii for 15 years, her love for the ocean and flora shaped her art and the way she sees color. Surfing, Skiing and Roller skating put her mind in a relaxed state. For her it's very much a meditation. The same feeling when she paints or creates something. When she finishes a painting, she hopes that it gives the viewer a genuine feeling of paradise. Balance in each painting is important for her, having the right amount of patterns and loose elements complete a piece. Sometimes the glowing, secondary painting represents how a bee would see a blossom, in ultraviolet. Many patterns remain invisible on flowers to the human eye. Subject matter is around every bend, every petal and her "Bee Series" is an homage to our planets flower keepers. When she creates each series, all the details come from a place of respect and enjoyment.
Brian Drourr, photographs
Drourr is a 4th generation photographer. Some of his earliest memories are of playing with his father’s Nikon FM3 camera. He has learned as much from just getting out there and taking photos as he has from any formal photography education he has received. He has carried his love of photography and adventure together over the years, and thus his "photographic style" evolved from his passion for the outdoors and being in nature. He always strives to evoke that sense of "being there" to the images he captures, and he hopes to bring that sense of awe and amazement that he feels when capturing his photos to the viewer.
Nancy Chapman, abstract oil paintings
Chapman’s work stems from memory. She is aware of nature’s active dialogue. Painting can be a way for her to touch what cannot be literally touched. Her work celebrates natural beauty through form, texture, line and color with oil paint on canvas and/or on paper. Her goal is not to describe a scene for the viewer, but rather to render the setting’s spirit; to reveal the story.
Ashley MacWalters, abstract acrylic paintings
MacWalters’ work in acrylic pouring replicates our lives, in that despite the best-laid plans life may have a completely different path to follow. To her, acrylic pouring is the same. One can do the same exact thing using the same exact measurements in the same exact order and the two pieces come out completely differently. The artist embraces the unknown and that is what each painting is. She experiments with different techniques of the same medium, but they all have one thing in common - some aspect of nature in her unknowns and beauty. Abstract landscapes are one of her favorite themes in paint pouring. Looking at a picture or recalling a landscape from her travels inspires the colors she uses for the five or six sections, sometimes as a single canvas and sometimes as a larger landscape over several canvases.
Robert Fahey, photographs
There are two rules that guide Fahey’s creative practice. The first: the best images have three elements - an appealing composition of subject, light that interacts with the subject, and the subject experiences a moment. The second: stand in front of more interesting stuff. Fahey looks for subjects while walking. They can be landscapes, people, objects, anything. Sometimes it is with the intent of finding an image that he can capture immediately. Sometimes it is to scope out a subject at different times of the day to see how the light changes the subject. He will photograph the scene with early light from the east, late setting sun from the west, twilight and even midday light. He will photograph the same scene throughout the year in all four seasons. He looks up. He looks down. He finds vantage points to shoot down on subjects and shoot up from ground level. He looks for potential subjects while driving. He’ll make a mental note to return to that interesting barn just off the highway the next morning at dawn. Occasionally, he decides the light is right, the subject will not be in that position if he waits till tomorrow; he makes a u-turn, parks, jumps out of the car with his camera into the minus twenty degree morning, takes six photos, jumps back into the car. He looks for subjects others pass by and tries to find the image that attracts attention. He looks at iconic settings, that red weathered barn of a Vermont farm, and finds the image not taken before. He waits for the moments.
The Lorraine B. Good room is located on the 2nd floor of the BCA Center. The art in this room is available for viewing during our regular open hours, except when the room is being used for programming, meetings, and rental events. This exhibition runs through February 2023.
Matt Larson, acrylic paintings
From the earliest times, we have tried to systematize our observations of the natural world even though we often experience the world as chaotic. For millennia, our very existence depended on interpreting the landscape and living within the rhythms we discovered. This study of the natural world led to the study of relationships, which eventually led to the notion of pattern. In nature, patterns are regularities of form that recur in different contexts and at different scales across the landscape, including symmetries, spirals, meanders, ripples, tessellations, cracks, and bands.
These patterns are generated by processes that occur at many different levels, from ageless ecosystem processes (water and nutrient cycles, energy flow, and community dynamics, for example) to the relatively new disruptions that arise from human activity (community fragmentation, loss of habitat, and degradation of connectivity, among others). As time passes and these processes transpire–sometimes slowly, sometimes cataclysmically–the transformations that ensue are recorded as complex, unpredictable patterns.
This framework–the shifting mosaic of ecological patterns that contextualizes our passage through time and place–inspires Matt’s work. He strives to balance randomness and accident with order and reason in a manner that emulates natural processes, altering and obscuring what came before, leaving glimpses of initial conditions visible through the overlaid patterns and juxtapositions of subsequent events, and thereby facilitating the emergence of abstractions of the natural world that embody the connections between ourselves and the landscape.
Larson began his art study many decades ago, pursuing painting and printmaking at Rhode Island School of Design and California College of Arts and Crafts. A long sabbatical from these pursuits followed, during which he attended culinary school in Paris and spent many years as a chef, helping to bring the local food movement to life. After a subsequent redirection to various nonprofit management roles in Vermont’s trail community, he gradually returned to the processes he left behind decades ago. Currently, Larson is working as a full-time artist in a small studio/gallery space in Burlington, Vermont’s South End Arts District, and a home studio in Waterbury Center, Vermont.
UVM Medical Center
The University of Vermont Medical Center, located at 111 Colchester Avenue, has been exhibiting and purchasing the work of Vermont artists on the main medical center campus in various locations for many years, thanks to its ongoing partnership with Burlington City Arts. Rotating artwork can be found in the ACC East Pavilion 2 & West Pavilion 3, McClure 4, Breast Care Center, and Cancer Center. Permanent artwork is also on display throughout the hospital. Current exhibitions are on view through late January 2023.
Greg Nicolai, photographs (Main Street Connector, ACC 3) (pictured)
Nicolai’s goal is to take something that he photographs and turn it into something that is more interesting. As much as he enjoys the end result, he enjoys the process even more. Forms, shapes, and patterns, no matter what the environment, create the initial interest. Black and white photographs seem to emphasize and intensify these details. Color is used only if it helps to further define the subject. Finding the best composition is a fun challenge. Discovering that elusive element which animates a photograph is the reward.
Caleb Kenna, aerial photographs (Main Street Connector, ACC 3)
As a photographer, Kenna is often looking for new perspectives. As a kid, he loved to climb up into trees, peering out over the Vermont landscape. Later as a young photographer, he would hire an airplane once or twice a year and hope for good weather to photograph the Green Mountains from above. Several years ago Kenna started using a drone. At first, he would fly as high as possible – 400 feet – and make traditional Vermont landscape photos. But as he developed, he started pointing the drone straight down and flying lower and lower to zoom in on certain aspects of the landscape – apple orchards, maple trees, old barns encircled by cornfields. Making pictures with his DJI Mavic 2 Pro has become a nearly daily practice, a brief visual meditation, soaring above the landscape on flights of discovery, wonder, and visual appreciation for Vermont’s varied terrain.
Erika Lawlor Schmidt, relief monotypes (Main Street Connector)
The expression "warp and weft" is used metaphorically the way "fabric" is; e.g., "the warp and weft of a person's life" equates to "the fabric of a person's life". Warp and weft are sometimes used even more generally in literature to describe the basic dichotomy of the world we live in, as in, up/down, in/out, black/white, Sun/Moon yin/yang, etc.
Sandra Berbeco, acrylic paintings (McClure 4 & EP2)
As an artist living in Vermont (and painting in Vermont, Cape Cod, and Naples, Florida) Berbeco’s palette shifts with the sunlight and vegetation of the area. All of this keeps her curious and enjoying new challenges. After 40 years of painting, sculpture, printmaking, and performance art, she has transitioned from acrylic on canvas to watercolor (gouache). During the pandemic isolation, she painted daily – studying composition. She has focused on a particular still life painting, and many of these paintings on exhibit are the body of this intense study accomplished during that time. Those lessons continue to inform her newest work.
James Vogler, oil & mixed media paintings (EP2)
Vogler’s paintings reflect a mixture of moments gleaned from past or present experiences. The results are expressed in a blending of abstraction and figuration. In combination, these elements infuse his work with a curious ambiguity. Since returning to painting full-time in 2007, Vogler has exhibited works widely in the New England region and Canada. Working largely in oil on canvas, he continues to draw upon his personal experience and surroundings for inspiration in his work.
Julia Purinton, oil paintings (BCC)
Whenever Purinton finds herself in nature, whether hiking, gardening, or just taking a walk, she photographs scenes and moments that catch her attention for one reason or another. These photographs form a sort of reference library for her to use in the studio. In this current group of paintings, she has used her image library as a jumping-off point to explore the interplay of color and light in landscape in an abstracted expression. Some of these pieces reference wilderness; others gardens and domestic scenery. She works in the hope that viewers will respond to the energy and beauty inherent in the natural world and be reminded of the importance of a diverse environment to our physical health, our psychological well-being, and our future as humans on our remarkable planet. Each of her paintings is a meditation and a little prayer.
The Pierson Library, located at 5376 Shelburne Road, in Shelburne, features artwork curated by the BCA's External Exhibitions Program on a rotating basis. These exhibitions run through February 2023.
Kristina Pentek, photographs (1st floor Merrill Community room)
The intention of Pentek’s work is to capture beautiful and otherworldly moments as they happen, often in unexpected places. Color and light are of a particular interest to her, and she is fascinated with abstractions created by the natural world and juxtapositions where nature intersects with mankind. She looks for beauty in her day to day by paying attention to the details. Sometimes a simple change of perspective makes all the difference. Her purpose as a photographer is to present the viewer with scenes that are absolutely real but look otherworldly, painterly, fantastical or abstract. Nonetheless, her prints are the result of real scenes. Nothing is ever staged and none of her images are ever retouched or superimposed. The only alternations made are cropping and minor color corrections.
Brecca Loh, acrylic paintings (2nd Floor Pierson Room)
Loh is an expressive abstract artist residing in the Stowe, Vermont area. She grew up in southern Connecticut with easy access to New York City with all its artistic and cultural influences. Specializing in colorful and emotionally rich expressionist paintings using acrylics and mixed media, her paintings are about the harmony of colors and the feelings that they provoke. To her, colors have a language. They speak to one another. Her process is to create a dance of colors that create a sense of intimacy and wonder for the viewer. By painting in a non-representational way, it allows the viewer to bring their personal feelings and experiences to the canvas. The painting then becomes theirs, not hers.
Mascoma Bank is located at 431 Pine Street in Burlington and features artwork curated by BCA's External Exhibitions Program on a rotating basis. These exhibitions run through February 2023.
Bruce Conklin, oil paintings
During his working life, Conklin has been involved in various aspects of design and implementation. These have manifested as aerospace hardware design, graphic design, photography and illustration, museum exhibit design and, most recently, as a working chef.
He is a self-taught painter, working primarily in the studio, and his painting is heavily influenced by the Impressionists and by more recent painters as diverse as Milton Avery, Giorgio Morandi, Vilhelm Hammershoi and Avigdor Arikha.