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, with rotating exhibits in the south end of the 2nd-floor Skywalk (before security) and the North Concourse (after security). The Skywalk exhibits run through December 2023, and the North Concourse exhibits run through March 2024.
Pievy Polyte (skywalk)
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 by 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 are 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.
Louise Arnold (skywalk)
Arnold is a landscape painter with a background in Landscape Architecture. She works both en plein air and from her photographs, painting in New England landscapes with which she has great familiarity. Her subject matter ranges from mountains and streams to barns, abandoned farm machinery, and cars, which are prevalent features in many of the landscapes that she paints. She is most interested in capturing the character or spirit of specific places, and in exploring how the qualities of those places affect her as an artist working in them. The paintings that result have evolved from this exploration and engagement.
Julia Purinton, oil paintings (North Concourse)
Whenever Purinton finds herself in nature, 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 use in the studio.
In her abstract 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 mode. Some of these pieces reference wilderness; others gardens and domestic scenery. Recent work explores the concept of Nature as Artist: when the refuse of human existence is reconfigured by waves, tides, the flow of a river, and the gust of wind, a sculptural composition emerges demanding that we confront our heedlessness.
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 March 2024.
David Holub (aka Colossal Sanders) lives at the intersection of words and images, humor and heartbreak, reality and make-believe. His quirky illustrations adorn greeting cards, stickers, prints, and handmade toys across North America. After a nomadic career teaching college writing and working in the publishing industry, Colossal Sanders now creates his work full-time in his North Ferrisburgh studio
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. This venue features artwork from Vermont artists, rotating bi-annually, and can be visited during regular business hours (Monday - Friday 7 am - 5 pm). This exhibition is on view through April 2024
Matt Larson (pictured)
Larson’s work is inspired by the shifting mosaics of ecological patterns that contextualize our passage through time and place. 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.
Blackerby’s work is influenced by her passion for both interior design and travel. As she continues to evolve as an abstract and mixed media artist, she suspects she may be a colorist and considers herself a color theory nerd, happily experimenting and mixing colors for days. She is fascinated by what she can create with limited palettes, how colors interact, and can be used to create unlimited effects within a painting. The artist finds herself incorporating more texture into her art, taking her in new directions. She believes our spaces may be more important to us as safe havens and places to express our true selves than ever before, and her passion is to help art lovers use original work as a meaningful way to express their unique personalities through their individual décor and style. She has a blast exploring color, shape, and texture in her studio to create expressive art that makes the viewer feel uplifted, energized, and joyfully connected every time they walk by.
Coons’ work embraces several concepts simultaneously – portraying an autobiographical picture of her life, her travels, and the places that she inhabits. She makes creations that fit her mood, energy, and temperament. Inspired by the urban nature that surrounds her, she is deeply influenced by differences of cultures, color, and the diversity of attitudes and ideas gleaned from these sites. She is influenced by her fascination with the primitive, the raw, pure, and natural elements. Gestural and expressionistic, her paintings include contemporary scrawls and graffiti-like expressions that morph into words, signals, and signs. While some are erased, other images appear here and there scattered on the canvas surface. These paintings have many layers and can be looked at as all over abstraction with hidden notes, making these visuals an interactive dance to the viewer.
Finkelstein feels that making art is a way to many places. It can be a way to a quiet place or to an exuberant one. For her, the creative process is centering, healing, and transformative. It is a process that can synthesize heart, mind, and soul. Through color, shape, and commitment, she makes art. She hopes you will sense the spirit and sparkle of her creations. They are stories about her love of color, her attraction to animals and nature, and her gratitude for all the possibilities life offers.
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.
Radtke has been documenting different species of birds on the 22 acre pond in her backyard in Milton, Vermont since 2015. This summer a pair of Common Loons settled there and she enjoyed spending many hours observing and photographing them, though she noted they were not successful incubating any chicks. At that same time, she was invited to visit a Great Blue Heron Rookery. During these visits, she photographed the Blue Heron chicks in 20 nests in this breeding colony. The artist found both experiences to be the opportunities of a lifetime. This floor features the artist’s Blue Heron series, and her Loon series is displayed on the lower level.
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 May 11.
Brian Drourr: Celestial Skies
Celestial Skies features a selection of images by Vermont artist Brian Drourr, who for the past twelve years has been photographing the star trails, Milky Way, and solar eclipses of rural Vermont and New England. These stunning images of the night sky – known also as astrophotography – convey the sense of awe and wonder the artist encounters when outdoors observing the evening stars. Using a combination of digital SLR cameras, tripods, and the ubiquitous camera phone, the artist shares with viewers the exhilaration and sense of being present amidst the starlit heavens. As stargazing has become less accessible to urban residents due to light pollution, astrophotographers such as Drourr must often travel to remote, dark-sky locations so as to create images for others to experience.
Celestial Skies is scheduled to coincide with the total solar eclipse visible in Burlington, Vermont on April 8, 2024. As a source of mystery and fascination, solar eclipses – whether foreboding omens or inspirations for scientific discovery – have captivated imaginations for millennia. Brian Drourr’s dramatic imagery conveys the excitement and power of this rare event that creates darkness from day, as the artist shares with us the sublime beauty of the night sky that so defines human experience.
Presented as part of Obscura BTV, the City of Burlington's official total solar eclipse.
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 May 2024.
Kathleen Fleming, mixed media on panel (Blue Path) (Pictured)
Fleming’s work is a continual exploration of the wonders and complexity of the natural world. Expansive views as well as intricate spaces are equally compelling to her. Curiosity and intuition guide her work as she seeks new ways of expressing the ordinary, yet extraordinary, colors, shapes and forms that are all around as she slows down, pauses and notices. Her process is one of investigation and discovery. It’s all a metaphor for life - to embrace the messy complicated world that is all around and turn it into something beautiful and true. This body of work explores themes of connection over time - to nature, to emotion, to people and places. Time and distance brings fresh perspective to old patterns or situations and a new vantage point can change how things are perceived. These pieces are made up of many layers - collage, ink, pastel and paint - echoing layers of life and experience. Vibrant color and expressive mark making bring a sense of depth and history to the series while collage elements hint at the story behind the work.
Gabriel Boray, acrylic on canvas (Blue path & Mary Fletcher)
Boray’s work is inspired by the simple yet most meaningful moments created when living in the Green Mountain State— and there is nothing that says Vermont more than cows. While on long drives with his wife and daughters, Boray and his family take in the landscape and feel the rise and fall of the hills and mountains. The Vermont fields, farms, and barns fit perfectly in his compositions, framing the front-and-center subjects we all know and love, to create a humble and colorful vision of the state.
Linden Eller, mixed media on canvas (McClure 4 & Healing Garden)
Eller’s work explores a dichotomy between memory architecture and the present experience. Fully enamored by mixed media, she uses a variety of materials to create, including paper, found fragments, transparencies, sewing thread, paint, pencil, ink, and pastels. In honoring the “now,” she often will incorporate items from her immediate surroundings, such as plants, petals, tea leaves, receipts from pockets, scattered desk papers, even elements from her beverage or snack. This also supports her aim to increase sustainability in creation – giving purpose to the plain, trash bound items and renaming them as curious offerings of texture or poignancy. Her work acts as a gentle nudge to loosen our hold on the past, celebrating the science that memory is full of alterations, renewals, and inaccuracies. Embracing intuition, experimentation, and play, many parts of her process are intentionally unplanned - an exercise in mindfulness and acceptance of each moment and decision. She thinks of her work as layered field recordings that represent a oneness – multiple perspectives and repetitions of the same shared story.
Druppa, photographs (East Pavilion 2)
Begun while on solitary retreat in a secluded cabin at a Vermont Buddhist meditation center—‘FREEZE / THAW’ is a series of photographs documenting the formation and dissolution of stream ice over the course of several months. Amid days of deep meditation, camera in hand, Druppa followed the cascading stream up and down the mountain, contemplating the spontaneous shapes formed by the ice—seeing in those shapes and their dissolution the impermanence of all things. Because of the temperature that winter, the stream’s endlessly inventive formations dissolved and reformed many times. Beneath its restless bed of ice the stream flowed ever onward. ‘Freeze/Thaw’ invites us to see all forms, however temporary, as empty yet real. Forms exist for a time, pass away, and reappear in different shapes. However fleeting our lives, or uncertain the future of this beautiful planet, we exist against the background of the infinite possibilities of completely open space.
Caleb Kenna, aerial photographs (Breast Care Center)
As a photographer, Kenna is often looking for new perspectives. As a kid, he loved to climb trees and peer out over the Vermont landscape. Later on in life, he would hire a plane once or twice a year, hope for good weather, and capture the Green Mountains from above. He started his photography career working for the Rutland Herald and Addison Independent newspapers, and would often search for moments of “wild art” -- stand-along photos depicting moments of daily life. That time of looking and searching has stayed with him. In four years of using a drone for photography, he has captured more than ten thousand photos. He utilizes his DJI Mavic 2 Pro to discover the otherwise undiscovered patterns and shapes created by Vermont’s varied terrain. His photography allows viewers to step into another perspective and meditate on the aspects that make the state so unique.
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 2024.
Mike Sipe, photographs on canvas
The Lake Champlain region is Sipe’s unparalleled muse; the beauty of the lake, skies, mountains, valley, and the people enjoying its splendor. He doesn’t have to travel the world to find world-class beauty; it is here, in his own backyard. His ability to find the area's essence is evolving and it is exhilarating to him. He loves to capture vistas with just the right light accenting a center of interest, the effects of natural elements and motion, and when he finds a wide tonal range, the elegant impression of black and white. Sipe’s objective is to use natural light in capturing images, by being in the right place at the right time with the right equipment, evoking a magical light and an interesting confluence of elements. His goal is to offer carefully selected prints to an audience that is also captivated by the beauty of the region and the exquisiteness just outside our doorsteps.
Colleen Murphy, mixed media on wood panel
Murphy works in mixed media—primarily acrylic paint and collage—on both canvas and wood panels. The collage elements may appear as photographic, textural, or patterned images and shapes. She has explored a variety of themes over many years, but the overarching themes are architecture, interiors, and landscapes. They are all environments she is attracted to, both external and internal. Occasionally, there is a narrative she wants to communicate or a feeling she wants to express. Most times she follows her intuition as best she can, rather than overthink her process.
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 2024.
Erika Lawlor Schmidt, relief monotypes
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