Arts News for September 12, 2019    
Honoring Five Distinguished Vermonters
Vermont Arts Awards 2019 will be held Wednesday, October 23, at the Mahaney Arts Center on the Middlebury College Campus. The event will honor five outstanding Vermonters who have made significant contributions to the arts in our state.

In announcing the awards, Vermont Arts Council Executive Director Karen Mittelman said, "Each of the exceptional individuals we are honoring this year enriches our lives with remarkable talent, commitment, and creative vision. As artists, cultural leaders, educators, and mentors, they remind us that art can be transformative, for us as individuals and for Vermont communities."

The 2019 Vermont Arts Awards will honor:

Fran├žois Clemmons
Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts

Castle Freeman
Walter Cerf Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts

Joan Robinson 
Ellen McCulloch-Lovell Award in Arts Education
James Lockridge
Margaret L. (Peggy) Kannenstine Award for Arts Advocacy
Douglas Anderson
Arthur Williams Award for Meritorious Service to the Arts

Join us!

Wednesday, October 23
5:30 p.m. reception
7 p.m. awards program
Mahaney Arts Center
72 Porter Field Road

The Vermont Arts Awards 2019 celebration is co-sponsored by Middlebury College. The event is free but we ask that you reserve your seats.

The State of Sculpture--TODAY!
The State of Sculpture 2019 . . . an overview of Vermont sculptors will be dedicated this evening in the Vermont Arts Council Sculpture Garden. Every two years the Sculpture Garden is transformed through the creative vision of a new curatorial team. This year Matthew Perry and Joe Chirchirillo have selected works from seven sculptors. A dedication and reception for the curators and artists will be held:
Thursday, September 12
5 to 7 p.m.
Vermont Arts Council
136 State Street
The exhibit includes works by: Ria Blaas, Joe Chirchirillo, Clark Derbes, Peter Lundberg, Chris Miller, Andrew Hamilton Reiss, and Gregory Smith.  
Artist Development Grants
Rachel Lindsey received an FY2019 Artist Development Grant to attend the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo .

Artist Development Grants support artists in activities that assist them in furthering their careers. This could include attending a workshop, creating a website, or renting space for an exhibition.  
The deadline for this round of grants is September 23. Find more information about Artist Development Grants. If you have questions, contact Dominique Gustin ( or 802.828.5425).
VAEL Gets a Frog (Sculpture)

Top: BIG FROG, by Jim Sardonis. Bottom: Phantom Midges (detail), by
Adelaide Tyrol. 
The new Vermont Agriculture and Environmental Laboratory in Randolph Center, completed in 2019, was designated as an Art in State Buildings facility. Randolph artist Jim Sardonis won the commission to create a new work of art for the facility--a cast bronze sculpture entitled BIG FROG.

BIG FROG will be installed soon and a dedication ceremony will be held Friday, September 20. The Vermont Arts Council, the Department of Buildings and General Services, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, and the Agency of Natural resources invite you to attend the dedication.

Friday, September 20, 10 a.m.
VAEL at Vermont Technical College
163 Admin Drive
Randolph Center

RSVP to Meredith Bell or call 802.828.5425.

Paintings by Adelaide Tyrol in the lobby will also be celebrated.
Arts Briefs
A Grants Workshop with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Vermont Arts Council will explore funding for nonprofit arts organizations and artists.
Dorset Theatre Festival
September 25
The Vermont Studio Center in Johnson is accepting applications for artist residencies of from two to twelve weeks. The application deadline is October 1.
  Learn more.
The Highland Center for the Arts seeks an executive director to lead the performing and visual arts center located in Greensboro.
Upcoming Events
Emile A. Gruppe Gallery
September 5 to October 13

118 Elliot
September 14

Middlebury College
Museum of Art
September 13 to
December 8
Burnham Hall
September 14
Quimby Art Gallery
Lyndon Campus
Northern Vermont University
through September 27
Next Stage Arts
September 13
Northern Daughters Gallery
through October 31
Cold Hollow Sculpture Park
September 14
Enosburg Falls
Phoenix Books Essex
September 14
 Highland Center for the Arts
September 13
T.W. Wood Gallery
through November 1
Vermont Jazz Center
September 14
The Kent Museum
September 14
Mahaney Arts Center
Middlebury College
September 14
Shelburne Museum
September 14 to January 12
The Vermont Arts Council is funded, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts , which requires a 1:1 match from the Vermont State Legislature. Council grants, programs, and statewide arts promotion would not be possible without the critical funding provided by these government agencies.

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