Burlington City Arts

Of Land and Local

October 6, 2017 - January 7, 2018

Of Land and Local celebrates its fifth year at the BCA Center & Shelburne Farms. 16 new and returning artists further explore last year’s watershed focus bringing a fresh perspective to this important topic.

The exhibit explores how issues relating to the watershed fit within a domestic and global context. Themes investigate ideas of place, conservation, commodification, and water’s cultural role within our community.


Exhibition Dates

Shelburne Farms (Coach Barn) Click here for hours: October 6 - October 29, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, October 6 • 5-8 p.m.

BCA Center: October 20 - January 7, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, October 20 • 6-8 p.m.


Exhibiting Artists

Charlie Bluett, Brian Collier, Georgie Friedman, Hope Ginsburg, Rebecca Hutchinson, Elliott Katz, Katie Loesel, Elizabeth Nelson, Don Ross, James Scheuren, Jessica Scriver, Lynn Sullivan, Naoe Suzuki, John Willis, Nancy Winship Milliken, and Mary Zompetti


Free Public Programs

Curator Talk, Heather Ferrell and Ashley Jimenez
Saturday, October 21 • 11 a.m. • Click here for more information.
Coach Barn, Shelburne Farms

Unlawning America: A Call to Inaction – Discussion with Artist Brian Collier
Wednesday, October 25 • 6 p.m. • Click here for more information.
Coach Barn, Shelburne Farms

Art and the Landscape – Panel Discussion led by Nancy Milliken
Thursday, November 2 • 6 p.m. • Click here for more information.
BCA Center, Second Floor

Mni Wiconi (Water is Life) and the Water Protectors – Artist Talk with John Willis
Thursday, November 16 • 6 p.m. • Click here for more information.
BCA Center, Second Floor

Unlawning America – Artist Talk with Brian Collier
Thursday, November 30 • 6 p.m. • Click here for more information.
BCA Center, Second Floor


Protection from the Wind

As a part of the BCA Center's 2017 Fall exhibition, Of Land & Local, multidisciplinary artist Elliott Katz has created a temporary public art project that underscores our dependence on a healthy Lake Champlain. Using upcycled saffron-colored fabric as his principal medium, Katz's multi-sited project will be installed at Shelburne Farms and in City Hall Park in downtown Burlington, Vermont. 
This project is made possible by the generosity of Martha Perkins and many donors.Special thanks to Habitat for Humanity for the fabric.

Join us at the opening of Shelburne Farms for a special performance. Alice Yamasaki will perform a traditional Japanese minyo dance. Click here to learn more. 


Associated Exhibition

Lenses on the Land
East Hall, Coach Barn, Shelburne Farms
October 5–29, 2017 • Opening Reception: Friday, October 5 • 5-8 p.m.


Shelburne Farms Hours

Please Note: Admission to Shelburne Farms for the Of Land & Local: Watershed exhibition and events is FREE when:

  • A visitor is a BCA Member
  • A visitor is a Shelburne Farms Member
  • A visitor is a resident of Shelburne
  • A visitor is attending one of the free public events associated with Of Land & Local: Watershed at Shelburne Farms
  • A visitor is attending a gallery education program associated with the exhibition that is offered either by BCA or Shelburne Farms  
  • A visitor is an Of Land & Local: Watershed exhibiting artist

Visitors who fit the scenarios above can drive directly to the gatehouse then proceed to the Coach Barn.  Otherwise, admission to Shelburne Farms is as follows:  Property admission - $8 adults; $6 senior; $5 children 3-17; free to children under 3.

The Shelburne Farms Coach Barn is open for viewing the exhibition Monday-Friday and on weekends, 10-5 p.m. 


BCA Center exhibition and event sponsors are:



BCA Exhibitions are funded in part by a grant from the Vermont Arts CouncilNational Endowment for the Arts and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Header photo credits: Elizabeth Nelson Inntak (Inlet), detail, 24x20, acrylic; Rebecca Hutchinson, Five Part Bloom (detail), 2015, porcelain, paper clay, handmade paper, wood; James-Scheuren,The-Name-of-Things (detail), 2017; Nancy Winship Milliken Studio, Intensive Rotational Grazing (Detail), 2017. Process shot, Keira Meiser; Don Ross, Abandoned Quarry (detail), Websterville, 2012; Hope Ginsberg, Land Dive Team Bay of Fundy (Detail), 2016; Naoe Suzuki, flow, detail, 2016