Burlington City Arts

Of Land & Local: Watershed

September 29, 2016 - January 14, 2017

Now entering its fourth year, Of Land and Local: Watershed continues its commitment to the creation of new work through site-specific and place-based art making as well as community programming that encourages critical dialog. This coming August marks five years since Tropical Storm Irene hit Vermont. Water, as both ecological fact and metaphor, will be the subject of this year’s Of Land & Local. Here in Vermont, while the effects of agriculture and climate change experienced in the Champlain Basin and traumatic flooding continue to reinforce our need for water resiliency, our lakes, rivers, and snow also represent the beauty and leisure that is an important element of the Vermont identity and economy. This increasing awareness highlights the complicated place water has in our world; both its necessity for sustaining life and the destructive power of water are overwhelmingly present in the history and future of Vermont. As an ongoing partnership between Shelburne Farms and Burlington City Arts, Of Land & Local: Watershed combines the missions of both organizations and supports artist led conversations about social, ethical, and political issues impacting the Vermont landscape, culminating in exhibitions at both locations.

Of Land & Local: Watershed at the BCA Center: October 7, 2016 - January 14, 2017  

Opening Reception, Friday, October 7, 5-8 p.m. on the 1st, 2nd, and 4th floors.

Exhibiting artists at the BCA Center: Sean Clute, Cameron Davis, Al Larsen, Rachel MooreMichael ZebrowskiJohn Douglas,  Casey Blanchard, Galen Cheney, Mark Reamy, and Gail Salzman.

The BCA Center is open Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The BCA Center is closed Mondays. 

Of Land & Local: Watershed at Shelburne Farms: September 29, 2016 - October 23, 2016. 

Opening Reception, Thursday, September 29, 5-8 p.m.

Exhibiting artists at Shelburne Farms: Cameron DavisJohn DouglasJanet FredericksBrenda GarandKaren HendersonRachel MooreJen Morris, and Erika Senft Miller. In collaboration with Hilary Hess and Michael Zebrowski.

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 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Go Deeper On Water Issues: The Of Land & Local: Watershed Blog & Further Events

Designed as a way to dive into the issues and complexities of this year's theme of "water," the blog will expand your thinking about your experience with the exhibitions. Visit the Of Land and Local: Watershed blog.

Of Land & Local: Watershed has a series of supporting events and artists talks designed to create an interactive experience with the show. Visit our events to save the dates.

Appreciation To

Special thanks to the Middlebury College Environmental Studies Program Senior Seminar for their contributions to this exhibition

This exhibition is sponsored by the Vermont Community Foundation. 

BCA Center exhibition and event sponsors are:

Farrell DistributingHave Your Cake Catering and Fluid Bar Service.

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.