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Burlington City Arts

Tom Cullins: A Creative Life

November 20, 2015 - January 16, 2016

This retrospective paid tribute to the work and legacy of fourth-generation Vermonter and Burlington-based architect and artist Tom Cullins. As a Principal Emeritus of the notable design firm TruexCullins, examples of Cullins’ architectural accomplishments can be found throughout Burlington’s urban landscape, rural settings across New England, and overseas. A life-long artist as well, Cullins creates artwork prolifically in a variety of mediums.

Tom Cullins: A Creative Life emphasized the continuous nature of Cullins’ work and explored the thematic connections within the entirety of his creative output. Cullins’ signature use of aesthetic restraint references the De Stijl movement from the early twentieth century. True to De Stiji, Cullins' artwork takes a minimalist approach to abstraction characterized by basic geometric forms and blocks of color, while his architectural projects (highlighted in this exhibition through sketches and photographs) draw inspiration from Bauhaus principles. The recent introduction of abstract, three-dimensional wooden sculptures to Cullins’ oeuvre brings his visual language full circle.

For the first time in his artistic career, this exhibition brought together every mode of Tom Cullins’ artistic production—abstract photography, painting, sculpture, drawing, and architecture—to reveal an eloquent visual narrative and illuminating Cullins’ creative life.

Exhibition was sponsored by: Leunig’s Bistro & Café, TruexCullins Architecture + Interior Design, Champlain College, Pat Robins & Lisa Schamberg, Bill & Jane Shearer, Billy O’Brien & Timmy O’Brien, Michael Metz & Denise Shekerjian

This exhibition was possible with support from Bill Lockwood, Louis Mannie Lionni & Barbara Zucker, Reg & Joan Gignoux, Chuck desLauriers, Peter & Margie Stern, Liz & Jim Foster, Ralph desLauriers, Steve & Maggie Conant, Rolf Kielman, James C. & Judith R. Pizzagalli​, Bill & Maureen Post, Don & Cheryl Appe​, ​Edgewater Gallery and RIVEN.

Funded in part by a grant from the Vermont Arts CouncilNational Endowment for the Arts and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Farrell DistributingHarpoon BreweryFluid Bar Service and Misery Loves Co. are proud sponsors of BCA Center exhibitions and events.