Burlington City Arts


October 23, 2020 - January 30, 2021

Unprecedented? explores the psychological, social, and cultural impact of the extraordinary events of 2020 defined by the ongoing global pandemic and intensifying demand for racial justice that is reshaping our world. Featuring work by nine Vermont and New England artists, Unprecedented? calls upon us to examine our divergent responses to each artist’s work within the context of recent events and the shared, expressive framework of grief, hope, anger, containment, uncertainty, and release.

Unprecedented? invites five community members to contribute text that responds to key emotional and psychological states conveyed by an artist’s work. Each contributor thoughtfully reflects on the connection of the theme through their personal experience.

As a word, “unprecedented” has trended with ferocious speed via every media outlet, social feed, and op-ed to describe the global pandemic and growing demonstrations for racial justice. While as a society we have found ourselves ill-prepared for these events, it seems questionable that these circumstances are either unprecedented or unpredictable. Rather, at this critical moment we must reflect, question, and reframe our understanding of these historic times through the lens of visual art.

Participating Artists: Jeremy Ayers, Becci Davis, Lillie Harris, Akiko Jackson, Brielle Rovito, EveNSteve (Eve and Steve Schaub), Dan Siegel, and Sarah Camille Wilson

Community Contributors: Tyeastia Green, Elizabeth Goldstein, Carmen Jackson, Milton Rosa-Ortiz, and Tamara Waraschinski



Virtual Tour of the Fall 2020 Exhibitions


Artist Talk

Artist Talk: Becci Davis and Jay Simple: The Intersection of Art and Activism

January 27, 2021




Gallery Guides










EveNSteve's videos from the exhibition



Unprecedented? is presented as part of 2020 Vision: Reflecting on a World-Changing Year, a statewide exhibition initiative of the Vermont Curators Group. BCA Exhibitions are funded in part by a grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual ArtsNational Endowment for the Arts, and Vermont Arts Council.

Burlington City Arts is supported by the New England Foundation for the Arts through the New England Arts Resilience Fund, part of the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund, an initiative of the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with major funding from the federal CARES Act from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Image: EveNSteve, The Home Of My Choice, 2020 (detail of 9 panels)