Museums and Galleries for Art and Craft

Art Museums

From American and European 19th-century masterworks, to exciting work by talented new artists and craft artisans, there's much to see in Vermont’s museums and galleries.

Shelburne Museum, located just 6 miles south of Burlington, offers an eclectic experience. Set in a park-like landscape, you'll explore over 30 buildings with exhibits ranging from American folk and decorative arts to French Impressionist paintings. Historic collections that include masterful 19th century American landscapes are also found at the University of Vermont and Middlebury College art museums, and Bennington Museum in southern Vermont, and the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum in the northeast.

Contemporary and cutting edge art abounds too. Southern Vermont’s Brattleboro Museum and Art Center and the Manchester Center for the Arts feature some of the best 20th and 21st century art. Like them,  Studio Place Arts (Barre), Helen Day Art Center (Stowe), and Burlington’s Firehouse and S.P.A.C.E. galleries in the central and northern regions in exhibiting some of the newest of the new.

Some of America's most gifted craft artisians live and work in Vermont. From shops led by masters like Miranda Thomas to the work of individual artists following their own muse, you'll find many expressions in clay, wood, fiber, glass, metal and mixed media. For the most comprehensive look at the work of the talented Vermont artisans, visit the Vermont State Craft Centers. And expect to find fine art in a number of mediums combined with craft in many of the galleries listed below.

Whet your appetite with just some of Vermont's museums and galleries that show the work of multiple artists and artisans:

Contemporary Art
Amy Tarrant Gallery at the Flynn Center for the Arts
Big Town Gallery
Brandon Artists Guild
Brattleboro Museum and Art Center
Chaffee Center for the Visual Arts
Edgewater Gallery
Firehouse Gallery
Hall Art Foundation
Helen Day Art Center 
M. Bryan Memorial Gallery
Southern Vermont Arts Center
Studio Place Arts
Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts
S.P.A.C.E. Gallery
Gander Gallery
Gallery 2

State Craft Galleries
Artisan's Hand
Frog Hollow State Craft Center
Gallery at the Vault
Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild

Craft Galleries
Collective - the Art of Craft
Stowe Craft
Vermont Artisan Designs

Craft and Art Galleries
Art on Main
Miller's Thumb Gallery
Truly Unique Gift Shop
The Village Green Gallery
Artisan's Gallery
Bennington Arts Guild
MAC Center for the Arts
Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild
The Blinking Light
EPOCH - 18 Vermont Artisans
Grand Isle Artworks

Historic and/or Contemporary Art Museums
Bennington Museum
Fleming Museum at the University of Vermont
Middlebury College Museum of Art
Norman Rockwell Museum
T. W. Wood Art Gallery
St. Johnsbury Athenaeum
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park
Shelburne Museum

In a Category of Their Own (and well worth the visit)

Bread and Puppet Museum
Center for Cartoon Studies
Main Street Museum
Vermont Folklife Center

To find more galleries selling a wide variety of paintings, prints, sculpture and fine craft, enter GALLERY as a key word search in the Travel Planner shopping option, and begin your art search now.

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