“In the quest to justify my creation of art and meld it with my environmental convictions, “Vermont Wastescapes” was born. This series was a six-year journey to create a large-scale conceptual work celebrating the state I call home, using exclusively re-cycled, re-claimed, and re-purposed materials. It is intended to raise awareness about the volume of human waste we create, and its toll on places of natural beauty, even in a state considered as “green” as Vermont.”
Friends and family of Barbara Smail, a well-loved and highly respected artist from the Burlington area who died in the fall of 2001, established the Barbara Smail Award. The award is given to a mid-career Vermont-based artist who has a desire to expand his or her creative experience and has displayed an enthusiastic support of his or her peers.
For over twenty years June in Vermont has been dedicated to celebrating contemporary art and working artists. In 2007, Kasini House produced the Art’s Alive Festival of Fine Art and published this catalog, which documents festival participation and creates a record of the work. It is also a useful reference for those who wish to learn more about an artist.
The Vermont Contemporary Art Annual is a publication of work by artists living and working in Vermont. In these pages, you will find images of artwork, artist statements and biographical information. In 2008, the first year of this publication, the annual showcases artists who were juried into the 22nd annual Art’s Alive Festival of Fine Art and as such, this book also serves as the catalog for the festival.