Middlebury College Offers Art
Inside and Out

Each issue of Vermont Art Guide has over a hundred places to see art around the state. The full-color, printed magazine has artist and venue profiles as well as articles and news about Vermont Art. Our goal is to document and share the state’s incredible art scene.

Vermont Art Guide #4 includes a special section on outdoor sculpture parks in Vermont.


Public Art on Campus

While not a sculpture park, per se, the campus of Middlebury College claims to be “home to one of the most important public art collections of any American liberal arts college” and the school’s roster of twenty-four nationally and internationally acclaimed artists, whose large works are sprinkled throughout the campus, bolsters such an assertion. Perhaps the most recognizable piece in the collection is Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE placed on the artificial pond behind the Mahaney Center for the Arts. One of the largest works Tony Smith ever created, Smog, can be found on the east lawn of McCardell Bicentennial Hall. And on the quad in front of Munroe Hall you can find the graceful Frisbee Dog by Vermont’s own Patrick Villiers Farrow, whose studio and gallery was down Route 30 in Castleton until his untimely 2009 passing.

One of the collections most controversial pieces, Vito Acconci’s Way Station I (image), is a conceptual piece that pushes some viewer’s political buttons. The work was hotly debated when first installed in 1983. A vandal set it on fire in 1985 and the sculpture sat in storage for three decades. Now it is restored and on view.

To read the complete article about Public Art at Middlebury College, order a copy of Vermont Art Guide #4.

On view through August 13, 2017:

Sailing & Sabra at Middlebury College Mahaney Center for the Arts

In addition to a permanent collection of antiquities, Asian art, photography, 19th-century European and American sculpture, and contemporary prints, the museum shows well-curated seasonal exhibitions.

“Young America: Roy Lichtenstein & the America’s Cup”

In 1994, pop artist Roy Lichtenstein was invited by PACT, a syndicate created to compete in the America’s Cup trials the following year, to create a design for the hull and spinnaker of their boat. It was one of his largest and last works. This exhibit recounts the history of that commission and the history of the America’s Cup races, before and since. The exhibit includes the actual seventy-seven-foot hull of Young America—on loan to Middlebury from Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, New York—as well as several related preliminary works by the artist and other works illustrating the history of the America’s Cup.

“An Influential Love Story in Black and White”

The exhibition, which features twenty photographs by Grey Villet drawn largely from his germinal 1965 LIFE magazine photo essay telling the remarkable and epochal love story of interracial couple Mildred and Richard Loving, takes its name from the recently published book, which presents that photo essay in its entirety for the first time.

“Sabra Field, Now and Then: A Retrospective”

On the occasion of the artist’s 60th Middlebury reunion, this exhibitionexplores the depth and diversity of her six decades as a printmaker. Sabra Field studied at Wesleyan University and Middlebury College, moving to Vermont permanently in 1967. She was named “an Extraordinary Vermonter” by Governor Madeleine Kunin in 1990 and a “Vermont Living Treasure” by the Shelburne Craft School in 2000.

Each issue of Vermont Art Guide has over a hundred places to see art around the state. The full-color, printed magazine has artist and venue profiles as well as articles and news about Vermont Art. Our goal is to document and share the state’s incredible art scene.


Middlebury College is located just to the southwest of downtown Middlebury, between Vermont Routes 30 and 125. Start your visit at the Mahaney Center for the Arts, off of South Main Street (Route 30) on Porter Field Road, home of the College’s Museum of Art. Free parking is available. For a virtual tour of the public art collection, visit the Public Art on Campus page at www.middlebury.edu/arts/campus.

Images (top to bottom):
by Roy Lichtenstein
Major funding provided by: Ford Motor Company Fund, the Ralph E. Ogden Foundation, The Young America Foundation; additional generous support provided by: Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Bass, Mr. C. Thomas Clagett, Jr., The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Gosnell, Mr. Bernard H. Gustin, The Charlotte and Walter Kohler Charitable Trust, Ann & John Marshall, Margaret T. Morris Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. James X. Mullen, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas L. Stark, Mr. Robert G. Stone, Jr., and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Weg

Way Station I (Study Chamber)
by Vito Acconci
steel, concrete, spray enamel, mirror
1983/rebuilt 2013
Commissioned with funds provided by the Christian A. Johnson Fund (1983) and the Committee on Art in Public Places (2013), 2013.017. Courtesy of Middlebury College Museum of Art.

Mermaid Sailboat Hull (Maquette)
by Roy Lichtenstein
acrylic-painted fiberglass wood
built by model makers
©Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

Mildred and Richard Loving
by Grey Villet
Used with permission of the Estate of Grey Villet.

Suite of the Months: September Corn
by Sabra Field
woodcut print on paper
Collection of Middlebury College Museum of Art. Gift of the artist.