Project Description

Parks & Recreation

Parks & Recreation will look at the history and artistic depictions of Vermont’s state parks and other formally designated natural areas, such as the state forests, the Green Mountain National Forest, and the Appalachian Trail/Long Trail which run through it, and the role they’ve played in the helping to make year-round outdoor recreation-from skiing/snowboarding in the winter to hiking and fishing from spring through autumn, etc.- an integral aspect of the state’s identity in the public imagination.

The exhibition will trace the history of Vermont’s parks and other formally designated natural areas from the origins of nature tourism in the region in the mid-nineteenth century through the formal development of a state park system and national forest designation beginning in the 1920s through the 1940s, alongside the state’s concerted effort to draw tourists, summer home owners, and full time residents through concerted marketing campaigns. A selection of works of art, including Sanford Gifford’s painting of hikers/camper on top of Mt. Mansfield from 1858/59 and Milton Avery paintings of Jamaica State Park, 1935-1943, and contemporary paintings by regional artists (the latter a collaboration with the Bryan Gallery), will tie together the themes of the exhibition, from past to present, in visually compelling ways.

Bennington Museum (Bennington, VT) will present the museum’s portion of the show in two parts. April 1 – November 6, 2022, will showcase the historical story of Parks and Recreation. July 2 – December 31, 2022, the Museum will open, in an adjacent gallery, contemporary works depicting Vermont’s State Parks.

June 23 – September 5, 2022 Bryan Memorial Gallery (Jeffersonville, VT) will exhibit contemporary works depicting the parks in the Main and Middle Galleries

Artists are invited to submit original artworks for the 2022 Exhibition
Parks & Recreation

Bryan Memorial Gallery and Bennington Museum are excited to announce a call for artists for the upcoming collaborative Parks and Recreation exhibition. Held conjunctively at these two locations during the summer 2022 season this exhibit will highlight historical and contemporary interpretations of Vermont’s 55 state parks and explore the diverse beauty of these protected wildscapes in all seasons.

Artists will be invited to visit their choice of Vermont park(s), enveloping themselves in the creative inspiration to represent in their artwork.

Access to Vermont’s state parks has been generously made available through a partnership with Vermont Parks Forever, the Foundation for Vermont State Parks, whose donated vouchers can be used to visit a Vermont park of choice during peak season. Vouchers are limited, offered on a first come first serve basis, and are not required off-season. To claim a voucher, contact with your information, and a gallery representative will respond to your request.

All artists working in original 2-dimensional artwork will be invited to submit up to three pieces to the exhibition jury in spring 2022. Complete exhibition specifications will be posted in June 2021. Bryan Gallery and Bennington Museum will reserve the right to select the location where artworks will be shown during the duration of the show.

Please remember to follow Vermont’s Covid guidelines for quarantining, social distancing, and mask compliance while visiting the parks

For more information contact Stephen Gothard at 802-644-5100 or

2022 ParkandRecSpecs


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