Douglas Perkins

Douglas Perkins '94 is Administrative Operations Manager at the Middlebury College Museum of Art and steward of the museum's digital presence.

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Wonder, Rewarded

Categories: design, Midd Blogosphere
Every year we solicit nominations from the local community for students, artists, and art benefactors whose support of the visual arts merits distinction, and we select several to honor at our Annual Dinner. The winners get feted and appreciated for an evening, and each receives a certificate. Articles in the paper, all that sort of thing. We let the world know that this crop of arts heroes has done something special, and we hope that each feels appropriately celebrated for his or her talent. Then we go about another year of wash, rinse, and retweet until the specter of the next Arts Awards season makes us wonder where all the time has gone and what happened to last year's winners and whether we made a difference in their lives to the extent that it would be worth trying to do it again this year. Continue reading

RESCHEDULED AGAIN: Glenn Andres to Lecture About Vermont Architecture

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No, you’re not having déjà vu.

Since many people were turned away from his first two lectures on the Museum’s current exhibition Observing Vermont Architecture, Glenn Andres, Professor of the History of Art and Architecture, will reprise, for a third time, his introduction to the exhibition. His free lecture, scheduled for Monday, March 17 at 4:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Mahaney Center for the Arts, will survey buildings both grand and humble, and designed by laymen as well as prominent state and national architects. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the Friends of the Art Museum, and Architecture Table.

**Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.**

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Windham County Courthouse, Newfane, 1825, 1854 (Photo: Curtis Johnson)

Do You Know a Middlebury Student Who Deserves Recognition for Involvement in the Visual Arts?

Categories: Midd Blogosphere

The Friends of the Middlebury College Museum of Art invite you to nominate a Middlebury College student whose contribution to the visual arts in the community merits distinction. The Friends have made an annual award to a college student for nearly two decades, and recipients have included sculptors, filmmakers, painters, critics for The Campus, Museum volunteers, and founders of the M Gallery. Anyone (barring a relative of the nominee) can make a nomination.

This year the nomination process is entirely digital. We encourage you to learn more about the Museum’s annual Arts Awards program and to nominate deserving students. Nominations are due by the end of the day on Thursday, March 20, and the award will be presented on Sunday, May 5, at Kirk Alumni House, at the Friends’ Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner. The recipient and his or her nominee will be guests of the Museum. Please address any questions via email to Chief Curator Emmie Donadio or Programs Coordinator Mikki Lane.

RESCHEDULED: Glenn Andres to Lecture About Vermont Architecture

Categories: Midd Blogosphere

Since many people were turned away from his original lecture on the Museum’s current exhibition Observing Vermont Architecture, Glenn Andres, Professor of the History of Art and Architecture, will reprise his introduction to the exhibition. His free lecture, scheduled for Monday, February 17 at 4:30 p.m. in Twilight Auditorium, will survey buildings both grand and humble, and designed by laymen as well as prominent state and national architects. Andres and Curtis Johnson, photographer and co-author of Buildings of Vermont, will sign copies of their popular book—which will be available for purchase—following Andres’s talk in the lobby of Twilight Hall. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Friends of the Art Museum.

**Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.**

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Windham County Courthouse, Newfane, 1825, 1854 (Photo: Curtis Johnson)

Formal Unveiling of Vito Acconci’s Newly Reinstalled Way Station Sculpture, Friday, October 18, 2:00 p.m.

Categories: Midd Blogosphere

On Friday, October 18, the Middlebury College Museum of Art will inaugurate its newest addition to the campus’s distinguished collection of public art—a reinstallation of Vito Acconci’s provocative and seminal sculpture Way Station I (Study Chamber). The sculpture is located adjacent to the pond at the Mahaney Center for the Arts on Porter Field Road. The inauguration—which will include remarks about the history of the piece and its significance within the arc of the artist’s career, followed by the formal unlocking of the structure—is free and open to the public and will occur at 2:00 p.m.

To learn more about the piece, read the full press release.

Vito Acconci, Way Station I (Study Chamber), 1983/rebuilt 2013, steel, concrete, spray enamel, mirror, 81 x 72 x 54 inches.  Commissioned with funds provided by the Christian A. Johnson Fund (1983) and the Committee on Art in Public Places (2013), 2013.017. (Photo: Jonathan Blake)

Vito Acconci, Way Station I (Study Chamber), 1983/rebuilt 2013, steel, concrete, spray enamel, mirror, 81 x 72 x 54 inches. Commissioned with funds provided by the Christian A. Johnson Fund (1983) and the Committee on Art in Public Places (2013), 2013.017. (Photo: Jonathan Blake)

Another Summer in the Books

Categories: Midd Blogosphere
Summer comes and goes very quickly here in Vermont—blink and you've missed it, as some would say—and like the season itself, our summer exhibits vanish with a similar haste, like a Fumé Blanc that you wish would have lingered just a bit longer on your tongue. As I watch the works come off the wall and go back into storage or back to their lending institutions, I often find myself wishing that I had spent more time with them, and inevitably I turn to the exhibit's comment book to absorb others' insights about the show as a way of allowing it to hang a little longer in my mind's eye. Continue reading

Fabergé: The Social and Political Implications of Russian Decorative Arts

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The Middlebury College Museum of Art possesses a remarkable collection of Russian artifacts and family keepsakes made by the firm of the famous jeweler, Carl Fabergé. This essay by Adrian Kerester ’15, adapted from her April 2013 lecture and reproduced here with permission, explores Russia’s social history at the turn of the last century through an examination of and conversation surrounding Russian decorative arts and the culture of Russia’s ruling aristocracy. Continue reading