Art center opens with reimagined curation
BENNINGTON- The Laumeister Art Center at Southern Vermont College opens with reimagined curation of its permanent collection and covered bridge museum. The center is open 10 am to 5 pm daily.
Central to the Laumeister Art Center at SVC are several works by Eric Sloane. Sloane was an American landscape painter and author of illustrated books about cultural history and folklore. Highlights of the Sloane collection include “October Cloudscape,” “Autumn’s Peak,” “Old Covered Bridge,” and early work from 1929. Sloane’s love of clouds, weather, and structures built by settlers gives viewers a look at Americana through the artist’s eyes – the eyes of a traveler of this country from the 1920s into the 1980s.
The Covered Bridge Museum is the world’s first museum dedicated to the preservation of the covered bridge. Exhibits explore engineering, construction, tools, and creators. A display shows a railroad with six Vermont railroad bridges and the museum’s resource center and illuminated map of Vermont’s remaining covered bridges, five of which are in Bennington County.
A small theater features a documentary about covered bridges, models, displays about history, construction, and the cultural impact of the covered bridge in America.
The Navajo Rug Gallery contains a Navajo chief’s blanket from 1885, which serves as the template for successive styles and generations of weavers. For more information call (802) 447-6388 or visit www.svc.edu.