Virtual Exhibition Program Library

Welcome to our library of past virtual programs related to our exhibitions.

Dark Goddess: Artist Talk with Shanta Lee Gander

Shanta Lee Gander—writer, photographer, and journalist—spoke about her recent Dark Goddess photography series, which debuted at SVAC in 2021. Gander worked closely with each of her models, often for over a month at a time, to co-create their inner dark goddess and capture that empowered essence through photography. With these images and through her collaborative practice, Gander aims to expand notions of the goddess beyond limiting binaries such as good/evil and dark/light.

In this talk, Gander shares many examples of visual and textual culture from her childhood, college years, and global travels that have fueled “a lifelong courtship with curiosity.”

Date: September 14, 2021

Meet the Artists: Barbara Ishikura and Hilary Tait Norod

Artists Barbara Ishikura and Hilary Tait Norod came together with Alison Crites, SVAC’s exhibition manager, for an engaging conversation about thematic intersections in their art, art historical influences, and how to create opportunities for viewers to connect and engage with their work.

Both artists turn to their most personal and intimate relationships for imagery, content, and themes to explore in their painting. Tait Norod’s work reflects conversations with her loved ones, especially her husband, that highlight the unfinished business of love and intimacy. Ishikura presents autobiographical work in ways that explore the ongoing conflict of adhering to social norms across different social classes.

Both artists had Solo exhibitions at SVAC during the summer of 2021.

Date: July 28, 2021

Artist Talk: Candace Jensen

Candace Jensen, an interdisciplinary artist and writer, gave an intimate in-person gallery talk at SVAC about Terrestrial Texts, her first major solo exhibition in Vermont. Jensen’s work is informed by deep ecology, an approach to life that believes the relationship between all beings is deeply meaningful and spiritual. Her exhibition features works on paper that draw from and expand the traditions of calligraphy and illuminated manuscripts to investigate themes of environmentalism, mythology, interdependence, and more. For more about Jensen’s work, visit here.

Jensen lives and works in Westminster, Vermont, the unceded traditional lands of the Elnu Abenaki. She is cofounder and executive director of In Situ Polyculture Commons, a nonprofit art residency focused on community resilience and the intersection of art and ecology. She also currently serves as the Book Arts Director and Art Editor at the Ruth Stone House in Goshen, VT. 

Behind the Mask: Meet the Creators of Shelter in Place Gallery and Tiny Pricks Project

Let these panelists brighten your day with their creativity, humor and humanity. Artist and activist Diana Weymar has inspired thousands of needle-pointers to join her in stitching what she calls “the material record of the Trump presidency and the movement against it.” Now featured in international media, Diana’s Tiny Pricks Project has grown from one person’s idea into a massive collective undertaking. Tiny Pricks ends when President Trump’s term ends–18 hours after this panel. Hear Diana’s reflections, on the cusp of the project’s completion.

In the spring of 2020, Eben Haines and Delaney Dameron, founders of Shelter In Place (SIP) Gallery, created a 1:12 scale exhibition space to show artists’ work. They are always open–while traditional galleries and museums are closed, studios are often hard to access, and both monetary and social resources for artists are slim. By posting images of miniature installations on social media, Delaney and Eben have brought the public little SIPs of art–intimate, profound and playful, all at once. They have received hundreds of submissions from artists in the US and beyond.

Artist Talk: Ink Languages with Chalice Mitchell and Patty Hudak

Artists Patty Hudak and Chalice Mitchell joined us for an engaging online conversation about how living and working abroad in China and Japan fundamentally changed their artistic practice. In particular, both artists developed a personal “ink language” through their exposure to, study of, and experimentation with the tradition of ink painting, which first flourished in China during the 600s and was introduced to Japan during the 1300s.

Patty and Chalice, whose artwork was shown in the “Women Take Wilson” exhibition, brought their memories and experiences to life through sharing images and stories. Alison Crites, SVAC’s Manager of Exhibitions & Interpretive Engagement, moderated the program.

Meet the Artist: Adrien Broom

Artist Adrien Broom and SVAC’s Executive Director Anne Corso will discuss Broom’s artistic practice, background, and her two bodies of work that were on view at SVAC in the summer/fall of 2020. A visual storyteller, Broom uses photography, film, and set design to create images that contain elements of fantasy, nostalgia, and wonder.

Adrien’s two exhibitions, “Holding Space” and “The Color Project” were part of SVAC’s summer/fall “Women Take Wilson” exhibition.