The Shelburne Museum opens for the 2022 season on May 15 with new exhibits

The Shelburne Museum opens for the season on Sunday, May 15, celebrating its 75th anniversary with new exhibits and programs, and renovated historic buildings.

Two of Shelburne’s most important collections – American Folk Art and Quilts – will be on display again this year after the museum completes updating and curating the collection.

Art and quilts are housed at the Stagecoach Inn and Hat and Fragrance’s Dana-Spencer Textile Galleries.

This season in Shelburne also brings a major exhibit by Luigi Lucioni, the “technically sophisticated realist who fostered the play of light and shadow on weather barns and stately trees,” according to a museum press release. Lucioni helped establish an artistic genre known as Yankee Modernism.

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If you like glasses – the kind you wear – you’re in luck this year with an exhibit called Eyesight and Insight: Lens on American Art. It sounds a little esoteric, but the idea here is an exploration of “the myriad roles of eyewear and optical technologies in American art history.” There is a virtual component to the exhibition which has already been launched on the museum’s website.

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To celebrate its 75th anniversary, the Shelburne Museum has commissioned an outdoor sculpture exhibit by Nancy Winship Milliken which he says “embodies the Museum’s commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability”. The exhibit was set up in a specially planted pollinator meadow.

'Song of pastures,

There are four post and beam structures from Milliken made from natural materials such as horsehair, wool, beeswax and driftwood. The sculptures are “activated” by the wind and the sun, moving, changing and adapting to the environment.

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Tickets to the Shelburne Museum are available from the admissions office. No pre-registration is required. For more details on the reopening of Shelburne and regulations related to COVID-19, visit

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Julia P. Cluff