Warren Kimble All-American Artist: An Eclectic Retrospective

May 19, 2015 – December 31, 2015

This exhibit (extended by popular demand through January 9, 2016) highlights the career of internationally-known Brandon, Vermont artist Warren Kimble, who came to prominence for his folk art, but since has concentrated on diverse themes, inspired in part by his residencies at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont. These themes include his “Sunshine” series, his “Widows of War” paintings and sculpture, and more recent “House of Cards” and “Into the Box,” open faced boxes which feature found objects and architectural assemblages.

In addition, as a tribute to the public and the Sheldon Museum, Warren and his wife Lorraine have agreed to display their personal collection of folk art by other artists, which will be located throughout the Sheldon’s historic rooms.  This will be a unique opportunity to enter the private world of Warren Kimble.

Click below to view an introduction to the Warren Kimble exhibition filmed in June 2015 by Wendy Erikson, Button Bay Productions.


Barn on the Hill, Warren Kimble, 2014

Barn on the Hill, Warren Kimble, 2014. This original painting is offered in a raffle by the Sheldon Museum.

Warren donated the painting Barn on the Hill, pictured at left, for a raffle to support exhibit and education programs of the Sheldon. 

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the painting is Patti Marinan, from Edina, MN.

As “America’s Best Known Living Folk Artist,” Warren Kimble draws on more than 50 years of experience as a fine artist, educator, and antiques collector to create a casual but sophisticated style of American Folk Art. His classic folk art features the animals, rural landscapes and buildings of Vermont. Warren Kimble’s paintings have universal appeal. They evoke a simpler and less complicated era.

 As Warren himself says, his style is “reminiscent of something that surrounds a person every day. It is simplistic, yet abstract.” Among his most popular images are barns, houses, animals and Americana themes that reflect his love for landscapes in Vermont and rural America. Warren most often paints on carefully selected wood for his canvas, using 18th –century tabletops or cabinet doors that have textural qualities reflective of their use by past generations. His warm and unique color palette adds to the overall feeling of serenity

 Warren and Lorraine, his wife and business partner, live and work in the western Vermont town of Brandon, where they have been deeply involved in civic life and philanthropy for over forty years.

In addition to continuing to produce classic folk art paintings, Warren has also formally produced and shown four collections that reflect new interests. These varied, arresting, and provocative artistic stages are represented in the Kimble retrospective at the Sheldon Museum.

 The first collection, “Widows of War,” involved mixed media – including paintings and sculpture – in reaction to the toils of war, specifically as experiences by the wives, mothers, and children whose loved ones fought, many injured or died, during their military service. Shortly after completing “Widows of War,” Warren Kimble embarked on “Let the Sun Shine,” a collection of abstract oil paintings celebrating his contagious optimism through his unique textures, shapes, and colors. More recently, Warren Kimble has turned to whimsical and architectural box assemblages, expressing his humor and insightfulness through staged settings of letters, numbers, wood and metal pierces from discarded furniture and factory accessories.

 Warren Kimble’s paintings are collected worldwide and have been the subject of one-person shows in galleries in New York and Boston, as well as at Syracuse University and a three-year exhibition at Shelburne Museum in Vermont.

 Warren, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday, displays the youthful energy and creativity of someone half his age.  He graduated with a B.F.A. from Syracuse University. After an early career in advertising, he taught in public schools and later joined the art faculty at Castleton State College in Castleton, Vermont. His work has been profiled in Yankee Magazine, The Boston Globe, Vermont Public TV, and many other media outlets. In 2002, he received the highest alumni honor from Syracuse University, the George Arents Pioneer Medal. He is also the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont.  In 2013 Warren received the Vermont Governor’s award for Excellence in the Arts.

 The Sheldon Museum exhibit runs from Mary 19 to October 18, 2015.  A public reception is scheduled during Middlebury’s Art’s Walk, Friday, June 12, 2015, 5 – 7 pm.  Warren will be present at the reception. Warren has donated one of his paintings for a raffle to support the exhibit and education programs of the Sheldon. Gallery Talks of the exhibit will be held every Wednesday at noon.

This exhibit celebrates Vermont Arts 2015, in celebration of public funding for the arts.