Changing exhibits in Cerf Gallery

Changing exhibits in Cerf Gallery


The Sheldon Museum features its permanent collection of 19th and 20th century Vermont furniture, paintings, and household objects exhibited in the elegant Federal house built in 1829 by marble merchants Eben Judd and Lebbeus Harris. Changing special exhibits are on view in the Cerf Gallery.

Walter Cerf Gallery

Built in 1991 through the generosity of art dealer and philanthropist Walter Cerf, the Cerf Gallery has become a hub of public activity at the Museum. A varied exhibition schedule features both historically-themed exhibits and artworks by contemporary Vermont artists and craftspeople. Recent exhibits highlighted the history of Addison County Fair and Field Days, changes in the Vermont landscape in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Vermont’s role in the Civil War, and leisure life in 19th century Vermont.

The Gallery also serves as a public venue for gallery talks, school programs and special events.

Current Exhibit

Two young girls with their "Safety Bicycles" circa 1897 U.S.A.

Pedaling Through History: 150 Years of the Bicycle, The Collection of Glenn Eames

June 21, 2016 – October 16, 2016

2016 marks the 150th anniversary of the first pedal bicycle patent in the United States. The Henry Sheldon Museum celebrates this occasion by showcasing the extensive bicycle collection of Glenn Eames, which traces the evolution of the bicycle from its inception up to today, while spotlighting the bicycle’s golden era at end of the 19th century.

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Founder Henry Sheldon on the porch of the Sheldon Art Museum, Archeological and Historical Society, ca. 1900. From the Collection of the Sheldon Museum

Sheldon Museum, Research Center, and Shop are closed January 10 – February 29, 2016 — Reopening on March 1, 2016

January 12, 2016 – February 29, 2016

The Sheldon Museum, Research Center, and Shop are closed Sunday, January 10 – Monday, February 29, 2016 for strategic planning, facilities updates, collection and archival research.

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Upcoming Exhibit

Recent Exhibits


Addison County in Profile: Silhouettes from the Sheldon Archives

April 1, 2016 – September 3, 2016

This exhibit presents a selection of exceptional, rarely displayed silhouettes of early residents of Addison County spanning over a century from 1800s to 1900s.  Many portraits are of prominent and […]

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Warren Kimble in his studio.

Warren Kimble All-American Artist: An Eclectic Retrospective

May 19, 2015 – December 31, 2015

Warren Kimble All American Artist: An Eclectic Retrospective opens Tuesday, May 19, 2015 and closes Sunday, October 18, 2015. The exhibit will highlight 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 during his residencies at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont.

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Arthur K.D. Healy Sketch of a Painting by Claude Monet, 1952 Watercolor on paper On loan from Sophia W. Healy

Arthur Healy: A Retrospective

August 26, 2014 – January 3, 2015

Several generations of area residents and Middlebury College students were introduced to the beauty and benefits of art and art history by Arthur K.D. Healy (1902 – 1978), the College’s first “Artist in Residence,” who later joined the faculty and served as Chairman of the Fine Arts Division.

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