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

The Sheldon Museum by Arthur K. D. Healy, ca. 1950

The Sheldon Museum and Shop are closed until March 3, 2015; Research Center closed until March 5, 2015.

January 18, 2015 – March 2, 2014

The Sheldon Museum and Research Center are closed Sunday, January 18 – Monday, March 2, 2015 for strategic planning, facilities updates, and collection work. The staff is at the Museum […]

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Upcoming Exhibit


The Museum as Muse for Six Vermont Poets: “No Ideas but in Things”

March 10, 2015 – April 11, 2015

Six Vermont poets, members of Spring Street Poets Workshop of Addison County Vermont, searched Middlebury’s Sheldon Museum’s galleries and storerooms and were inspired. The result is a curated exhibition of artifacts selected by the poets, the poems they triggered, and an evening of readings to celebrate literature and art.

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In Champlain’s Wake: Trapping Boats of the Lake Champlain Basin

March 10, 2015 – April 11, 2015

In Champlain’s Wake: Trapping Boats of the Lake Champlain Basin represents an innovative research partnership with the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center, a technical, workplace and continuing educational school for secondary and adult students, also located in Middlebury.

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Recent Exhibits

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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Silhouettes of Charity Bryant (1777-1851) and Sylvia Drake (1784-1868). Collection of Henry Sheldon Museum

Charity & Sylvia: A Weybridge Couple

November 11, 2014 – January 3, 2015

Charity Bryant (1777-1851) and Sylvia Drake (1784-1868) first met as young women in Weybridge, Vermont, in February 1807, although they grew up within 10 miles of each other in Massachusetts, […]

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The Grange, Codman Estate, Lincoln, MA, 1898. Watercolor by Sara Fletcher Bradlee Codman (1842-1922)

Lost Gardens of New England and Creative Carvings by Norton Latourelle

May 6, 2014 – August 10, 2014

Lost Gardens of New England invites you to enjoy the region’s rich heritage of garden design.

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