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

Hans, Kate Gridley

Focus on the Sheldon: Five-Point Perspective

Beginning in the fall of 2016, five local Middlebury-area photographers have been exploring the collections of the Henry Sheldon Museum and found a wealth of inspiring material.  Photographs of the […]

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Upcoming Exhibit

Recent Exhibits


Addison County in Profile: Silhouettes from the Sheldon Archives

April 1, 2016 – January 14, 2017

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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Desperate Crossing, Sarah Ashe.

World Challenges & Wooden Wonders, two new exhibits

November 15, 2016 – January 14, 2017

World Challenges is an intimate look at the consequences of climate change, war, and violence featuring works by local artists Chuck Herrmann and Sarah Ashe along with a selection of Syrian textiles from local collector Sansea Sparling.

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Velocipede, Maker Unknown, 1871-1872. Collection of Glenn Eames. Photo: Jeremy Fredrick.

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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