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

Gayleen Aiken's Raimbilli Cousins, Collection of G.R.A.C.E.

Three New Exhibits: Out of the Forest: Woodcarvings by Chuck Herrmann; The Curious Cousins of Vermont Outsider Artist Gayleen Aiken; Addison County in Profile: Silhouette Portraits from the Sheldon Archives

March 15, 2016 – May 21, 2016

To learn more about the Sheldon Museum’s three current exhibits, scroll down on this page OR click here to read about Out of the Forest: Woodcarvings by Chuck Herrmann click here to read about The Curious […]

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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

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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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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The Curious Cousins of Vermont Outsider Artist Gayleen Aiken

March 15, 2016 – May 21, 2016

As a child, celebrated artist Gayleen Aiken created a family of imaginary cousins. Five of these invented Raimbilli cousins are seen here as cardboard cutouts and illustrated below in a […]

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Out of the Forest, Woodcarvings by Chuck Herrmann

March 15, 2016 – May 21, 2016

The Sheldon Museum honors Chuck Herrmann, Vermont wood historian, educator, and self-taught artist, with an exhibit.

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