The Power of Perspective | 2024 community art show

A hawk is silhouetted against a pale sky, seen from beneath flowers. Title: Hunter. Fabric, embroidery by Sarah Ashe. Copyright © 2024 and used with permission. #PowerOfPerspective

The Power of Perspective: shifting points of view

The Birds of Vermont Museum has been hosting themed community art shows since 2014. Each winter, the staff develops a bird-related theme for the exhibit and invites submissions in varied media: visual arts, the written word, sculpture and more.

Our 2024 art show, The Power of Perspective: shifting points of view, poses and answers questions of how our bodies, ideas, and assumptions might alter or affect what we perceive, think about, imagine, and understand about birds.
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Power of Perspective: 2024 art exhibit continues in August

Rectangular pieces of a puzzle possibly showing a gray and blue bird are disarranged on a silver tray. Only part of the tray and some of the pieces can be seen. Build-a-Bird: Blue Jay. Photograph of a puzzle created by Richard Crocker. Copyright © 2024 and used with permission.

The 2024 art show, The Power of Perspective: shifting points of view opened May 1 and runs through October 31.

Visit, and find your own new idea, question, or experience.  Our call to artists for this year’s art show asked,

Consider the scope of an eagle’s eye—the narrow view of a gleaning warbler—the shadowed sight of a loon underwater. We may see birds above us from the ground, or below us from a plane. We may use a camera lens to record from afar, or a magnifier and lamps to perceive what is normally unknown. How does time influence your perspective? What if we “zoom out” from one bird to a species, to an ecosystem, to a planet? What if we “zoom in” to one bird to its wing, to a feather, to a gene?

How does your art reveal a point of view?  …How might a change in perspective alter people’s understanding of the lives and needs of the birds who share our world?

Discover how artists, poets, sculptors, photographers and others have answered. The full list of creators is in our blog post, Power of Perspective.

Image: Portion of “Build-a-Bird: Blue Jay” by Richard Crocker. Shown with permission.

Past Exhibits

2023: Spark! fueling a love of birds
2022: Fine Feathers: at play with structure and function
2021: Expanding Voices: perspectives on birding
2020: Borders: illusions that constrain us
2019: Pollinate This!
2018: Common Grounds
2017: B1rding by the Numb3rs
2016: In Layers: the art of the egg
2015: Birds of a Fiber
2014: Perilous Passages

 

Power of Perspective: 2024 art exhibit continues in July

A sunflower is reflected in a drop of water. The sunflower itself can be seen, blurred, behind the drop. An excerpt of of a photograph by Elizabeth Spinney. Copyright © 2024 and used with permission. #PowerOfPerspective

The 2024 art show, The Power of Perspective: shifting points of view opened May 1 and runs through October 31.

Visit, and find your own new idea, question, or experience.  Our call to artists for this year’s art show asked,

Consider the scope of an eagle’s eye—the narrow view of a gleaning warbler—the shadowed sight of a loon underwater. We may see birds above us from the ground, or below us from a plane. We may use a camera lens to record from afar, or a magnifier and lamps to perceive what is normally unknown. How does time influence your perspective? What if we “zoom out” from one bird to a species, to an ecosystem, to a planet? What if we “zoom in” to one bird to its wing, to a feather, to a gene?

How does your art reveal a point of view?  …How might a change in perspective alter people’s understanding of the lives and needs of the birds who share our world?

Discover how artists, poets, and sculptors have answered.

Discover how artists, poets, and sculptors have answered. The full list of artists is in our blog post, Power of Perspective.

Image: Detail of “A Drop of Sun” by Elizabeth Spinney. Copyright © 2024 Elizabeth Spinney, and shown with permission.

Past Exhibits

2023: Spark! fueling a love of birds
2022: Fine Feathers: at play with structure and function
2021: Expanding Voices: perspectives on birding
2020: Borders: illusions that constrain us
2019: Pollinate This!
2018: Common Grounds
2017: B1rding by the Numb3rs
2016: In Layers: the art of the egg
2015: Birds of a Fiber
2014: Perilous Passages

 

Power of Perspective: 2024 art exhibit continues in June

Aerial photograph showing a fallow winter fields. Tiny specks are ducks, seen from above. Title: Fallow Field with Ducks. Aerial photography by John Hadden. Copyright © 2024 and used with permission.

The 2024 art show, The Power of Perspective: shifting points of view opened May 1 and runs through October 31.

Visit, and find your own new idea, question, or experience.  Our call to artists for this year’s art show asked,

Consider the scope of an eagle’s eye—the narrow view of a gleaning warbler—the shadowed sight of a loon underwater. We may see birds above us from the ground, or below us from a plane. We may use a camera lens to record from afar, or a magnifier and lamps to perceive what is normally unknown. How does time influence your perspective? What if we “zoom out” from one bird to a species, to an ecosystem, to a planet? What if we “zoom in” to one bird to its wing, to a feather, to a gene?

How does your art reveal a point of view?  …How might a change in perspective alter people’s understanding of the lives and needs of the birds who share our world?

Discover how artists, poets, sculptors, photographers and others have answered. The full list of creators is in our blog post, Power of Perspective.

Image: Fallow Field with Ducks by John Hadden. Copyright © 2024 John Hadden, and shown with permission.

Past Exhibits

2023: Spark! fueling a love of birds
2022: Fine Feathers: at play with structure and function
2021: Expanding Voices: perspectives on birding
2020: Borders: illusions that constrain us
2019: Pollinate This!
2018: Common Grounds
2017: B1rding by the Numb3rs
2016: In Layers: the art of the egg
2015: Birds of a Fiber
2014: Perilous Passages

 

Expanding Voices: perspectives on birding | 2021 community art show

Watercolor painting (excerpt): shows a white woman in a yellow shirt looking upward through binoculars. The point-of-view is from above, so only her head and arms are clear.

Our 2021 art show, Expanding Voices, explores and reflects the past year. Visual arts, poetry, 3D, and prose pieces capture the variety of solitudes, connections, race issues, changes and changelessness, new skills, and understandings we  experienced in 2020.

Forty artists, photographers, writers,  and poets had their work selected for this year’s show. They range from under 10 to over 80 and speak from their varied experiences of birding, the pandemic, faith, and social issues.

Visitors are invited to explore the visual and written art at their own pace, to be inspired, to ask questions, and to browse through the book of artists’ statements.

Show runs through October • Included with Museum admission

Many of the originals are for sale, and several artists have prints, cards, and other items available in our gift shop.

About the theme “Expanding Voices: perspectives on birding”

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Borders: illusions that constrain us | 2020 community art show

Flyer for art show -Borders: illusions that constrain us- showing planet earth from space on a black background. Show of art, photography, poetry open June- October 2020.

Borders: illusions than constrain us is our 2020 art show, where we invite creators and viewers to ask (and even answer) “What do borders mean for birds and which of these are constructs of our imagination?”

Thirty-six artists, photographers, and poets had their work selected for this year’s show. Creators include beginners and established professionals of all ages. Visitors are invited to explore the visual and written art at their own pace, to be inspired, to ask questions, and to browse through the book of artists’ statements.

Show is open through October • Included with Museum admission

Some originals are for sale, and some artists have prints, cards, and other items for sale in our gift shop as well.

About the theme “Borders: illusions that constrain us”

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