A walking tour of Middlebury’s public sculpture collection is the perfect way to enjoy one of the most beautiful college campuses in the country and to be inspired by some amazing art. And now, if you’re into the social networking thing, you can check in at 10 or more of the artworks via Gowalla or Foursquare and receive a free poster from the Museum Bookstore. If you’re in the vicinity of the Mahaney Center for the Arts, then start your tour at the Middlebury College Museum of Art, where you can pick up a spiral bound guide to the collection complete with map, images, and blurbs about each piece.
And as long as you're going digital, visit our Artists and Exhibits page to find links to each work on Foursquare. Remember to send us photos of your tour experience so that we can post them to our Facebook page, or like us on Facebook and you can post them there yourself.
Friendly reminder: please don't climb or sit on the works of art (with three exceptions: Scott Burton's Bench and Table, Michael Singer's Garden of the Seasons, and Jenny Holzer's Selections from Truisms - these are made to be utilitarian). The one-of-a-kind works in the collection are expensive to maintain, and we appreciate your help in ensuring that they will endure for many generations.
Want an individual guided tour of the collection? On several occasions John Hunisak, Professor of History of Art and Architecture and the original chair of the Committee on Art in Public Places, has led groups on a walking tour of Middlebury's campus sculpture. Recently he recorded an audio version of this popular tour, and we are making it available here for download by those who wish to have the benefit of his insights as they browse the campus collection.
Below is a link to the entire walking tour as a zip file (42MB) as well as links to the individual audio files for each work. You can left click the link for the entire tour to download and unzip the file, left click each individual track link to play the track in your browser, or right click each track link and save the files to your computer.
Additionally, John's tour is available on our YouTube channel as a series of videos. If you have a web-enabled phone, you can watch and listen to each track as you explore each work first hand. The introductory video plus a sampling of videos of some of the more popular works can be viewed in the carousel at the bottom of this page.
CAPP Walking Tour Zip File
Patrick Villiers Farrow
Jules Olitski and George Rickey