Public Art on Campus

The Middlebury College campus is home to one of the most important public art collections of any American liberal arts college.

Middlebury’s distinguished campus collection of public art includes 24 works—mostly sculpture—by 24 different artists, many of them nationally or internationally known.

Jedd Novatt (American, born 1958)

Chaos Xaxis, 2012

Bronze, 14 x 13 x 13 feet.

Collection of Middlebury College Museum of Art, Vermont. Gift of an anonymous donor, 2015.010

Location: Southeast lawn of the Axinn Center for Literary and Cultural Studies at Starr Library

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Ornamental Rock, China, Anhui Province, Lingbi County, limestone with carved wood base, height: 44 inches. Purchase with funds provided by the Barbara P. and Robert P. ’64 Youngman Acquisition Fund for Asian Art, 2004.023. Location: Davis Family Library, 2nd Floor, East reading room

Anonymous (Chinese, late 19th–early 20th century)

Ornamental Rock

China, Anhui Province, Lingbi County
Limestone with carved wood base, height: 44 inches

Purchase with funds provided by the Barbara P. and Robert P. ’64 Youngman Acquisition Fund for Asian Art, 2004.023

Location: Davis Family Library, 2nd Floor, East reading room

Jonathan Borofsky (American, born 1942)

I dreamed I could fly at 3,876,225, 1984–1992

Acrylic on urethane foam, 19 1/2 x 58 x 39 inches. Gift of the Overbrook Foundation. 1995.009

Location: Lobby of the Mahaney Center for the Arts

Although Jonathan Borofsky’s I dreamed I could Fly at 3,876,225 may initially seem ominous—the sculpture of a human figure appears just to have leapt into space—the title confines this flying figure’s mission to the realm of dreams.

Lorenzo Ghiglieri (American, born 1931)

The Middlebury Panther, 1997

Bronze, over life-size. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip H. Morse and Shelley H. Morse, Class of 1995. 1997.022

Location: Youngman Field and Alumni Stadium

The symbolic function of animals has made them ubiquitous presences in western art. Rulers often commissioned sculptures of their heraldic counterparts from the animal world and used them to represent either themselves or their realms. No image evoked greater awe—from antiquity through the nineteenth century—than equestrian statues of rulers astride a horse.

Patrick Dougherty (American, born 1945)

So Inclined, 2007

Red maple saplings and grey dogwood. Commissioned as a temporary deposit by the Committee on Art in Public Places with funds provided by the Middlebury College Board of Trustees One Percent for Art Policy.

Location: Front lawn of the Mahaney Center for the Arts, on view 2007-2011

An internationally known artist who has produced site-specific works in a variety of private and public locations around the globe, Patrick Dougherty created So Inclined at the entrance to the College’s Mahaney Center for the Arts in September 2007.

Patrick Dougherty, So Inclined

Patrick Dougherty (American, born 1945) So Inclined, 2007, Red maple saplings and grey dogwood. Commissioned as a temporary deposit by the Committee on Art in Public Places with funds provided by the Middlebury College Board of Trustees One Percent for Art Policy. On view 2007-2011. (Photo: Tad Merrick) Location: Front lawn of the Mahaney Center for the Arts

Patrick Dougherty, So Inclined (display)

Patrick Dougherty (American, born 1945) So Inclined [detail], 2007 Red maple saplings and grey dogwood. Commissioned as a temporary deposit by the Committee on Art in Public Places with funds provided by the Middlebury College Board of Trustees One Percent for Art Policy. (Photo: Tad Merrick) Location: Front lawn of the Mahaney Center for the Arts

Clement Meadmore (American, born Australia, 1929–2005)

Around and About, 1971

Painted aluminum, 7 feet x 11 feet x 7 feet 3 inches. Gift of Ken and Linda Wilson 2000.032

Location: Pond behind the Mahaney Center for the Arts

Clement Meadmore’s repeated and characteristic use of geometric but fluid shapes relects his training as an aeronautical engineer.

Like many of Meadmore’s mature sculptures, Around and About consists of two basic geometric forms, square and a quarter circle, extended into space. The black, matte finish of the surfaces unifies the overall effect.

Robert Indiana (American, born 1928)

LOVE, 1973

Painted aluminum, 6 x 6 x 3 feet. Gift of Ken and Linda Wilson. 2000.031

Location: Pond behind the Mahaney Center for the Arts

Robert Indiana’s LOVE is the most frequently quoted artistic image of recent times. Capturing both a historic moment and sensibility with its bold graphic design, it has appeared as greeting card, jewelry design, and United States postage stamp. The contrast between cool formalist lettering and the emotive significance of the word “love” produces a tension characteristic of Indiana’s work.

Dan Graham (American, born 1942)

Two-Way Mirror Curved Hedge Zig-Zag Labyrinth, 1996

Glass, steel, Arborvitae nigra, Height: 7 1/2 feet, radius: 15 feet. Purchase with funds from the Overbrook Foundation and the Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation, with contributions from the Middlebury College Frederick and Martha Lapham Art Acquisition Fund and the Walter Cerf Art Fund. 1996.067

Location: Courtyard of the Mahaney Center for the Arts

Dan Graham, Two-Way Mirror Curved Hedge Zig-Zag Labyrinth

Dan Graham (American, born 1942) Two-Way Mirror Curved Hedge Zig-Zag Labyrinth, 1996 Glass, steel, Arborvitae nigra, Height: 7 1/2 feet, radius: 15 feet. Purchase with funds from the Overbrook Foundation and the Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation, with contributions from the Middlebury College Frederick and Martha Lapham Art Acquisition Fund and the Walter Cerf Art Fund. 1996.067 (Photo: Tad Merrick) Location: Courtyard of the Mahaney Center for the Arts

Dan Graham, Two-Way Mirror Curved Hedge Zig-Zag Labyrinth (display)

Dan Graham (American, born 1942) Two-Way Mirror Curved Hedge Zig-Zag Labyrinth, 1996, glass, steel, Arborvitae nigra, Height: 7 1/2 feet, radius: 15 feet. Purchase with funds from the Overbrook Foundation and the Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation, with contributions from the Middlebury College Frederick and Martha Lapham Art Acquisition Fund and the Walter Cerf Art Fund. 1996.067 Location: Courtyard of the Mahaney Center for the Arts

Buky Schwartz, Plato's Cave

Buky Schwartz (American, born Jerusalem, 1932–2009) Plato’s Cave, 1990 Steel, video camera, video monitors. Acquired by the College for the Center for the Arts on the occasion of its inauguration. 1992.007 Location: Foyer of the Mahaney Center for the Arts

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