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.
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
Youbie Obie, 1972–75, 1985
15 1/2 x 15 1/2 x 6 feet
Gift of James and Lauma Katis. 2013.094
Location: South lawn of Coffrin Hall, adjacent to Le Chateau
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
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
This slide show offers a visual overview of the works of public art that have been placed around the Middlebury campus. For more detailed information about each individual work please visit the Artists and Exhibits page.
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.
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.
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 (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
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.
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.
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
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
Pair of Panthers, c. 1900
Bronze. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Neil St. John Raymond and Family
Location: Outside the President's House, 3 South Street
Previously serving as guardians of a Rhode Island estate, these two bronze panthers now protect the backyard of the President’s house on South Street. The life-size panthers stand poised to attack and, as evidence of their hunting prowess, a deer lies pinned beneath one of them.