The Middlebury College Museum of Art is the largest learning laboratory on campus and a vibrant cultural hub in the local and regional community. Our expansive collections and diverse temporary loan exhibits provide opportunities for all visitors to be engaged and inspired.

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First-Person Narratives

Student Impressions: David Plowden

Our recent retrospective on the photography of David Plowden urged visitors to reflect in a nuanced way on connections between people and across time. Some Middlebury students did exactly that.

Student Narratives

This spring students in Sarah Rogers’s History of Photography course were given an assignment: choose one photographic work on display at the museum, assume a first-person perspective—the photographer, the subject of the photograph, or someone on site—and narrate what you imagine to be the experience of being there in the photograph. Use specific details to craft a narrative that draws in the reader and makes the photograph come alive as the moment might have been experienced on site.

Several students in the course chose to write about photographs from our exhibition David Plowden: Portraits of America.

Read the student submissions

Bread & Puppet Theater: Small Town, Big Story

GoUSA TV dives into what makes Bread & Puppet Theater — the focus of one of our temporary summer exhibits — so special and so memorable.

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