Champlain College Art Exhibitions

Champlain College will feature a number of exhibitions and art pieces on campus throughout the spring 2015 semester. Artists from all over the world, as well as from Burlington and even some Champlain students, will get a chance to display their work. Questions about specific exhibits should be directed to Chris Thompson, Champlain’s curator in residence at

Through Dec. 31
Saint John’s Bible “Year in Residence”
Miller Information Commons

The Saint John’s Bible is the first hand-written, hand-illuminated Bible commissioned since medieval times. Produced by a team of artists under the supervision of renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson, the Saint John’s Bible contains 160 illuminations scribed on vellum with quills and brushes and unites ancient Benedictine tradition with a modern vision for a new millennium. Ultra high resolution digital exhibition displays will show enlargements of illuminations from the Bible.

Jan. 26 - March 16
Sally Linder “within the Circle”
Artist Reception Jan. 28
Freeman Hall 300

Drawing upon her experiences accompanying a National Geographic research team on an icebreaker in the Arctic Ocean, Burlington based artist Sally Linder dramatically chronicles the otherworldly, rapidly vanishing landscapes of the far north. Along with work from a previous trip to the Arctic Island of Svalbard, Linder’s haunting paintings explore the effects of global warming and an imminent Arctic oil rush on the indigenous people, landscape and animals of the Arctic Circle.

Feb. 3 - 6
Nick Kornek & Louis Sciannamblo “Superbro Justice Rocket”
Artist Reception Feb. 7
Artists in Residence - IDX Student Life Center

Montreal-based artists Kornek & Sciannamblo create video games employing outrageous alternative controllers. Game play in their most recent game, “SuperBro Justice Rocket” employed fist-bumps and high-fives using custom interactive gloves. In this four-day artist residency they will rapid prototype and debut a new game, engaging Champlain students in their interactive process.

Feb. 16 - 20
Glynnis Fawkes - Graphic Novel/Comic-Jam Residency
Artist Reception February 20
Artists in Residence - IDX Student Life Center

As part of Comic Theorist Scott McCloud’s visit on Feb. 23, Champlain College will host Burlington graphic novelist Glynnis Fawkes. During this five-day residency, Fawkes will lead students in hands-on sequential art workshop’s create their own comic art narratives culminating in a collaborative exhibition of student stories.

  Feb. 23
Scott McCloud - Cartoonist & Graphic Novelist
“Comics and the Art of Visual Communication”
Visiting Artist Lecture: February 23, 7:30pm
Alumni Auditorium

There will be an artist lecture from Scott McCloud, a cartoonist and graphic novelist, on Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Auditorium. McCloud will be speaking on “Comics and the Art of Visual Communication.”

March 2 - April 13
Young Shanghai Artists - Guest Curator LuFei Sun
Artist Reception March 5
Various Locations

Shanghai has recently emerged as a dynamic global art center. This exhibition, guest curated by Shanghai native and Champlain Emergent Media MFA candidate LuFei Sun, features seven emerging Chinese artists, some exhibiting in the United States for the first time. With a common focus on digital media, they are inspired by both traditional Chinese art and modern urban global culture.

March 7 - Aug. 24
Peter Cirilli “Rock of Ages”
Artist Reception March 19
IDX Student Life Center - Atrium

Photographer and Champlain College Junior Peter Cirilli has gained a strong professional reputation for his dynamic action sports photography. This exhibition will feature Cirilli's recent dramatic images of Vermont’s famous stone quarries. Enlarged to epic proportions in the atrium of Champlain’s IDX Student Center these breath-taking photos will hang over two stories tall.

March 16 - June 29
Toni Lee Sangastiano Misguided Adorations
Artist Reception March 26
Freeman Hall 300

Toni Lee Sangastiano’s Misguided Adorations, repurposes vacant Italian street shrine alcoves as slyly subversive altars to consumer culture. Created during her sabbatical in Florence Italy, this photographic series documents Sanastiano’s luminous art-installations created from low-cost consumer goods, including soft drink cans transformed with pin-hole tracings and glow-sticks. Sangastiano is a faculty member and Coordinator of Champlain College’s Art Program.

March 17  [tentative]
Yes Men
Visiting Artist Lecture: March 17, 7:30pm   
Alumni Auditorium

Internationally known art collective and mischief makers The Yes Men—Mike Bonnano and Andy Bichlbaum— have staged dozens of satirical media campaigns targeting large corporations and organizations. Employing a unique form of art activism they refer to as “Identity Correction” using fake websites and the impersonation of executives they have exposed human rights and environmental misdeeds by Dow Chemical, The World Trade Organization and McDonalds and others. The Yes Men have documented their art actions in three award winning films.

April 9 - 23
Dimensions: Designers to Makers - Guest Curator Zachary Sittler
Artist Reception April 9
Ethan Allen Center

Graphic design artists, traditionally limited to two dimensional designs, are increasingly using new rapid prototyping technology to create unique and innovative three dimensional forms. Guest curator Zachary Sittler explores the emerging trend, commissioning local designers to work in Champlain College’s new Maker Lab. Sittler is a senior in Champlain College’s graphic design program.

April 24 - May 9
Thesis & Capstone Exhibitions Pop-up Art Museum
Artist Reception April 24 & May 8
Ethan Allen Center

Champlain College’s Division of Communication and Creative Media presents an exhibition of capstone and thesis projects by the graduating class of 2015. This exhibition transforms Champlain College’s Ethan Allen Center into a pop-up museum featuring capstone and thesis projects by the colleges creative majors including: Creative Media, Graphic Design, Filmmaking, Writing, MFA and The Game Studio.

May 11 - Aug 3
Thesis & Capstone Highlights
Various Locations

Highlights of the Communications and Creative media capstone and MFA thesis projects will be shown throughout the Champlain College Campus on ultra-high resolution digital exhibition displays.