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The Museum regularly issues press releases about current and upcoming exhibitions and programs as well as recent acquisitions, gifts, staff appointments, and other news. Below you’ll find a list of current and past news articles, while the links to the left will provide the latest information about the Museum’s programs as well as details on past news and events.

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Border South/Frontera Sur: Online Film Event Exposes Global Migration System

September 20, 2020

On Thursday, September 24 and Friday, September 25 the Middlebury College Museum of Art, in conjunction with the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs, the Department of Anthropology, and the Program in Education Studies, will sponsor a free online viewing of the power feature film Border South/Frontera Sur as well as a live online Q&A with the filmmakers.

A Letter from the Director re: COVID-19

May 28, 2020

Like the rest of the Middlebury campus, the Museum is closed for the time being. In the coming weeks we are hopeful that at least some of our staff will be able to safely return to work. However, when the Museum will be able to reopen to the public remains unclear.

Walter H. Williams, Jr., Untitled (Seated Man with Bowed Head)

January 6, 2020

This rare painting by African-American artist Walter H. Williams, Jr. from 1951 speaks to a sense of desperation while simultaneously offering glimmers of hope. Indeed, with the benefit of hindsight, we can read it as anticipating both the Civil Rights and Black Power movements of the succeeding decade.

New Faces on the Museum Staff

January 6, 2020

In the lasts few months the Museum of Art has added two new staff members. Sarah Briggs ’14.5 was selected as the 2019-2020 Sabarsky Graduate Fellow, and Nina Sweeney has been appointed the new Assistant Registrar.

Christian Cross with the Apostles

September 3, 2019

This apostles cross embodies the internationalism of Macau during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and demonstrates how craftsmen merged European and Chinese imagery to create new forms.

An Internationally Renowned Local Photographer Takes Us Around the World

April 26, 2019

Being There takes an intimate look at the work of renowned photographer James P. Blair, who for more than thirty-five years traveled the world for the National Geographic Society. His images not only transport us to places most of us will never visit, the best of them have become part of our visual lexicon and remind us that the world is a varied and stimulating place, sometimes breathtaking in its beauty and at other times heartbreaking in its degradation.

Norman Rockwell’s Willie Gillis Returns to Middlebury

January 11, 2019

Thanks to the generosity of a private collector, Norman Rockwell’s 1946 painting, Willie Gillis in College, which features a student in his Middlebury dorm room with Old Chapel visible in the background, has returned to the Middlebury College Museum of Art on extended loan. Rockwell’s painting was previously on loan to Middlebury in 1992 as part of the celebratory opening of the Middlebury College Museum of Art.

Museum Celebrates a Half Century of Acquisitions

October 2, 2018

Over the past fifty years the art collection at Middlebury has grown to nearly 6,000 objects that range from the antique to contemporary and include works in a great variety of media from different cultures around the world. This exhibit features fifty works—one from each year back to 1968—which chronicle the growth and evolution of the collection.

Recent Ancient Coin Acquisitions Focus on Alexander the Great

October 1, 2018

In the last year or so the Museum has continued to add high quality examples to its collection of ancient coins, and some of our most recent acquisitions have been related to Alexander the Great and the kingdom of Macedonia. Several highlights are presented here.

Middlebury Hosts 1,400 Years of Art and Islam This Fall

August 1, 2018

This fall the Museum will showcase the history and breadth of Islamic art in a landmark exhibit on loan from the Newark Museum. The more than 100 works on display in Wondrous Worlds: Art and Islam through Time and Place reflect aspects of faith, culture, and everyday life of Muslims across the world and throughout the ages.