Bennington Museum focuses on Vermont creativity in all its forms, from the 18th-century to the present. The Museum holds more than 40,000 objects, reflecting the history of early Vermont and historical environs.
Notable is the collection of paintings by the American folk artist “Grandma” Moses, as well as a defining collection of 19th‐century Bennington stoneware, Vermont-made furniture. Textiles include one of the oldest “Stars and Stripes” in existence and the 1863 Jane Stickle Quilt featuring 5602 pieces. Holdings also include Frederick MacMonnies’ portrait of May Suydam Palmer, and works by major 20th‐century modernists including Rockwell Kent, Helen Frankenthaler, Jules Olitski, and Sir Anthony Caro, and work by contemporary outsider artists Gayleen Aiken and Jessica Park.
Also of note is work of avant-garde artists (early 1950s through mid-1970s) who worked in and around Bennington exploring Color Field painting, Minimalism, an early Conceptualism, and even proto-Pop.
Artists, writers, and workers foster a culture of creativity and innovation