Contemporary Voices from Vermont

Currently On View
New England Gallery

The New England Gallery located on the Marble Court balcony highlights twentieth- and twenty-first-century paintings, primarily by Vermont artists, from the Fleming Museum’s permanent collection. The Contemporary Voices series provides an opportunity to view the work of current Vermont artists within the historical context of their predecessors. This fall, we are pleased to present works by Nancy H. Taplin and Adelaide Murphy Tyrol, which join Eric Aho’s painting Vow, all on view through the coming year.

Nancy H. Taplin (American, b. 1941)
Long and Short, 2016
Oil on rag paper, 39 x 42 in.
Courtesy of the artist

Nancy H. Taplin’s recent paintings are spare, elegant, and energetic. In an expanse of white paper, bright brushstrokes twist, intertwine, and morph into quirky appendages. The artist writes that her paintings are like “a drama on a stage. . . . The lines, shapes, and colors whisper, shout, shove, lean, kick, leap and slide as though they might be in an opera.”

Adelaide Murphy Tyrol (American, b. 1956)
Tamaracks, 2016
Acrylic on wood panel, 26 x 36 in.
Courtesy of the artist

In the summer of 2016, painter Adelaide Murphy Tyrol (UVM class of ’76) accompanied her brother, photojournalist Richard J. Murphy, on a canoe trip and photography workshop that he was leading in Alaska’s Gates of the Arctic National Park. In their respective mediums, each responded to the rapid changes befalling this landscape due to global climate change. Tyrol’s aim was not to capture exact locations, but to recreate the feelings she experienced there: “It was a place so remote, so far from human habitation that I felt as if I was entering into a living, breathing, unfamiliar organism. . . .” She views the paintings as an attempt to “come to terms with the vulnerability of our complex planet as it responds to unprecedented and perhaps irrevocable changes.”