Colburn also worked in the federally funded Works Progress Administration project (WPA) which ran from 1935 to 1943. The gallery on the second floor of Williams Hall named in his honor hosts exhibitions of students, faculty and visiting artists throughout the year.
A 1934 alumnus of the University of Vermont, Frances Colburn developed his painting skills at the Art Students League in NYC in the mid-1930's. He soon returned to northern Vermont where he remained for the rest of his life. A former chair of the art department at UVM, his styles developed from the "social realism" of the 1930's to his own form of cubism and surrealism, as expressed in his portraits, landscapes and still life of his native state.
Harlan Mack: In Light of Disuse
Mack’s work employs blacksmithing, steel fabrication, painting, and storytelling to build an expanding, constellated narrative that invites viewers and listeners into an imaginary future. His current body of work incorporates brightly painted reclaimed wooden fence and blackened forged steel, constructed in to symbolic references to waste caused by turmoil within his narrative future. Through this type of distillation and combination, Harlan, invites the viewer to contemplate the many forms of waste in contrast with the potential of disuse as a cornerstone to what comes next. An exhibition of his work was featured at the Francis Colburn Gallery Jan.14-Feb. 1, 2019.
Estefania Puerta '10:Woe Hoe
Estefania Puerta graduated from UVM in 2010 and received her MFA in painting at Yale School of Art, In New Haven, Conn. in May 2018. Estefania's work delves into organic and inorganic materials to form new poetics of transformation and translation. She is interested in “what is gained and lost in the process of making and the new worlds that can emerge from fickle metaphors.” Estefania works in various mediums such as sculpture, painting, writing, and performance and is deeply invested in the web created through working in multiple forms that do not have a fixed center or hierarchy. She presented her exhibit Woe Hoe Sept. 25-Oct. 5, 2018, at the Francis Colburn Gallery and also delivered an artist talk Oct. 1.