The University of Vermont’s learning infrastructure has expanded along with program offerings in the arts. In additional to traditional studios and galleries, the University recently opened Michele and Martin Cohen Hall for the Integrative Creative Arts, the first integrated center for the creative arts in UVM’s history.
Francis Colburn ’34 began his storied art career at the Arts Students League in New York, eventually returning to UVM, where he served as artist-in-residence and established the University's art department. During the Depression, Colburn worked for the federally funded Works Progress Administration project (WPA). 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 Vermont. The gallery on the third floor of Williams Hall is named in his honor, and serves as a showcase for the work of students, faculty, and visiting artists throughout the academic year.
The Fleming Museum
Since its opening in 1931, the Fleming Museum located on north side of the UVM campus has brought world-class art and diverse visual culture to the UVM community and people throughout northern New England. With a collection of 25,000 objects from cultures worldwide and nine special exhibitions annually, the museum provides rich opportunities for UVM students pursuing independent research projects or internships. Learn about current or recent exhibitions featured at the Colburn Gallery.*
Michele and Martin Cohen Hall for the Integrative Creative Arts
To meet the need for additional classroom and studio space for UVM’s growing range of arts programs, the College recently completed renovation of the former Elihu B. Taft School in Burlington. The new Michele and Martin Cohen Hall for the Integrative Creative Arts was funded through several gifts totaling $7 million from Michele Resnick Cohen, UVM ’72, and her husband Martin Cohen. The facility includes art studios, classrooms, critique spaces, a gallery, an audio recording studio and a dance studio. A digital media lab, production studios, and equipment lending for digital art and film classes support exciting collaborations between the visual and performing arts.