Three Partnerships Expand Outdoor Sculpture in Bennington, Vermont

Bennington Vermont Outdoor Sculpture
Joe Chirchirillo and David Boyajian enlist the help of heavy equipment in order to get Boyajian’s fabricated steel sculpture, "Fiddlehead," in place in preparation for a past North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Show. Caroline Bonnivier Snyder — Bennington Banner file photo.

BENNINGTON — The Better Bennington Corporation (BBC), the designated downtown organization, with support from the Town of Bennington, is excited to announce its latest collaboration with the North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Show (NBOSS VT).

Together, both organizations are proud to bring captivating sculptures to Downtown Bennington, enriching the local cultural scene and creating an engaging artistic environment for residents and visitors alike.

NBOSS has been the longest-running outdoor sculpture show in Southern Vermont. With this exciting partnership, NBOSS will now extend its reach from North Bennington to Downtown Bennington, primarily featuring installations around the Downtown RiverWalk.

Joe Chirchirillo will be curating this year’s show for the 12th consecutive year, and Jamie Franklin, Bennington Museum curator, will be organizing NBOSS at the Museum for the fifth year of this partnership, and the Better Bennington Corporation Design Committee will be coordinating the first phase of public art projects getting installed around Downtown Bennington.

Josie Campbell, Dellenbaugh Inner Gifts, North Bennington
Sophia DiLibero, Shadow Puppet, Bennington Museum.
Joe Chirchirillo, The forces of denial, Downtown Riverwalk.

This expansion represents a significant milestone for the Better Bennington Corporation and the sculpture show because it reflects their commitment to fostering public engagement with art across diverse community spaces. The addition of Downtown Bennington as a site for sculpture installations opens new avenues for cultural exploration and reinforces the region’s reputation as a hub for artistic expression.

“We’re thrilled to introduce public art to Downtown Bennington, enhancing its vibrancy and allure. This initiative underscores our dedication to celebrating the arts and further distinguishes Downtown Bennington as a destination for creativity and cultural enrichment.”

Jeanne Mintrone, executive director of the Better Bennington Corporation, expressed enthusiasm for the collaboration

The Better Bennington Corporation is now introducing its first phase of bringing public art to Downtown Bennington through 2D and 3D art, including “Barn Quilts” and sculptures. The community will be invited to participate in a few workshops that teach the history of the area’s folk art and barn quilts and involve community members in the painting aspect.

Explore the North Bennington Sites, beginning at 48 Main St, North Bennington, VT 05257.

NBOSS at the Museum: 75 Main St, Bennington, VT 05201.

Downtown Riverwalk Sculptures: 155 North St, Bennington, VT 05201.

For more information about NBOSS, visit NbossVT.com.

Vermont Country magazine

Vermont Country has a hyperlocal focus on the Green Mountain lifestyle, its personalities, events, attractions and culture. The magazine appears six times a year, designed to complement the state and four-season living. VtCo magazine is a Southern Vermont publication of Vermont News & Media.

Previous Story

Sip and Savor Destinations

Latest from Arts