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44 Gypsy Ln
Bennington, Vermont, 05201
United States


The Bennington Center for the Arts boasts seven large galleries which are home to temporary exhibitions by many of the finest representational artists from around the country, as well as an extensive collection of wildlife art, paintings by Eric Sloane and detailed wooden bird carvings by Floyd Scholz. In addition, The Bennington Center for the Arts houses a covered bridge museum, a collection of Native American artifacts and art works, studio space, and a lovely 320 seat theater equipped with a world class Fazioli piano.

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Upcoming Events

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BKBX Open Share Studio: Sunday, August 27

From August 24-27 Broken Box Mime Theater  (BKBX) will be in residence at the Bennington Center for the Arts!

Winners of the 2016 New York Innovative Theatre Awards for Outstanding Ensemble, Performance Art, and Choreography/Movement, BKBX is back in the studio to create new work that activates the imagination of their audiences, contemporizes the art of mime, and reminds us all of the power of simple storytelling.  Set to lights and music, pieces range from realistic to metaphorical, heart-wrenching to hilarious, cinematic to intimate and everything in between, held together by the belief that great theater requires little ornamentation, only great vision.  

Join us on Sunday, August 27th at 2pm to learn about contemporary mime, collaborative process, and how simple storytelling can be a vehicle for impactful theater. This engaging, informal presentation with the company is open to all! 

Admission is "pay what you can" and all ages are encouraged to attend.   Funds received will go directly to the artists.

A generous donor will provide a dollar for dollar match for the admissions collected from this event and that match will be applied to the Bennington Center for the Arts performance fund.  This is an excellent opportunity for you to support to both your local venue and the artists whom we serve.

The covered bridge museum and galleries will be open from 10am until 5pm this day as well.  Should you choose to further explore our exhibits, admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and children 12 and under are free.  The Bennington Center for the Arts will be offering a 10% discount on any new memberships or renewals made on this day which, among other benefits, will allow you free access to our galleries and exhibits year round!

Photo credits to Bjorn Bolinder

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7:00pm 7:00pm

Story Night Review: A benefit for the Bennington Murals Art Program

Building on incredible podcasts like the Moth Radio Hour, and RISK!, Story Night is a Vermont show that delivers a night of raw truth from local people without the aid of notes and props. Proceeds will support the curation and execution of murals in Bennington through the Bennington Murals Art Program.

Local craft brews and delicious mixers will be served by Spirits of Old Bennington. Appetizers will also be served. Shuttles are available for those who need assistance. Please send a message to or call 802-430-2008 to make arrangements.

The show begins at 7:00pm and the doors will open at 6:15pm. Tickets are $16 in advance and $24 at the door, and may be purchased at or at the door.  

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Bennington Arts Weekend- Open House

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On Saturday, August 5th, in honor of Bennington Arts Weekend, The Bennington Center for the Arts will host an Open House. In addition to the Covered Bridge Museum and the Native American collection, the galleries will feature several current exhibitions. The Small Works Show highlights over thirty framed pieces under 14” in size and of various subject matter. These smaller pieces are unique in that they may be taken home at time of purchase. American Artists Abroad features the work of artists who have traveled and been inspired by locations all over the world. The Laumeister Fine Art Competition, juried by Calvin Liang, is a sizable collection of fine, representational work by contemporary artists. 

Spirits of Old Bennington will be offering tastings and will have specialty cocktails for sale from noon until 4pm.

Admission is FREE all day!

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7:00pm 7:00pm

Where the River Runs North: discussion and screening

Award-winning filmmaker Jay Craven will present a special tribute to Vermont writer, Howard Frank Mosher, who passed away unexpectedly in late January. Craven has made five “Vermont Westerns" during his 28-year collaboration with Mosher. He will present a 20-minute talk, “My Life, So Far, With Howard,” in which Craven will detail his often-daunting exploits, making the films, and his always-humorous experiences, working with Mosher. Following his talk, Craven will present a 25th anniversary screening of his film, Where the Rivers Flow North, starring Academy Award nominee, Rip Torn, Native American actress, Tantoo Cardinal (Dances with Wolves, Legends of the Fall), and Michael J. Fox. 

Set in 1927 Vermont, Rivers tells the story of an old Vermont logger and his Native American mate who face the extinction of their way of life when the local power company plans to build a giant hydro dam that will flood them off their land. Lord and Bangor face emotional and physical challenges as they struggle with the power company, Vermont’s unforgiving terrain, and their own thorny relationship.

Tickets are $12 adults and $5 students under 18. Proceeds from Craven’s tour will support digitization and preservation of the Mosher films and preparation and production of study materials for schools and communities. For more information, contact Jay Craven (

The discussion begins at 7pm, doors will open at 6:30pm.  For tickets call The Bennington Center for the Arts at 802-442-7158 or click on the link below.

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8:00pm 8:00pm

Recital by pianist Mackenzie Melemed

Twenty-two-year-old pianist Mackenzie Melemed began performing concerts at a young age, notably for senior citizens, charitable organizations and at local schools, where he encouraged students to share their talents within their communities. Melemed has performed at The White House, Carnegie Hall and in recital throughout the United States, Czech Republic, Finland and Japan. He has won numerous national and international piano competitions, including 5th prize at the 2012 Gina Bachauer International Young Artists Competition, 1st prize at the Hamamatsu Piano Academy Competition, and most recently 1st Prize at the Iowa International Piano Competition. Melemed graduated with the Bachelor of Music degree and will be finishing up his Master of Music degree as a student in the accelerated B.M./M.M. program at The Juilliard School. Melemed studies with Robert McDonald and enjoys foreign languages, recently completed studies in Finnish at Columbia University, and will be participating in the Maj Lind Piano Competition in Helsinki in August. 

Bach: French Suite No.2 in C Minor BWV 813
Haydn: Sonata in E Minor Hob.XVI:34
Scriabin: Etude Op.8 No.5 in E Major, No.10 in D-Flat Major
Canzona Matinata Op.39 No.4, Sonata Tragica Op.39 No.5
Beethoven: Sonata in F Major Op.54
Liszt: Funerailles Dorman: Sonata No.2

The theater will open at 7:30pm and all concerts will begin at 8pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, children 12 and under are admitted for free. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Bennington Center for the Arts: 802-442-7158. 

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