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NVU Julian Scott Gallery Director Curating 125th Anniversary Exhibitions for Vermont’s First Art Museum

Phillip Robertson, director of the Julian Scott Gallery and part-time faculty in the Studio Arts program at NVU-Johnson, is curating the T.W. Wood Gallery’s 125th Anniversary Celebration exhibitions.

The T.W. Wood Gallery: A Museum of American Art became the first art museum in the state when Montpelier native Thomas Waterman Wood, one of 19th century America’s most celebrated artists, bequeathed his collection to the city of Montpelier in 1895. This fall, the T.W. Wood Gallery is celebrating its anniversary with six concurrent exhibitions of Wood’s work along and a collection of great paintings from his contemporaries that were part of Wood’s gift to Montpelier. Robertson, a trustee of the organization and volunteer curator, is also a former director of the museum.

The exhibition of Wood’s collection planned for the Statehouse will be rescheduled for 2021, but the exhibits at the T.W. Wood Gallery, Vermont History Museum, the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, and City Hall Showcases will go on as planned.

The Wood Gallery is open by appointment and Robertson is offering free guided tours of the museum one Saturday each month through December. The tours offer a special look at nearly 25 landscapes from the 19th and early 20th century that are typically on loan to the Statehouse, but are now at home in the Nuquist Gallery at the Wood.