Large Sculpture Exhibit & Events Coming to Downtown Montpelier

PLAINFIELD, Vt. — The Goddard Art Gallery at 54 Main in Montpelier is opening its third art show on December 7. The show, titled “An Unfamiliar Picnic,” features metal and hand-worked sculpture by Kat Clear of Burlington, Vt. and Torin Porter of Glover, Vt.

Clear and Porter both have experience making sculptural environments for music festival audiences and bands such as Phish; they recently joined forces to create the “Lion Mouth Gateway” for Grace Potter’s Grand Point North festival at Burlington’s waterfront park. This month at the Goddard Art Gallery at 54 Main, the artists plan to build an “adventurous exploration with green grass and imagined realities come to life,” says Clear.

“Goddard College has been an incubator for the arts in central Vermont for many decades, and we are excited to bring to Montpelier this sculpture exhibit that showcases two of Vermont’s finest sculptors,” said Goddard College President Barbara Vacarr. “This is a great opportunity for people to enjoy and interact with finely-crafted metal works at an accessible, indoor setting in the heart of Montpelier.”

Meet the artists at the art show opening on December 7, which is part of Montpelier’s Artwalk, from 4-8 pm. Other “picnic” events include a BBQ Reception from 5-8 pm on Dec. 8 with cash bar by Threepenny Taproom and catering by Bluebird BBQ; a Spintress Spinning 78s party with wine and beer from 5-8 pm on Dec. 14; and a Song Menu by B.O.B & Jacqueline from 5-8 pm on Dec. 15.

Viewing times for “An Unfamiliar Picnic” at The Goddard Art Gallery at 54 Main will be Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11:00 am-8:00 pm for the month of December.


About Goddard College

Initially founded in 1863 as the Goddard Seminary in Barre, Vermont, Goddard College later moved to its current Plainfield campus and was chartered in 1938 by founding President Royce “Tim” Pitkin. In 1963, Goddard became the first U.S. college to offer low-residency adult degree programs. Now offering accredited MA, MFA, BA and BFA degree programs from the main campus in Plainfield, Vermont and sites in Seattle and Port Townsend, Washington, Goddard’s low-residency education model offers the best of on-campus and distance education, with experienced faculty advisors, rigorous on-campus residencies, and the freedom to study from anywhere.

The mission of Goddard College is to advance cultures of rigorous inquiry, collaboration and lifelong learning, where individuals take imaginative and responsible action in the world.


Meg Hammond, Goddard College Events Manager or 802.595.2233.

Important Announcement

The Board of Directors for Goddard College have made the difficult decision to close the college at the end of the 2024 Spring term.  


Current Goddard students will have the opportunity to complete their degrees at the same tuition rate through a teach-out with like-minded institution, Prescott College. Updates and scholarship funds will be available in the coming weeks and months. Information will be posted to

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