Who We Are
Our Mission: to enhance the human experience through the visual arts...
About the Helen Day Art Center
We produce major exhibitions featuring internationally and nationally recognized artists and local Vermont artists and artwork. We offer art classes for youth and adults year-round and collaborate with businesses and organizations to bring the arts to our region.We create original special events driven by artists that connect our broad audience of Vermonters and visitors with creativity. Our class offerings include everything from figure drawing to video animation, Photoshop to plein aire painting. Helen Day Art Center offers scholarships for classes to ensure that all artists, young and old have access to the visual arts. We also welcome over one thousand students a year to docent led tours of our exhibitions through school bus scholarships made possible by our member, donors and sponsors.
Vacationing in Stowe, Vermont? Visit us for a healthy dose of culture to stimulate your senses and engage your mind. We keep the arts alive in Vermont!
Recent exhibitions have featured contemporary photography, sculpture, painting, mixed media and installation artwork from Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, New England, Canada, China, Mexico, and from the perspective of journalists, muralists, dissidents, environmentalists, travelers, cartoonists, and Native American artists.
Helen Day Art Center is a 501c3 organization that was established in 1981 to “enhance the human experience through the visual arts.” The Center pursues its mission through programming that asserts the value of art and engages Vermonters as visitors, volunteers, creators, and patrons. The Art Center is the primary fine arts resource for children and families in Lamoille County and the surrounding region.
In recent years we have vastly increased outreach into the community, the Art Center has emerged as an arts activist focused on bringing the highest quality experiences to Northern Vermont.
We are one of the region’s primary art exhibition and education resources, offering a range of dynamic programming that asserts the value of art and engages approximately 75,000 people each year as visitors, students, volunteers, creators, and patrons. The Center’s mission is “to enhance the human experience through the visual arts.” To accomplish that mission, the Center offers the following primary services:
Exhibitions & Public Programs:
The Center features nine exhibits annually, including fine art, cultural exhibits, and student shows. Helen Day produced the only Vermont exhibit ever selected as a “critic’s pick” by ArtForum (top national/international art magazine). Each professional exhibit includes a schedule of public events such as film, panel discussions, and talks with artists.
Exposed Sculpture Show: This annual 25+ piece sculpture exhibit is installed on our grounds, and along Stowe’s streets and recreation path. Exposed! is one of the largest and most diverse sculpture exhibits in New England and is enjoyed by over 65,000 residents, tourists, school groups, camp groups, and individuals who visit Stowe.
Classes – Each year professional artists teach over 50 classes and workshops engaging 571 children, youth, and adults in a variety of media and activities (animation, graphic novel illustration, puppet making, digital photography, Sumi ink workshop, introduction to oils, and much more!). Scholarships ensure that classes are open to all who wish to participate, and last year the Center provided 41 scholarships totaling $4,685.
Exhibition Tours – Helen Day collaborates with teachers to prepare 1,500 students a year for in-depth docent-led tours of exhibits. The Education Coordinator works with teachers to design classroom lessons relating to an exhibit, as well as materials for the lesson. By preparing students before they arrive, then providing a rich, docent-led exhibit tour along with activities that build on their classroom lesson, the exhibit tours deliver a uniquely meaningful experience.
Within the past three years, the exhibition tours have engaged intensively with 23 schools and eight social service organizations. By offering bus scholarships, the Center ensures that transportation costs do not prohibit schools from participating. One teacher recently wrote:
“Thanks to the Helen Day docent and you for making our trip to see Nature Remains [exhibtion] a memorable one. For many students it was their first time to an art gallery. We couldn’t do these trips without the human and financial help.”
Support to Artists: The Center provides gallery space for emerging artists and hosts gatherings to provide artists with training on crucial topics such as marketing.
Helen Day Art Center’s Service Area and Community Outreach:
Helen Day’s primary service area is Lamoille County and its programming also draws participants from Washington and Chittenden Counties. Stowe is Lamoille County’s most prosperous village and is the primary arts resource for residents of the area. While the median family income in Stowe is $67,138, it is $52,104 in Vermont and $44,620 in Lamoille (Lamoille average would be lower if Stowe were not in the equation). One in six Lamoille County children is food insecure and in 2009 the use of food stamps increased by 27% (Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger.) A 2008-2009 Helen Day survey showed that around 33% of those attending exhibits and classes are from low to moderate income households: 12% had annual household incomes of under $25,000; 6% above $25,000 and under $35,000; and 15% above $35,000 and under $50,000. Around 41% of students participating in our exhibition tours are from low-income families (Vermont Department of Education.)
The arts nurture the capacity for creative thinking and imagining, problem solving, and creative judgment and a host of other mental processes, and are an important part of preparing young people to be successful in the 21st Century. Participation in the arts enriches lives and brings the joy of discovery and expression. High quality arts enliven communities, bring people together, and contribute to a vibrant economy. It is imperative that meaningful, formative arts experiences be available to all people regardless of their age, income, and rural location.
Helen Day Art Center Staff
Rachel Moore, Executive Director & Director of Exhibitions:
Moore has been with the Art Center since 2010, first as Independent Curator, and then as Assistant Director & Executive Curator (2011-2016). She received her Masters of Fine Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Alfred University. She is a co-founder of Spoke, an exhibition and event space in Chicago (2008-2011), and was a Fulbright Fellow in Greece (2009-2010). She served as a Trustee for River Arts Center in Morrisville, VT, and is Vice Chair of Stowe Arts and Culture Council. Aside from her position as Director at HDAC, Moore is an interdisciplinary artist and independent curator. Moore has exhibited her own work in museums and galleries nationally and internationally including: Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki, Greece, Figge Art Museum in Iowa, Muskegon Museum in Michigan, TinT Gallery in Thessaloniki, Greece, and Pamil Fine Art Gallery in Puerto Rico. She has received grants from Seattle Art Museum (PONCHO Award), Artist Trust, Vermont Arts Council, and has been an artist-in-residence twice at both Vermont Studio Center and Pilchuck Glass School. She is represented by Traver Gallery in Seattle, WA and Stewart Gallery in Boise, ID.
Susan Holliday, Education Director:
Susan came to Vermont in 2014 to join the Art Center as the Education Coordinator. She recieved a BA in Fines Arts from the University of Mary Washington in Virginia and arrived with extensive experience as an art educator. Prior to her time in the classroom Susan served in various administrative roles including program director of Adaptive Ski programs in Virginia and New Zealand.
Chiyomi McKibbin, Operations Manager & Program Assistant:
Chiyomi came to Vermont in 2016 and joined the Art Center as the Operations Manager & Program Assistant. She earned her Master of Fine Arts from California College of the Arts (San Francisco, CA), her Bachelor of Fine Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL), and her Bachelor of Arts from Humboldt State University (Arcata, CA). McKibbin studied abroad in Greece in 2010, New York in 2014, and was an artist-in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center in February of 2016. Previously, McKibbin has worked in education as a Mentor for the First Year Honors Program at California College of the Arts, a lecturer in the continuing education department at City College of San Francisco, and as a guest lecturer for a variety of continuing education classes around San Francisco. She was one of six artists exhibiting in the group exhibition Present Tense: Future Perfect at the Chinese Cultural Center in San Francisco. Along with exhibiting, one of McKibbin's artists' books has been acquired for the Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection in Chicago, IL. In addition to working at the Helen Day Art Center, McKibbin is a practicing artist, teaching artist, and color enthusiast.
Amanda Marquis, Gallery Manager & Marketing Assistant:
Amanda is a native of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom but moved to Burlington in 2011 to study Studio Art and Psychology at the University of Vermont. Her interest in the hands-on nature of art, the psychological aspects of group management, and an upbringing infused with the Kingdom wilderness led her through five seasons of involvement with youth environmental conservation corps, serving roles as trail crew member, leader, and supervisor. Since graduating from UVM she is excited to find herself integrating art more directly into her working and personal life while gaining satisfaction from aligning with a nonprofit’s mission. On weekends she usually finds herself back in the outdoors, hiking, riding, guiding whitewater rafting trips, and gaining inspiration for her own creative pursuits.
Shannon Palmer, Graphic Designer:
Shannon earned his BFA in Illustration from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and has been producing design work with a focus on kids and education for over 15 years for clients including PBS and Scholastic. Shannon brings his experience as an art teacher, art installer, illustrator, and gallery assistant from the Multicultural Arts Center, East Cambridge.
Helen Day Art Center Board of Trustees
Current Board April, 2015:
Diane Arnold Diane and her husband Dean Goodermote have enjoyed their Stowe home since 1998, moving to Stowe full time in 2010. Skiing (Diane snowboards) was the initial draw but Stowe offers so much more.
Diane grew up in PA, graduated with a degree in Economics from Penn State University, and moved to Boston where she lived for 40 years. She managed a successful and entrepreneurial gift manufacturing business, responsible for sales and marketing for 15 years. Before moving permanently to Stowe, Diane spent years volunteering for the Conservation Commission in Wayland, Ma, working closely with all town departments.
Diane is interested in land management, gardening, hiking, and spends much of her time working outdoors and caring for their brood of 5 horses, 2 of which are rescues. She is also especially knowledgeable and committed to eldercare.
Diane sees HDAC as a true gem for Stowe and its surrounding communities, a place of inspiration, and is happy to serve on its board.
Adam Blue graduated from Dartmouth College, studied at the San Francisco Art Institute, and holds a M.F.A. from the California College of the Arts. He serves as the Education Director at AVA Gallery and Art Center, a nonprofit community art center in Lebanon, NH; is the Art Editor of The Whitefish Review, a nonprofit, literary and arts journal; and has his own personal and public art practices.
Gunnel Eriksson Clarke was born in Leksand, Sweden and lived in Sweden, France, and Tanzania for more than 25 years. She moved to New York City and Florida in the late 1980's and for the past 20 years has lived in Stowe, Vermont, New York City, and West Palm Beach, Florida. Her work has afforded her the opportunity to travel extensively throughout the world.
Gunnel founded Eriksson Fine Art in the spring of 2010 to serve collectors of 19th and early 20th century fine paintings as well as period and contemporary prints, sculptures and photographs.
Prior to founding Eriksson Fine Art, Gunnel was principal partner of Clarke Galleries, which she co-founded in 1989. She helped establish and manage the company's galleries in Stowe,Vermont, New York City, and West Palm Beach, Florida until January 2010. The vast network of artists, sculptors, photographers, and clients she developed in that role and the trust she established with them provides substantial value to a wide range of collectors and galleries.
Gunnel is widely respected for the commitment to excellence she brings to her work in order to make the art collector's experience both rewarding and enjoyable.
Gunnel welcomes the opportunity to bring that same experience in the art world to serving on the board of trustees.
Ellisa Doiron was born and raised in midcoast Maine where local artist, Davlov Ipcar, inspired her appreciation of bight, pattern-filled art and the uniqueness of the natural environment. Ellisa maintained a passion for the arts while pursuing a career in finance spanning both asset liability management and fixed income sales. While working for LaSalle Bank in Chicago, Ellisa had the privilege of combing through LaSalle's extensive private photography collection while selecting pieces for her department's walls.
Since moving to Vermont with her husband, Jason, seven years ago, Ellisa enjoys her time as a stay-at-home mom to three humorous and active children and has recently entered into a Master of Accountancy program at the University of Vermont focusing on non-profit and small business accounting.
Ellisa's extensive volunteer efforts from being a reading mentor to 3rd graders within the Chicago public school system and arts mentor to homeless and at-risk teens also in Chicago, migrated to volunteer positions within the Stowe Elementary School. In her spare time, Ellisa enjoys taking art classes, traveling with her family, and attempting to answer her children's many questions.
Christopher Doyle Chris and his wife, Laurie Fogelson have been coming to Stowe every weekend since 2003 when Chris retired from his medical practice in Boston. They have two grown children who don't visit often enough. Chris has worked at Harvard Community Health Plan where he was the Chief of Urology for many years. Prior to his medical career Chris taught high school and served as an Assistant Headmaster and a Trustee of his school. Both Chris and Laurie are delighted to make Stowe their focus for the future. Chris welcomes the opportunity to serve on the Board of Trustees.
Giulia Eliason - Secretary: was born and raised in our Nation's Capitol where she was exposed to the arts at an early age, spending a great deal of time visiting the many world famous museums the city has to offer. She moved to Vermont in 1996 to attend the University of Vermont where she earned a BA in Studio Art, and never left the Green Mountain State. Giulia has over 10 years of sales experience in the Medical Industry. She works for Sanofi Pasteur, the largest company in the world devoted entirely to human vaccines, as a Professional Vaccine Specialist. She is responsible for managing large vaccine contracts with over 40 hospitals in Vermont and New Hampshire. Giulia also sits on the Board at the Stowe Co op Nursery School. She & her husband Erik reside in Stowe along with their two young children & two dogs. Giulia is an avid tennis player, enjoys Nordic/Alpine skiing, gourmet cooking, frequent visits back to Washington DC and traveling all over the world.
Jay Ericson is a communications and branding professional who works with businesses, schools, and organizations large and small to develop integrated, multi-channel communications strategies. He has held leadership positions at Vermont College of Fine Arts, Norwich University, and is a founding partner of Middle Gray Group, a Montpelier, VT based strategic communications and branding agency. His career in communications began 20 years ago at a small, local newspaper in Montana as staff photographer. From there he went on to teach photojournalism at the University of Montana, publish images in national publications, and produce and write award winning television shows for ESPN and the Outdoor Life Network. Jay has a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University and a master's from the University of Montana. He lives in Montpelier with his wife, Richarda, and their three sons.
Brian Hamor is a civically engaged designer living and practicing architecture in Stowe. Raised by a theater director / arts leader and an engineer / craftsman father, the related passions of design and culture have defined Hamor's path. He is passionate about the outdoors and has a strong sense of place & connection the Northern Vermont. His eponymous architecture firm focuses on design solutions that enhance the way people live.
Remy Joseph - Vice Chair: Remy has lived in numerous places around the world, Tokyo, London, Paris and all over the United States. She and husband, David Zabel decided to leave Fairfield, CT and "live the dream" in Vermont. This past May Waterbury Center became home. Remy has a Master's degree in Russian Studies from Columbia University, was a marketing representative at IBM and most recently was the Director of Marketing at a non profit school for the arts in Bridgeport, CT. Remy and David have two sons both of whom live in Washington, DC.
Diane Looney moved to Stowe in 2013 after spending 14 years living abroad in Hong Kong and London, where she worked as an interior designer.
After earning a degree in art history, she worked at the Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C., and was a researcher and cataloguer at the Art Museum of The Chinese University in Hong Kong, organizing the Museum's ceramics collection. Additionally, she worked at Christie's Auction House in sales in the Chinese ceramic department.
In addition to art, Diane's interests include historic preservation, land conservation, and recreational sports including tennis, hiking, cross country skiing, and yoga. She currently serves on the board of Landmarks West, a historic preservation group in New York City, and has been active on fundraising committees for the Central Park Conservancy, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and Sheriffs Meadow Foundation, a land trust in Massachusetts.
Diane is married with three grown sons, who all learned to ski in Stowe, and four cherished grandchildren.
Lisbeth Bruce a native Vermonter, Lisbeth Bruce was raised in Stowe and graduated from Champlain College with a degree in Multi-Media and Graphic Design. Her deep appreciation for natural beauty and fine art is heartfelt. After working briefly in upstate New York, she returned to Stowe in 2001 to work for the U.S Department of Agriculture as a GIS Technician for the Farm Service Agency. In 2004 she was named Marketing and Events Specialist for LOWE Destination Development, followed by Marketing and Events Coordinator for Spruce Peak at Stowe. She now assists with weddings and special events at the Trapp Family Lodge. Lisbeth is an avid outdoor enthusiast who enjoys gardening, running and hiking. When there is snow on the ground, you'll find her snowshoeing or snowboarding with her two sons.
Molly Triffin is a freelancer who has been living in Stowe with her husband for the past three years. In between snowshoe hikes alongside her golden retriever and 18-month-old son, she writes for magazines and websites about everything from women's lifestyle topics to parenting to careers. But she didn't always live in fleece jackets and Sorel boots. Prior to her move, she was based in New York, where she served as the features director at Cosmopolitan. In addition to extensive writing and editing for the magazine, she oversaw special projects and events, including Cosmo's campaign against sexual assault on college campuses and the award-winning Practice Safe Sun campaign, and authored two books. She graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a double major in English and French, and later attended the Columbia Publishing Course. Although prose is the fulcrum of Molly's artistic fervor, she also has a life-long love for the visual realm: Her parents own a furniture store in her hometown of New Haven, CT, part of which is a gallery featuring local artists that Molly occasionally helps out with. She also volunteered for the nonprofit organization "Free Arts NYC," which delivers creative arts programs for inner city kids.
Lance Violette is founding principal at Violette, a brand focused creative studio based in Stowe, Vermont. Prior to starting the studio in 2004, Lance held the position of design director at JDK in Burlington, Vermont. With over 16 years of brand building experience, Lance has guided the strategy and creative development of campaigns, product design, and visual identities across a diverse array of progressive brands, including Burton, Quiksilver, Anon, Cole Haan, Red, Scott, and DC. A lifetime of skateboarding and art continues to inspire Lance's approach to design. In turn, his studio has garnered global recognition for creative with a particular relevance to contemporary youth culture.
Lance lives in Stowe with his wife (and business partner) Vanessa and their three sons; Xavier, Oscar, and Isadore.
Yu-Wen Wu is a practicing professional artist based in Boston and Stowe. She studied psychology and neuroscience as an undergraduate at Brown University and graduated from the Diploma program in painting from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her work is interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary. She has an extensive exhibition history, including a recent solo show in South Korea and is in many public and private collections. She is represented by the Ellen Miller Gallery in Boston and by Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia. Yu-Wen currently serves on two other Boards, the St. Botolph Foundation and the Danforth Museum of Art, and has been a member of the Art Center's Curatorial Committee since June 2011.
Jill Zborovancik recently moved to Stowe to open the Von Bargens artisanal jewelry location. Her degree from Penn State was focused on ceramics and art history. Since leaving State College, her path has always returned to art - making art, buying art, selling art, and connecting artists with clients. In addition to forays into jewelry making herself, she has an active graphic design practice. When these pursuits afford her free time, she spends it working with ceramics, cooking, skiing, traveling and enjoying live music.
Ginny Neel: Coming Soon!
Annie Strobel – Trustee Emerita: Annie discovered the Helen Day Art Center in 1986 when she first moved to Stowe and became involved with the Visual Arts Committee. She has also given her time to the building committee and the film society and she has worked on the installation of most of the exhibitions through 2009. Annie now serves as a Trustee Emerita, a distinguished role in recognition of her exceptional commitment, involvement, and generosity to the Helen Day over many years.
Ted Lockwood: Ted, who retired to Stowe with his wife in 1998, was an educator his entire career. He served as President of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and was the Founding President of the United World College in New Mexico – one of 10 United World Colleges worldwide. Ted previously served on the Helen Day Board for 2 terms, during which he served on the Executive Committee, on the 25Th Anniversary Committee, and as Chair of the Development Committee. Ted was invited back by the Trustees to serve for an additional year as a non-voting Ex Officio Trustee. "I have been interested in art and dabble in painting myself. Clearly, the Helen Day Art Center is a worthy effort in Stowe." Ted was honored as Trustee Emeritus in 2012 and continues to contribute his wisdom to the Art Center.