In 1959, passenger train service was discontinued at Brattleboro’s Union Station. The station was sold to the town and soon fell into disrepair. When it was threatened by demolition in the mid-1960s, a determined group of residents rescued the station in the hope of transforming it into a community art center and history museum. Their foresight, determination, and creativity paid off in the grand opening of the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) on September 10, 1972.
Today BMAC is a non-collecting museum with an emphasis on presenting the art of our time. Over the years BMAC has garnered awards for excellence from a number of national, regional, and state agencies and foundations. Recent major exhibits have included Andy Warhol: The Jon Gould Collection (2004), Wolf Kahn: Landscape of Light 1953-2006 (2006), and Jules Olitski: An Inside View, A Survey of Prints 1954-2007 (2008), which is presently on tour.
In addition to exhibiting contemporary art, BMAC works closely with local elementary schools and Head Start classrooms, and presents a range of public programs throughout the year, which contribute to the cultural vitality of southern Vermont and the tri-state region.
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