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“Personal Geography” Exhibit through November 28

Artist Barbara AckermanSouthern Vermont College is pleased to exhibit new works by Bennington visual artist Barbara Ackerman. The exhibit is available for viewing now through November 28 in Everett Mansion’s Burgdorff Gallery. The Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on weekends by arrangement with the Campus Safety Office.

“Personal Geography” is a collection of mixed media responses to Ackerman’s immediate surroundings. Her painting technique is both representative and interpretive as she creates en plein air and explores abstractions in her studio observations. Ackerman chooses color and composition according to visual and emotional responses to her environment.

“I walk in a landscape that is alive and reveals my identity and I look closely at my personal geography,” said Ackerman. “Time changes and I live my memories while I’m aware of the earth responding to my footsteps. And all my loves walk with me, as I watch the dew dangle on the tips of the grass blades and soak the toes of my shoes.”

After working in Burlington, Vt., for 15 years as a graphic designer, Ackerman moved back to her hometown of Bennington, Vt. She teaches design at the local high school and continues her studies in fine art. This academic year at Southern Vermont College, Ackerman teaches part time in the Social Sciences Division.

Ackerman received a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from the University of Vermont where she studied painting with Frank Hewitt and has completed the Master of Fine Arts program at Johnson State College/Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vt. She exhibits regularly at Southern Vermont College and has shown her work at Bennington Museum, Vermont Studio Center, The Dragonfly on Martha’s Vineyard, and The South Street Cafe in Bennington.

Inquiries about the exhibit may be addressed to Ackerman by e-mail at

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