Hartwick’s Slade Creates “Collective Memories of Place” for Brattleboro Museum

Hartwick’s Slade Creates “Collective Memories of Place” for Brattleboro Museum

June 25, 2013

Professor of Art and Art History Terry Slade has been commissioned to develop an outdoor sculpture comprised of steel, bronze, aluminum, and glass which will soon be on display at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center in Brattleboro, VT. Once installed, the piece, titled "Collective Memories of Place," will be shown prominently in front of the museum from June 29 - October 20, 2013.

For more than 20 years, Slade has been researching and documenting ancient monuments, stone circles, burial chambers, etc., throughout the British Isles and Brittany in northwestern France. His interest in pre-history has resulted in many drawings titled "memories of history," as well as numerous sculptures in cast bronze and installations in wood and mixed media inspired by his research trips. In addition to his interest in traditional sculptural materials, Slade has been working with cast, blown and fused glass since 1992, producing a variety of sculptural, decorative and functional glass objects.

In more than 100 solo exhibitions to date, Slade's work has been viewed widely throughout the United States. Notable appearances include five solo gallery exhibitions in New York City, as well as solo exhibitions in Rochester, Albany and Utica, NY, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh PA, Cleveland, OH, Memphis and Knoxville, TN, Duxbury and Pittsfield, MA, among others, as well residencies and exhibitions in Great Britain, Italy, France with exhibitions in Japan and Spain. His work is represented in private and public collections throughout the U.S., Japan, and Europe. 

Most recently, Slade was commissioned to produce a sculpture for the Sovereign of the Sea Cruise Ship based in Barcelona, Spain. Looking ahead, in the fall of 2015, Slade will be installing a 30-foot spherical glass sculpture in the foyer of the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute in Utica, NY.

Slade shared that his current piece for Brattleboro is intended to evoke discussion and feelings involving our connections to the earth and our surroundings. His artist's statement on "Collective Memories of Place" reads as follows:

"The museum's former history as a train station stimulates collective memories of those who traveled to and from this site. Why did they come here? Where did they go from here?  

For me, visiting this site evoked the sensations and awareness I experienced while doing many years of research at pre-historic sites in Europe.  I have come to believe that human presence never completely leaves a place.  Our involvement with a place becomes a part of its history and is, therefore, never lost. 

In such a place of natural beauty as Brattleboro, the passage of time and the awareness of the transience of life is profound.

This sculpture is intended to stimulate conversation about our relationship with our surroundings and the impact human existence has on this planet."

While Slade has been involved in numerous solo and group exhibitions and installations to date, this project will be his first on display at the Brattleboro Museum.

Whether showcasing regional artists in dynamic group shows, inviting guest curators to create one-of-a-kind exhibits, celebrating local fine art legends, or presenting the work of international art icons, the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center produces powerful exhibits that challenge the status quo while honoring the hallowed lineage of art history. To learn more about Slade's upcoming exhibit at the museum, visit

For recent work image updates, visit Slade's Flickr account, the Official Hartwick College Facebook page, or contact Slade at 607-431-4824 or at

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctive January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for not just their first jobs, but for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

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