Visit ArtCountry!

We don’t think there’s anywhere else quite like our corner of the world. Four incredible museums and an amazing theatre festival. Great hiking, biking, and river kayaking. Maple syrup. Exciting music, theater, and dance. Artisanal foods and craft beers. The Appalachian Trail. Farm stands and farm-to-table restaurants. Mountains, pastures, and endless beauty. Fresh air.

ArtCountry is nestled in the Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts and at the foot of the Green Mountains in southern Vermont, less than three hours from New York and Boston. We have art and music all year round, but summer is especially lush. 

 

COMBINATION TICKETS

4-way ticket

Discounted one-day adult admission to the Clark, MASS MoCA, and Bennington Museum, and a savings of 20% at the Williams College Museum of Art store (admission to WCMA is free). $40. Valid through December 31, 2019.

3-way ticket

Discounted one-day adult admission to both the Clark and MASS MoCA, and a savings of 20% at the Williams College Museum of Art store (admission to WCMA is free). $34. Valid through December 31, 2019.

WHAT TO SEE

MASS MoCA

1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247
413 662 2111

Hours:
11 am–5 pm, closed Tuesdays, through June 22
10 am–6 pm, Sundays through Wednesdays; 10 am–7 pm Thursdays through Saturdays beginning June 23

Exhibitions:
Liz Glynn: The Archaeology of Another Possible Future
Natasha Bowdoin: Maneater
Rachel Howard: Paintings of Violence (Why I am not a mere Christian)
The Lure of the Dark: Contemporary Painters Conjure the Night
Allison Janae Hamilton: Pitch
Taryn Simon: ASSEMBLED AUDIENCE + A COLD HOLE

Always on view:
James Turrell: Into the Light, Laurie Anderson, Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective, Jenny Holzer, Anselm Kiefer, Louise Bourgeois, Gunnar Schonbeck: No Experience Required.

Clark Art Institute

225 South Street, Williamstown, MA 01267
413 458 2303

Hours:
10 am–5 pm. Open daily in July and August, closed Mondays September through June.

Exhibitions:
December 1, 2018–March 17, 2019: Thomas Gainsborough: Drawings at the Clark
December 15, 2018–March 10, 2019: Turner and Constable: The Inhabited Landscape
June 8–September 22, 2019: Renoir: The Body, The Senses
June 8–September 15, 2019: Janet Cardiff: The Forty Part Motet
July 4–October 6, 2019: Ida O’Keeffe: Escaping Georgia’s Shadow

Always on view: French Impressionists, Old Master and Renaissance Paintings, American, British, and European Art, Works on Paper, American Decorative Arts.

Special Events:
March 21: Looking and Lunching: Dürer’s Apocalypse Cycle
March 23: Performing Artists in Residence Concert
April 5: The Lao Tizer Quartet Featuring Eric Marienthal
May 18: Jonathan Dely Band

Williams College Museum of Art

15 Lawrence Hall Dr. #2, Williamstown, MA 01267
(Main galleries will be closed for renovations in summer 2019; find us at 76 Spring Street instead)
413 597 2429

Hours:
Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm, Thursdays from 10 am to 8 pm. Closed Wednesdays from September through May.

Exhibitions:
Through March 17, 2019: AIDS Memorial Quilt
Through April 14, 2019: possible selves: queer foto vernaculars
Through May 19, 2019: Object Lab
Through May 28, 2019: New Painting
Through June 2, 2019: Uncovering Williams
Through June 2, 2019: James Van Der Zee: Collecting History
May 11-June 1, 2019: Senior Studio Exhibition (reception May 10 at 7 pm)

Ongoing
The Presence of Absence: Medieval Art and Artifacts
Highlights and Recent Acquisitions from the American and European Collections

Always on view
Maurice and Charles Prendergast, Assyrian Reliefs, Sol LeWitt, Louise Bourgeois

Special Events
Monday, April 1, 5:30 pm:
Natalie Diaz and Ada Limón: A Reading and Conversation. Ada Limón is the author of five books of poetry; her most recent, The Carrying, is currently a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, and her previous volume,Bright Dead Things, was a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry, the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Natalie Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California, and is an enrolled member of the Gila River India Tribe. A linguist and former professional basketball player, her first book, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published in 2013. She is a MacArthur Fellow, a Lannan Literary Fellow and a Native Arts Council Foundation Artist Fellow.
This project is presented by the Williams College Museum of Art and the English Department.
Saturday, April 13, 3 pm, WCMA Lawrence Auditorium (L231): Adam Lerner presents Animating Museums: Creativity and Authenticity in the Art Museum, the annual Envisioning Curatorial Practice Lecture co-presented with the Graduate Program in Art History. Adam Lerner is the Mark G. Falcone “MaFa” Director and Chief Animator of the Museum of
Contemporary Art Denver. His talk will explore the role of authenticity in his unique approach to museum programming that combines curatorial, education, and artistic production.
Sunday, April 14, 12 pm: WCMA’s Agents for Creative Action Present …17 students. 36 hours. One afternoon of happenings created by Adam Lerner and WCMA’s Agents for Creative Action students.
Saturday, April 20, 1 pm: General Sisters: (We Will) Open With You. Pittsburgh-based artist collaborative General Sisters returns to WCMA to initiate another exchange of perspectives about how museums are and are not welcoming. In the second iteration of their ongoing project at WCMA, General Sisters and graduate students in the Contemporary Curatorial Workshop invite you to add your voices to banners installed by the artists around WCMA’s building. This collective art-making activity encourages gathering and reflecting on how the museum may open itself again and again and again.

Bennington Museum

75 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201-2885
802 447 1571

Hours:
10 am to 5 pm. Open daily June through October, closed July 4. Open Thursday through Tuesday from November through May. Closed January. See website for additional information.

Exhibitions:  
February 1–May 5, 2019: Works on Paper: A Decade of Collecting
February 1–May 27, 2019:
The Mind’s Eye: Paintings, Sculpture, and Books by Paul Katz
On view February 1, 2019:
Vermont Folk Sculpture: Recent Acquisition
March 30–June 11, 2019:
Up Home: Hand-Colored Photographs by Susanne and Neil Rappaport
May 11–September 8, 2019:
Color I Gesture: Early Works by Emily Mason
June 9–November 3, 2019:
Fields of Change: 1960s Vermont
June 29–December 30, 2019:
Color Fields: 1960s Bennington Modernism

Always on view:
Grandma Moses; Bennington Modernism featuring Paul Feeley, Jules Olitski, Pat Adams and others; Vermont life and history explored in Gilded Age Vermont, Early Vermont, Battle of Bennington Galleries. Fine, Folk, and Decorative Art.

Special Events:
Saturday, March 2, 2:00 pm: American Eccentricities
Join Sculptor Sarah Peters for American Eccentricities, an artist’s talk in collaboration with Usdan Gallery at Bennington College. Peters discusses her studio practice in relationship to the history of American sculpture and representative objects in the Bennington Museum collection. Free and open to the public.
Saturday, March 9, 2:00 pm: Music at the Museum – Collage #3571 1/2: A Schonbeck Experience
Nick Brooke (faculty, Bennington College) Webb Crawford (Bennington College graduate) and Mark Stewart (founding member of Bang on a Can All Stars) present an instrument building workshop where you, the audience, build the instruments, then use those instruments to participate in an improvisational performance conducted by Mark Stewart. All in the spirit of Gunnar Schonbeck’s collages, spectacles that involved dance, song, and audience participation on his homebuilt creations. Free and open to the public.
Sunday, April 7, 3:00–5:00 pm: Meet the Curator and Spring Social
Discuss Up Home: Hand-Colored Photographs by Susanne and Neil Rappaport with Bennington Museum curator, Jamie Franklin, Vermont Folklife Center Associate Director and Archivist Andy Kolovos, Senior Photographer for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Eileen Travell, and special guest, Alan David Griswold, great grandson of Minnie Griswold whose home is the focus of the exhibition. This program is free and open to the public. Does not include admission to other galleries.
Saturday, April 13, 1:00–4:00 pm: Appraisal Fair
Bring family heirlooms or the odd, quirky piece you always wanted to know about, and let an expert panel of art and antique appraisers explain and evaluate your items. $5/item with a limit of 5 items.
Friday, May 3: Stoneware Collectors’ Meeting
Tour places in Bennington related to the pottery industry 12:30 to 2:00 pm. Return to the Museum and enjoy a presentation by Cathie Zusy and Warren Broderick from 3:00 to 4:30 pm on new developments in Bennington stoneware research, highlighting five different areas where research into the historic Bennington potteries of the 19th Century continues.
Saturday, May 11: Community Day
Free admission for everyone. Join Eileen Travell, Senior Photographer for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC and Bennington Museum curator Jamie Franklin as they provide an insider look at Up Home: Hand-Colored Photographs by Susanne and Neil Rappaport. At 3:00 pm join artist Emily Mason to celebrate the opening of Color I Gesture: Early Works by Emily Mason on view May 11 through September 8.
Sunday, May 26, 2:00 pm: Music at the Museum
Music at the Museum presents Elizabeth Wright performing Beethoven Sonatas, with guests Joana Genova and Nathaniel Parke.

Williamstown Theatre Festival

’62 Center for Theatre and Dance
1000 Main Street | Williamstown, MA
413 458 3253

WHERE TO STAY

Your options are plentiful from B&Bs to luxury resorts and everything in between, but our preferred lodging partners are:

The Porches Inn at MASS MoCA

231 River St, North Adams, MA 01247
413 664 0400

Tourists

915 State Rd, North Adams, MA 01247

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 Williams Inn

1090 Main St, Williamstown, MA 01267

 

WHAT’S HAPPENING

There’s always lots to do and plenty of other places to visit while you’re in Art Country.  Check out these websites for comprehensive events listings, restaurant guides, and details on all that’s here.
Destination Williamstown
1Berkshire
Bennington Area
Mohawk Trail