Artist Opportunities
Photo Artist Opportunities

Intern Opportunities

The Vermont Arts Exchange seeks three interns for summer 2014.

Interns will work daily alongside summer program instructors in camps designed for students aged 3 and up. They will also work with a small team throughout the summer on upcoming local Art Educators exhibition, to open late summer.

Applicants should note that there are two positions available in school age programs (children age 5 and up) require a minimum commitment of 9:30am-4:15pm of direct classroom time and up to 2 hours of administrative work daily. Interns will be provided with a bi-monthly stipend for all 8 weeks of direct programming (June 30-August 22).

One internship opportunity will be available for pre-school camps (children age 3-5) -- this position requires a minimum commitment of 8:30-2:15pm of direct classroom time and up to 2 hours of administrative work daily. Interns will be provided with a bi-monthly stipend for all 6 weeks of direct programming (June 16-July 3 & August 18-September 5).


Affordable Artist Housing

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An Overview

In 1998 VAE responded to the need for affordable living and working space for artists by creating the Vermont Arts Housing & Preservation Partnership Project . Partnering with Housing Vermont, VAHPPP secured five historic buildings in the community and created 15 units of affordable housing for low- to moderate-income families, and artists - with studio space.

Two of these buildings are historic Bennington firehouses. At Stark Hose Company, Bennington native and artist, Bryan Knights resides upstairs above the truck bay where his father John was once a firefighter and member of Stark Hose Co. Knights, a graphic artist, has worked in the community as an artist in residence at the local high school through VAE's Arts and Education Partnership.

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The downstairs truck bay at Stark, now an art space, most recently held an exhibition of artwork created by elders at the Vermont Veterans Home Dementia Unit. This exhibit was the culmination of the fall session of music making, ceramics, drawing and painting. The opening night reception was packed with the residents, their families and friends, artists and community members. Beautifully framed artwork graced the walls and carefully sculpted ceramics poised on pedestals.


2003 Preservation Award Winners

The Preservation Trust of Vermont is pleased to announce the 2003 recipients of the biennial Preservation Awards.  Since 1982, The Preservation Trust of Vermont has recognized outstanding contributions in the field of historic preservation. Awards are presented to the individuals and organizations that have made special contributions in preserving Vermont's historic architecture.

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Vermont Arts Exchange

The Vermont Arts Exchange is a community arts organization co-founded in 1994 by Matthew Perry and Patricia Pedreira. VAE's mission is to strengthen neighborhoods and build communities through the arts. VAE has, since its beginnings, quite naturally and consistently woven the rehabilitation of historic buildings into this mission. In 1994 they converted the largely abandoned Sage Street Mill in North Bennington to an arts center for dance classes, studios, music, gallery, summer camps and after-school programs. In 1998, VAE sponsored the Vermont Arts, Housing and Preservation Project rehabilitating five historic buildings, including two firehouses in Bennington for affordable living and work space for artists. Combining entrepreneurial skills, a believer's zeal, and the creativity of the arts, VAE helps define what historic preservation in 2003 is all about.

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Vermont Arts Housing located in North Bennington, Vermont offers 15 units of mixed income family housing including 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments. Vermont Arts Housing was developed by Vermont Arts Exchange in partnership with Housing Vermont to provide affordable housing for artists in the Bennington area.

Rent levels vary depending upon household income. Eligibility restrictions apply.

For more information or an application for Vermont Arts Housing, please contact our area office at the above location.

Amenities & Features

  • Several distinct and separate building locations
  • Some units are located in renovated and preserved historic buildings
  • On site parking
  • Individual laundry hook ups
  • Some apartments include private studio space
  • Active arts and cultural community
  • Some wheelchair accessible units

Exhibit & Performance Opportunities

Rug gallery

Exhibition & Performance opportunities can be found through VAE's two Galleries as well as other existing venues within the community and places that are site specific. Contact VAE for inquiries.

The Mill Gallery

Sage Street Mill, 29 Sage Street, No. Bennington, VT
The Mill Gallery consists of one gallery downstairs on the first floor and two galleries on the second floor (the main entrance floor). These galleries can connect through an open door. The Sage Street Mill is the home of VAE day to day operations and is usually open 9-5 Mon. thru Fri. This is a large space with high ceilings and good lighting. Lots of traffic due to classes and events. Handicapped accessible. Outdoor space also available for sculpture.

Artist Residencies


Artist Residencies take place through several venues at VAE.

Arts & Education Partnership. Short & Long Term residencies in Local Public & Private Schools.

Contact VAE for more information

Teaching opportunities at VAE


Art Education plays a big role at VAE. We work with a wide population and a wide range in age and ability.


  • Parent & child groups
  • Head Start children
  • All grades of public school, short & long term residencies
  • After school programs
  • Private Schools
  • Teens
  • Youth-at-risk, Group Homes
  • Residential Treat facilities for youth
  • Healthcare sites (Hospitals, VA Clinics, Nursing Homes, Elders with Dementia, Adults with disabilities)
  • Adult groups, Community art classes
  • Weekend Community Art Workshops


Visual Art: Papermaking, Printmaking, Drawing, Painting, Collage, Watercolor, Sculpture, wood working, Ceramics, Mixed Media, Jewelry, Rug Hooking.

Performing Arts: Dance, Music, Drumming, CD Production.

Literary: Memoir writing

Volunteering & Mentoring at VAE


Artist Volunteers can utilize their talents as an artist or teacher by helping out with classes.

Artist Volunteers can mentor a young artist as well through one of several programs with area schools.

Or take advantage of the experienced artist/teacher and mentor under them.

Other ways you can volunteer...

  • Gallery sitter
  • Office help
  • Studio help
  • Phone Reception
  • Distribution of posters, brochures, etc.
  • Basement Music Series set-up, ticket takers
  • Events & Exhibitions
  • Facility work, grounds, painting
  • Archives