The permanent art commission for the Salvage Residence in Essex invites public input


MONTPELIER, VT—The public is invited to view a virtual presentation of preliminary design concepts by four Vermont artists who are competing for a $43,000 standing public art commission for the Department of Health’s recovery residency Mental Vermont under construction in Essex.

The presentation will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday, February 4, 2022, via Zoom.

The four artists—Michael Cerulli Billingsley of Plainfield; Sharon’s Carol Langstaff; Kathryn Wiegers of Rutland; and Valerie Hird of Burlington – will present images, drawings, plans or models available for the Recovery Residence.

The artists are finalists in the search for artwork for the building, which began in August, through the Vermont Art in State Buildings (AISB) program, administered by the Vermont Arts Council in partnership with the Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services.

The program aims to encourage the work of Vermont artists, enhance and preserve the state’s cultural environment, and provide artistic enrichment to Vermont citizens and visitors through state-owned buildings and public spaces. State.

Established and funded by the Art in State Buildings Act of 1988, the program selects up to two capital construction projects each year. More than two dozen projects in different locations across the state have been installed since the program began. The most recent installation was “The Origin of the River”, a granite trout sculpture by Sean Williams at the Roxbury Fish Culture Station.

The Vermont Department of Mental Health is building a new facility at 26 Woodside Drive in Colchester/Essex on the site of the former Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center. The new 16-bed facility will serve Vermonters who no longer require a hospital level of care, but continue to need significant support as they transition to a lower level of care.

The building’s preliminary design concepts will be available for viewing on the Canada Council’s website following the online presentation. They can be viewed at

Zoom details for the February 4 public presentation are also available at the link.

The public is encouraged to provide feedback on the designs via an online survey on the Arts Council website until February 22, 2022.

After the public comment period, an artistic selection committee, made up of selected building employees, community members and visual arts experts, will meet to determine which of the artists will be selected to further develop their concept and create the final design.

For more information on the Art in State Buildings program or other public art projects, visit

About the Vermont Arts Council
The Vermont Arts Council envisions a Vermont where all people have access to the arts and creativity in their lives, education, and communities. Engagement with the arts transforms individuals, connects us more deeply to one another, energizes the economy, and supports the vibrant cultural landscape that makes Vermont a great place to live. Since 1965, the Council has been the primary provider of funding, advocacy, and information for the arts in Vermont. Learn more at

Catherine Crawley, director of communications for the Vermont Arts Council, [email protected]

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