Current Exhibitions

Picturing The Fair
August 13th, 2019 through September 20th, 2019
The Adele Waggaman Community Gallery

The Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Fair is one of the most treasured events of our Island’s summer. In 2018, a group of local photographers came together to interpret and document the Fair, each finding their inspiration in the whirlwind of people, animals, carnival rides, competitions, and food. The result is a rich and warm mosaic that uniquely captures the many moods of our Fair. Featured photographers in this exhibit include Bob Avakian, Brooke Bartletta, Lisa Brown, Vincent Chahley, Claire Ganz, Gwen Norton, Dena Porter, Adrianne Ryan, Alison Shaw, Max Skjöldebrand and Maria Thibodeau. Come celebrate all things MV Ag Fair!


Tractor Study by Alison Shaw
Girl with Bubble by Brooke Bartletta
Snack Time by Maria Thibodeau

Face Value: Vineyard Portraits from the 21st Century
August 20th, 2019 through November 24th, 2019
The Warren and Marilyn Hollinshead Gallery

West Tisbury’s Dan Waters uses a traditional large-format camera to capture detailed black-and-white images of the human landscape he has come to know. His aim is to make and preserve a highly personal record of everyday Island faces. The larger-than-life portraits in this exhibit are intended to be placed in the museum’s climate-controlled vault, where some day they may provide the best remaining clues of who we were.

Photo caption: Portrait of Charles Giordano, 2019

Barn Raised: The Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society and the Hall a Community Built
September 10th, 2019 through November 3rd, 2019
The Grain Family Gallery

Few events speak to the nature of community quite like the raising of the new agricultural society’s barn over a matter of days in the winter of 1994. Hundreds of volunteers, known as “barn busters,” came together to dismantle and move the barn from New Hampshire, donate materials, and help to erect the structure once it arrived on the Island. Through objects, oral histories, film footage, and photographs, this exhibit celebrates the 25th anniversary of one of the Island’s most beloved buildings by looking back at the raising of the barn and the more than 160 year history of our Island’s Agricultural Society.

Image: Barn Raising, 1994 by Alison Shaw