Current Exhibitions

Soul Cup: From James Naismith to the Inkwell
August 6th, 2019 through September 1st, 2019
The Morgan Learning Center

In December 1891, after attending a six-week summer course at the Martha’s Vineyard Summer Institute, physical education teacher James Naismith invented the game of basketball as a way to play indoors during the cold Massachusetts winters. Using a soccer ball and two peach baskets, he created a game that has grown into a multi-billion dollar international sports industry. On Martha’s Vineyard, residents and vacationers have been playing basketball almost since the game was invented.

The Soul Cup: From James Naismith to the Inkwell will focus on this history using the annual Soul Cup basketball game played during the Labor Day weekend for nearly twenty years as the focal point of this exhibit. Using artifacts, photographs, film footage, articles, oral history interviews, this exhibit explores the communities and camaraderie created around the game, and its legacy today.

Picturing The Fair
August 13th, 2019 through September 24th, 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