Current Exhibitions

Stan Murphy at 100
The Hollinshead, Cox, and Fleischner Galleries
May 28 – August 21

Across a career that spanned more than fifty years, Stan Murphy painted an Island in transition. He captured the Vineyard’s fishermen and selectmen and farmers and elders; its seas and stones and fields; its cows and dogs. In what would have been his 100th year, this retrospective exhibition celebrates Stan’s extraordinary body of work while also telling the story of the man behind it.


Martha’s Vineyard Museum A-Z
Adele H. Waggaman Community Gallery
May 21 – July 14

For nearly one hundred years the Martha’s Vineyard Museum has collected, cared for, and shared artifacts, archives, and artworks that tell the story of this Island. In this exhibit, take a closer look at 26 facets of the Museum’s collection, including everything from bottles and calling cards to whaling tools and toys. Many of the objects in this exhibition have rarely or never been exhibited, and each has a fascinating story to tell.


They Planted the Seeds: Creating Jewish Community on Martha’s Vineyard
Grain Family Gallery
April 28 – September 18

The experience of Martha’s Vineyard’s first Jewish families was one of opportunity and perseverance: they observed old traditions and forged new ones, all while becoming an integral part of Island life. This exhibition traces the Jewish community on the Island from its beginnings just after 1900, through the formation of the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center in 1940, to the present day. Using oral histories, photographs, and objects it takes visitors inside more than 100 years of Island Jewish history.