Upcoming Exhibitions


Selling Martha’s Vineyard
May 19th, 2021 through August 3rd, 2021
Adele H. Waggaman Community Gallery

The rise of the Vineyard’s tourist economy in the late 1860s created a new challenge for boosters and businessmen: How to market the Island to tourists and vacation-home buyers. The solutions were both familiar (scenes of natural beauty, promises of warm water and abundant fish) and unexpected (rhapsodic descriptions of paved roads, “healing breezes,” and the availability of fresh vegetables). From Gilded-Age promotions of Oak Bluffs as a “Great American Watering Place,” through the “Isle of Health” campaigns of the 1920s and the sleek brochures of the post-WWII “See America First” era, to the video advertisements of the present day, “Selling Martha’s Vineyard” showcases the ingenuity—and the often-surprising beauty—of 150 years of efforts to entice the world to visit Martha’s Vineyard.


Tomorrow’s History: 175 Years of the Vineyard Gazette
July 23rd, 2021 through October 24th, 2021
Grain Gallery

2021 marks the 175th birthday of the Vineyard Gazette. Using objects from both MVM and Gazette collections, this exhibit brings to life some of the Island’s notable stories, from whaling voyages and Civil War battles to the Kennedy inquest and beyond, telling the history of this world-renowned, anything-but-small town newspaper.


Work of the Soul: Meta Warrick Fuller, Lois Mailou Jones, Delilah Pierce, and Olive “Cutie” Bowles
August 3rd, 2021 through October 11th, 2021
Hollinshead Gallery

This exhibition explores the work and interconnected lives of four extraordinary black women artists who lived, vacationed, and worked on the Vineyard during the early-mid 20th century: pioneering sculptor Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller, world-renowned painter Lois Mailou Jones, artist and educator Delilah Pierce, and seamstress-turned artist Olive “Cutie” Bowles.