Artist Doug Trump to give free talk at Brattleboro Museum & Art Center

The southern Vermont artist will discuss “By Rail,” a suite of twelve abstract paintings.

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Artist Doug Trump will discuss his work in a free talk at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) on Thursday, January 16, at 7 p.m.

Artist Doug Trump
Doug Trump with his paintings in the exhibit “By Rail”. Credit: Sam Smalley

“Doug Trump: By Rail” is a suite of twelve intimately scaled abstract paintings, on view at BMAC through February 9. Trump repurposed window trim and sash boards from a studio improvement project as his painting ground. He covered the narrow boards with old Polaroid photographs, then layered a full range of energetic mark-making, flowing brushwork, and color.

BMAC Chief Curator Mara Williams said, “Although small, these works have a rugged physicality that invites us in for a closer look at their materials, their making, and their meaning. The paintings are imbued with a sense of place without directly describing landscapes or architectural settings.”

Artist Doug Trump
Doug Trump, “Untitled 3” (2015), oil and mixed media on wood panel, 4 x 20 inches, courtesy of the artist

A resident of Marlboro, Vermont, Trump is an artist, fiction writer, and poet. He has also worked as a creative writing teacher, medical technician, gas station attendant, dairy farm worker, sawmill laborer, and Boston & Maine Railroad switching yard clerk. Trump has received two painting fellowships through the Vermont Council on the Arts, and his work has been exhibited nationally.

Artist Doug Trump
Doug Trump, “By Rail” (2014), oil and mixed media on wood panel, 4.5 x 25 inches, courtesy of the artist

Founded in 1972, the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center presents rotating exhibits of contemporary art, complemented by lectures, artist talks, film screenings, and other public programs. The Museum’s galleries and gift shop are open every day except Tuesday, 11-5. Regular admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $4 for students. Members and children 18 and under are admitted free of charge. Located in historic Union Station in downtown Brattleboro, at the intersection of Main Street and Routes 119 and 142, the Museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 802-257-0124 or visit

Major support for BMAC is provided by its members and Allen Bros. Oil, Brattleboro Savings & Loan, C&S Wholesale Grocers, the Four Columns Inn, Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters, and Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery.

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