Oliver Schemm, Gallery Director
Oliver Schemm has been the director of Castleton Galleries for the past five years. The brain child of artist and educator Bill Ramage, the Christine Price Gallery and the C.U. Bank gallery have been exhibiting a wide range of local to international artists. Oliver has worked in the gallery world for the past 20 years and finds the Castleton Galleries of great importance as a teaching tool for students and a community outreach to the Rutland area. Oliver, an artist himself, has been focusing on manipulated assemblage sculpture using a full range of materials and methods. His large-scale interactive sculptures have been exhibited all over the New England area. The narrative of history, memory and time are conveyed by his use of materials and composition. By playfully uniting perceived function with absurdity he mimics the human experience. Oliver has exhibited through out the East Coast and is a Professor of Art at Castleton University.
Kelly Burgess, Gallery Coordinator
Kelly Burgess (she/her) is a project-based conceptual photographer and curator living and working in rural Vermont. She received her MFA in photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2018 where she completed her thesis work, Sing Me Back Home. Emotional narrative is the thematic thread running through her work, with much of her photography and writing coming directly from personal experiences. She is currently working on her second book entitled I Know I Know I, which is a photo and text-based narrative examining solitude and her experiences in becoming more self-sufficient in the wake of trauma. Her work has been exhibited and published internationally, including the New York Times and the Arctic Arts Festival in Norway.
In addition to her photography work, Kelly is the Curatorial Director for the Too Tired Project, a 501c3 non-profit photography initiative committed to helping those struggling with depression by offering a place for collective creative expression, and she has been the Gallery Coordinator for the Castleton University Art Galleries since January 2019.