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Westport Book Shop Welcomes Miggs Burroughs for April 2023 Art Exhibit

Updated: Apr 23, 2023

The Westport Book Shop is pleased to welcome artist Miggs Burrough as guest exhibitor for the month of April 2023, at the Book Shop’s Drew Friedman Art Place.

Miggs is exhibiting “Signs of Compassion”, an artwork that is a composite of 30 individual lenticular images, each showing a member of the Westport community using American Sign Language to sign a word or phrase from an Emily Dickinson poem (reproduced below) about compassion. A larger version of this artwork is scheduled to be exhibited in the lobby of the United Nations building at a later date.

Miggs Burroughs is a lifelong Westport resident, and a full-time graphic artist. He has designed hundreds of logos, ads, brochures and websites for commercial and non-profit clients throughout Fairfield County. He also designed the Westport Town Flag, a U.S. postage stamp, an Easter Egg for the Reagan White House, and four covers for TIME Magazine, one of which, along with the Easter Egg, resides in the Smithsonian Institution. Miggs’ work with lenticular imagery has been exhibited in several one-man shows, and includes “Tunnel Vision”, his permanent lenticular installation in downtown Westport.

Miggs is a co-founder of the Artists Collective of Westport. Miggs is also an author — his “The What If? Book of Questions” was published in 2012. Miggs has twice been honored as a Paul Harris Fellow by the Westport Rotary, as one of the YMCA’s Faces of Achievement, and as Volunteer of the Year by CLASP of Westport, Save Westport Now, First Night of Westport, and STAR of Norwalk, among others.

Miggs’ artwork will be on exhibit at the Book Shop through April 30, 2023.

The Book Shop’s “Drew Friedman Art Place” is an area of the store dedicated to exhibiting the work of community artists year-round, on a rotating basis. Miggs Burroughs, who is also a Trustee of the Drew Friedman Community Arts Center, curates the Book Shop's art exhibits, which change monthly.

To see more of Miggs Burroughs' work, visit his website:

If I Can Stop One Heart from Breaking

by Emily Dickinson

If I can stop one heart from breaking,

I shall not live in vain;

If I can ease one life the aching,

Or cool one pain,

Or help one fainting robin

Unto his nest again,

I shall not live in vain.

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