April 19 – May 24, 2008
2008 M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition
Works by M.F.A. degree candidates Erik Geoffrey Johnson and Kathi Smith were featured.
2008 Senior B.A. and B.F.A. Exhibition
Works by B.A. and B.F.A. degree candidates, including Lindsay Bezich, Shawn Burke, Kimberly DeCicco, Alissa Lynn Feller, Lily Finnigan-Allen, Sean Hurley, Lauri E. Lannan, Cailin Mateleska, K.Lee Mock, Colleen Murphy, and Lindsay Forrest Wraga were featured.
After an intense program of study, the students enrolled in the B.F.A. program draw upon their own experiences and interests to develop a strong body of work to showcase in this annual exhibition. Through both abstract and representational means, they examine the visual relationships between light, shape, texture, and color. Their works encompass a range of subject matter, from still-life and the human figure, to interior spaces and landscapes. Drawn from direct observation or the imagination, these works reflect each artist's vision, style, and technique.
2008 M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition (II)
Works by M.F.A. degree candidates Denise Jansson and Rebecca M. Kallem were featured.
January 24 – April 9, 2008
On Gilded Pond: The Life and Times of the Dublin Art Colony
Included in the exhibition were works by Gifford Beal, Frank W. Benson, George de Forest Brush, Elise Pumpelly Cabot, William L. Dannat, Amos E. Dolbear, Barry Faulkner, Gouri Ivanov-Rinov, Alexander R. James, Rockwell Kent, Charles Kendall Mason, Richard S. Meryman, William Preston Phelps, Jessie Pollock, Albert Quigley, Onni Saari, Joseph Lindon Smith, Annetta J. St. Gaudens, Edmund Charles Tarbell, Abbott H. Thayer, Gerald H. Thayer, and Asa Coolidge Warren.
In addition to work by the visual artists who were associated with the Colony, information about other noteworthy people was included. The Colonists' recreational activities (theatre and tableaus) and their less well-known accomplishments (the development of camouflage, for example) were highlighted. The exhibition was co-curated by Thorne-Sagendorph Museum of Art director Maureen Ahern and Pamela Russell, independent curator and art historian. It was supported in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Its showing in Durham was supported in part by the S. Melvin and Mary Jo Rines Art Exhibition Fund.
What's New? Recent Additions to the Collection
The Museum of Art's permanent collection-approximately 1,500 paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and works on paper-is used for teaching, research, and exhibition. Through gifts by generous donors and purchases through our Edmund G. Miller Art Collection Fund, a number of important works have been added to the Museum of Art's permanent art collection. This exhibition included recent additions include works by James Aponovich, David Aronson, Samuel Bak, Arthur Danto, Philip Evergood, John Hatch, Alberto Giacometti, Winifred Clark Shaw, May Stevens, and Sumner Winebaum.
October 30 – December 17, 2007
Shadow and Memory: Ellis Island's Unrestored Buildings: The Photographs of Christopher Barnes
Since he first visited Ellis Island in the 1980s, Maine photographer Christopher Barnes began documenting the thirty buildings-abandoned since the island closed in 1954-that had been the largest U.S. Public Health Service hospital in the early 20th century. Drawn to the silent but powerful spaces, Barnes began a photographic odyssey that continues today, as these buildings are stabilized, cleaned, and prepared for restoration, a project undertaken by Save Ellis Island Inc., the National Park Service partner for the adaptive re-use of these structures. Interspersed among the contemporary photographs were historic images of the hospital in operation, where 1.2 million immigrants were inspected for disease and treated for illnesses.
Shadow and Memory was organized and loaned to the University of New Hampshire by Save Ellis Island, Inc. It was presented in Durham with generous support from Thomas W. Haas.
In Residence: Artists and the MacDowell Colony Experience
As part of the national celebration of the 100th anniversary of the MacDowell Colony, Thorne-Sagendorph Museum of Art at Keene State College and the Museum of Art at the University of New Hampshire co-organized this exhibition featuring work by nine New England visual artists who have been in residency at the MacDowell Colony since 1980. In addition to more recent work, each artist included at least one work that was either created at the Colony or directly influenced by the MacDowell experience. Accompanying the works, artists' statements reflected upon how the MacDowell experience affected and influenced their work.
Featured artists included: Rosemarie Bernardi (Keene , NH), Tom Chapin (Phippsburg, ME), Jim Coates (Lyndeborough NH, http://www.nh.gov/nharts/artsandartists/Lifetime%20Fellows/jamescoates.htm), Roberta Delaney (Sherborn , MA, http://www.dac.neu.edu/printmaking/intaglio.htm), Grant Drumheller (New Castle, NH, www.grantdrumheller.com), Beth Galston (Carlisle, MA, www.bethgalston.com), Olivia Parker (Manchester, MA, http://www.oliviaparker.com/newindex.php), Susan Schwalb (Watertown, MA, www.susanschwalb.com), and Judith Stone (Burlington, VT, http://www.caelumgallery.com/).
The exhibition was supported in part by a grant from The FEDCO Charitable Foundation. For further information on the MacDowell Colony and its 100th anniversary celebration, visit http://www.macdowellcolony.org/centennial/index.html.
September 8 – October 17, 2007
Art Faculty Review: Rebecca Litt, Shiao-Ping Wang, and Leah Woods
Each year the Museum of Art highlights work by the studio art faculty members in the Department of Art and Art History who are new or returning from sabbatical leave. This exhibition featured recent work by Rebecca Litt (painting and drawing), Shiao-Ping Wang (painting and drawing), and Leah Woods (woodworking/furniture design).
League of N.H. Craftsmen: 25th Biennial Members' Juried Exhibition
Founded in 1932, the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen is one of the oldest and most prestigious craft organizations in the country. It was formed during the years of the Depression to help New Hampshire craftspeople make a living through difficult financial times, through education and by building an audience and market for fine handmade craft. The League continues this mission today. This exhibition, part of the 75th anniversary celebration of the League of N.H. Craftsmen, showcases the artistry of many juried and supporting members of the League. It features fine hand craft in basketry, clay, fiber, glass, jewelry, mixed media, printmaking, and furniture. Additional information about the League's 75th anniversary celebration can be found on the League of NH Craftsmen website.
The League of N.H. Craftsmen: 25th Biennial Members' Juried Exhibition Lead sponsor is Swenson Granite, with additional Program Sponsorship by Amica Insurance, Hannaford Supermarkets, Ocean National Bank and Sullivan Creative.
Ceramics by Edwin and Mary Scheier: The Durham Years
This exhibition features the work of Edwin and Mary Scheier, consummate potters who were important figures in the early development of both the League of N.H. Craftsmen and the UNH Department of the Arts. Focusing on the University's collection of Scheier works, this exhibition is presented in memory of Mary Scheier, who passed away in May at the age of 99.