April 18 - 23, 2009
2009 M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition (II)
Two candidates for the University of New Hampshire's Master of Fine Arts degree in painting program, Graham Loper and Erin Murray, showcased work representing the culmination of their two-year program.
Graham Loper studied at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland, and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore , MD in 2006. His interest in the struggle to preserve history and identity has resulted in paintings that address over-development, mortality, destruction, paradise, and decay. He constructs paintings that embody the uniqueness of his subjects, countering the intrusiveness of progress with expressions of nature, imagination, and reflection.
Erin Murray studied at the Beverley Street Studio School in Staunton VA, and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg , VA in 2006.
Her narrative paintings reflect a conscious transition from direct observation to a more imaginative and conceptual examination of the female figure. Her work embodies bold, severe mark-making, gestural lines, scale shifts, and unpredictable color choices. By examining the rituals created and perpetuated by women, her reflective works highlight the boundary between artifice and reality.
The exhibition was f unded in part by the Department of Art and Art History and by the Friends of the Museum of Art, UNH.
This exhibition celebrated the achievements of graduating art students from the University of New Hampshire's Department of Art and Art History, including Maura L. Carignan, Jameson Davis Copp, Jessica Engel, Ryan Howell, Bob Jones, Kelsey Keenan, and Amber Tozzie.
Bachelor of Arts degree candidates who also exhibited their works included: Erin Anderson, Lee Avallone, Molly Baechtold, Amy Denham, Alex Evangelou, Katherine Genevieve, Brittany Gomes, Joetta Gonzalez, Ruth A. Hayden, Will Johnson, Joanna A. Karambelas, Krysta Kincaid, Kayleigh J. Lemieux, Kathleen Littleton, Nicholas H. Mastrostefano, Adrianna K. Neefus, Tiffany Nye, Jennifer Paquin, Britt Peterson, Carly Popovich, Emily Laurelle Silfies, Jaime Van Leuven, and Samantha Wakely.
2009 Senior B.A. and B.F.A. Exhibition
This annual exhibition featured 2009 University of New Hampshire Bachelor of Fine Arts degree candidates Jessica Engel, Bob Jones, Ryan Howell, Jameson Davis Copp, Kelsey Keenan, Maura L. Carignan, and Amber Tozzie.
2009 M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition (I)
Two candidates for the University of New Hampshire's Master of Fine Arts degree in painting program, Christopher Dolan and Gregory Poulin, showcased work representing the culmination of their two-year program.
January 24 - April 8, 2009
Drawing the Line
This exhibition invites viewers to take a closer look at drawings. It examines the range of media, techniques, subjects, and styles that can be found in drawings from the 18th to the late 20th centuries. From representational to abstract, the selected images demonstrate the artists' mastery in the use of materials such as graphite, charcoal, Conté crayon, pastel, ink, and paint.
Drawn entirely from the collection of the Museum of Art at UNH, the exhibition features works by artists as diverse as Sigmund Abeles, Anna Held Audette, Samuel Bak, Leonard Baskin, Bernard Chaet, Russell Cowles, Frederick Trap Friis, Joyce Reopel, Sidney Tillim, Jerome P. Witkin, Charles Woodbury, and Larry Rivers. Also included are works attributed to Annibale Carraci, Carpion, Domenico Zampieri Domenichino, and Paulus Potter, as well as from the School of Caravaggio, and Carlo Dolci, Zuccari.
The exhibition was curated by Debbie Disston, director of the McIninch Gallery at Southern NH University.
Renewal: Printmakers from the New Northern Ireland
A decade after the end of sectarian violence, this exhibition highlights the work of eighteen contemporary printmakers and defines the unusual circumstances of the current cultural and economic renaissance in Northern Ireland. Selected from the Belfast Print Workshop and the Seacourt Print Workshop, the works are diverse and deeply personal expressions by artists who have indeed contributed to the cultural renewal of their country.
The exhibition tour is organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C., in conjunction with Belfast Print Workshop, Seacourt Print Workshop, and The Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Its showing in Durham is funded in part by the S. Melvin and Mary Jo Rines Art Exhibition Fund and contributions from the Friends of the Museum of Art.
November 1 – December 15, 2008
Peace Warriors and Solitudes: Recent Photographs by Carl Chiarenza
The preeminent American photographer Carl Chiarenza (b. 1935) has influenced not only the practice of art but also the study and promotion of photography inside academia and beyond. This exhibition featured 24 photographs from two recent series of abstract works-Peace Warriors (2003) and Solitudes (2004)-inspired in part by the artist's reactions to the war in Iraq.
This exhibition was organized and circulated by the University of Richmond Museums, VA.
Gabriel Laderman: Unconventional Realist
Gabriel Laderman, a founding father of post-modern figuration, is one of the outstanding painters of the last half-century. Influential both as a painter and an educator, Laderman drew his visual language from diverse cultural sources-modernism, art of the early Renaissance, seventeenth-century realism, Asian art-and joined them through the process of perceptual painting. This exhibition examined four decades of his work in still life, landscape, portraiture, the nude, and narrative.
The exhibition premiered at the University of Virginia Art Museum, Charlottesville, VA, from August 15 - October 12, 2008. It will travel to four other locations: the Museum of Art, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH (November 1 - December 15, 2008); the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO (January 23 - March 15, 2009); the New York Academy of Art, New York, NY (March 31 - April 28, 2009); and the Louisiana State University Museum of Art, Baton Rouge, LA (September 4 - October 25, 2009).
Jointly organized and circulated by the University of Virginia Art Museum and the Museum of Art at UNH. The exhibition and catalogue were made possible by generous gifts from Allison and Donald Innes, Ruth Cross, Richard and Melissa Spurzem, an anonymous donor, and the Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco. Its showing at the University of New Hampshire is supported in part by a grant from The FEDCO Charitable Foundation and contributions from the Friends of the Museum of Art.
September 6 – October 22, 2008
Conley Harris: Lyrical Tableaux
Conley Harris, a Boston artist and former University of New Hampshire art faculty member, has long been known for his lush paintings of the landscape. The twenty works in this exhibition revealed the artist's interest in Persian and Indian miniatures.
Theatrical sensibility provides Harris's works with an intensity and power that transcend time and place. Using the lively color and dramatic staging of Hindu court narrative as a springboard, he gives voice to his own passion for a lush, imagined landscape. By incorporating the conventional poses and gestures of Hindu deities and dancers into this exploration of landscape, the formal gardens of the distant past are animated-bringing them into the present for our consideration.
Beginning his career as chief scene painter for the Santa Fe Opera Company during the 1970s, Harris is a former faculty member of the Department of Art and Art History at UNH. He is well-known for his lyrical landscapes of New England and the American West. Upon traveling to the Japan and India, he began collecting antique Rajput, Pahari, and Mughal drawings used as preparatory studies for miniature paintings which he used as a source of inspiration. His drawings from the 17 th - and 18-th century courts and kingdoms of the Indian sub-continent now serve as a source of inspiration for his paintings and drawings. Writing about his work, Harris has stated: "In these fantastical landscapes, I have altered, enlarged, and restaged details from favorite miniatures. A playful energy gathers as figures spring into action-whether it be dancing late into the night, archers pursuing their daring ambitions, or horsemen exploring the rolling landscape. These figures are personal to me, drawn from the past and now part of an imagined world that I find compelling."
Conley Harris: Lyrical Tableaux was organized and circulated by the Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, Mass. Following its showing at the Museum of Art, UNH, Durham, New Hampshire, it will travel to the University of Tennessee Downtown Gallery in Knoxville, TN (November 21 - December 19, 2008).
Art Faculty Review: Benjamin Cariens, Brian Chu, Craig Hood, and Maryse Searls McConnell
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 Benjamin Cariens (sculpture), Brian Chu (painting), Craig Hood (painting and drawing), and Maryse Searls McConnell (sculpture and drawing).
Benjamin Cariens has served as an assistant professor of sculpture and drawing at UNH since 2002. He is a graduate of The College of William and Mary (B.A., 1991), Boston University, School for the Arts (M.F.A., 1993), and Harvard University Divinity School (Master of Theological Studies, 1999). His sculptures reflect his interest in the function of artifice in the expression of religious faith.
An associate professor of drawing and painting at UNH, Brian Chu is a graduate of Queens College (B.F.A., 1971; M.F.A., 1973). His paintings focus on differences found in color, surface, light, and space. As a result of his exploring these differences, his images become understated references, rather than realistic representation of his subjects.
Craig Hood is a graduate of Boston University (B.A., 1975), Pennsylvania State University (B.A., 1979), and Indiana University (M.F.A., 1981). A professor of painting and drawing at UNH since 1981, Hood's work examines the role of the human figure as a narrative image within a fragmented landscape.
Maryse Searls McConnell, a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art (B.F.A., 1971) and Alfred University (M.F.A., 1973), has served as an associate professor of art at UNH since 1973. Her works showcase the dichotomy of the creative process she employs-in her work in clay, she intuitively builds complex, non-representational studies and reliefs, while in her abstract drawings, she develops dream-like content and symbolism from man-made and natural images.