April 17 - May 21, 2010
2010 Senior B.A. & B.F.A. Exhibition
This annual exhibition celebrated the achievements of graduating art students from the UNH Department of Art and Art History, including Bachelor of Art degree candidates Cara Cabral (painting), Grace Cunniff (painting), Finnian Donovan (woodworking), Maggie Green (painting), Julie Hamel (photography), Michael Mackail (painting), and Alyssa Ribitzki (painting).
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.
2010 M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition
Three candidates for the Master of Fine Art degree in painting, Suzanne Dittenber, Dustin O'Hara, and Alan Rushing showcased work representing the culmination of their two-year program.
January 30 - April 8, 2010
War and Remembrance
War and Remembrance challenged our notion of warfare and spotlights the injustices humans inflict upon one another during conflict. From historical documentation to graphic records of the horrors of war, these works draw the viewer in - at times as a neutral observer and at others, an uncomfortable witness to acts of human destruction. Varying in medium from collage, drawings, paintings, photographs, and prints, these works depicted various stages of warfare engagement - from the first preparations for battle to the devastating aftermath.
The highlight of War and Remembrance was facsimiles of Pablo Picasso's preliminary sketches for his monumental work, Guernica. The limited edition printing of these important sketches allowed viewers, for the first time, insight into the artist's creative process as he expressed outrage and anguish over the 1937 bombing of Guernica, a non-military target in Basque Country on the Spanish border. The spontaneity of his drawings and the passionate rendition of figures, both real and from his imagination, clearly depicted his profound sense of grief and compassion.
Over the years, Guernica has become one of the most highly recognized reminders of the tragedies of war, and has served as a symbolic plea for peace. A half-size mural replicating Picasso's final work, created by artist Rose Viviano for the Syracuse Peace Council, was on view as well, offering viewers the ability to draw a comparison between Picasso's sketches and the completed work.
Images in the exhibition were drawn from conflicts around the world, including: World War I, World War II, Vietnam War, and the current Iraqi War. Artists featured included James Montgomery Flagg, Francisco Goya y Lucientes, Utagawa Hiroshige, Winslow Homer, Käthe Kollwitz, Pablo Picasso, Sadahide, and Margot Zemach, as well as contemporary artists Sigmund Abeles, Tom Hall, Mauricio Lasansky, Tom Paiement, Betye Saar, and Nathan Webster.
Acts and Memory: Paintings by Langdon Quin, 1990-2010
Langdon Quin retired from teaching at the University of New Hampshire in 2008. We celebrated his efforts as an artist and teacher with this exhibition of works which straddled the millennium. From the early 1990s to the early 2000s, including recent work executed in Italy in 2009, this exhibition featured his colorfully rendered landscapes, figure studies, and still life arrangements, in honor of his service to the University and its students.
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October 31 - December 14, 2009
Alice Spencer, Fabricating Time: Paintings and Collected Textiles
Textiles are one of the oldest forms of material culture, and convey important ideas about human history, social values, and personal identity. Having collected examples of textiles from different culture groups around the world, Alice Spencer used these rich colors, textures, and histories as a springboard for her own paintings. This exhibition was conceived of as a dialogue between the paintings and the source of their inspiration, and both were viewed in a dynamic visual relationship that celebrated the beauty of each art form.
We all know that artists make art; but how many of them collect art? And what do they choose to collect? In conjunction with the exhibition in the Scudder Gallery, Alice Spencer, Fabricating Time: Paintings and Collected Textiles, which focused on textiles which an artist collected and then used as inspiration for her paintings, we took a look through our permanent collection to select work that was collected by other artists and then donated to the Museum.
Highlighted in this special exhibition were works by many regionally know artists who donated, as well as works donated by them, such as: Sigmund Abeles and William Eickhorst; Beverly Hallam and Utagawa Hiroshige; John Hatch and Yasuo Kuniyoshi; John Laurent and Robert Laurent; Elyot Henderson and Bernard Karfiol; Winifred Clark Shaw and Janvier Rollande; Mary and Edwin Scheier, and Henry Varnum Poor and Peter Voulkos; Hebert Waters and Barry Moser; and David Kupferman and Lawrence Kupferman.
September 12 - October 21, 2009
Sidney Hurwitz: Five Decades
The exhibition Sidney Hurwitz: Five Decades spanned 50 years of the artist's production, from his early woodcuts and figure studies to his intricately rendered etchings of industrial architecture.
Boston University School of Visual Arts Professor Emeritus, Sidney Hurwitz taught at the School of Visual Arts , Boston University , from 1965 until 1999, and held the position of Director from 1969 to 1975. He also served as director of Boston University Art Gallery from 1968 to 1969 and curated several important exhibitions during his tenure.
Hurwitz has been making prints since his student days at the School of the Worcester Art Museum in the early 1950s. There he became acquainted with various printmaking methods, studying etching with Carl Pickhardt and, later, woodcut techniques with internationally acclaimed artist Leonard Baskin. Hurwitz went on to receive his BFA in 1956 from Brandeis University and his MFA in 1959 from Boston University , where he continued to push the boundaries of the printmaking medium.
The exhibition was organized by Boston University School of Visual Arts and Boston University Art Gallery in celebration of Professor Emeritus Hurwitz, who taught at BU from 1965 until his retirement in 1999. This exhibition is sponsored at UNH in part by the Friends of the Museum of Art.
What's New? Recent Additions to the Collection
What's New? Recent Additions to the Collection highlighted new acquisitions to the Museum of Art's permanent collection, which includes over 1,500 paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and works on paper used for teaching, research, and exhibition. Through gifts by generous donors and purchases through the Edmund G. Miller Art Collection Fund, a number of important works of art have recently been added. Included in this exhibition were works by a variety of distinguished artists, including Sam Cady, Leonard Edmondson, Janet Fish, Sam Gilliam, Elyot Henderson, Rockwell Kent, Paul Landacre, Joseph Lindon Smith, Don Lent, Bridget Lynch, Judy Pfaff, Sarony, Major and Knapp, Kara Walker, Andy Warhol, and Melvin Zabarsky.
In the first exhibition in this new space in the Museum of Art, four works from the Museum ethnographic collection, as well as one modern piece were highlighted. Different culture groups from different continents were represented: Mesoamerica (prehistoric western Mexico ), Africa, and the United States.