Dan Mills: Human Topographies
(Closed March 16–21)
Artist Reception: Thursday, February 6, 5–7 p.m.
Artist Talk: Thursday, February 6, 5:15–6 p.m.
Dan Mills: Human Topographies, Mills will lead a discussion about his studio practice and works on view. Museum of Art, PCAC (Snow date: February 19, 12:10-1 p.m.)
Human Topographies presents a narrow slice of the artist’s wide-ranging and decades-long interest in history, exploration, and games and wordplay to investigate networks—networks of power, trade, and migration that underpin societies, nationally and globally. Mills makes luminous and layered paintings and collages about our shared human history utilizing maps and data to expose the legacies of imperialism: war, colonialism, and the forced displacement of people.
The idea of shared authorship—that visitors complete a work of art through their own understanding—is an organizing principle in Amy Stacey Curtis’ conceptual art practice. Her minimal, yet ambitious, sculptures and installations are activated through audience participation. Visitors to Transfer and mirror IV are invited to touch, perpetuate, and resolve the exhibit’s ﬁve unique works according to a prescribed set of Curtis’ instructions. Supported by the Winthrop L. Carter Gift Fund.
Amy Stacey Curtis: mirror IV
February 7 - March 29, 2020
Meet the artist: Friday, February 7, 5 -8 p.m.
Supported by the UNH Arts Initiative Fund in collaboration with 3S Artspace and Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, and sponsored by Pierce Aluminum Company.
April 17 – May 15, 2020
Reception, Friday, April 17, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Celebrating the 2019 recipients of the Piscataqua Region Artist Advancement Grant given by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. this prestigious award recognizes the important contribution of working artists to the cultural life of the region by providing an annual financial award to promote the artistic growth of artists and crafts people. Featuring award winner Victoria Elbroch and finalists Shaina Gates and Mary O’Malley.
April 17 – May 15, 2019
This annual exhibition celebrates the achievements of the Master of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree candidates from the University’s Department of Art and Art History.
Exhibitions at the Museum of Art
The Museum of Art presents eight to ten changing exhibitions yearly that cover a range of periods, styles, and media. Works from public and private collections throughout New England, as well as the Museum's permanent collection, provide the focus of important, widely acclaimed exhibitions.
Past exhibitions have included the etchings and engravings of Dürer and Rembrandt, contemporary work by New Hampshire artists, New England landscape painting, and nineteenth-century Japanese prints, among others. The Museum of Art has also produced a series of major exhibitions examining the artistic heritage of New Hampshire, focusing on the Isles of Shoals, the White Mountains, the art colonies of Cornish and Dublin, New Hampshire folk art, and the state's traditional arts made of wood.
The Museum of Art also regularly presents exhibitions of the University of New Hampshire's art faculty members, alumni, and graduate and undergraduate art students.
Our exhibitions and programs are supported in part by the Friends of the Museum of Art.
On View in the Mills Courtyard
Dale Rogers: Cardinal
Cardinal, an enlarged version of the popular red bird found on his 2012 Bird in Hand sculpture. This arresting sculpture is placed at the intersection of Main Street and Pettee Brook Lane. Rogers’ outdoor sculptures maintain a human-scale and recognizable imagery to make them approachable. He entices people to get close to the work through the ease of familiar designs and the appeal of organic flowing lines and elegant mix of durable materials.
Rogers believes it is important to make art accessible to the public. “Art,” he states, “is the spark that feeds the imagination and generates conversation.” We couldn’t agree more. I wish to thank Dale and “Team Rogers,” the artist’s crew of studio assistants and metal and glass fabricators, for their collegiality and help coordinating the installation of these two captivating sculptures.
Wendy Klemperer: Restraint and Release
Brooklyn-based artist Wendy Klemperer fashions arresting, realistic looking wildlife sculptures from welded scraps of steel—a material that conveys the raw, untamed quality of the animals she depicts. Wendy Klemperer: Restraint and Release is on view in the Mills Courtyard with support from the FEDCO Charitable Foundation.