Reception, Friday, April 12, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Celebrating the 2018 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 Sachiko Akiyama, Assistant Professor, UNH, 2018 award winner and finalists Tara Lewis, BA ‘92 and Jocelyn Toffic, BA ‘07.
MFA Thesis Exhibition & Senior BA & BFA Exhibition
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. Exhibiting artists include, MFA candidate, Jenna Smith, BFA candidates, Adeline Boysen, Daniel Faiella, Rachel Goyette, Julianna Sagliano. The MFA thesis Exhibition is funded by the Department of Art and Art History.
Yu-Wen Wu: High-Water Mark
3S Artspace, 19 Vaughan Street, Portsmouth, NH
The Museum of Art, UNH in collaboration with 3S Artspace presents, Yu-Wen Yu: High-Water Mark. This exhibition will be on view at 3S Artspace, 19 Vaughan Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire beginning April 19 through May 26, 2019.
High-Water Mark is a multimedia, regionally specific installation by Boston-based artist , curated by Kristina Durocher, Director, Museum of Art of the University of New Hampshire. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Wu’s family immigrated to the United States soon after the enactment of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. Her experiences as an immigrant have shaped the themes of her work: examining issues of displacement, movement, assimilation, culture and identity. High-Water Mark focuses on rising sea levels, storm surge flooding, and the projected displacement of people who live in the New Hampshire and Maine sea coast region. The exhibition video and a large-scale wall drawing represent the wanderings of someone new to the region, a visitor surveying the landscape, city, and its surroundings with fresh eyes – Wu is the proverbial migrant, making connections between natural and built environments, cultural systems, and seeing relationships between past and present that will help us navigate an unfamiliar ecosystem and an environment in flux.
While relying on hard data and scientific research practices, Wu’s visualization of data—video, maps, and graphs—is a metaphorical reading of a changing environment, incorporating filmed scenes of the tidal waters of the Piscataqua River, sites along the North and South Mill Ponds, coastal wetlands, and sky, emphasizing the aesthetic experience over narrative characteristics. Viewers will come away with an impression and awareness of the impact of rising sea levels on the Portsmouth region.
High-Water Mark was organized by the University of New Hampshire and curated by Kristina Durocher, Director, Museum of Art, supported by the UNH Arts Initiative. The UNH Arts Initiative is a donor-funded project that supports UNH arts programming in New Hampshire, taking the great art created in Durham to all corners of the State. Additional support was provided by 3S Artspace.
Artist biography: (b. Taipei,Taiwan) is a visual artist based in Boston.. Wu attended Brown University, received a Bachelor of Science before attending the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. She is currently the artist in resident at the Pao Arts Center, Boston, MA. In 2018, Wu was awarded a grant by the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Yaddo Fellowship and in 2017 was the honored recipient of the Brother Thomas Award.
Wu’s work has been exhibited throughout New England and is held in major collections. Working in drawing, video, sculpture and installation she pulls together the natural world and social movement on both a personal and global scale. She approaches her own experiences of immigration and other culturally specific happenings by presenting them as a series of natural occurrences, not dissimilar from the migrating bird, passing cloud or ocean tide. She is dedicated to identifying systems and recreating patterns that sync nature and society - as if to suggest that understanding is accumulated from isolating such rhythms. Visualizations of data - charts, mapping and quantifiable gestures - are the language in which Wu's stories are revealed.
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: Seasons & Cardinal
Mills courtyard pops with energy this fall with the installation of sculptor Dale Rogers' Seasons, a stand of four stylized steel and fused-glass trees. Designed specifically for the Museum of Art and custom fabricated in his Haverhill, Massachusetts studio, each of the trees has a unique and vivid glass pattern representing one of the New England seasons. This installation is supported by FEDCO Charitable Foundation.
A second sculpture, Cardinal, is installed on the corner of Pettee Brooke Road and Main Street on campus.
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. This two-year exhibition features Chain Hounds and Caribou (Ihumataq), which is located at the front of the Johnson Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center. Wendy Klemperer: Restraint and Release will be on view in the Mills Courtyard through May 2015, and is provided with support from the FEDCO Charitable Foundation.