Exhibitions 2017-2019

The Odyssey Project: An Old Story for Modern Times

October 24- December 14, 2019

(Closed Nov 11, Nov 28-29)

Reception: Wednesday, October 30, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Fifteen women artists, all members of a long-running book group, were inspired to create art in response to Emily Wilson’s remarkable new translation of The Odyssey; the first English translation by a woman. The artists explore in different styles and media the characters and topics covered in Homer’s ancient poem: the meaning of home; the near impossibility of returning home; loyalty; families; migrants; war; poverty; identity; transformation. Participating artists include, Nancy Berlin, Ruth Fields, Carol Greenwood, Jane Kamine, Colleen Kiely, Marilyn Levin, Jennifer Moses, Karen Moss, Sterling Mulbry, Carla Munsat, Ellen Rich, Judy Riola, Civia
Rosenberg, Sandra Stark and Brenda Star.

Addtional programs: 

The Odyssey: A new adaptation written by Prof. David Richman

Opening night  Wednesday, October 30- 7 p.m., Johnson Theatre: Produced as part of a special collaboration with the Museum of Art and Dept of Art and Art History. For tickets: www.unharts.com or 603-862-7222. The Odyssey: A new adaptation will run through Sunday, November 3.

Wednesday, November 20, 12:10pm–1:10 p.m. Talk: The Odyssey Project: An Old Story for Modern Times, Ruth Fields, Jane Kamine, Colleen Kiely, Jennifer Moses and Sterling Mulbry. Join us to hear how each artist created a visual response to Emily Wilson’s fresh perspective in her newest translation of Homer’s Odyssey. Museum of Art, PCAC

Wednesday, December 11, 12:10-1 p.m. Lecture: Coming Home and Being Home in Homer’s Odyssey, Dr. Stephen. Trzaskoma, Director, Center for the Humanities, discusses the ancient Greek concept of home and the hardships Odysseus and his family endure during his journey to return home after the Trojan War. A218, PCAC

Karen Moss, Circe’s Powers, 2019, mixed media on paper, 22” x 30”

Karen Moss, Circe’s Powers, 2019, mixed media on paper, 22” x 30”

Emily Mason: To Another Place

October 24- December 14, 2019


This exhibition traces the artistic arc of a career of a painter who encounters the world as a seamless aesthetic experience. Mason revels in the

beauty of paint itself. She explores and exploits it materiality, pushing technique to the edge. She possesses a remarkable constancy of vision supported by an increasingly nuanced mastery of paint and form. Organized by the Brattleboro Museum Art Center. 

Additional Programs:

Wednesday, December 4, 12:10–1 p.m. Talk: Emily Mason: To Another Place, Chief Curator, Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Mara Williams discusses works on view. Museum of Art, PCAC

Image credit: Emily Mason, Bust with Majesty, oil on paper, Collection of the Museum of Art UNH frames 20” x 40”, 2015.2.1

Emily Mason, Bust with Majesty, 1975, oil on paper, framed 20” x 40”, Gift of Louis Newman of the David Findlay, Jr. Gallery, Collection of the Museum of Art, UNH, 2015.2.1


Orly Cogan: Children of Eden

August 29- October 12, 2019
Reception, Thursday, September 5,  5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Artist Talk
: September 5, 5:15–6 pm
Orly Cogan will lead a discussion about her studio practice and works on view. Museum of Art, PCAC, Reception to follow 6-7pm

Orly Cogan uses embroidery to transform vintage printed textiles into contemporary explorations of feminine archetypes and stereotypes. Drawing upon historic events, pop-culture, fairy tales, and personal experiences, Cogan creates humorous and imaginative hand-stitched narratives that consider themes such as sexuality, feminism, domesticity, and power to portray the evolving role of women in society.

Andy Warhol: #NOFILTER

From the 60’s to 1987, Andy Warhol carried a camera with him to document intimate and personal events and social engagements, or to create photographs for commercial purposes. A prescient artist infatuated by fame and a compulsive diarist, Warhol understood long before the internet the power of photography to cultivate, massage, and maintain a public persona. The exhibition includes behind the scenes
black and white photographs of his friends and acquaintances, Polaroid images used for his silk-screen paintings, as well as, a selection of silkscreen prints.



April 12 – May 17, 2019

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

April 12 – May 17, 2019

Reception, Friday, April 12, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

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  

April 19 - May 26, 2019
Artist Reception: Friday, April 19, 5 pm- 8 pm
Additional programs include an artist talk with Yu-Wen Wu. Wu leads a discussion at the University’s Durham campus about her studio practice and works on display. This will take place on Friday, April 19, 12:10 p.m., Paul Creative Art Center, room A218. This event is free and open to the public.

High-Water Mark is a multimedia, regionally specific installation by Boston based artist Yu-Wen Wu whose experiences as an immigrant have shaped the themes of her work: examining issues of displacement, movement, assimilation, culture and identity.

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


Scott Schnepf print

Scott Schnepf

Four Decades of Printmaking

November 1 – December 15, 2018
Throughout his distinguished career as an artist and teacher, Scott Schnepf, who taught in the Department of Art and Art History from 1981 to 2015, has developed a rich body of prints exploring techniques and subjects. This exhibition celebrates nearly forty years of printmaking including airy landscapes, intimate domestic interiors and his well-known densely layered still life arrangements that reveal an observant and imaginative master draughtsman.

Don Williams, Aleppo, 2017, stoneware, metal, ceramic shard, 13" x 18" x 12"

The Artist Revealed

2018 Studio Art Faculty Review

November 1 – December 15, 2018
This exhibition of work by the artists who teach in the Department of Art and Art History reveals the breadth and range of the department’s studio art program with a special focus on the department’s newest instructor, Liese Zahabi, whose design work spans both digital and print.

Exhibiting artists include: Sachiko Akiyama, Jason Bombaci, Jamie Bowman, Benjamin Cariens, Michael Cardinali, Bradley Castellanos, Brian Chu, Richard Fox, Grant Drumheller, Julee Holcombe, Jennifer Moses, Don Williams, Leah Woods, and Liese Zahabi.

Wendy Red Star Painting

People, Places and Things:

Recent Acquisitions 2014-2018

August 29 – October 20, 2018
Reception, Thursday, September 6, 2018

Each year the collection committee meets to consider gifts and purchases of paintings, prints, drawings, photographs and sculpture. Over the past five years, the result has been the addition of hundreds of contemporary and historic works of art in a variety of media and styles presenting different points of view and artistic concerns to create a dynamic ever-changing collection.

Fahamu Pecou painting

Fahamu Pecou: DO or DIE: Affect, Ritual, Resistance

Meet the artist: Friday, October 19, 2018

Featured Atlanta based artist, Dr. Fahamu Pecou leads an exhibition walk through, DO or DIE: Affect, Ritual, Resistance.

Fahamu Pecou is an Atlanta-based visual artist and scholar whose works combine observations on hip-hop, fine art, and popular culture. Pecou is profoundly involved in exploring the state of Black existence–life and death­–in his work. Through performance, painting, drawing, music, and video, Pecou reframes our view, incorporating references from the West African Yoruba religion as well as Ifa rituals and integrates in his work both African cultural retentions found in hip-hop and the philosophy of Negritude. Through this, Pecou shapes a story that seeks to affirm life via an understanding of the balance between life and death.

Fahamu Pecou: DO or DIE: Affect, Ritual Resistance has been organized by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston, in collaboration with the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University. Supported by the Rines Art Exhibition Fund, Museum of Art, UNH

BFA students

MFA Thesis Exhibition 

April 13 – May 18, 2018

Reception, Friday, April 13, 6 p.m -8 p.m

This annual exhibition celebrates the achievements of the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degree candidates from the University’s Department of Art and Art History. Supported in part by the University’s Department of Art and Art History.

Senior BA & BFA Exhibition

This annual exhibition celebrates the achievements of the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree candidates from the University’s Department of Art and Art History.


Andrew Witkin Art

Syndicates: Andrew Witkin (among others)

January 25 – March 31, 2018

Reception:  Thursday, January 25, 6 p.m -8 p.m.

Boston-based artist Andrew Witkin’s studio practice involves aggregating, arranging, collecting and/or fabricating everyday ideas, images and objects to investigate systems and frameworks of information and their intellectual and psychological effects in the world. Syndicates includes text-based works, graphic elements, woven fabrics and collages of newspaper photographs that collectively blur the systematic with the haphazard in which meaning is layered and elusive.
Image credit: Andrew Witkin, Untitled, 2007–2017, newspaper clippings, shrink wrap, 12-ply museum board, frame, 24.13” x 31.75”

Detail of Wais Reliquary

Long Eye

January 25 – March 31, 2018

Panel conversation with artist Anna McKee and UNH researcher Mark Twickler, Thursday, January 25, 5 p.m -6 p.m.

PCAC, A218

Reception:  Thursday, January 25, 6 p.m -8 p.m.

This exhibition presents sensory works of art created in response to the colors, shapes, sounds, and climate of both the Arctic and the Antarctica. The work, most of which is time- or sound-based, stand as metaphors for the regions themselves—monumental, breathtaking, fleeting—creating impressions of places that can only truly be experienced in person. Exhibiting artists include Eric Aho, Resa Blatman, Wendy Jacobs, Andrea Juan, Anna McKee, Claudia O'Steen and Aly Ogasian.
Image credit: Anna McKee, WAIS Reliquary: 68,000 Years, (detail), 2013-15, include silk, glass, glacier water, wood frame, 22’ x 14.5” x 9’

The Forest

Image credit: Carly Glovinski, Nature Library (The Forest), 2016, acrylic on wood, 8.5” x 11"


October 26 – December 15, 2017

Reception, Thursday, October 26, 6 p.m -8 p.m

This exhibition focuses attention on the recipients the prestigious Piscataqua Region Artist Advancement Grant awarded by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. Celebrating its fifteenth year, the grant recognizes the contributions 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. Supported by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.





Stephen DiRado black & white photograph

A Photographer’s Embrace: Stephen DiRado 

Featuring a selections from the Worcester artist’s body of work and includes photographs, film, and projected images. Known for his humanistic outlook and photographic series, DiRado’s work evolved from straight photography of people and places to intimate, empathetic images made in collaboration with his subjects. This is the first museum exhibition devoted to the photographer’s thirty-five-year artistic career.
Image credit: Stephen DiRado, Bell Pond series: Butch, Natasha, Krissy and Tony, August 25th, 1983, silver gelatin print, 10" x 12.5"

David Katz art

Image credit: David Katz, Flextime installation, 3S Artspace, 2017


On view at 3S Artspace, 319 Vaughan St, Portsmouth, NH
October 14- December 8, 2017

 Sculptor and ceramicist David Katz exploits the properties of wet clay to create complex web-like installations that push and pull against architectural elements, constructed spaces, and scaffolding. As the clay dries, cracks develop, exposing the fragile nature of the structural systems. Curated by Kristina Durocher, Director, Museum of Art of the University of New Hampshire.     Supported by the UNH Arts Initiative Fund.

NH State Council on the Arts logo

Leather jacket and detail

Image credit: Caleb Cole, Cilice, 2017, vintage motorcycle jacket, vintage hanger, wire, dressmaking pins, 23” x 26”, Courtesy of Gallery Kayafas

Made Masculine

August 30 – October 15, 2017

Reception, Thursday, September 7, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

The thirteen contemporary artists in this exhibition accept the framework that masculinity is made, fashioned, and modified generation to generation. Selected works of art explore the artifice of masculinity through themes such as strength, desire, and intimacy while posing the question: What does it mean to be made masculine or to make one’s own masculinity?
Made Masculine exhibiting artists: Jesse Burke, Ria Brodell, Caleb Cole, Arthur Henderson, David Hilliard, Raul Gonzalez III, Tala Madani, Azita Moradkhani, Cobi Moules, Andrew Mowbray, Toyin Ojih Odutola, John O’Reilly, and Kledia Spiro.
Guest curator, Lisa Crossman, Ph.D., Curator, Fitchburg Art Museum.
Supported by the Valerie Wilcox England ’54 and Frederick J. England Fund.

Willie Cole, Loveseat, 2007,

Image credit: Willie Cole, Loveseat, 2007, shoes, wood, pvc pipes, screws and staples, 39” x 65” x 43” 

Willie Cole: On-Site 

Highlights from the body of work by contemporary African-American artist Willie Cole and features 13 artworks, a video, and includes an installation of a massive chandelier made of recycled water bottles. This traveling exhibition is organized by the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland, College Park and is co-curated by the David C. Driskell Center’s Deputy Director, Dorit Yaron, and Executive Director, Professor Curlee R. Holton.