The Blues in Me: Witnessing Love
August 31 – October 30, 2020
Enrico Riley, The Blues in Me: Witnessing Love, challenges viewers to decipher and contextualize his work’s fractured narratives. The paintings are part of an unfolding and evolving cycle that investigates themes of historical and contemporary violence, martyrdom, grief, and the middle passage within a spatial domain. From this epicenter of misfortune and violence, Riley uses the medium of painting as a method for remembering and reflecting upon grief, but also as a means to investigate the linkages between the old world and new, to not just recycle the old stories but also to seek paths for forging new narratives.
August 27- October 24, 2020
Impact presents works of art by Victoria Elbroch, the 2019 award recipient, and Shaina Gates and Mary O’Malley, finalists of the prestigious Piscataqua Region Artist Advancement Grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The exhibition, scheduled for the spring of 2020, was postponed in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Victoria Elbroch, the 2019 winner, is a long-standing member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen where she is recognized for her masterful printmaking and mixed-media drawings of landscapes and gnarled ancient trees.
Dana Jennings '80
December 14, 2020- April 2, 2021
Toxic Youth, the first online Museum of Art exhibition, features Volumes 2, 3, and 4 of Jennings’s sketchbooks that recall his experiences and memories of his youth, working with his father at Kingston Steel Drum factory. Jennings scoured industrial 55-gallon steel drums used to hold paint and motor oil, pesticides, and other chemicals. The factory, shut down by the EPA in the early 1980s, became a Superfund hazardous waste site that is still monitored today. Jennings’s sketchbooks grew out of his impatience for words, “My sketchbooks are a place where I can bushwhack through my memory” Jennings says, “Visions of Kingston Steel Drum are seared into my memory. "
February 1- April 2, 2021
Nobody/Somebody presents photographs of people, some anonymous, others famous, selected from the collection. The subjects in the exhibit include powerful portraits, ordinary moments, and extraordinary events representing a range of emotions with an emphasis on empathy and vulnerability. The photographs are organized thematically around four social justice topics: race and ethnicity, gender and identity, migration and immigration, and ability. The fluid groupings allow visitors to make associations and connections from the images and experiences depicted to the present day. Learn more about Nobody/Somebody.
Daniel Loomis Valenza
Designer, Craftsman, Artist
February 1- April 2, 2021
This exhibition brings together wood furniture, paintings, small sculpted wood objects, and assemblages crafted by Daniel Loomis Valenza who taught woodworking at the University of New Hampshire from 1959–1999. The furniture and sculptural objects demonstrate Valenza’s individualistic approach to form and function evolving over forty years. His work began seriously as design problems to solve, but as his practice matured, it lost its pretense, becoming less functional and more sculptural and experimental by incorporating industrial materials and commercial references, displaying his lively intellect and wit. Learn more about Daniel Loomis Valenza.
Piscataqua Region Artist Advancement Grant
April 19- May 21, 2021
Impact presents works of art by Carl Austin Hyatt, the 2020 award recipient, and Shaina Gates and Jocelyn Toffic ‘07, finalists of the prestigious Piscataqua Region Artist Advancement Grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.
Portsmouth photographer and award winner Carl Austin Hyatt is known for his large-format gelatin silver and platinum prints of landscapes and portraits. Hyatt’s extensive travel to Peru and South Africa taught him about the sacred quality of stone while studying with indigenous cultures, in particular shamans who worked to tap the healing and spiritual qualities of stones.
Senior Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition
April 19- May 20, 2021
The Senior Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition celebrates emerging artists from the UNH Department of Art and Art History. This annual exhibition features work from six BFA candidates who draw upon their own experiences and interests from their areas of concentration including a variety of work in ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, and photography. The artists include Shannon Cahalane, Burlington, CT, Audrey Cannon, Dover, NH Alizah Coraccio, Barrington, NH, Emma Stine, Durham, NH, EJ Theriault, Hampstead, NH, Megan Wilson, North Hampton, NH. Twelve BA students also present work representing concentrations in drawing, ceramics, illustration, design, painting, photography, and sculpture to include Sarah Carbonara, Alycia Cresta, Meghan Feeney, Joseph Furlone, Jessica Gerakines, Angela Hurr, Catrina Marr, Morgan McCabe, Emily Miller, Allyson Poulin, Sophie Rancourt, Dana Vong, Sydney Whittum, and Matthew Williams.