Spring 2023 Exhibitions
Senior BA & BFA Exhibition
This annual exhibition celebrates the achievements of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree candidates from the University’s Department of Art and Art History. The exhibit features works from graduating students representing concentrations in drawing, ceramics, painting, photography, and sculpture.
The Piscataqua Region Artist Advancement Grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation 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 craftspeople.
Scratching the Surface: Edith Loring Peirce Getchell and the American Etching Revival
Scratching the Surface: Edith Loring Peirce Getchell and the American Etching Revival is a student-curated exhibition exploring the career of Edith Loring Peirce Getchell (1855¬1940), who was considered one of the finest etchers of the American Etching Revival (1850-1930). Curated by Museum of Art Fellowship students, Erin McKeen ‘24, Ember Nevins ’24, and Nikki Tredwell ‘23, the exhibition presents etchings by Edith Loring Peirce Getchell and her contemporaries drawn from the collection of the Museum of Art.
January 26 - April 1, 2023
Grant Drumheller: In the Garden, is a selection of contemporary paintings from the artist never before exhibited as a collection. The exhibition will feature intimate views of Grant Drumheller’s family that are both familiar and removed. Observation is at the center of Drumheller’s work as a figurative painter; he is well-known for works of large-scale compositions of busy streets, beaches, and Italian town squares and palazzos. For works In the Garden, we find the artist’s honed observational eye turned inward to capture the vitality and ever-changing dynamic of a family.
Myths Retold: Paintings by Rosemarie Beck presents a collection of paintings and embroideries spanning over 40 years of the artist’s career from the mid-1970s through the early 2000s, exploring themes of gendered relationships, power, oppression through scenes from classical Greek mythology and English literature. Myths Retold: Paintings by Rosemarie Beck is enriched by the scholarly insights of UNH students in the course, CLAS 601: The Power of Myth, and Paul Robertson, Senior Lecturer in Classics, Humanities, and Italian Studies, and R. Scott Smith, Department Chair, Classics, Humanities, and Italian Studies.
January 26 - February 20, 2023
A portfolio of prints inspired by the September 2011 Occupy Wall Street movement along with other concurrent international protest movements created by Dinh Q. Lê in collaboration with Gregory Santos at the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies at the School of the Arts at Columbia University. Fragile Springs contains 10 screenprints on view in the Collection Study Gallery. The portfolio was purchased in 2021 by Museum of Art for the Permanent Collection.
September 15 - December 3, 2022
The exhibition invites you to use all your senses to imagine and anticipate arriving in winter. Think of the smell of fallen leaves and damp earth as you leave autumn and approach the snow-covered landscape. As climate change reshapes the contours of autumn and winter, pushing their boundaries farther north, winter for many will soon be unreachable, only to exist in art and the stories we keep.The geographer Tim Cresswell has written that our social constructions—our lives, our experiences, our memories—only exist because of place. If place is the experiential bedrock of our existence, who are we when a place changes before our eyes? Who do we become when a place becomes something else? What will we do when winter no longer lives in our body’s memory? When winter is warmer, wetter, browner—who are we?
SOLASTALGIA: The premonition of transition, a sense of loss from an anticipated future. It is the feeling of homesickness before leaving home. Conceived by artist Nina Elder during a residency at the University of New Mexico, the Solastalgic Archive holds materials that contextualize and give breadth to the experience of living and making in this time of accelerated change. The traveling archive encapsulates ephemera of memory, creation, forgetting, destruction, preciousness and transience from diverse founding artists and collaborators. It is an evolving, changing, temporal entity that will continue to grow as it is enriched by additions connected to each host venue. Contributors are asked to consider what they do that connects them to time. Can we read time, smell it, taste it, touch it? Do we reinvent it, ask it questions, and look for answers?Deep Time Lab: A participatory learning experiment in how we situate ourselves within time. The Lab merges the forms of exhibition, pedagogy, and archive.