ALL THREE GALLERIES
A Department of Makers: University of New Hampshire Studio Faculty
December 31, 2014 – February 1, 2015
Curated by Mary Harding
Grant Drumheller, Museum with Helicopter, Cooler Version
Oil on Linen, 28 X 22 inches, 2014
Scott Schnepf, Two Views of Amsertdam
Woodcut, 24 x 36 inches, 2014
Benjamin S. Cariens, Lincoln Beechey
Mixed Media: Wood, Window, Typewriter & Paper, 8'6" x 3' x 3', 2013
It is with pleasure and a familiar ease that I agreed to curate this exhibition of the fine art faculty of the University of New Hampshire. I have been aware of the department for over three decades and have had the opportunity to exhibit many of its members in both group and one person exhibitions.
My first association with the department dates back to our family friendship with former faculty member John Laurent who was a noted teacher and mentor for many years. I curated a show called "Students of John Laurent" in 1999 at the George Marshall Store Gallery and became aware of the broad reach that this one professor had. Many of his students have gone on to successful careers as both individual artists and teachers themselves.
As I have gotten to know the current faculty I have become aware that they too, besides being fine artists in their own right, are passionate about teaching. The strength of the program is firmly grounded in the basics of drawing, observation and quality of materials and technique. I have always been impressed with the passion that these artists bring to their work. As teachers, they are constantly giving assignments to their students and consequently, continuously pushing their own work in new and creative directions. I have had the opportunity to discuss their work during studio visits where I have gained insight into their work and have witnessed their sincere commitment to art.
Mary Harding is a graduate of Brown University and is an independent curator of contemporary regional art. She has served as a juror and guest curator at various venues. For the past 20 years she has been the curator for the George Marshall Store Gallery, a program of the Museum of Old York in York, Maine.