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UNH Faculty Artists Exhibit Their Works

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UNH Media Relations

August 18, 2003

DURHAM, N.H. - Two new faculty artists at the University of New Hampshire will exhibit their recent works at the 2003 Art Faculty Review Sept. 9 to Oct. 15, 2003, at The Art Gallery.

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Elizabeth Blackadder, British (b. 1931), Still Life with Pagoda, 1998, screenprint. Collection of The UNH Art Gallery, purchased through the Edmund G. Miller Art Collection Fund.

A preview reception, open to the public, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 8.

Ceramist Marvin Sweet and photographer Andrew Warren are among the faculty artists who create new works in the midst of a full-time job and share their skill, training and passion with students hoping to make art their career.

Sweet, a graduate of Boston University, pushes the boundaries of clay with his unique, raku-fired vessels. "When viewing these pieces, one inevitably considers an animal or figurative reference. In some instances the figure or animal is the vessel. At other times, they are the base for the container," Sweet says. "As always, the component parts are assembled and unified into their vessel imagery. These forms might suggest containment for things physical, but they are to be filled by ideas."

Warren, a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University, quietly and humorously observes his world through the lens of his camera. His recent work focuses on people and their chosen modes of transportation-whether by bus, car, or skateboard-as an extension of themselves. "The coolly detached and deceptively casual manner in which I photograph records mundane subjects in an interesting way and extraordinary subjects in an ordinary way. I seek to highlight the tension between potentially impersonal methods of getting from one place to another while also finding examples of highly stylized and often odd modes of transportation and expression," Warren says.

Recent Additions to the Collection

In addition to the faculty review, The Art Gallery will feature 45 recently acquired works from its collection. Now numbering almost 1,500 objects, the collection focuses on works on paper-prints, drawings, and photographs. UNH alumni, Friends of The Art Gallery, and faculty emeriti have donated many of the recent acquisitions. Several works on view were purchased with funds from the Edmund G. Miller Art Collection Fund, an endowment that provides funds for the purchase and conservation of works on paper.


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Bill Finney, School House (Stairs), Canterbury Shaker Village, 1995, photograph. Collection of UNH The Art Gallery, given by John and Ruth Page in honor of Bill Finney.

Among the works featured are a self-portrait by Francisco Goya, an etching by Mauricio Lasansky, photographs of Canterbury Shaker Village by Bill Finney, and a portfolio of prints by eight contemporary women artists, including Betye Saar, Kiki Smith, and Paula Rego, from the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

ArtBreak Series: Wednesdays, noon - 1 p.m.

  • Sept. 10: Slide lecture by exhibiting faculty artist Andrew Warren. Room A219.
  • Sept. 17: Gallery talk by exhibiting faculty artist Marvin Sweet. Room A219.
  • Sept. 24: Slide lecture on the 10th Anniversary Portfolio from the National Museum of Women in the Arts by lecturer and art historian, Elinor Gadon, UNH Department of Art and Art History. Room A219.
  • Oct. 1: Slide lecture on the UNH studio art program in Italy by professors Grant Drumheller and Scott Schnepf, Department of Art and Art History. Room A219.
  • Oct. 8: Slide lecture by photographer Bill Finney. Room A219.
  • Oct. 15: Concert featuring the UNH Chamber Singers directed by Professor William Kempster.
The UNH Art Gallery is located in the Paul Creative Arts Center, 30 College Road. Admission is free. Hours are Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. The Art Gallery is closed Fridays, university holidays, and during exhibition changes.

School and other groups are welcome at The Art Gallery. Tours are offered free of charge with advance reservation and can be scheduled by calling the Outreach Program at 862-3713.

News Editors: Color slides are available upon request from Amanda Tombarelli, education and publicity coordinator, The Art Gallery. For more information call 603-862-3712 or send e-mail to

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