Modern Art And Italian Vistas
On View At UNH Art Gallery
Contact: Lori Wright
UNH Media Relations
Oct. 22, 2004
DURHAM, N.H. – This fall, scenes of Italy by contemporary
New Hampshire artists and modern art from two private collections
will be presented at The Art Gallery at the University of New Hampshire.
View from Italy: UNH Artists in Ascoli Piceno and A Singular
Vision: Selections from Two New England Collections open with
a preview reception Friday, Oct. 29, from 5-7:30 p.m. and run through
Dec. 13. The reception is open to the public; admission is free.
View from Italy: UNH Artists in Ascoli Piceno focuses on
views of the rich, vibrant landscape of the Italian countryside
created by artists who are UNH faculty members, alumni, and students.
The UNH-in-Italy program is located in Ascoli Piceno, a small city
in the foothills of the Sibylline Mountains. For the past two summers,
members of the Department of Art & Art History’s intensive
summer art program have explored and interpreted through paintings
and drawings the Italian people, beautiful piazzas, and tranquil
|Alan Magee, Ceremony of Innocence, 1984, lithograph, 18
7/16” x 25 11/16"
Presenting works in the exhibition are the program coordinators
and art professors, Grant Drumheller, Craig Hood, and Scott Schnepf,
as well as painters Elizabeth Doherty, Brett Gamache, Lindy Carroll,
and Rob Colvin. According to Drumheller, this successful, annual
program offers an opportunity for artists who want “to experience
the seductive and lyrical landscape of the southern Marches region
with the delight of new adventures, fabled cities newly encountered,
and foreign tastes and experiences newly sampled. As more than one
student has said in retrospect, ‘It was a life-changing experience.
I’d do it again in a heartbeat.’ ”
|Brett Gamache, Meletti Café, 2004, oil on linen,
16" x 13"
A Singular Vision: Selections from Two New England Collections
highlights more than 60 works of art that have been collected by
an artist and an art patron over the past half-century. This exhibition
consists of works on paper -- prints, watercolors, drawings, and
photographs from the mid- to late 20th century created by both European
and American artists. Art world luminaries such as Salvador Dali,
Picasso, André Masson, Max Ernst, Judy Pfaff, and Claes Oldenburg
are represented, as well as artists with a connection to New England:
Leonard Baskin, Peter Milton, Todd Webb, Beverly Hallam, and John
Laurent. In the future, these two collections will merge to become
a single entity: the Surf Point Foundation Collection
Highlights in A Singular Vision include a 1951 color lithograph,
Tête de Roi, by Picasso; a vibrant abstract print by Judy
Pfaff, who was recently awarded $500,000 as a 2004 Fellow of the
MacArthur Foundation; a complex pencil rendering of Wentworth-by-the-Sea
by Jayne Dwyer; a sensitively rendered still life, Ceremony of Innocence,
by Maine artist Alan Magee; and one of William Wegman’s humorous
large-scale Polaroid photographs of his Weimereiner dogs, Ray and
Mrs. Lubner in Bed Watching T.V.
ArtBreak Series Programs
Wednesdays, noon-1 p.m., The Art Gallery, Paul Creative Arts Center
* Nov. 3: Performance/Discussion: Coping with Copenhagen
* Nov. 10: Gallery Talk: La Bella Veduta
* Nov. 17: Concert by the UNH Chamber Singers
* Dec. 1: Performance: Portsmouth’s Players Ring present an
excerpt from the holiday classic, A Christmas Carol.
* Dec. 8: Concert: UNH’s all-female a cappella group, Maiden
Harmony, performs holiday favorites.
The Art Gallery presents exhibitions, special events, and weekly
ArtBreak programs to the general public, free of charge. Hours of
operation during the academic year are Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-4
p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
The museum is closed on Fridays, University holidays, and during
exhibition changes. The exhibitions and programs are supported in
part by the Friends of The Art Gallery.
Guided group tours for schools, organizations, clubs, and others
are available with advance reservation by contacting Catherine Wright,
Education and Publicity Coordinator, at 603-862-3713 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the exhibitions and programs, contact The
Art Gallery at 603-862-3712, email@example.com,
or visit our Website: www.unh.edu/art-gallery.
The following high-resolution images from the exhibition, A
Singular Vision: Selections from Two New England Collections,
are available for downloading:
Alan Magee, Ceremony of Innocence, 1984, lithograph, 18 7/16”
x 25 11/16"
Neil Welliver, Wood Duck, 1985, hand-colored etching, 24" x
The following high-resolution images from the exhibition, View
from Italy: UNH Artists in Ascoli Piceno, are available for
Brett Gamache, Meletti Café, 2004, oil on linen, 16"
Elizabeth Doherty, Sienna Vista (Out Grant's Window), 2004, oil
on linen, 4" x 4"
Rob Colvin, Street Scene IV, 2004, oil on linen, 8" x 13"