Monday, January 11, 2016

The Museum of Art, University of New Hampshire is hosting LiveARTS!, a program for musical arts. A surprising medley of university talent from solo student artists, trios or other music groups will perform in an "open mic" coffee house format. LiveARTS! takes place on Thursday, February 11, from 6:00 pm -7:30 pm. The Museum of Art and its programs are open to the public free of charge.

LiveARTS!, created and administered by the Museum of Art's Educational Intern and gallery attendant, Emily Schultz. Schultz is senior, majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She has a passion for classical music and performing in large ensembles. She plays the French horn and is a member of the Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, and a student run brass quintet. "This will be the second gathering for LiveARTS!, our first event was very successful and I am hoping the word has spread on campus. LiveARTS! appeals to a variety of talents and allows anyone to display their hard work, dedication, and love for the arts. The Museum of Art is a wonderful venue for this program." Schultz says.

In conjunction with LiveARTS! two new exhibitions will be on view, Groundswell, highlighting three artists Sophia Ainslie, Nathan Miner, and Cristi Rinklin, whose paintings originate from specific locations and sets of conditions used as departure points to explore perception, memory, history, and motion. The second exhibition, Natural Wonder, features artists Christina Pitsch, Shelley Reed, Rick Shaefer, and Randal Thurston who's works of art reference humankind's complex relationship with nature through visual and literary symbolism found in works of art and material culture of the past reinterpreting it for contemporary audiences.

University student musicians interested in performing may sign up in advance, through sign-up sheets in the music department and in the Museum of Art, Paul Creative Arts Center, via Facebook and email. If the schedule allows, walk –in sign-ups may take place on the evening of LiveARTS!. The performances will be approximately 10-15 minutes in length. The event will ideally appeal to brass and woodwind chamber quintets and quartets, any instrumental duet or trio, or any soloist with piano accompaniment.

The Museum of Art hours of operation during the academic year: Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.;Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.; closed Fridays and University holidays. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Museum of Art at 603-862-3712,, or visit