UNH Art Faculty Review at Museum of Art Opens Nov. 1

October 22, 2014
detail of Leah Woods Migration

Leah Woods, Migration (detail), 2014. maple, plywood, 43” x 80” x 23.5”, courtesy of the artist, photo by Glen Scheffer

A new exhibition featuring art faculty members Michael Cardinali, Brian Chu, Julee Holcombe, Scott Schnepf, and Leah Woods, will be on view at the Museum of Art beginning November 1, 2014. A reception will take place on Thursday, November 6, 2014 from 6-8 p.m.

Every two years The Museum of Art highlights work by studio art faculty in the Department of Art and Art History who are new or returning from sabbatical leave.

Michael Cardinali’s silver gelatin prints capture his timeless perspective of the urban landscape of Boston, as well as portraiture his wife Pia. “Photography, for me, is a way to keep the things close at heart close also at hand.” he says.

muddy river photo

Michael Cardinali, Muddy River, Boston, 2014, gelatin silver print. 8” x 10”, courtesy of the artist

Brian Chu’s art is rooted in observation, maintaining a dialogue between objectivity and subjectivity in all subjects: landscape, figure and still life. His intense perceptual engagement with the world is evident in textured layers of vibrant colors. The strong surface often negates the depth of space, thus delivering beauty and contradiction simultaneously.

oil painting of street

Brian Chu, Via delle Stelle Ascoli Piceno, 2011, oil on linen, 26” x 40”, courtesy of the artist

Julee Holcombe’s recent photographs investigate man’s relationship to the environment. Her photo-montaged manipulations borrow from classical painting traditions of Eastern and Western aesthetics and narratives. Using man and technology as the protagonists, Holcombe creates images that connect with the story-telling traditions of the past to allow for depiction and reflection on our own modern narrative.

photo of woman

Julee Holcombe, The Fortune Teller (Afton), 2014, archival pigment print, 20 inches x 16 inches, courtesy of the artist

Scott Schnepf is known for his etchings and woodcuts. His imagery is dominated by still lifes. Schnepf uses ordinary objects and dramatic lighting to create an atmosphere of luxury and insight.


Scott Schnepf, Newcastle Bridge, 2013, etching, 24” x 16”, courtesy of the artist

Leah Woods has designed and built one-of-a-kind furniture for several years before transitioning to explore conceptual objects. She explores functional and non-functional furniture through the creation of several bodies of work including: A Personal Wardrobe, cabinets investigating clothing and the female form, Footloose, a series of cabinets for high-heeled shoes, Structure, an investigation of mannequins and dress forms, and most recently, Navigation, an exploration of autobiographical maps.

wood sculpture

Leah Woods, Migration, 2014. maple, plywood, 43” x 80” x 23.5”, courtesy of the artist

The Museum of Art and its programs are open to the public free of charge. The exhibitions run through December 14, 2014. The Museum will be closed November 11 and November 26-30, 2014.

View complete exhibition information.

Water in a Changing World

October 22, 2014

word NESTVAL against map backdrop

The University of New Hampshire’s Department of Geography will host the annual New England-St. Lawrence Valley Geographical Society (NESTVAL) conference on the Durham campus on October 24 and 25, 2014. The 2014 conference, “Water in a Changing World,” will focus on the importance of coastal and inland water resources on the region’s settlement, development, and future.

The two-day event features a keynote address by UNH Professor of History Jeffrey Bolster who will speak on the human impacts on the Piscataqua Estuary and Gulf of Maine. Students from regional universities, including UNH geography students, will participate in a competitive Geography Bowl. Faculty from UNH and other institutions across New England will present papers on their research.

Registration is required. Please see the event webpage for more information.

The New England-St. Lawrence Valley Geographical Society is a regional division of the Association of American Geographers. The Society contributes to the advancement of geography by holding a fall annual conference, publishing a peer-review professional journal, The Northeastern Geographer, and recognizing and supporting geography professionals and students through awards and annual activities.

Recent Survey Center Poll: NH Watching Ebola Outbreak But Not Concerned With Catching It

October 20, 2014

graph: How Closely Are You Following the Ebola Outbreak

The UNH Survey Center reports the following:

Although the Ebola outbreak has been raging in West Africa for the better part of this year, it has increasingly made headlines here in the United States with the death of one man and the infection of two health workers who cared for him. Granite Staters are paying attention to the outbreak–39% say they are watching the situation very closely, 46% somewhat closely, 12% not too closely and 3% not at all closely. Republicans (52%) are more likely to be watching the outbreak very closely than Independents (34%) and Democrats (32%).

However, Granite Staters aren’t worried that their family members will contract Ebola–only 8% are very worried, 22% are somewhat worried, 37% are not too worried, and 33% are not worried at all. These figures mirror a national survey conducted by Pew this October.

Graph: Worried About Family Member Contracting Ebola

These findings are based on the latest WMUR Granite State Poll, conducted by the UNH Survey Center. Five hundred and forty-three (543) randomly selected New Hampshire adults were interviewed by landline and cellular telephone between October 6 and October 13, 2014. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/-4.2 percent.

Read the full press release, which includes results of questions on the topics of ISIS and immigration.

Alum Chris Burbank ’07 Semi-Finalist in International Trumpet Competition in Los Angeles

October 16, 2014


UNH alum Chris Burbank ’07 has earned a spot as a semi-finalist in the 2014 Thelonious Monk international trumpet competition in Los Angeles. Burbank earned a bachelor’s degree in music education and studied trumpet with UNH Professor Robert Stibler.

This year’s competition will feature 13 of the world’s most outstanding young jazz trumpeters who will perform before a panel of jazz greats including Ambrose Akinmusire, Randy Brecker, Roy Hargrove, Quincy Jones, Jimmy Owens and Arturo Sandoval.

The semifinals of competition will be held on Saturday, November 8th at Schoenberg Hall on the UCLA campus from 12 to 5 p.m. Three finalists will be selected to participate in the finals on Sunday, November 9th at the Dolby Theatre. They will vie for scholarships and prizes totaling more than $100,000 including a $25,000 first place scholarship and a guaranteed recording contract with Concord Music Group.

Immediately following the finals on Sunday, an All-Star Gala Concert will bring together some of the most renowned artists of our time. Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones and Kevin Spacey will host the event. Special guests will include Pharrell Williams, John Mayer, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Wayne Shorter, Queen Latifah, Jimmy Heath, Don Cheadle, Chaka Khan, and many others. President Bill Clinton will receive the Maria Fisher Founder’s Award.

Chris Burbank, a native of Bedford, N.H., has played the trumpet since middle school. He has performed with jazz greats including Terence Blanchard, Maria Schneider, Clark Terry, Kenny Barron, Benny Golson, Mulgrew Miller, Paquito D’Rivera and Benny Green. Burbank has led clinics and other education programs in the United States, Japan, England and Spain on behalf of The Juilliard School, where he recently earned a master’s degree in jazz studies. He is currently completing his doctorate in jazz performance at the University of Miami under the direction of Brian Lynch.

Documentary About Music Legend Clark Terry Released

October 16, 2014


A new documentary about music legend Clark Terry opened earlier this month. “Keep On Keepin’ On” is Alan Hicks’s look at the relationship between the trumpeter Clark Terry and the young pianist Justin Kauflin.

Read a movie review in the New York Times by A.O. Scott.

Clark Terry is an affiliate professor of music at the University of New Hampshire. He’s had a 40-year relationship with the institution. Music Professor Dave Seiler brought Terry to UNH in the mid-1970s to headline his new jazz festival. Thus started a long friendship between the two and an ongoing affiliation, with Terry returning to UNH annually to perform and record with scores of UNH students and faculty members. Terry has led student tours of Europe and, in 1976, fronted the UNH Jazz Band that became the first college ensemble ever to play on an evening bill at the famed Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. UNH awarded Terry an honorary doctorate, his first, in 1978, and the Pettee Medal in 2002.

New CDs from UNH Music Faculty

October 9, 2014

Three new CDs have been released recently by UNH music faculty members. From Celtic-inspired jazz to 19th century choral music, the CDs range widely in form and style.

Fugue Mill CD cover

UNH resident artist and jazz pianist Mark Shilansky has released the debut CD of his new band, Fugue Mill. The CD weaves jazz through Bluegrass, Celtic, and Classical music.

Listen to clips at markshilansky.com, where the CD is also available for download.

Keypunch CD cover

UNH music faculty Ryan Vigil has released Keypunch: Music for 2 and 4 Hands. The CD features the compositions of his former teacher, John McDonald of Tufts University, along with his own music and the music of another of McDonald’s former students, David Claman, now an assistant professor at Lehman College.

The CD is available from major online retailers.

First Impressions CD cover

Professor of Music William Kempster has released a CD of the first-ever recordings of choral music, both old and new. Called First Impressions, the CD features the UNH Concert Choir and the UNH Chamber Singers. UNH pianists and faculty members Arlene Kies, Chris Kies, and Paul Merrill are featured on keyboards.

Contact the Music Department for information on purchasing this CD.

Todd DeMitchell Named Peters Professor in Education

October 8, 2014

photo of Todd A. DeMitchell

Todd A. DeMitchell, UNH professor of education, has been named the John and H. Irene Peters Professor in Education, an endowed professorship that will support DeMitchell’s teaching, research, service, and other activities.

“Professor DeMitchell has a long and impressive record of scholarship, teaching, and service at UNH,” says Ken Fuld, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “His dedication to the field of education and his obvious passion for it make him a perfect choice for this honor.”

DeMitchell was appointed to the UNH faculty in 1990. His teaching and research focus on the impact of legal mechanisms–such as court cases, statutes, and collective bargaining–on schools and colleges, including such topics as sexual abuse and legal remedies, school uniforms and free speech, affirmative action, educational malpractice, and collective bargaining and educational reform. His most recent book is Student Dress Codes and the First Amendment: Legal Challenges and Policy Issues (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), which he co-authored with Richard Fossey of the University of Louisiana. At UNH, DeMitchell has been honored with the Lamberton Professorship in Justice Studies, the 2010 Distinguished Professor Award, and a 1997 Teaching Excellence Award. DeMitchell earned a B.A. and M.A.T. at the University of LaVerne, an M.A. at the University of California at Davis, and an Ed.D. at the University of Southern California.

The John and H. Irene Peters Professorship in Education was established in 2013 by Brian M. Peters ’77, his wife Ann-Frances Peters ’78, and their son Matthew in honor of John and Irene, the parents of Brian Peters.

Irene Peters attended UNH at the age of 39 after the death of her husband John, when her two sons were still quite young. John’s final request of his wife was: “Please, make sure the boys go to college.” Irene showed the way. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in education, and a certificate of advanced study. Her perseverance and dedication were transformative for Brian, who developed a life-long love of learning. Both Brian and his brother Douglas went on to graduate from the University of New Hampshire.

Learn more about the John and H. Irene Peters Professorship in Education.

Learn more about Todd A. DeMitchell’s 2010 Distinguished Professor Award.


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