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

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.

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