Get to the Greek

February 22, 2017

actors on stage

It’s been 10 years since Greco pillars have graced the Johnson Theatre stage in the way they will this weekend when actors from three University System of New Hampshire schools will stage The Oedipus Cycle: A USNH Collaboration.

Students from Keene State College, Plymouth State University and the University of New Hampshire will bring some of the Greek’s finest characters to life in five separate productions in Durham, starting with UNH’s presentation of  “Oedipus at Colonus” Feb. 22, 23 and 26. PSU will present “Oedipus the King” on Feb. 24, and KSC will stage “Antigone” on Feb. 25. Show times and ticket information

It’s been a decade since the three schools’ theatre departments have collaborated on a Greek trilogy; in 2007, they brought “Electra,” “Women of Troy” and “Agamemnon” to Johnson Theatre. This weekend’s productions celebrate the 10-year anniversary of that collaboration while revisiting the lives of other beloved Greek characters whose timeless stories still resonate.

The UNH troupe will hit the road early next month to bring “Oedipus at Colonus” to KSU audiences March 3 and PSU March 9.

Post written by Tracey Bentley, UNH Communications and Public Affairs.

 


Intern in Italy

February 21, 2017

Caitlin Truesdale

Caitlin Truesdale ’17 of Peabody, Mass., has been accepted into the prestigious and competitive Peggy Guggenheim Internship Program in Venice, Italy. She will work at the Guggenheim Collection in the fall of 2017. Among other duties, Truesdale will help manage the galleries during open hours and participate in educational activities, including public presentations and guided tours.

“Even days after hearing the news, I can’t quite believe I was accepted to the program,” says Truesdale. “Ever since I first heard of the internship my sophomore year from Prof. Boylan, I knew it was something I wanted to do. As a double major in art history and Italian studies, I feel it is a wonderful meeting of my passions, and the perfect way to utilize my education in life post-grad.”

Truesdale is currently a fellowship student at the UNH Museum of Art, an experience she says has solidified her desire to pursue a career in museums.

“Where better to continue my journey than the Guggenheim in Venice?” she asks. “This will give me an opportunity to improve not only my fluency in Italian, but my knowledge of the modern art world in such a fantastic and unique way, not to mention the excitement of traveling the world on my own!”

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is one of Europe’s premier museums devoted to modern art. At the core of the museum’s holdings is Peggy Guggenheim’s personal collection of 20th-century art comprised of masterpieces ranging in style from Cubism and Surrealism to Abstract Expressionism.


New Climate Change Exhibit in Portsmouth Features UNH Faculty, Students

October 18, 2016
Globe #6 by Alexandra Caggiano

Globe #6 by Alexandra Caggiano

The UNH Department of Art and Art History will participate in a collaborative exhibition devoted to the theme of climate change that will run from October 21 to November 12, 2016 at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, N.H. Since last year, the department has been working with NextGen Climate NH and 3S Artspace to develop an exhibition of art works by current students, alumni, technical staff and faculty. All art works in “Rise: Climate Change in Our World” will address the topic of climate change. According to Prof. Craig Hood, chair of the Department of Art and Art History, the exhibition is an “unprecedented undertaking by the art department in collaboration with NextGen Climate NH, an environmental advocacy organization which proposed the idea for the exhibition, and 3S Artspace, a major art institution in southeastern New Hampshire. We think the topic is important, of course, and hope this sort of collaboration with groups and institutions outside the university community will become a more regular occurrence for our program in the future.”

An opening reception will be held Friday, October 21, 2016 from 5-8 p.m.

Directions to 3S Artspace.

Exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday: 10am-6pm Saturday: 12-5PM Sunday+Monday: CLOSED


This Was A Really Bad Idea

October 11, 2016

graphic of David Kaye's face in center of a black hole

David Kaye, UNH professor of theatre, will deliver the College of Liberal Arts Lindberg Lecture entitled “This Was A Really Bad Idea: Life Vs. Theatre and the Creative Abyss.” The lecture will take place on Friday, October 21, from 2:30-3:30 p.m., with a reception from 2:00-2:30 p.m. Both events will be held in Murkland 110.

David Kaye was selected as the 2016 recipient of the Lindberg Award, given annually to the outstanding teacher-scholar in the College of Liberal Arts. Professor Kaye’s scholarly and creative work focuses on acting, directing, playwriting and applied theatre. He deftly produces, directs and performs a wide range of material, from the ancient Greeks to contemporary works, at UNH and for equity and non-equity companies regionally. Professor Kaye’s excellence in the classroom has been recognized with a UNH Excellence in Teaching Award and the Leonidas A. Nickole Theatre Educator of the Year Award from the New England Theatre Conference. He also won the University Social Justice Award in 2010 and the Outstanding Associate Professor Award in 2012.


“Old Ben’s Farm” Premiere

October 5, 2016

The UNH Wind Symphony in the College of Liberal Arts debuted an original composition by Andrew Boysen, UNH professor of music, commissioned for UNH’s Sesquicentennial Celebration. “Old Ben’s Farm” premiered on Friday, September 30, 2016 in the Whittemore Center.

Watch video:

Read about the composition process for this piece.


UNH Faculty Artists Featured in New Exhibit at York, Maine Gallery

August 25, 2016

sculpture

Works by faculty artists from UNH will be on display at the George Marshall Store Gallery of the Old York Historical Society in York, Maine from August 27 to October 2, 2016. The opening reception is Saturday, August 27, from 5-7 p.m. The Gallery is located at 140 Lindsay Road in York.

For almost a century, the studio art program at UNH has provided a sound formal education in the fine arts for art students from New Hampshire, the New England region and beyond. An emphasis on fundamental concepts and traditional methods as well as an insistence on original thinking characterize an art program that has produced many of New England’s prominent artists, in addition to many others living around the country and the world.

The artists teaching at UNH are themselves active professionals whose works are on continual display at regional, national or international venues. Between them, they cover the disciplines of painting, drawing, ceramics, photography, printmaking, sculpture and woodworking. As teachers, they are in the habit of giving assignments to their students. Perhaps, unconsciously they also give themselves assignments. The result is work that is always exploring new ideas and techniques.

Artists included: Sachiko Akiyama, Michael Cardinali, Brian Chu, Grant Drumheller, Rick Fox, Julee Holcombe, Craig Hood, Jennifer Moses, Don Williams, and Leah Woods. Click here to read more about each artist. Click here to view images of the artists’ works.


UNH Celebrity Series Announces 2016-17 Season

August 8, 2016

Koresh Dancer

The 2016-2017 UNH Celebrity Series:

Koresh Dance Company, modern dance | September 19 at 7 p.m.

Cordis, progressive chamber music | October 11 at 7:00 p.m.

The Bostonians, opera and concert ensemble | November 12 at 7:00 p.m.

Eric Lu, piano | February 7 at 7:00 p.m.

Robert Frost: “This Verse Business,” one-man theatrical performance by Gordon Clapp | April 7 at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets prices are $30 General, $10 UNH Student with ID and Youth under 18. Tickets for the series season can be purchased on line at www.unharts.com, or by calling the Box Office at 603-862-7222 (PCAC). The hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. as well as one hour before each event.

Learn more about the 2016-2017 performers.


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