Scholarships Awarded for Study Abroad in Italy

May 4, 2017
Allison Hoey

Allison Hoey

Two students have received $4,000 scholarships from the COLA Fund for Study in Italy that will enable them to study abroad in programs of their choice in Italy.

Allison Hoey of Pelham, N.H., has always had a passion and interest in painting, but once she discovered art history, she realized that knowledge of history and context can have a big influence on an artist’s work. Currently a studio art major, she’s decided to pursue both a B.F.A. in painting and an art history major. Next she wants to experience art and its history first-hand in Italy. Hoey plans to study abroad in the spring 2018 semester and is currently considering her options, trying to decide among two institutions in Florence and one in Verona.

“Being surrounded by the work of influential artists will inspire my own work throughout the rest of my undergraduate career and beyond,” says Hoey.

History major Kelly Sheehan of Brockton, Mass., has loved history for as long as she can remember. It was in a history class in high school that she learned about the Renaissance, from whence sprang her second love: Italy and all things Italian. Now in her sixth semester of Italian at UNH, she couldn’t be happier:  except maybe if she were actually in Italy. Thanks to this scholarship, Sheehan will achieve that goal. She will attend the UNH-managed program on nutrition and culture in Ascoli Piceno, Italy, in summer 2017.

“To be able to stand and look at the things I have spent so long studying and learning about is surreal to me,” says Sheehan. “…I will be able to see firsthand some of the amazing monuments, statues and museums I have always dreamt of.”

The COLA Fund for Study in Italy supports UNH COLA students with a demonstrated interest in art, art history and Italian language who plan to study abroad in Italy. Awards are made to one or more students each spring. The Fund is administered by the COLA Center for Study Abroad and made possible through the generosity of a donor.


International Sculpture Day

April 24, 2017
photo of sculpture

Level Growth
glazed stoneware
Griffin Sinclair-Wingate

Students in Don Williams’ ceramics workshop contributed sculptures to the International Sculpture Day Exhibition at Bedrock Gardens in Lee, N.H. The pieces are on display alongside works by ten New Hampshire sculptors and set amid Bedrock Garden’s landscaped gardens, fields and woods. The exhibit opened on April 23 and runs through May 7, 2017. More information can be found at bedrockgardens.org.

“Making art for a class assignment is a very different experience than making art for a public exhibition,” says Williams. “Students taking part in this exhibition realized first-hand what these differences are while gaining real life experience. They became more invested in the project knowing their pieces would be judged by other participating professional artists and the public. Deadlines had to be met. Pieces required titles, prices, and artist statements.”

Williams and the students spent two days installing the sculptures in a steady forty-degree drizzle. But the sun shone for the opening, which over two hundred people attended.

International Sculpture Day is an event held worldwide to promote the creation and understanding of sculpture and its contribution to society. Hundreds of artists, organizations and institutions in over 20 countries celebrated the day this year.


Talking Art at the Capitol

April 14, 2017
Nancy Pelosi addressing advocates

Raina Ames snaps a cell phone shot during Nancy Pelosi’s address at Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C.

Thirty-six delegates from the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA), representing sixteen states, attended Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., last month, among them Raina Ames, associate professor of theatre at UNH. Ames is a member of the Association’s New Hampshire board and one of only five members nationally to receive the EdTA’s Hawkins Award this year. The $1,000 award is intended to encourage member advocacy efforts by defraying the cost of attending the annual event.

The 2017 Arts Advocacy Day, sponsored by Americans for the Arts, had record attendance, convening more than 700 people from cultural, civic and grassroots organizations across the country to push for strong public policies and financial support for the arts. The advocates were welcomed on Capitol Hill by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, among others, and met with State legislators to discuss the importance of the arts.

“People from both sides of the political divide have a stake in saving the arts, and that was so uplifting,” says Ames, who directs the theatre education program at UNH.

For Ames, one of the highlights of the experience was civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis’ address to the advocates.

“It was inspiring to see that after all he has been through, his integrity and sense of social justice still emanate from his entire being. If John Lewis could survive all that he has in his life and remain a stalwart defender of what is right, I can go visit my four state legislators and talk about the arts!”

The Educational Theatre Association is a national nonprofit organization with approximately 100,000 student and professional members dedicated to shaping lives through theatre education.


Rivard Awarded PEN/New England for Poetry

April 12, 2017

photo of David Rivard

David Rivard has been named winner of the 2017 PEN/New England Award for poetry for his 2016 book, “Standoff.” Rivard is a professor of English at UNH.

American poet Jericho Brown selected “Standoff” for the honor, which recognizes a book by a New England writer judged as best in its genre.

“I feel so deeply honored by this recognition from PEN/New England, touched really, especially when I think of the astonishing community and tradition it represents,” says Rivard. “Last year was, as always, a banner year for books by poets from this region, among them some by my dearest friends in this life — I can’t imagine having written the poems in ‘Standoff’ without their examples and affection in mind.”

Also recognized this year are Matthew Desmond in the nonfiction category for “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” and Robin MacArthur in the fiction category for “Half Wild.”

The awards ceremony was held at the Kennedy Library in Boston, Mass., on April 2, 2017.

Rivard recalls: “As Jennifer Haigh said at the 2016 awards ceremony, ‘For as long as there’s been an America, New England has been home to writers. We are the land of John Updike and John Cheever, Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton, Frederick Douglass and Henry David Thoreau. To say a book is the best by a New England writer is saying a great deal indeed.’ It’s sort of amazing when you think about it that way.”

Past winners of PEN/New England awards include E.B. White, Louise Gluck, Sebastian Junger, Mary Oliver, Tracy Kidder, Donald Hall and Reginald Dwayne Betts.

PEN/New England awards, established in 1975, celebrate New England’s long and illustrious literary tradition by recognizing outstanding fiction, poetry and nonfiction by New England authors.

Rivard is the author of five other books of poetry: “Otherwise Elsewhere,” “Sugartown,” “Bewitched Playground,” “Wise Poison,” winner of the James Laughlin Prize from the Academy of American Poets and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and “Torque,” winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. He teaches poetry writing to undergraduates and to graduates in the M.F.A. in Writing program at UNH.

photos of Rivard at awards ceremony

TOP: David Rivard receives PEN/New England Award for poetry from poet Jericho Brown. MIDDLE: Awards luncheon program. BOTTOM: Rivard pictured with daughter, Simone Rivard ’16, and wife, Michaela Sullivan, at the awards luncheon at the Kennedy Library on April 2, 2017.


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


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