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


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, 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.

Passings: David R. Smith, Professor Emeritus of Art History

August 5, 2016

David R. Smith

Professor emeritus David R. Smith passed away on July 30, 2016 at his home in Maine. He was 70 years old. Professor Smith joined the UNH faculty as an art historian in 1979 after earning his Ph.D. from Columbia a year earlier. He retired in 2015. He taught courses all all levels, from broad introductory art history courses to more specialized courses in Rococo, Baroque, Northern Renaissance, Greek and Roman art. He published many articles, exhibition essays and catalogues, book chapters and books including his 2012 edited collection, “Parody and Festivity in Early Modern Art : Essays on Comedy as Social Vision”  (Ashgate) and his 1982 book, “Masks of Wedlock: Seventeenth-century Dutch Marriage Portraiture” (UMI Research Press).

“Professor Smith was an unusually gifted lecturer, with rare expertise in Dutch art and culture, whose classes were overenrolled for many years,” notes Craig Hood, professor and chair of the UNH Department of Art and Art History.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Newmarket Community Church located at 137 Main Street in Newmarket, NH. The service will be followed by a brief reception.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations toward the publishing costs of Professor Smith’s last book, “Privacy and Civilization in Dutch Art 1650-1700,” which is now awaiting publication at the University of Delaware Press. The book is a fundamental rethinking of the forms and meanings of Dutch realism, based on a dichotomy between private and public sensibilities that looks forward to modernity. Donations can be made at

Read the obituary published in

New Sculpture on the Great Lawn

May 12, 2016

Two students in Prof. Akiyama’s sculpture workshop course have installed public sculpture on the Great Lawn on campus. These are temporary exhibits that will be taken down within the next few weeks.

Laurel Sargent created “This is my Ashtray,” which, she says, was “inspired by the girl who threw her cigarette on the ground rather than in an open can.”


large sculptural cigarettes


Shannon Roberston’s work is called “Too Small For Eyes.” She says her sculpture “explores the perception of  knowing and being known to others in appearance and acquaintance, but with the isolation that comes from the absence of further genuine connection.”




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