52nd Annual New Hampshire Art Association Exhibition Opens
The New Hampshire Art Association Exhibition, one of the most popular annual events at The Currier Gallery of Art, opened to the public Saturday, January 16, 1999. For over half a century, the Currier and the New Hampshire Art Association have collaborated to provide some of New Hampshire's most prominent artists with a venue to exhibit their work. The 1999 exhibition features more than 75 works by 60 of New Hampshire's finest contemporary artists working in all media, including oil painting, watercolors, works on paper, photography, and sculpture. Art works range from traditional subjects to experimental works that explore contemporary aesthetic issues.
The show, which is sponsored by TF Moran and Keystone Press, is a juried exhibition with prizes awarded in various categories. The juror for this year's exhibition was Amy Schlegel, independent curator and Visiting Professor, University of Vermont. The top prize,"The Currier Gallery of Art Award" goes to the "Best of Show." This year The Currier Gallery of Art Award was presented to Stratham artist Jennifer Benn for her oil on canvas work Koi in Cadmium Golds, a brightly colored composition featuring overlapping patterns of swimming goldfish.
"Juried exhibitions are the building blocks of any young artist's career and I was delighted to serve as juror for this exhibition," said Ms. Schlegel."The artists singled out for awards this year represent, in my opinion, the most exciting work submitted. It is my hope that the Art Association's members, art students, and unaffiliated artists will be inspired and encouraged by these exemplary works," Schlegel added. Other award recipients include Patrick M. Richard of Hampton Falls whose oil on canvas work Wedding Day Repast, 1901 depicting a romantic Victorian era encounter won the Friel Award for originality.
The Sugar House, a vigorously painted oil on canvas contemporary interpretation of a traditional New Hampshire landscape by Stephanie Blackstock of Alton Bay, received the New London Trust Award for best painting with a New England theme. Keene artist Craig Stockwell's vibrant The Grief of Man was the E. R. Aubrey Award winner for painting, and Handmade Houses, a delicate woodcut with powdered pigment on handmade paper by Elizabeth Mayor of Hanover, received the Ezekial A. Straw Award. Tim Gaudreau of Portsmouth was the Jefferson Pilot Financial Award winner for creativity for his work Caught In A Moment With Johanna, an unusual technical piece featuring a digital reproduction of a highly manipulated Polaroid. In all, 15 awards were presented.
"Seeing the fine body of work presented and selecting the award winners was a challenging process and underscored the message that one does not need to live in New York or other urban centers to produce thoughtful, high quality art," said Ms. Schlegel. "It also taught me that one's relationship to a sense of place, particularly such a beautiful area of the country as northern New England, deeply affects and imbues the art work, regardless of whether that sense of feeling "connected" is reflected in the work's subject matter. I hope that visitors will feel as privileged to see such a range of media, subjects, and technical innovations as I feel in having had the opportunity to select the individual works," Ms. Schlegel concluded.
The 52nd Annual New Hampshire Art Association Exhibition is open through February 22, 1999.
From top to bottom: Tim Gaudreau, Caught In A Moment With Johanna, Polaroid emulsion transfer, 1998; Patrick M. Richard, Wedding Day Repast, 1901 , oil on canvas, 1998; Stephanie Blackstock, The Sugar House, oil on canvas, 1998; Jennifer Benn, Koi in Cadmium Golds, oil on canvas, 1998; Elizabeth Mayor, Handmade Houses, woodcut and powdered pigment on handmade paper. All photos by Dave Juvet.
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