Peterborough, NH (April 12, 2016) – The New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) is pleased to announce the grand opening of their remodeled Sharon Arts Center Gallery in Peterborough, NH. A reception will be held May 13, 2016, 4-7pm, 30 Grove St, Peterborough, NH to celebrate the remodel that will enhance this deeply treasured community asset. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Slated for completion in early May by local architect Dennis Mires and builder Hutter Construction, the new gallery features a highly professional space with new walls and floors, better flow and museum quality lighting. The reopening reception on May 13th features an exhibition curated by The Glass Museum titledContemporary Works In, On, and Around Music. This exhibit highlights artists who have supplied their work as backdrops for musical performances, photographers, videographers, and other visual artists as part ofThe Thing in the Spring, a nationally recognized series of concerts and art events in Peterborough, NH. Artists include: Shaina Gates, Anna Von Mertens, Rachelle Beaudoin, Paul Flaherty, Luke Ramsey, Elisabeth Fuchsia Parker, Mary Goldthwaite-Gagne.
The reception will also host American bassist and singer, Nat Baldwin. After studying avant-garde jazz and improvisation with jazz legend Anthony Braxton, Baldwin started writing songs featuring double bass and vocals. In 2005 he joined Dirty Projectors. In addition to his work with Dirty Projectors, he has performed on Grizzly Bear’s Shields, Vampire Weekend’s Contra, and Department of Eagles’ In Ear Park. In between touring and recording with Dirty Projectors, Nat made time to record his 2011 album People Changes, an album that led Pitchfork to say “…whether Baldwin is singing with his throat or his bow, there’s a thrilling felling of freedom to it all.”
“We are proud that this spot has served as a gathering spot for the community for many years,” said Kent Devereaux, President of NHIA. “We are looking forward to celebrating an exciting weekend focused around art, music and our new space.”
In addition, NHIA will host a Graduate Programs Social that will provide NHIA’s prospective Master of Fine Arts, Master of Arts in Art Education, and Master of Arts in Teaching candidates the opportunity to meet faculty, explore the new exhibition space which will be used for their residency work, and meet graduate students who are currently part of NHIA’s Masters programs.
Schedule of Events
4-5pm Graduate programs Social
5-7pm Contemporary Works In, On, and Around Water exhibition opening reception and gallery tours
5-7pm Nat Baldwin performance
About New Hampshire Institute of Art
The New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) is the oldest and largest non-profit arts institution in New Hampshire, founded in 1898 as the Manchester Institute of Arts and Sciences. Today, NHIA has grown to become the third largest art and design college in all of New England. Regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Commission on Higher Education and nationally accredited by the National Association of Schools of Arts and Design (NASAD), NHIA offers undergraduate (BFA), graduate (MFA, MAT, and MAAE), and community education programs serving over 2,000 students annually. NHIA’s academic and administrative programs and residence halls are housed in 11 buildings spread throughout downtown Manchester with additional studio and exhibition facilities located in Sharon and Peterborough, New Hampshire.
NHIA is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). NHIA is also a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD). For more information visit www.nhia.edu.
Manchester Campus: 148 Concord Ave, Manchester, NH 03104 | (603) 623-0313
Sharon Arts Center Campus: 457 NH-123, Sharon, NH 03458 | (603) 924-7256
Sharon Arts Center Gallery: 30 Grove St, Peterborough, NH | (603) 836-2585
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