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Chapel Art Center Presents “Spring Highlights” Exhibition

April 05, 2017

Laura Lemire
Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7242

Circle of Cornelia van Wulfschkercke (Flemish, d. 1540), The Presentation in the Temple Inside an Historiated Initial “A,” ca. 1500. Tempera and ink on parchment. 20.6 x 13 inches. Permanent Collection, Chapel Art Center. The Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center will offer a spring exhibition, "Spring Highlights," with an Opening Reception on Thursday, April 6 at 6 p.m. The exhibition features pieces from the Chapel Art Center Permanent Collection including some new work, and will remain on display through May 7.

The exhibition includes works from early 16th century to some more contemporary pieces from New England artists. The selections show the depth and variance of the college's Permanent Collection.

"Highlights of the show include a set of four gouache studies depicting American songbirds by artist and ornithologist Louis Agassiz Fuertes (1874-1927), and a pair of large color lithographs by American artist and critic Fairfield Porter (1907-1975)," says Maggie Dimock, assistant curator.

"The Chapel Art Center is also delighted to exhibit for the first time a large illuminated manuscript sheet attributed to a woman artist, Cornelia van Wulfschkercke, a Carmelite nun working at the Convent of Sion in Bruges in the early 1500s," says Dimock.

The Permanent Collection consists of over 400 pieces, including paintings, works on paper, sculpture, decorative art, and furniture. Its works span from the 15th through the 21st centuries, and the collection is particularly defined by its holdings in Old Master drawings and prints, landscape paintings in the manner of the Hudson River School, works by American women modernist painters, and works by New England regional artists.

Dimock explains, "The collection serves as a tool for education and instruction for Saint Anselm College students and visitors, and selections are regularly presented to the public in highlight exhibitions."

The Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center is open during scheduled exhibitions, Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., with extended evening hours on Thursdays until 7 p.m. Please note that the gallery will be closed on Friday April 14 and Saturday April 15 in observation of the Saint Anselm College Easter recess.

In addition to an Opening Reception, a public Curator's Talk is scheduled for Thursday, April 27 at 4:30 p.m. Chapel Art Center Director Fr. Iain MacLellan, O.S.B., and Assistant Curator Maggie Dimock will lead a guided discussion of select works on view in the exhibition. The event is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a light reception.

Story by Maggie Lynch '17

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