The Chapel Art Center offers multiple art exhibitions and associated events each academic year, which are open to the campus and general public. View the list of our past exhibitions.

2018-2019 Exhibitions

  • A Moment of Time: Sculpture by Nick Hollibaugh (March 15-May 4, 2019)

    A Moment of Time: Sculpture by Nick Hollibaugh

    On View March 15-May 4, 2019

    Opening Reception on Thursday, March 14 from 6 - 8 p.m.

    The Chapel Art Center is delighted to present A Moment of Time: Sculpture by Nick Hollibaugh, featuring a body of work by Massachusetts-based artist Nick Hollibaugh. Working in wood and paint, Hollibaugh creates forms and assemblages that engage with our understanding of memory, landscape, and structure. Meticulous in their execution and poetic in their simplicity, these built arrangements blur the line between painting and sculpture.

    Born and raised in Indiana, many Hollibaugh’s sculptural works evoke the farm structures and barns of his youth. The artist’s largest works are paradoxically both inviting and imposing, recalling expansive open spaces and enclosed domestic interiors in equal measure. Horizontal bands of wood painted in subtly shifting colors recall a sky viewed across flat farmland, while the familiar shape of a pitched roof, paired with Hollibaugh’s precise craftsmanship, reference the simple lines of Shaker barns and furniture.

    In smaller, more intimate works, pieces of found wood are commingled with bits of mirror and nest-like assemblages of narrow sticks. Drawing from his experience as a furniture designer, Hollibaugh exerts precise control over shadow, color, and dimension, arranging each element in accordance with a mysterious, dreamlike logic.

    Nick Hollibaugh earned a BFA from the Herron School of Art at Indiana University and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two daughters. Hollibaugh is represented by Cade Tompkins Projects of Providence, Rhode Island.


    Nick Hollibaugh, Finding Lines, 2016. Acrylic on ash wood. 16 x 15 x 2 inches. Image courtesy Cade Tompkins Projects.

    Nick Hollibaugh, Finding Lines, 2016. Acrylic on ash wood. 16 x 15 x 2 inches. Image courtesy Cade Tompkins Projects.

    Nick Hollibaugh, Reaching Daisy, 2016. Acrylic on ash wood. 32 x 42 x 4 inches. Image courtesy Cade Tompkins Projects.Nick Hollibaugh, Reaching Daisy, 2016. Acrylic on ash wood. 32 x 42 x 4 inches. Image courtesy Cade Tompkins Projects.

    Nick Hollibaugh, Field, 2010. Acrylic on ash wood. 40 x 72 x 12 inches. Image courtesy Cade Tompkins Projects.Nick Hollibaugh, Field, 2010. Acrylic on ash wood. 40 x 72 x 12 inches. Image courtesy Cade Tompkins Projects.

2017-2018 Exhibitions

  • Preparing a Place: Women Modernists from the Chapel Art Center Permanent Collection

    The Chapel Art Center is pleased to present a pair of exhibitions drawn from our Permanent Collection, on view October 12, 2018 – February 16, 2019.

    Barbara Morgan, Martha Graham: Letter to the World (Swirl), c.1940.

    Preparing a Place: Women Modernists from the Chapel Art Center Permanent Collection

    In the 19th and 20th centuries, female artists established a long overdue presence on the American art scene, enrolling in art schools, teaching, and exhibiting in landmark exhibitions of modernist art. In celebration of the legacy of these women modernists, the Chapel Art Center is pleased to present a selection of artworks by ground-breaking female artists from our Permanent Collection.

    Featuring paintings, works on paper, and sculpture dating from the early 20th century to the present day, Preparing a Place highlights the work of women who pushed the field forward in their respective media, achieving professional success and recognition in the process.

    Image: Elizabeth Withington, Street Scene, early 20th century. Gouache on dark blue paper. Permanent Collection, Chapel Art Center.

    Georges Rouault, Le vieux clown (The Old Clown), 1930.

    Farm to Table: The Lucille Davison Collection of Ceramic Cow Creamers

    An eccentric piece of tableware first popularized in Britain in the 18th century, the cow creamer is an object of playfulness married to functionality. Its whimsical form points to the intersection between Georgian romanticizing of a pastoral, agrarian life and the rising popularity of tea and coffee among the British upper and middle classes—and the various accessories necessary to enjoy it with fashionable company.

    The group of cow creamers on view at the Chapel Art Center was generously donated by the late Lucille Davison, whose father assembled the collection over a period of several decades. It reflects over a century's worth of styles and regional peculiarities and includes examples from several notable centers of English ceramic production, including Staffordshire, Sunderland, Derbyshire, and Swansea, as well as American examples from the Norton and Fenton Potteries in Bennington, Vermont.

    Image: Cow Creamer, Staffordshire, c. 1790. Earthenware with blue transfer decoration.

  • Georges Rouault: LE CIRQUE and Barbara Morgan: DANCING ATOMS (Feb. 16 - May 5, 2018)

    The Chapel Art Center is pleased to present a pair of exhibitions exploring the evocative work of two artists working on opposite sides of the Atlantic in the early decades of the 20th century.

    Barbara Morgan, Martha Graham: Letter to the World (Swirl), c.1940.

    Barbara Morgan: DANCING ATOMS

    American photographer Barbara Morgan (1900-1992) is best-known for her evocative photographs of modern dancers, in particular her long and fruitful partnership with dance pioneer Martha Graham. Morgan's photographs capture graceful and athletic figures in moments of heightened energy and motion. Her exploration of movement and kinetic energy on film extended to early experiments with photomontage and light drawing. Dancing Atoms presents a survey of Morgan's New York years, from the 1930s to the 1960s.

    (Image: Barbara Morgan, Martha Graham: Letter to the World (Swirl), c.1940. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy of the Syracuse University Art Collection.)

    Georges Rouault, Le vieux clown (The Old Clown), 1930.

    Georges Rouault: LE CIRQUE

    The circus and its performers are a recurring theme in the long career of French Expressionist Georges Rouault. Under his hand, depictions of acrobats, clowns, and dancer took on new shades of political and emotional resonance, with the figures serving as stand-ins for the downtrodden and humble lower classes. The color aquatints that make up Rouault's print series Le Cirque were completed for a never-finished album folio project in 1930. Reunited in the Chapel Art Center gallery as a series, Le Cirque offers a rare opportunity to trace the evolution of Rouault's style at a critical moment in his career.

    (Image: Georges Rouault, Le vieux clown (The Old Clown), 1930. Color aquatint on laid paper. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College. Gift of Susan E. Hardy, Nancy R. Wilsker, Sarah A. Stahl, and John S. Stahl in memory of their parents Barbara J. and David G. Stahl, Class of 1947.)

2016-2017 Exhibitions

  • The Silent Heart: Modern Illuminations by ANNE CONNELL (Oct. 20 - Dec. 10, 2016)


    The brilliant work of artist Anne Connell is featured in the current exhibition at the Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center, on view October 20-December 10, 2016. A public Opening Reception will be held Thursday, October 20 from 6-8 p.m. All are invited to join gallery staff for a first glimpse at this exciting exhbition, with drinks and light refreshements and live music by Joe Deleault. The artist will be in attendance.

    The Silent Heart: Modern Illuminations by Anne Connellon view October 21-December 10, 2016, features a selection of 24 paintings and works on paper by the Portland, Oregon-based painter Anne Connell. A consummate contemporary master, Connell utilizes a variety of methods and media to create intimately scaled and carefully conceived works, often incorporating techniques associated with Renaissance masters - including finely-wrought silverpoint drawing and the delicate application of gold leaf.Though her paintings make allusion to specific motifs and imagery drawn from the Italian Renaissance, in her skillful hands these symbols are transmuted and recontextualized, presented as surreal views into a fictional world full of wit and mystery.  

    The notion for the exhibition title "the Silent Heart" is rooted in monastic tradition, referring to the preeminently quiet interiority one must embrace to readily contemplate meaning. Anne Connell's glowing, dream-like compositions are remarkable for their rare ability to capture the mind and still the heart.The Silent Heart: Modern Illuminations by Anne Connell marks the Chapel Art Center's first international loan exhibition, and the first major exhibition to take place since the gallery's reopening after a year-long renovation. 

    The exhibition was conceived and presented in collaboration with Stephen Ongpin Fine Art of London, known internationally as foremost among dealers of Master Drawings. Paintings in the exhibition are on loan from several private collections in the United Kingdom and the United States.

    An Artist Talk is scheduled for Friday, October 21 at 12:30 p.m. Anne Connell will meet visitors and speak about her work and her artistic practice. A light reception will follow.In addition, the Chapel Art Center will present a series of public gallery talks, concerts, and lectures in conjunction with the exhibition. For a full listing of these events, please consult our Events and Programs page. Artist website:

  • DIVERGENCE: A Studio Art Faculty Exhibition (Feb. 3-Mar. 18, 2017)

    The Chapel Art Center is pleased to present DIVERGENCE: A Studio Art Faculty Exhibition, on view February 3 - March 18, 2017.

    Highlighting the work of five distinguished faculty artists from the Saint Anselm College Fine Arts Department, this group exhibition showcases the caliber and scope of artwork executed by current and recent Studio Art faculty. A Visit with the Artists, a group artist talk taking place Thursday, February 23 at 5:30 p.m., will provide visitors with an opportunity to discuss the works on view with the artists.

    Read story: Faculty Art Featured in Chapel Art Center Exhibition »

    Featuring works by:

    Megan Bogonovich
    Luke Buffenmyer
    Josh Dannin
    Kimberly Kersey-Asbury
    Elsa Voelcker

    DanninJosh Dannin, Gamewood, 2013. Linocut and woodcut on paper. 16.75 x 10.75 inches.

    Voelcker, Fleur de Vive Elsa Voelcker, Fleur de Vive, 2011. Digital photo print. 43 x 32 inches.

    BuffenmyerLuke Buffenmyer, Untitled, 2016. Graphite and acrylic on paper. 22 x 30 inches.

     Kersey-AsburyKimberly Kersey-Asbury, Untitled from The White Horse Dialogue series. Archival pigment print mounted onto metal. 17.5 x 12.5  inches.

     BogonovichMegan Bogonovich, Starlet on Rug, 2011. Porcelain. 11 inches.

  • Spring Highlights (Apr. 7 - May 5, 2017)

    Spotlighting recent acquisitions and shedding new light on artworks from the Chapel Art Center Permanent Collection.
    On view April 7-May 5, 2017
    Spring Highlights
    Image above: 
    Fairfield Porter, The Table, 1971. Color lithograph. 32 x 23 1/2 inches.
    Permanent Collection, Chapel Art Center.

2014-2015 Exhibitions

  • Reverie: Realizing a Collection (Sep. 26, 2014 - Apr. 30, 2015)


    A year-long exhibition on view from September 26 through April 30, 2015

    In celebration of Saint Anselm College's 125th anniversary, the Chapel Art Center presents a year-long exhibition reflecting over a century of creating, collecting, and appreciating art on the Saint Anselm campus. The exhibition traces the beginnings of the arts at Saint Anselm as far back as 1893 when Father Bonaventure Ostendarp opened the Studio of Christian Art, a workshop dedicated to producing decorative murals and liturgical art for Catholic churches across the United States. In the early twentieth century the Studio of Christian Art was overseen by Father Raphael Pfisterer, who also designed and painted the exquisite ceiling murals in the college's chapel - the same space which, since 1967, has served as the Chapel Art Center's gallery and exhibition space.

    In the course of forty-seven years the Chapel Art Center has hosted over two hundred and fifty exhibitions of work by artists of national and international renown, in addition to countless lectures, concerts, gallery tours, and artist demonstrations. In recent years the gallery has placed an increased focus on building a strong and vibrant permanent collection, now numbering at close to four hundred artworks ranging from fifteenth-century drawings by Italian renaissance masters to recent works by contemporary New England artists. Reverie: Realizing a Collection will provide an overview of this rich history of artistic creation and cultural programs at Saint Anselm College.






2013-2014 Exhibitions

  • Reflections of the Day by Sandy Wadlington (Sep. 27 - Dec. 7, 2013)


    Sandy Wadlington
    Pastels, Drawings and Color Woodcuts
    September 27 - December 7, 2013

    The Chapel Art Center is very pleased to host this exhibition of works by Sandy Wadlington.  As a New England-based artist with formidable artistic roots (she is a descendant of the pioneer American landscape painter Alvan Fisher), Wadlington has marked her own path with the hands-on media of pastel, caran d'ache, and color woodcuts.

    Her versatility makes for a remarkable range of visual effects.  Suffused with light and a quality of naturalism, her works are utterly faithful to the American landscape tradition. Modernist in their patterned simplicity, they also capture the stirring sensations of passing moments. Always gentle and serene, they bear the watchfulness of an artist at home with the vast beauty of her surroundings.

    This is the third in a series of landscape exhibitions covering a range of traditions and styles, which has allowed us to explore the enduring traditions as well as the more innovative practices associated with American landscape painting.  Reflections of the Day presents a most pleasing selection of purely contemporary scenes, affirming the ever-present appeal of the artist's point of view.

    Sandy Wadlington is represented by McGowan Fine Art, Concord, N.H.

  • Students Select: Working as Curators (Jan. 24 - Feb. 22, 2014)


    Chapel Art Center Permanent Collection
    An exhibition curated entirely by Saint Anselm students
    Jan. 24 - Feb. 22, 2014
    Opening Reception Thursday, Jan. 23, 6 - 8 p.m.

    The Chapel Art Center presents Students Select, an exhibition of works from the college's permanent collection curated entirely by Saint Anselm students.

    The works on view will be commented on by a curatorial team of 14 students with varied academic disciplines. The team is lead by sophomore fine arts major Mary Pat Devine, senior history major and spring 2014 curatorial and exhibitions intern Justin Eckilson, and sophomore history major and fall 2013 curatorial and exhibitions intern Sabrina Fahy.

    A working exhibit, the first two weeks will be devoted to observation, reflection, research, and writing. The student team will produce extended label text to accompany the artworks on display in the gallery.

    An interactive gallery talk, to be held following the completion of the exhibit labels, will allow the student curatorial team to provide insight into their thought process and promote discussion about the artworks, the nature of curatorial work, and their thoughts on writing about art.

    Students Select is the first student-led exhibition at the Chapel Art Center. It offers students the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of the curatorial writing process, while also showcasing several significant works from the Chapel Art Center's permanent collection. It will be available Jan. 24 - Feb. 22.

    Also on view is Influence and Significance, with additional works from the permanent collection.

  • Anthony Moore: PAVISE (Mar. 14 - Apr. 30, 2014)


    March 14 - April 30, 2014
    Opening Reception Friday, March 14, 6 p.m.

    The Chapel Art Center is pleased to present the exhibition Anthony Moore: PAVISE, showcasing a series of magnificent modern painted pavises by London-born artist Anthony Moore.

    A pavise is a large, convex shield used by archers and crossbowmen in medieval Europe. They were often painted with a soldier's coat of arms and sometimes featured depictions of saints or religious icons. Historical pavises were objects of beauty as well as utility.

    Anthony Moore was inspired to create his series of modern pavises after encountering a medieval pavise at the Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts. Moore's pavises take the form of elongated shields adorned with transcendent painted scenes referencing the tradition of the Northern Renaissance, stained glass, and modern collage. Moore's painting blends abstraction and representation to produce beautiful, colorful compositions with multiple layered symbolic meanings.

    In conjunction with the exhibition the Chapel Art Center will host several special programs and events, including a concert of medieval music from the Boston Camerata's Anne Azéma, who will present a solo program titled "Angel of Light" on April 8 at 7:30 p.m. Seating is limited, and reservations may be made in advance by calling (603) 641-7470.

    Anthony Moore: PAVISE will be on view March 14-April 30, 2014, with an opening reception to be held Friday, March 14 at 6:00 p.m.

    Images of Anthony Moore's work may be viewed at

    Anthony Moore is represented by Childs Gallery, Boston.

2012-2013 Exhibitions

  • The Glimmer of Light: Landscape Paintings by Lauren Sansaricq (Sep. 28- Dec. 6, 2012)


    The Chapel Art Center is very pleased to host this exhibition of landscape paintings by Lauren Sansaricq.  This is the first of a series of "suites" the Chapel Art Center will present as it celebrates its 45th anniversary. The Glimmer of Light continues our focus in the recent past on American landscape, New Hampshire-based artists, and emerging artists.

    As a particularly ambitious young painter working in the Hudson River School tradition, Lauren's paintings reveal both the subtle intimacies of observing nature, as well as the bold grandeur of the expansive view.  Her deft handling of the medium embraces all the challenges of being immersed in the scene, with a true devotion and purity of intent. As the artist has generously stated: "My hope is for the be able to imagine even more about the place than I have painted..."

    These works represent a youthful call to refreshment and beauty. They speak silently of the resounding messages of nature. They contain a uniquely charming confluence of her personal lessons from masters in the past, reverently executed in the present, with an enduring look for the future. 

    Lauren Sansaricq is represented by Hawthorne Fine Art, New York.

  • The Quality of Introspection: Portraits and Landscapes by Robert Bauer (Feb. 1 - Mar. 16, 2013)


    The Chapel Art Center is very pleased to host this exhibition of portraits and landscapes by Robert Bauer.  This is the third in a series of "suites" the Chapel Art Center is presenting as it celebrates its 45th anniversary season.  

    The Quality of Introspection considers the nature of Bauer's compelling and resonant portraits alongside a group of uniquely reflective landscape drawings. With remarkably deft precision and technical refinement, these small scale works invite us to an intimate gaze upon the subject at hand.  Mysteriously profound in their delicacy, they are also a cause to contemplate. 

    Following upon the inclusion of Bauer's Adam I in our 2009 landmark exhibition, A Figural Presence, this exhibition expands upon Bauer's concept of observation.  This provides an opportunity to further the notion of "poetic regard" as we expand upon ways of knowing how to attend to art and refine our ability to see.

  • Juried Fine Arts Student Exhibition (Apr. 12 - May 3, 2013)

    Opening Reception

    Thursday, April 11, 6-8 p.m.
    Award winners will be announced at 7 p.m.

    Organic Jazz: Music and Poetry about the Music

    Friday, April 12, 2013 at 7 p.m.

    The Gleason-Brown Sextet featuring Boston-based organist Rusty Scott will perform at the Chapel Art Center. 

    In a program which blends the music of jazz with readings of poems about jazz, the College's faculty jazz core of Professors Ed Gleason and Monte Brown will be joined by several Boston-area musicians for an evening of "melody and meter" as organist Rusty Scott's boomingHammond B3 organ "trades fours" with various faculty members who will be reading excerpts from American jazz poets such as Michael Harper, William Matthews and Langston Hughes. The concert is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

    Student Recitals in the Chapel Art Center

    In conjunction with our annual Juried Fine Arts Student Exhibition, students from Saint Anselm College will perform two recitals in the Chapel Art Center.

    Thursday, April 18th at 4:30 p.m.

    • Soprano Ashley Noelle Therrien '12 accompanied by Nicholas Pothier, Pianist
    • Including songs and arias by Puccini, Pergolesi, Fauré, and Schubert

    Thursday, April 25th at 4:30 p.m.

    • Tenor Nathanael Chartier '13, Tenor Sean Curran '13 and Soprano Ashley Noelle Therrien '12 accompanied by Justin McCarthy, Pianist
    • Performing works by Handel, Fauré, Franck, Schubert, Weill, and Mozart.

2011-2012 Exhibitions

  • Hills in Echo (September 23 - October 23, 2011)



    Announcement of Opening Reception (PDF/300KB)

    Opening Reception - Thursday, September 22 at 6 p.m.
    Exhibit continues through Sunday, October 23, 2011

    Gallery will be closed Saturday, October 8.

    This exhibition is organized in collaboration with New England Galleries of Andover, Massachusetts.

    Pulitzer Prize Recipient and Poet Laurean Maxine Kumin

    Wednesday, October 12, 7 p.m., NHIOP Auditorium

    The Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center and the New Hampshire Institute of Politics are pleased to welcome Pulitzer Prize recipient and Poet Laureate Maxine Kumin, who will speak as part of the NHIOP Bookmark Series and Night of the Poet program. Kumin will read a variety of selections from her collection of poems, including her latest publication Where I Live: New and Selected Poems 1990-2010. At the conclusion of the program, there will be a book sale and signing with the poet.

    Kumin has published numerous books of poetry, and is also the author of a memoir, Inside the Halo and Beyond: The Anatomy of a Recovery (W. W. Norton, 2000); four novels; a collection of short stories; more than twenty children's books; and five books of essays. She has received the Aiken Taylor Award for Modern Poetry, an American Academy of Arts and Letters award, the Sarah Joseph Hale Award, the Levinson Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, the Eunice Tietjens Memorial Prize from Poetry, and fellowships from The Academy of American Poets, and the National Council on the Arts. In addition, she has served as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress and Poet Laureate of New Hampshire, and is a former Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets.

    Prior to the poetry reading the exhibit, Hills in Echo Charles Curtis Allen, N.A. American Painter, will be on view in the gallery at the Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center.

  • The Christmas Drawings and other Religious Works by Fr. Iain MacLellan, O.S.B. (November 10 - December 10, 2011)

    Announcement of Opening Reception (PDF/5.3MB)


    Opening Reception - Wednesday, November 9th, from 6 to 8 p.m.
    Exhibit continues through December 10, 2011

    Gallery will be closed Wednesday, November 23 (closing at 12:30 p.m.) through Sunday, November 27.

    A little more than twenty years ago, as the new president of Saint Anselm College, Fr. Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B. commissioned Fr. Iain to make drawings expressly for his annual Christmas greetings to the college community, alumni, friends, and associates. Soon to follow, drawings were also done for Saint Anselm Abbey's Christmas card.

    This exhibition will showcase a selection of these works, as well as other commissions received throughout the years. Focusing on later works executed as "mediations," this collection represents years of artistic invention coupled with a monastic spirituality. This assemblage is a special occasion to view the works together, many of which have never been exhibited before.

  • Modern Is (February 3 - March 10, 2012)


    The Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center is delighted to present this selection of works from its permanent collection that explores the notion of the "modern" in the visual arts. It includes work from Henri Matisse, Alexander Calder and Raphael Soyer.

    Modern Style
    Modernism is most often identified as a stylistic and conceptual break with the established institution of painting and sculpture-a development that began to emerge in the second half of the 19th century. Artists no longer felt constrained by the conservative approach of the classical tradition, which had dictated both subject matter and style for centuries. Historical, religious or mythological themes were considered most indicative of an artist's skill, whereas subjects like landscape, still-life or scène de genre (scenes of daily life) were given little critical attention.

    In the 19th century, technological innovations such as trains, electricity, and photography greatly impacted the daily life of the general population. Artists were likewise susceptible to these historical developments and sought a new approach that mirrored the significant changes happening around them.

    Modern does not imply a particular visual style, technique, or subject matter, but rather indicates a new perspective from which the artist engages their work. Including examples from the late 19th century up through the early 21st century, Modern Is presents the opportunity for visitors to draw their own conclusions on what is modern about this grouping of paintings, drawings, and prints.

    Events and Programs

    Thurs., Feb. 2 at 6 p.m.
    Opening Reception

    Thursday, Feb. 9 at 6 p.m.
    Assistant Professor of Music, Sean Parr will lead a concert of opera excerpts and classical song. "Songs of Passion" will feature composers Puccini, Donizetti, Gounod, and Schumann. The concert features the professional talent of soprano Brittany Palmer and Elizabeth Blood on piano. Concert is free and open to the public; a reception will follow.

    Thursday, Feb. 16 at 4 p.m.

    The Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center is introducing a new program called Beauty Bound, which seeks to appreciate the art of book design and presentation.  Whether a scholarly, classic, or innovative publication, everyone loves a beautiful book!

    This program will begin with a reading and discussion of Dr. Katherine Hoffman's most recent publication Alfred Stieglitz: A Legacy of Light. Her lecture, titled "Through the Lens: Alfred Stieglitz and His Fight for the Role of Photography as a Fine Art,"  will be followed by a book signing and reception.

    Saturday, March 10 at 6 p.m.
    The Gleason-Brown Sextet will perform "From Django to Brubeck: Revolutionary/Evolutionary Jazz in the Twentieth Century." 

    Popular music, like each art form that opened itself up to the possibilities (and, yes, liabilities) of Modernism, found in the '20s a then-radical expression in the new "hot" sound which had its origin in New Orleans and its earliest outlets in Chicago, New York and Paris.  After four decades of development from its "dixieland" and "blues" base into such well-defined sub-genres as "swing", "bebop", "cool", "progressive", "fusion" and "post-bop" - and after several subsequent "post-Beatles" decades of seeing its importance to the culture come into question - jazz survives because people who compose it, play it, listen to it - or leave a warm home in the middle of March to support it in live performance - believe as much in the future of the music as in its history.  From Django to Brubeck: Revolutionary/Evolutionary Jazz in the Twentieth Century is both a survey of some key compositions in 20th century jazz and also a musical argument that the achievements of Armstrong, Ellington, Miles, Dizzy, Sonny, Monk, Mulligan, Brubeck and so many others deserve space in the atlas of the past century's musical icons.

    Special guest performer: David Newsam on guitar.

2010-2011 Exhibitions

  • Paintings by Bruce McColl (September 16 - October 30, 2010)


    Opening Reception: Thursday, September 16 at 6 p.m.
    Exhibition continues through Saturday, October 30

    Bruce McColl
    Bedroom Bouquet
    oil and collage on canvas

  • Introducing the MacDonald Collection: Works of Faith and Devotion from the Permanent Collection (November 11 - December 9, 2010)


    November 11 - December 9, 2010
    (closed Nov. 24- 27)

    Albrecht Durer (1471- 1528)
    The Virgin and Child on the Crescent with Sceptre and Starry Crown
    1516, engraving
    Purchase, Hugh J. MacIsaac Fund, 2006.18
    Permanent Collection, Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center

  • Likeness and Reflection: The Allure of Paris and New York (January 27 - March 19, 2011)



    Invitation for Exhibition and Associated Events (PDF/1.3MB)

    Opening Reception - Thursday, January 27 at 6 p.m.
    Exhibit continues through Saturday, March 19, 2011
    (closed Feb. 26- March 5)

    Learn more about Ronald Hurwitz.

    Gallery Talk - Friday, January 28, 2 p.m.
    Ronald Hurwitz, photographer
    Seeing the Invisible: Art as Autobiography
    Chapel Art Center
    French pastries, coffee, and tea to follow

    Keynote Address - Monday, January 31, 7 p.m.
    Dietrich Neumann, Royce Family Professor for the History of Modern Architecture and Urban Studies, Brown University
    Paris and New York: Urban Imagery in the 19th and 20th Centuries
    New Hampshire Institute of Politics

    Gallery Lecture - Thursday, February 10, 4 p.m.
    Daniel O'Sullivan, Associate Professor of French, University of Mississippi Notre Dame de Paris or How to Read a Gothic Cathedral
    Chapel Art Center
    Reception to follow
    Sponsored by the Robert Lehman Foundation, Inc.,
    Edwin L. Weisl, Jr. Lectureships in Art History

    Teacher Workshop - Saturday, February 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Workshop will include a film discussion with Charles Hobson, film producer of the documentary Harlem in Montmarte at 1:30 p.m., and a gallery talk by Danielle Blais, co-creator of the Saint Anselm College Paris-New York course, addressing the history, literature, art, and philosophy of the 1920's and 30's, at 11 a.m.
    Dana Center for the Humanities, Saint Anselm College

    Piano Recital - Saturday, February 12, 4:30 p.m.
    Gregory Pauley, piano
    Modern Impressions
    Dana Center for the Humanities, Saint Anselm College

    Fine Arts Series Concert - Thursday, February 17, 6 p.m.
    Flute Truffles: French and Italian Delicacies of the 20th Century
    Douglas Worthen, flute, and George Lopez, piano
    Chapel Art Center
    A collaboration of the Fine Arts Department and the Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center

    Book Discussion - Thursday, March 10, 6 p.m.
    Award-winning New York Times bestselling author Monique Truong will discuss her publication The Book of Salt
    Chapel Art Center
    Reception with a French wine tasting will follow


    This project is presented in collaboration with the Northeast Cultural Coop with partial funding from the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

  • Juried '11 Fine Arts Student Exhibition (April 7 - April 30, 2011)


    Opening reception Thursday, April 7 at 6 p.m.
    Exhibit continues through Saturday, April 30
    (closed April 21 - 23)

    The Juried Fine Arts Student Exhibition offers a selection of student works from the studio classroom in a diverse range of media, including paintings, drawings, prints, photography, clay, and mixed media. Each year selections are made by distinguished jurors, with awards for outstanding works presented opening night.

2009-2010 Exhibitions

  • A Figural Presence (September 24 - November 25, 2009)

    Exhibition Brochure (PDF/1MB)


    A Figural Presence embarks upon a new way of learning at the Chapel Art Center, with selections of significant contemporary American figurative works of art. This special exhibition sought to engender the power of poetic regard through dialogue about these paintings, drawings, and sculpture.  

    This project was supported in part by an award from The National Endowment for the Arts.

    Associated Events

    A Figural Presence is a special exhibition, which sought to combine learning with the experience of beauty through the study of contemporary American figural works of art in painting, drawing, and sculpture. These accompanying programs and events were part of an interdisciplinary dialogue among curators, faculty, poets, musicians, and other special guests. See pictures from the events on our Flickr site.


    Session 1: What is Poetic Regard?
    September 29, 2009
    Introductory remarks by Iain MacLellan, O.S.B., Director, Curator

    Session 2: Keynote Lecture
    October 1, 2009
    John O'Hern, Guest Curator, former Executive Director and Curator of the Arnot Art Museum, Senior Editor of American Art Collector and Western Art Collector

    Session 3: Elements of Poetic Regard
    October 20, 2009
    Facilitated by Jessica Pappathan, Assistant Curator

    Session 4: A Conferral of Ideas
    November 17, 2009


    Visiting Artist: Michael Bergt, Painter and Sculptor
    October 1, 2009
    Painter and sculptor Michael Bergt demonstrated and taught his technique, and discussed his long career as a figurative artist.

    Premiere Performance: Sonata No. 5 by Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee and George Lopez, Piano
    November 12, 2009
    A program entitled Centuries of Sonata, featuring representative piano sonatas of the Classical through modern styles, will culminate with the premiere of internationally recognized composer Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee's work, Sonata No. 5. This sonata was commissioned by the Chapel Art Center expressly for A Figural Presence.The

    Night of the Poet F.D. Reeve, Poet, Novelist, and Critic
    November 19, 2009
    Award winning poet F.D. Reeve read his newly composed work A Girl and Two Doves, commissioned in conjunction with A Figural Presence.


    This project is supported in part by an award from The National Endowment for the Arts.

  • Mirare (February 4 - March 20, 2010)


    Mirare means to admire or behold. This exhibition brings together three contemporary New England artists--Grace DeGennaro, Thomas Driscoll, and Meg Brown Payson--whose abstract works resonate with the simple human impulse to wonder.

    They inspire the sensible articulation of fantasy and reality, through carefully structured semblances of form and pattern. Collectively, the works create an opportunity for investigating the livelihood of the mind and heart, challenging the ways we appreciate, or derive meaning from, a work of art.

  • Juried '10 Fine Arts Student Exhibition (April 8 - May 1, 2010)


    The Juried Fine Arts Student Exhibition celebrated its 10th anniversary with a selection of student works from the studio classroom in a diverse range of media, including paintings, drawings, prints, photography, clay, and mixed media. Each year selections are made by distinguished jurors, with awards for outstanding works presented opening night.

    The Juried '10 exhibition, which featured talks, student musical performances, and poetry readings from the Oxford Companions, encouraged performance arts and literary talents within the student body.

    The exhibit opened April 9, with 40 students displaying their work. The exhibited works were selected out of 120 submissions.

    This year, two alumni were invited to be the jurors: Amanda McGowan ('07 sociology) and Ashley Capachione ('07 fine arts).

    McGowan works at McGowan (no relation) Fine Art in Concord, and Capachione works at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.

    Juried Exhibition Awards

    Catherine Carroll '12, "Moshed Up," ink jet print/Photoshop
    RhondaLeigh Dauphinais, '10, "Eggs," charcoal on paper
    Alexandra Noe, '12, "Elegance," gelatin silver print

    Honorable Mention:
    Daniel Bohenek,'10, "To Wash the Disciples' Feet," clay and glaze

    King Award:
    Jennifer Ryan Jarosz '11, "Hit the Fan (triptych)," acrylic on board

    Drawn From Life Award:
    Jeffrey Donnis '12, "Movement Study (Gesture)," vine charcoal on paper

    Juror's Award:
    Jas Numanović '13, "Actress" (after Pierre-Auguste Renoir), oil on panel

    Cappella Award:
    RhondaLeigh Dauphinais '10, "Saint Anselm: A Study in Mixed Processes," acrylic on paper
    Will Suglia '11, "Still Life with Tea Pot," silverpoint, pen and ink, pastels on blue prepared paper

  • Tout Ensemble (April 30, 2010)


    The Chapel Art Center presents a premiere event entitled Tout Ensemble. This unique day of exhibition involves a group of small, intimate works, presented on easels for a casual sidewalk appeal. This approach of "all together" will be accompanied by a small musical group to enhance the atmosphere of spring newness and fresh forward vision.

2008- 2009 Exhibitions

  • Karl Drerup - On the Enameled Mountaintop (September 12 - October 4, 2008)


    The Chapel Art Center presented the works of renowned New Hampshire Living Treasure award recipient Karl Drerup. A leading figure in 20th century enameling, Drerup was also a painter, ceramist, and engraver. This exhibition explored the process of Drerup's life and work, with an emphasis on how his work evolved from its graphic stage into the three dimensionality of his remarkable enamels. The anticipated result is to see a melding of all his artistic intentions, while noting the most distinguishing features of his life and work along the way.

    Karl Drerup's work courtesy of McGowan Fine Art in Concord, N.H.

    Associated Events

    Karl Drerup: An Artist's Journey
    September 11, 2008
    Jane L. Port, Independent Scholar and Curator of American Decorative Arts discussed the life and work of Karl Drerup.

    Learning Lunch Workshop: Enameling Art of Patience
    September. 25, 2008
    John Spurling, Enamelist and Juried Member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen discussed and demonstrated the enamel process.


  • Sylvia Nicolas (October 17 - December 6, 2008)


    This exhibition honored the artistic legacy of sculptor, painter, and stained glass maker Sylvia Nicolas. The exhibition explored the major themes of her prolific career in each of her media. Sylvia Nicolas has had a major role in the artistic enrichment of Saint Anselm College, and the Chapel Art Center was most pleased to honor her life as a model of consummate artistic achievement.

    Associated Events

    In God's Light
    October 23, 2008
    Richard Millard, stained glass designer, painter, and art educator, will discuss the work of his longtime colleague and friend Sylvia Nicolas.

    Art in situ
    October 30, 2008
    Fr. Iain MacLellan, O.S.B., director, offered a walking tour of Sylvia Nicolas's bronze statues of Saint Anselm and Saint Benedict, and the Blessed Sacrament Chapel mosaics in the Abbey Church.

  • American - Highlights from the Permanent Collection (January 23 - February 21, 2009)


    The Chapel Art Center presented selections from the permanent collection, highlighting American art. This exhibition, which was comprised of paintings, drawings, prints, furniture, decorative art and sculpture, exhibited works dating from the 18th century to the contemporary. It was an opportunity to view a wonderful variety of works rarely shown together, including recent acquisitions never exhibited at the Chapel Art Center.

    Associated Events

    Director's Reception and Tour
    January 29, 2009

    America Collects: Import and Importance
    February 5, 2009

    New Ways of Framing the History of American Art: Designing the American Wing at the Museum of Fine Arts
    February 19, 2009
    Presented by The Robert Lehman Foundation, Inc., Edwin L. Weisl Jr. Lectureships in Art History
    Elliot Bostwick Davis, Ph.D., John Moors Cabot Chair

  • Procedere - An Emerging Artist Series Featuring Leah Kuehne (March 13 - April 4, 2009)


    Procedere is a biennial spring exhibition at the Chapel Art Center that, as the title suggests, entertains the notion of budding talent awaiting to proceed. In this exhibition, we were pleased to introduce a selection of new paintings by New Hampshire artist Leah Kuehne, for her first solo exhibition.

  • Juried '09 Fine Arts Student Exhibition (April 17 - May 2, 2009)


    Each year Fine Arts students submit a variety of works in a diverse range of media and techniques, reflecting the talent of Saint Anselm College's student body. Selections are made by distinguished jurors, and awards are presented the night of the opening reception to acknowledge students' achievements.

    For the 2008-2009 exhibit, the Chapel Art Center hosted jurors Daniel Ranalli founding director of the Boston University graduate program in arts administration, and artist Carol Odell, of Odell Studio Galleries in Chatham, Mass.

    The exhibit was accompanied by student art performances, and featured exceptional student work among which 8 awards were distributed.

    The Premiere Award was given to Alisha Fortin '09 for her painting Science vs. Compassion. Fortin, a nursing major, wanted to incorporate some aspect of nursing into her artwork, creating the image of doctors in a patient's room to show the contrast between science and compassion.

    "In the painting, I wanted to show the contrast between the cool, distanced doctors who were focused on curing the medical aspect of the patient versus what we are taught in nursing to be such an important aspect of patient healing."

    The following students were also recognized for their artistic talent: Alice Palazzolo '10, the Cappella Award for her drawing, Summer Breezes; Alicia Erickson '09, the Drawn from Life Award for her watercolor, Bottles; Nicole Spezzaferri '11, the Juror's Award for her digital print Angel in Mourning; John Oberlander '11, the E.W. Poore Award for his mixed media, Dark Still Life; Will Suglia '11, the King Award for his self portrait; Jennifer Ryan Jarosz '11 and Christie Telge '09 received honorable mention for their works, Bald Man and Dirty Dishes respectfully.

2007-2008 Exhibitions

  • Interrupted Life: Incarcerated Mothers in the United States (Friday, Jan. 25 - Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008)


    The Chapel Art Center was host to this beautiful and dramatic traveling exhibition, in collaboration with other campus constituencies. The exhibition provided a powerful occasion for paying attention to the facts and experiences of incarceration in the United States.

    The exhibition included the work of incarcerated mothers and artists from around the country and provided an opportunity to educate visitors searching for information and decent solutions to a major and growing problem in U.S. society.