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.
2020 – 2021 Exhibitions
The MacDonald Collection In Conversation (October 29 – February 11)
Since its founding in 2002, there have been two major exhibitions devoted to the MacDonald Collection: Introducing The MacDonald Collection in 2010, and The Sacred and the Ordinary, Examining Works from the MacDonald Collection in 2017. Founded for the acquisition of religious works and domestic scenes, the Chapel Art Center has been able to secure important works reflecting mysteries of Catholic faith, and make connections to everyday faith and family life. The motivation for collecting and combining works such as these stems from a collaboration between the donor, Mr. Hugh MacIsaac, and the Chapel Art Center. It was our desire to complement the values he treasured with the mission of Saint Anselm College.
This exhibition is intended to take a new and perhaps playful step towards broader and more diverse conversations, to further the MacDonald Collection’s import and meaning.
In Conversation is a carefully selected group of works, strategically aligned and thoughtfully juxtaposed. Some fit clearly into the MacDonald Collection category, and some do not. Some works, coupled in a seemingly disparate relationship, will stimulate reflection and invite new commentary.
Ultimately, we hope to gain new insights and arrive at some interesting conclusions. As a “meaningful core,” The MacDonald Collection is growing as a very valuable witness to what the Chapel Art Center offers as its own center of education. Our hope is this variegated array of mingled works from the MacDonald Collection and other works within the permanent collection can enrich our community and visitors with renewed vigor and promise.
Lotte Jacobi’s America: Images of Her Adopted Land (September 29-November 20, 2020)
Lotte Jacobi’s America: Images of Her Adopted Land
(September 29-November 20, 2020)
Lotte Jacobi’s America: Images of Her Adopted Land features the work of renowned German-born photographer Lotte Jacobi, who made New Hampshire her home in 1955. Her friendship with New Hampshire photographer Gary Samson led to the establishment of the Lotte Jacobi Archive at the University of New Hampshire’s Dimond Library. This exhibition features a selection of Lotte Jacobi’s photographs from the Milne Special Collections and Archives, featured in an exhibition last year at the University of New Hampshire Museum, curated by Gary Samson. This subset of works presents an opportunity to celebrate both the treasure of the Lotte Jacobi Archive, and the artist’s collaborative friendship with New Hampshire Artist Laureate Gary Samson.
Pathways to Home: Vision and Narration (September 29-November 20, 2020)
Pathways to Home: Vision and Narration
(September 29-November 20, 2020)
Pathways to Home: Vision and Narration presents a selection of works from the permanent collection to complete this year’s focus on interpretive intentions in the curating process. Drawing upon a wide range of art objects, this exhibition reflects upon the relationship between the artist’s vision, the viewer, and the subtle narrative in works of art. Engaging the viewer with remarkable visual content, each work opens a path to an interesting dialogue and new resolve.
Works on Paper, Including Recent Acquisitions (February 18 – May 7, 2021)
Works on Paper, Including Recent Acquisitions :Selections from the Permanent Collection
(FEBRUARY 18 – MAY 7, 2021)
The Chapel Art Center is very pleased to present Works on Paper, Including Recent Acquisitions, Selections from the Permanent Collection for its spring exhibition.
It is not unusual for a gallery or museum to host an exhibition especially devoted to works on paper. In the case of the Chapel Art Center, with the vast majority of the permanent collection consisting of works on paper, it is difficult to justly represent the variety of works without devoting an exhibition to them. Still, it seems works on paper enjoy a unique distinction in almost any collection.
The use of paper has served artists in both grand and basic ways for centuries, for a wide variety of artistic purposes. In simple sketches or studies, works on paper offer a privileged insight into the artist’s most basic and profound impulses. In carefully developed observations, they demonstrate clearly the artist’s remarkable, meticulous, and sophisticated drawing skills. At times, works on paper offer the grandness and power of great designs in even the smallest of studies, holding storied future narratives within the confines of one, isolated, ragged-edged sheet.
Perhaps it is the fragile nature of paper, the fugitive character of pigments, or the careful limitation of exposure to atmospheric conditions which make works on paper seem inherently precious. All in all, their very accessible ease, inherent playfulness, experimentation, and spontaneity allow for a constancy of fresh interest and surprise.
Whatever the angle, works on paper so often prove to be invariably delightful. We hope you will enjoy this selection of works, intentionally interspersed so as to encourage contrast, comparison, and new insights to be offered! This approach can only serve to build and expand our appreciation.
Credit: 19th Century French School.
The Head of a Young Boy Wearing a Cap.
Black and red chalk and pastel on paper. 334 x 259 mm.
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, 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.
LOCALITY: Celebrating New England Art and Craft Traditions (January 24 through February 21, 2020)
LOCALITY: Celebrating New England Art and Craft Traditions
On view January 24 through February 21, 2020.
LOCALITY presents a survey of fine and decorative art by artists hailing from New Hampshire and neighboring regions. Featuring remarkable examples of historic and modern furniture, studio ceramics, glass, as well as paintings, drawings, and prints, LOCALITY is a unique installation paying tribute to fifty years of the Chapel Art Center collecting works by regionally significant artists, and decades of collaboration with prominent local living masters.
Tranquility & Drama: Nineteenth-century Landscapes and Genre Painting (January 24 through February 21, 2020)
Tranquility & Drama: Nineteenth-century Landscapes and Genre Painting
On view January 24 through February 21, 2020.
Tranquility & Drama is an exhibition demonstrating the depth of 19th-century European and American painting in the Chapel Art Center Permanent Collection. The show is organized around a central group of unique landscape paintings by German artist Julius Lange (1817-1878) depicting scenes of the mountainous regions surrounding Lake Como. Lange, a painter of the Dusseldorf School, is known for his expansive, sublime landscapes. These six painted studies from the Chapel Art Center Permanent Collection are exemplary of the German Romantic tradition.
Lange's robust landscapes are complemented by several brilliant paintings by American artists of the Hudson River School, including a canvas by William Hart and a panel painting by Alvan Fisher. Also present are several fine examples of European genre painting from the mid-to-late 19th century.
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.
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.
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: 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 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.)
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 Connell, on 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: www.anneconnell.com
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.
Featuring works by:
Megan Bogonovich, Starlet on Rug, 2011. Porcelain. 11 inches.
Luke Buffenmyer, Untitled, 2016. Graphite and acrylic on paper. 22 x 30 inches.
Josh Dannin, Gamewood, 2013. Linocut and woodcut on paper. 16.75 x 10.75 inches.
Kimberly Kersey-Asbury, Untitled from The White Horse Dialogue series. Archival pigment print mounted onto metal. 17.5 x 12.5 inches.
Elsa Voelcker, Fleur de Vive, 2011. Digital photo print. 43 x 32 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
Fairfield Porter, The Table, 1971. Color lithograph. 32 x 23 1/2 inches.
Permanent Collection, Chapel Art Center.
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.
Reflections of the Day by Sandy Wadlington (Sep. 27 - Dec. 7, 2013)
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 www.anselmpavise.com
Anthony Moore is represented by Childs Gallery, Boston.
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 viewer...to 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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Paintings by Bruce McColl (September 16 - October 30, 2010)
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 16 at 6 p.m.
Exhibition continues through Saturday, October 30
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
Daniel Bohenek,'10, "To Wash the Disciples' Feet," clay and glaze
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
Jas Numanović '13, "Actress" (after Pierre-Auguste Renoir), oil on panel
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.