Chapel Art Center Presents Spring Exhibition

March 13, 2019

By Maggie Dimock

This spring, the Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center is pleased to present the exhibition A Moment of Time: Sculpture by Nick Hollibaugh, featuring a body of work by Massachusetts-based artist Nick Hollibaugh. A Moment of Time will be on view March 15 – May 4. A public opening reception will be held on Thursday, March 14 from 6 - 8 p.m.

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 of Hollibaugh’s sculptural works evoke the farm structures and barns of his youth. Though fundamentally human in scale, 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.

Hollibaugh earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Herron School of Art at Indiana University and a Master of Fine Arts 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, R.I.

As part of the exhibition, the Chapel Art Center invites students, faculty, and general visitors to participate in “A Visit with the Artist” on Thursday, April 11 at 4:30 p.m. Hollibaugh will present an informal discussion of his artistic practice in conversation with Chapel Art Center Curator Maggie Dimock, and the two will lead a guided walkthrough of the works on view in the exhibition.

Public Programs and Events
The gallery will also host a series of lectures and concerts to coincide with the exhibition.

Evening Chamber Concert
Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m.
The Chapel Art Center welcomes members of the Saint Anselm College Music Performance Faculty, presenting an intimate concert feature performances of pieces by Schubert, Barber, Hindemith, Prokofiev, and contemporary composers Jeffrey Hoover and Romeo Melloni. This concert is presented as part of the Fine Arts Series, a collaboration between the Chapel Art Center and the Department of Fine Arts at Saint Anselm College.

Lully’s Legacy: From the Court of the Sun King to the 20th Century
Wednesday, March 27 at 12:30 p.m.
This concert, presented jointly by the Saint Anselm College Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and the Department of Fine Arts, will feature music from and inspired by the era of Louis XIV performed by members of the Music Performance Faculty, including works by Lully, Bach, Rachmaninoff, and more. The Chapel Art Center is pleased to present this concert as part of La Francophonie, a month-long celebration of Francophone culture at Saint Anselm College.

What do I do in an art museum?
Friday, March 29 at 12:30 p.m.
Maggie Dimock, Curator of Collections and Exhibition, will lead an entertaining and informal program titled “What do I do in an art museum?,” a discussion concerning what we think about, talk about, and do with ourselves when we encounter art in a museum. This event is part of the Come Friday Forums series, intended to foster lively conversation about relevant and interesting questions, and is presented in partnership with the college’s Gregory J. Grappone Humanities Institute.

Tracing History through Maps: The Case of Rome, the Eternal City
Thursday, April 4 at 4:30 p.m.
The Chapel Art Center is pleased to welcome Dr. Jessica Maier, Associate Professor of Art History at Mount Holyoke College, to present a lecture titled "Tracing History through Maps: The Case of Rome, the Eternal City." Rome has had a long, richer life and has consistently been mapped over the long sweep of history. Dr. Maier’s talk will trace the city’s evolution through maps and views that illustrate not only Rome’s physical transformations, but also how ideas about the city have changed over time. This lecture is presented as part of the Fine Arts Series, a collaboration between the Chapel Art Center and the Department of Fine Arts Department, and is supported by the SOAR Program.

A Visit with the Artist
Thursday, April 11 at 4:30 p.m.
Hollibaugh will present an informal discussion of his artistic practice in conversation with Chapel Art Center Curator Maggie Dimock

Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center curator, Maggie Dimock, authored this piece about the upcoming exhibition. For more information visit www.anselm.edu/chapel-art.