At UNH, 15 Years of Piscataqua Art on Display

Oct 20, 2017

"The Forest," acrylic on wood.
Credit Carly Glovinski

The Museum of Art at UNH in Durham is presenting the work of fifteen artists, all of whom are past recipients of the prestigious Piscataqua Region Artist Advancement Grant

The show, "Impact,” opens with a reception on Oct. 26 and runs through Dec. 15.

Awarded since 2002 by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the grant recognizes the important contribution of working artists to the cultural life of the region by providing an annual financial stipend of up to $25,000. 

It is one of the largest unrestricted grants to an artist anywhere in the United States. 

Eligible art disciplines include: crafts; 2-dimensional work; 3-dimensional work; experimental visual arts; photography. The purpose of the award is “not to reward past work, but to recognize the applicant best positioned to continue the improvement of their artistic career.”

The 2017 recipient is Cathy McLaurin of Danville, NH.  McLaurin’s artist statement reads:

“My work connects history and current social issues with notions of value(s), morals, national identity, philanthropy, kinship, and legacy. Through extended relationships with personal and institutional entities, along with research in archives and libraries, I challenge the systems that underpin complex social concerns. This manifests in ongoing projects that result in series of objects, installations, and performances. Exhibitions of the work are opportunities to push the narrative forward, allowing this history to exist within the conversation of art, thus providing space for contradictions.”