Special exhibit at New England College will feature work of NH high school artists
Chelsea Fenner, a student at John Stark Regional High School, will have her drawing “Slugsmosphere” on display at The Gallery at New England College starting Thursday.
High school artists will have a chance to share their work on a college level during a special exhibit at The Gallery at New England College.
Beginning Friday and running through June 14, 30 students from John Stark Regional High School, which educates students from Weare and Henniker, will be featured in the exhibit organized by New England College alumna Devon Mozdierz.
“It is absolutely thrilling for me to work with students from John Stark in the New England College Gallery,” said Mozdierz, who graduated from John Stark in 2008 and from the college in 2012.
Mozdierz is teaching and working in the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Idaho, and is the curator of the exhibit under the guidance of Darryl Furtkamp, gallery director and assistant professor of art.
She said the exhibit gives the high school students their first gallery experience and teaches them how an exhibit is created and presented.
Mozdierz said she hopes the exhibit will “give them the opportunity to see what the possibilities are should they continue to pursue art in college and beyond,” she said.
On display at The Gallery will be paintings, drawings, photography, ceramics, sculpture, graphics and mixed media pieces.
Tracy Travers, Erin Smart and Bess Robblee, visual arts educators at John Stark, said having the opportunity to work with New England College to display their student’s work is remarkable.
“We are so grateful to be able to highlight some of our finest art students from 9th through 12th grades in a true gallery setting, complete with an artist reception and a two-week run,” said Travers. “It’s a resume builder for certain.”
Mozdierz said she was excited to be able to give back to those who helped steer her toward art.
“To work with the people who kick-started my career in art is great, and makes me all the more aware of how far I have come since then,” she said. “It is very grounding.”
Admission to the exhibit is free, and the public is invited to a reception for the artists on Friday from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Gallery hours for this exhibit are Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and other times by appointment.
To schedule an appointment or for more information about the exhibit call Furtkamp, at 428-2329.