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McDermott, Inez

Professor, Art History / Co-Director, Center for Community Engagement and Leadership / Director, Project Pericles

Phone: 603.428.2207

Inez McDermott

Degrees, Certifications

MA Art History, Boston University
BA, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Professional Background, Scholarship Highlights

In addition to developing numerous Art History courses and teaching, Inez has curated art and history exhibitions throughout New England including:

  • Co-Curator, The Crown of New England: Mount Washington, Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH (2016-17)
  • Guest Curator, New Hampshire at the Supreme Court, travelling exhibition (2012)
  • Guest Curator, Out of the Woods: Works by Norther New England Furniture Makers, Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester, VT (2010)
  • Guest Curator, The Art of Craft, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH (2000)
  • Guest Curator, A House of Dreams Untold: The Story of the MacDowell Colony, Museum of New Hampshire History (1996)
  • Production Assistant and Historical Advisor, MacDowell: An American Artist’s Colony, documentary with Fritz Wetherbee, New Hampshire Public Television (1996)

Publications

  • “To See Wonders and Beauties: Photography in the White Mountains” in Mount Washington: The Crown of New England, Currier Museum of Art (2016)
  • The Art of Craft: Expressive Works by New Hampshire and Vermont Artists, co-authored with Ann Majusiak, Hood Museum, Dartmouth College (2000)
  • Before the Lens: Images of the Imagemakers, New Hampshire Institute of Art (1999)
  • “A House of Dreams Untold: The Story of the MacDowell Colony” in Historical New Hampshire, v.51, no. 1-2, Concord, NH: New Hampshire Historical Society (1996)

Select Presentations and Lectures

  • 19th Century Art and Photography in the White Mountains, New Hampshire Historical Society and New Hampshire Institute of Art (2017)
  • Bowing to the Monsters of the Imagination: Black Artists Confronting the Past, Hopkinton Public Library (2016)
  • 19th Century Landscape Photography in the White Mountains, Currier Museum of Art (2016)
  • Modern Memorials, Kimball Jenkins School of Art, Concord, NH (2013)
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall, New England College Convocation (2012)
  • Exploring Community in Our Towns: The New Hampshire Town Meeting, Campus Compact, Dartmouth College(2012)
  • Creativity and Art Panelist, Southern Vermont Art Center (2009)
  • Pictures Out of Sunshine: The Art, Science and Magic of 19th Century Photography, NH Political Library (2009)
  • History of the MacDowell Colony – The Writers, New Hampshire Historical Society (2007)
  • "Truth and Lies in Art: An Examination of the Real Life Characters in The Countess,” Yellow Taxi Productions and New Hampshire Humanities Council, Nashua, NH (2006)
  • Postmodernism, Currier Museum of Art (2002)
  • The Twentieth Century Classroom, Currier Museum of Art (2002)
  • Enjoying the 20th Century Art Museum, Currier Museum of Art (2000-2005)
  • Legacy of the MacDowell Colony and the Tradition of Arts Leadership and Philanthropy in New Hampshire, Leadership New Hampshire (2000-2004)

Service to Country, Community

  • Presidents’ Good Steward Award, Campus Compact of New Hampshire (2012)
  • Robert A. Kilgore Faculty Teaching Award, New England College (2012)
  • Board Member, New Hampshire Humanities (2012-present)
  • Trustee, Concord Public Library, Concord, NH (1996-2016)
  • Board Member, Concord Community Music School (1998-2004)

Personal Interests

  • I believe teaching is a partnership. I see my role as a ‘guide’ rather than someone who stands ready to fill students’ heads with facts.  The successful student is truly engaged in learning, in inquiry, in sharing their newly acquired knowledge, thoughts and opinions. My hope for all my students is that they develop a lifelong appreciation of the creative arts and, whatever their career path, that they are enriched by their experience with, and understanding of, the arts.
  • New England College is a special place. We truly are committed to working with students’ individual strengths and weaknesses and helping them discover and reach their goals.  
  • Commitment to Experiential Learning. A New England College student who takes an Art History course will have the opportunity for a number of trips to area museums. In addition, every year or so there are study trips to various sites in Europe.  Art and Art History students in our program are given the opportunity to exhibit in the college art gallery and in various locations around campus.  Students are also provided the training and opportunity to plan and implement art exhibitions.