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Art Gallery Name Now Matches Mission

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
August 6, 2008


Some people think of an art gallery as a place where paintings, sculptures, glasswork and the like are available for sale. Others would describe it as the rooms within a museum where special collections are displayed. And still others use the two terms interchangeably.

As a way of clarifying its mission, the Art Gallery at the Paul Creative Arts Center has changed its name to the Museum of Art.

“We’ve always matched the description of a museum,” says Vicki Wright, Museum of Art director. “Our name was a little bit of a misnomer. It never really told people what we are, which is a small art museum.”

The Museum of Art always has maintained a collection and purchased art, Wright says. As The Art Gallery, people often assumed they were like a commercial gallery that sells its work.


Beggar in a High Cap, Leaning on a Stick, 1629, Rembrandt van Rijn.

The new name more accurately reflects the museum’s objective of collecting works of art, supporting academic teaching and scholarship, and presenting exhibitions and public programs for the university community and the public.

At the same time, College Road, where Paul Arts is located, has been renamed Academic Way.


White Mountain Brook, watercolor and sumi ink on Japanese mulberry paper, 1989, John Hatch

The Museum of Art has a permanent collection of 1,500 works that includes prints by Rembrandt and Picasso, pottery by Ed and Mary Scheier, paintings by John Hatch and a self-portrait by the state artist laureate and UNH alum James P. Aponovich.


Self-Portrait with Cyclamen, 1983, James P. Aponovich.

The collection emphasizes 19th and 20th century prints and drawings, including nearly 200 Japanese woodblock prints as well as art from the New England region.

Changing exhibitions span a range of periods, styles, and media, featuring works by art faculty members, alumni, and graduate and undergraduate art students, as well as traveling exhibitions and selections from the permanent collection.

A complete list of works in the permanent collection is available for viewing.
Download a PDF of the list here. For more information, contact the Museum of Art at 2-3712 or visit www.unh.edu/moa.



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