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University Museum Presents Student Art Show

February 11, 2009

Sprout by Nina Harris; stained glass

The University Museum will host a student art show of the work of nonmajors Feb. 16 through April 17. An opening reception will be held Feb. 16 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The University Museum, located on Level 1 of the Dimond Library, is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, from noon to 4 p.m.

Two exhibitions are presented every year showcasing assorted aspects of the university’s history and current activities. Exhibits include artifacts, photographs, documents and memorabilia drawn from the museum, university archive collections and from the special collections.

Fox, Pig, and Mannequin by Joshua Huggins; charcoal drawing

The first museum dedicated to collecting UNH history was started in 1966 by curator Phil Wilcox who used five rooms in the Field House. In 1977, a lack of financial support led to its closing and the collection was put into storage.

In 1988 the alumni classes of 1932, 1937 and 1958 contributed funds to move the museum to Thompson Hall and create a small operating endowment. With the opening of the renovated Dimond Library, the museum found a permanent home.

Untitled by Jill Bartolotta; photograph

The collection committee has gathered more than 1,000 items of UNH memorabilia and historic artifacts from approximately 100 donors. Donations are most often from alumni and their families and include everything from freshman beanies and scrapbooks to costumes and fraternity dance favors.

For more information on the museum visit www.izaak.unh.edu/museum.

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