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Graduate Painters Present New Work at Museum Of Art

May 6, 2009

A new exhibition showcasing the artistic talents of two graduate students receiving a Masters of Fine Arts degree in painting will be on view at the Museum of Art Saturday, May 9 through May 23.

The “2009 M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition II” showcases the works of artists Graham Loper,  Portsmouth and Erin Murray, Newmarket. A public reception with the artists will take place on Friday, May 8, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

Loper studied at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland, and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, in 2006. His interest in the struggle to preserve history and identity has resulted in paintings that address over-development, mortality, destruction, paradise, and decay. He constructs paintings that embody the uniqueness of his subjects, countering the intrusiveness of progress with expressions of nature, imagination, and reflection.

Murray studied at the Beverley Street Studio School in Staunton, Virginia, and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, in 2006.

Her narrative paintings reflect a conscious transition from direct observation to a more imaginative and conceptual examination of the female figure. Her work embodies bold, severe mark-making, gestural lines, scale shifts, and unpredictable color choices.  By examining the rituals created and perpetuated by women, her reflective works highlight the boundary between artifice and reality. 

Loper and Murray will present a gallery talk on Wednesday, May 13, at noon in the Museum of Art as part of the museum’s weekly ArtBreak series.

The exhibitionisfunded in part by the Department of Art and Art History and by the Friends of the Museum of Art, UNH.

Running concurrently is the “2009 Senior B.A. and B.F.A. Exhibition,” featuring the work of seven candidates for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, including: Maura L. Carignan of  Rollinsford; Jameson Davis Copp of North Hampton; Jessica Engel of Dover; Bob Jones of Dover; Kelsey Keenan of Dover; Ryan Howell of Exeter; and Amber Tozzie of Dover.

The Museum of Art is open during the academic year: Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.; closed Fridays. The Museum of Art will be open on Commencement Day, Saturday, May 23, from 1-3 p.m.

The exhibitions and programs are supported in part by the Friends of the Museum of Art. Guided group tours for schools and other organizations are available with advance reservation by contacting Catherine A. Mazur, education and publicity coordinator, at catherine.mazur@unh.edu or 2-3713. For more information on the exhibitions and programs, contact the Museum of Art at 2-3712, museum.of.art@unh.edu, or visit www.unh.edu/moa.


Major Oak, Graham Loper, oil on canvas
Major Oak, Graham Loper, oil on canvas


Mother Ginger Your Daughters Will Dance for You,  Erin Murray, oil on canvas
Mother Ginger Your Daughters Will Dance for You,  Erin Murray, oil on canvas

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