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Steel sculptures by Michael  McConnell
These steel sculptures by Michael McConnell will grace the site of the new Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics.

Three sculptures by Michael McConnell, associate professor of art and art history, will grace the site of the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics when it is completed in 2013.

McConnell, who has served four stints as department chair, has been at UNH for 36 years.

Plans for the new business school included funds for public art. Jennifer Moses, associate professor of art and art history and a member of the UNH Aesthetic Committee, knew McConnell was moving and asked if he would be willing to donate the two abstract sculptures that are now part of the art department's sculpture program. The third piece belongs to McConnell’s daughter who has agreed to loan it to UNH indefinitely.

Steel sculptures by Michael  McConnell
“Concord 102”, welded Cor-ten steel, 94" (H) x 58" (W) x 24" (D)

Moses took the idea of using McConnell’s art to Kristina Durocher, Museum of Art director and chairwoman of the Aesthetic Committee. All public art proposals on campus go through the committee. Works previously given the nod include the bronze wildcat sculpture by Matthew Gray Palmer on Main Street and “Dance of the Ray” by Gary Haven Smith ’73 installed outside the Paul Creative Arts Center.

“When I was approached by Jennifer Moses about the possibility of installing my work in the courtyard of the new Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, I immediately felt both humbled and honored,” McConnell says. “Mr. Paul and President Huddleston have a shared vision of unparalleled excellence for UNH and I am excited to be associated with their efforts.”

Made of cor-ten steel, the “Concord 101”, “Concord 102” and “Concord 103” range from 54” to 94” inches in height and 58” to 92” inches in width. All are 24” inches deep. They were designed and constructed with funding from a College of Liberal Arts summer faculty fellowship.

Steel sculptures by Michael  McConnell
“Concord 103”, Welded Cor-ten Steel, 58" (H) x 92" (W) x 24" (D)

"I am sure Michael’s sculptures will be as successful as the wildcat sculpture and that a new destination point will arise in the courtyard of the Paul College as a result of their presence. Speaking on behalf of the Aesthetics Committee, we are very excited about these pieces and a future of more public art on campus,” says Moses.

The Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics is named for Troy businessman and 1967 graduate Peter T. Paul who gave UNH $25 million--the largest in the university’s history-- to help build the new business school.