Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery

2017 Biennial Regional Juror’s Choice Exhibition

June 3–Sept. 3

Julia Jensen, Beebe Road, Winter, 2017, oil on panel; courtesy the artist
Ronnie McClure, After The Flood, 2015, pigmented Inks with Prismcolors pencils and metallic flakes on rag paper; courtesy the artist

Selected by guest juror Allie Foradas (MassMOCA) the exhibition includes painting, photography, installation, drawing, printmaking and other media by artists living and working within 40 miles of Keene who are exploring, in some cases directly and in others obliquely, the challenges and the pleasures of what it means to live in our region now.

Abstracted/Obscured: de Kooning, Dombek, Hillsmith

June 3–September 3

Installation view of Abstracted/Obscured: de Kooning, Dombek, Hillsmith; with works by Blanche Dombek (left) and Fannie Hillsmith (right).

Painting, sculpture, and work on paper from the Thorne collection and others organized by Keene State College curatorial practice students. The exhibition showcases strong works by important artists and probes the impact gender has had – and continues to have – on artists’ works and careers.

Behind These Walls: Highlights from the Collection

Posters of selected Thorne collection works organized by Cheshire Academy of Lifetime Learning (CALL) students; the selections represent a range of art styles and media and support discussions about abstract and representational art, color, line, and form, and global/local connections.


A Project by Artist-in-Residence Katharina Rooney


Developed by Katharina Rooney in collaboration with hundreds of members of the campus and regional community during fall 2016, ColorCycle, comprising thousands of recycled compact disk cases and a wide array of repurposed materials, is now installed across the upper windows in the Thorne lobby.

Katharina Rooney, ColorCycle, 2016-17, recycled CD cases and recycled plastics and papers, Plexiglas, adhesives; courtesy the artist

Summer Events



Opening party and juror awards for Regional Juror’s Choice Exhibition with live music by Keene/Peterborough band Adam and the Flood (follows the annual Keene Art Walk)




Gallery talks by selected Regional Juror’s Choice Exhibition artists




Gallery talk by Regional Juror’s Choice Exhibition Allie Foradas and presentation of People’s Choice award

(coordinated with the day-long Keene Music Festival)


Receptions and talks are free, informal, and open to all

Summer Education Programs

The Thorne’s museum education program is currently scheduling tours for school and other groups. These tours include

Upcoming Exhibitions

Impulse and Discipline: 60 Years of Painting by Robert S. Neuman 1950-2010

September 22-December 6

Robert S. Neuman, A Wall of Twigs Can Build a Song, 1967, oil on linen; courtesy Sunne Savage

A major scholarly exhibition examining the influences on and the significance of the work of American artist and Keene State College professor emeritus Robert S. Neuman. Major works from private and public collections, including the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Hood Museum at Dartmouth, will be included in this 50-work critical survey of a career that spanned the entire second half of the twentieth century.



Opening reception for Impulse and Discipline: 60 Years of Painting by Robert S. Neuman 1950-2010:

Programs and events supported by New England Foundation for the Arts, Robert P. Hubbard Family Trust, Redfern Arts Center, Horatio Colony Museum & Nature Center, and Keene State College.

About the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery

For 50 years, the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery at Keene State College has been a gathering place for artists, students, patrons, educators, scholars, and friends. The gallery has hosted excellent exhibitions of work by local, national, and international artists and designers, originated a broad range of innovative education and public programs, and fostered diverse connections across disciplines, communities, and generations.

All exhibits, receptions, and programs are free and open to the public.

Gallery Hours

  • Wednesday-Sunday:
  • Noon-5:00pm
  • Monday/Tuesday:
  • Closed
Sept - May
  • Saturday-Wednesday:
  • Noon-5:00pm
  • Thursday-Friday:
  • Noon-7:00pm