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Student Art Exhibit "Paper View" Opens at Colony Mill Marketplace

December 9, 2011

"Paper View" - an exciting week long phantom gallery celebrates the creative efforts of 17 Advanced Printmaking and Drawing students from Keene State College. The opening reception is Monday, December 12, from 5-8 p.m. at the Colony Mill Marketplace, 222 West Street, in Keene. The exhibition will continue for 4 days until Friday, December 16, from Noon until 8 p.m. The public is invited to share in these ambitious and unusual works.

Students in ART 490 Alternative Methods in Printmaking have worked all semester towards having this exhibit of their works. As part of course expectations, students went out into the Keene community and contacted landlords about renting a commercial space. Keypoint Partners Property Management was interested enough, and generous in supporting their efforts. The students learned about the renting of a space, the painting and grunt work involved in setting up an exhibition, designing of announcements, arranging for the opening reception and securing insurance, and of course creating a body of work to display. Exhibiting off campus provides real world experiences and public feedback for these young visual artists.

The works exhibited will be showcase non-traditional modes of printmaking from installation oriented pieces, to monotypes and found objects that incorporate printed elements. Students address issues of family, the news media, consumerism, and expectations for women in society. Also included in the exhibit are large scale abstract drawings.

Printmaking students participating are Katherine Levesque, Kristin Girard, Sean Bowes, Sam Baker-Salmon, Rachel Messersmith, Jessica Dubois, Katie Houle, Nichole Lillie, Paige Simpson, and Kerry Howe. Students exhibiting drawings are Michael Aucoin, Meaghan Howe, Lauren Perlstein, Carlee Brion, Emma Fairweather, Andrew Kelsey, and Renee Fredette. Professors John Roberts and Rosemarie Bernardi have been their instructors this semester.

In designing this exhibition, Bernardi was interested in providing an opportunity for senior art students to have some control and professional responsibility for the display of their work. She is delighted to support the presentation of young artist’s works for the greater Keene community.

The public is invited to see the work and meet the artists at their opening reception on Monday December 12 from 5-8 p.m.

For more information contact: Student Representatives: Kathryn Levesque -; Kerry Howe -

Faculty Sponsor: Rosemarie Bernardi, 762-6354 or