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Emerging Art Showcases Art Majors' Work

This photograph by Elina Nykanen of New Ipswich, N.H., is among the artwork on display in Emerging Art
This photograph by Elina Nykanen of New Ipswich, N.H., is among the artwork on display in Emerging Art

KEENE, N.H., 3/25/10 - Works by 16 graduating art majors will be showcased in Emerging Art, the annual Keene State College art students’ exhibition, presented by the KSC Art Department from Saturday, April 17, through Saturday, May 8, at the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery.

Friends of the Thorne will host an opening reception for Emerging Art on Friday, April 16, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the gallery, located on the Keene State campus.

The Art Department will also sponsor a graphic design senior portfolio review from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Media Arts Center, adjacent to the Thorne, on that Friday. More than 20 graphic design seniors will open their portfolios and showcase their best design work.

In Emerging Art, bachelor of fine arts candidates, graduating seniors, and a selection of students majoring in art will exhibit their paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, and ceramic works. The pieces were selected by Art Department faculty from work students completed in all levels of art classes throughout the academic year.

One gallery will feature artwork by eight bachelor of fine arts students graduating in May: Cat Harris from Jaffrey, N.H.; Paige Husted from Marston Mills, Mass.; Jeannine Laginhas from Cumberland, R.I.; Laura Mann from Keene, N.H.; Elina Nykanen from New Ipswich, N.H.; Erin Slingsby from Nottingham, N.H.; Miles Warner from Manchester, N.H.; and Jessica Yager from Bellows Falls, Vt. The BFA program is highly selective and requires seniors to exhibit a body of their work.

Eight other seniors expecting to receive bachelor of arts degrees will have their artwork featured in the second gallery, along with other students’ work. These graduating seniors are Madeleine Basso from Merrimack, N.H.; Caitlin Galli from Mahopac, N.Y.; Samantha Gorneault from Bristol, Conn.; Katherine Gordon from Derry, N.H.; Kirstin Hayes-Hand from Charlestown, N.H.; Jeanette Leclaire from Hinsdale, N.H.; Julia May from Deep River, Conn.; and Caitlin Wilkinson from Chesterfield, N.H.

These students have been preparing their artwork for exhibit during a senior seminar course taught by Lynn Richardson, assistant professor of art.

Gallery visitors are invited to vote for their favorite artwork for the People’s Choice Commendation, which carries a $100 cash prize and is sponsored by the Friends of the Thorne. The winner will be announced on Monday, May 3.

The exhibit, reception, and portfolio review are free and open to the public. The gallery is open from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday through Wednesday, and noon to 7 p.m., Thursday and Friday. It will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 8, for Keene State College Commencement.

The gallery is accessible to people with disabilities. To request accommodations for a disability, please call the gallery at least two weeks before your visit. For information, call 603-358-2720 or visit

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