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Emerging Art Showcases Keene State Art Majors' Work

Jennifer Tremblay from Jaffrey, N.H., created this work for Emerging Art
Jennifer Tremblay from Jaffrey, N.H., created this work for Emerging Art

KEENE, N.H., 3/21/11 - Works by 14 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 16, through Saturday, May 7, at the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery.

Friends of the Thorne will host an opening reception for Emerging Art on Friday, April 15, 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 3 to 7 p.m. in the Media Arts Center, adjacent to the Thorne, on that Friday. More than 35 graphic design seniors will open their portfolios and display 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: Chelsea Blackmer from Boylston, Mass.; Janel Flanagan from Laconia, N.H.; Catherine Jennison from Belmont, N.H.; Briana Mangiaracina from St. James, N.Y.; Erin McHugh from Plymouth, Mass.; Charity Thackston from Swanzey, N.H.; Jennifer Tremblay from Jaffrey, N.H.; and Jenna Welty from Stratham, N.H. The BFA program is highly selective and requires seniors to exhibit a body of their work.

Six other seniors expecting to receive the Bachelor of Arts degree will have their artwork featured in the second gallery, along with other students’ work. These graduating seniors are: Melissa Boccanfuso from Norwalk, Conn.; Jessica Dubois from Rochester, N.H.; Jill Fortin from Belmont, N.H.; Brittany Kelly from Greenfield, N.H.; Becca Lennartz from Merrimack, N.H.; and Josh Randall from Ashland, 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 2.

The exhibit, reception, and portfolio review are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Sunday to Wednesday, noon to 5 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, noon to 7 p.m.; and Saturday, noon to 8 p.m.

The gallery, located on Wyman Way on the Keene State campus, 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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