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Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery Exhibits Local Art

"Michael" by Patricia Schnappler, graphite & acrylic on cut paper
"Michael" by Patricia Schnappler, graphite & acrylic on cut paper

Opening Reception to Honor Local Artists Scheduled for January 24

Keene State College’s Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery will display 90 works created by artists living within 30 miles of Keene as part of its Biennial Regional Jurors’ Choice Exhibition. Artists and Friends of the Thorne members were invited to enter the Regional Jurors’ Choice Competition to be considered for the exhibition and awards.

The exhibition, open to artists working in all media, will be displayed January 25 to March 7, 2013. Gallery visitors are asked to vote for the People’s Choice Commendation Award to be announced on February 21. During an opening reception at the gallery on January 24 from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, awards, honors and cash prizes will be announced. The exhibition and opening reception are free and open to the public.

“Keene and the surrounding area offers immense talent that can easily be overlooked. We are thrilled to display local art and recognize artists in our community. I would like to thank all of the artists who entered the show,” said Maureen Ahern, director of the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery at Keene State College.

The art was selected by the competition’s designated juror, Kristina Durocher. She is the Director of the Museum of Art at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH. Durocher holds an MA in Art History from the University of Massachusetts and a dual BFA in Art History and Painting from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston. She oversees the Museum of Art’s 1700-piece collection that specializes in acquiring contemporary works on paper. Her curatorial focus embraces both solo and group thematic exhibitions of regional and national artists, exhibitions that support student learning and faculty instruction, and teaching through art as a primary source for academic and social engagement. She has been an outside juror and panelist for numerous exhibitions, and currently serves as co-chair of the Academic Galleries and Museums professional affinity group of the New England Museum Association.

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