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Intersection: Art, Culture, and Identity

August 30, 2013
"Eden Cove" by Jules Olitski, watercolor on rag paper, 1996
"Eden Cove" by Jules Olitski, watercolor on rag paper, 1996

Keene State College’s Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery to Showcase Object-Based Learning Exhibit Featuring Student, Faculty, and Staff Perspectives

Exhibit Opens on September 19 with Object Interpretations Available Online for Public and Classroom Use

Keene State College’s Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery will display an exhibit that explores object-based learning, which is learning by visually analyzing objects to help reveal the context in which the object was made. Keene State College students, faculty, and staff are guest curators for this exhibit by selecting an object to analyze from their own perspective – the objects include historical artifacts and art. This sharing of perspectives is a valuable teaching tool at Keene State College. The exhibit opens on September 19.

“This exhibit explores an active form of learning. Participants bring their own unique experiences, feelings, and thoughts into the process,” said Maureen Ahern, director of Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery at Keene State College. “Object-based learning is an effective tool that can take place outside of the classroom, gallery, or museum, and can be done at any time with objects from everyday life. My sincerest thanks to those from Keene State who offered their time and thoughts for this exhibit.”

To view the interpretations from the guest curators at Keene State College, and to find more information about the exhibit, visit

About Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery

Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery began its collaboration with Keene, surrounding communities and Keene State College when it opened in 1965. The Thorne’s mission is to equally serve all constituencies by presenting high quality exhibits for education and appreciation. The Thorne collection has two focuses: One focus is collecting and preserving artwork by artists from the 19th century Dublin Art Colony as a heritage for the people of the Monadnock region. The second focus is collecting work of high aesthetic and educational value to enhance the teaching of Keene State College faculty, and for the enjoyment of students and all visitors to the Thorne. More information about the Thorne can be found online at