Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery

This Is Country: Photographs From Country Music, A Ken Burns Film

Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 11am-7pm

As part of the Ken Burns (Florentine Films) "Country Music" preview screening events on Wednesday, August 14, Keene State invites you to an exhibit of photographs used in the film. This exhibit, "This Is Country: Photographs From Country Music, A Ken Burns Film” will be be open from 11 am - 7 pm at the Thorne Sagendorph Art Gallery at Keene State. The exhibit will be open until December 6.

We invite you to view and bid on some of the amazing photography used in the Country Music series, take a peek at one of our autographed guitars from Faith Hill and Tim McGraw (also up for auction).

Featuring Scott Ainslie, master of American roots music, on slide guitar from 2 p.m.-3 p.m.

Free to the public.

June 21 – September 29, 2019

2019 Biennial Regional Jurors’ Choice Exhibition

Every two years the Thorne invites artists working within 40 miles of Keene to participate in the gallery’s Biennial Regional Jurors’ Choice Exhibition. On view all summer long, this exhibition, with works by 37 area artists selected by Karina Kelley and Bill Stelling of Kelley Stelling Contemporary in Manchester, NH, offers an overview of current artistic activity in our region. Jurors’ awards will be presented at the opening reception; a People’s Choice Award will be presented on the last day of the exhibition along with an informal talk by the two jurors.

  • Bob Aldrich
  • Evelien Bachrach
  • Douglass Bartlett
  • John Bass
  • Amy Boemig
  • Sally Bomer
  • Maggie Cahoon
  • Kris Calnan
  • Debra Claffey
  • Mohammed Daoudi
  • Liz Hawkes deNiord
  • Denise Dumas/Samud Esined
  • Lee Dunholter
  • Joyce Collier Fearnside
  • Magaret Hartz
  • Sheila King
  • Yvan Lamothe
  • Corwin Levi
  • Stephen Lloyd
  • Evie Lovett
  • Rosemary Mack
  • Laurie McGowan
  • Marcia Wood Mertinooke
  • James Murphy
  • Sharon Myers
  • Susan Osgood
  • Rosamond Park
  • Erika Radich
  • Lorna Ritz
  • Craig Roach
  • Rebecca Gray Rolke
  • Helen Schmidt
  • Sarah Seaver
  • Kate Spencer
  • Craig Stockwell
  • Erin Sweeney
  • Susan H. Wilson

Marcelo Brodsky: 1968: The Fire Of Ideas and Selected Works

March 20 – August 4, 2019

Marcelo Brodsky, Bogotá,1968, 2015, pastel on archival inkjet print, courtesy the artist and Henrique Faria Fine Art, New York

This exhibition surveys fifty years of work by 2019 James D. Ewing World Affairs Lecturer Marcelo Brodsky, the Argentinian-born photographer, conceptual artist, and activist who was forced into exile after a violent 1976 coup in Argentina. The Thorne exhibition includes early, pre-exile works, a large, mid-career work embodying the artist’s engagement with human rights, I Pray With My Feet, and works from his current project, 1968: The Fire Of Ideas, a visual rumination on history, memory, politics, and art.

Brodsky’s work addresses a wide range of issues, including political exile and collective memory in Argentina and globally, the role and function of museums, archives, and other cultural institutions, and the ongoing struggle for human rights internationally. Brodsky’s works are in the permanent collections of institutions including Tate, London, University of Essex, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Pinacoteca do Estato, Sao Paolo, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Princeton University Art Museum, and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.


“Impulse and Discipline, Sixty Years of Painting by Robert S. Neuman 1950-2010,” the Thorne’s lavishly illustrated 120-page catalogue documenting the Thorne’s recent Neuman exhibition, with four essays and extensive biographical information, is available for purchase ($45 plus shipping).




Artists’ reception and Jurors’ awards for 2019 Biennial Regional Jurors’ Choice Exhibition – ALL WELCOME

5-7:00 p.m.



This Is Country: Photographs From Country Music, A Ken Burns Film – ALL WELCOME

11 a.m.-7 p.m.



Exhibition closing reception, People’s choice award, and informal Jurors’ gallery talk – ALL WELCOME

3-5:00 p.m.


A video installation work by Artist-in-Residence Denise Dumas


Artist Denise Dumas has developed a site-specific artwork exploring different degrees of separation. Minimalist and silent in the daylight, the artwork becomes animated at night as a video projection fills the volume with agitated sea waves. Synchronized at first, the visual divide grows while a soundtrack suggests unrest and danger.


A Project by Artist-in-Residence Katharina Rooney


Developed by Katharina Rooney in collaboration with hundreds of members of the campus and regional community during fall 2016, ColorCycle, comprising thousands of recycled compact disk cases and a wide array of repurposed materials, is now installed across the upper windows in the Thorne lobby.

Katharina Rooney, ColorCycle, 2016-17, recycled CD cases and recycled plastics and papers, Plexiglas, adhesives; courtesy the artist

Education Programs

The Thorne’s museum education program is currently scheduling tours for school and other groups. These tours include

Programs and events are supported by the Robert P. Hubbard Family Trust, the Keene Endowment Association, the James D. Ewing World Affairs Lecture, and Keene State College’s School of Arts, Education, and Humanities. The Thorne gratefully thanks the lenders to the exhibitions and Gem Graphics, Keene, NH, Indian King Framery, Keene, NH, and Henrique Faria Gallery, New York, NY.

About the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery

For over 50 years, the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery at Keene State College has been a gathering place for artists, students, patrons, educators, scholars, and friends. The gallery has hosted excellent exhibitions of work by local, national, and international artists and designers, originated a broad range of innovative education and public programs, and fostered diverse connections across disciplines, communities, and generations.

All exhibits, receptions, and programs are free and open to the public.

Regular Gallery Hours

  • Wednesday-Thursday:
  • Noon-7:00pm
  • Friday-Sunday:
  • Noon-5:00pm