NMH Faculty Art Exhibited
Emily Weir

Jan. 24, 2019— Each winter, NMH visual arts faculty members present their own recent creative work in the Gallery at the Rhodes Arts Center.  

The exhibition — by visual arts teachers Stephen Allison, Lauren Scott Corwin, Sam Pettengill, Bill Roberts, Jamie Rourke, and Mona Seno — includes photographs, sculptures, paintings, and an installation. It opens Jan. 25 (with a gallery reception at 6:30 that evening) and continues through Feb. 24.
This year, the works selected include the results of experiments by the various artists. 

  • Lauren Scott Corwin says she stretched herself artistically. Traditionally an oil painter, she has "started using spray paint, collaging old drawings, and placing patterns to help tell a complex story and layered history." These works, she says, were emotionally fueled by "coming to terms with struggle as a human condition." Her "Voiceless" series nods to traditional portraiture, but showcases contemporary faces that "are changing the structures that have been set for decades" and represented using mixed media.  
  • Sam Pettengill has been experimenting too, exploring pinhole imagery and serial images shot with plastic cameras and using a grid.
  • Bill Roberts' paintings capture the New England landscape, including winter fields, summer streams, and scenes from the farm, roads, and Shadow Lake on NMH's campus. 
  • Jamie Rourke has created a 500-pound sculpture that will be displayed in the gallery.
  • Mona Seno will merge her dual interests in ceramics and sculpture with a site-specific installation consisting of 102 porcelain flowers. The individual pieces will form a large wall-mounted piece inspired by the form of Queen Anne’s lace plants.
  • Stephen Allison is exhibiting sculptural work he created in 2018–19. 
Below is a sneak preview of what you'll see.

Row 1 (left to right): Summer Garden by Stephen Allison; detail of sculpture by Jamie Rourke
Row 2: Shadow Lake (plein air) by Bill Roberts; Squibnocket by Sam Pettengill
Row 3: Anita Hill by Lauren Scott Corwin, installation by Mona Seno (detail)
[Note: Some images have been cropped or are details.]