Exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Gallery hours:  Tuesday-Friday: 10am-6pm  Saturday-Sunday: 12-5PM Monday: CLOSED 

The gallery is occasionally closed for private events or for exhibit installations, and occasionally open outside regular hours during public performances, by appointment and by chance.

Check out 3S's calendar for public programs related to exhibitions.


Opening Reception: Saturday, July 22, 5-8pm


The Art of Watching: Privacy and the Public Eye brings together the IAPP’s collection of contemporary privacy art, more than 100 editions of George Orwell’s book Nineteen Eighty-Four and related ephemera to illustrate concepts of privacy and surveillance.

Since the first edition was published in 1949, there have been many hundreds of versions of Nineteen Eighty-Four published in dozens of languages. For each of these efforts, a graphic designer was confronted with the challenge of presenting the themes of the book in an accessible and compelling way.

Within the collection you will find many images that will seem cliché.  Eyes, locks, doors and windows are all used as symbols of surveillance.  But look for the evolution of these symbols over time and you will see versions that span mid-century modernism, to futuristic views of the 1960s, to grim imagery of decay from the 1980s and 1990s. You will also see reflections of the eras in which each book was published. There are pulp-fiction covers that focus on the sexuality in Nineteen Eighty-Four. There are versions that focus on authoritarian power.

Together with contemporary works from artists Lincoln Perry, Jacob Geltner, Laurie Frick, Nathalie Miebach and others, the exhibit represents over 60 years of artistic interpretations of the themes of privacy, surveillance, and political and social coercion – providing a fascinating view of the shifting perceptions of privacy through generations and across cultures.

August 7 - August 14 

Opening Reception: August 7, 5pm-7pm

Mind the Heart Project Exhibit 

You are all invited to Come take part in a worldwide public-art project! Starting this week in Portsmouth, NH - This Friday 28th July, at Prescott Park Arts Festival, 4pm-6pm (right before the concert) and a following exhibition opening at 3S Lobby Gallery on August 7th, 5pm. To participate, meet the Mind the Heart Project at the park and get a yarn-heart. With this heart you also get a simple, fun and mindful mission: to venture outside with an open mind, wandering eyes and a curious heart and look for spots of beauty in your neighborhood. After you choose the spot for your heart – take a photo of it in the location and send it to us along with a couple of sentences explaining the significance of the spot. Any reason is a good and valid reason – be it the place where you first kissed or a spot with an interesting texture. This Friday at Prescott Park, we will also take your photo along with your heart. On August 7th, an exhibition will open at 3S lobby gallery, presenting your images and texts (which will also appear on the project’s website and social media). The exhibition forms a multifaceted display of perspectives that highlight points of beauty and importance as experienced through the eyes and souls of one’s neighbors.

October 7 - October 8

Opening Reception: October 7, 5-8pm

Catalyst: The Artist-Mentor Dialogue

Emily Belz, The Yellow House, Archival Inkjet Print, 14” x 21”, 2016


Alums: Michele Johnsen / James O’Brien / Emily Belz / Michael Seamans 

Artist Mentors: Billie Mandle / Stephen Sheffield / Michael Oatman / Carly Glovinsky

On October 7-8, New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) and 3S Artspace will collaborate on a pop-up exhibition featuring the work of 8 artists: 4 MFA alumni and 4 of their Artist-Mentors. The role of the Artist-Mentor is key in the low-residency MFA model, as it is this intense semester-long, one-on-one dialogue that offers sustained feedback, challenge, and support during the stretch between on-campus residencies. This exhibit will feature the artist-mentor relationship as a way of honoring that rich collaboration, and, more abstractly, acknowledging the vulnerability and courage it takes to engage fully in critique and dialogue. To consider art as a Catalyst is a bold and hopeful perspective—one shared by 3S and NHIA. At its best, contemporary art can generate conversation, new thinking, and rich engagement with social issues. This exhibit will be a vehicle for presenting that shared viewpoint.