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Catalyst: The Artist-Mentor Dialogue - Opening Reception

Opening Reception: October 7, 5-8pm

Catalyst: The Artist-Mentor Dialogue

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


Michele Johnsen
James O’Brien
Emily Belz
Michael Seamans

Artist Mentors:
Billie Mandle
Stephen Sheffield
Michael Oatman
Carly Glovinski

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.