Past Exhibitions

Sources of Inspiration: Friends, Family, Connections

sources-of-inspiration-bannerNovember 7 – December 14, 2017, MWM Gallery

Relationships that resonate within faculty art practices

How does the human connection motivate and enrich art making? Conversations, relationships, and ideas shared in various ways become significant influences of inspiration within the artistic process. For this exhibit, we asked art faculty members to reflect on the relationships that have resonated with them and how they are reflected within their own work. Who inspires you? Sources of Inspiration shines a light on the current and exceptional art being made by PSU Art Faculty members

Vanishing Act: Endangered Species Art plays a role in activating change

vanishing-act_postcardNovember 6 – December 15, 2017, Silver Center for the Arts

How can art bring awareness and change to environmental issues?

PSU’s Art and Environment First Year Seminar students explore the power of art to inspire activism. Students researched various endangered animal species and created an accompanying art installation. Keeping in mind that the exhibit as well as the artworks can bridge understanding and raise awareness, students worked with Museum of the White Mountains staff to design, plan, and install Vanishing Act.



Lasting Impressions: A Juried Alumni Arts Exhibition

Courtesy of Linda Gray.

Linda Gray, “Southern Presidential Vista.” Courtesy of the Artist.


September 26 – October 26, 2017, MWM Gallery, Silver Center for the Arts Lobby, Lamson Library

Lasting Impressions showcases multiple generations of PSC/ PSU art, writing, music, theater, and dance alumni, highlighting the importance of place as well as the University’s history of incubating critical thinking and artistry.


Summer Camps: The White Mountains Roots of an Iconic American Experience


Curated by Paul Hutchinson, Marcia Schmidt Blaine, and Cynthia Robinson, May 3 – September 13, 2017, MWM Gallery. 

This exhibition traces the summer camp movement in the White Mountains from the 1880s to today. In addition to images, artifacts, and narratives of the history of summer camp.




Forecasting: Climate Change and Water Impact

Forecasting Gallery Postcard


Curated by Kimberly Ritchie, Shandra McLane, and Cynthia Robinson,  January 23, 2017 – April 21, 2017, MWM Gallery

This exhibit brings together the disciplines of meteorology, technology, and visual art to explore a topic on the forefront of today’s news: climate change and its impact on water.




Finding Place on Paper: Contemporary Poets and Printmakers Explore the White Mountains

Dawn Blanchard, "Lafayette, Lincoln, Little Haystack, Liberty, Flume," Etching, 1999. Courtesy of the artist.

Dawn Blanchard, “Lafayette, Lincoln, Little Haystack,
Liberty, Flume,” Etching, 1999. Courtesy of the artist.


Curated by Liz Ahl, Parker Potter, and Cynthia Robinson, October 24, 2016 December 16, 2016, MWM Gallery

This exhibit pairs contemporary professional New England regional poets and printmakers with PSU student work with the common theme of responding to the White Mountains as a place. 





Taking the Lead: Women and the White Mountains

"Mrs. F on the Basin Rim North Chatham NH, September 17, 1920. Photograph by Ralph C. Larrabee. Courtesy of the New Hampshire Historical Society."

Courtesy of the New Hampshire Historical Society.



Curated by Dr. Marcia Schmidt Blaine and Cynthia Robinson, April 7, 2016 –  October 7, 2016, MWM Gallery

Using art, first hand accounts, clothing, and photographs, this exhibit explores the role women played and continue to play in shaping and popularizing the White Mountain region.









Trail Clubs: Connecting People with the Mountains

Photo courtesy of Mike Dickerman.

Photo courtesy of Mike Dickerman.


Curated by Mike Dickerman, Steve Smith, and Ben Amsden, March 31, 2015 – March 2, 2016, MWM gallery.

This exhibit will enhance visitors’ knowledge and appreciation of the important role trail clubs have played in creating an iconic hiking trail system and community in the White Mountains.

Beyond Granite: The Geology of Adventure


Curated by Sarah Garlick, March 25, 2014 – March 8, 2015, MWM gallery

This exhibition explores the geological underpinnings of three of the most popular forms of recreation in the White Mountains: climbing, hiking, and skiing/snowboarding. We investigate the fundamental Earth processes that have shaped these mountains we love, and we make the connections between the stories of our outdoor pursuits and the stories of the land itself.



Passing Through: The Allure of the White Mountains

The Notch House, Frank Shapleigh, 1879, Oil on canvas, 28 x 41 inches, Private collection

Curated by Marcia Schmidt-Blaine, February 23, 2013 – March 2, 2014, MWM gallery

The first exhibition in the new museum, employed images, interpretive panels, films and interactive technologies to invite visitors to question the influence of time and space on human connections with nature.  Focusing on five distinct areas—Crawford Notch, Mount Washington Valley (eastern slopes), the Summit of Mount Washington, the Northern Presidentials, and Franconia Notch—visitors were encouraged to think more deeply about the White Mountain region and the evolving human experience of it.


 Through the Eyes of the Dealers: Bob and Dot Goldberg


Curated by Marcia Schmidt Blaine with Charles Vogel, October 17, 2013 – March 2, 2014, MWM gallery

Bob Goldberg was a major 20th century dealer of White Mountain art who was as impassioned by the area as he was by the paintings.  Many current collections have roots in his artistic savvy.  This exhibition celebrates his commitment to cultivating collectors of White Mountain art.  All works are on loan from the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College where Robert A. and Dorothy H. Goldberg bequeathed their extensive collection.



 Guy Shorey: Among the White Hills


Curated by Dr. Peter Crane, September 20, 2011 – October 22, 2011, Karl Drerup Art Gallery

Guy Shorey was a preeminent photographer in New Hampshire’s North Country in the first half of the twentieth century. This exhibition explores Shorey in his various roles: as an observer of his own life and the life of his community at work and at play; as an entrepreneur, using the attraction of the local photograph to provide a livelihood and to encourage visitation to his beloved Gorham and Randolph; and as an artist, whose sense of place and affection for the White Mountains was mirrored in his images and was evident in the Shorey Studio’s tagline, “Among the White Hills.”




 As Time Passes Over the Land: White Mountain Art


Curated by Marcia Schmidt Blaine with Mark Green, February 8, 2011 – April 9, 2011, Karl Drerup Art Gallery

White Mountain School painting has long been admired for the ways that artists captured and embellished the natural beauty of the region. Equally imbedded in those paintings is evidence of environmental change, from the impact of settlers’ activities including clear-cutting, hunting, and farming, to the industrial practices of pulp mills and mines. As settlers and investors drew benefits from natural resources, they perceived the land as the site of abundance and beauty reflected in the paintings. The exhibition will celebrate the great art of the era and explore dynamic environmental change as time passes over the land.