Past Exhibitions

FRESH: Work by PSU Art Faculty

November 7 – December 12, 2018
On View at the Museum of the White Mountains

Opening Reception: November 7, from 4-6pm

Highlighting new and recent work by Plymouth State University Art faculty members, this exhibit introduces the campus and community to the innovative explorations going on in faculty studios. The exhibit shines a light on the current and exceptional art being made by PSU Art Faculty members.


From the Seacoast: Barn Gallery Comes to Plymouth

October 18 – December 11, 2018
On View in Silver Center for the Arts Lobby

Opening Reception: October 18, from 5:30-7pm

The Ogunquit Art Association celebrates its 90th year of gathering together and exhibiting artwork by Maine and New Hampshire based artists. A vibrant mixture of paintings, printmaking, drawing, and photography, this exhibit will highlight the excellence and diversity of these professional artists.


Spotlight on the Museum Collection: Sharing the Mountains

October 1- December 12, 2018
On View at the Museum of the White Mountains, Lower Level Gallery

Featuring viewbooks, stereoviews, photographs, glass plate negatives from the MWM collection, as well as stories about how MWM is archiving, digitizing, and sharing the region’s cultural history.


Chris Kressy, Life As Art

September 25, 2018 – October 23, 2018
Museum of the White Mountains, Main Gallery

Opening Reception: September 25, from 5-7pm

Celebrating the local artist’s life with a selection of the meditative, and vibrant paintings by Christopher Kressy (1936-2016). A color-filled feast that will enrich and inspire. An active faculty member at PSC/PSU from 1968 to his retirement in 1998, Kressy coordinated the painting program, served as department chair and was instrumental in the creation of the BFA studio degree.


Making Work: Plymouth’s Creative Economy

September 14, 2018 – October 11, 2018
On View at Silver Center for the Arts, Lobby Gallery

Opening Reception: September 14, 5-6:30pm

Who are the creative workers who enrich our community? How do the arts and creative workers impact local businesses and the region’s economy? How could a collaboration between the arts and businesses help the future of the Plymouth region? This participatory exhibition invites input and ideas that can be woven into a larger plan for the region.


The People’s Forest: A Centennial Celebration of the White Mountain National Forest


On view at the MWM
May 16 – September 12, 2018
Opening Reception: May 16, 5-7pm

Telling the stories of the past, present, and future of this New Hampshire treasure.

Years of advocacy, negotiation, collaboration, partnership and persistence make the White Mountain National Forest what it is today. The concept of stewardship lies in the heart of the creation and continued conservation of the Forest. This integral part of the regional landscape, clean water, and air, add significant value to the health and wellbeing of northern New England. The People’s Forest illustrates WMNF’s goals to protect and manage the land for future generations, encouraging the balance of human interaction and engagement within environmental conservation and preservation.

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This exhibition was funded  in part by a grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the USDA Forest Service – White Mountain National Forest.

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Photography Through the Trees
An Exhibit Featuring Photographs by John Anderson

June 27 – September 7, 2018
On View at Silver Center for the Arts lobby

Opening Reception: July 12, at 6:30pm

Trees define the state of New Hampshire. What was once a great old growth forest fueled the industrial revolution, and has now regrown to one of the most beautiful forests in the world. New Hampshire is also home to one of the largest collections of covered bridges. Made of the very forests they are nestled within. These relics of a past era stand as a testament to the builders, and the forests from which they are created. Photography Through The Trees illustrates both the covered bridges, and the White Mountain National Forest.





PSU Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibitions

April 10 – May 5, 2018
“BFA in Graphic Design”: Silver Center
“BFA in Studio Art”: Museum of the White Mountains

The annual capstone exhibits by BFA in Studio Art and BFA in Graphic Design students features the work, passion, and educational journey by PSU senior students. Graphic Design students, whose work is featured in the Silver Center, have been working all year, developing materials for their invented company concept and brand. Studio Art students have been creating a focused body of work in their areas of interest; their work is on display at the Museum of the White Mountains.


Annual Plymouth State University Student Juried Art Exhibit

February 27 – March 28, 2018, MWM Gallery

Highlighting the strength, energy, passion, and technical skill of our PSU art students, this annual exhibition features the best efforts of students from all levels of art making. Through exploration and experimentation inside and outside the classroom, this exhibition includes a wide variety of media from drawing, painting, photography, and video to graphic design, sculpture, and mixed media.


Jong-Yoon Kim: Light, Form, and Material 

Courtesy of the Artist, Jong-Yoon Kim.

Courtesy of the Artist, Jong-Yoon Kim.

February 6 – March 30, 2018,  Silver Center

Precision paper folding and practical design sculptures by PSU’s Jong-Yoon Kim

This exhibition showcases the precision paper folding and practical design sculptures by Jong-Yoon Kim, associate professor of graphic design at Plymouth State University. From paper to wood, Kim creates impossible and compelling spaces in his practical and impractical sculptures, lighting the way to inspired design.






Forest to Forest: Bicknell’s Thrush

noellebicknellsmallJanuary 30 – February 21, 2018, MWM Gallery.

A cluster project exhibit designed to increase awareness and conservation action for this bird and its habitat.

The Bicknell’s Thrush, a rare bird that breeds in the White Mountains inspired this multi-year, multiphase international cluster project and interdisciplinary exhibit. This exhibit examines issues like land management, deforestation, New Hampshire tourism, economic development, gender studies, and international environmental, social, and political impact. PSU students have been involved in the project, interacting with key partners, and developing effective conservation advocacy initiatives related to this special bird.


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

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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.