Student Art Earns Visibility in PSU President’s Exhibition

March 13th, 2008 by Adam

Image: Sarah Hjelm,”Country Basket” oil on canvas

Image: Sara Spinazzola, “Artifacts” mixed media sculpture<p?
Photos by John Anderson

PLYMOUTH, N.H. — The Presidential Juried Exhibition at Plymouth State University celebrates the work of PSU art majors as selected by a jury of PSU administrators including Provost Julie Bernier, Director of Development Angela Matthews and Director of Lamson Library and Learning Commons David Berona. More than 60 works were submitted for the exhibition, from which 12 were selected. The pieces are displayed in the President’s office suite and adjacent hallways.

The exhibition, initiated in 2007, exemplifies the vibrancy of the campus, and the President’s vision that art, history and the life of the mind should be reflected wherever we look.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for the all of the students who participated,” said Associate Professor of Art Thomas Driscoll Jr. “Going through the jurying is a frequent and necessary experience that practicing artists can always benefit from. The fortunate artists whose works were selected will have the privilege of their work being seen by state and regional dignitaries, visitors to the president’s office and students and employees that frequent the third floor of Speare,” Driscoll said.

The exhibition is also an opportunity to showcase the strengths of the PSU Department of Art. “While our students regularly produce large volumes of quality work, adding another public venue where the artwork can be seen, particularly over a four-five month exhibition period will give the viewing public a greater understanding of what we do,” Driscoll added.

Students and their works selected for the spring exhibition are:

  • Leaman Antone, a graduate student in art education from Holderness.
    “Light Wrap,” white stoneware with slip, 2007.
  • Charles Blair, a junior art major from Edgartown, Mass.
    “Tea Pipes,” stoneware, 2006.
  • Robert J. Caruso, a senior art major from Laconia.
    “Jacket,” oil on canvas,2007.
  • Jeffrey Chase, a junior art major from Tilton.
    “Hands,” white conte and charcoal on paper, 2007.
  • Ann Marie Gauthier, a senior art major from Hill.
    “Two Mexican Serving Platters,” terra cotta, 2007.
  • Sarah Hjelm, a sophomore art education major from Winnisquam.
    “Country Basket,” oil on canvas, 2007.
  • Christina McGaw, a senior art major from Lancaster.
    “Complete Happiness,” oil on canvas, 2007.
  • Sara Spinazzola, a graduate student in art education from Campton. “Artifacts,” mixed media sculpture, 2007; “On a Wire,” acrylic and pastel, 2006.
  • Laura Utley, a senior art major from Dover.
    “Study No. 2,” foam plate print on paper, 2007.
  • Tamara White, a junior art major from Plymouth.
    “Lucy, ”stoneware, 2007.
  • Tonya White, a senior art education major from Newport, Vt.
    “Sidewalk Art,” oil on canvas, 2007.

    For information about the President’s Juried Exhibition contact Tom Driscoll at (603) 535-2422 or via e-mail to

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