NHIA receives major gift of valuable photos, establishes new fellowship program

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Blackmon, Julie. Floatie. Teti Library Special Collections, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH. Gift of John Teti, 2017

MANCHESTER, NH – The New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) announced today that its collection has been enriched by the donation of more than 500 original photographic prints, featuring the work of many prominent 20th century photographers, thanks to the generosity of collector and philanthropist John Teti.

“The John Teti Rare Photography Book Collection” is one of the finest assortments of photographic resources in the United States. The collection, established in 2007 through a generous donation by Mr. Teti, contains over 2,000 rare books, periodicals, prints and documents illustrating the history of photography, including Edward Steichen’s personal copies of Alfred Stieglitz’s Camera Work.

This new donation adds another 500 rare and out-of-print books, plus almost 500 original photographic prints to the collection. Artists represented in this most recent donation include Harry Callahan, Paul Caponigro, Imogen Cunningham, Lee Friedlander, Kenneth Josephson, Andre Kertesz, Sally Mann, Elliot Porter, Man Ray, Edward Steichen, Jock Sturges, Brett Weston, Edward Weston, and Minor White, among others.

Weston, Ed. Pepper 1930. Teti Library Special Collections, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH. Gift of John Teti, 2017

 “NHIA’s photography department is a model for all art schools. It maintains a deep respect for the history and traditions of photography while keeping step with contemporary approaches to the medium,” said John Teti. “I am most pleased to continue to support the enrichment of NHIA’s students and all others who benefit from the deep resources of the Teti Library and the college’s special collections.”

Additionally, as part of this new donation, NHIA will benefit from a further gift of funds that will allow the college – already known for its strong undergraduate and graduate programs in photography – to establish a new Teti Fellowship program to make the collection more accessible to scholars and artists from around the world.

The new Teti Fellows program will award four to six fellowships annually to scholars, artists, writers, and educators wanting to travel to NHIA’s campus in Manchester, New Hampshire to make use of the collection housed in the college’s Teti Library.

Kenna, Michael.  Stark Outlook, Kucharo Lake, Japan. Teti Library Special Collections, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH. Gift of John Teti, 2017

Fellowships awards will range from $2,500 to $5,000 and are intended to cover the cost of roundtrip transportation to and from Manchester, lodging and meals while in residence, expenses related to the primary research or arts project, and a small stipend for the Fellowship recipient.

“We’re extremely grateful to John for entrusting this incredible collection to us, and for providing these fellowships to make the collection more accessible to more people than ever before,” said NHIA President Kent Devereaux. “It’s a vote of confidence in the excellent undergraduate and graduate photography programs we’ve built at NHIA over the years and to our commitment to teaching students about the past while we continue to create the future of photography in all its forms.”

Photography scholars, artists, writers and educators may apply for a Teti Fellowship at any time, but submissions will be reviewed only twice per year with the first application deadline this October 1st for individuals wishing to be considered for projects occurring during the first half of 2018.

All Fellowship recipients will be required to present a talk on their current artistic or scholarly project while in residence at NHIA and any articles, books, exhibition catalogs, or other publications must credit the New Hampshire Institute of Art and the Teti Fellows program.

For more information about the Teti Fellowship, visit nhia.edu/TetiFellowship or email TetiFellowship@nhia.edu.


About the New Hampshire Institute of Art

The New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) is the oldest and largest non-profit arts institution in New Hampshire, founded in 1898 and today offering undergraduate (BFA), graduate (MFA, MAT), and community education programs (Youth Arts, Pre-College, Community Education, and Professional Development) serving almost 2,000 students annually on campuses in Manchester and Sharon/Peterborough, New Hampshire.

The NHIA is a tight-knit community of creative thinkers, artists, designers, writers, and art educators who use the power of creativity to transform the community. They are a haven for students at every stage of their artistic journey, a place where artists can explore possibilities without fear and engage with people and experiences that will shape them and their future.

NHIA is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). NHIA is also a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD). For more information, visit www.nhia.edu