MANCHESTER, NH — If you could visualize the culmination of four years of artistic growth, you’d be standing in the middle of the gallery at the New Hampshire Institute of Art’s 2017 Annual Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Student Exhibition, happening May 20. The event showcases the top achievements of its graduating class, as well as selected offerings from a talented crop of underclassmen.
NHIA’s Annual BFA Exhibition features over 1,000 works of art displayed throughout three entire buildings in a variety of mediums, including paintings, illustrations, prints, ceramics, sculpture, graphic designs, photographs, comics, and creative writing. Styles range from conventional to newer, more experimental approaches. All artwork is available for purchase and all proceeds from artwork sales go directly to the student artists.
“I’m absolutely thrilled with the achievements our students have made this year,” said Bill Schaaf, NHIA Dean of Undergraduate Studies. “We will be displaying stunning work from across a range of creative industries; some of it the public may recognize from our commissions and internships in the area. Now the public has the opportunity to purchase one of 1,000 original works, mingle with the artists and hear the backstory of how such creative work came into being. This event truly is a catalyst for bringing the community together to support our students and the arts.”
Adding to the excitement and growing popularity of NHIA’s Annual BFA Exhibition, this year’s show also features the participation of several Manchester area food trucks and craft brewers in addition to wine, refreshments, and hors d’oeuvres. Also new this year, all Exhibition ticket holders will receive 10 percent off dinner at participating restaurants in downtown Manchester. Join the celebration of the achievements of a new generation of artists and help to launch a few new careers at this annual exhibition. For additional information please visit www.nhia.edu/AnnualBFA.
- Event is open to the public and handicap accessible
- Date and time: May 20, 6-9 p.m.
- Tickets: Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at: www.nhia.edu/AnnualBFA
- Gallery locations: 148 Concord Street, 77 Amherst Street, and 88 Lowell Street, Manchester, NH
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, Dual Degree BFA/MAT), graduate (MFA, MAAE, MAT), and community education programs (Youth Arts, Pre-College, Community Education, and Professional Development) serving almost 2,000 students annually on its campuses in downtown Manchester and Sharon, New Hampshire. 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.