McIninch Art Gallery

The McIninch Art Gallery presents diverse exhibitions devoted to the art of the region and beyond. It is equipped to museum standards of humidity, temperature and lighting.

Made possible by a generous gift from The McIninch Foundation in April 2001, the Gallery is a sign of the university's growing commitment to the liberal arts and a resource to benefit the entire institution as well as the greater community of which it is a part. Its grand opening exhibition in February 2002 began a cycle of six to seven shows a year in a wide range of genres, styles and media. Shows may coordinate with a variety of demonstration, lecture, concert, classroom and other events.

The Gallery is building a permanent collection of art supporting the university's curricula and providing a source of enjoyment, enlightenment and beauty to all who visit. If you are interested in becoming a Friend of the McIninch Art Gallery and supporting its collection and other projects, please contact the director.

Location: First floor of Robert Frost Hall.

Admission: free and the public is welcome.

Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursday - 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Closed Sundays, during university vacations, between shows and during the summer.

Aaron T Stephan Sculpture
Aaron T Stephan Sculpture

Aaron T Stephan & Downpour: From Concept to Completion

August 25 through September 5, 2014

Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 5-7 pm

Sculptor, Aaron T Stephan, was selected to design a sculpture for the front lawn of the new SNHU Learning Center and Library. “Downpour” is 27 feet tall and 9,000 pounds, made of granite and aluminum; it is an innovative design intended to reflect the multi-faceted characteristics of the university. This exhibit includes preparatory sketches for Downpour, a selection of the Stephan’s earlier sculpture and two dimensional work, as well as a video-taped interview with the artist in his studio.

Image credit: Downpour, 2014, Artist rendering.

A Source of Identity Exhibit
A Source of Identity Exhibit

A Source of Identity: Contrasting Personal Environments

Curated by Audrey Pepper

September 11 through October 11, 2014

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 11, 2014 5-7 pm

Through a selection of works by four photographers, this exhibit takes a look at four dissimilar experiences of “home” and how that concept, that is familiar to us all, is expressed in distinctly different ways.

Exhibiting artists include: Beth Yarnelle Edwards, Bill Owens, Rania Matar, Shellburne Thurber

Image credit:  Beth Yarnelle Edwards, Rita, 2010,  c-print. Courtesy of the artist and Robert Klein Gallery, Boston.

Sculpture Tour & Talk
Sculpture Tour & Talk

Sculpture Tour & Talk

Thursday, September 18, 2014 5-7 pm

Join sculptors Donna Dodson, Gillian Christy and Dale Rogers on a tour of the sculpture park at SNHU.

Image Credit: Donna Dodson, Tiger Moms, 2013.

Public Art Forum - Why Do We Need Public Art?
Public Art Forum - Why Do We Need Public Art?

Public Art Forum: Why Do We Need Public Art?

Thursday, October 2, 2014 5-7 pm

Panelists include: 

  • Dina Deitch, Curator, The DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA 
  • Camilo Alviraz, Director, Samson Projects, Boston, MA
  • Cecily Miller, independent art consultant
  • Ralph Helmick, sculptor
  • Lillian Hsu, Director of Public Art at Cambridge Arts Council, Cambridge, MA 
  • Murray Dewart and Aaron T Stephan, sculptors

Image credit: Murray Dewart, Pilgrim, Pilgrim, 2010.

Self-Portrait with Yellow Background
Self-Portrait with Yellow Background

Self-Examination Through Portraiture

Curated by Audrey Pepper

October 16 through November 15, 2014

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 16, 2014 5-7 pm

This exhibition focuses on paintings by contemporary artists who have devoted much time to the genre of self-portraiture and considers the motivation of the artist. The impetus may be one of self-examination, a narcissistic exercise or simply that, in Frida Kahlo’s words, “ ...because I am the subject I know best.”

Exhibiting artists include: Bernard Chaet, Susanna Coffey, Gregory Gillespie,
Anne Harris, Steve Locke, Maud Morgan, Katy Schneider, and Barbara Swan.

Image Credit: Gregory Gillespie, Self-Portrait with Yellow Background, 1998-99, oil on panel. Courtesy Gregory Gillespie Trust and Gallery NAGA.

Objects in Motion
Objects in Motion

Objects in Motion

Survey of Work by Kim Bernard

November 18 through December 18, 2014

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 20, 2014 5-7 pm

Bernard’s projects investigate the intersection where the hard and fast science of physics collides with sublime spirituality, playfulness and a pinch of humor. These recent kinetic works invite the viewer to physically engage the sculptures’ motion, as an extension of one’s own energy, and break the no-touch rule of art.

Image Credit: Hydrogen Atomic Orbitals, 2014.

Elizabeth Rush: Still Lifes from a Vanishing City; Photographs of Yangon
Elizabeth Rush: Still Lifes from a Vanishing City; Photographs of Yangon

Elizabeth Rush: Still Lifes from a Vanishing City; Photographs of Yangon

January 15 through February 21, 2015

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 15, 2015 5-7 pm

This exhibit is part of Rush’s documentary
photography of a changing culture, an exercise in capturing a way of life in the face of modernism. The images capture teachers, mohinga sellers, accordion players, journalists, accountants and tea shop workers living alongside each other in colonial-era gems – buildings that would have only belonged to the extremely wealthy in almost any other city in the world. The subjects of these shelters are soon to be displaced as Myanmar’s military junta prepares to transition to a parliamentary system, removing Yangon’s disintegrating colonial row houses only to be replaced by glistening skyscrapers and shopping malls.

Image Credit: Still Life with Marigolds, 2013.

Tanja Hollander: Are you really my friend?
Tanja Hollander: Are you really my friend?

Tanja Hollander: Are you really my friend?

February 26 through April 4, 2015

(closed March 2 to March 7)

Artist talk with reception to follow: Thursday, February 26, 2015 5-7 pm

In her multi-dimensional portrait-project, Hollander collapses the intangibility of cyberspace and literally steps into the living rooms of her 600 (and growing) Facebook friends, traveling the country and the world on a modern odyssey to visit and photograph all of them. Hollander, known for her landscape photography, has created a video installation of the landscapes she has traversed on her quest to meet and photograph these “friends.” The “Are you really my friend? video project” at the McIninch Art Gallery will be her first video installation as she prepares for a solo exhibit at MASS MoCA for 2017.

Image Credit: Flo Lunn, Brooklyn, New York, 2013, Archival inkjet prints.

Sculpture Tour & Talk
Sculpture Tour & Talk

Sculpture Tour & Talk

Thursday, April 2, 2015 5-7 pm

Join us for an informal tour and talk with the McIninch Art Gallery Director and guest artists.

Image Credit: Jim Coates, Tree House, 2010, wood.

The SNHU Graphic Design: 9th Annual Student Exhibit
The SNHU Graphic Design: 9th Annual Student Exhibit

The SNHU Graphic Design: 9th Annual Student Exhibit

April 9 through May 2, 2015

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 9, 2015 5-7 pm

Wrath, avarice, sloth, pride, lust, envy and gluttony. This year's student exhibition attempts to define the seven deadly sins through their artwork. From posters, ads, photographs and videos each sin will be explored.

Image Credit: Chris Wyman, Katelyn, 2013, digital print.

Contact Us

Deborah Disston, Director of the Gallery
Phone: 603.629.4622