MFA June Residency Student Events

Date: 06.22.2018 - 06.30.2018

Time: 02:00 PM - 09:00 PM


NHIA welcomes their MFA students to the June Residency!  Click here for a downloadable schedule. For additional information please contact,


French Hall Auditorium and Rotunda
148 Concord St, Manchester, NH

Roger Williams Hall
77 Amherst St, Manchester, NH

Sharon Arts Center Gallery
30 Grove St, Peterborough, NH

Featured visiting artists

June 26, 7:00 pm, French Hall Auditorium
Dr. Claudia Ford, Featured Visiting Artist and Writer

Dr. Ford will be offering a presentation, Recipes for Resistance: Resilience and Justice in our Food Systems. She will explore the multiplicity of critical issues, debates, and responses within agricultural and food justice activism, as well as the role of artists and the humanities in these debates. She will examine the connections between hidden stories of resilience and contemporary responses to inequalities, including grassroots resistance, advocacy, and the quest for food justice, sustainable agriculture, and land rights.

June 27, 7:00 pm, French Hall Auditorium
Rebecca Makkai, Featured Visiting Writer

Makkai will read from her new book, The Great Believers, which is described as a novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy. Author Lidia Yuknavitch, writes: “Rebecca Makkai’s novel The Great Believers has stolen my heart. Crossing decades and lives, love and loss, art, and the long lasting legacy of AIDS, the novel is a brilliant triumph of empathy and intimacy between friends.” There will be time for Q&A after the reading.

Event Schedule

Tara Sellios, Visiting Artist, MFA in Photography
June 23, 4:15–5:15pm, French Hall Rotunda

Sellios is a Boston-based artist who is a Massachusetts Cultural Council fellowship recipient, a Getty Images Creative Bursary recipient and was named an emerging photographer to watch by Art New England magazine. Sellios is known for her lush, vanitas-style still life images, and she intertwines her large-format photographic practice with large-scale drawings and installation. She “strives to create images that elegantly articulate the totality of existence, focusing heavily on the broad themes of life and death, with further emphasis placed on ideas of fragility, impermanence and carnality.” The artist will discuss her work and process.

Greg Lindquist, Visiting Artist, MFA in Visual Arts
June 24, 4:15-5:15pm, French Hall Rotunda

Lindquist works with the guiding principle that art can facilitate social change, actively creating space for the possibility of mobilizing political action and reshaping common values.

Faculty Panel, MFA Visual Arts
June 24, 7pm, French Hall Rotunda

Jason Stopa, Gaby Collins-Fernandez, Rachel Beach, and Greg Lindquist are four preeminent NYC artists, who will be questioned by moderator Craig Stockwell about issues concerning contemporary art in NY and the sense of community that exists there at this time.

Enrico Riley, Visiting Artist
June 28, 7pm, French Hall Rotunda

Riley will be offering a talk about his creative practice, which is focused on drawing and painting.

Edie Bresler, Visiting Artist, MFA in Photography
June 28, 7pm, Fuller Hall, Thom Adams Room

Bresler is a Boston-based artist and educator and is a 2017 recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council fellowship inPhotography.

Graduating Student Talks
French Hall Auditorium

Graduating MFA students discuss the creative, academic, and conceptual development of their work.

June 27, 4:15-5:15pm
Rich Cavagnolo, Cady Kyst, Prem Muthu, and Courtney Young

June 28, 4:15-5:15pm
Jesse Halpern, David Holmander, Victoria Hussey, and Ashley Polson

June 29, 4:15-5:15pm
Robert Shiels, Debra Small, and Matthew Villarreal

MFA in Writing Graduate Readings
French Hall Auditorium
Graduating MFA students will read creative work from their final publications.

June 29, 7pm
Chip Bristol and Matthew Villarreal

Writing for Stage and Screen Concert Readings Sharon Arts Center Gallery, Peterborough, NH
invalidated, by Kara Emily Krantz  | June 25, 7pm

Katherine returns to her childhood home to sign the papers that will (finally!) finalize her divorce. She soon realizes that in order to retrieve her mail she will also need to confront the broken family system that awaits her, as well as question some of the vestiges of the past that have shaped them as a family.

Jetstream, by Austin FitzHugh  | June 26, 7pm
Toby, a struggling community college student, feels he can’t seem to get anything right: bills, marriage, or even his Spanish class. The night before his final, he enters into a dreamworld that changes everything.

Emmy and Ro, by Becky MacDormand  | June 28, 7pm
When Emmy and Ro get trapped in a bus depot’s bathroom together, after not seeing each other in years, the women are forced to confront their differences and the hidden demons from their past before continuing on to their grandfather’s funeral.

Power Points by Tracey Conyer Lee  | June 29, 7pm
Is it possible to honor all aspects of your femaleness in the age of marching in pink vagina hats? Rachel thinks she’s got it covered, but her desire to prove it to the world takes her down unexpected paths that dishonor her sexual preferences, her relationships and her own heart. Can she find her way back to true happiness before #TimesUp?
Prospective MFA Student Visit Day
June 30, 8:30am-12pm, French Hall Rotunda
Join us for a program overview, seminars, a campus tour, and breakfast with current students and faculty. Interested parties should RSVP to

MFA Graduation, Bass Hall, Peterborough, NH
June 30, 5pm

MFA Thesis Exhibition Opening
Sharon Arts Center Gallery, Peterborough, NH

June 30, 6–8pm
The biannual Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Thesis Exhibition is a celebration of the culminating work of our graduates. The exhibition features thesis work from students in Photography and the Visual Arts. Thesis scripts and book projects from graduates in our MFA in Writing for Stage and Screen and our MFA in Writing will be available in the galleries as well