MFA Pop-up Exhibition at 3S Artspace

Date: 10.07.2017 - 10.08.2017

Time: 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Location: 3S Artspace, 319 Vaughan St, Portsmouth, NH 03801

Catalyst: The Artist-Mentor Dialogue, October 7-8, Reception on October 7, 5-8 pm

On October 7-8, NHIA and 3S Artspace will collaborate on a pop-up exhibition featuring the work of eight artists: four MFA alumni and four of their Artist-Mentors. The role of the Artist-Mentor is key in the low-residency MFA model, as it is this intense semester-long, one-on-one dialogue that offers sustained feedback, challenge, and support during the stretch between on-campus residencies. This exhibit will feature the artist-mentor relationship as a way of honoring that rich collaboration, and, more abstractly, acknowledging the vulnerability and courage it takes to engage fully in critique and dialogue.
To consider art as a Catalyst is a bold and hopeful perspective—one shared by 3S and NHIA. At its best, contemporary art can generate conversation, new thinking, and rich engagement with social issues. This exhibit will be a vehicle for presenting that shared viewpoint.

Featured artists include:


  • Michele Johnsen
  • James O’Brien
  • Emily Belz
  • Michael Seamans

Artist Mentors:

  • Billie Mandle
  • Stephen Sheffield
  • Michael Oatman
  • Carly Glovinski