MFA Summer Residency Events

Date: 06.24.2017 - 07.01.2017

Time: 09:00 AM - 09:00 PM

Location: New Hampshire Institute of Art, French Hall Rotunda, 148 Concord St, Manchester, NH

Please join NHIA’s Master of Fine Arts program for events open to the public during the Summer Residency. For additional information please contact,

June 24        9am-1pm
French Hall Auditorium
Prospective MFA Student Visit Day
This event will offer a glimpse into the life of NHIA’s MFA programs. Join us for a program overview, seminars, a campus tour and lunch with current students and faculty. Interested parties should RSVP to

June 24        7-9pm
French Hall Auditorium
Graduating Student Talks
Graduating MFA students discuss the creative, academic and conceptual development of their work throughout the MFA program.

June 25        7-8:30pm
French Hall Auditorium
Artist Talk: Melissa Febos
“Grace and Guts: Facing Truth in Any Form.” Melissa will talk about how courage in art is not measured by aptitude or audience; it is measured by the amount of fear and knowing we must walk through to face that deeper truth.

June 26        7-8:30pm
French Hall Auditorium
Visiting Artist Talk: David Driskell
“Footprints in Time: A Visual Journey in Art.” For more than a half century, Driskell has created visual accounts of his travels abroad that include sketches, drawings and written accounts of people, events and places along the way.  This visual diary fits prominently into his development as an artist and consciousness as a citizen of the world. 

June 27        5:30-6:30
French Hall Auditorium
Visiting Artist Talk: Sharon Louden
Louden will speak from her experience as an artist, educator, advocate for artists, and editor of the newly published The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life.

June 27        7-9pm
Bass Hall Monadnock Center
Writing for Stage and Screen Graduating Student Concert Reading
Firefly, the pilot episode of a new TV series entitled The Other Side, by Amanda Burdine.  Phoebe, a lonely high school student, struggles to find her footing in a new town.  Adding to the mystery is a connection between the town and her reoccurring dream about a girl named Luna, who might have something to do with the disappearance of her brother, August.

June 28     7-9pm
Bass Hall Monadnock Center
Writing for Stage and Screen Graduating Student Concert Reading
If I Knew the Way, a new musical play by Hilary Bluestein-Lyons. It’s 1987, and after getting kicked out of Harvard, Michelle and Tanya decide to follow the Grateful Dead to find Phil, Michelle’s true love. But during their travels, they learn that the freedom of the Deadhead/Hippy/Rainbow lifestyle isn’t always a bed of roses.

June 29        7-9pm
Bass Hall Monadnock Center
Writing for Stage and Screen Graduating Student Concert Reading
Checo, Albany, a new play by Hadasa Mercado.  The story centers on a Puerto Rican woman who with her family decides to move to the United states in the late 1960’s.  Albany, New York is the new setting where the assimilation of a new culture and the reveal of past secrets will test the family’s nucleus.

June 30        5pm
Bass Hall Monadnock Center, Peterborough, NH
MFA Graduation Ceremony

June 30        6pm
Sharon Arts Center Gallery
MFA Thesis Exhibition
Join us in celebrating our most recent MFA graduates at their thesis exhibition! Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres with the NHIA community of students, faculty and staff.


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

Bass Hall Monadnock Center
19 Grove St, Peterborough, NH