MFA Winter Residency Public Events

Date: 01.04.2019 - 01.13.2019

Time: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM


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

About the Residency

One of the unique features of our low-residency programs is the fact that MFA students in Writing, Photography, and the Visual Arts share intensive 10-day residencies. Though students are immersed in presentations, workshops, and critiques from faculty and visiting artists in their individual programs, they also engage in interdisciplinary work with faculty and students across degrees. This Concurrent Curriculum is explored through a series of events (presentations, workshops, electives, faculty panels, field trips, etc.), which inspire tangential thinking and new approaches to making. For each residency, there is a thematic lens that helps students reach across disciplines into a collaborative space. Themes have included Food, Migration, Borders, and Fear; in January 2019, the theme will be The Rest.
The Rest is the space between things: “Negative space” in a work of visual art; a narrative pause in literature, comedy, or drama; the literal rest in a musical composition. The Rest could also be viewed as a space of difference, one which we navigate in life and art. An underlying question in choosing this theme is how we might lend weight to listening, examining silence, and considering difference from a more vulnerable and open stance.
Yo-Yo Ma, in a recent On Being interview with Krista Tippett (July 5, 2018) frames music as a way to bridge difference, making the case for a “cultural citizen or a citizen musician.” He goes on to describe the importance of contemplating artistic identity in terms of a 3-part ratio between human being, musician, and citizen. In considering The Rest in our upcoming residency, we will ask similar questions about who we are as human beings, makers, and global citizens. In his consideration, Yo-Yo Ma makes the case for a position of vulnerability and unknowing—a position from which, “you can actually begin to see where the solutions may lie. At least you start to open yourself to someone else who might propose a solution…” What is possible if we become attentive to The Rest? What becomes possible if we believe that Art can speak across spaces that might otherwise be obstacles?

Featured Events

Seth Abramson: Poetics of Digital Storytelling
January 6, 2019, 7:00 - 9:00PM
NHIA, French Hall, 148 Concord St, Manchester NH
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As we stand at the precipice of the 2020s, digital literacy is now a mandate not just for consumers of digital media but for authors of every stripe. Abramson will talk about how to develop a superlative digital creative writing practice and why it means not just having an aesthetic perspective in your genre(s) of preference but also a complex and idiosyncratic relationship with the media, platforms, and hardware of the digital age. This is a requirement of creative writing in this century that many of us still feel underprepared to engage. But thinking about short- and long-form storytelling in the digital sphere—how we teach it, how we learn it, and how we grow in it—lets us consider how an inductive "poetics" rather than a deductive "aesthetics" is what enables distinctive, memorable, and finely wrought creative writing in our time.

Abramson is a graduate of Harvard Law School and worked for nine years as a criminal defense attorney and criminal investigator. He is now a tenure-track professor of Communication Arts and Sciences at University of New Hampshire. His teaching areas include digital journalism, post-internet cultural theory, post-internet writing, and legal advocacy (legal writing, case method, and trial advocacy). He is Affiliate Faculty at the New Hampshire Institute of Art and a member of the New Hampshire High Tech Council.

Ernesto Pujol
January 7, 2019, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
NHIA, French Hall, 148 Concord St, Manchester NH
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Ernesto Pujol is a performance artist and Social Geographer who has worked on public projects across the globe. In his presentation, Pujol will share a selection of these projects in which he works with cultural institutions and diverse communities to create meditative portraits of people and place. As a social geographer, the artist collaborates with citizens in enacting their memories and history through an accessible performative menu of gestures, silence, stillness, walking, and mindful perception. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

Pujol pursued undergraduate work in humanities, fine arts, philosophy, and monasticism. He did graduate work in education, communications, media theory, and art therapy. He is the author of Walking Art Practice, Reflections on Socially Engaged Paths (Triarchy Press, England) and numerous published essays. Pujol serves as an interdisciplinary consultant to the Land Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico in its native reforestation initiative after an ecologically devastating Category 5 hurricane. Pujol lectures and mentors in graduate programs nationwide and is currently working on reperforming The Listeners, originally premiered in Germany during summer 2018 as part of a cultural festival commemorating the 370thanniversary of the Peace of Westphalia.

Complete Schedule

January 5    7-9pm, French Hall Auditorium
Writing for Stage and Screen Graduating Student Concert Reading
"Burning Angels" A Limited TV Series (Pilot) by Andy Wertner
When internet recluse Blaine is implicated in the murder of the adult film star with whom he’s obsessed, he must partner with her rural luddite sister to find the killer and clear his name. The presentation includes a reading of the pilot script as well as a simulated “pitch” for the whole series.

January 9    7-9pm, French Hall Auditorium
Writing for Stage and Screen Graduating Student Concert Reading
"The Coincidence Family" A play by E. M. Beausoleil
When Polly Dolly’s husband goes missing, the little girl who owns her doll house replaces him with a bumbling blue alien! Polly Dolly and her children must learn to live with their new action packed family member. The Coincidence Family is a play about family, toys, laughter, and acceptance.

January 10    7-9pm, French Hall Auditorium
Graduating Student Talks & Readings
Graduating MFA students discuss and share the creative, academic and conceptual development of their work.
Frances Okutoro, Haley Sullivanm Jacklyn Massari, Ying Hu

January 11    7-9pm, French Hall Auditorium
Graduating Student Talks & Readings with a performance by the New Hampshire Dance Collaboratives
Graduating MFA students discuss and share the creative, academic and conceptual development of their work.
Markus Haala, Jennifer Mancuso, Scott Laursen, Otto D. Lichtsinn

January 12    12-1pm, French Hall Auditorium
Graduating Student Talk & Reading
Graduating MFA students discuss and share the creative, academic and conceptual development of their work.
Steve Jackson

January 12    8:30am-1pm, French Hall Auditorium
Prospective MFA Student Visit Day
Join us for a program overview, seminars, a campus tour, and lunch with current students and faculty. Interested parties should RSVP to

January 12    5pm, French Hall Auditorium
MFA Graduation Ceremony

January 12    6-8pm, Roger Williams Gallery
MFA Thesis Exhibition
Join us in celebrating our most recent MFA graduates at their thesis exhibition! Enjoy refreshments and hors d’oeuvres with the NHIA community of students, faculty and staff.