NHIA Announces $100,000 Donation

Jennifer Robertson on 10.09.15

New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) is pleased to announce that this spring the school received a very special bequest from a generous and gifted friend, Lucinda “Cindy” Biese. Cindy’s extraordinary gift of $100,000 will enable NHIA to provide scholarships to art students in need, a cause she held close to her heart.

Cindy was a self-taught artist, exploring media including collage, charcoal, oils, watercolor, and printmaking. She created art “for the love of doing it,” according to her dear friend of 35 years, Ellen Hoyt. Ellen states that Cindy and her family “found life interesting and held a great curiosity” which fueled Cindy’s drive to explore. That drive inspired her to study archeology in Panama, collect pre-Columbian pottery with her husband, Dr. Leo Biese, create crossword puzzles, hone her gourmet cooking skills, design jewelry, write short stories, join a choral society, win a quilting award, collect orchids, travel around the world, and exhibit her work in galleries and art institutions.

“We are very grateful to Cindy Biese for her very thoughtful bequest to the NHIA,” said Suzanne Lenz, VP of Development at NHIA. “Her legacy as a prolific and passionate artist, as well as a deeply generous friend to NHIA, will live on in the pursuits of our young artists striving to realize their creative dreams.”

Cindy loved to experiment in her artwork. She was a prolific creator, and found herself most inspired and excited by printmaking. According to Ellen, “Cindy was not afraid to try anything.” She was more “engaged in the process than in the product.” Several years ago she took classes at the Manchester Institute of Arts and Sciences, before it became the NHIA, as well as at the Sharon Arts Center. Ellen notes, “She was an exceptionally fine amateur artist.”

Recently, Cindy also donated a number of books to the NHIA. Teti Library Director, Betsy Holmes, was grateful for these gifts saying, “Lucinda Biese was extremely generous with her donations to Teti Library and the students of NHIA. She donated over 200 art-related books to the library – the subjects ranged from scholarly art history to practical ‘how-to’ guides. These will be a tremendous benefit to our students in the years ahead. “

Cindy’s legacy of creativity, inspiration, and exploration will be passed on through this most generous bequest, providing the funds necessary for art students to pursue their dreams. We are truly indebted to our friend, Lucinda Biese.

About New Hampshire Institute of Art

Since 1898 the New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) has remained committed to its original mission of engaging students, artists, scholars, and the community in the arts through quality education, outreach, and access to creative resources, with a focus on the present and a vision on the future. NHIA is a non-profit, independent college that offers four-year Bachelor of Fine Art degree programs in Art Education, Ceramics, Creative Writing, Design, Fine Arts, Illustration, and Photography. NHIA also offers two-year Master of Arts in Art Education, and Master of Fine Art programs in Creative Writing, Photography, Visual Art, and Writing for the Stage and Screen in addition to serving over 1,500 students annually through its community education programs. NHIA’s academic and administrative programs and residence halls are housed in 11 buildings spread throughout downtown Manchester with additional studio and exhibition facilities located in Sharon and Peterborough, New Hampshire. 

NHIA is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). NHIA is also a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD). For more information visit www.nhia.edu.