MFA Residency Events

NHIA Press Room on 12.10.15

Featuring Guest Speaker – Writer Leslie Jamison
*All events are free and open to the public

The New Hampshire Institute of Art is pleased to announce their line up events featuring work created by their Master of Fine Arts (MFA) residency students.

 “We're very excited to invite the community to join the MFA students and faculty for our public events which include Creative Writing readings, Writing for Stage and Screen script readings, a Photography and Visual Arts student exhibition, as well as graduating student presentations and a visiting artist talk,” said Alison Williams, Dean of Graduate Studies, NHIA. “We hope that you can join us for these wonderful experiences and learn more about our artists, writers and the MFA program in general.”

Event Schedule

Unless otherwise noted, all events will take place in the French Auditorium, 148 Concord Street, Manchester, NH.

January 4

4:15-5:15pm and 7-9pm
Graduating student talks
Graduating MFA students discuss the creative, academic and conceptual development of their work throughout the MFA program.

January 5 and 7

MFA Stage and Screen Script Readings (Location note: Sharon Arts Center Gallery, 30 Grove Street, Peterborough, NH)  A professional ensemble will perform dramatic readings of Graduating MFA Writing for Stage and Screen student scripts

January 6

Creative Writing Graduating Student Readings
Graduating MFA creative writing students will read excepts from their final creative work. 

Visiting Artist Leslie Jamison Talk, “The Empathy Exams”
Jamison is the author of the critically acclaimed novel, The Gin Closet and the collection of essays, The Empathy Exams. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, Oxford American, A Public Space, Best New American Voices, Virginia Quarterly Review and The Believer. She is a columnist for the New York Times Book Review, has won the Graywolf Press non-fiction prize and was a finalist for the PEN Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay.  Jamison attended Harvard University and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, and is finishing her doctoral dissertation at Yale about addiction narratives.

January 7

Prospective MFA Student Visit Afternoon
Students interested in learning about NHIA’s MFA Program are invited to a program overview with a chance to sit in on seminars, take a campus tour and enjoy a wine and cheese reception with current students and faculty. Interested parties should RSVP to: 

Creative Writing Graduating Student Readings (Location note: Fuller Hall, 156 Hanover St)
Graduating MFA creative writing students will read excerpts from their final creative work.

January 9

6-7 pm
MFA Graduating Student Exhibition Opening (Location note: 77 Amherst St)
Join MFA student artists for a residency exhibition debuting the works of our Visual Artists and Photographers. Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres with the NHIA community of students, faculty and staff.

For more information about these events, please contact

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.