NHIA Announces Photography Chair

NHIA Press Room on 06.20.17

New Hampshire Institute of Art

Announces Appointment of New Photography Chair

Manchester, NH (June 20, 2017) — The New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) is pleased to announce the successful conclusion of an international search resulting in the appointment of Yoav Horesh as the college’s new Chair of Photography. Horesh succeeds the previous Chair of Photography and current New Hampshire Artist Laureate, Gary Samson, who is retiring this month after teaching at NHIA for over 30 years.

As Chair of Photography at NHIA, Horesh will be charged with strengthening and broadening the undergraduate photography faculty and curriculum which currently spans the field from traditional darkroom and film techniques to the latest in media technologies — from the daguerreotype to digital. In addition, Horesh will be integral in working with NHIA’s Teti Library staff to broaden awareness of and access to the college’s extensive collections of rare photographic books and original photographic prints. 

“We are extremely pleased that Yoav will be joining us as our new Chair of Photography,” said Bill Schaaf, Dean of Undergraduate Students at NHIA. “His vast, global experience in education and expertise in photography as a form of visual communication is second to none. He is the ideal candidate to lead our expanding Photography program into the next decade and beyond.”

Born in Jerusalem, Israel, Yoav Horesh has exhibited internationally in galleries and museums including in Germany, Italy, Israel, the United States, Russia, Hong Kong, and Myanmar. Horesh’s work has been featured in magazines, art journals, and on websites across three continents. He has also given public lectures and artists talks in art schools, universities, and galleries in the United States, Israel, China and Europe. 

Horesh’s black and white and color photographs since 2001 have dealt with conflict, human tragedy, memory, and recovery in Europe, Asia, and America. His deep interest in the history of “sites” led him to explore locations far and wide in search of cultural clues and personal histories. His evolving practice has grown from “street photography” to large format landscapes, interiors, and portraits that initiate a discussion between the present and the past. His projects have taken place in the American southwest, Germany, Laos, Israel, the Gaza Strip, and Cambodia, where history still shapes and influences current events and life.

Horesh’s work is included in numerous private and public collections including the Addison Gallery for American Art, Ashdod Museum of Art, and The Museum of New Art. He has received awards, commissions, and grants including the Agnes Martin Award, the Exceptional Artist Award in Israel, the Projektraum-Bahnhof 25 residency award, an Emmanuel College Artist Residency, and the Mortimer Frank Grant.

Since completing his MFA from Columbia University in 2005, Horesh has taught in numerous universities in the United States, Hong Kong, Europe, and Israel. Most recently he established and ran the Photography Department for the Savannah College of Art and Design’s new Hong Kong campus. He has also taught at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Emmanuel College, and in the New Hampshire Institute of Art’s Graduate program in Photography.