NHIA Dean of Graduate Studies Wins Kindling Grant

Jennifer Robertson on 02.04.16

New Hampshire Institute of Art Dean of Graduate Studies And Distinguished Artist Receives Grant
 
Manchester, NH (February 4, 2016)— New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) is pleased to announce that distinguished professor and artist Lucinda Bliss has been awarded a Kindling Grant to fund an upcoming creative project, Tracking the Border. The Warhol Regional Regranting Program, SPACE Gallery and The Kindling Fund support visual arts projects that engage the public in meaningful ways. We are pleased Bliss’s work was chosen for this grant and we are eager to see the outcome of this project.
 
“Lucinda is an inspirational practitioner,” said Kent Deveraux, President of NHIA. “She is extremely deserving of this grant and we are looking forward to following her journey throughout this project.”
 
Tracking the Border is an interdisciplinary project based on navigation of the 611 miles that represent the Canada/US border in Maine. Bliss will travel the length of the border by running, paddling, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. During this journey she will include dialogue with people engaged with border issues from a range of perspectives, including the Native Community, Forestry, Geology, and the Border Patrol.
 
“I am truly honored to receive this grant,” said Lucinda Bliss, NHIA, Dean of Graduate Programs. “My intention is not to be didactic with this project, but to use this viewpoint to generate a set of questions. I am interested in the larger philosophical and ontological questions implicit in this exploration and how this is significant to Maine’s identity and future.”
 
The creative project will take the form of blogging, drawing, a collaborative video/sound piece, and a series of lectures and panels. Bliss hopes to incite a cross-disciplinary dialogue about the dispute of borders in the world.
 
For more information about this grant please visit The Kindling Fund or email LucindaBliss@nhia.edu.
 
About Lucinda Bliss

Lucinda’s studio practice consists of drawing, painting, and installation. She is based in Maine and has shown widely in New England, Chicago, and the Southwest. Exhibition venues include the University of Arizona; the Tucson Museum of Art; Dinnerware Artspace; The Brattleboro Museum; Aucocisco Gallery; Whitney Art Works; Rose Contemporary; The University of New England; Space Gallery; The Center for Maine Contemporary Art; Bates College Museum of Art; Boston Center for the Arts; The Ross Gallery, in Charlotte, North Carolina; and Gallery 312, in Chicago.
 
Lucinda received an MFA in Visual Art from Vermont College (’99) and a B.A. in Art History from Skidmore College (’88). She currently serves as Dean of Graduate Programs at the New Hampshire Institute of Art.
 
Bliss’ career has led her to ancillary projects, including writing the chapbook Anatomy of Desire: the Daughter/Mother Sessions (Kore Press, 2000) and blogging about art and running (lucindasrunningblog.com). Her work has been featured in magazines and journals including Maine Farms, Terrain.org, Maine Magazine, The Saint Ann’s Review, and Hunger Mountain. She has received two Maine Arts Commission grants, residencies at Hewnoaks, Shotpouch Creek, and the Vermont Studio Center, and her work is included in the Viewing Program of The Drawing Center in New York and the Pierogi Flat Files in Brooklyn.

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.

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