Gift Establishes Emeritus Professor Position

NHIA Press Room on 09.12.17

New Hampshire Institute of Art Receives Major Gift To Establish Emeritus Professor of Photography

The New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) announced today that the college has received a major gift from an anonymous donor to establish an endowed Emeritus Professor of Photography position. Gary Samson, recently retired chair of NHIA’s Photography department, will serve as the college’s first Emeritus Professor of Photography. To view a video tribute to Samson at NHIA’s 2017 Commencement this past May, click here.

As NHIA’s first Emeritus Professor, Samson will continue his work on a number of high profile projects including curating an upcoming exhibition featuring photographers from the Monadnock region that opens at NHIA’s Sharon Arts Center Gallery in Peterborough, New Hampshire on November 3rd, teaching occasional workshops, and leading an annual study-abroad trip for NHIA students to Athens, Greece in partnership with the Helennic American University.

“I am extremely pleased that Gary has accepted this new position,” said Kent Devereaux, President of NHIA. “The work he has done in the state of New Hampshire and at NHIA has made an immeasurable impact on the thousands of students who have studied with Gary during his 35-year tenure here. With this new position, the college, our students, and the citizens of the State will continue to benefit from his unmatched expertise in the field of photography.”

An award-winning photographer and filmmaker, Samson’s work creates comprehensive pictorial histories that document people and culture. He developed his love of photography while working at the Manchester Historic Association. It was there, while making contact prints from the glass negatives documenting the city of Manchester and the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company’s history, that Samson realized how photography could be an important tool for sharing history and culture with wider audiences.

Samson’s work is in private and public collections including the Currier Museum of Art, the University of New Hampshire, and the National Archives in Washington, D.C. He has received two visual artist fellowships from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, and earlier this year was named New Hampshire Artist Laureate by Governor Chris Sununu in recognition of his long-standing commitment to the arts and the people of New Hampshire.