Distinguished American Artists Discussing Art

The Institute launches into the second half of its annual artist lecture series Distinguished American Artists Discussing Art series (DADA). The DADA lecture series is designed to bring the best of fine art discourse to the Greater Manchester community and beyond.

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Tickets are $20 per lecture. Tickets may be reserved up to 5:00 pm the day of the lecture by online registration or phone.

Tickets are non-refunadble and will not be sold at the door.

Institute Alumni Rate! $10/lecture. Pleae call 603.836.2546 or email rsvp@nhia.edu to reserve your tickets.

Seating for students, faculty and staff is free and will be provided on a "first come, fist served" basis. Priority "reserved" seating is for paying attendees.



Jon Brooks

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6pm
French Building Auditorium

Please join us for a slide presentation as Jon describes his artwork as being a collaboration with nature, using naturally formed hardwood, which is found and harvested. in the local forests that surround his home. The wood presents itself in an array of shapes and forms suggesting possibilities for furniture and sculpture. Jon’s art is about cooperating with the tree shapes he finds to create abalance of form, function, and craftsmanship.





Jon Brooks



Born in Manchester, NH, Jon Brooks earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, where he studied and apprenticed with Wendell Castle, and William Keyser. Since then he has taught and lectured widely at institutions as varied as the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, The University of Tasmania, The Haystack School of Crafts in Maine, Anderson Ranch in Colorado and The Center of Furniture Craftsmanship in Maine. A leading figure in The American Studio Furniture Movement, Brooks is highly regarded nationally and internationally as a furniture maker and sculptor, and for his ability to combine craftsmanship, inventiveness, and poetic whimsy. Examples of his work may be found in the collections of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC, The Museum of Arts and Design in NYC, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Queen Victoria Museum in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH.

Jon Brooks has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions in the US and abroad since the 1970’s including the Craft Today, USA European Tour, and Celebrating American Craft at the Danish Museum of Decorative Art, Copenhagen, Denmark. His work has been featured in curated museum exhibitions referencing strong sculptural and functional themes like The Makers Hand: American Studio Furniture 1940- 1990 at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in 2003. A solo retrospective exhibition and catalog honoring Jon’s career was exhibited at the Currier Museum of Art in 2011.




Sergei Isupov: “My American Career”

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 6pm
French Building Auditorium

Join us while Sergei Isupov discusses his experience as a free artist in the United States 1994 – present.

Russian born artist Sergei Isupov sought the opportunity to express his artistic individuality more freely and came to the United States. Living and working in Massachusetts, his work merges narrative subject matter with sculptural form

in erotic surrealism. Integrating autobiography and universal narrative his work reflects sexuality, relationships and the human encounter.





Segei Isupov