Edwards Art Gallery

"The arts are the foremost expression of our civilization. They comprise a complex language, one not just non-linear, but intuitive, and through which one learns to code and decode a vast amount of visual information, as well as to think in new and different ways." 

— Glenn Lowry, Director, the Museum of Modern Art, New York and Holderness School Class of '72
The Edwards Art Gallery at Holderness School is an historic and beautiful building situated in the center of campus. The gallery, which was part of an extensive 1990s renovation of the original Holderness School gymnasium (circa 1917), is now part of the Carpenter Center for the Arts. Judith Solberg, in her book, This Tender Vine, called the renovation “a clever repurposing of existing space…and a new era for the arts at Holderness School.”

Recent exhibitions and exhibitors include Robert Shetterly’s “Americans Who Tell the Truth,” painter Emilie Lee ‘99, and painter Jonathan Sherman ‘95. Each year, the Edwards Art Gallery also collaborates with Boston’s Pucker Gallery on its autumn exhibit, displaying the works of internationally recognized ceramicists including Ken Matsuzaki and Yoshinori Hagiwara.

Gallery News

List of 5 news stories.

  • Ceramics Exhibit of Master Potter Ben Owen III to Open in November

    Emily Magnus
    Opening on Friday, November 2 in Edwards Art Gallery at Holderness School, A Legacy of Tradition and Innovation: The Pottery of Ben Owen III.
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  • Double Vision: Grandeur Discovery Despair Hope, Paintings and Poems of our NH Mountains

    Holderness School is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibit that features the collaboration of poet Timothy Muskat’s and artist Kathryn Field’s creative depiction of the glory and beauty of the White Mountains. While well-timed as the National Forest Service marks the 100th birthday of the 800,000 acres since President Woodrow Wilson signed the executive order in 1918 that created the White Mountain National Forest, the exhibit offers a dance of interpretation and honors a long-standing collaboration.
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  • Collecting Beauty, Giving Joy — Art as Inspiration: The Swift Collection

    Franz Nicolay and Suzanne Dewey
    The last exhibit of the year will feature the works from the collection of John '62 and Gretchen Swift. These are works that give excitement, peace, and joy created from a variety of techniques. Read more about the exhibit below:
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  • Margery Thomas-Mueller to Display Work in Edwards Art Gallery

    Emily Magnus
    “Landscape is a metaphor for life inside and out,” explains Margery Thomas-Mueller in the opening of her artist statement for the Patricia Ladd Carega Gallery. “It is where we walk, view, embrace our daily experiences of existence…The complexity that confronts our world daily, trying to uncover the dream beyond, that is the thicket I work at on paper.”
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  • Exhibit of Mark Hewitt Ceramics on Display in the Edwards Art Gallery

    Created through traditional methods, Mark Hewitt’s clay pieces reflect years of study with a variety of master potters as well as the influences of his home in North Carolina. From small rectangular plates to colossal curved vessels, Mark utilizes local clays and glaze materials to make both functional and decorative pieces, all of which are finished in wood-fired kilns that he built himself. One kiln, which he fires only three times per year, holds 1,000 to 1,500 pieces and requires six cords of wood over a three-day period to raise the temperature to 2,400 degrees.
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Upcoming Gallery Events

Gallery Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 9am-5pm Wednesdays and Saturdays: 9am-12pm
The gallery is closed Sundays and during school vacations. 

Please call ahead to confirm hours of operation.

For more information about the Edwards Art Gallery, please contact Franz Nicolay at fnicolay@holderness.org or (603) 630-2238.


Holderness School
33 Chapel Lane, Holderness NH, 03245
mail P.O Box 1879 Plymouth, NH 03264-1879
phone (603) 536-1257