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.

  • 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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  • Art Exhibit Featuring Helen Nicolay Opens on September 15

    Suzanne Dewey
    Opening on September 15 in the Edwards Art Gallery at Holderness, “Helen Nicolay: Artist/Writer, Spanning the Centuries” will feature Helen Nicolay’s paintings and watercolors. The collection will include images of New Hampshire and from various journeys Miss Nicolay took to Europe, Egypt and the American West.
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  • Gallery Displays Photographs by Jake Norton ’92

    Emily Magnus
    Every spring exhibit in the Edwards Art Gallery is reserved for alumni artwork. This year is no exception. On April 14, Jake Norton '92 will be returning to Holderness to share with us a collection of his photographs from around the world. Please join us for the opening reception!
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Gallery Information

  • Gallery hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 9am-5pm and 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.
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33 Chapel Lane, Holderness NH, 03245
mail P.O Box 1879 Plymouth, NH 03264-1879
phone (603) 536-1257