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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.

  • 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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  • An Exploration of Art History Through Sketching

    Michelle Wood
    In Kelsey Berry’s Art History class, students were asked to recreate a famous work of art in their own artistic expression. Through several assignments and a visit to the Boston MFA, the students gained perspective on a different way to study art--sketching. Follow the students' creative process in the video below.
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  • Red Contour by Liz Howe

    Exploring Themes of Permanence and Decay

    Emily Magnus
    On Friday, January 13, the Edwards Art Gallery celebrates the opening of a new exhibit: "Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture: Liz Howe & Don Williams." We invite our friends and family to come see for themselves the works of these accomplished artists.
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  • One of many ceramic pieces on display in the Edwards Art Gallery

    Gallery Opens in November with "Holderness Collects"

    Emily Magnus
    For the second exhibit of the year, Holderness School is sharing its own collection. With the help of John '62 and Gretchen Swift, Holderness has spent the last six months cataloguing all the artwork on campus, and now it's time to share our discoveries!
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  • Photographic Exhibit Opens September 9

    Suzanne Dewey
    The Edwards Art Gallery at Holderness School features four shows annually.  "Quiet Moments: The Photography of Alexandra de Steiguer" begins with a reception at the gallery with Ms. de Steiguer on September 9 at 6:30.  The public is welcome.
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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.
Holderness School
33 Chapel Lane, Holderness NH, 03245
mail P.O Box 1879 Plymouth, NH 03264-1879
phone (603) 536-1257