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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.

  • Verses From Isolation - Student Art Show

    Joseph Sywenkyj
    The works of art on the walls of this digital gallery were made by Holderness School students representing grades 9-12 in various photography and studio art classes throughout the 2019-2020 school year. 

    Some of the images are an observation and illustration of the incredible complexity and significance of the time we live in; some pieces are commentary about pollution and climate change while other pieces are simply beautiful and pleasing to view. They all have merit and purpose.
     
    The artwork also illustrates the interests and concerns of young artists figuring out their role in the world. Their work is sincere and candid and shows the depth of talent in the visual arts here at Holderness School. These students are extremely creative, intelligent, mature, and most of all, capable of creating insightful artwork with substance and significance.
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  • Verses from a Nation in Transition: Photographs by Joseph Sywenkyj

    Ukraine has made a noticeable entry into the American dialogue as of late.  And while sound bites and press conferences have been filled with mentions of Ukraine in the last several months, one pioneering photographer -- and now Holderness School faculty member -- has spent the last twenty years covering the winding evolution of a nation in transition.
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  • Essence and Reverence: The Work of Brother Thomas Bezanson

    Joseph Sywenkyj
    Brother Thomas Bezanson (1929 - 2007) was a Benedictine monk and a prolific artist and acclaimed ceramicist. He merged creative impulse, soul, beauty, tradition and expert craftsmanship to create refined work saturated with wonder and elegance. By all accounts, he was an extremely gracious and compassionate human being.
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  • Emerald Pool Study

    The Emerald Pool Opens at the Edwards Art Gallery

    Andrew Herring
    Albert Bierstadt, the German-American painter renowned for his landscapes of the American West, came to the White Mountains to capture its simple yet overwhelming beauty. What came to life through nearly a decade’s worth of work was The Emerald Pool, a massive oil-on-canvas monument to the natural majesty of a hidden swimming hole along the Peabody River in the Pinkham Notch.  Recounting The Emerald Pool, Bierstadt said, “I never had so difficult a picture to paint, as this White Mountain subject the Emerald Pool; my artist friends think it my best picture and so do I.” 
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  • Full Circle Opens in the Edwards Art Gallery

    Franz Nicolay
    The creative life is an imperative for human beings. It adds challenge, joy, fulfillment, and purpose to one’s trajectory in this physical plane. Recognizing this at an early age, our artists made the decision to embrace bold exploration and cultivate their commitment to working with materials of engagement and expression.  In each case, our alumni directly responded to the culture and dynamic life and environment surrounding them.
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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 Josephy Sywenkyj at jsywenkyj@holderness.org or (603) 630-2238.

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