past exhibition

A Life Made in Art: Maud Briggs Knowlton

January 28 through October 25, 2020

watercolor painting of a seaside house with blue flowers in the foreground
Maud Briggs Knowlton, Harbor Garden, 1912. Watercolor over graphite on paper, 21 1/4 x 14 1/2 in. Private collection.

The Currier Museum of Art celebrates the art and life of Maud Briggs Knowlton, the Currier’s first director (1929–1946). Knowlton was a lifelong Manchester, New Hampshire resident with deep ties to Monhegan Island, off the coast of Maine. 

Through a selection of watercolors, oils, and designs for porcelain, the exhibition will explore the formative role that bustling, industrial Manchester and remote, idyllic Monhegan played in Maud Briggs Knowlton’s career as an artist, educator, and museum director.

Works from the Monhegan Museum of Art and History by prominent artists such as Rockwell Kent, Aaron Shattuck, and Andrew Wyeth and Jamie Wyeth will also be featured to provide a more complete picture of the island as an artist colony.

This exhibition is co-organized by the Monhegan Museum of Art and History and the Currier Museum of Art. A catalogue published by the Monhegan Museum will accompany the exhibition and be for sale in the Museum Shop.


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artist in residence

Our Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program invites artists to live and work at the museum. While in residence, artists consider the collection and community, and refresh our perspectives on the role of the museum. The program is central to the Currier Museum’s mission of connecting our audiences with art and creative thinking, whether of the past or the future. We hope to learn from our visiting artists – and be surprised by their perspectives.

Artists working in all media participate in the AIR program, which has three main components: 1) an open call to support emerging artists making socially engaged art; 2) an invitational through which artists are selected to develop special projects, commissions, or exhibitions; and 3) artist-led, community-centered public art projects in the city of Nashua, NH.


Open Call for Artist in Residence Applications

Our annual open call is currently live from October 1 – December 1, 2022. Artists who share the museum’s goal of positively impacting communities through the transformative power of art are encouraged to apply to this residency.

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