University Museum

The Property of Old Jones
The Property of Old Jones by Craig Hood

The Art of Drawing: Works by UNH Studio Art Faculty

April 4 - June 14, 2014

Dale Valena, Museum Curator
Craig Hood, Guest Curator, UNH Painting and Drawing Professor

The art of drawing has always been a fundamental priority of the Studio Art Program at UNH. All art majors take at least two drawing courses and most take several. Some take many. Introductory Drawing is taken by majors from almost every other program at the university.

The art of drawing, which is both a method of observation and a form of expression, represents a distinct kind of engagement with the visual world. An artist renounces a passive position once a drawing begins, and the act of drawing sustains a heightened state of awareness, where surprising and unusual insights occur as long as the energy and attention of the artist is maintained. Of all the ideas that emerge during the lifetime of an artist, none are as significant as those that come when the artist draws.

We hope this small exhibition gives the university community and its visitors an opportunity to glimpse a basic component of what art education means in the Department of Art and Art History.


The University Museum is located on Level 1 in Dimond Library in Special Collections & Archives.

Past Exhibitions

Group of baskets
Arts & Literature

Civil War era coat button
New Hampshire
History & Politics

Fist shaped lightbulb
Social Awareness

Victorian era dress

Two painted portraits
UNH Art & Artists

A woman rides a horse in the snow
UNH History
& Traditions

Our Collection

We have a growing collection of UNH memorabilia and historic artifacts. We consider donations and have accepted over 1,000 items from approximately 100 donors. Donations are most often from alumni and their families and include a range of items from freshman beanies and scrapbooks to costumes and fraternity dance favors.

We are always looking for donations of memorabilia, in particular, items from the 1940s to the present. Please contact the curator, Dale Valena, if you have something you'd like to donate.