Exhibit: Furniture Studies Program at UNH

By | June 11, 2015
Fred Puksta

Fathers Time by Fred Puksta

Fourth exhibition in Masters’ ‘Schools of Thought’ Series

Opening Reception: Friday, June 26, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Exhibit: June 10 to September 7

Furniture Masters’ Gallery

49 South Main Street


Admission: Free

Hours: Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.;

Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Sunday; Closed

The New Hampshire Furniture Masters are honored to present “Schools of Thought IV: UNH” an exhibition of works by furniture makers from the University of New Hampshire’s Furniture Studies Program. The fourth exhibition of the “Schools of Thought” series, this show examines work by graduates of the UNH program and considers the ways in which their education shaped their development as artists.

David Masury

Library Stand by David Masury
Black Walnut
Photo by Dean Powell

Featured artists include Furniture Master Jeffrey Cooper; NHFMA Invited Artist David Masury; Former Masters Fred Puksta and Leah Woods; and Guest Artists Michael Ciardelli, John McAlevey, and Mark Ragonese.

New Hampshire has a distinguished furniture-making legacy stretching back to the colonial era, a tradition now carried forward by the Furniture Studies Program at UNH. For decades, this program has been producing some of the finest studio furniture makers in the U.S. Much like its peer programs at RIT and RISD, the Furniture Studies Program at UNH is a design-focused course of study that produces makers whose work spans the full range of contemporary studio furniture. From fine chip carving to figurative sculpture, the works in this exhibit demonstrate the rich variety of themes that UNH alumni have been exploring for the
last three decades.

“The woodshop program at UNH is legendary,” notes Furniture Master and NHFMA Gallery Liaison Ted Blachly. “I’ve heard many good stories about the program and have known a number of makers who’ve passed through it. We’re pleased to showcase graduates of the program in this, our final exhibit in the Schools of Thought series. The exhibition provides a visual chronology from the program, uniting makers from the early 70s with those creating cutting-edge work in today’s program under the direction of furniture maker Leah Woods.”

Hall Table by Leah Woods

Hall Table by Leah Woods Maple, white oak, satinwood veneer, brass hardware Photo by Bill Truslow

Leah Woods

Hall Table by Leah Woods Detail

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