• Museum of Art, UNH, IMPACT, an exhibition celebrating the 2018 recipients of the Piscataqua Region Artist Advancement Grant given by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

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    April 08, 2019
    DURHAM, NH –The Museum of Art, UNH, IMPACT, an exhibition celebrating the 2018 recipients of the Piscataqua Region Artist Advancement Grant given by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The exhibition will be on view beginning April 12 through May 17, 2019. A reception takes place on Friday, April 12, 6:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m.

    The Piscataqua Region Artist Advancement Grant recognizes the important contribution of working artists to the cultural life of the region by providing an annual financial award to promote the artistic growth of artists and crafts people. The exhibition, IMPACT features Sachiko Akiyama Assistant Professor, UNH, 2018 award winner and finalists Tara Lewis, BA ‘92 and Jocelyn Toffic, BA ‘07.
    Sachiko Akiyama, a relative newcomer to New Hampshire has long been active in the Boston area, is recognized for her softly hewn figurative sculptures whose introspective expressions project dignity and strength. Drawing upon nature and her Japanese heritage, Akiyama’s carved sculptures are quiet, but not overly delicate; they are sturdy, solid and have a strong presence. Tara Lewis and Jocelyn Toffic paint women engaged in myth-making with fascinating stories to tell. Akiyama, Lewis, and Toffic demonstrate the significant contributions made to the cultural life of the Seacoast region by faculty and graduates of the studio art program at the University of New Hampshire.
    Additional programs include an artist talk with Sachiko Akiyama, Wednesday, April 17, 12:10 p.m. –1 p.m. Akiyama, recipient of the 2018 New Hampshire Charitable Foundation Piscataqua Region Artists Advancement Grant and will lead a discussion about her studio practice. On Wednesday, May 8, 12:10–1 pm Tara Lewis, BA ’92 and Jocelyn Toffic, BA ’07, Runners-up of the 2018 Piscataqua Region Artists Advancement Grant New Hampshire Charitable Foundation will lead discussions about their studio practice and process. All events are free and open to the public.
    Artist’s biography:
    Sachiko Akiyama is a sculpture artist based in Portsmouth, NH. Akiyama received her MFA from Boston University and her BA from Amherst College. She is best known for her sculptures that combine hand-carved wood forms with other materials such as clay, resin and metal. She has exhibited in the United States and abroad, including solo exhibitions at Kniznick Gallery, Brandeis University, Matter and Light Gallery, Boston, Akinofuku Museum, Hamamatsu, Japan, the University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, and group exhibitions at the Able Baker Contemporary, Portland, the Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, and Field Projects, NYC. Her work has been reviewed in Art New England, The Boston Globe, and The Portland Press Herald.  Akiyama has received numerous awards and residences such as finalist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant, recipient of the Joan Mitchell Award, the Artist Resource Trust Grant, and residencies at UCross and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her work is in the permanent collections of Decordova Museum and Sculpture Park and Gordon College.  She is currently the Assistant Professor of Sculpture, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH.
    Tara Lewis is a multidisciplinary artist, primarily producing paintings and photographs that dive into youth culture anthropology with a pop twist. Lewis received her M.A.T graduate degree from Tufts University and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and a BA from University of New Hampshire. She has exhibited in the United States, including SS/19, Fashion Week, NYC, the Aspen Art Museum, CO, and the Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn. Her work has been featured in Whitewall Magazine, Cultured Magazine and Paper City. Lewis has been honored with numerous awards and her works are held in private international collections and permanent collections such as Google Corporation, CA and the Addison Gallery of American Art and Culture, MA.
    Lewis creates large scale oil portraits of models wearing t-shirts, pageant sashes and other wearables designed and printed by the artist that center on evolving perceptions of youth, irreverence, girl culture, beauty, identity, teen trends, girl empowerment, social issues and pop culture, often referring to past decades and pre-internet sources in re-freshed and boldly mundane and relevant ways. Her most recent project was an art collaboration with fashion designer MILLY, for which Lewis designed t-shirts for the Spring/Summer 2019 collection as seen in her recent paintings and at New York Fashion Week.
    Lewis is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Art at Phillips Exeter Academy.
    Jocelyn Toffic is a painter based in Dover, NH. Toffic received her BA degree from the University of New Hampshire. Her work has been featured in solo and group shows at the WB Gallery, Dover, BUOY gallery, Kittery and Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn. Toffic has been awarded numerous awards such as Finalist ~ Barbara Deming Memorial Fund Gran, Best in Show @ 100 Market Gallery Mid-Summer Show and has also held residences in Hafnarborg Museum Hafnarfjordur, Iceland and HEIMA Seydisfjordur, Iceland. Her work is held in permanent collections such as Icelandic Phallological Museum, Harfnarborg Museum, Iceland, Mad*Pow Design, John Waters Private Collection.
    Image credits: (top right), Sachiko Akiyama, Winter’s Night, 2016, polychromed wood, paint, mixed media, 2016, 26” x 13” x 68”; (middle left), Tara Lewis, HA HA HA, oil on linen, 2019, 48” x 60” unframed,
    (bottom right) Jocelyn Toffic, The Penitent Ones (dyptich), 34” x 40”, oil on canvas
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