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60 high school juniors chosen for Currier Allstate Art Festival

 Currier Museum of Art Hosts Eleventh Annual Allstate Art Festival

MANCHESTER, NH – Sixty students from all corners of the Granite State – from Plymouth to Nashua, from Exeter to Keene – will convene at the Currier Museum of Art on Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18 for the Eleventh Annual New Hampshire Allstate Art Festival. These high school juniors will come from 32 New Hampshire communities to spend two days at the museum and at the Currier Art Center to live and breathe art.

 On the Friday morning of the festival, five studio groups – each including two professional artists, one studio assistant, and twelve students – visit the newly expanded museum for inspiration, then create a cooperative project on a theme, based on each group’s unique point of view. After two days of intense student work, the projects are complete.

On Saturday afternoon from 2-3 pm friends, families, teachers, and the public are invited to see the results. The festival also includes a “college fair,” where a number of art college representatives will be speaking to the students and their families about their programs. The college fair will be held on the lower level of the museum in the Marisol Studio on Saturday from 1:30-3:30pm.

Saturday’s activities also include slides of the students’ work shown at 3 pm in the museum’s auditorium, followed by closing ceremonies at 3:30 pm. The artwork from their interview will be on display in the Currier Art Center.

Started in 1999, this New Hampshire festival brings committed young artists to Manchester to work in a studio setting with professional artists. Art educators each nominate two art students -- all high school juniors – for a maximum of five students from any one school. The Currier generally receives about 135 nominees for sixty coveted positions. Applications include two recommendations, images of the student’s artwork, and student essays. Finally, each applicant is required to create an artwork for his or her personal interview. Museum and Art Center staff, as well as art educators from across the state, volunteer to interview the applicants. 

At the same time that students are being selected, professional artists are being chosen to work with the students, based on the quality of the artists’ own work as well as their enthusiasm for working with young artists. It is the mentors’ role to encourage the students to develop their own ideas.

This year’s participating artists are Denise Dumas, Inter-media artist from Wilton, NH; Christine Destrempes, Painter/printmaker/installation artist from Harrisville, NH; Ann Laroche, Painter from South Deerfield, MA; Richard Gombar, Painter from White River Junction, VT; Bert Yarborough, Painter from Hartford, VT; Susan Link Silverman, Potter/printmaker from Fitzwilliam, NH; Darryl Furtkamp, Painter from Andover, NH; Gary Samson, Photographer from Concord, NH; Andy Moerlein, Sculptor from Bow, NH; and Christina Pitsch, Sculptor/installation artist from Manchester, NH.

The following students were selected to participate in the 2009 Allstate Art Festival:

Dave Alberts (Belmont HS); Kathryn Babb (Manchester Memorial HS); John Beckett (Phillips Exeter Academy); Madeleine Berner (Pinkerton  Academy); Bryan Boucher (Winnacunnet HS); Courtney Bowden (Goffstown HS); Meghan Brooks (Bishop Guertin HS); Christian Bua (Gilford HS); Katherine Buchanan (Kingswood Regional HS); Samantha Campbell (St.Thomas Aquinas HS); Ali Carlson (Souhegan HS); Sohee Cha (St. Paul's School); YiNuo Chen (New Hampton School); Joy Chiang (Manchester Central HS); Melissa Coelho (Spaulding HS); Kandace Cook (St. Paul's School); Julia Crescentini (Nashua HS North); Skye Nicole DelViscio (Winnacunnet HS); Shawna Dimick (Manchester Central HS); Devin Donohue (Monadnock Reg. HS); Courtney Erickson (Nashua HS South); Brittany Frazier (Bedford HS); Paige Frost (Goffstown HS); James Gillum (Alvirne HS); Kaleigh Heinhold (Nashua HS South); Evan Johnson (Souhegan HS); Aidan Kim (New Hampton School); Amelia Kundenholdt (St. Paul's School); Amy Ladds (Concord HS); Bryan Lafond (Winnacunnet HS); Alexander Lindahl (Goffstown HS); Gianna Masella (Hollis/Brookline HS); Rachel Moburg (Londonderry HS); Lauren Morrissey (Conval HS); Tara Morrison (Keene HS); Alexandria Mouzon-Reynolds (Belmont HS); Crystal Murrin (Monadnock Reg. HS); Jantje Niggemann (Holderness School); Andrew Ntapalis (Manchester Central HS); Sierra Parker (Winnacunnet HS); Alyssa Pittera (Coe-Brown Northwood Academy); Ginny Rice (Belmont HS); William Richmond (Concord HS); Charles Ryder (Manchester Central HS); Caitlin Scanlon (Keene HS); Juliana Spahr (Hopkinton M HS); Will Talbot (High Mowing School); Chandra Taylor (The Derryfield School); Cailyn Toomey (St.Thomas Aquinas HS); Kaitlin Trisciani (Manchester Memorial HS); Anna Turgeon (Manchester West HS); Michelle Tuttle (Kingswood Regional HS); Nate Veilleux (Goffstown HS); Rachel Warner (Spaulding HS); Evelyn Weston (Phillips Exeter Academy); Amy Wilson (Milford HS);  Hillary Wilson (Souhegan HS); Kristin Withers (Souhegan HS); Anastasia Wood (Goffstown HS); Adele Xu (St. Paul's School).

The New Hampshire Allstate Art Festival is organized by the Currier Museum in cooperation with the New Hampshire Art Educators’ Association. 

For more information about the 2009 New Hampshire Allstate Art Festival and Currier Museum of Art, call 603.669.6144, x108; or visit

About the Currier

The Currier Museum of Art ( in Manchester, NH is home to an internationally respected collection of European and American paintings, decorative arts, photographs and sculpture. New galleries showcase the collection of over 11,000 objects, including works by Picasso, Matisse, Monet, O'Keeffe, and Warhol. Visitors of all ages will enjoy the engaging traveling exhibitions, a series of dynamic programs ranging from music to lectures to hands-on art-making, an expanded gift shop and an airy new café filled with light and equipped with WiFi.

The associated Art Center offers studio classes, art camps and intensive workshops for all ages. The museum also owns the Zimmerman House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, complete with the original furnishings and the owners' fine art collection.  The Zimmerman House is the only Wright-designed house in New England open for public tours which are offered April – December. To book a tour or get more information, visit or call 603.669.6144, x108.





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