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Alumnus' Exhibition Kicks-off Fine Arts Fall Programming

September 22, 2015

Laura Lemire
Communications and Marketing
(603) 6411-7242

Alumnus Carlo D'Anselmi's painting "After the Rain" on display at Saint Anselm CollegeOn Thursday, Sept. 24, from 4-6 p.m., alumnus Carlo D'Anselmi '13 returns to campus for the opening reception of his master's thesis exhibition, which will be displayed in the Dana Center's Alcove Galleries. The exhibition is just one in a series of campus wide exhibitions, programs, and workshops planned by the Fine Arts Department for the fall semester.

D'Anselmi's thesis work, "An Exhibition of Paintings," includes oil paintings on canvas and a few created on wooden panels, evocative of his own interest in ancient history. He describes his work in this exhibition as a process where the subject-matter develops through his interaction with his materials.

"This group of paintings was very much influenced by the idea of archaeology-that it is possible to make marks, to scrape paint away, to re-find them, and to repeatedly change their context to create an image," says D'Anselmi. "However, each painting in the show is an individual attempt to find a meaningful image through oil painting: accumulations of my own energy, interests, sensibilities, and decision-making suspended in time."

The artist credits the archaeological dig he experienced in 2012 with Professor David George with great impact on his career path; he maintains that it is one of the reasons he attended art school after graduating from Saint Anselm, where he double majored in fine arts and classics. He graduated with his Master's in Fine Arts in painting from the New York Studio School in May 2015.

The exhibition will be on display until December 16.

In addition to exhibiting his work on campus, D'Anselmi will assist with senior fine arts thesis critiques and offer a mixed media workshop to the campus community.

Every year fine art seniors present their summer work or research at five critiques, which take place over the course of their senior year. Fine arts alumni often returned to campus to critique student work and offer their thoughts, which makes it a fun, communal experience, says fine arts professor Kimberly Kersey Asbury.

On Friday, Sept. 25, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., D'Anselmi's workshop on drawing, painting, collage, and printmaking, is in the Living Learning Commons (LLC) meeting room.

Additional Programming

The Fine Arts Department's programming this fall ranges from music faculty performances to an exhibition of bronze sculptures by artist Ed Smith. There will also be a preview hosted by the Geisel Library of a show to-be-installed in the LLC for the spring semester. All events are free and open to the public.

Fine Arts Fall Schedule

Thursday, Sept. 24, 4 p.m.
Opening Reception "An Exhibition of Paintings" by Carlo D'Anselmi '13
Dana Center, Alcove Galleries
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Friday, Sept. 25, 9 a.m.
Senior Critique #1
Comiskey Art Center

Friday, Sept. 25, 1:30 p.m.
Mixed Media Workshop with Carlo D'Anselmi '13
LLC Meeting Room

Monday, Sept. 28, 12:30 p.m.
Music Faculty Performance Part 1
Dana Center, Koonz Theatre

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 12:30 p.m.
Music Faculty Performance Part 2
Dana Center, Koonz Theatre

Thursday, Oct. 15, 4 p.m.
Opening Reception, "An Exhibition of Sculptures by Ed Smith"
LLC Galleries
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Friday, Oct. 16, 4 p.m.
Senior Critique #2
Comiskey Art Center

Wednesday, Nov. 4 - Dec. 16, 4 p.m.
Book Arts Preview
Geisel Library, Foyer Gallery
Learn more »


(Photo: "After the Rain," 4ft x 6ft, oil on canvas by Carlo D'Anselmi)

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