The birthplace of the first artists’ colony in the United States, New Hampshire’s art scene continues to thrive today. From world-class art museums and established contemporary art galleries to artist collectives and university-based art venues, the Granite State caters to every taste. Here is our curated pick of the best contemporary art galleries and museums in New Hampshire.
Mill Brook Gallery and Sculpture Garden
Established in 1996, the Mill Brook Gallery and Sculpture Garden is currently home to artworks by over 70 artists mostly, but not exclusively, from the New England region. The gallery exhibits various art works, ranging from paintings, sculpture and photography to pottery and glass art. Surrounded by green fields, woodlands and ponds on the outskirts of Concord, the Mill Brook gallery aims to explore the relationship between art and nature, and organises annual outdoor sculpture exhibitions in addition to rotating exhibits every six weeks in the three indoor gallery rooms.
Mill Brook Gallery and Sculpture Garden, 236 Hopkinton Rd, Concord, NH, USA, +1 603 226 2046
McGowan Fine Art
McGowan Fine Art gallery has been integral part of New England’s contemporary art scene since the 1980s, showcasing contemporary American artists in a variety of mediums and styles. Located in the historic centre of Concord city, the gallery was launched more than 30 years ago by a local silversmith and jewelry designer, Mary McGowan in order to promote local artists, who at the time were more renowned for their work outside the state than at home. Nowadays McGowan Fine Art offers distinctive selection of artworks by more than 50 established or emerging regional artists, ranging from abstract to representational art, from photography to collage, from three-dimensional pieces to jewelry.
McGowan Fine Art, 10 Hills Ave, Concord, NH, USA, +1 603 225 2515
The Banks Gallery
A fierce survivor of fire damage and a subsequent four-month closure in 2013, the Banks Gallery remains one of the leading art galleries in New England. The gallery owner and a native of New Hampshire himself, Jamie LaFleur is passionate promoter of artists who have lived and worked in New Hampshire. Based in Portsmouth, the gallery specialises in modern realism, impressionism and post modernism, representing regional and national artists alike. Alongside displaying historical art pieces, the Banks Gallery currently represents and exhibits around 20 contemporary artists who work with oil painting and sculpture.
Banks Gallery, 32 Daniel St, Portsmouth, NH, USA, +1 603 502 0402
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