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Artists Find Their Niche at The New Hampshire Institute of Art

By Paul Rowe

New Hampshire Institute of Art's dedicated faculty promotes intellectual and artistic development while teaching students to respond artistically to contemporary social, political, and aesthetic issues.

The Institute offers (BFA) programs in Fine Arts, Ceramics, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, (MFA) programs in Creative Writing, Photography, Visual Arts, Writing for Stage and Screen, and over one hundred community education classes in painting, glass, jewelry-making, fiber arts, interior design, photography, printmaking, book and paper arts, ceramics, writing, drawing, and sculpture.

"New Hampshire Institute of Art is unique because of the combination of qualities and characteristics we offer students," says Director of Marketing Jennifer Robertson. "Our students receive individual attention from practicing artists, focusing on the development of student skills and their preparation for careers in visual art, design, and writing."

A strong sense of joyful community exists at the Institute. Students have been known to form very tight-knit and supportive groups. Professors here are both skilled and committed, providing artistic critiques that are constructive, thoughtful, detailed, and above all, respectful.

Born in 1898 as the Manchester Institute of Arts and Sciences, at that time the NHIA's only focus was community education. Since then, the NHIA has continually prided itself in listening to what students want from their education.

"Based on student feedback coupled with the expertise of our faculty, we have crafted a roster of over 100 classes in painting, glass, jewelry-making, fiber arts, interior design, photography, printmaking, book and paper arts, ceramics, writing, drawing and sculpture that will engage and excite the artist in everyone, whether they are new to the arts or have been practicing for many years," says Robertson.

Class sizes are kept to a maximum of fifteen people, allowing for in-depth individual attention. As a result of this, students get a great deal of personal instruction in the studio. These programs are a source of pleasure for students who want to explore their artistic side in a stress-free community of like-minded locals.

"As an art school NHIA is all about reaching for goals, personally and professionally. Some students dream of owning their own ceramics businesses, becoming renowned photographers, or screenwriters," says Robertson. "No matter what the goal, we work with the student to achieve the skills that will help them attain their goals and help them network with people in the industry who can guide them after they graduate."

NHIA believes that students, and all people, should "Do What You Love" and "Love What You Do," regardless of the naysayers, as art school graduates are just as likely to find jobs, and just as likely to get into college loan default, as their liberal arts college peers.

Keeping tuition costs modest and classes small has helped NHIA shine in Manchester, New Hampshire, especially when compared to other New England art schools that cost around $10,000 to $20,000 more to attend.

"If the purpose of education is to help students develop, then the artistic growth experienced by NHIA students clearly sets us apart," says Robertson.

Artists find a respectful, affordable, and inspiring home at the New Hampshire Institute of Art.

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Paul Rowe is a graduate instructor of writing and master's student of Literature at...

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