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American Mortal

 September 3 – October 19, 2019

Work by Becky Alley and Melissa Vandenberg who use common domestic items to explore themes of patriotism, war, and commemoration.


Opening Reception

Thursday, September 26,

Join us for this drop-in event for a chance to meet the artists. This event is free and open to all.





Artist Talk

Saturday, September 28, 10:00


Join artists, Becky Alley and Melissa Vandenberg in a discussion about their works in American Mortal.

Artist Performance


Sew to Speak

Performance by Melissa Vandenberg
Thursday, September 26, 6pm 


During the opening reception for American Mortal, artist Melissa Vandenberg will perform her piece – Sew to Speak. To learn more about Vandenberg and her performance pieces please see her website.


Poetry Reading

Bullets into Bells: Poets and Citizens Respond to Gun Violence

Friday, September 27, 7-8 pm


Students from Ms. Carbonell’s classes and additional performers will address gun violence through poetry.
All are welcome and light refreshments provided.





Lunchtime Presentation

Symbolism & Resistance: The American Flag in Contemporary Art

Dr. Cynthia Fowler, Emmanuel College

Friday, October 4, 12:30 pm

As a symbol of American values, the American flag has been used by contemporary artists to evaluate the extent to which these values have been realized in our country.  Sometimes provocative, sometimes reflective, works that engage the American flag encourage us to think critically about a wide range of issues, from the meaning of patriotism to the history of racism in America.  This talk will introduce a group of artists who challenge us to move beyond blind patriotism to a more realistic vision of America. In this lunchtime presentation, Dr. Fowler will discuss works by Dread Scott, William Pope.L, Sonya Clark, and ERRE, among others.


A light lunch will be provided, but space is limited. Please RSVP by September 27 to gallery@exeter.edu.


About the Presenter:
Cynthia Fowleris an art historian with a specialization in American modern art. She received her PhD from the University of Delaware in 2002 and is professor of art at Emmanuel College. Her book, Hooked Rugs: Encounters in American Modern Art, Craft and Design (Ashgate, 2013), reflects her interest in the contribution of textiles and other forms of craft production to the development of modern art. As a feminist art historian, Fowler has published essays on a variety of women artists, including modernist painter and embroiderer Marguerite Zorach, fiber artist Sheila Hicks and post-minimalist sculptor Brenda Miller. Locating American Art: Finding Meaning in Art Museums (Ashgate, 2016), edited by Fowler, considers the various ways in which the location of a work of art shapes its meaning. Her most recent book, The Modern Embroidery Movement (Bloomsbury, 2018) examines the modernist textiles produced by a group of American women artists in the first half of the twentieth century. Fowler has received fellowships and grants from the Smithsonian Institution, the Winterthur Museum, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Center for Craft Creativity and Design, and the Society for the Preservation of American Modernism.


Image Credit: Melissa Vandenberg, Ladybow, 2016


Pop-Up Exhibition: Monsieur Degas at Exeter

Fall 2019

We are pleased to present Edgar Degas’ sculpture, Cheval se cabrant (Rearing Horse).

This important bronze sculpture by the famous French Impressionist, Edgar Degas (1834-1917) is on generous loan from Victoria Riskin Rintels and David W. Rintels, ’55 In memory of Gisela and The Honorable Charles E. Wyzanski, ’23, and later Trustee of the Academy. We are fortunate to have alumni who foster interest, passion, and education in the visual arts for our students and visitors.


Pop-up Exhibition is available for viewing during gallery hours only. 
Mondays: By appointment, Tuesdays-Fridays: 9-5, Saturday 10-4 



Image Credit: Edgar Degas (1834–1917), Cheval se cabrant (Rearing Horse), modeled 1880s, cast 1921, Bronze

Lamont Gallery, Frederick R. Mayer Art Center, Phillips Exeter Academy
20 Main Street, Exeter NH, 03833
603-777-3461 / gallery@exeter.edu