Hidden Treasures 5

Hidden Treasures 5

Works by Phillips Exeter Academy Employees

November 5-December 14, 2019*

Reception: Thursday, November 7, 5-7:30 pm

(*Gallery closed for Thanksgiving Break November 26-29)


Hidden Treasures 5 celebrates the creative work of our Phillips Exeter Academy colleagues, friends, and peers, across media and across departments. Work on view includes stained glass, watercolor paintings, beaded bracelets, landscape photography, model ships, and fiber arts, as well as events and programs showcasing music and literary arts. Visit with old friends, make new friends, and help us craft a vibrant community through our shared passions and interests.


Check our Events page for a list of special programs in conjunction with this exhibition, including a presentation about sculptor Gerald Laing, a felting workshop run by local artist Tif Farmakis-Day, an All-Day Music & Literary Jam, and GIFT! Lamont Gallery’s Holiday Show & Sale.

Collectively, this unique assemblage of artists and art evoke a call to exploration, observation, and expression—limitless in possibilities. By celebrating the sometimes-hidden talents of employee artists and makers, the exhibition illuminates the many facets of a diverse and vibrant community.


Participating artists reflect on exploration, expression, and the role of the arts at Phillips Exeter Academy:


Jean Chase Farnum, in the Athletics Department, is drawn to photographing the night sky. Her work, Milky Way along Acadia's Ocean Path Park Loop Road, pictured above, is both an act of artistic observation and a technical challenge, as more remote night skies are illuminated only by stars. She notes “I am constantly reminded that I have just started this journey and am excited for what may be in store in the future.”


Other pieces in Hidden Treasures 5 reveal how an employee’s artistic expression might be intertwined in their daily lives at Exeter. Fermín Pérez-Andréu, instructor in Modern Languages, shares excerpts from his project Historietas de la Historia, which will eventually serve students of Spanish. This comics-based textbook will teach readers about key historical moments or events not widely known about Hispanic culture. For Pérez-Andréu, “the process to create the book involves historical research, then the making of the comic pages for a given topic, and, finally, the creation of exercises to reaffirm what is learned through the vignettes.”

The landscape photography of Kelly McGahie - a “mindful adventurer” who has worked in Student Activities for twenty years—highlights how engaging in the natural world provides an opportunity to pause and appreciate: “in that moment, there is no other place to be.” Her work, Star Lake, grounds the viewer in the act of noticing the world around us—a shared reminder that intention and mindful moments have the power to harness limitless possibilities of expression. 


Acts of intention and mindfulness are wide-spread among the artists of Hidden Treasures. Many of these artists have pursued opportunities to learn and experiment within a reflective art-making community. One creative gathering was established at Exeter through the Be Well Exeter program, a campus-wide wellness initiative that seeks to build community and generate conversations that encourage well-being, mindfulness, healthy behaviors, and creativity. Artist Tad Nishimura, who has worked at the Academy Library for thirty-eight years, established a Beading Interest Group with colleagues. They gather weekly to work on projects, share skills and work through challenges that they encounter in their craft. There will be a special display of works created by several of these artists in this group.

Participating artists include:

Dale Atkins, Lamont Gallery
Hana Bartosova, Theater and Dance
Jennifer Benn, Lamont Gallery
John Blackwell, Science
Ralph Boragine III, Campus Safety
Laura Braciale Schneider, Art
Cameron Brickhouse, History
Ingrid Bryan, Institutional Advancement
Megan Campbell, Classical Languages
Mercy Carbonell, English
Michele Chapman, Science
Jean Chase Farnum, Physical Education / Athletics
Carla Collins, Art
John BlackwellCornelius Collins, Exeter Summer Art Department
Stacey Durand, Lamont Gallery
Susan Fairbanks, Institutional Advancement
Jacqueline Flores, Modern Languages
Kelly Flynn, English
Nico Gallo, Science
Melissa Gould, Major Gifts
Todd Hearon, English
Darlene Houde, Major Gifts / Planned Giving
Dale AtkinsStephanie Jackman, Exeter Summer
Cindy Jerge, Catering
Fran Johnson, Science
Lauren Josef, Theater and Dance
Jake Josef, Theater and Dance
Derin Korman, Dorm Affiliate and MLK Committee
Joanne Lembo, Student Activities
Kate Lennon Walker, Library
Kelly McGahie, Student Activities
Jim Morris, Dining Services
Mary Claire Nemeth, Art
Tad Nishimura, Library
Bernie Norton, Facilities Managment / Grounds 
Dido Nydick, Interscholastic Athletics
Jeff Palleiko, Interscholastic Athletics
Nicole Pellaton, Communications
Fermín Pérez-Andreu, Modern Languages
Rob Richards, Theater and Dance
Vi Richter, Information Technology
Scott Saltman, Director of Studies
Dustin Schuetz, Lamont Gallery
Tom Simpson, Religion
Mike Story, Facilities Management 
Marnie Terhune, College Counseling 
Aimee Towey-Landry, Lamont Gallery
Marissa Vitolo, Dorm Affiliate and Exeter Summer
Cary Wendell, Theater and Dance
Chelsea Woodard, English
Gail Wozniak, Dean of Students Office

and more!

Lamont Gallery programs are supported in part by the Michael C. Rockefeller ’56 Visiting Artists Fund.

Image credits from top: 

Jean Chase Farnum, Milky Way along Acadia's Ocean Path Park Loop Road, digital photograph. Kelly McGahie, Star Lake, digital photograph. Tad Nishimura, Polymer Clay Necklace, Sculpey clay. John Blackwell, The Whaling Brig Kate Cory, 2015-2018, Wood, paper, pewter, brass, silk and cotton thread, resin. Dale Atkins, Vessel #4, Stoneware. Chelsea Woodard, Deer Skull, Birches, Deer, Pencil and charcoal.