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Bruce McColl: In Full Bloom


Sep 23, 2017 to Dec 22, 2017


The McIninch Art Gallery at Southern New Hampshire University is presenting Bruce McColl: In Full Bloom through December 22, 2017. There will be an artist talk followed by a reception on Thursday, October 5 from 5-7 p.m. in the first floor Learning Commons of the Academic Center.  The exhibition is free and open to the public.


In Full Bloom highlights McColl’s creative exploration of landscape and still life traditions since 2002. These drawings and paintings in pastel, watercolor and oil reflect the variety of media he has used. McColl is primarily a plein-air painter. In spring, summer and fall, you might him situated with gear and colors in favorite places like Auburn, Derry, Hopkinton, and Franconia, New Hampshire. Yet, when it’s too cold, he’ll pack up his stuff and head to the comfort of his studio, where he will create floral still life paintings that include favorite heirloom objects and accompanying fruit. Compared to the expansive landscapes, these works are like intimate costume dramas.


The paintings that constitute In Full Bloom span 15 years of work, but there is a consistent vocabulary in the work that pays homage to the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists. McColl’s palette punches the room with vibrancy and joy. The composition and perspective in both his landscapes and still-lifes are both playful and complex. The ten paintings of this exhibition are hung with room to spare so the eye can rest and the mind can consider the flurry of activity McColl has captured.


McColl has been awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant; two Fellowships in Painting from “Artworks!” in New Bedford, MA, and two residencies at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT. His work is included in the public collections of the Currier Museum of Art, Saint Anselm College, and Union College in Schenectady, NY. Bruce is represented by McGowan Fine Art and is the Director of Art Education at the Currier Museum of Art.


The McIninch Art Gallery, administered by the School of Arts and Sciences at Southern New Hampshire University, provides firsthand experiences in the arts through collections, exhibitions and diverse programs designed to support the university curriculum and enhance public engagement with fine art.


Please call McIninch Art Gallery Director Debbie Disston at (603) 629-4622, e-mail or visit for additional information. The McIninch Art Gallery, which was made possible by a generous gift from the McIninch Foundation, is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. All gallery events are free and open to the public.




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2500 N. River Rd.
Manchester, NH

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