Carroll House Opens as “Teaching Gallery” for Contemporary Art

Keene State College’s Carroll House Gallery will open on Thursday, January 27, to offer students, artists, and the Keene community regular samplings from the world of contemporary art. The opening exhibit will feature the work of Jarod Charzewski in a site-specific installation called Earthflow, which will use discarded clothing collected from Keene and the surrounding area to create an expansive, three-dimensional landscape that pays homage to the Monadnock region. By collecting clothing from the local communities, the artist intends to engage area residents and instill a sense of global responsibility. Following the project, these materials/garments will be donated to a local thrift store.

Currently an assistant professor in sculpture at the College of Charleston (SC), Charzewski will work with KSC students for four days, installing the exhibit before the gallery opens. The artist will talk about his work at noon on Wednesday, January 26, in the Thorne-Sagendorph Conference Room, and there will be an opening reception at the Carroll House Gallery from 4–6 p.m. on Thursday, January 27.

All spiffed up, inside and out, Carroll House is ready to welcome the most discriminating visitors.

All spiffed up, inside and out, Carroll House is ready to welcome the most discriminating visitors.

Carroll House, located next to the Alumni Center on Main Street, was recently converted from student housing to handsome gallery space to exhibit the work of KSC students and invited artists, functioning as a teaching gallery, where the Keene community can view contemporary art. It will create opportunities for Keene State art students to display their work, create art installations, and perform other gallery-management tasks.

All Carroll House Gallery events are free, open to the public. The Gallery is open from Wednesday through Saturday from 12–5 p.m. For more information, contact the KSC Art Department at 603-358-2040.

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One thought on “Carroll House Opens as “Teaching Gallery” for Contemporary Art

  1. Far cry from when my ex-wife, baby son and I were the first house parents there to the assist the first class to use Carroll House as a dorm. I won’t ever forget the night when we both helped a student get through an epileptic seizure, also a couple of other minor events which occurred at that address that year but I realize times and places change and people age. That’s what memories (and photos) are for, right?

  2. Far cry from when my ex-wife, baby son and I were the first house parents there to the assist the first class to use Carroll House as a dorm. I won’t ever forget the night when we both helped a student get through an epileptic seizure, also a couple of other minor events which occurred at that address that year but I realize times and places change and people age. That’s what memories (and photos) are for, right?

  3. Hope the photo was a pleasant walk down Memory Lane. And I hope you’ll come back for the Galleries opening!

  4. I lived there for one year from 1979-1980. I think the building was over 200 years then. I remember the attic beams were whole pine logs with the bark on still on parts of them. The basement had the remains of an old mason bar that looked like an old relic of parties long gone by. The room was freezing. It was a “quad” with a narrow room leading to another room, with only two outlets to support electronics. I can’t believe it was still a dorm until recently.

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