Art at Merrimack
Located in the Rogers Center for the Arts, the Thagaste Gallery hosts several exhibits each year and brings together local, student and faculty artists to share their work.
Monday through Friday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
All exhibitions are free and open to the public during regular gallery hours. Hours are extended on film and performances dates.
Student artwork is exhibited throughout the year on a rotating basis.
About the Gallery
The Thagaste Gallery is named for the small North African town where St. Augustine was born and later established as a small community dedicated to prayer and good works. Community, in the Augustinian sense of the word, is a gathering of people of one mind and one heart intent upon God, who take joy in the development of friendship, intellectual exchange and the beauty of creation. In that spirit, the Thagaste Gallery is a place where artists from the Greater Merrimack Valley and its neighbors, as well as student and faculty artists, can share their talents, dreams and ideas of beauty.
2018-19 Exhibitions, Opening and Receptions
Reflections of the Past: Photographs and Artifacts from Merrimack College’s Past
Opens: August 15 | Closes: October 21
Where We Come From: Photographs and Artifacts
Opens: Nov. 1 | Closes: Nov. 8
Reception: Nov. 8, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
A representation of images that reflect the collective personal past histories of the members of our community.
Kevin Salemme: Tryptics - Phantom Light
Opens: Jan. 15 | Closes: April 7
Artist Reception: Feb. 28, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Artist Statement: Photography is a medium that calls into question the accuracy of human perception. The three frames of a triptych challenge are understanding of time, light and space. In a triptych, we see time as simultaneous: three consecutive, yet individual, photographs viewed together. Our gaze shifts from one image to the next, back and forth. Perhaps we wonder which moment is more important, or which moment came first. This uncertainty functions like human memory, invoking a fragmented vision of space and time.
Light can also trigger memory in the same way, where certain light transports me through time to the places and spaces of my memory. Photography is the only time machine ever invented, and each photograph transports the light of the present into the past. When we view photographs, the light of that present moment reaches our eyes, as Sontag says, like the “delayed rays of a star.” This is the phantom light of memory. Time, memory and place merge into one triptych.
“The Contemporary Catholic Tradition”
Richard J. Cannuli, O.S.A.
Icons, textiles and watercolors
Jan. 23 through March 22, 2018
Opening reception: Jan. 25, 5:30 p.m.
“The Three Faiths: Art from the Abrahamic Religions”
Aug. 23, 2017 through March 22, 2018
A series of three exhibitions by Islamic, Jewish and contemporary Catholic artists.
“The Islamic Tradition”
“The Jewish Tradition”