January 4, 2021
PORTSMOUTH – The theme for the 35th Annual Omer T. Lassonde Jury Show of the New Hampshire Art Association is “Beyond Borders”.
NHAA members and non-members are invited to perform this one to three piece theme in all mediums through online submissions until Friday, February 5 at 5 p.m.
Selected works will be exhibited in the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery of the NHAA and online at nhartassociation.org from Wednesday March 31 to Sunday May 30, 2021, for a two-month exhibition.
The jury for this exhibition will be announced shortly. Please check the Association’s website at www.nhartassociation.org for up-to-date information.
Each year the NHAA holds an exhibition competition in honor of Omer T. Lassonde, who, as administrator of the WPA Federal Arts Project in his native New Hampshire, helped found the New Hampshire Art Association in 1940 to exhibit and advance the work of contemporary artists across the state.
Lassonde was a Modernist painting known for its fiery landscapes and expressive use of vivid colors. Originally expecting to become a portrait painter, one of his subjects, NH Governor John G. Winant, suggested that he go to the South Pacific as Gauguin to paint.
Indeed, Lassonde is best known for the year he spent painting the landscape and indigenous life of Western Samoa in 1930. In 1947, the editor of the Washington Post claimed that Lassonde had ‘done more than n’ any man living to put New Hampshire on the map artistically. “
Omer T. Lassonde Memorial Prizes of $ 1,000, $ 750 and $ 500 are awarded to the top three submissions. Honorable mentions will also be accepted. The exhibit is generously sponsored by the Lassonde family through the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.
For the full prospectus and more information, visit www.nhartassociation.org and click under the 35th Annual Omer T. Lassonde Exhibition under “Upcoming Artist Opportunities”.
An online reception and an awards ceremony are scheduled for Thursday April 15 at 6.30 p.m., via Zoom. Details and a link will be sent prior to the event and / or posted on the NHAA website.