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The Hollis Arts Society has presenters every
​2nd Wednesday of each month (except for July) at 7PM.  
​The public is welcome free of charge.  

​Light refreshments are served!

Where: Lawrence Barn, Hollis, NH



May 9th 2018

7 PM

Chris Archer
— What is Creative Placemaking and What It Means to Artists —

at the
Lawrence Barn

Today’s artists are increasingly working at the intersection of studio art community development. Social practice and civic art have become more accessible and attractive approaches for artists, and likewise, the fields of community development and urban planning have evolved focusing on how to integrate arts and culture into their work.  Creative Placemaking is practice of leveraging and engaging art to improve our communities. Chris Archer, Associate Dean of Community Education at New Hampshire Institute of Art will discuss Creative Placemaking and the new roles and opportunities this practice offers today’s artists.

Chris Archer Bio:

Chris Archer is an art maker, art educator, and art advocate.    

Chris’ studio practice consists of functional pottery, sculptural forms, arrangements, site-specific installations and collaborative events.  Through these different “delivery systems”, he investigates the significance of material engagement as a means of critical thinking, often using references functional objects and architecture as a means to provoke creative tension between sensory and cerebral awareness. 

Chris has exhibited nationally and internationally, earning multiple awards, and is in the collections of the San Angelo Museum of Art in San Angelo, Texas; Tokyo Geidai in Tokyo, Japan; as well as multiple private collections.  His work has been published in a series of Lark Books publications and he has written for Studio Potter Magazine.

Teaching has been an integral part of Chris’ career.   Since 1993, Chris has continued to teach in a myriad of venues including visiting artist residencies, regional and national workshop presentations, and community classes.  In 1998, Chris began teaching at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, and since then he has been faculty in the Undergraduate, Graduate and Community Education programs. 

Currently, Chris serves as the Associate Dean of Community Education at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, overseeing a range of programming in areas including Creative Placemaking, Youth Arts, Pre-College, Art Educators, Art Retreats, and Lifelong Learning.   Chris is both a Board Member and Juror for the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen.  He also is an active member of the National Potters Council. 

Chris earned his BFA from Alfred University in 1992 and his MFA from Maine