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Chris Archer

New Hampshire Institute of Art
Chris Archer is an art maker, art educator, art administrator, and arts advocate.  
His 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.  Objects along with architectural engagements serve to provoke creative tension between sensory, cerebral and cultural 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 various publications including Studio Potter Magazine.

Teaching has been an important part of Chris’ creative and artistic identity.  In addition to teaching in a myriad of venues and organizations throughout New England and across the country, Chris has served as faculty at the New Hampshire Institute of Art since 1998, teaching in the undergraduate, graduate and community education programs.  

For the last few years, he has held the administrative position of Associate Dean of Community Education at NHIA, expanding NHIA’s community engagement and programming.  In addition to the recent development and launch of a comprehensive Youth Arts Program, NHIA’s Community Education has partnered with the National Consortium of Creative Placemaking, creating an intense hybrid Certificate in Creative Placemaking program.  This comprehensive program approaches creative placemaking as a craft, attracting professionals from all over the country representing a wide range of professional sectors.  Chris is developing an undergraduate course in social practice and creative placemaking at NHIA which he will teach next spring.

Chris is an active member of many national arts organizations, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees at the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen.  He earned his BFA in Ceramics and Education from Alfred School of Art and Design in 1992 and his MFA in Transdisciplinary Arts from Maine College of Art in 2008.