On March 22rd, 2006, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts announced that the Executive Council had unanimously confirmed Governor John Lynch's nomination of James Aponovich of Hancock as New Hampshire's Artist Laureate. He succeeded theatre artist Marguerite Mathews of Durham.
New Hampshire native and UNH graduate James Aponovich is an internationally renowned visual artist whose works, including portraits of a governor and a legislator, are found in many private and public collections. Although he began his career as a portraitist and figure painter, he has been known since the early 1980s for his elaborate still life compositions. He began to exhibit regularly during the 1970s, and in 1976 he was given his first significant solo show at New England College in Henniker. Since then, Aponovich has exhibited widely in galleries and museums. Examples of his work may be seen in major museums, such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Portland Museum of Art, among others.
In 2005, he was honored with a one-man retrospective exhibited at the Currier Museum of Art and was designated a Lifetime Fellow by the State Arts Council in recognition of multiple competitive awards over three decades. Aponovich has given back to the community in many ways, having served with the State Arts Council as an Arts Councilor and also as artist-in-residence at the New Hampshire, Institute of Art where he mentored young emerging artists.
James Aponovich was the state's fourth artist laureate. The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts is charged with recommending several artists' names to the Governor every two years. The governor then selects one to honor as artist laureate.
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