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New Hampshire Artist Laureate to study in Rome

James Aponovich, New Hampshire’s current artist laureate, as been accepted to the prestigious American Academy in Rome’s Visiting Artist program. In the spring he will be at the Academy’s campus, using a scholarly approach to refine his study of 15th- and 16th-century Italian painting from the Rome, Umbria and Tuscany regions.

“The opportunity to immerse myself in studying Italy’s great masters is an incredible honor,” said Aponovich.

A New Hampshire native and UNH graduate, Aponovich is an internationally renowned visual artist whose works are found in public and private collections around the world. He began his career as a portraitist and figure painter, but for decades has been known for his elaborate still life compositions painted in a contemporary realist style.

Aponovich has exhibited widely throughout the United States. Examples of his work may be seen in major museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Portland Museum of Art and others.

Closer to home, Aponovich was honored with a one-man retrospective exhibited at Manchester’s Currier Museum of Art in 2005 and was designated a Lifetime Fellow by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts in recognition of his receiving multiple competitive awards over three decades.

“James is one of the Granite State’s treasures,” said Van McLeod, commissioner of New Hampshire’s Department of Cultural Resources. “His being named a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome raises New Hampshire’s profile as a place where great artists live and where great art is created.”

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts recommended Aponovich to be New Hampshire’s fourth artist laureate and Governor John Lynch selected him to the position in 2006.

“I want to congratulate James Aponovich on being named a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome. This is quite an honor and one that is fitting for James, who has made significant and lasting contributions to the art world and New Hampshire's art community," Gov. John Lynch said.

New Hampshire’s Department of Cultural Resources includes the State Council on the Arts, the Film and Television Office, the Division of Historical Resources, the State Library and the American Canadian French Cultural Exchange Commission. The Department strives to nurture the cultural well-being of our state. From the covered bridges and traditional music of our past to the avant-garde performances and technological resources of today and tomorrow, New Hampshire’s culture is as varied as its geography and its people. This strong cultural base—which truly has something for everyone—attracts businesses looking for engaged workforces, provides outstanding educational opportunities and creates communities worth living in. Learn more at




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