Currier Museum of Art
The Currier Museum of Art connects art with diverse audiences, from its neighborhood to international and digital visitors, embracing regional new museum-goers and under-served communities. We facilitate conversations and experiences around art. The Currier Museum aims to be nimble and creative in using its distinctive collection of historical and contemporary art. We connect the art of the past with art of the future through an artist-in-residence program based in our community. The museum teaches art as a way to understand the creative process in all fields — a traditional practice in American museums.
The Currier Museum embraces difference and multiple points of view in its collection, exhibitions, audience, staff and governance. The museum is dedicated to the social needs of its community though programs serving people with memory loss, families of those with substance-use disorder, those with physical and cognitive challenges, and military veterans.
• In 2021, the Currier Museum began restoration of the George Byron Chandler House, an architectural treasure from the late 19th century. The main floor of the house preserves impressive stained-glass windows, original wallpaper and fine wood carving. These areas will be open to the public as an expansion of the museum, specifically to represent NH in the 19th century. The Chandler House Restoration Fund supports this project.
• The Currier Museum is the singular art museum in the world with two Frank Lloyd Wright houses. Accessible by guided tour, they are the only Wright buildings open to the public in New England. The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Fund supports the preservation of these architectural gems.
• The Art and Wellness Programs Fund supports the many social programs developed by the Currier Museum. We believe that art can inspire, bring people together and create a better, more inclusive society. These programs include Art for Vets for active military, veterans and their families; the Art of Hope, for families impacted by the opioid crisis; Creative Connections for Teens, launched during the pandemic for teens dealing with anxiety issues; Memory Café, for those suffering with memory loss and their caregivers; Making Art Accessible, for cognitively and physically challenged teens and adults; and the Immigrant and Refugee program, for new Americans settling in New Hampshire.
• In honor of a treasured New Hampshire artist, the Currier Museum of Art has established The Tomie dePaola Art Education Fund to support art education for young people.
• The Currier Museum of Art will host its annual fundraising gala on Friday, April 14, 2023, raising funds for world-class art, exhibitions and impactful social programs.
Donors who support the mission of the Currier Museum of Art with a gift of $1,500 or more will be granted access to the special events and privileges of the Currier Society. As the museum’s key ambassadors, Currier Society members enjoy insider access, from behind-the-scenes tours with curators to distinctive special events. By providing meaningful support, the Currier Society enables the museum to present special exhibitions, provide free programs for our community and strengthen our collections.
Remember the Currier Museum of Art in your long-term plans through a bequest in your will or trust, or through a charitable gift annuity. There are a variety of planned giving options that can benefit you and the museum. By including the Currier Museum in your planned giving, you will be welcomed into the Fuller Legacy Society. The Currier Museum of Art accepts donor-advised funds, as well as gifts of art. Please visit currier.org/planned-giving/ to learn more.
The Currier Museum of Art is committed to building a culturally diverse profession in museums, art and art history. It offers paid internships to introduce critical skills for undergraduate and graduate students selected through open application.
The museum also offers volunteer opportunities. Volunteers support the mission of the Currier Museum of Art by giving time and talent. Volunteers inspire active public participation and strengthen the museum’s presence in the community.
Volunteers assist staff with a variety of tasks, including leading tours, supporting educational programs, performing administrative tasks, conducting curatorial research, and helping in the library, shop and café.
The museum trains volunteers to lead public tours. Docents facilitate interactive discussions in the collection, special exhibitions, the Frank Lloyd Wright houses and special programs.
Board Officers / Board Members
President and Founder of Duprey Companies
Kelley Family Properties
Thomas J. Silvia
President, VineBrook Homes