Although New Hampshire has four nicknames, it is mostly known as The Granite State thanks to the state’s massive quarries and grand granite formations. New Hampshire’s gorgeous landscape isn’t the only reason natives and newcomers alike love it here. New Hampshire is small (42nd largest state, pop. 1.3 million), affordable, and off-the-beaten-path. This might be the perfect environment for a starving, yet ambitious aspiring artist.
Artists-in-training can study at one of the areas art schools or traditional colleges during the day and enjoy the art and culture scene at night. Currier Museum in Manchester, Hood Museum of Art in Hanover, and the Museum of Art and the University of New Hampshire in Durham are just a few popular haunts for aspiring artists. Some of the top art schools/programs for students include New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, New England College in Henniker, and Plymouth State University in Plymouth.
New Hampshire Art Schools
New Hampshire is home to more than 25 accredited colleges and universities, with more than 58,000 undergraduates enrolled. Hundreds of students are enrolled in art programs, with more than 300 enrolled in the state’s top art programs. Scroll through the list below to take a look at New Hampshire’s best options for aspiring artists and what they have to offer.
University of New Hampshire – Degrees Offered: B.A. Art with Studio Art Option; B. F. A. Art with Option in 2-D Art, 3-D Art
New England College- Degrees Offered: B. A. Art with Concentration in Graphic and Communication Design
Keene State College - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Art with Graphic Design Option
New Hampshire Institute of Art – Degrees Offered: B. F. A. with Concentration in Graphic Design, Illustration
Rivier College- Degrees Offered: B. A. Graphic Design, Photography and Digital Media
Plymouth State University – Degrees Offered: B. A., B. F. A. Art with Graphic Design Option
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Employment and Salary Trends for New Hampshire Artists
New Hampshire is home to around 5,900 salaried artists. In 2002, it was home to 5,740. Salaries increased as well. In 2002, New Hampshire artists averaged $36,660. In 2010, they averaged $46,010. The mean annual wage for artists nationwide was $52,290 in 2010. In 2002, the average salary was $41,660.
Art Directors: New Hampshire had a population of 80 art directors in 2002. By 2010, the population had increased slightly to 100. However, salaries increased significantly during the same period. In 2002, New Hampshire art directors averaged $63,550. In 2010, they averaged $70,720.
Fine Artists: Figures for fine artists living in New Hampshire were unavailable for 2010. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of salaried fine artists living in New Hampshire was 30 in 2002. They earned an average salary of $37,330.