CONCORD, NH (PRESS RELEASE) — A scholarship in the name of Albert Duvall Quigley, an artist, musician and frame-maker from Nelson, New Hampshire, has been established at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The scholarship will provide assistance to students from the Monadnock region who are pursuing post-secondary education in the visual arts.
Recipients will be selected based upon creativity, passion for and commitment to the arts, and financial need.
Albert D. Quigley grew up in Frankfort, Maine and came to Nelson, New Hampshire after his service in World War I. “Quig,” as he was known, quickly became an integral part of the fabric of the town and its rich history of artists and musicians as he played for contra dances, painted the region’s towns and people, and made frames to hold regional artists’ paintings. He died in 1961.
This scholarship is the result of a community effort to remember Quig’s life and honor his legacy.
The scholarship was launched by a group of people who joined together to mount an exhibit of Quigley’s work at the Historical Society of Cheshire County in Keene, to compose a comprehensive 184-page full-color catalogue of his work, and create a scholarship in his memory. The Albert D. Quigley Exhibit Quigley Committee consists of artists, writers, and educators from Nelson and beyond. Generous people and businesses made donations to support the committee’s work and the scholarship fund.
Quig was not a wealthy man. His only formal artistic training was made available to him through scholarships: an Expeditionary Forces scholarship to study painting at the Isadora Duncan Pavilion outside Paris just after World War I, and a Bartol Scholar award to attend classes at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston when he was living in Nelson.
For much of his life, Quig bartered his paintings: for legal services to purchase his home in Nelson, and in exchange for medical and dental services. Many of the paintings in the catalogue had been created as part of this exchange system.
Sales of the Quigley catalogue will continue to support the scholarship fund and ensure its success in helping young artists in the Monadnock Region long into the future.
The committee is also seeking donations to increase the size of the scholarship fund. People interested in making a gift to the fund should contact the committee at email@example.com.
The first scholarships from the fund will be made in 2018, through the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s scholarship program. Applications will open in February.
About the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is New Hampshire’s statewide community foundation, founded in 1962 by and for the people of New Hampshire. The Foundation manages a growing collection of more than 1,800 funds created by generous individuals, families and businesses, and awards nearly $40 million in grants and scholarships every year. The Foundation works with generous and visionary citizens to maximize the power of their giving, supports great work happening in our communities and leads and collaborates on high-impact initiatives. For more information, please visit www.nhcf.org or call 603-225-6641.