About Us

The Front Space presents contemporary artwork of all media by talented emerging and established artists of the region and beyond. We strive to show work that partners concept with craft and presentation. Check out our 2017 exhibition calendar!

Impetus

What do we present? Fresh ideas that push the boundaries of media and expression. With a particular interest in conceptual, social, or politically focused work, we strive to curate exhibitions that are in conversation with current world affairs. By inviting discourse, we offer a platform for discussion among our local communities. We celebrate diversity, and embrace cross-cultural learning. Additionally, we seek experimental endeavors such as installation, performance art, and interdisciplinary projects.

Vision

A space that contributes to the culture of the Salmon Falls Artist Mills, to Rollinsford, Somersworth, South Berwick, Dover, Portsmouth, Portland, Boston and beyond. Somewhere that emerging and established artists can exhibit work and explore new endeavors, and where the community can gather in celebration. We value quality in craft, concept and presentation. Our vision is to exhibit strong and serious artwork that exists at the forefront of the contemporary conversation. Collaboration with our artists is a key ingredient to successful exhibitions; to best promote their work, and to reach new audiences.

Story

An arts administrator, writer and curator, along with an artist and marketing specialist, sought greener pastures after six years together in Boston, MA. Landing in the hidden gem that is Rollinsford, NH, and finding this active colony of artists, they felt inspired to get involved, and to share and promote the artwork of the artists they already know, and of new friends yet to be made. Teaming up with two local friends; a project production manager, and an artist, they revamped studio 201 in the Salmon Falls Artist Mills to be The Front Space. They presented exhibitions and events at 1 Front Street from March through July, 2017, until deciding to go "satellite" in August. The Front Space is currently restructuring and seeking collaborators for future projects! Get In Touch.

Bios

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Julia Kirchmer

Curator & Co-Director

As Program Director for Gallery 263 (Cambridge, MA) between 2013 and 2017, Julia collaborated with hundreds of emerging and established artists from across the country, organizations, businesses and schools towards over 40 exhibitions. Concurrently, she managed marketing and customer relations for an independent, global fair-trade boutique called Nomad (Cambridge, MA).

Previously, she worked as the Alumni Exhibitions Manager and Assistant to the Director of Program Development at Lesley University. Additional gallery experience includes Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens, NY, and FLAGArt Foundation in Manhattan. Julia has apprenticed for artists Ben Sloat (Boston, interdisciplinary media) and Elizabeth Solaka (NYC, photography).

Julia holds a BFA in Art History and Fine Art with a minor in Arts Management from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, where she graduated Salutatorian with awards in 2013. Julia was born and raised in New York City.

Robert Saulnier

Events Manager & Co-Director

Robert Saulnier majored in Fine Art, and graduated from the Art Institute of Boston with a BFA in 2012. He is an apprentice and consultant for artist Geoffrey Koetsch (interdisciplinary media), and has assisted with Koetsch's exhibitions and performances around the New England region.

Currently, Robert manages marketing for MFB Creative, in Dover, NH, which produces custom, American-made promotional products. Previously, he built both the online branch of business, and a concierge ski-tuning and outfitting service for Boston Ski and Tennis, located in Newton, MA.

Robert is an installation and performance artist, as well as a wood turner and a painter. He specializes in small business marketing, and has a passion for local. He sees great potential in building a friendly arts community through The Front Space.