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Lamont Gallery at Phillips Exeter Academy to Host Cut Up/Cut Out

On view January 21-March 4, 2020 
Lamont Gallery at Phillips Exeter Academy will host Cut Up/Cut Out. From an excavated comic book to a hand-cut decorative rubber tire, the works in Cut Up/Cut Out use historic techniques of paper cutting to reflect contemporary concerns in transformative ways. Cut paper art practices span the globe, from kamikiri, the cut paper performance art of Japan, to the elaborate papel picado of Mexico. Cut Up/Cut Out features over fifty artists working across the United States and internationally, who repurpose leaves, Tyvek, maps, back issues of the New York Times, plywood, and cash register rolls to reimagine the world. Cultural pride, historical memory, environmental crises, consumerism, and scientific visualization are all potent sources of inspiration. The artists employ a variety of methods to produce their work, from cutting shapes by hand using X-acto knives, to creating intricate, large-scale works with computer-aided design software and plasma cutters. Poetic and powerful, the works in Cut Up/Cut Out will astonish, delight, and intrigue.

Cut Up/Cut Out was Organized by Carrie Lederer, Curator of Exhibitions, Bedford Gallery Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, California.

Opening Reception for Cut Up/Cut Out

Thursday, January 23, 5:30-7:30 pm

Visit the Lamont Gallery website to learn more about the exhibit and find out about additional events and educational programming:

Also on view:
Your Blood + Mine: A Meditation on Identity

Justin Li ‘20

Lamont Gallery Foyer

January 23-February 27, 2020
Reception: Thursday, January 23, 5:30-7:30 pm

Artist’s Talk: Friday, January 24, 7-8 pm

Elizabeth Kostina ‘20

Academy Building/Class of 1945 Library

February 10-28, 2020

Lunchtime Artist’s Talk: Wednesday, February 26, 12:45pm

Visiting the Lamont Gallery:
The Lamont Gallery and all programs are free and open to the public.

Gallery Hours: Monday by appointment; Tuesday – Friday 9am-5pm; Saturday 10am-4pm

Location: Unless noted, all events located at the Lamont Gallery, Frederick R. Mayer Art Center, 11 Tan Lane, Exeter, NH 03830

Notes: The Gallery welcomes school and community groups. The gallery is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers by contacting the office in advance at or 603-777-3461.

Lamont Gallery programs are supported in part by the Michael C. Rockefeller ’56 Visiting Artists Fund.

About the Lamont Gallery:
The Lamont Gallery, located in the Frederick R. Mayer Art Center, is a dynamic exhibitions and teaching space celebrating the arts by showcasing work of regional, national, and international artists in thematic exhibitions. Established in 1953, the Lamont Gallery was a gift to Phillips Exeter Academy by Lamont family alumni including Thomas W. Lamont, Corliss Lamont, Ned Lamont and others. Their generosity provides visitors of all ages the opportunity to experience and learn about the arts in a welcoming setting that reflects the Academy’s commitment to the intersection of goodness and knowledge. Informed by the Harkness teaching philosophy, the Lamont Gallery’s programs emphasize active learning, inquiry, and dialogue. The gallery offers year-round exhibitions and programs that are free and open to the public. For more information, call 603-777-3461 or visit the website at

Lamont Gallery programs are supported in part by the Michael C. Rockefeller ’56 Visiting Artists Fund. 

About Phillips Exeter Academy:
Phillips Exeter Academy ( is a coeducational, independent school, located in Exeter, New Hampshire. Founded in 1781 by John Phillips, Exeter has a tradition of academic excellence, a distinguished faculty, and a long history of educating young people to find their place in the world. It originated the system of instruction known as Harkness teaching in 1931. In the spirit of the school’s charter to foster goodness and knowledge, a Phillips Exeter Academy education is free to any admitted student whose family income is $75,000 or less and the diverse student body comes from a variety of geographic, economic, racial and religious backgrounds.