Exhibits Featured in the Randall Gallery

First in the Nation: New Hampshire Presidential Primaries - 1920 to 2020

Celebrate 100 years with New Hampshire as the First in the Nation with co-curators Mary-Jo Monusky, Ceal Anderson, and Mara Witzling.

Randall Room Exhibition Gallery

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The research library and the exhibition gallery are on the third floor of the building at 6-8 Market Square adjoining the Athenaeum building.

Looking Ahead: Upcoming Exhibit

Feb. 16, 2024    First in the Nation: New Hampshire Presidential Primaries – 1920 to 2020     Mary-Jo Monusky, Ceal Anderson, and Mara Witzling.

Previous Exhibits

Apr. – July     “The Wentworth Takeover: How One Family Came to Dominate Portsmouth and New Hampshire 1715-1775”     Sandra Rux

Aug. – Nov.     “Peace, Love & Portsmouth: Celebrating the City’s Cultural Renaissance through the Lens of J. D. Lincoln”     James Smith

Dec. – Jan. 2024   Twenty-seventh Annual Proprietors’ Art Show


June – July     “Standing Together: Seacoast LGBTQ+ Social and Support Groups”     Tom Kaufhold

Aug. – Nov.     “George S. Wasson, Artist and Author of Kittery Point”     Dave Kaselauskas, Lauren Gallant, Dean Gallant, and Wendy Lull

Dec. – Jan. 2023    Twenty-sixth Annual Proprietors’ Art Show


June – July     “The Georgian Garden in Print and in Portsmouth”     Tom Hardiman

Dec. – Jan. 2022   Twenty-fifth Annual Proprietors’ Art Show


Feb. – June     “Hampton Beach, Summer of ’83”     Peter Randall

Dec. – Jan. 2021   Twenty-fourth Annual Proprietors’ Art Show [online]


Feb. – Apr.     “The Many Faces of George Washington”     Sandra Rux

May – July     “Seacoast LGBT History: 50 Years of Rainbow Reflections”     Tom Kaufhold

Aug. – Nov     “By the Bottle or the Barrel: 400 Years of Brewing in Portsmouth”     Sandra Rux

Dec. – Jan. 2020    Twenty-third Annual Proprietors’ Art Show


Mar. – June     “What Hawthorne Read, from the collections of the Salem Athenaeum”     Elaine von Bruns

July – Nov.     “Painting Portsmouth Notables: 1750-1850”     Sandra Rux & Tom Hardiman

Dec. – Jan. 2019     Twenty-second Annual Proprietors’ Art Show


Jan. – Mar.     “Treasures of the Portsmouth Athenaeum: Part I    1817-1839”     Linda Cheetham

Apr. – May     “Treasures of the Portsmouth Athenaeum: Part 2   1840-1899”     Sandra Rux

June – Aug.     “Treasures of the Portsmouth Athenaeum: Part 3   1900-1979”     Ronan Donahoe

Sept. – Nov.     “Treasures of the Portsmouth Athenaeum: Part 4   1980–2017”     Richard Candee & Deborah Child

Dec. – Mar. 2018     “The Show of Shows: 20 Years of Athenaeum Exhibits 1996-2016”     Barbara Adams, Joan Graf, Richard Candee & Robert Chase


Feb. – July     “The North End: A Lost Portsmouth Neighborhood”     James Smith

Aug. – Nov.     “The Architectural Heritage of the Piscataqua: John Mead Howells photographs”     Jeffrey Hopper

Dec. – Jan. 2017     Twenty-first Annual Proprietors’ Art Show


Feb. – June     “Cosmopolitan Consumption: New England Shoe Stories 1750 –1850”     Kimberly Alexander

July – Nov.     “Embellishments: Constructing Victorian Detail”     Astrida Schaeffer

Dec. – Jan. 2016     Twentieth Annual Proprietors’ Art Show


Feb. – May     “The 1749 Model of the H.M.S. America: The Athenaeum’s First Object – 1820”     Elizabeth Aykroyd

June – Sept.     “First Congregational Church of Kittery and the Pepperrell Family”     Sandra Rux, Elizabeth Aykroyd, Tom Hardiman

Sept. – Nov.     “Norma Bernstein Smith: Talented Artist, Adventuresome Spirit”     Kitty Clark, Joan Graf, Barbara Adams & Robert Chase

Dec. – Jan. 2015     Nineteenth Annual Proprietors’ Art Show


Feb. – May     “Going to Blazes: Portsmouth Fires & Fire Societies”     Joyce Volk & Sandra Rux

June – Sept     “Ephemera: The Art of Everyday Printed Matter”     Carolyn Marvin & Susan Hamilton

Oct. – Nov.     “The House That Beer Built: Frank Jones’ Maplewood Farm”     Tom Hardiman

Dec. – Jan. 2014     Eighteenth Annual Proprietors’ Art Show


Apr. – June     “Portraits of Portugal: the Photographs of David Schirmer”      Douglas Wheeler

July – Sept.     “Height of Propriety: Fashions Through Time of the Proprietors of the Portsmouth Athenaeum”     Sandra Rux

Oct. – Dec.     “Downton Abbey: A Portsmouth Family’s Connection”     Ronan Donahue

Dec. – Jan. 2013     Seventeenth Annual Proprietors’ Art Show


May – Sept.     “Fire on the Water: Portsmouth’s Kearsarge sinks the Deadly Confederate Raider Alabama”     Richard Adams

Oct. – Nov.     “Money, Revolution & Books: The Athenaeum’s Library of John Fisher of London”     Tom Hardiman

Dec.– Feb. 2012     Sixteenth Annual Proprietors’ Art Show


Feb. – Apr.     “Treasures of the American Independence Museum”     Wendy Bergeron

June – Sept.     “A Family Portrait Gallery: the Benning Wentworth House . . . in the Cushing Years”     Elizabeth Aykroyd

Sept. – Nov.     “Nothing by Halves: The Life of Frank Jones”     Richard Adams

Dec. – Feb. 2011     Fifteenth Annual Proprietors’ Art Show


Feb. – Apr.     “Through the Eye of the Needle: Sewing Stories and Family Stories”     Kimberly Alexander

June – Oct.     “Selections from the Ogunquit Museum of American Art”     Susan Hamilton

Dec. – Jan. 2010     Fourteenth Annual Proprietors’ Art Show


Feb. – May     “Preservation Then & Now”     Historic New England

June – Sept.     “Russell Cheney: New England Master: Paintings of Kittery & Southern Maine 1910-1945”     Richard M. Candee

Sept. – Nov.     “Farms & Mountains: Photographs by Walter H. James of Portsmouth”     Peter Randall

Dec. – Jan. 2009     Thirteenth Annual Proprietors’ Art Show


Jan. – May     “Women of The Moffatt-Ladd House”     Barbara Ward & Sherry Cullimore

June – Oct.     “Abandoned in the Arctic: Adolphus W. Greely & the Lady Franklin Bay Expedition, 1881-1884”     Dr. Geoffrey Clark

Dec. – Jan. 2008     Twelfth Annual Proprietors’ Art Show


Jan. – Apr.    “Coming Home: Treasures of the Warner House”     Joyce Volk

June – Oct.     “Literary Lions: Celebrating 250 years of Print in the Seacoast”     J. Dennis Robinson & Rose Eppard

Dec. – Jan. 2007     Eleventh Annual Proprietors’ Art Show


Jan. – Apr.   “New England Miniature: Treasures of The Old York Historical Society”     Thomas Johnson

June – Oct.     “War & Peace: Images from the Russo-Japanese War 1904 -1905”     Fred Scharf

Dec. – Jan. 2006     Tenth Annual Proprietors’ Art Show


Jan. – May     “We Tell Portsmouth Stories: Treasures from the Portsmouth Historical Society”     Ursula Wright & John Mayer

June – Oct.     “The Artistic Legacy of John Prentiss Benson”     Nick Baker & Margaret Betts

Dec. – Jan. 2005     Ninth Annual Proprietors’ Art Show


Apr. – July     “A New Hampshire Treasure: The Wood Engravings of Herbert Waters”     Susan Hamilton

Aug. – Nov.     “Freeing The Line: Etchings by Charles Woodbury”     Ken Turino & Tufts University students

Dec. – Jan. 2004     Eighth Annual Proprietor’s Art Show


Feb. – June     “The Artful Life of Thomas P. Moses”     Richard Candee

July – Nov.     “Cheek by Jowl: The Athenaeum’s Collection of Early Portraits”     Carl Crossman

Dec. – Jan. 2003     Seventh Annual Proprietor’s Art Show


Mar. – June     “The Art of Charles V. Goodhue: Scenes of Portsmouth in the 1950s”     Peter E. Randall

June – Sept.     “One Woman’s Work: The Visual Art of Celia Thaxter”     Sharon Stephan

Dec.– Feb. 2002     Sixth Annual Proprietors’ Art Show


Jan. – Feb.     The Coolidge Family at Little Harbor, 1886 – 1954: Photographs and Paintings”     Catherine Vaillancourt

Mar. – June     “Frederick A. Bosley & Alice Ruggles Sohier: Paintings by Two Students of Edmund Tarbell”     William Brewster Jr.

July – Nov.     “To Restore Our Glorious Union: Portsmouth & The Civil War”     Richard Adams

Dec – Feb. 2001     Fifth Annual Proprietors’ Art Show


Mar. – June     “Heavy Weather and Hard Luck: Portsmouth Goes Whaling”     Ken Martin

July – Nov.     “History for the Taking: Portsmouth Souvenirs, 1875 – 1930”     Joyce Volk & Deborah Child

Dec.– Jan. 2000     Fourth Annual Proprietors’ Art Show


Feb. – Mar.     “Byways & Waterways of Portsmouth: Photographs by Richard Haynes”

Mar. – May     “18th Century Printing for New Hampshire”     Hollis Broderick

June – Sept.     “Susan Ricker Knox: Portsmouth and Beyond”     Deborah Child & Jane Kauffman

Sept. – Dec.     “Times of Turbulence and Triumph -Prints & Printing Pertaining to NH 1700 -1783”     Fran Lord & Steve Fowle

Dec. – Feb. 1999     Third Annual Proprietors’ Art Show


Feb. – Mar.     “Black Elders of 20th Century Portsmouth”     Valerie Cunningham, curator; Kel Edwards, photographer

Apr. – May     “Around Portsmouth in the Victorian Era: Photography of the Davis Brothers”     Jim Dolph & Ronan Donohoe

June – Sept.     “Gosport Remembered:  A Lost Island Community -the Last Village at the Isles of Shoals”     Mary Ellen Burke

Sept. – Dec.     “Families from Afar: Settling in Portsmouth, 1900–1930”     Ellen Fineberg

Dec. – Jan. 1998     Second Annual Proprietors’ Art Show


June – Aug.     “Russell Cheney: Artist of the Piscataqua“     Patricia L. Heard, curator

Oct.               “New Hampshire: A Living Landscape”     Photographs by Peter Randall

Nov. – Dec.     “Portsmouth, NH Samplers 1740 -184: In Female Worth & Elegance”     Rita Conant & John La Branch

Dec.– Jan. 1997     First Annual Proprietors’ Art Show