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  • Loretta S. Wonacott Barnett

Loretta S. Wonacott Barnett

Professor, Fine and Performing Arts
(603) 526-3668 |

Joined faculty 1978. M.F.A., The Ohio State University. My art works are constructed visual narratives that are derived from my own experiences in the world; situations, places and people--ideas that imply rather than describe a specific moment in time. Each piece offers a possible state, or circumstance; currently, I am exploring the values and outcomes of the rule of law, the laws of nature and the laws of chance.

Work included in Virginia Watson-Jones book, Contemporary American Women Sculptors, Oryx Press.

To learn more visit artist website at

Areas of Expertise

  • Sculpture
  • Drawing/Painting
  • Monotypes
  • Photography

Teaching Philosophy

I listen to the students and think about their comments; I watch them work. I listen to them present their ideas and formulate their questions; I try to evaluate their learning styles and their capabilities for decision-making and intellectual endeavor. Critiques inform me as to whether, or not, the course objectives are helping the students understand the content in a way that allows them to develop their own framework for learning.

For the most part, things never get built the way they were drawn. Maya Lin

The concept of process and the connecting of materials in a contextual manner are important. and I try to let the students connect the content to themselves and their histories, all the while encouraging them to listen to what the process of “doing the work” has to tell them every step of the way.


  • M.F.A.,The Ohio State University
  • B.F.A., Boise State University