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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. Professor Barnett's art works are visual narratives. She has long been interested in concept-based sculpture that incorporates mixed media and melds the intellectual and physical aspects of nature and man. Her current research focus is on the continual breaking down of the barriers between art and the man-made landscape. How we as humans connect with our environment through cultural norms and laws, through our attachment to architecture and through our affection for the natural landscape.

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, and 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 is 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