Gov. Lynch Names James Aponovich of Hancock New Hampshire ' s Next Artist Laureate

From the Office of Governor John Lynch

CONCORD - Gov. John Lynch has named James Aponovich of Hancock as New Hampshire ' s next artist laureate. The Executive Council confirmed his nomination today.

" Our artists contribute every day to the rich cultural fabric of New Hampshire ' s communities, " Gov. Lynch said. " As artist laureate, James will continue to have the opportunity to enrich the lives of others both through his art and also as a mentor to our state ' s emerging artists. "

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts nominated Aponovich, a UNH graduate and internationally renowned visual artist. He began his career as a portraitist and figure painter but has been known since the early 1980s for his still-life compositions.

Last year he was honored with a retrospective exhibition celebrating his work at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester and was designated a Lifetime Fellow by the Arts Council in recognition of his achievements.

While many states have poet laureates, New Hampshire is one of few states with an artist laureate. The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts is charged with recommending several artists to the Governor every two years. The Governor then selects one to honor as artist laureate.

James Aponovich is the state ' s fourth artist laureate.