Jennifer Robertson on 07.05.19



Manchester, NH (July 5, 2019) – The Institute of Art and Design (the Institute) at New England College (NEC) is pleased to announce that faculty member Chris Archer has been awarded the Medaille d’argent (Silver Medal) from the Socièté Académique Arts-Sciences-Lettres for his achievement and leadership in art making, art education, and art advocacy. 

The purpose of the Arts-Sciences-Lettres Academic Society is to recognize and promote women and men who, through their talent and work, contribute to the promotion of culture in the artistic, literary and scientific fields.

This year’s event was held in Paris on June 22 and honored 228 award winners (Platinum, Gold, Vermeil, Silver, Tin, and Bronze Medals): 174 from France, and 54 from around the world, including 7 from the US.

After an intense application process including an 80-page portfolio documenting his achievements throughout his 25-year career as a studio artist, teacher, administrator, and community advocate, Archer had this to say about winning the medal: “I am very honored to have been given this award, and very proud that it is in recognition for not only the work I’ve done in my studio practice, but also for my efforts and achievements as an art educator and art advocate. It is wonderful that Arts-Sciences-Lettres continues to acknowledge efforts and achievement by a range of practitioners from around the world. It was even more special to receive this honor and to be in the company of talented artists, writers, musicians, dancers, scientists, and cultural workers.” 

Archer earned his BFA from Alfred University in 1992 and his MFA from Maine College of Art in 2008. His ceramics work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, earning multiple awards, and is in the collections of the San Angelo Museum of Art in San Angelo, Texas; Tokyo Geidai in Tokyo, Japan; and many private collections. 

Archer started his teaching career in 1993, most recently serving as the Associate Dean of Community Education at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, overseeing a range of programming in areas including Creative Placemaking, Youth Arts, Pre-College, Art Educators, Art Retreats, and Lifelong Learning. Archer also sits on the Board of the League of NH Craftsmen (for whom he is also a State Juror), on the Board of the NH Art Educator Association, and on the Steering Committee of NH Creative Communities Network.  He continues to sit on various panels and give presentations around New Hampshire and New England on strengthening the creative economy and the significant role arts and culture have in community development.