About the Artist

Bob ThoresenBob was born and grew up in Claremont, NH, and then went on to college at Syracuse University. In addition to two years of architecture school, he received his undergraduate degree in sociology and a master’s degree in city planning from Syracuse University. Later he obtained a master’s degree in public administration from the University of New Hampshire.

He has been a resident of Portsmouth, NH since 1972 after he was selected as Planning Director for the City of Portsmouth. In addition to his professional work, he has been widely involved in the community and has served on some 17 non-profit boards, committees, and task forces as a board/committee member and officer. He served as President of the New Hampshire Art Association from 2005 to 2009.

Bob is a juried member of the New Hampshire Art Association. He also served as a juror and curator of many art shows in multiple venues. He was part of a team of citizens that created the Artist Advancement Grant for the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. Since its creation, he served as a juror for many years to select the recipient of the annual $25,000 grant.

He has received many honors over his long career including an Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects, NH Chapter; Planning Journalism Award; Design Excellence Award; and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship for public administrators.

His work hangs in many private and public collections including Morgan Stanley. His work has been juried into the Currier Museum of Art/NH Art Association Annual Exhibition for at least six years and the NH Biennial. His work has appeared in numerous juried exhibits at the New Hampshire Art Association, the York Art Association, the Hollander Gallery, and the year long Alter Ego Show at the Sulloway and Hollis Law Firm. He has had four single person or two person shows at the New Hampshire Art Association and other single person shows at private venues.

In 1995 in conjunction with the 90th Anniversary of the signing of the Russo Japanese Peace Treaty, he organized and curated an exhibit entitled “Promise Peace” which was a collaboration between American and Japanese Artists that toured four cities in Japan and in the United States. One of his pieces toured with the show in Japan and the United States. The show was a partnership between the New Hampshire Art Association and the Japan America Society of New Hampshire.

He has been profiled in the Portsmouth Herald and numerous other publications over a period of many years for his art work and public service work.