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The Montgomery Endowment
Office of the Provost
6004 Parkhurst Hall
Dartmouth College
Hanover, N.H. 03655
(603) 646-4062

The Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Endowment at Dartmouth College

Established in 1977 through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth F. Montgomery (Dartmouth Class of '25), the Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Endowment was created "to provide for the advancement of the academic realm of the College in ways that will significantly add to the quality and character thereof, making possible major new dimensions for, as well as extraordinary enrichment to, the educational experience offered primarily to undergraduate students within the Dartmouth community."


Christianne Hardy Wohlforth                         Ellen Henderson
Director, Montgomery Fellows Program            Program Assistant
603-646-8219                                             603-646-4062

Spotlight- Current Montgomery Fellow

2014 Fall

Emmet Gowin

October 5-11, 2014


Emmet Gowin

Emmet Gowin by Edith Gowin

Emmet Gowin 

Emmet Gowin is an American photographer who first came to prominence in the 1960s for his series of intimate portraits of his wife and extended family. Over the course of a long and prolific career, his work has explored intimacy all the while playing with scale, distance and subject. He has made ariel photographs of the landscape dramatically marked by natural and man-made phenomenon, and worked in places as diverse as the Czech Republic, Mexico, the Middle East, Japan and the United States. Recently, he has made a study of insects, photographing intimate portraits of species both known and novel. He attended the Richmond Professional Institute (now Virginia Commonwealth University) and earned an MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design where he studied with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. In 1973 he began teaching at Princeton University where over the next 25 years he influenced many emerging artists, and drew an equal amount of inspiration from them. Gowin is the recipient of Guggenheim, National Endowment of the Arts and Pew Fellowships, and his work over four decades has been included in exhibitions in the US and abroad. His photographs are part of the permanent collections of museums world wide, including the Art Institute of Chicago; the Cleveland Museum of Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, the Masion Européenne de la Photographie, Paris; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Tokyo Museum of Art the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven; and the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth.


Public Event: A Life in Photography

Date: Tuesday,October 7, 2014, 4:30 p.m.
Location: Hood Auditorium
Free and open to the public

2014 Summer

Enrique Martinez Celaya

July 1-31, 2014

Enrique Martinez Ceylaya

Enrique Martinez Celaya

Enrique Martinez Celaya was trained as an artist and physicist and currently works in painting, sculpture, photography and writing, combined into environments, large installations that ask the big, meaning-of-life type questions that push the boundaries of contemporary philosophy, religion, art and literature. Born in Cuba, Martinez Celaya moved with his family to Spain and then Puerto Rico, where he apprenticed with a painter at the age of 12. He studied applied and Engineering Physics at Cornell University, worked at Brookhaven National Laboratory and pursued a PhD in Quantum Electronics at the University of California, Berkeley, before leaving to pursue art full-time. He received a Skowhagen Fellowship to attend the Skowhagen School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, and earned a Master of Fine Arts with the department's highest distinction from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His work has been widely exhibited internationally and is included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sweden, and the Museum der bildenden K√ľnste in Liepzig, Germany, among others. He is the author of seven books, and multiple essays on art, poetry and aesthetics. As a physicist he published scientific papers on superconductivity and lasers, is the inventor of several laser devices and of an often-cited patent.

He is joined on this visit by his wife and four children.

Martinez Celaya will give a public presentation titled "Five Projects since Schneebett" about his work and practice on Tuesday, July 15 at 4:30 p.m. in the Hood Auditorium, followed by a reception in the Kim Gallery.

His installation Burning as It Were a Lamp, will be on display in the Hood Museum of Art from July 12 through August 10. Martinez Celaya will speak about this installation in the Hood Gallery at 12:30p.m. on Tuesday, July 22.

In addition to these public events, Martinez Celaya will be visiting classes, meeting with participants in the Young African Leaders Program hosted by the Dickey Center, and maintaining open studio hours in the HOP garage. You can learn more about his paintings, writings, publishing and other work at his website,


Previous Montgomery Fellows:

2014 Spring Term

Daniel T. Potts

In residence all term.

Daniel Potts photo

Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology and History
Institute for the study of the Ancient World, New York University

Professor Potts specializes in the study of Iran, Mesopotamia and the Arabian Peninsula, as well as relations between these regions and their neighbors. Chronologically his work is wide-ranging - from the Neolithic to late antiquity, but his main focus is on the transition from pre-history to the Bronze Age in Mesopotamia and Iran, especially the 3rd millennium BCE. He has conducted field excavation projects in Iran, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. While at Dartmouth as a Montgomery Fellow, Professor Potts will teach Anthropology 12.2 The Archaeology of the Ancient Near East in the 10A.


Public Event: The First Charter of Human Rights? Cyrus the Great's Cylinder in Contemporary and Historical Perspective

Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 4:30 p.m.

Location: 041 Haldeman
Free and open to the public

Johnny Clegg

April 13-14, 2014

Johnny Clegg 

South African award-winning singer, songwriter activist, and anthropologist will perform with his band Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Lebanon Opera House. He then joins the Dartmouth College campus for a two-day residency where he will meet with classes and informally with students. On Monday, April 14 he will appear in a public event, "A Conversation with Johnny Clegg" at 4 p.m. in Fliene Auditorium, Moore Hall.

Last Updated: 8/21/14