Rivier alumnus, former faculty member donates painting to University

On Dec. 17, an alumnus of Rivier’s M.B.A. program and former adjunct faculty member in Rivier’s Division of Business donated a vibrant piece of artwork to the University.

Dr. Michael Gagne and his wife Carol, of Franklin, N.H. were on campus to present the piece – an oil painting on canvas titled “Still Life with Flowers” by local artist James Aponovich – to Sister Theresa Couture, pm, director of Rivier’s Art Gallery, and Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, Rivier’s president.

Dr. Gagne graduated from Rivier with his M.B.A. in 1983, and taught several business courses as an adjunct professor. He and his wife Carol, a nurse, later moved to Hawaii, where they lived for 10 years and where Gagne pursued a master’s degree in American studies and a Ph.D. in philosophy with a focus on economics at the University of Hawaii.

Artist James Aponovich was born in Nashua and is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire. His work was featured at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, N.H. in 2005 in an exhibition titled James Aponovich: A Retrospective.

“As an alumnus and donor, you are a part of Rivier’s past, present, and future,” said Sister Paula to Dr. Gagne as the painting was presented.

Couture plans to hang the painting in the University’s Regina Library or the recently renovated Madeleine Hall.

“We chose to donate this piece to Rivier because it was about coming back home,” Dr. Gagne said. “We were looking for a place that might give it a permanent home, and this was at the top of our list.”