Volunteers

Amy Regan

Amy Marie Regan earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with a concentration in photography, from the New Hampshire Institute of Art (Manchester, NH) in 2008. In addition to co-founding the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts in 2011, she opened See Saw Art, a 120-square-foot exhibition space located within Mosaic Art (Manchester, NH), in 2022. To learn more about See Saw Art, visit seesaw.gallery.

“Creating exhibition opportunities is foundational to my work with the RMFA. The New England community is filled with talented, generous artists who work on their craft each day. Being able to showcase and uplift this work is my greatest pleasure, as well as meeting and learning from so many genuine people along the way.”

Amy Regan

Matt Wyatt

Matt Wyatt studied at the New Hampshire Institute of Art (Manchester, NH) and earned a certificate in Digital Photography from Cornell University’s online program, eCornell. His art has been exhibited in a variety of venues, including Back Hill Beer Company (Gonic, NH), Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), Art Current (Provincetown, MA), Diane Von Furstenberg Studio (New York City), and The Gatehouse Gallery (Tamworth, NH). To learn more, visit mattwyattart.com.

“We want everyone to be able to enjoy art for free. Our alternative version of an art museum is a sustainable model that is easily replicable with the right people and energy. We encourage other communities to look at what we’ve done and copy us. Improve it, make it better, bigger. Art belongs everywhere.”

Matt Wyatt

About the Founders

Matt Wyatt and Amy Regan first met in 2007 when they attended the New Hampshire Institute of Art while studying under New Hampshire Artist Laureate and Professor Emeritus Gary Sampson.

In 2011, Wyatt and Regan collaborated with two friends (Devin Swett and Ian Hartsoe) to co-found the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts in a multi-use office building. Through a collaboration with the City of Rochester, with the support of then City Manager Daniel Fitzpatrick, the team created a permanent home in the Rochester Community Center, which was later renamed to James W. Foley Memorial Community Center. 

Updating the Free Library
Amy and Matt at Rochester Pride
Painting Jersey Barriers

Over the years, Wyatt and Regan have acquired more than 200 pieces of donated art, coordinated over a dozen public art installations around the city, curated hundreds of gallery exhibitions, and collaborated with over 700 artists from around the world. In a letter from 2014, then-Governor Maggie Hassan thanked them for their efforts to make fine art easily accessible to the people of New Hampshire. 

From 2016 to 2018, the duo organized Rochester Pride, an annual downtown event with a mission to promote unity, visibility, inclusivity, and equality — as well as uplift local businesses and organizations that stand with the LGBTQ+ community in Rochester. The event attracted thousands of attendees and featured several guest speakers, including United States Representative Carol Shea-Porter and Chris Pappas.

Hanging new works in the Bernier Room
Beautifying Downtown

Wyatt and Regan served on the Rochester Commission for Arts and Culture for many years, with Wyatt serving as Chair from 2013 to 2022. In September 2022, they were honored for their contributions at the annual Rochester Art Awards.

In addition to numerous news articles, magazine/newspaper covers, radio interviews, and several mayoral proclamations, their work has been featured on WCVB Boston Chronicle and WMUR New Hampshire Chronicle.

Amy, Devin Swett, Ian Hartsoe
Amy and Matt at the BOB Awards
Taping Art over Vacant Store Windows

The RMFA received an American Art Award in 2020, and again in 2022, for Best Art Museum or Gallery in New Hampshire and Top 20 Best Art Museum in the United States. Also in 2020, the New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts awarded the RMFA the Community Arts Build Award. In 2022, they received the New Hampshire Review’s Best of Business (BOB) Award for “Most Ingenious Promoters of Arts and Culture”.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the RMFA, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu sent an official commendation congratulating the art museum for its work to make art accessible in Rochester.