October 9th, 2011
Lord Hall Gallery
Drawing On, held, October 12 – November 18, 2011, an exhibition of drawings by eight Maine artists, presented work drawn directly on the walls of the Lord Hall Gallery. Working over the course of two weeks, the artists created an environment of unique but temporary drawings that focused on the immediacy of the drawing process as well as the impermanent nature of artistic forms.
The artists in Drawing On included David Allen, Kathleen Florance, Susan Groce, Orson Horchler, Reese Inman, Nina Jerome, James Linehan, and Ed Nadeau.
This exhibition was part of Where to Draw the Line: The Maine Drawing Project, a statewide visual arts initiative, developed by the Maine Curators Group, which represents a unique collaboration between Maine’s arts organizations. During 2011, museums and galleries across the state offered exhibitions that focused on the process of drawing and how artists use it as a vehicle for creating diverse forms of visual expression.
February 9th, 2011
Lord Hall Gallery
Scissor / Paper / Light: Installations
This past spring, February 4 – March 18, 2011, the Lord Hall Gallery, with the help of a University of Maine Cultural Affairs/Distinquished Lecture Series grant, was pleased to present Scissor / Paper / Light an exhibition by Brooklyn, NY-based visual artist Joan Grubin who creates dimensional installations in paper. Her work deals with issues of perception, color, and optical illusion. Grubin says her intention is to “orchestrate perception in ways that are at once pleasurable, disorienting, and hypnotic. . . .Underlying all the work is the desire to harness and include the immaterial–that which is visible but not physically present, such as reflected color, negative spaces, and shadows. . .” She has shown her work in solo and group exhibitions in and around New York and beyond, including the Hosfelt Gallery in NYC, and the Islip Museum, the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, NY, and the Weatherspoon Museum in Raleigh, NC. In 2008 she was awarded a Fellowship in Painting from the New York Foundation for the Arts.