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Owen F. Smith

Director, Intermedia Program
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Dr. Owen F. Smith is the Director of the Intermedia MFA Program at the University of Maine. He is also the  Alston D. and Ada Lee Correll Chair in New Media in the Department of New Media and the Director of the IMRC Center. He received his BA in Art History and Russian Studies, his MA in Anthropology and his PhD in Art History from the University of Washington in Seattle. He is a specialist in Modern and Contemporary art, particularly what he calls Alternative Art Forms. He has lectured widely in the US and Europe on art in the 20th Century. His seminal book on the history of fluxus, Fluxus: a History of an Attitude, was published by San Diego State University Press.

Owen Smith is also a practicing artist who works in digital art and new media forms and has exhibited his work in over 80 national and international exhibitions over the last ten years. Some of his net art works can be seen online at:

N.B. Aldrich

Assistant Professor of Intermedia

N.B.Aldrich is a new media artist and educator residing in Penobscot, Maine, USA, who creates installation, video, performance and acousmatic art. Prior to earning an MFA in Electronic Music composition, he spent ten years as a theatre director and artistic director. Working as a sound designer and composer for theatre and dance performances over the past twenty ?ve years, he has challenged the traditional complementary role of audio as a design element by constructing large-scale works that operate as thematic partners with text and/or movement.

The current work is largely rooted in speculation about observed systems of organization, whether biological, physical, sociological or cognitive. This speculation provides a platform from which to question how the world works and conceive, if not an answer, at least a model for understanding; a chance to contemplate how some of the logic of the Information Age plays out. He has shown work internationally at such venues as Artists Space, the Casoria Contemporary Art Museum, the Festival de Arte Sonore, the Singapore National Museum, Dance Theatre Workshop and the Hipersonica Festival, among many others.

He has taught Music, Sound Design, Electronic Music, Electronic Art & Media History and Installation Art courses at Bennington College, Rockport College and the University of New Hampshire and is currently on the faculty of the New Media Department and the Intermedia MFA Program at the University of Maine at Orono. He has written about Sound Art and sound artists such as Chris Mann, Stephen Vitiello,Alvin Lucier and Annea Lockwood.

For more information visit his website.

Amy Stacey Curtis

Assistant Professor of Intermedia Amy Stacey Curtis, from Lyman, Maine, is the Maine Arts Commission’s 2005 Individual Artist Fellow For Visual Art and the recipient of five Good Idea Grants. In 1998, Curtis began an 18-year commitment to art-making, a project which would culminate through 9 solo-biennial exhibits from the year 2000 to the year 2016. In the end, Curtis will have installed 81 large-in-scope, interactive installation and new-media works in the vast mills of 8 or 9 Maine, USA towns. Each solo-biennial exhibit is a 22-month process, each exhibit exploring a different theme while requiring audience to perpetuate its multiple installations. Curtis has committed to this work to convey that we are a part of a whole, that everyone and everything is connected and affects.

Curtis also exhibits internationally and generates drawings, often to support her installations. Some other locations Curtis has installed interactive works: Colby College Museum of Art, in Waterville, Maine, Grothaus & Pearl in Kansas City, Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, Forest Hills Educational Trust in Boston, Video In Studios in Vancouver, Revolving Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts, Art Interactive in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Shore Institute of Contemporary Art in Long Branch, New Jersey, and in Toshei Village, Taiwan.

Curtis received her BA in Studio Art from the University of Maine and her MA in Art and Psychology from Vermont College.

Leon Johnson

Associate for Critical Engagement
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Leon Johnson conceives, researches, designs and produces intermedia communications and events. These events include performances and interactive spectacles in traditional and non-traditional sites. His delivery systems include installation, performance, video, photography, digital and traditional print systems, book arts, painting and discrete objects.

His Recent performances have included “Empire Postcards: My Colonial Father[s]” in England and Toronto, a UK tour of “Faust/Faustus: A Duet For Devils” and “reMEMBERING WILDE” an intermedia performance featuring an original score by Jeffrey Stolet. His short film, FAUST/FAUSTUS IN DEPTFORD was selected for the KunstFilmBienale in Cologne, Germany and the Raindance Film Festival in London.

He has received an Ersted Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Williams Fellowship for undergraduate teaching and for fostering interdisciplinary collaboration within classrooms and between departments. He is also the Professor + Chair of Fine Arts, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI.

For more information visit his website.

Iain Kerr

Associate for Critical Engagement

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Iain Kerr is an itinerant worker and amateur whose engagements have taken him into and across the fields of philosophy, architecture, biology, art, clothing design, labor, food ways, situated technologies and geography. Iain is a founding member of the trans-disciplinary collective spurse, as well as its architectural off-shoot: spurse design, and the corporation: That Word Which Means Smuggling Across Borders, Incorporated (with J. Morgan Puett). He has also collaborated with the artists: William PopeL., Mark Dion, Cesare Pietriosti, J. Morgan Puett and Bartow+Metzgar. Iain lectures widely (including Harvard University, Columbia University, SUNY Oswego, James Madison University, CCA, RISDI and the University of Venice). Individually and collectively his work has been exhibited internationally (Santa Barbara, Kansas City, Indianapolis, New York, Montreal, Venice, Rochester, Chinon, Brataslava and elsewhere).

For more information visit his website.

Deborah Wing-Sproul

Assistant Professor of Intermedia

Deborah Wing-Sproul is a multidisciplinary artist working primarily in video and performance. Her performances (or performative acts) permeate the genres of sculpture/installation, drawing, photography and printmaking.  As a modern dancer and choreographer she studied under Merce Cunningham and others, and later went on to study with voice/movement composer/performer Meredith Monk. In 2010 Wing-Sproul performed four of Marina Abromovic’s seminal works for the retrospective, ”The Artist Is Present”, MoMA, NYC.

Over the years, Wing-Sproul’s work has been selected for exhibitions and awards by a diverse group of curators, including Jeremy Strick. Bill Arning and Denise Markonish. The artist was the recipient of the 2011 Individual Artist Fellowship in Media/Performing Arts from the Maine Arts Commission. Essays on the artist’s work have been authored by several writers, including: Nancy Princenthal (New York-based critic and former Senior Editor of “Arts in America”); Denise Markonish (Curator, MASS MoCA); Kay Larson (art critic and author of “Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists”); and Patricia Phillips (writer, curator and Dean of Graduate Studies at RISD).

Wing-Sproul’s current long-term itinerant work, Tidal Culture (2004-) has taken her to the North Atlantic shorelines of Maine, Newfoundland, Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Outer Hebrides. The North Atlantic chapter of this project will continue onto and conclude in Ireland, while the larger arc of the work continues with the oceans of the world and indefinitely into the future. Wing-Sproul received her MFA from the State University of New York at New Paltz.


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Intermedia MFA
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Orono, Maine 04469
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