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UMaine Intermedia MFA Installation Students Host Freese Pop in Downtown Bangor

Contact: Vanessa Vobis, cell:408-605-5846

BANGOR — The Freese Pop art installation show, which features work by students in the University of Maine’s new Intermedia master of fine arts program, will open on Friday, Dec. 12, at the Freese’s building in downtown Bangor. An opening reception will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.  

“It’s a great public announcement for the Intermedia program,” says Owen Smith, director of the MFA program. “There’s something for everyone. Some pieces are funny; some pieces are provocative; some pieces are evocative. It will be an experience for the art-inclined and the non art-inclined.”

The show includes site-specific installations that explore themes relating to the building, its history and the artists’ relationship to the community.  The installations alter the space through a variety of media and materials including pancakes, old clothing, graffiti, wheat grass, and interactive digital technologies. The installations will be on view in the unoccupied first- and third-floor spaces of the former Freese’s department store, next to the Maine Discovery Museum in downtown Bangor.

Students in Vanessa Vobis’ installation art class have organized the show with her support. Vobis is a visiting art professor. Participating artists include John Bell, Richard Corey, Gabriella D’Italia, Bethany Engstrom, Julian Epps, William Giordano, Alexander Gross, Ryan Guerrero, Allison Melton and Abigail Stiers.

FreesePop will run Dec. 12-17. Open hours are as follows:

Friday, Dec. 12: reception 5-7p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 13: closed

Sunday, Dec. 14: open 3-7 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 15: open 3-6 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16: open 3-6 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 17: open 3-6 p.m.

The Freese’s Building is located at 10 Water St., at the corner of Water and MainStreets, in downtown Bangor. For more information, visit

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