16 Minds: 2019 Senior Art Exhibition - Dec. 6, 2019 - February 7, 2020
Framing Maine: Artists' Perspective on Place - Opening Reception and Panel, Oct. 4 5:30-7:30
An opening reception and panel discussion was held in the Lord Hall Gallery from 5:30-7:30 on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019.
From October 4 to November 15, the Department of Art and the Maine Studies Program, hosted an exhibition of contemporary Maine art that reflected how artists view and represent Maine. The exhibition was held in the Lord Hall Gallery on the University of Maine campus in Orono. Maine has a history of inspiring diverse forms of visual art. Representations of its varied landscape and cultural forms have given it an honored place in American art history. Depictions of Maine in paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, carvings and other media have played a significant role in how the state is viewed by the world. Indeed, in many cases artists have been responsible for shaping Maine’s historical and cultural identity. As we approach the state’s Bicentennial in 2020, considering some of the ways contemporary artists represent Maine in their art is a critical piece of celebrating and reflecting not only on our history but also on where we are today and the nature of the paths we chose to follow into the future. Co-curated by Laurie E. Hicks (Professor of Art / Director & Curator, Lord Hall Gallery), Carl Little (art critic and author) and Kreg Ettenger (Director, Maine Folklife Center & Maine Studies Program / Associate Professor of Anthropology) the exhibition included work that, while wide-ranging in terms of medium, format and subject matter, shares one thing: a strong personal connection to, or vision of, Maine. These works represent a small but resonant sample of our incredibly rich visual and cultural diversity.
Artists included in Framing Maine: Artists’ Perspective on Place
Molly Neptune Parker
Two Exhibitions: touch my human and The Painter and her skeleton
Editor’s note: The use of lowercase letters in the exhibition titles are correct.
Lord Hall Gallery hosts two summer exhibitions
Orono, Maine — Two exhibitions that speak, in very different ways, to the nature of life and the importance of transformation or change were on display July 19 through Sept. 20, 2019, in Lord Hall Gallery at the University of Maine.
Works by Giles Timms, a UMaine assistant professor of art, were featured in touch my human. Timms describes his work as commenting on life and story as irreversible change.
Working in mixed media, Timms’ imagery explores “the vagaries of our human condition,” using what he refers to as carnivalesque elements to examine cultural norms as subtext and the uncertainty and wonder of childhood. The exhibition included digital and video work.
The Painter and her skeleton was an exhibition of paintings and mixed media by Irene Hardwicke Olivieri, an artist currently living in Seal Cove, Maine.
Her images respond to and tell stories of, what she describes as, aspects of life that are often subterranean or more specifically, focus on love, relationships and obsessions. With this as a basis, Hardwicke Olivieri’s work also reflects a process of “rewilding the heart” in an effort to find deeper “connections to wild animals and wild lands.”
A reception and gallery talk were held on Friday, Sept. 20. During the reception, Timms and Hardwicke Olivieri spoke about specific pieces included in the exhibitions, and the foundational concepts and processes of their creative practices.
Annual Student Juried Exhibition 2019
The University of Maine Department of Art presents the 2019 Juried Student Art Exhibition featuring work by current studio art, art history and art education students.
The exhibition is on display from April 5 to May 3 in the Lord Hall Gallery. The venue provides an opportunity for undergraduate students at all levels to exhibit their work.
Carl Little, art writer and critic, along with Laurie E. Hicks, Professor of Art and Giles Timms, Assistant Professor of Art, juried the exhibition, selecting 102 pieces from the more than 300 submitted by students.
During the May 3 artists’ reception, approximately 40 awards and recognitions will be given in studio, art history and art education areas. Awards, in the form of scholarships and travel grants, as well as book and exhibition prizes, will be presented to students who have excelled in their work. The campus community, family and friends are welcome to attend the closing reception and award ceremony on Friday, May 3 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
The exhibition is free and open to the public. Lord Hall Gallery is open 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday through Friday and is wheelchair accessible.
Featured Faculty / 2019 - Annual Faculty Exhibition
The Lord Hall Gallery at the University of Maine presented an exhibition of the rich and varied work of nine faculty members who teach in the Department of Art.
“Featured Faculty / 2019,” which ran from Feb. 15 through March 8, showcased work by Connie Albertson, Giles Timms, Andy Mauery, Wayne Hall, Susan Camp, Robert Pollien, Samantha Jones, Kris Engman and Matt Smolinsky.
Exhibited art included drawings, paintings, photographs, sculpture, digital media, mixed media, ceramics and sketches. The exhibition presented an overview of the research and creative accomplishments of studio and art education faculty.
An opening reception was held from 5:30–7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15.
The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
Lord Hall Gallery is open from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday through Friday and is wheelchair accessible.
Maine & Aomori Print Exchange: Selected Images
Maine and Aomori Print Exchange: Selected Images was on display October 5 through November 9, 2018 in the Lord Hall Gallery at the University of Maine.
The exhibition was a collaboration between the Lord Hall Gallery and the Maine Aomori Printmaking Society (MAPS – https://maineaomoriprintmakingsociety.com/), an international printmaking exchange between working artists in Maine and Aomori, Japan. Each year, the MAPS exchange features the work of twenty contemporary printmakers. The exchange is hosted by the Friends of Aomori, a non-profit organization located in Portland, Maine. The prints are held permanently in the collections of the Manakata Shiko Memorial Museum of Art in Aomori City and at the Friends of Aomori.
Maine and Aomori Print Exchange: Selected Images included 44 prints chosen by the curators, Laurie E. Hicks, professor of art, and Briar Pelletier, an art history alum of the University of Maine’s Department of Art. The body of work was selected from the prints collected over the past three years as part of the exchange. This exhibition marks the first time prints from the exchange are exhibited simultaneously in both Maine and Aomori City.
Two Exhibitions: devolve - Installations by Andy Mauery and blue traumas - Cyanotypes by elin o'Hara slavick
devolve – Installations by Andy Mauery
The exhibition “devolve” featured selected works by Andy Mauery, a UMaine associate professor of art. Mauery describes her work as “unheroic: quieter, contemplative, more likely to offer questions than provide answers.” Working with hair and hair-like fibers, wax and paper, Mauery’s pieces often reference the body, while others are more memoirs of nurture (or lack thereof) within the context of nature.
blue traumas – Cyanotypes by elin o’Hara slavick
“Blue Traumas” was an exhibition of cyanotypes by elin o’Hara slavick, a professor of art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her images respond to and tell stories associated with the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, in 1945. These photographic images are attempts to visually, poetically and historically address the magnitude of what disappeared as a result of this event — and to consider what remained.
From the Studio: The Juried Student Art Exhibition / 2018
The University of Maine Department of Art presented the 2018 Juried Student Art Exhibition featuring work by current studio art, art history and art education students.
The exhibition was on display from April 6 to May 5 in the Lord Hall Gallery. This year, 89 works of art were selected from over 300 submissions in a range of media. Paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, collages and design, as well as sculpture and ceramic work are included in the exhibition.
Hugh Lasson, a Maine sculptor, along with Laurie E. Hicks, Professor of Art and Susan Smith, adjunct professor in the IMFA Program, juried the exhibition.
During the April 6 opening reception, approximately 40 awards and recognitions were given in studio, art history and art education areas. Awards, in the form of scholarships and travel grants, as well as book and exhibition prizes, were presented to students who have excelled in their work.
Featured Faculty / 2018
February 16-March 16, 2018
Two Exhibitions: Susan Groce - Prints and Drawings and Antonia Small - Photographs
Susan Groce: Prints and Drawings
July 24-September 22, 2017
Exhibition Catalogue: Susan Groce: Prints and Drawings
Antonia Small: Photographs
July 24-September 22, 2017
Exhibition Catalogue: Antonia Small: Photographs
Carved Stone: Maine Artists
October 6-November 17, 2017
Exhibition Catalogue: Carved Stone: Maine Artists
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