Everything: Astrid Bowlby, Visiting Artist-in-Residence
January 24 - March 6, 2013
For over a decade, Bowlby has steadily gained recognition for her room-sized fantasy landscapes composed of thousands of hand-cut simplified ink drawings on paper. This participatory installation invited visitors to stroll through unfurled rolls of paper filled with black ink drawings of anything visitors requested Bowlby to draw.
Sampler - The USM Teaching Collection
September 27 - December 09, 2012
Works on view included prints by Red Grooms, Robert Rauschenberg, Romare Bearden, Katherine Porter, Larry Rivers, James Rosenquist and Alexander Calder(left); paintings by Wiliam Zorach, Marguerite Robichaux, USM alumni including and Alan Bray and Eric Hopkins; and innovative works in a range of media by Artists-in-Residence such as Deborah Aschheim.
March 2, 2012 - April 14, 2012
Eight New England photographers consider how the roles of women have evolved since Eve’s “fall from grace.” Participating artists include Sharon Arnold, Bev Conway, Jesseca Ferguson, Cig Harvey, Rose Marasco, Abigail Wellman, and Amy Wilton. Curated by Heather Frederick of VoxPhotographs.
Engaging Insects - Artists and Scientists
September 22 - November, 10 2011
Subjects of scientific observation, sources of artistic inspiration, media for art, and unwitting collaborators – the works in this exhibition display some of the myriad ways in which artists and scientists work with insects. From clockwork figures and embalming to genetic analysis, from scientific illustration to video manipulation, common insects are not only visually fascinating, they also raise provocative questions about our relation to the world around us. Curated by Kim Grant and Carolyn Eyler.
September 24-November 10, 2010
Living on opposite shores of this continent natives call Turtle Island, James Luna, a member of the Puyoukitchum (Luiseño) tribe based in La Jolla, California, and ssipsis, a Penobscot from Maine, make art challenging notions of contemporary identity. On display are Wabanaki birch bark artifacts and Ssipsis’s objects that revive and innovate on this tradition; Luna’s photographic pairings of himself in evocative relation with ancestors and masks, video utilizing innovative storytelling formats, and objects creating humorous commentary.
February 26- April 4, 2010
SIMPARCH, an artist collective that creates experiential installations, will explore ancient iconography and sacred architecture through contemporary methods and materials.
HORIZON Poetics of the Post-Heroic Landscape
September 24-November 8, 2009
The juxtaposition of Jennilie Brewster's strangely powerful avalanches of trash and Honour Mack's elegant, diminutive paintings offer insight into the ways in which contemporary worldviews have transformed the idea of landscape
Canopy: Michelle Forsyth, Visiting Artist-in-Residence
February 24 - April 8, 2009
Favoring the formal elegance of pattern and the visceral qualities of the handmade, Forsyth's work is a reflection on the onslaught of images of suffering in contemporary life.
Worldviews and Molas
September 9 –November 9, 2008
The forty-five ceramic, jade, and stone artifacts in this exhibit, produced by Mayan scribes and artisans during the classic period, contain a wealth of information about Mayan ideology including religion, beliefs, and cosmic concerns. On loan from the William P. Palmer III Collection, Hudson Museum, The University of Maine.
Analog: Gideon Bok, Visiting Artist-in-Residence
February 26-April 6, 2008
Gideon Bok's paintings become a dense visual tracing of the objects, pace, light, and people that inhabit the space he uses. This exhibit will feature a number of Bok's paintings and will also serve as a studio site and subject for the artist. Bok, a Maine-based painter, is represented by galleries in New York and Boston and his work can be found in numerous public and private collections.