USM Art Galleries Gorham and Portland
Article about Artist-in-Residence Natasha Mayers, by Bob Keyes
" Art Review:Two Collaborative Exhibitions Push Boundaries" by Daniel Kany of the Portland Press Herald, published on March 6, 2016
University of Southern Maine Art Department's artist-in-residence Natasha Mayers is leading immigrant and refugee teens from the Portland Public Schools in a public art project welcoming New Mainers to Portland.
Professor Libby Bischof and her Honors "Exploring Maine Landscapes" class held an event at the Gallery on October 14th, with over 65 attendees.
This event, held on October 15, was sponsored by the Maine Photo Project. It was a celebration of the publication of Maine Photographs: A History, 1840-2015 (Down East Books and Maine Historical Society, 2015), and exhibitions at the Maine Museum of Photographic Arts and the University of Southern Maine Art Galleries.
During her week-long residency, Ellen Babcock has been visiting one or two art department classes each day, often working in her own experience with molds and foundries.
Jurors Denise Froelich, Jessica Routhier, and Nathan Stevens selected 46 works, including paintings, photography, ceramic pieces, sculpture, drawings, prints, and digital pieces. Awards will be given during the opening reception, Thursday, March 12, from 6-8 p.m.
Traci Molloy, Brooklyn, N.Y.-based artist and education activist, is being hosted by the USM Art Department and Gallery for an artist residency during the spring semester. Molloy will create collaborative artwork with the Center’s Multicultural Program, which practices a peer support model to build and strengthen community. Seven USM art students who are enrolled in Molloy’s USM Artist-in-Residence course are assisting Molloy with the artwork and attending the Center’s program to observe.
The exhibition includes sculpture, installation, digital works, painting, prints, and ceramic pieces by 10 USM art faculty and 10 alumni with whom the faculty have chosen to exhibit.
he Community Response Wall will be open to the USM community and general public to share written and visual responses to the themes expressed in the “Opposing Gestures” exhibition. Selected responses will be posted on a wall at the AREA Gallery, Portland campus and also will be posted online.