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ON THE SEA: Intersections of Culture and Commerce Exhibit

USM Art alumni Justin Levesque

   ON THE SEA: Intersections of Culture and Commerce  Two installations of artwork from the ICELANDx207 project by artist, photographer and USM Art alumni Justin Levesque are being shown on the Portland campus in conjunction with the 2016 Arctic Council Conference being held in Portland this October.   ICELANDx207 is a multimedia project made of several components representing Iceland’s recent entry into the Maine waterfront. The USM installations include: images from the Portland International Ferry Terminal; excerpts of North Atlantic maps; and visions of water that evoke the sensation of being at sea.   The five banners mounted in the Abromson Center Mezzanine, 88 Bedford Street and the large-scale prints on display in the Paul Tarbox and Family Arcade, Glickman Family Library, 314 Forest Avenue are part of a USM Digital Humanities initiative supported by Maine Economic Improvement Funds. They represent the ways in which the arts and the creative process intersect with commerce, and highlight USM's role as an educational and cultural connector to the North Atlantic region.   The installations will be on view now through October 31st, 2016   ICELANDx207 is funded in part by grants from the Maine Arts Commission and the Andy Warhol Foundation Kindling Fund. Levesque will present an exhibition titled Container, housed in an Eimskip shipping container at Congress Square Park, downtown Portland, on September 27th through October 12th. The opening reception is Friday, September 30 at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.  For more information on ICELANDx207 visit http://icelandx207.com