USM Art Department

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Important Art Student Information for Navigating the New Semester During These Changing Times


STUDENT ID’s WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ENTERING ALL GORHAM ART DEPARTMENT BUILDINGS AT ALL TIMES: Robie-Andrews Art, the Academy & Drawing Buildings, and the Print Shop.  Students will need their ID’s for building access the first day of class.  Students who are enrolled in Gorham Art classes will automatically be given card-access to the building(s) they need to enter for their class(es).  Students will have access only to buildings where they have class(es), so access to Robie-Andrews will be limited. Please be sure to bring your USM ID for accessing the Gorham Art Department Facilities, as the exterior doors will remain locked for limiting the number of people in the facilities.  Please remember to have your ID card with you each time you come to campus and/or exit the building. 

If your class utilizes one of the interior Robie-Andrews Studios (Sculpture, 3-D, Photo, & Ceramics) you must also bring your USM ID to Card Services after August 30th for encoding in order to activate your access to these Studios.  Students should stop by Card Services during normal business hours to get their card encoded, and allow enough time for the encoding process.  Due to Covid19 restraints, Card Services will only be able to assist one student at a time.

Each student is to be aware of the restrictions and safety protocols on the use of studios and equipment before proceeding to use either.  This includes an understanding that the use of the studio is permitted only at the times so designated, and students must sign up for times to work outside of class time.  See you Instructor(s) for protocols and sign-up sheets.  Adhering to these restrictions is mandatory.



Staff Office Hours will be different this fall.  Stephen Walsh will start the semester working on Campus Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, and may switch to working remotely a day or two a week as the semester progresses.  Amy Hagberg will continue to work primarily remotely, working on Campus Wednesdays in the Art Office. Amy will continue to be available via email, Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, at  Faculty Office Hours will be Virtual this semester.  To find Faculty Office Hours and contact information please Click here for the list of all Art Faculty.



Per USM and the University of Maine System, all students, faculty, and staff members are required to wear an approved face covering while in the Art Department Facilities (neck gaiters are not acceptable), including during all face-to-face classes and while utilizing Studio spaces after hours.  To request medical and other accommodations as required by law, contact Please note-- accommodations do not include the option of attending class in person with no face covering. Please note that plastic face shields are not sufficient face covering for in-person instruction. They may be combined with a mask, but may not be used as the sole source of face covering.



Distance is a key line of defense against the spread of infection, so Art facilities have been updated to accommodate physical distancing of six feet or more.   Students should follow signage and handwashing protocols. Disinfectant supplies will be available for the immediate wiping down by individual users of common spaces, tools, and equipment.  Numerous hand sanitizer stations also will be visible and available inside the entrances of facilities and throughout campus facilities.  Students are responsible for monitoring their own health, avoiding unnecessary travel, and staying home when sick.  



For Online Classes using ZOOM, please refer to these additional Zoom Tips & Etiquette.

All student services — from counseling to advising to research help — will continue to be offered remotely.  USM has added new, targeted student support for distance and online learning on its new AGILE website through the Learning Commons. 

Click Here for a complete list of available Academic Resources at USM.



The 2020 ONLINE submission requirements will be identical to previous years, except for the matting requirement, which is waived this year. All works should be photographed and submitted electronically according to the Digital Submission Guidelines.

Portfolios due online Wednesday, October 28th by 4:00 PM.  Portfolio Review Friday, October 30th.



The U-Maine system has replaced it's Learning Management system, Blackboard, with Brightspace.  This change begins Fall 2020.

Click Here for more information on the new learning platform Brightspace.



USM's "Zoom lounges" offer students physical spaces for participating in live Zoom courses and other Zoom-based learning activities. The spaces are socially distanced with internet access, and will require the use of masks. If needing information on how to use Zoom, check out USM's Learning With Zoom YouTube playlist.

USM has ordered a large supply of earbuds for use in these spaces, which students can then keep for ongoing use on and off campus. NOTE: there will not be computers provided in these spaces. Computer labs will still be open for use, but students should be mindful of others' quiet academic time-on-task in computer labs.

Gorham Campus

  • 113 Bailey - Capacity 16
  • 207 Bailey - Capacity 9
  • 312 Bailey - Capacity 17
  • 403 Bailey - Capacity 12
  • Ice Arena Lobby Area

Portland Campus

  • 44 Payson Smith - Capacity 12
  • 241 Luther Bonney - Capacity 15
  • 213 Abromson - Capacity 14
  • 133 Wishcamper - Capacity 13
  • 205 Wishcamper - Capacity 12
  • Woodbury - Common Areas and New Student Lounge



The HUSKY BUS LINE is free with your USM ID and a convenient way to travel between campuses and around the greater Portland area.  The number of passengers allowed on METRO buses is currently limited to no more than 20 passengers, and all passengers are required to wear either a face mask or face covering to board and ride a Metro bus.  Riders are required to use the rear door for boarding and alighting and expected to keep a distance of at least six feet between themselves and other riders, sitting only with passengers they are travelling with. 

Click  here for the most recent Metro Bus health advisory.

For bus schedules go to:



Register online for parking permits/hangtags valid through 8/19/2020 - 8/31/2021.  Log into your USM Portal and click on “USM Quick Links”.  Clicking on “USM Parking Portal” (third from the bottom of the list) will initiate the registration process. If you have questions on your plate class, please see this PDF for help. Please Note: Student payments have already been made through your tuition bill with Student Financial Services, so ignore any references to payment and just follow each page's instruction.



For quick Textbook ordering through the eCampus Virtual Bookstore, log into your USM Portal, click on "UMS Quick Links" on the left, and click on "My Textbooks - Current Semester" about halfway down the list.  There is price matching available, and a 30-day return policy.



An iOS app for Campus Card eAccounts is available for students through the Apple App Store.  The eAccounts app allows students to manage their campus card and add Husky Bucks.   For more information regarding the campus card, please visit the FAQ page.  If you need assistance, please contact the Help Desk at 780-4029 or






31 - Classes Begin



2 - Labor Day Holiday

13 - Last Day to Drop for 100% refund 

16 - Monotypes and Accordions with Beth Sheehan, Synchronous ZOOM Online Book Arts Workshop, 6:00 -8:00 PM.  Click Here to Register Online

26 - Write Now with Stuart Kestenbaum, Synchronous ZOOM Online Book Arts Workshop, 10:00 AM12 Noon.  Click Here to Register Online



2 - Spring Semester Published on Maine Street  

5 - Foundation Portfolio Preparation Workshop for Digital Submission, 11:00 AM -12:30 PM on Zoom

6 - Foundation Portfolio Preparation Workshop for Digital Submission,11:00 AM - 12:30 PM on Zoom

10 – Print, Fold, Cut with Rachel Church, 1st of three-session Synchronous ZOOM Online Book Arts Workshops, 9:30 – 11:30 AM.  Session are October 10, 17, & 24.  Click Here to Register Online   

12 - HOLIDAY -  Indigenous People’s Day (no classes)

14 - Classes Resume

19 - Registration Open for Winter Session   

28 - Electronic Portfolio Submissions due Online by 4:00 p.m.




2 - Priority Registration Begins for 2021 Spring Semester

3 - ELECTION DAY - Make your voice heard by voting

4 - Last Day to Withdraw from fall classes w/o academic penalty

11 - Veteran’s Day – No Classes

23 - Open Registration for Spring 2021

25 – Last Day for Students on Campus & within Residence Halls

25-29 - Thanksgiving Recess (no classes)

30 - Classes Resume Remotely – No on-campus or in-person instruction



11 - Last Day of Classes

12-18 - Final Exams

28 - Winter Session begins



25 - First Day of Spring Semester Classes


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"Pandemic" by Amy Hagberg

Accordion Artist's book “Pandemic” by Amy Hagberg