USM Art Department

Fifty-one works by thirty-four students were selected for this year's Student Juried Show.

Finding Home by Zac Adams - Ceramic Wall Relief

We are pleased to present this annual exhibition open to all USM students submitting work in any media. The exhibition is designed to provide students with an introduction to a professional type of exhibition as emerging artists. As part of the process, they obtain feedback from art professionals in the community, learn to prepare art for a professional setting, and have their work exposed to a wide range of viewers perhaps for the first time.

Our appreciation to jurors Nat May, curator and former SPACE executive director, and Anne Alexander, sculptor and educator. They chose fifty-one works by thirty-four students, then selected award winners for cash and gift certificate prizes.

Juror Award winners:

Best of Show: Mark Ford for Rift 1, 2 & 3 - three collages from book scraps.

Juror's Award: Kate Heiman for Tango, a mixed media sculpture.


4 Honorable Mentions:

Katherine Murray for Bloodlines and Tea Set, mixed media 2-D and 3-D pieces.

Zac Adams, Finding Home, a ceramic wall relief.

Natasha Shacklett, Shadow Catcher, an altered book

Lauren Kennedy, Tanner and Joshua, two color photographs

Art Discipline Awards were also presented at the Opening Reception.  The discipline awards acknowledge the accomplishments of art majors within the disciplines offered by the Art Department. Recipients are nominated by faculty who teach within the disciplines. Each year we look forward to celebrating the work of outstanding students, including those who were selected for the annual Student Juried Exhibition.

Art Education Award - Zachery Adams

Ceramics Award - Caitlin Nicole Warner

Printmaking Award - Nicole Morgan Downing

Sculpture Award - Reaghan Innes Smith

Photography Award - Mikaela Alexa Luray (Shay) Leavitt

Foundations Award - Danielle Cournoyer

Drawing Award - Alexis Franklin

Digial Art & Design Award - Elizabeth Darragh

Painting Award - Michelle L. Lessard (not pictured below)

Art Discipline Award Winners shown below, in order, left to right:2018 Art Department Discipline Award Winners The Exhibition runs from March 8 - April 1 at the USM Art Gallery in Gorham.

A smaller version of this show will be displayed at the USM AREA Gallery, Woodbry Campus Center, Portland campus April 5 - May 1.


Image Top Right: Zac Adams, ​Finding Home, ceramic wall relief