Each year, visiting artists and scholars, one of whom is the long term artist-in-residence, from international, national, and regional locations greatly enhance the USM Art program. During their stay, the artists and scholars engage in activities ranging from student art critiques, demonstrations, art exhibitions and lectures. (Click here for upcoming lectures.) Past visiting artists and scholars include Steven Badgett of SIMPARCH, John Beardsley, Jennillie Brewster, George Smith, Barbara Sullivan, Mel Chin, Nina Katchadourian, Anna Hepler and Andrea Sulzer.
Lecture Series Videos:
Video of visiting artist Ellen Babcock's talk on October 23, 2015.
Maine Photo Project Symposium
Video of the event held on October 15, 2015, sponsored by the Maine Photo Project. It celebrated 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.
Introduction - Maine Photo Project Symposium – (0:00:00-0:08:30)
Part 1: History of Maine Photography book authors – (0:08:30-1:00:00)
Part 2 Picturing Maine: The Way Life Was? By: Donna Cassidy (1:00:00-1:30:15)
Part 3: Diana Tuite: Todd Webb and the Camera’s Cultural Work (1:30:15-2:00:00)
Artist-in-Residence Traci Molloy presents a slide show and discussion of her work as part of the University of Southern Maine Lecture Series in the Visual Arts.
January 30, 2015 http://youtu.be/OhriRif7R1Q
Visiting Artist talks about her work in an hour long lecture and discussion at the University of Southern Maine Lecture Series in the Visual Arts.
September 23, 2011 http://youtu.be/JsheKbMHDxk
Robert R. Riley Part I
Visiting Scholar discusses contemporary multimedia art at the University of Southern Maine Lecture Series in the Visual Arts.
October 21, 2011 http://youtu.be/PwmGzyGZrzA
Robert R. Riley Part II
Visiting Scholar discusses moving image media at the University of Southern Maine Lecture Series in the Visual Arts.
November 4, 2011 http://youtu.be/2hQJlvNU1G0
Artist in Residence talks about her work in an hour long lecture and discussion at the University of Southern Maine Lecture Series in the Arts.
March 16, 2012 http://youtu.be/ngdMYcW_hok
Visiting artist talks about his multi-layered figurative art in an hour long lecture at the University of Southern Maine Lecture Series in the Visual Arts.
April 20, 2012 http://youtu.be/yCYHk8T4Wcw
Visiting Artist talks about her new ("and not so new") work. Discussions on particular pieces that were displayed in the University's Portland campus Area Gallery from September 4 - October 16, 2012, as well as past creations, help the artist explain her process and motives.
smudge is a Brooklyn-based collaboration between Jamie Kruse, an artist, designer and independent scholar, and Elizabeth Ellsworth, an artist and Professor of Media Studies at the New School, New York. Portland's shoreline is considered in an exhibition that addresses the landscape as event - as a continuous streaming of forces, configurations, and undoings. Zuihitsu is on display at the Area Gallery on the Portland Campus from Oct. 24-Dec. 9.
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. Originally from Maine, Bowlby received her BFA from USM and was an Artist-in-Residence in the Art Department during the 2013 spring semester.
Gustin's vessels are widely known for their figurative metaphors, luscious surfaces, and clear, direct sense of hand. He is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and a cofounder of the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Maine. He has had over 40 solo exhibits as well as lectures and workshops around the world.
James Hull is an artist, gallery director, critic, and an independent curator who founded the award winning artist-run, non-profit, Green Street Gallery in a subway station in 1998. He currently teaches art at Lesley University and Suffolk University/NESAD, where he is also the Gallery Director. Hill writes critical articles and art reviews for several regional art magazines.
The University of Southern Maine Art Department and Galleries presents Visiting Artist Anna Hepler giving an hour long talk on her work.