USM Art Department

Artist-in-Residence Program

Artist-in-Residence Spring 2014 ProjectArtists-in-Residence Spring 2014 Project   




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The University has had a successful Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program since 1986. Students are directly involved with the artist through a flexible course specially designed by the AIR. The residency occurs for at least seven weeks during the Spring semester. The Artist-in-Residence is expected to create a project that will engage with the campus and greater community; give one public presentation; be available for discussions with faculty and students; and teach approximately 6-10 students as a class and/or supervise a similar number of students independently on a directed project.

Artist-in-Residence applications are not being accepted at this time.


Spring 2014 Artists-in-Residence: Anna Hepler and Andrea Sulzer

Acclaimed Maine artists Anna Hepler and Andrea Sulzer worked with nine USM art students, who were focusing on Printmaking or Art Education, to create large-scale woodblock prints. 

Spring 2014 Artists-in-Residence Project“The process was a little different for everyone,” Hepler said. “We each had a 4-by-6 woodblock. Participants began by drawing a rough idea of their image directly onto the block and then began carving that design into the wood.”


USM art students woodblock prints at Pickwick PressDue to the large scale type of printing, the artists arranged to do the printing at a local community print studio, Pickwick Press in downtown Portland above SPACE gallery. The prints were hung in Pickwick’s large windows for the First Friday Art Walk on March 7, 2014.


USM art students present their woodblock printsThe students participated in the public presentation given to 55 people including several external artists and curators.




USM art students woodblock prints at Portland's Abromson CenterThe prints were then displayed at USM’s Abromson Center on the Portland Campus, where many employees, students, and visitors commented on how nice they looked. Afterwards, the students received their prints and Hepler and Sulzer have donated their prints to become part of the Department’s study collection.


BFA & BA Exhibition

Photo of 2015 BFA BA Exhibition Cover

April 18-May 1, 2015

Art Gallery, Gorham campus

Free and open to the public.

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