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.
“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.”
Due 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.
The students participated in the public presentation given to 55 people including several external artists and curators.
The 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.