USM Art Department
Through a shared grant, the USM Art Department and Side x Side are collaborating on Project Imagine, an arts integration program in Portland public schools. As part of Project Imagine, the organizations are hosting a Summer Arts Institute to train Portland public school teachers techniques to integrate the arts and teaching artists into their classrooms.
For the month of May, Finding Home is on display in Westbrook River Park, featuring 12 informational steel house structures on wooden posts. The installation compels the public to regard the Presumpscot River as a home to fish and wildlife, as well as a home to the communities that live along it.
The Hearts, Minds & Homes project includes the USM School of Social Work and USM Art Department, the UMA Department of Architecture, Art at Work, and the City of Portland. Join the project team on the May 1 First Friday Art Walk in Portland!
Molloy will create collaborative artwork with the Center’s Multicultural Program, which practices a peer support model to build and strengthen community. Seven USM art students who are enrolled in Molloy’s USM Artist-in-Residence course are assisting Molloy with the artwork and attending the Center’s program to observe.
Jodi Locke's "Memory Lane" was selected for the Portland Press Herald photo contest and shown along with the Photos of the Year exhibition at the Portland Public Library.
In January 2015, a group of 15 Casco Bay High School students spent a week working in USM’s CI2 lab (Creative Intelligence, Innovation, Collaboration) and at Portland’s Oak Street Studios to create interactive sculptures that integrate technology and art. This project entitled “ARTtronics” is part of the ongoing arts-based curriculum, facilitated by Sidexside and USM art education.
The exhibition includes sculpture, installation, digital works, painting, prints, and ceramic pieces by 10 USM art faculty and 10 alumni with whom the faculty have chosen to exhibit.
USM art students and faculty and the newly formed King Tide Party art collective will observe Portland’s full-moon tide – also known as a “king tide” – with a special event at noon on Thursday, Oct. 9, at the city’s waterfront public-art site, MoonTide Garden, Ocean Gateway Pier, located just east of the intersection of Commercial and India streets.
Jennifer Wolfe is the only student photographer from Maine to have a photograph selected for the juried show, the Flash Forward Boston Annual College Student Exhibition, known as “a Celebration of New England’s Best Student Photographers.” The exhibit features the work of 25 New England students and is on display until May 10 at The Harrison Gallery in Boston.
The exhibition, open to all USM students, will be juried by art critic Dan Kany, master printer Lisa Pixley and ceramicist Shawn O'Connor.