The Atrium Art Gallery at the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College presents the work of 78 artists from Androscoggin, Franklin, and Oxford counties in the biennial exhibition “Area Artists 2013” beginning January 18 and continuing through March 21.
The opening reception, free and open to the public, is Friday, January 18, from 6-8 p.m. The reception will feature a cash bar and a selection of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres.
The exhibition includes paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, and works in clay, wood, fiber, metal, and mixed media. The exhibition features work in a variety of styles from representational to abstract, with landscapes, figure studies and portraits, still lifes, and sculptural work.
Longtime sponsor for the exhibition series, Spiller’s president, Ray Martel, remarks that his company is proud to support the exhibition and the advancement of the arts and artists in the tri-county area. The exhibition series began in 1994 and over the years has highlighted hundreds of artists in Androscoggin, Franklin, and Oxford counties.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of USM’s Lewiston-Auburn campus, the Atrium Art Gallery will be offering works in the exhibit for sale, with proceeds going to the artists and the Lewiston-Auburn College Scholarship Fund.
The juried exhibition was open to all artists, age 18 and over, who were allowed to submit one or two pieces in any media. The gallery received 183 works from 100 artists, out of which the jury selected 90 works from 78 artists for the final exhibition.
The Tim O’Dell/James Lyden Jazz Duo will be performing at the reception. A native of Portland, Maine, bassist Jim Lyden has been performing for over 40 years, with blues, funk, rock, and jazz groups in countless varied venues in Northern New England. Lyden currently performs with the Portland Jazz Orchestra.
Tim O’Dell has performed professionally in a myriad of genres, from symphony orchestras and classical chamber ensembles to Cuban bands, urban funk bands and jazz bands in New York, Miami, Boston, Chicago, throughout the Midwest and greater New England. O'Dell holds a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Saxophone from the University of Iowa. He currently teaches music at the University of Southern Maine.
Jurors for the exhibition were Dan Mills and Gail Skudera, both Lewiston residents. Dan Mills has been curating and jurying exhibitions and exhibiting his work throughout the country for over 25 years. He received his BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1978 and his MFA from Northern Illinois University in 1981. He has directed academic museums since 1994, and was appointed Director of the Museum of Art and Lecturer in Humanities at Bates College in 2010. Gail Skudera received a BFA in Textile Printing and Weaving and an MFA in Fiber from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. She is a recipient of a Visual Artist Fellowship Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and has been exhibiting her work, both nationally and internationally since 1981. Skudera has been an art lecturer, juror, and instructor and a contributing writer to Fiberarts magazine for many years.
The exhibition continues through March 21. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m; closed holidays. For more information contact Robyn Holman, curator, 753-6554, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Artists in the exhibition:
Melody Dalessandro Bonnema
R.J. Gray Jr.
Mary Beth Morrison
Patricia A. Provencher
Ryan M. Walker
Jill Snyder Wallace