Industrial Maine: Our Other Landscape
Atrium Art Gallery, University of Southern Maine Lewiston-Auburn Campus
March 12- June 1, 2018
Reception: Thursday March 22, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Free and Open to the Public
From March 12 through June 1, the Atrium Art Gallery at USM’s Lewiston-Auburn campus will present “Industrial Maine: Our Other Landscape,” an exhibition of paintings, photographs, prints, and sculpture by 27 Maine artists. The exhibit focuses on industrial architecture including the structures and environments of some of Maine’s most prominent industries and lesser-known work sites.
Painter Janice L. Moore is the guest curator for the exhibition. Moore has a longtime interest in Maine's industrial landscapes and how they have shaped communities both physically and culturally over time. Her paintings focus on working factories, abandoned work sites, and repurposed structures throughout the state. She describes industrial landscapes as “the architecture of our usefulness.”
Moore believes that, in Maine landscapes, “we often reference our idealized natural state of forests, mountains, and coastline, but there is another overlooked landscape that tells an important truth about our culture, our history and our potential.”
A year ago, Moore reached out to the arts community to find others who share her affinity for industrial structures. The resulting exhibit includes realistic and abstract works, from highly detailed to the lyrical and poetic.
Moore has been awarded a grant from the Maine Arts Commission to pursue her project Structures and Patterns: The Remnants of Our Work which took place last fall at Museum L-A in Lewiston, housed in the repurposed Bates textile mill. Industrial Maine: Our Other Landscape has allowed Moore to advance this conversation and include perspectives from artists around the state.
The exhibition will include works by Mark Barnette (Portland, ME), Stephanie Berry (Durham, ME), Chris Beneman (Scarborough, ME), Susan Bennett (Auburn, ME), Crystal Cawley (Portland, ME), Dan Dowd (Phippsburg, ME), Bruce Habowski (Waterville, ME), Nina Jerome (Bangor, ME), Samantha Jones (Orono, ME), Kate Katomski (Portland, ME), Carol Liscovitz (Brunswick, ME), Mike Maron (South Portland, ME), Allison McKeen (Gardiner, ME), Caren-Marie Michel (Portland, ME), Leslie Miller (Deer Isle, ME), Janice L. Moore (Freeport, ME), DiTa Ondek (Tenants Harbor, ME), Dennis Pinette (Belfast, ME), John Ripton (Kennebunkport, ME), Roland Salazar Rose (Biddeford, ME), Bronwyn Sale (Brunswick, ME), Gail Skudera (Lewiston, ME), Matthew Smolinsky (Orono, ME), Anne Strout (Falmouth, ME), James B. Taylor (Portland, ME), Deb Vendetti (Rockport, ME), and Laura Waller (Rockland, ME).