USM Art Galleries Gorham and Portland

USM Art Department and Art Gallery Present Faculty Show

January 9, 2014

GORHAM, Maine – The University of Southern Maine (USM) Art Department and Art Gallery will present a USM Art Faculty Exhibition, opening this month and continuing through February at the USM Art Gallery, Gorham campus.

The exhibition, which runs Jan. 23-Feb. 14, features new work by USM full- and part-time art faculty in a wide array of media and approaches, including two faculty/community collaborations.

Exhibiting faculty include: S. Patricia Benson, George Burk, Raphael DiLuzio, James Flahaven, Rebecca Goodale, Duncan Hewitt, Lin Lisberger, Brandon Lutterman, Jen McDermott, Jan Piribeck, Damir Porobic, David Schneider, Michael Shaughnessy and Richard Wilson.

The details of the exhibition are:

  • USM Art Faculty Exhibition, Noon-4 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday, Jan. 23-Feb. 14, Art Gallery, USM Gorham campus, 37 College Ave., Gorham; free and open to the public.

There will be an opening reception for the USM Art Faculty Exhibition, 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 23. Faculty talks will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The opening reception is free and open to the public.

“The faculty show provides a cohesive overview of our studio faculty for art students, the USM community and southern Maine region,” said Carolyn Eyler, USM director of exhibitions and programming. “We hope visitors have a chance to hear faculty articulate their visions during the gallery talks at the opening reception.” 

The exhibition offers highlights from three decades of landscape paintings by George Burk, retiring USM associate professor of art.

Burk is well known for his small, exquisite, detailed landscape paintings done in acrylic on museum board. He works on several paintings at a time, capturing the changing tidal patterns and lighting of his subject. Burk is retiring after a teaching career of almost 30 years at USM.

“We have received a number of written tributes for our retiring professor, George Burk, from artists, colleagues, alumni and family, which will be displayed adjacent to his work,” Eyler said. “Given his life focus on art and how his passion has clearly inspired those around him, such a tribute in a gallery seems fitting.”

Porobic and Piribeck each will present collaborative artworks, which they produced along with Portland community members. DiLuzio will exhibit a time-based painting, “Half Full, Half Empty,” which references Vermeer’s, “Milkmaid.”