USM Art Galleries Gorham and Portland
ON THE LINE: USM Juried Student Exhibition 2020
On-line April 22-August 15, 2020
This special on-line exhibition was open to all USM students submitting work in any media. The juried show introduces students to a professional exhibition where they learn to prepare art for a professional setting, obtain feedback from art professionals, and have their work exposed to a wide range of viewers. Due to Coronavirus, the focus this year was on students learning how to photograph their art at home as well as uploading files – good skills to acquire for many future art opportunties. Juror Jaime DeSimone states: “I approached the jurying process by examining students’ understanding of their chosen medium to select individuals who pushed their skillsets and ideas into new directions.” The 1st place award winner, Demel Ruff, spoke to how the Covid 19 situation changed his submission approach: "I had already been working on a few longer video projects originally intended to be played on loop in a gallery space. But once the switch was made to online, I started experimenting with shorter videos that I felt would better cater to the online setting and how people view videos online." His resulting one-minute video, Fires Burning, is a historical, mesmerizing, and moving piece. It also may turn out to be an instructive precursor for the artist in his later making of longer videos. All the students who submitted work are to be heartily commended for their quick adjustment to imposed circumstances and determination to learn and succeed nonetheless.
–Carolyn Eyler, Director of Exhibitions and Programs
We appreciate the collective experience and insights of this year's jurors: Jaimie DeSimone, contemporary art curator at PMA, Sarah Maline, art history professor and contemporary art gallery director at University of Maine at Farmington, and Adam Redd, a sculptural ceramics artist.
Thanks to this year's sponsors: Becky McKinnell, USM art alumna ‘06 and President of iBec Creative; Bill Jenks, President, Home Instead Senior Care; Michelle Belhumeur, Executive Director, Gorham House; Marilyn E. Coburn; and Sodexo. The gift certificate sponsors were: Artist & Craftsman, Casco Bay Frames, and Hunt’s Photo & Video.
The cash and gift certificate award winners: 1st Place, Demel Ruff, Fires Burning; 2nd Place, Rachel Spigel, The Young Master; 3rd Place, Emma Lang, The Tiny Red Giant; 4th Place, Anna Labbe, Beef Stroganoff; Honorable Mention: Maxwell Carter, Force to Trip a Tree. Help support an emerging student artist by purchasing their work! Student works for sale are listed as part of the label, otherwise the work is not for sale. For sales inquires, please contact Carolyn Eyler: firstname.lastname@example.org.