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Gail Skudera WOVEN

USM Libraries and Maine Museum of Photographic Arts (MMPA) present Gail Skudera's exhibit, W O V E N

October 3, 2016 - December 30, 2016

Opening Reception, Thursday, October 27, 6pm - 8pm, 5th floor Glickman Library, Portland Campus. Complimentary refreshments and a cash bar available.  

Conversation with Gail Skudera, Thursday, December 1, 6pm - 8pm, 423/424 Glickman Family Library. Complimentary refreshments available.  

Gail's work was recently reviewed in Take Magazine -


Gail Skudera:  W O V E N!

The Maine Museum of Photographic Arts presents works by Lewiston artist, Gail Skudera.  Skudera has an MFA in Fiber Arts and a BFA in Textile Printing and Design from Northern Illinois University.  She is the recipient of several grants and fellowships, including a Visual Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Grant.  She has aggressively exhibited her pieces across the country and internationally.  Skudera lives and works in Lewiston, Maine.

W O V E N  is the title of Gail Skudera’s 43 piece exhibition at the MMPA gallery/USM Glickman Family Library.  The title is apt for when we say that someone wove something into a conversation, it suggests a layering of ideas - often subtexts and motives.  Skudera uses a loom to physically weave materials and images that embroider an overlaying of emotions and meanings in her work.

About her process she states: “There are several themes and images that are reoccurring in this body of work.  Subjects, for one thing.  Some are personal and some have become personal after working with them for so long.  For years I have worked with family photographs and photographs of known subjects (i.e., from the public domain.) When I began to introduce found photographs that I was in some way 'taken' by, it opened up new freedom for me in approaching what was once familiar...the family  or known photograph.  I can now look upon the familiar with the same critical eye that I would encounter a found photograph to attempt to read into the subject something about their interior life. It is the mystery of the interior life that captivates me the most.  It is timeless and makes us all the same, and that fascinates me the most. “                                                                                           

-Gail Skudera