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See the work of USM Art faculty and alum, "Melt Down" satellite show at Portland Public Library

Lewis Gallery

If you didn't get a chance to see "Melt Down" at CMCA this past Spring, now you have an opportunity to see the exhibition at the Portland Public Library. The satellite show, in the Lewis Gallery, includes the work of Jan Piribeck, USM professor of Digital Art & Foundations, and Justin Levesque '10, BFA Photography alumnus as well as other Maine artists confronting climate change. The show will be on display through September 21.

As Bruce Brown, exhibition curator states, “With increasing frequency Maine artists of all disciplines are traveling to the Arctic and Antarctic to study, observe and record the effects of climate change. Melt Down includes stunning photographs and videos by ten distinguished Maine artists whose work calls attention to one of the major ecological issues of our time.”

Jan Piribeck art workAs you arrive down the staircase into the Lewis Gallery you will see "The Qajaq Journey," an animated short by Piribeck in which the viewer takes a virtual kayaking trip beginning in Back Cove, Portland, Maine and travels along the west coast of Greenland all the way to the North Pole and back again. View the full animation and learn more about the project, "The Moving Tides," on her website.

Images by Levesque lead visitors into the gallery near the animation by Piribeck, as well as on the staircase itself. 

To learn more about the artists and their work, listen to an interview with Piribeck and Levesque by USM Now host Suzanne Murphy at WMPG. More coverage on News Center Maine's 207, and in the Portland Press Herald.

"Melt Down" was originally exhibited at CMCA from March 23 – June 9, 2019, organized by CMCA curator emeritus Bruce Brown. Artists included: John Paul Caponigro, John Eide, Ella Hudson, Jonathan Laurence, Justin Levesque, Jim Nickelson, Jan Piribeck, Peter Ralston, Shoshannah White, and DM Witman.