It's been a busy Spring semester for the University of Southern Maine Art Galleries in Gorham and Portland. On March 22 the Art Department and Galleries held an opening reception for the Student Juried Exhibition at the USM Art Gallery in Gorham. The exhibition featured the artwork of USM students, whether or not they have chosen to pursue a degree in art. Each year, local jurors review the student submissions and select roughly 40 pieces for display. The 2018 jurors were Nat May, curator and former SPACE executive director, and Anne Alexander, sculptor and educator. In addition to the Gorham exhibition, a small selection from the Student Juried Exhibition is now on display at the USM AREA Gallery in the Woodbury Campus Center in Portland through May 1.
Congratulation to the students to win awards that night! Best of Show to Mark Ford, the Juror's Award to Kate Heiman, as well as four Honorable Mentions: Katherine Murray, Zac Adams, Natasha Shacklett, and Lauren Kennedy.
Carolyn Eyler, Director of Exhibitions and Programs, said “the Juried Student Exhibition is an important event open to all students at USM. This is an opportunity for them to have art reviewed by recognized professionals in the field, prepare selected work for professional display and be congratulated in an opening reception and award ceremony.”
Local businesses and USM alumni offered donations of cash and gift certificates to the selected prize winners. The 2018 sponsors were: Bruce Roullard, USM alumnus ‘84, and Sales Manager of Embrace Home Loans, Sharmon Toner, USM retired staff and USM art alumna ‘13, Becky McKinnell, USM art alumna ‘06, and President of iBec Creative, Bill Jenks, President, Home Instead Senior Care, Michelle Belhumeur, Executive Director, Gorham House, and George Sotiropoulos, Gorham House of Pizza. The gift certificate sponsors were: Artist & Craftsman; Cook’s Hardware; Casco Bay Frames; Hunt’s Photo & Video; and Photo Market.
The Art Department faculty also nominate students for the Discipline Awards.
“Each year we look forward to celebrating the work of outstanding students...” said USM Art Department Chair Jan Piribeck. “The discipline awards acknowledge the accomplishments of art majors within the disciplines offered by the Art Department. This public recognition honors the students and informs the audience of department programs.”
Congratulations to the 2018 students to win a Discipline Award in their medium!
Art Education, Zachery Adams; Ceramics, Caitlin Nicole Warner; Digital Art & Design, Elizabeth Marie Darragh; Drawing, Alexis Franklin; Foundations, Danielle Cournoyer; Painting, Michelle L. Lessard; Photography, Mikaela Alexa Luray (Shay) Leavitt; Printmaking, Nicole Morgan Downing; Sculpture, Reaghan Innes Smith.
The season closes with the 2018 BA & BFA Exhibition, April 11 - 29, at the USM Art Gallery on the Gorham Campus. This exhibition is a celebration of thesis exhibits by students in the ART 401 Senior Seminar class. "Students in the course are expected to graduate with professional packets containing a well-curated and in-depth reflected thesis of work, with the further in-depth knowledge of skills and materials to continue pursuing their art career beyond their college degree," said Damir Porobic, Senior Seminar Instructor.
Congratulations are also in order to the 2018 USM Senior Seminar Students obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) degree: Mikaela (Shay) Leavitt, Elizabeth Marie Darragh, Sarah Fitzpatrick, and Nicole Downing.
Lastly, catch the latest USM Now podcast for an interview with 2018 Artist-in-Residence Emily Simons and Carolyn Eyler.