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USM Art Gallery “Sampler” Exhibition Opens September 27

The University of Southern Maine Art Gallery in Gorham opens the 2012-2013 academic year with the exhibition, “Sampler: The USM Teaching Collection,” from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, September 27. Former USM Gallery Director and Professor Emeritus Juris Ubans and USM Director of Exhibitions and Programs Carolyn Eyler will present gallery talks from 4:30-5:30 p.m. during the opening. The exhibition will close on Sunday, December 9. The Art Gallery is open 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesdays-Fridays and 1-5 p.m., Sundays, and is closed holidays. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 207-780-5008 or visit 
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This 38-piece sampler of the collection includes prints by Red Grooms, Robert Rauschenberg, Romare Bearden, Katherine Porter, Larry Rivers, James Rosenquist and Alexander Calder; paintings by William Zorach, Marguerite Robichaux, Alan Bray, and Eric Hopkins; and experimental works by USM Artists-in-Residence. This exhibition represents a growing focus on USM's art collection.

The University of Southern Maine Art Galleries of Gorham and Portland have been selected to participate in the 2012-2013 Museum Assessment Program (MAP), funded by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). As part of the IMLS National Leadership program, MAP advances best practices and fosters improvement in museums.