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USM’s Juried Student Exhibition to Open on November 17

The annual Juried Student Exhibition is about to open in the University of Southern Maine Art Gallery, Gorham. This yearly event provides art students with the real-world experience of creating works of art that will be juried by professionals in Maine’s art community. Like professional artists, some students will be accepted into the exhibition, while others will not.

The exhibition is opens Thursday, November 17 with a reception that runs from 6-8 p.m. in the Art Gallery. The exhibition will be on display until Friday, December 9. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., Tuesdays-Fridays; 1-5 p.m., Saturdays & Sundays. USM’s Art Gallery is free and open to the public. Closed holidays.

This year’s jurors are Joe Kievitt, USM’s 2011Spring Artist-in-Residence whose work will be on display in the Gallery lobby during the exhibition; Deborah Wing-Sproul, who teaches at Maine College of Art and in the MFA Intermedia and New Media program at the University of Maine; and Jane Bianco, assistant curator of the Farnsworth Art Museum.

At 11:45 a.m., Friday, December 2, Art Lecturer Gideon Bock and Director of Exhibitions Carolyn Eyler will discuss with students how to prepare for the competitive process of juried exhibits in the Art Gallery, Gorham.

From Tuesday, January 17 through Sunday, February 19, the Juried Student Exhibition will be on display in the Area Gallery of USM’s Woodbury Campus Center on the Portland campus. Also free and open to the public, Area Gallery hours are 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday through Friday. Closed holidays.

For more information, call Carolyn Eyler at 207-780-5008, or visit the Art Gallery.

The USM Art Department confers the following degrees: BFA in Studio Arts; BFA with a Concentration in Art Education; BA; BA in Art with a concentration in Studio Art and Entrepreneurial Studies; BA in Art with a Concentration in Art History. International study opportunities, internships, and minors are available. The faculty, practicing artists and art professionals, exhibit and publish regionally, nationally, and internationally.