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Dave McKenzie: Skowhegan 2017 Barbara Lee Lecture Series
Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture | June 21, 2017 through June 21, 2017
Dave McKenzie (A ’00, F ’11) uses video performance and text to explore how and why subjects engage-with and become-with one another. McKenzie was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1977 and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Torkwase Dyson: Skowhegan 2017 Barbara Lee Lecture Series
Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture | June 23, 2017 through June 23, 2017
Though working through multiple mediums, Torkwase Dyson describes herself as a painter who uses distilled geometric abstraction to create an idiosyncratic language that is both diagrammatic and expressive.
Summer Exhibitions Opening Reception
Center for Maine Contemporary Art | June 24, 2017 through June 24, 2017
The Center for Maine Contemporary Art hosts the opening reception for their summer exhibitions.
MFA Lecture Series: Tamara Gonzales
Maine College of Art, Osher Hall | June 26, 2017 through June 26, 2017
Gonzales’ work has been exhibited at MoMA PS1, Shoot the Lobster and Martos Gallery, Sargent’s Daughters, Regina Rex, Sometimes (works of art), Norte Maar, and the American Academy of Arts & Letters.
William E. Jones: Skowhegan 2017 Barbara Lee Lecture Series
Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture | June 26, 2017 through June 26, 2017
William E. Jones is an artist, filmmaker, and writer born in Ohio and now living in Los Angeles. He has made the experimental films Massillon (1991) and Finished (1997), the documentary Is It Really So Strange? (2004), videos including The Fall of Communism as Seen in Gay Pornography (1998), and many other moving image works.
Serenade, Gail Spaien at Ogunquit Museum of American Art
Ogunquite Museum of American Art | June 1, 2017 through June 28, 2017
An exhibition of new paintings.
James Dodds, Guy Taplin, Scott Kelley
Dowling Walsh Gallery | July 7, 2017 through June 29, 2017
Dowling Walsh Gallery is hosting three shows in the month of July: James Dodds, Guy Taplin, and Scott Kelley. Opening Receptions in conjunction with Rockland First Friday Art Walk, 5-8pm. Free and open to all.
Gallery 49 at Oxbow Blending & Bottling | May 4, 2017 through June 30, 2017
Tadow Island, the next Gallery 49 exhibition at Oxbow Blending & Bottling in Portland, will feature paintings by Elizabeth Kleene. Opening reception is on Thursday, May 4th from 6 – 9 PM. Her art will be on display until June 30th.
Collect, MECA’s 2017 Art Sale
Maine College of Art, ICA | June 29, 2017 through July 1, 2017
Collect: MECA’s Summer Art Sale 2017 provides a rare opportunity for art buyers to invest in original art by emerging artists and established professionals while providing working artists with a sustainable future.
Eileen Myles: Skowhegan 2017 Barbara Lee Lecture Series
Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture | July 1, 2017 through July 1, 2017
Eileen Myles is a poet, novelist and performer whose books include Chelsea Girls, I Must Be Living Twice, Selected Poems and The Importance of Being Iceland/Travel Essays in Art. Afterglow (A Dog Memoir) will be out in Fall 2017.
Inaugural Group Exhibition
Grant Wahlquist Gallery | May 26, 2017 through July 1, 2017
Grant Wahlquist Gallery is pleased to present its inaugural exhibition, a group show featuring works by Tad Beck, Diana Cherbuliez, Jordan Kantor, Karen Lederer, Joe Mama-Nitzberg, Nyeema Morgan, and Amir Zaki. An opening reception will occur Friday, May 26th, from 5 – 8 pm.
Dean Moss: Skowhegan 2017 Barbara Lee Lecture Series
Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture | July 5, 2017 through July 5, 2017
Dean Moss is a dance-based interdisciplinary director and media artist. The founding director of Gametophyte Inc., his work investigates the fluidity of self and perceptions of other, through transgressive multidisciplinary performances and collaborations that often incorporate audience participation.
MFA Lecture Series: Ruth Erickson
Maine College of Art, Osher Hall | July 5, 2017 through July 5, 2017
Ruth Erickson is Associate Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. She co-curated the major exhibition Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957 with Helen Molesworth and has organized exhibitions of the work of artists Rokni and Ramin Haerizadeh and Ethan Murrow at the ICA/Boston.
Nayland Blake: Skowhegan 2017 Barbara Lee Lecture Series
Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture | July 7, 2017 through July 7, 2017
Nayland Blake is an artist whose mixed-media work has been variously described as disturbing, provocative, elusive, tormented, sinister, hysterical, brutal, and tender.
Judith Linhares: Skowhegan 2017 Barbara Lee Lecture Series
Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture | July 14, 2017 through July 14, 2017
Linhares is a fourth generation Californian. She moved to New York from California in 1980 after being included in Marcia Tuckers 1978 game changing show Bad Painting.
BIG INK – CURATED BY LYELL CASTONGUAY
3S Artspace | June 3, 2017 through July 15, 2017
BIG INK collaborates with artists, community organizations, and the public to produce large black and white woodcuts for exhibition and educational purposes. Artists submit a proposal to create a big print, at least 24”x36” in dimension, through BIGINK.org. If accepted, they are given two months to carve an image. At the end of the two months, BIG INK meets with the participants at 3S Gallery and helps them print their woodcut onto paper using the BIG INK large mobile printmaking press.
Art Opening, Exhibition
MICHELLE HAUSER Painting & Photography: An Alliance of Mediums
PhoPa Gallery | June 15, 2017 through July 15, 2017
Michelle Hauser’s solo exhibition: Painting & Photography: An Alliance of Mediums explores the connection of two mediums.
Ron Gorchov: Skowhegan 2017 Barbara Lee Lecture Series
Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture | July 21, 2017 through July 21, 2017
Ron Gorchov was born in Chicago in 1930. He has lived and worked in New York since the 1950s. Gorchov’s paintings are included in many prominent collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Detroit Institute of Art, the Denver Art Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, the Everson Museum, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Seesaw: Anna Hepler and Karen Gelardi
Waterfall Arts | May 26, 2017 through July 21, 2017
For more than a decade Karen Gelardi and Anna Hepler have worked together, sharing an interest in textiles, and printmaking, and making work that crosses the boundaries between two and three-dimensions. Seesaw, will highlight their rich and intertwined language of form, surface, and process with sculptures made from ceramic, fabric, paper, and images both sewn and printed. Now based at opposite ends of the Maine coastline, with Belfast as a perfect mid-point between their studios, this exhibition explores the parallel and overlapping evolution of their work.
Ralph Lemon: Skowhegan 2017 Barbara Lee Lecture Series
Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture | July 28, 2017 through July 28, 2017
Ralph Lemon is a choreographer, writer, visual artist and curator, and the Artistic Director of Cross Performance, a company dedicated to the creation of cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary performance and presentation.
Art Opening, Exhibition
Chocolate Church Arts Center | June 10, 2017 through July 30, 2017
“Far Away/Home,” curated by Bath-based writer and critic Nika Knight, features the work of three young contemporary Maine artists exploring questions of home and identity in disparate mediums. Featuring Alex Nelson’s haunting images of a coastal Maine vacation town in the winter, Tessa Greene O’Brien’s fun explorations of form and color in her “structure paintings,” and Jenna Crowder’s thoughtful examination of the conversation between science and mysticism in monoprints, the show highlights the “light, magic, and mystery” of these three young artists’ work.
Call for Art/Entries
Wilt Press – Open Call
Wilt Press | May 22, 2017 through July 31, 2017
Open call for Wilt Magazine 3 is now live.
Wu Tsang: Skowhegan 2017 Barbara Lee Lecture Series
Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture | August 4, 2017 through August 4, 2017
Wu Tsang’s films, installations, performances, and sculptures move fluidly between documentary, activism, and fiction.
JENNY BRILLHART + SARA STITES | TEMPORALITY
Center for Maine Contemporary Art | May 20, 2017 through August 13, 2017
The sixth iteration of CMCA’s Counterpoint exhibition series brings together the work of artists Jenny Brillhart (Stonington, ME) and Sara Stites (Thomaston, ME and Miami, FL).
RETROSPECTIVE, Portland’s Metals Collective Through the Years
Maine College of Art, Artists at Work | July 7, 2017 through August 20, 2017
The Metals Collective was founded by Maine College of Art Alumni in 2010, and now after 7 years includes more than 25 participating members who to date have put on more than a dozen group shows at local venues, with themes ranging from poison rings to absinthe spoons, pickle forks to tussie mussies. This RETROSPECTIVE will give the public the unique opportunity to revisit these group shows .
American Genre: Contemporary Painting
Maine College of Art, ICA | July 20, 2017 through September 14, 2017
The Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art is pleased to announce American Genre: Contemporary Painting curated by artist, writer, and curator Michelle Grabner.
Art Opening, Community Event
American Genre: Contemporary Painting
Institute of Contemporary Art, MECA | July 20, 2017 through September 15, 2017
The Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art Announces
American Genre: Contemporary Painting curated by Michelle Grabner
Opening on Thursday, July 20 from 5:00-8:00pm
One-day symposium and closing reception on September 15, 2017 with keynote speaker Marie Shurkus and Panel Moderator, Barry Schwabsky
Screen – Pop Killed Culture
Center for Maine Contemporary Art | June 13, 2017 through September 18, 2017
The second iteration of the CMCA’s Screen series, focusing on video works, will feature the work My Body is Your Body is Everybody is Nobody by Pop Killed Culture.
Stonewall Gallery at the Yarmouth History Center | May 1, 2017 through September 30, 2017
Friends of Aomori is proud to announce the 2017 exhibition series for the Maine-Aomori Printmaking Society. MAPS is a cultural exchange program, sharing art and artists between the sister states of Maine and Aomori, Japan.
Art Opening, Exhibition
MEGGAN GOULD: Bureau of Visual Instruction
Maine Museum of Photographic Arts | June 29, 2017 through September 30, 2017
The Bureau of Visual Instruction is an ongoing body of work, an open-ended dissection of the fluidity of photographic vision.
Waking Windows Portland ME
TBA | September 29, 2017 through September 30, 2017
Waking Windows has just expanded to Detroit (July 21 & 22) and will be back for a third edition in Portland, ME (September 29 & 30).
William Wegman – Reel to Real
Center for Maine Contemporary Art | June 10, 2017 through October 22, 2017
An important pioneer in video art, William Wegman created hundreds of short performance-oriented videos between 1970 and 1978, which are now considered classics in the field.
John Walker – From Seal Point
Center for Maine Contemporary Art | June 24, 2017 through October 29, 2017
The Center for Maine Contemporary Art presents John Walker – From Seal Point.
Art Opening, Exhibition
The Ivory Mirror: The Art of Mortality in Renaissance Europe
Bowdoin College Museum of Art | June 24, 2017 through November 26, 2017
This exhibition represents a significant contribution to our understanding of the rich visual culture of mortality in Renaissance Europe. The appeal of the “memento mori,” featuring macabre imagery urging us to “remember death,” reached the apex of its popularity around 1500, when artists treated the theme in innovative and compelling ways. Exquisite artworks—from ivory prayer beads to gem-encrusted jewelry—evoke life’s preciousness and the tension between pleasure and responsibility, then and now.
PROCESS/Art at Akari presents Kimberly Convery: Jazz Paintings
Akari Salon | July 7, 2017
Kimberly Convery uses the conversational, free-form arrangements of jazz as inspiration for her new series of gouache paintings.