PAST EXHIBITIONS

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February 27 - March 27, 2020

Terra Plume, Katie St. Clair’s exhibition of new paintings at the University of Maine at Augusta’s Charles Danforth Gallery, took viewers into one of nature’s most hidden realms: the secret underworld of mushrooms that connect forest root-systems.

 

St. Clair's new series of works, mostly painted in early 2020 when she was an artist-in-residence at the Penland School of Craft and shown for the first time in Terra Plume, explored the complexity between the mushroom’s seen and unseen structures. “When we think of mushrooms, we think of the cap as the mushroom, but that’s actually not the organism, which moves underground...this massive, unseen, almost magical thing that’s all around us, that exists without our knowing,” St. Clair explained.

 

The exhibition included nearly thirty new paintings.

February 2 - 23, 2020

Kennebec Valley Art Association’s (KVAA) 14th annual Higher Forms of Art exhibition of artwork by students from area high schools was presented in partnership with the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) at the Danforth Gallery located at Jewett Hall,  46 University Drive in Augusta.
Higher Forms of Art was on view February 2 - 23, 2020. It was the 7th year KVAA and UMA partnered to present this exhibit. 

 

Higher Forms of Art gives emerging artists the opportunity to show their art in a professional gallery space, and offers students the experience of organizing and installing a major art exhibition. 

 

November 20 - December 19, 2019

Bold, abstract, and colorful, the work of Wylie Garcia explores identity, gender, and emotional spaces. Garcia's work has appeared in both solo and group exhibitions across the U.S. and she has held art residencies as far away as Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. She previously showed her work in the group exhibit, "Unraveled: Contemporary New England Fiber Art," at the Old York Museum in York, Maine in 2014. Now, in Radical Softness, Garcia's first solo exhibition in Maine, the UMA Danforth Gallery showcases her sculptural dresses of rich satins and gauze, and her monumental paintings resembling textiles and tapestries

October 10 - November 6, 2019

The Fall 2019 Student Architecture Show features the work of architecture students in the Bachelor of Architecture Program.

Student projects include design ideas across a broad spectrum of scales and contexts, as well as collaborative community projects, precedent studies, analysis of existing buildings, and thesis investigations. The exhibition is a chance for students from UMA’s Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) degree to showcase their studio, analysis, and technology work. The B.Arch program is the only five-year professional and fully accredited architecture degree program in Maine, and provides students with a path towards architectural licensure. 

University of Maine MFA Exhibition

September 3 - October 2, 2019

“In the Studio As In Life” is an exhibition of current and recently graduated artists in the MFA Program in Intermedia at the University of Maine at Orono. Curated by Dr. Susan Smith, the exhibition spans media and themes to consider how individual artists’ interrogations link the studio’s explorations with contemporary life.

2019 UMA Thesis Art Student Exhibition

May 11- 31 , 2019

Graduating UMA art students shared their perspectives through art

The spring Art Thesis exhibition showcased each artists’ individuality with an array of concepts. The show explored the concept of personal narratives. The artworks included were painting, mixed media, fiber arts, graphic storytelling, graphic design, sculpture, upcycled media, wheatpaste murals, and photography. Each individual presented a body of work developed throughout the year as part of the thesis project.

The exhibiting artists were:

Kimberly Baker

Dianne Chicoine

Jenna Clifford

Marcea Crawford

Lisa Hodgkins

Jessica Morton

March 29 - April 24, 2019

As the world shifts from gray winter to bright spring, the art students at the University of Maine at Augusta bring the Danforth Gallery to life with their creative endeavors.  Open to both art and non-art majors, students submit work from various art classes throughout the year. The artwork spans a variety of media including, but not limited to, ceramics, design, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, mixed media, and sculpture.

 

Each submission is judged on technical execution and ideas reflecting a broad range of 
media and at all stages in academic development.  Honorary Judge Andres A. Verzosa will select pieces for awards that are carefully 
crafted, thoughtfully developed and designed.

February 22 - March 20, 2019

Kennebec Valley Art Association’s (KVAA) 13th annual Higher Forms of Art exhibition of artwork by students from area high schools will be presented in partnership with the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) at the Danforth Gallery located at Jewett Hall,  46 University Drive in Augusta. Higher Forms of Art is on view February 22 - March 20, 2019 and is the 6th year KVAA and UMA have partnered to present this exhibit. 

Higher Forms of Art gives emerging artists the opportunity to show their art in a professional gallery space, and offers students the experience of organizing and installing a major art exhibition. 

The Is of Lis

Maine artist Martha Miller collaborates with her daughter Lisbeth to make colorful, larger-than-life, mixed media paintings.  Together, they tell the story of living with a traumatic brain injury.

November 13 - December 19, 2018

Artist Martha Miller from Woolwich, Maine, tells the story of her daughter, Lis, through colorful and unique multimedia paintings.  Lisbeth suffered a traumatic brain injury at age six and never recovered, experiencing uncontrolled seizures, severe behavioral disturbances, verbal and memory deficits, and anxiety.  Her life of love, hope, pain, desperation, anger, and beauty is depicted in Miller’s work. Miller paints pictures of her daughter at different stages – dreaming, coming out of a seizure, exploring – and incorporates the portraits with a wide variety of images, some of which are based on drawings produced by Lisbeth.

Lisbeth’s own creativity has remained strong throughout her life.  The artwork that she produces after having a seizure are her attempts to communicate her experiences in that moment, even though she is not able to remember producing the work when no longer in postictal state.  Miller brings these works into her own, thus collaborating with her daughter to produce the artwork.

“Lisbeth IS an artist,” Miller says, “and I believe that on a spiritual and psychic level, she and I are collaborating in this series, and that at that level she understands and has entrusted me to tell her story.  She is also teaching me new and powerful ways to make images. I am learning from her seizure drawings which are a direct line to the subconscious. The paintings have become both portrait and self-portrait.”

This exhibition marks the first time that this ambitious series has been shown.  The artwork literally excites and vibrate the gallery space with their awesome beauty and strength. UMA and the Danforth Gallery community are honored to bring this incredible display to light.

At the opening reception and dinner, there was a conversational panel on the topic of Art and Mental Illness featuring the Portland Arts Writer Bob Keyes, Martha Miller, Amy Stacey Curtis, and members of the UMA Mental Health and Human Services community. This event was a CAUSE Empty Bowl Event where guests were served soup and salad and took home a beautiful bowl handmade by our students Amy Bley and Justin Knaus-Tucker. All proceeds went to benefit NAMI Maine. 

Eileen Gillespie, Rachel Zheng, Kristin Dillon, Heather Lyon + Frank Mauceri Five Maine artists working in painting, installation, photography, performance and computer programing – explore how their work addresses point of view.

October 4th-November 7th, 2018

The artwork provokes such questions as: does a work of art put the viewer in a unique place? Are you as an artist putting me in your shoes? Do you want me to see from a certain vantage point in order to gain perspective? Do you want to celebrate a space, person or an object differently?Eileen Gillespie’s painting has become inspired by a bird’s eye view while sitting in a plane.  Rachel Zheng’s “site-specific, sculptural installation of monofilament interrupts a familiar space and draws attention to architectural specificities.” Frank Mauceri uses “the computer as a tool for stipulating procedures and constructing systems; making marks that refer to, and resist, the gestures of drawing.”  Heather Lyon uses her body to probe a depth of emotion, “video and performance work to explore the ways in which we negotiate longing, loss, power, and desire within interpersonal relationships.”  And Kristin Dillon explores the relationship between people and their most prized possessions, “expos[ing] truths about each person while generating more curiosity.”

from Art+Architecture who are retiring or recently retired

September 4 - 27, 2018

This exhibition is celebrating the work of Karen Adrienne, Jere DeWaters, Roger Richmond and Brooks Stoddard, who have each served the University of Maine at Augusta for decades. Although the products of their labor are quite varied: printmaking, photography, stained glass, 3-D slide shows and archaeological digs, their supreme dedication to their students is a common thread.Between them they have inspired thousands of students to see differently, craft impeccably, strive for excellence, make connections, care deeply and invest themselves wholly in their work and their communities. These four who were here from the early days have collectively made the University what it is today. Through their lives of dedication to teaching they have quite simply; made the world a better place.

A Soup and Salad Lunch to Support the Augusta Food Bank

August 9, 2018

UMA’s Danforth Gallery and the University of Maine at Augusta Student Life, in conjunction with UMA’s Augusta Community Garden and C.A.U.S.E. (Community of Artists for UMA Social Empowerment) are sponsoring Food for Thought: a soup and salad lunch to support the Augusta Food Bank.  Participants in this student fundraising lunch will choose from an assortment of one-of-a-kind ceramic bowls handmade by UMA artist Amy Bley.  

 

Once a bowl is selected the individual will use it to enjoy a gourmet lunch with other members of the UMA and greater Augusta community. When the lunch concludes, the proceeds go to the Augusta Food Bank and the bowl is participant’s to keep!“This event is all about community,” said Robert Rainey, UMA Associate Professor of Photography. “Organized by a community of UMA students and organizations to give back to the greater Augusta community in an event that celebrates community by partaking in a meal with others.”   

In addition to the Food for Thought event, the UMA Augusta Community Garden is showcased on the far wall of the Danforth Gallery in an exhibit titled What Does Community Look Like?  Anchored by the UMA Augusta Community Garden, ten UMA photography students explore the meaning of community and how it is expressed throughout the state of Maine. Crafting lenses of their own interpretations and diverse backgrounds, each student presents a study in photography of their chosen narrative at both the micro and macro levels. From farm to table, eating and community supported agriculture, to the inside of one’s own refrigerator and the compost heap, these students show that community exists on all kinds of levels.

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