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"My Katrina Chronicles" by Peter Precourt

Opening Reception
Artist's Talk & Reception
Wednesday, September 23rd
from 4:30-5:30pm
"Artist Panels: the interdisciplinary nature of the graphic novel" featuring Peter Precourt, Lisa Botschon and Ted Closson
Thursday, September 17th
from 11:45am to 12:45pm


The Danforth Gallery at UMA opens its 2015-2016 season with “My Katrina Chronicles” by Peter Precourt, Associate Professor of Art at UMA.  As our nation commemorates the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina which devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005, “My Katrina Chronicles: Chapters: III and IV,” places the viewer inside the event in an installed, hand-painted, graphic story.  The exhibition will run from September 8 through October 16, 2015. 

     In anticipation of Hurricane Katrina's arrival, Precourt and his family fled to the Georgia Mountains from the Gulf coast of Mississippi. It is here that the story line continues as the artist contemplates if fate or karma has led him to current predicament. Precourt pieces together memories in a compelling visual story which he describes as hovering “somewhere between a graphic novel, a journal entry, a painting, a memoir and a flippant conversation.”  

      Much like the debris that filled the landscape in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Precourt incorporates a variety of materials in his visuals including Sharpie, sumi-e, acrylic and encaustic, Mylar and rice paper. The images are created, says Precourt, to “openly engage the imperfection of memory, the possibility of change and the restorative power of storytelling.” 

      Learn more about Peter Precourt and this compelling work at the Artist's Talk/Reception on Wednesday, September 23rd from 4:30pm-5:30pm at the Danforth Gallery. In addition, the Danforth Gallery will host an “Artist Panel: the interdisciplinary nature of the graphic novel” featuring Peter Precourt, Lisa Botshon and Ted Closson on Thursday, September 17th from 11:45am – 12:45pm. The Danforth Gallery is located in Jewett Hall at the University of Maine Augusta campus and is open Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-5:00pm. and Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm. 


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