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"Visual Voices" Exhibit Supports UMFK's Educational Model for Creative Learning and upcoming Scholars' Symposium

April 25, 2019

Note: this is an archived news release. As such, the information provided may no longer apply.

The University of Maine at Fort Kent Blake Library Gallery is featuring the work of students in Thérèse L. Provenzano’s Art 200 Fundamentals of Art-Drawing class and Art 320 Studio Projects. The exhibition will be on display through Monday, May 6th.

The students represented in the exhibit are: Dylan Bernier, Dalton Buck, Beatriz Garrido Jaramillo,

Dalton Buck, UMFK art student mannequin invented art work
UMFK student Dalton Buck's art work Mannequin Invented, a watercolor and pastel on paper.

Zachary Greer, Erika Gutierrez, Kelsi Kenney, Jade Nadeau, Abby Pooler, Logan Tibbetts, Elroy Walls, Tyler Desjardins, Kamalani Kahele, Jordan Maxwell, Tolu Oyeniyi, Kelly Paradis, Damion Rankine, David Smithers, Nancy Thibodeau, Jordan Townsend, and Sam Warner.

“Fundamentals of Art-Drawing” serves as an understanding of the language and methods used in a work of art through practical application of materials in observing objects or imagining reality. The course also serves as a foundation for art appreciation and the development of concepts for further art making and study.

“Studio Projects” awakens the artist that resides within. The course is designed to provide freedom and support in developing ideas and skills within a discipline and a material. Students can select from drawing, painting, sculpture, and or printmaking.

UMFK art student Erika Gutierrez, Negative Shape, graphite on paper
UMFK student Erika Gutierrez's work Negative Shape, graphite on paper.

Provenzano comments, “The benefit of taking either course supports the University of Maine at Fort Kent’s educational model for their students, “Life at UMFK.” The “L” in Life represents Learning. The “I” for Innovate. The “F” for Find. The “E” for Engage.  Students are encouraged to innovate, find, and engage with their materials and the process of making art. Fundamentals of Art begins with assignments anchored in essentials and challenges the student to think creatively. “Studio Projects” further encourages an individualistic voice in making work.  Life, in of itself is not linear. We are often challenged to find new solutions to problems where we need to rethink our approach to find a new outcome. Students have the opportunity to experience approach determines the outcome and the problem-solving nature of the art process as a basis for creative thinking applicable to any discipline or career path.”

On Wednesday, May 1st, the artwork from “Studio Projects” will

Logan Tibbetts, UMFK student's work, Positive Shape, charcoal on paper.

make its debut at the 10th annual  UMFK’s Scholars’ Symposium’s Artwork Session, which will be held at UMFK’s Sports Center from 12:30 to 2 p.m.  This artwork will be juried for the Most Artistic Award.  After the session, all work will be displayed at the Blake Library Gallery. The public is encouraged to see the exhibition at the symposium and in the Blake Library Gallery. Provenzano said, “The diversity in materials and its exploratory use are evident.”

The library hours for the exhibition are: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, please contact Gallery Curator Sofia Birden at 834-7527.

Anyone interested in taking an art course at UMFK should contact Thérèse L. Provenzano at 231-4593. The summer course offerings online are: Art 100 History of Art and Art 101 History of Art.