April 9, 2004
The University of Maine at Fort Kent Blake Library Gallery will feature the work of students in Therese Provenzano's advanced studio projects, drawing, and fundamentals of art classes. The exhibit will begin on April 19 and remain on display through May 15.
An opening reception for the exhibit entitled, AContent, Materials, and Techniques - UMFK Student Show@, will be held on Wednesday, April 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., to provide the public and campus community the opportunity to meet the students, who are represented in the show, and their instructor.
The main objective in Provenzano's advanced studio projects class is for students to explore a particular area of interest in drawing, painting, printmaking or sculpture. The student is asked to choose a medium to commit to for the duration of the semester. The medium chosen should support the concept/idea and the purpose for creating the work.
Attention is placed on approach, the creative process, and how materials are utilized. This course is designed with the individual in mind.
"My hope is to achieve a better sense of reality in my paintings. Not so much with color but with shapes and compositions," said Jake Carlson, a sophomore from Rockland, Maine, enrolled in the advanced studio projects class.
"What has been wonderful about Jake's accomplishments is that he stayed true to his objectives," said Provenzano. "He worked on a series of paintings using the same size format and celebrated the same motifs: a house, a tree, a road, and some bushes."
What changed in each of Carlson's paintings was the relationship of color temperature and how the motifs were composed.
Henry Pieris, a sophomore from Piliyandala, Sri Lanka, also in the advanced studio projects class, drew a series of self portraits from different points of view using graphite.
"Henry took my drawing class last year and did a beautiful self portrait. I encouraged him to take that drawing and turn it into a concept," said Provenzano. "His series of sensitively drawn self-portraits are rich in the value range of black to gray. Henry's strength is that he is not afraid to use the medium and show what it can do."
Christine Roy, a sophomore from St. Agatha, focused on developing her level of skill using pastel. Her subject matter ranged from using musical instruments as a self portrait, to a winter landscape. Developing a portfolio for admittance into the bachelor of fine arts program at UMPI was a goal that she achieved in this course.
"The discipline and focus Christine has earned as an accomplished violinist, is what she utilizes in her learning capacity as an artist," said Provenzano.
The drawing class explored the different approaches an artist can take to create a visual image through practical application. Whether students are working figuratively or with invention, emphasis is placed on the use of materials: conte crayon, charcoal and graphite.
Students are encouraged to explore composition, shape, value/spatial relationships, structure, and light. The class also looked at the drawings of Hopper, Matisse, Morandi, Seurat, and Giacometti.
"What continues to amaze me is when a student that has never drawn before face lights up from realizing that they can draw. It doesn't stop there, either. The work continues to progress as they gain more experience in using their materials," said Provenzano. "Mitch Daigle, a freshman from St. Francis, exemplifies this. He has been a real trooper in this class."
The fundamentals of art class serves as a foundation course of drawing and painting. Students work both three dimensionally and two dimensionally with emphasis placed on using materials through value and color in abstract/representational imagery.
"The majority of students came to this class with no prior experience. I am really pleased with their determination, willingness to learn, and how they persevered through each assignment," said Provenzano. "There are some naturals in this group with the use of pastels and color".
"Angele Bourgoin, a freshman from St. David, brought music to my ears when she expressed an entrepreneur spirit. She stated that she envisions "showcasing her artwork on the walls of her own spa/cosmetic type salon," said Provenzano.
Provenzano was recently featured in the Style section of the Bangor Daily News. The article entitled "Ahome is where the art is" talks about how she has returned to her grandfather's homestead in Wallagrass to teach/work at University of Maine at Fort Kent and at her studio, Artist at Work.
The article also points out how mentoring had been an important part of her life when she studied at the National Academy of Design in New York and Philadelphia College of Art.
Provenzano has received numerous prizes and awards throughout her career, both nationally and internationally. She has also received numerous scholarships, and an artist in residency grant from the Vermont Studio Center.
During UMFK's summer session beginning in May, Provenzano will be teaching three studio courses: painting the Maine landscape, fundamentals of art, and drawing.
To register for any of the courses, contact UMFK's registrar's office at 834-7823.
The exhibit may be viewed during regular library hours. For more information contact Sofia Birden, gallery curator at 834-7527.