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UMFK Blake Library to feature "Seeing Art Becomes Fundamental"

December 3, 2010



Seen here are Jillian Pearsall (left) and Casey Brown (right) working on their projects for Fundamentals of Art, taught by Adjunct Visual Arts Instructor, Therese Provenzano at UMFK. The public is invited to the opening reception for “Seeing Art Becomes Fundamental” which represents the work of Edu 327L Arts Lab and Art 200 Fundamentals of Art, on Thursday, December 9 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Blake Library Gallery.


The University of Maine at Fort Kent Blake Library Gallery will feature the work of students in Therese Provenzano's Art 200 Fundamentals of Art andEdu 327L Arts Lab classes. The exhibition, entitled “Seeing Art Becomes Fundamental,” will be on display from Thursday, December 9 through Wednesday, December 22.

An opening reception, for the exhibit, will be held on Thursday, December 9 from 4 to 6 p.m. to provide the public and the campus community with an opportunity to meet the students and the instructor.
“Use what you have to find what you are looking for” is the approach Provenzano teaches in each course. 
Provenzano stated, “I am very pleased by the work the students accomplished. There is nothing more exciting than to see students visually grasping the language. Growth was involved in making this work.”
“It is so very important for us as a community to support and promote the arts. Engaging in the arts brings us closer to understanding ourselves and understanding the world we live in. Without question, the arts enrich our lives and awaken our aspirations,” commented Provenzano.
Fundamentals of Art is a hands-on studio course in the practical use of art and two-dimensional design. Students in this class were given the opportunity to develop techniques and skills in a variety of wet and dry materials. Provenzano emphasizes the basic visual elements that make a work of art be characteristically strong. In the Arts Lab class, she prepares education students, who are studying to become teachers, how to use art within a classroom curriculum.
The Woodmere Art Museum of Philadelphia awarded her the Edith Emerson Prize Award at their “Sixty-Sixth Annual Juried Exhibition,” and the Metropolitan Museum and Art Center of Coral Gables, Florida awarded her the First Prize Award at the “Fabric On, Third Arango International Design Competition.”
Throughout her career, Provenzano has been recognized with nominations, scholarships, and grant awards. Her work has been acquired for private and public collections.  
The exhibit may be viewed during regular library business hours. For more information, contact Sophia Birden, gallery curator, at 834-7527.