River Arts calls for ‘Maine Story’

Jul 14, 2014

Damariscotta — River Arts calls for artists to submit work for an exhibition with the theme of “The Maine Story.” Artists in any media are encouraged to submit up to three works for jurying. All work is due by 4 p.m. Saturday, July 26. The opening reception is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 1, from 5 to 7 p.m., and the exhibition will hang until Aug. 28.

All media, styles and subjects are welcome, and all work entered must be for sale. Wall-hung work size maximum is 60 inches in height, 42 inches in width; for safety reasons Plexiglas or other non-glass option should be used for work over 34 inches, excluding pastels.

Juror for the exhibition will be Susan Groce, professor of art and department chairwoman at the University of Maine, Orono. Groce received her MFA from the University of Michigan and has worked at Atelier 17, Paris; the Edinburgh Printmakers, Scotland; Open Bite Print Workshop, Australia; and the MacDowell Colony, N.H. She has been an Artist Mentor for the MFA program at Vermont College; and an artist in residence, visiting artist, guest lecturer and visiting researcher (safer print practices) at more than 40 art schools, programs and universities in Australia, Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Scotland, Canada and the United States.

Groce’s prints and drawings have been in more than 180 solo, invitational and juried exhibitions and are included in private, public and corporate collections in the U.S., Portugal, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Singapore. Her research focus is on innovative and safer print materials and processes. Susan has worked with Friedhard Kiekeben in the development of the Orono Ground; and has received a variety of research grants and awards in the arts, including the University of Maine System Trustee Professorship.

River Arts holds 10 themed, open, juried exhibitions per year, with some of Maine’s most prominent art community members as jurors. More than 600 different Maine artists have exhibited in these shows. The gallery program creates opportunity for artists to have their work selected, participate in the gallery process and sell their work. More than 7,000 people visited the gallery and participated in events and workshops last year. For more information, call 563-1507 or visit riverartsme.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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