Membership group The Farnsworth Collective will present a series of discussions titled Artists on Art. This three-part series devoted to issues of concern to Maine artists will take place Wednesdays, Oct. 2, 9 and 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the downtown museum.

Based on the very popular series of the same name that took place in autumn of 2010, Artists on Art will bring together emerging and mid-career artists for a discussion on topics relevant to artists living and working today. Participants will engage each other and the audience in three different topics of conversation over the three evenings.

On Oct., artists Kat Buchanan, Mark Kelly and Jessica Stammen will discuss Time and Money: Studio Practice and Making a Living. Colin Page will moderate the conversation, which will ask questions such as: What does it mean to maintain a studio practice as a working artist? How do you as an artist manage your time and space? What are the rewards and burdens of making art for a living? How is value attached to the products of art-making?

On Oct. 9, artists Alexis Iammarino, Kathryn Oliver and Andy White will discuss Artistic Fellowship: Ways of Creating and Collaborating. Kelly Finlay will moderate the conversation on topics such as: What are the challenges and rewards of working collaboratively? What are different forms that artistic fellowship can take? What does it mean to have or to be a mentor?

On Oct. 16, artists Kenny Cole, Alan Magee and Pilar Nadal will discuss Art as Social Practice. Moderator Alexis Iammarino will pose questions such as: What political issues inform your work? How do you see your role as an artist in terms of social justice and political activism? How effective can artists truly be in promoting social change?

The fee for the entire series is $30, $20 for Farnsworth members and $10 for Collective members. Reservations may be made for individual evenings for $15, $10 and $5. For more information or to make a reservation, contact the Education Department at 596-6457 or visit

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