The University of Maine’s Senior Art Exhibition, “Inevitable Evolution,” will showcase the work of 13 graduating UMA art students, including several from the Midcoast. The show will run from Saturday, May 10, to May 30 at the Charles Danforth Gallery, located in Jewett Hall. An opening reception will be held at noon May 10, immediately following the university's commencement ceremony.

In this year’s show, each artist has a personal story to tell through his or her artwork, highlighting their perspectives on social stress, the processes of life and nature and the way that people communicate and cope with societal change. The themes range from autism, teenage pregnancy, Alzheimer’s, natural conservation, societal pressure and anxiety.

Each artist’s artwork, which includes photography, painting, mixed media, upcycled media and ceramics, are presented in a series form developed throughout the year as part of the students’ thesis projects. Local artists exhibiting are Wenda Ashton Fisher of Appleton, Ryan Mahoney of Camden and Heather Marlow of Belfast. For more information about all the artists and to see images of their work, visit

Danforth Gallery hours are Mondays through Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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