Leonard R. Craig Gallery at UCCPA to Feature Art of Simon van der Ven

By Unity College | Feb 11, 2014

Unity, Maine – The Leonard R Craig Gallery at Unity College presents: Simon van der Ven “Roots and Branches,” a show of ceramic art at the Unity Center for Performing Arts, 42 Depot Street, Unity, Maine, from February 13 to March 14.
     An opening reception will be held February 27th from 5-7pm. Refreshments will be provided. The reception is free and open to the public.  Admission is free and open to the general public. The gallery is open Monday through Friday during regular business hours or by appointment.
     Simon (Siem) van der Ven’s ceramic art engages the senses. His carefully worked forms and surfaces invite touch and contemplation. This exhibition will focus on the origins and connections of his imagery and motifs and will include tools and explanatory text.
     Siem’s undergraduate degree is in printmaking (SUNY Potsdam). He has worked as a professional sailor, goldsmith (apprenticed with Tom O’Donovan), and carpenter. He taught high school art at Camden Hills Regional High School for seventeen years. During that time he took a sabbatical at the Marchutz School in Aix-en-Provence, France and later earned an MFA at Maine College of Art concentrating in ceramics and drawing.
     He currently teaches ceramics at Unity College. Awards include residency at Anderson Ranch Arts Center (Snowmass, CO) and Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts (Newcastle, ME), and a MeCA Award for Leadership in Arts Education. His work is shown and collected throughout the country including the Canton Museum of Fine Art, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, and Harrisburg Community College. Local galleries include Åarhus Gallery in Belfast and CRAFT in Rockland.
     For more information contact Ben Potter, Professor of Art / Curator of the Leonard R. Craig Gallery at (207) 948-9239, or e-mail bpotter@unity.edu
     In recent years Unity College has gained national attention for a variety of achievements including for its focus on sustainability science, the leading-edge of 21st century ecological problem solving and the vanguard in the fight for the mitigation of global climate change; its ground-breaking green innovations such as the award-winning TerraHaus, the first student residence on a college or university campus built to the Passive House standard, the most energy efficient building standard in the world; and being the first college in the United States to divest from investments in fossil fuels, igniting a growing national movement in higher education. In 2013 the College received 10 year accreditation by The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the highest level of accreditation given by that organization.
     Through the framework of sustainability science, Unity College provides a liberal arts education that emphasizes the environment and natural resources. Through experiential and collaborative learning, our graduates emerge as responsible citizens, environmental stewards, and visionary leaders.


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