University of Maine Hutchinson Center Announces the Art Exhibit ‘ENCAUSTIC – wax+heat’

Courtesy of: Kerstin Engman


Belfast, Maine — The works of nine contemporary Maine artists will be featured in the exhibition "ENCAUSTIC – wax+heat," Sept. 16 through Dec. 9 at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center.


The exhibit in the H. Alan and Sally Fernald Art Gallery highlights the ancient art medium of encaustic. Meaning “to burn in,” the term encaustic describes a technique that utilizes molten beeswax.


Traditionally, the beeswax is mixed at 180° Fahrenheit with resin and pigment that the artist applies in layers. In the final step, the artist ”burns in” the mixture, fusing and bonding the work permanently to the surface. The result ranges from a complete, dense opacity to a delicate, revealing transparency, providing the artist with almost limitless possibility.

From the ancient Fayum mummy portraits of Roman Egypt to the iconic American flags painted by Jasper Johns in the 1950s, encaustic painting endured a long history. Its revival in the mid- to late 20th century came with the advent of electric heating tools.

The Hutchinson Center exhibition includes the works of Kim Bernard, Camille Davidson, Kerstin Engman, George Mason, Otty Merrill, Dietland Vander Schaaf, Victoria Pittman, Willa Vennema, and Diane Bowie Zaitlin.


More information is available online ( or by contacting Nancy Bergerson, 207.338.8049;


The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state’s only public research university. It celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2015. UMaine is among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast and attracts students from Maine and 45 other states, and 65 countries. It currently enrolls 10,922 total undergraduate and graduate students who can directly participate in groundbreaking research working with world-class scholars. The University of Maine offers doctoral degrees in 35 fields, representing the humanities, sciences, engineering and education; master’s degrees in nearly 70 disciplines; 90 undergraduate majors and academic programs; and one of the oldest and most prestigious honors programs in the U.S. The university promotes environmental stewardship, with substantial efforts campuswide aimed at conserving energy, recycling and adhering to green building standards in new construction. For more information about UMaine, visit

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