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Contemporary drawing and 20th century Japanese prints come to UMF Art Gallery, Oct. 6-Nov. 5

FARMINGTON, ME (September 28, 2011)—The UMF Art Gallery is proud to announce its latest exhibition featuring “Emerging Dis/Order: Drawings by Amy Stacey Curtis, Alison Hildreth, and Andrea Sulzer,” a contemporary drawing show within the Maine Drawing Project; and “Places in Time: Works by Kawase Hasui, Kasamatsu Shiro and other 20th-century Japanese Woodblock Prints.” This free and open to the public exhibit runs from Oct. 6-Nov. 5, and kicks off with an opening reception from 5-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 6.

Andrea Sulzer's "Small Blue Boat" (colored pencil and graphite)

Andrea Sulzer's "Small Blue Boat" (colored pencil and graphite)

Kasamatsu Shiro's "Bamboo in Early Summer"

Kasamatsu Shiro's "Bamboo in Early Summer"

“An ambitious, approachable show well worth visiting,” according to the Boston Globe, “Emerging Dis/Order” comes to the UMF Art Gallery from the Bates College Museum of Art. The works of these respected Maine artists explore multiple themes through the medium of drawing and share the ideas of memory and loss, order and chaos, and emerging and converging human behavior and activity.

A groundbreaking collaboration, “Where to Draw the Line: The Maine Drawing Project,” is the result of several years of planning by the Maine Curators Group and highlights the work of Maine artists and drawing collections statewide. Throughout 2011, approximately 20 museums and art institutions across the state of Maine will feature special exhibitions and installations that focus on the medium of drawing.

“Places in Time: Works by Kawase Hasui, Kasamatsu Shiro, and other 20th-century Japanese Woodblock Prints” explores the work of Japanese printmakers who navigated the dramatically changing times of the last century by immersing themselves in the landscape. Both Hasui and Shiro were prominent in the Shin Hanga art movement in the early 20th-century that appealed to Western taste for nostalgic and romanticized views of Japan. By midcentury Shiro embraced modernism and greater abstraction, joining the ranks of Sosaku Hanga artists who escaped from the artistic control of publishers to carve their own woodblocks. The exhibition also includes more recent prints by Nishijima Katsuyuki and Clifton Karhu.

The UMF Art Gallery is located at 246 Main St. in Farmington, immediately behind the Admissions Office. The gallery is open noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, during the UMF academic year and by appointment. For more information, or to make special arrangements, please call 207-778-7002, or email Elizabeth Olbert, director of the UMF Art Gallery, at elizabeth.olbert@maine.edu.

More about the UMF Art Gallery

The UMF Art Gallery is a nonprofit professional art space dedicated to bringing contemporary art and artists to campus and the regional community. In its dedication to new art, the gallery reinforces the vision of the UMF Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry in celebrating art as a powerful agent of social and cultural change and artists as generators of community and cultural identity. The gallery works with local schools to integrate arts programming into their curricula and opens its space to community events and gatherings.


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Media contact: Elizabeth Olbert, director of the UMF Art Gallery, at 207-778-7002, or elizabeth.olbert@maine.edu


EDITOR’S NOTE:

Andrea Sulzer’s “Small Blue Boat” (colored pencil and graphite) can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2011/09/RP112-012A.jpg

Kasamatsu Shiro’s “Bamboo in Early Summer” can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2011/09/RP112-012B.jpg

Photo Credits: Submitted images