Archives

Search

 

April Mulherin
Associate Director of Media Relations
Office: (207) 778-7081
Cell: (207) 491-0064
TDD: (207) 778-7000
april.mulherin@maine.edu

Office of Media Relations

UMF Experts List

 

UMF Art Gallery Presents “Change”—the Art of Portland Artist and Master Chef Jung Hur

FARMINGTON, ME (October 21, 2014)—“Change,” the art and artistry of Portland artist and master chef Jung Hur, will be the featured exhibit at the UMF Art Gallery on the University of Maine at Farmington campus from Oct. 30 through Dec. 7, 2014. The exhibit is free and open to the public and will host an opening reception Thursday, Oct. 30 from 5-8 p.m., with an artist’s talk at 5:30 p.m.

These days, contemporary painting can seem more at home on a tiny, handheld screen than in real-space human encounters. In dramatic contrast, Portland artist and master chef Jung Hur’s imposing, seductively layered canvases assert their real presence and their spirit of inquiry invites the viewer into a deeper dialogue.

RP145-016

Jung Hur painting, untitled

Rigorously trained in traditional Asian ink painting in his native South Korea, Hur’s fascination with the colors and composition of Japanese food led him to become a chef. Through the two powerful mediums of pigments and cuisine Hur has developed a unique poetics of painting and performance to explore his personal dynamics, the Chinese concept of yin-yang.

This exhibition, curated by Daniel Kany, Portland art critic and historian, and Sarah Maline, UMF Art Gallery director, brings together two significant bodies of Jung Hur’s recent work that together articulate a powerful and personal poetic.

This UMF Art Gallery exhibition is sponsored by the Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry. The gallery is located at 246 Main Street in Farmington, behind the Admissions Office. Gallery hours are Tuesdays–Sundays 12-4 p.m. and by appointment.  For more information, or to make an appointment please contact Sarah Maline at maline@maine.edu or 207-778-1062.

More about the UMF Art Gallery

The UMF Art Gallery is dedicated to bringing contemporary art and artists to campus and the regional community. In its focus on innovative and challenging new work, the gallery reinforces the academic vision of the university and the Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry in celebrating art as a powerful agent of community and cultural identity. The gallery develops interdisciplinary educational opportunities for students and community and works with local schools to integrate art into their curricula.

 # # #

Media Contact: Sarah Maline, UMF associate professor of art history and UMF Art Gallery director, at maline@maine.edu or 207-778-1062.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2014/10/RP145-016.jpg

Photo Credit: Submitted photo

Photo Caption: Hur painting Untitled

UMF Celebrates International Cultures with “Discover the World” Events

FARMINGTON, ME (October 20, 2014)—The University of Maine at Farmington Office of International Programs recently held the first in a series of five “Discover the World” events for 2014-15, celebrating the food, music and cultural activities of countries around the world. The series was developed by Lynne Eustis, UMF assistant director of international programs, to help UMF students, staff and faculty from other countries share their native cultures with the campus and local community.RP145-013A

“With opportunities for learning, understanding and collaboration, these events bring a richness to the community and offer a way for our international students, scholars and staff to share and celebrate their cultures and traditions,” said Eustis.

This first international event celebrated the culture of Asia with over 75 members of the campus and general public participating. Exchange students, visiting professors and members of the UMF community offered instruction on writing Chinese calligraphy with traditional brush and ink, the art of Chinese painting, the popular Eastern and South East Asian game of Mahjong and Origami—the intricate Japanese art of paper folding.

RP145-013BA menu of traditional Asian cuisine was developed and prepared by students and scholars; including a variety of Chinese steamed dumplings; Okonomiyaki, a savory Japanese pancake; and Japanese Chirashi Sushi salad.

Tea, an important element in many Asian cultures, was celebrated with a demonstration by Yuxiao Li, RP145-013Cexchange student from Beijing, China. In addition, Hui Liu, visiting professor of Chinese, wore traditional dress as he led participants in Tai Chi—the ancient Chinese skill of meditation in motion.

The Discover the World event series is free and open to the public and will continue throughout the academic year with the following events:

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
Discover the World: Latin America
4 p.m., The Landing, UMF Olsen Student Center

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014
Discover the World: France
4 p.m., The Landing, UMF Olsen Student Center

Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015
Discover the World: Chinese New Year

3:30 p.m., North Dining Hall B & C, UMF Olsen Student Center

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Discover the World: Africa

4 p.m., The Landing, UMF Olsen Student Center

For more information, please visit the UMF Events Calendar at: www.umf.maine.edu.

 # # #

Media Contact: Lynne Eustis, UMF assistant director of international programs, at leustis@maine.edu or 207-778-7122

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photos can be found at:
http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2014/10/RP145-013A.jpg
http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2014/10/RP145-013B.jpg
http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2014/10/RP145-013C.jpg

Photo Credit: UMF photos

Theatre UMF Presents Pulitzer-nominated Drama “Last of the Boys,” Oct. 23-26

FARMINGTON, ME (October 16, 2014)—The University of Maine at Farmington explores the troubled legacy of war with a presentation of Steven Dietz’s Pulitzer-nominated drama “Last of the Boys.” This Theatre UMF production is presented at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 23 through Saturday, Oct. 25, with a 2 p.m. performance on Sunday, Oct. 26, in UMF’s Alumni Theater.

RP145-014The story begins 30 years after Ben and Jeeter fought together in Vietnam. As the two men come together for a last hurrah, they try to come to terms with the war experiences that continue to haunt them. Jeeter’s girlfriend and her whiskey-drinking mother add to the fierce, funny and touching reflections on the lasting effects of war and how the past continues to echo in the present.

Directed by Peter Simmel, UMF professor of theater, this UMF production is an opportunity for theatre students to “get inside the skin of the character,” according to Simmel.

“Students prepared for their roles with intensive research of the time and events surrounding the Vietnam War,” said Simmel. “It stretches the students’ understanding of the era. But in the bigger picture, this play is a reminder of what anyone whose life is touched by war carries with them afterwards. The war doesn’t end for them just because the fighting stops.”

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, “Dietz has conjured the 1960s and the war in Vietnam better than any playwright has managed to date. Ghosts appear and disappear in this play…and these ghosts are in many ways permanent residents in the bodies and psyches of those who fought in the war, as well as those who became its indirect casualties.”

A native of Denver, Colorado, Dietz is one of America’s most widely-produced and published contemporary playwrights. He has written more than 35 stage plays that have been produced at regional theaters throughout the U.S., Off-Broadway and around the world.

He is a two-time winner of the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award and a two-time finalist for the Steinberg New Play Award. He received the PEN USA West Award in Drama for “Lonely Planet,” the 2007 Edgar Award for Drama for “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure” and the Yomuiri Shimbun Award (the Japanese “Tony”) for his adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s novel “Silence.”

Dietz is a professor at the University of Texas at Austin.

Tickets for the performance are $7 for adults, $6 for all students and $5 for seniors. Tickets are available at the time of the performance or can be reserved by calling the Theatre UMF box office at 207-778-7465.

This presentation is sponsored by the UMF Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry. It contains some adult language.

CAST: with student hometowns
Ben. . . . .Jagger Trouant, Gardiner
Jeeter. . . . .Nathan Sylvester, China Village
Salyer. . . . .Sara D’Angelos, North Providence, Rhode Island
Young Soldier. . . .Aaron Verrill, Belgrade
Lorraine. . . . .Amanda Buckley, Farmington

CREW:
Director. . . . .Peter Simmel
Scenic/Lighting Designer. . . . .Stan Spilecki

More on University of Maine at Farmington

A nationally-recognized liberal arts college, UMF enjoys a 150-year tradition of providing a quality academic experience combined with the personal attention and close student / faculty collaboration that help prepare all students to be successful. Rooted in a tradition of teacher preparation, UMF offers top quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and pre-professional studies. UMF is located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region and is a welcoming, close-knit academic community that prepares students for engaged citizenship, enriching professional careers and an enduring love of learning.

 # # #

 Media Contact: Peter Simmel, UMF associate professor of theater, at 207-778-7461, or simmel@maine.edu

EDITOR’S NOTE: You will find photo at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2014/10/RP145-014.jpg

Photo Credit: Channa Schroff

Photo Caption: UMF students, (left to right): Amanda Buckley, Sara D’Angelos, Nathan Sylvester and Jagger Trouant in scene from Theatre UMF production of Steven Dietz’s Pulitzer-nominated drama “Last of the Boys.”

 

UMF Hosts Teacher Panel on Helping English Language Learners, Oct. 17

FARMINGTON, ME (October 10, 2014)—As American society changes so do its classrooms. Today’s educators face a number of challenges including how to most effectively work with today’s English language learners.

To help UMF students, area educators and members of the public learn practical ways to meet the needs of English Language Learners, the University of Maine at Farmington is presenting a panel discussion of area teachers titled “Working with Maine’s English Language Learners—What I  Know and What I Wish I Had Known.”

This seventh annual UMF Teaching and Working in a Diverse World event takes place at 12:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 17, in North Dining Hall in the UMF Olsen Student Center. It is free and open to the public.

The event brings together teachers currently working in Lewiston and Auburn classrooms to discuss their experiences working with ELL and share their insights and some practical tips. Among the topics they plan to explore are the changing nature of Maine’s classrooms and what kind of training best prepares educators to be successful with English language learner’s needs. The discussion will be followed by breakout sessions for participants to learn about specific grade-level strategies.

Panel members include: Brenda Theriault, Headstart; Tiffany Demarest, Lewiston Montello Elementary; Becky Skilling, Auburn Park Avenue Elementary; Amy Favreau, Lewiston Longley Elementary; Diana Carson, Auburn Middle School; Erik Anderson, Lewiston Middle School; Jill Highland, Edward Little High School; Amanda Martemucci, Edward Little High School; James Koch, Lewiston High School; and Hilary Barber, ELL Director for Lewiston Schools.

This UMF Diversity event is sponsored by the Office of the Associate Provost & Dean of Education.

More on University of Maine at Farmington

A nationally-recognized public liberal arts college, UMF enjoys a 150-year tradition of providing a quality academic experience combined with the personal attention and close student / faculty collaboration that help prepare all students to be successful. Rooted in a tradition of teacher preparation, UMF offers top quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and business and pre-professional studies. UMF is located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region and is a welcoming, close-knit academic community that prepares students for engaged citizenship, enriching professional careers and an enduring love of learning.

 # # #

 Media Contact: Linda Gamble, UMF coordinator for special projects, at 207-778-7177, or llgamble@maine.edu.

UMF Headlines Award-winning Poet V. Penelope Pelizzon in Visiting Writers Series, Oct. 23

FARMINGTON, ME (October 9, 2014)—The University of Maine at Farmington Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program proudly brings award-winning American poet V. Penelope Pelizzon to UMF as the next reader in its notable Visiting Writers Series. Pelizzon will read from her work at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 23, in The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center. The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by a signing by the author.

RP145-012“Nostos,” Pelizzon’s first book (Ohio University Press, 2000), won the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize for a first book of poetry in 1999. In its selection, judge Andrew Hudgins noted, “With immense poetic verve, Pelizzon finds flamboyance in places where it has been forgotten and brings it back to vivid life—and she sees it for what it is. Her vision is then both passionate and dispassionate at the same time, a maturity of perspective that is just one of the many accomplishments of this superb first book.”  It was also awarded the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award.

Her second poetry collection, “Whose Flesh is Flame, Whose Bone is Time,” is forthcoming in 2014 from Waywiser Press. She is also the co-author of “Tabloid, Inc: Crimes, Newspapers, Narratives” (Ohio State University Press, 2010) a study of the relations among American sensation journalism, photography and film from 1927-1958.

Pelizzon’s awards include a 2012 Amy Lowell Traveling Scholarship, the 2012 Center for Book Arts chapbook award, a Lannan Foundation Writing Residency Fellowship and the “Discovery”/ The Nation Award.

Her poetry and prose have appeared in journals including Poetry, FIELD, The Hudson Review, The Kenyon Review, The Nation, Fourth Genre, The Yale Journal of Criticism and The British Journal of Aesthetics. Her translations appear in The FSG Book of Twentieth-Century Italian Poetry and Poetry.

Pelizzon earned her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. She is currently an associate professor of English at the University of Connecticut.

More Information on the UMF Creative Writing Program

As the only Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program in the state of Maine and one of only three in all of New England, the UMF program invites students to work with faculty, who are practicing writers, in workshop-style classes to discover and develop their writing strengths in the genres of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Small classes, an emphasis on individual conferencing and the development of a writing portfolio allow students to see themselves as artists and refine their writing under the guidance of accomplished and published faculty mentors. Students can pursue internships to gain real-world writing and publishing experience by working on campus with The Beloit Poetry Journal, a distinguished poetry publication since 1950; or Alice James Books, an award-winning poetry publishing house.

 # # #

 Media Contact: Jeffrey Thomson, UMF professor of creative writing, at 207-778-7454, or jeffrey.thomson@maine.edu.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2014/10/RP145-012.jpg

Photo Credit: Submitted photo

UMF Awarded $20 Million ‘GEAR UP’ College Readiness Grant

FARMINGTON, ME (September 25, 2014)—The University of Maine at Farmington has been selected to receive a $20 million, seven-year Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) state grant by the U.S. Department of Education to help students who are at risk in Maine prepare for and be successful in postsecondary education.

“This GEAR UP grant is a wonderful asset for Maine and Maine students,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. “Its implementation will help inspire all Maine students to strive beyond high school and realize their potential. UMF looks forward to working closely with our partners and supporters so we can help improve student achievement and continue to advance Maine’s future.”

The Maine grant is projected to serve up to 7,600 students annually from 63 high-poverty, rural schools in 26 districts. In addition, 19 external partners representing a wide spectrum of educational and business organizations will be working in support of the grant’s goals.

Maine is one of 10 states to receive the 2014 state grant, with grantees recently announced by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Thirty-one partnership grants were also awarded. As the sole institution of higher education in Maine receiving the state grant, UMF will serve as the award’s fiscal agent, with Syntiro, a non-profit based in Readfield, providing the administration.

“Syntiro is pleased to be collaborating with the University of Maine at Farmington, and we look forward to enhancing and supporting a robust college-going culture in the Maine schools,” said Kathryn F. Markovchick, Syntiro president and grant project director. “We provided the administration for a previous GEAR UP state grant awarded to Maine’s Department of Education from 2005-2011. We hope to build upon the successes of that experience and work to ensure that together, with UMF, school and non-school partners, we create outstanding opportunities for Maine’s students.”

Participants in the grant will work closely with students from low-income families beginning in seventh-grade to help improve their academic performance and increase the rate of high school graduation. In addition it will work to increase students’ and their families’ knowledge of post-secondary education, financial literacy and the options available to them.

“A new feature of the grant this year is the opportunity to follow and support GEAR UP students and their families during the first year of college,” said Katherine Yardley, UMF associate provost, dean of the College of Education, Health and Rehabilitation and grant program manager. “This is a valuable new connection that will give us additional insight into students’ needs in their first year and the types of support we can provide to ensure their academic success.”

For the first year of the new grant, UMF will receive about $2.9 million. The total $20 million in federal dollars will be matched by non-federal dollars from 46 partners across the state.
UMF has worked with the GEAR UP program since 1999, previously receiving a partnership award for 2005-2011.

More on University of Maine at Farmington

 A nationally-recognized public liberal arts college, UMF enjoys a 150-year tradition of providing a quality academic experience combined with the personal attention and close student / faculty collaboration that help prepare all students to be successful. Rooted in a tradition of teacher preparation, UMF offers top quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and business and pre-professional studies. UMF is located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region and is a welcoming, close-knit academic community that prepares students for engaged citizenship, enriching professional careers and an enduring love of learning.

  # # #

Media Contact: Katherine Yardley, UMF associate provost, dean of the College of Education, Health and Rehabilitation,  at kyardley@maine.edu or 207-778-7154

New Forum Features UMF Scholarship Around the World

FARMINGTON, ME (September 24, 2014)—In a new forum emphasizing UMF research and scholarship on a national and international level, University of Maine at Farmington is presenting a slate of three lectures in the arts and humanities for fall 2014. This series touches on a variety of topics ranging from filmmaker Quentin Tarantino to the British television series Doctor Who to the music of Beethoven.

All events are free and open to the public and will be presented from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at venues on the UMF campus.

“Django Unchained and the African American West”
Wednesday, Oct. 1, Room 23, UMF Roberts Learning Center

Originally given at a Western Literature Association conference in California, this lecture is presented by Michael Johnson, UMF professor of English. African American writers and filmmakers have been creatively inventing and reinventing the genre western for centuries. This lecture places “Django Unchained” in the context of the history of the African American West in literature and film. Only against the backdrop of that representational history can we fairly judge what Tarantino’s film does and does not accomplish. Please be aware that this lecture will include clips from films that have been rated R for language and violence.

“Affirmational and Transformational ‘Doctor Who’ Fan Videos”
Wednesday, Oct. 29, Emery Community Arts Center

Karen Hellekson, author of “The Science Fiction of Cordwainer Smith and “The Alternate History: Reconfiguring Time,”  co-editor of the journal “Transformative Works and Culturesand UMF group fitness instructor, presents her keynote address from the World Science Fiction Convention in London. This lecture examines videos created by fans of the British television series, Doctor Who. The “recon” type attempts to recreate or replace episodes that are lost or missing. Transformative videos alter, critique, and reimagine the source material.

“The Opus 111 Project, Merleau-Ponty, Beethoven and Intermedia”
Wednesday, Nov. 12, Emery Community Arts Center

Steven Pane, UMF professor of music, shares his presentation from the Ninth International Conference on the Arts in Society, at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. Using Merleau-Ponty’s ideas about art, memory and history, this discussion assesses an intermedia, performative project that took place in April 2014, where artists, writers, sound technologists and others within a rural Maine community responded to a theme from the last piano sonata of Beethoven (Opus 111).

The Lectures in the Arts and Humanities Series at UMF is sponsored by the Division of Humanities; the Department of Sound, Performance, and Visual Inquiry and the UMF Honors Program.

More on University of Maine at Farmington

A nationally-recognized public liberal arts college, UMF enjoys a 150-year tradition of providing a quality academic experience combined with the personal attention and close student / faculty collaboration that help prepare all students to be successful. Rooted in a tradition of teacher preparation, UMF offers top quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and business and pre-professional studies. UMF is located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region and is a welcoming, close-knit academic community that prepares students for engaged citizenship, enriching professional careers and an enduring love of learning.

 # # #

Media Contact: Michael Johnson, UMF professor of English, at michael.johnson@maine.edu , or 207-778-7424

UMF President Foster Kicks Off Mantor Library Transformation with Ribbon Cutting

FARMINGTON, ME (September 19, 2014)—University of Maine at Farmington’s Mantor Library is transforming the way it supports student education, making it a more vibrant and central resource for the campus, while continuing its commitment to the community.

RP145-008A“The Mantor Library now offers a collaboration of library, information technology and learning assistance resources under one roof,” said Frederick Brittain, UMF chief operating officer and associate CIO for the University of Maine System. “As the academic heart of the UMF campus, it gives students a single place to study, research and get academic and technology assistance outside of their professors and academic advisor. “

UMF President Kathryn A. Foster affirmed the importance of advancing the library as a powerful resource in today’s changing information environment. She kicked-off the new initiative with a ribbon-cutting, opening the library’s new, student-run coffee bar.

“A university library plays an integral role on any campus in providing the academic community with the right tools for the expansion of knowledge,” said Foster.  “Mantor’s transformation provides a comprehensive place for student learning and collaboration and a new vision for libraries in the 21st century.”

A new addition to the facility’s services, the UMF library’s front desk now offers a single-point-of-service for reference questions, information technology assistance and item check-out.  The IT walk-up desk provides students with IT support, equipment use and software training.

A significant advancement in the main part of the library is the creation of a Student Learning Commons—a place where students can study alone, collaborate with peers, attend math and writing clinics or receive walk-in tutoring. Professional tutoring is available to students most weekdays, and daytime and evening workshops are also offered.

“We have already seen the Library double in student traffic this semester and the vision of a vibrant space for students to not only quietly study but join together in collective academic endeavors is well on its way,” said Brittain.

RP145-008CUnder oversight by ARAMARK, UMF’s food service, the library’s new coffee bar is open Monday through Friday and offers barista prepared coffee and espresso beverages, natural smoothies and pastries. Organic, fair trade and farm direct coffees are offered and provided by Coffee by Design, a Portland, Maine company.

Along with the changes, UMF’s library still houses three floors of its permanent, physical collection. Students and community members will continue to have access to computers, a growing collection of ebooks, and books and materials throughout the state through URSUS (the catalog for the Maine State Library and libraries throughout the state) and nationally through inter-library loan.

“Mantor Library has just gotten better,” said Vaughan Gagne, UMF manager of administrative services. “Students love the new look and new services. They’re excited about having all this at their fingertips and finding new ways to learn.”

 # # #

Media contact: Frederick Brittain, UMF chief operating officer, at brittain@maine.edu or 207-778-7303

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photos can be found at:

http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2014/09/RP145-008A.jpg
Photo Caption: UMF Mantor Library’s new Student Learning Commons

http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2014/09/RP145-008B.jpg
Photo Caption:  Left to right: Fred Brittain, UMF chief operating officer; UMF senior Nathan Libby; Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president and Andrew Hutchins, director of UMF dining services participate in the ribbon cutting to open UMF Mantor Library’s new coffee bar.

http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2014/09/RP145-008C.jpg
Photo Caption:  UMF President Kathryn A. Foster (center) buys UMF senior Nathan Libby (left) the first cup of coffee prepared by Andrew Hutchins, director of UMF dining services (right), in Mantor Library’s new coffee bar.

Photo Credit: UMF photos

Sumner McKane’s True Life Docu-Exhibit “The Maine Frontier” Comes to Emery Community Arts Center on UMF Campus, Sept. 26

FARMINGTON, ME (September 17, 2014)—Maine’s rich history once again comes to life in the Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF campus with Sumner McKane’s “The Maine Frontier: Through the Lens of Isaac Walton Simpson.”  This true-life story of family, work, community and culture in northern Maine in the early 1900s will be presented in the Emery Performance Space at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 26. The event is free and open to the public.

RP145-007BA unique historical documentary and live multimedia presentation, The Maine Frontier features the never-before-seen photography of Isaac Walton Simpson, an early 1900s Maine pioneer. Combined with archived and current film, archived oral histories and a compelling musical score, it tells the story of the hard-scrabble life in northern Maine.

A photographer, blacksmith, barber, musician, woodsman, mechanic and father of 13, Simpson chronicled life in Maine with over 1,500 photos taken in the far reaches of the Maine frontier. His images show the faces of the farmers, loggers, railroad workers and well-to-do that carved a living out of the Maine wilderness.RP145-007A

McKane is a composer and filmmaker based in mid-coast Maine who combines archived film, photography, oral history, sound design and live music to present ‘docu-exhibits’ that bring history to life.

In 2013, his self-produced live multimedia presentations earned him a Maine Arts Commission Media and Performing Arts Fellowship. In 2012, he received a Horizon Foundation grant to present his docu-exhibit “In the Blood,” on the life of Maine lumberman in the early 1800s, in Maine schools. He received a Maine Humanities Council major grant in 2011.

He is currently touring with The Maine Frontier and In The Blood. He is booking performances in arts venues and theaters, as well as presenting for middle school, high school and college students. He is working on his latest film, titled: “Running Rum in the Northeast” and touring with the Don Campbell Band.

McKane teaches at the Midcoast Guitar School in Wiscasset and Buckdancers Choice Music School, in Portland. He studied photography at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography and at the University of Montana. He graduated from the University of Southern Maine.

This UMF presentation is sponsored by the Emery Community Arts Center.

More About the Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF Campus

The Emery Community Arts Center is an innovative, experimental venue on the UMF campus for the arts in Western Maine. It features an exciting 2,500-square-foot, 160-seat multipurpose performance space with dynamic vertical foldaway doors that open onto an outdoor performance area and a 1,600-square-foot Flex-Space gallery for traditional exhibits, new media and performance art. A dramatic interior corridor offers additional exhibition space and connects the center with the existing Alumni Theater. The 15,000-square-foot center was designed by designLAB architects of Boston to complement the historic performance venues of Nordica Auditorium and Alumni Theater.

 # # #

Media contact: Jayne Decker, director of Emery Community Arts Center, at jdecker@maine.edu, or 207-778-7319

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photos can be found at:

http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2014/09/RP145-007A.jpg
Sumner McKane

http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2014/09/RP145-007B.jpg
“The Maine Frontier”

Photo Credit: Submitted images


UMF Features Acclaimed Essayist David Gessner as First Reader in Visiting Writers Series, Sept. 25

FARMINGTON, ME (September 15, 2014)—The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to present David Gessner—acclaimed American essayist, memoirist, nature writer, editor and cartoonist—as the first reader in its 2014-15 Visiting Writers Series. Gessner will read at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 25, in The Landing in the UMF Student Center. This event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a signing by the author.

Gessner is the author of nine books, including “The Tarball Chronicles,” which won the 2012 Reed Award for Best Book on the Southern Environment and the Association for Study of LiteratureRP145-006 and the Environment’s award for best book of creative writing in 2011 and 2012. He also is the author of “Wallace Stegner and the American West,” “Return of the Osprey,” “Sick of Nature,” “My Green Manifesto” and the forthcoming “All the Wild That Remains: Edward Abbey.”

His essays have been published in numerous magazines, including Outside magazine and the New York Times Magazine and have won the John Burroughs Award for Best Nature Essay, a Pushcart Prize and inclusion in Best American Nonrequired Reading.

He recently appeared on MSNBC’s The Cycle to offer his take on the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.

Gessner taught environmental writing as a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer at Harvard and is currently a professor at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where he founded the award-winning literary journal of place, Ecotone.

This event is sponsored by the UMF Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program.

More Information on the UMF Creative Writing Program

As the only Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program in the state of Maine and one of only three in all of New England, the UMF program invites students to work with faculty, who are practicing writers, in workshop-style classes to discover and develop their writing strengths in the genres of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Small classes, an emphasis on individual conferencing, and the development of a writing portfolio allow students to see themselves as artists and refine their writing under the guidance of accomplished and published faculty mentors. Students can pursue internships to gain real-world writing and publishing experience by working on campus with The Beloit Poetry Journal, a distinguished poetry publication since 1950; or Alice James Books, an award-winning poetry publishing house.

 # # #

Media Contact: Jeffrey Thomson, UMF professor of creative writing, at 207-778-7454, or jeffrey.thomson@maine.edu.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2014/09/RP145-006.jpg

Photo Credit: Submitted photo