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University of Maine at Farmington Recognized by U.S. State Department as 2012 Fulbright Scholar ‘Top Producer’

FARMINGTON, ME (November 3, 2011)—University of Maine at Farmington was recently recognized as a 2012 Fulbright Scholar “top producer” by the Institute of International Education and the U.S. Dept. of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs—the Fulbright Program’s sponsor. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.”

“UMF is thrilled to be recognized as a 2012 ‘top producer’ of Fulbright Scholars,” said Theodora J. Kalikow, UMF president. “We are especially proud of all UMF Fulbright Scholars who not only are awarded the opportunity to teach and learn in the international community but also to serve as ambassadors to the world.”

UMF’s 2012 Fulbright Scholars were selected through the Fulbright Program’s competitive process based on academic merit and leadership potential and include Gretchen Legler, professor of creative writing, and Jeffrey Thomson, associate professor of creative writing.

Legler is one of only two professionals to ever receive a Fulbright Award to Bhutan, a small Buddhist country in the eastern Himalayan Mountains, where she is currently doing research and teaching college writing, creative writing and American literature.

Thomson—named the Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in Creative Writing affiliated with the prestigious Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland—will serve a six-month residency at Queen’s University Belfast, beginning in January 2012. He will teach creative writing, conduct a postgraduate poetry workshop and offer public readings of his published work and work in progress through the Seamus Heaney Centre and Queen’s University School of English. In addition, Thomson will be working on a collection of poems based on his ancestors’ emigration experience.

Faculty members at UMF who were previous Fulbright Scholars include: Linda Beck, associate professor of political science; Eric Brown, associate professor of English and current Fulbright Scholar Program campus representative and Fulbright Student Program adviser; Rod Farmer, professor of social studies education; Rob Lively, associate provost and dean of academic services; and Anne Marie Wolf, assistant professor of history; as well as adjunct faculty Bruce McInnis (Chorus) and Chris Brinegar (Biology). Lively and Marisela Funes, UMF assistant professor of Spanish, serve on the Board of Directors of the Fulbright Association of Maine.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided almost 300,000 participants—111,000 from the U.S.—with the opportunity to study, teach, conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Fulbright Program operates in 155 countries worldwide.

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Media contact: Rob Lively, UMF associate provost and dean of academic services, at 207-778-7431, or lively@maine.edu

University of Maine at Farmington Visiting Writers Series features New York Times Editor’s Choice award winning author Lily King, Nov. 17

Lily KingFARMINGTON, ME (November 3, 2011)—The University of Maine at Farmington’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program is proud to present award-winning author Lily King as the next writer in its 2011-12 Visiting Writers Series. King will read from her work at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, 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.

King is the author of “The Pleasing Hour” (Atlantic Monthly Press, 1999), “The English Teacher” (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2005), and “Father of the Rain” (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2010) along with other short works. Her first novel, “The Pleasing Hour,” won the Barnes and Noble Award as well as being a New York Times Notable Book and an alternate for the PEN/Hemingway Award. “The English Teacher” was a Publishers Weekly Top Ten Books of the Year, winner of the Maine Fiction Award and a Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year. Her most recent novel, “Father of the Rain,” was the winner of the New England Book Award for Fiction, New York Times Editors’ Choice, Amazon’s Best Books of the Month for July 2010, An Indie Next List Notable selection for July 2010, O Magazine’s 2010 Summer Reading List and the 2011 Maine Literary Awards Winner, Book Award, Fiction.

In addition, King has received a MacDowell Fellowship and a Whiting Award. Her short pieces have been featured in literary magazines such as Ploughshares and Glimmer Train.

She graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in English Literature, and received her M.A. in Creative Writing from Syracuse University.

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.

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Media Contact: Jeffrey Thomson, UMF associate 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/2011/11/RP112-019.jpg

Photo Credit: Submitted photo

University of Maine at Farmington Student Life honored by Maine professional organization

FARMINGTON, ME (November 1, 2011)—University of Maine at Farmington Student Life staff members Peter Osborne and Maya Kasper were recently honored at the Maine Association of Student Affairs Professionals conference held at the University of Southern Maine at Gorham.

Peter Osborne and Maya Kasper

Left to right: Peter Osborne, UMF assistant director of residence life; and Maya Kasper, UMF assistant director for the Center for Student Involvement with awards from Maine Association of Student Affairs Professionals.

UMF assistant director of residence life and current USM graduate student, Osborne received the Richard F. Stevens Outstanding Graduate Student Award for his demonstrated academic achievement, leadership and significant contribution to the UMF campus. A 2009 UMF graduate, Osborne supervises UMF’s Scott Residence Hall, its student community assistants and the educational and social programming they provide. He is also active with the UMF Sustainable Campus Coalition; teaches RAD, a national standard in self-defense and risk-reduction class for women; and advises the UMF chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta, a first-year honor society. In addition to the MASAP award, Osborne received a scholarship to attend the upcoming regional conference of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators in Sturbridge, MA.

Kasper, UMF assistant director for the Center for Student Involvement, received the Program of the Year Award for her contribution to student development and the UMF campus with the design, management and operation of the UMF Weekend Adventures and Excursions Program. This popular UMF program provides a wide variety of weekend travel experiences throughout the northeast to engage students in cultural, educational and social activities. Kasper’s many UMF responsibilities include oversight of the UMF student activities program, student clubs and organizations, student–life publications, and advising of the UMF radio station and Association for Campus Entertainment. With this award, the UMF Weekend Adventures and Excursions Program is eligible to be selected as the Program of the Year for Region I at the upcoming regional NASPA conference.

“We are so proud of Peter and Maya’s accomplishments and this recognition on a state level,” said Kirsten Swan, UMF director of the Center for Student Involvement. “This is a wonderful example of how our Student Life staff and student workers commit themselves on a daily basis to creating challenging and interesting programs that help our students have the richest college residential experience possible.”

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Media contact: Kirsten Swan, UMF director of the Center for Student Involvement, at 207-778-7347, or kswan@maine.edu.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2011/11/RP112-018.jpg

Photo Credit: UMF photo

Photo Caption:  Left to right: Peter Osborne, UMF assistant director of residence life; and Maya Kasper, UMF assistant director for the Center for Student Involvement with awards from Maine Association of Student Affairs Professionals.

University of Maine at Farmington hosts talk by 2011 Mainebiz Large Company Business Leader of the Year Fletcher Kittredge, Nov. 2

FARMINGTON, ME (October 24, 2011)—University of Maine at Farmington is hosting a presentation by Fletcher Kittredge, entrepreneur, businessman and founder and chief executive officer of GWI, Inc.—a leader in Northern New England’s telecommunication industry. The talk entitled “So What Do You Do with an English Major?” will take place at 11:45 a.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 2, in North Dining Hall in the UMF Olsen Student Center, and is free and open to the public.Fletcher Kittredge

Kittredge was named 2011 Mainebiz Large Company Business Leader of the Year in recognition for the continued rapid growth of GWI and his leadership on broadband expansion in Maine. In his presentation, Kittredge, joined by Colin Haley, his special assistant, will discuss how a liberal arts education provides good preparation for successful careers in this age of globalization. Both Kittredge and Haley will share their personal experiences on how they built on their liberal arts educations as English and history majors to become successful executives at GWI—a technological firm that has been recognized three times by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing private companies in America.

A native of Arundel, Kittredge started Biddeford Internet Corporation in 1994, a company that still operates today as GWI. He led the company’s efforts to obtain a $25 million Federal grant to deploy 1,110 miles of high capacity fiber optic in rural Maine as part of the Three Ring Binder project, later transitioning those funds to independent Maine Fiber Company in order to foster competition and lower broadband costs for rural Maine.

A dedicated advocate for broadband growth and network neutrality, Kittredge serves on the ConnectMaine advisory board in addition to his role at GWI. He holds a degree in English from Colby College and a Master of Computer Science from Harvard University.

Haley, special assistant to the CEO and manager of government relations, served as a staff assistant on Senator Olympia Snowe’s re-election campaign in 2006 and was the Southern Maine Coordinator for Peter Mills’ gubernatorial campaign beginning in 2009. He holds a B.A. in History from Hamilton College, in Clinton, N.Y.


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Media contact: Roberto Noya, UMF vice president for enrollment management and marketing, at 207-778-7058, or roberto.noya@maine.edu


EDITOR’S NOTE:
Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2011/10/RP112-017.jpg

Photo Credit: Submitted photo

UMF alumni and friends honored at annual Alumni Awards Reception

UMF alumni and friends honored at annual Alumni Awards Reception

Left-right: Ryan Low, UMF vice president for administration, honored Chandler Woodcock, Alison Hagerstrom, Lou Hight and Charlotte Warren at UMF’s annual Alumni Awards Reception

FARMINGTON, ME (October 18, 2011)—Four outstanding University of Maine at Farmington alumni and friends were recently honored for their significant contributions to the University, the community and the state of Maine at the annual UMF Alumni Awards Reception. Presentations were made by Ryan Low, class of 1997 and UMF vice president for administration, in the new Emery Community Arts Center to Charlotte Warren, mayor of Hallowell; Chandler Woodcock, commissioner of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife; Alison Hagerstrom, executive director for Greater Franklin Development Corporation; and Lou Hight, area businessman.

An alumna dedicated to public service, Warren was honored with one of this year’s Alumni Achievement Awards. Established in 1979, the Alumni Achievement Award honors a graduate who has achieved distinction in his/her field, and therefore honor to the University. Warren, class of 1994, is the Mayor of Hallowell and dedicated to the belief that everyone should have a voice—and each voice should be heard. She was elected as mayor in November 2009, after serving as a City Councilor for eight years, including City Council president for two years. She also currently serves as associate director of the Maine Women’s Lobby and the Maine Women’s Policy Center and has worked for more than a decade with TRiO programs to increase the success of students involved with UMF’s Upward Bound program.

Presented with another of this year’s Alumni Achievement Awards, Woodcock, class of 1978, was recognized for the way he has always valued education and service to others. Recently appointed by Governor LePage as commissioner of the Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, he has also served in the Maine State Senate representing Franklin County. He taught high school for 25 years in Livermore Falls, Mt. Blue and Skowhegan and led the Mt. Blue girls’ varsity basketball team to two Class A State Championships as their coach.

A model of dedication to service to her community and her alma mater, Hagerstrom, class of 1973, was presented with this year’s Florence Hewey Archibald Service Award. For more than 25 years, this award has honored an individual or group for outstanding service to the University’s Alumni Association. Hagerstrom has been a loyal ambassador to UMF since she was asked to serve on the Alumni Council nearly 20 years ago. She is at the forefront of economic growth in western Maine serving as the executive director for the Greater Franklin Development Corporation and co-chair of the UMF Board of Visitors. This is her second award from UMF. In 1991, she received the Alumni Achievement Award.

A helpful contributor to UMF’s strategic directions, Hight was awarded this year’s Friend of UMF Award. Established in 1978, this award shows appreciation to a non-graduate who has provided outstanding support or service to the University and the western Maine region. A notable local businessman at the helm of a family business with more than 100 years of success, Hight is a thoughtful adviser and effective advocate for UMF and active participant on the University’s Board of Visitors. Throughout the past decade, he has offered important perspectives that have helped keep UMF vigorous.

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Media contact: Jennifer Eriksen, director of alumni relations, 207-778-7048, or jennifer.eriksen@maine.edu

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2011/10/RP112-016.jpg

Photo Credit: UMF photo

University of Maine at Farmington presents fourth annual “Teaching and Working in a Diverse World” conference—Oct. 21

Stephen Wessler

Stephen Wessler, founder and former executive director of the Center for Preventing Hate, will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming “Teaching and Working in a Diverse World” conference at University of Maine at Farmington, Oct. 21.

FARMINGTON, ME (October 11, 2011)—University of Maine at Farmington will take a closer look at social justice and education with its fourth annual “Teaching and Working in a Diverse World” conference. This half-day conference is free and open to the public and will be held from 11:45 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 21, at selected venues on the UMF campus.

This educational forum will begin with a keynote address by Stephen Wessler, founder and former executive director of the Center for Preventing Hate, at 11:45 a.m., in Lincoln Auditorium, UMF Roberts Learning Center. Wessler’s talk, “The Power of Words to Hurt and Heal: Creating Safe and Respectable Schools,” will address the pervasive use of degrading language in schools, its serious impact and skills for responding to and preventing hate in schools.

Following the keynote address, a series of informational sessions, films and discussions will be presented by faculty members and professionals in the field examining topics that show how educators promote equality in the learning environment. Among the topics to be discussed are: “Service Learning: A Method for Including All Students,” “Addressing Social Injustice through Readers Theater,” “Understanding and Preventing Childhood Bullying,” “Speaking Peace in the Classroom” and more.

As an attorney in the Maine Attorney General’s office from 1992 to 1999, Wessler developed and directed the civil rights enforcement effort, creating the Center for the Prevention of Hate Violence in 1999. A member of the faculty at University of Southern Maine, Wessler advocates for the prevention of bias motivated violence and consults on issues affecting school climate across the U.S. and in Europe.

He has been widely recognized for his work on hate crimes and their prevention and has received numerous awards including: the 2008 Androscoggin Chamber of Commerce, Education/Business Partnership Award; the 2003 Dirigo Alliance, Leader for Change Award; and the 2002 Maine Bar Foundation, Howard Dana Award for services provided to Maine’s vulnerable populations. Wessler is a graduate of Harvard College and Boston University School of Law.

The UMF Diversity Conference is sponsored by the UMF Office of the Associate Provost and Dean of Education and the UMF Diversity Committee.

For a list of the conference session descriptions, presenters, times and locations, please visit the conference website at http://teachereducation.umf.maine.edu/diversity-conference/2011-2012/.

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

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2011/10/RP112-015.jpg

Photo Credit: Submitted photo

Photo Caption: Stephen Wessler, founder and former executive director of the Center for Preventing Hate, will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming “Teaching and Working in a Diverse World” conference at University of Maine at Farmington, Oct. 21.

University of Maine at Farmington Creative Writing Program presents award-winning author Lia Purpura—Oct. 13

FARMINGTON, ME (October 6, 2011)—The University of Maine at Farmington’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program is proud to present award-winning author Lia Purpura as the next writer in its Lia Purpura2011-12 Visiting Writers Series. Purpura will read from her work at 7:30 p.m., on Thursday, Oct, 13, 2011, 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.

Purpura is the author of “On Looking” (Sarabande Books, 2006) winner of the Towson University Award in Literature and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her works include: “King Baby” (Alice James Books, 2008) winner of the Beatrice Hawley Award; “Increase” (University of Georgia Press, 2000) winner of the Associated Writing Programs Award; “Stone Sky Lifting” (Ohio State University Press, 2000) winner of the OSU Press/The Journal Award; “The Brighter the Veil” (Orchises Press, 1996) also a winner of the Towson University Award in Literature; and “Poems of Grzegorz Musical: Berliner Tagebuch and Taste of Ash.”  Her newest book of essays, “Rough Likeness” (Sarabande Books, 2012) will be released in January, 2012.

She has been awarded an NEA Fellowship; three Pushcart Prizes; a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council; and a Fulbright Fellowship; as well as residencies and fellowships at the MacDowell Colony, Blue Mountain Center, Millay Colony and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts.

Her work has been published in Agni Magazine, Double Take, Ecotone, Field, The Georgia Review, Orion, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Parnassus: Poetry in Review, Ploughshares and The Southern Review.

Purpura is a graduate of Oberlin College and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. She is a writer in residence at Loyola University and also teaches in the MFA program at the Rainier Writing Workshop.

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.


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Media Contact: Jeffrey Thomson, UMF associate 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/2011/10/RP112-014.jpg

Photo Credit: Submitted photo

University of Maine at Farmington presents Theatre UMF production of Off-Broadway hit “Fuddy Meers”—Oct. 20-23

FARMINGTON, ME (October 6, 2011)—University of Maine at Farmington raises the curtain on the fall theater scene on campus with the Theatre UMF production of “Fuddy Meers.” This Off-Broadway hit by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire will be presented at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 20-22, and 2 p.m., Oct 23, in the UMF Alumni Theater.

Theatre UMF Performance of "Fuddy Meers"

Left to right: Jared Boghosian, Brittney Blais, Cassidy Small, Matthew Theriault, Erin Wood and Austin Hayes in Theatre UMF performance of “Fuddy Meers,” Oct. 20-23 on the University of Maine at Farmington campus

Directed by Peter Simmel, UMF associate professor of theater, “Fuddy Meers” tells the comedic story of Claire, an amnesiac whose memory is erased whenever she goes to sleep. Each morning begins with her husband explaining her condition and providing her with a book filled with the essential memories she needs to once again re-start her life. Then one day, a limping, lisping, half-blind, half-deaf mysterious man claiming to be her brother kidnaps Claire.

The mayhem that ensues includes a bizarre cast of characters in a roller coaster ride through the day of an amnesiac trying to decipher her fractured life. A poignant, sometimes brutal comedy, “Fuddy Meers” shows how everyone has buried secrets and struggles to find a way to move forward with their lives.

“It’s wonderful to be able to offer students the opportunity to experience live theater as a participant,” said Simmel. “From acting on stage to behind the scenes production design, technical support and performance night crews—UMF students of any major can be involved and have the confidence-building experience of being part of a successful theatrical production.”

Lindsay-Abaire is best known for his absurdist comedies in which his characters possess an emotional truth. His other shows include “Rabbit Hole,” “Kimberly Akimbo,” “Wonder of the World,” “High Fidelity” and “A Devil Inside,” among others. In addition to winning the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for his drama, “Rabbit Hole,” he was also awarded the 2008 Ed Kleban Award as America’s most promising musical theater lyricist. He also wrote the screenplay for the Newline feature “Inkheart” and a screen adaptation of “Rabbit Hole” for 20th Century Fox.

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 and can be reserved by calling the Theatre UMF box office at 207-778-7465. This presentation’s content is of an adult nature and suitable for mature audiences only.

CAST:
Clair. . . . . Cassidy Small – North Monmouth
Gertie . . . . . Brittney Blais – Garland
Heidi . . . . . Erin Wood – Lincoln, R.I.
Kenny . . . . . Austin Hayes – Gorham
Limping Man . . . . . Ryan Verrill – Belgrade
Millet . . . . . Jared Boghosian – Belgrade
Richard . . . . . Matt Theriault – Steep Falls

CREW:
Director . . . . . Peter Simmel
Scenic/Lighting Design – Technical Director . . . . . Stanley Spilecki
Costume Design . . . . . Kenneth Lamb – Scarborough
Sound . . . . . Drew McLain – Farmington
Poster Design . . . . . Dan Bilodeau

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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/2011/10/RP112-013.jpg

Photo Credit: Submitted Photo

Photo Caption: Left to right: Jared Boghosian, Brittney Blais, Cassidy Small, Matthew Theriault, Erin Wood and Austin Hayes in Theatre UMF performance of “Fuddy Meers,” Oct. 20-23 on the University of Maine at Farmington campus

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


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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

UMF Professor of Creative Writing Gretchen Legler receives prestigious Fulbright grant to teach in Bhutan

FARMINGTON, ME (September 26, 2011)—Gretchen Legler, Gretchen LeglerUniversity of Maine at Farmington professor of creative writing, was recently named a 2011 Fulbright Scholar to the Kingdom of Bhutan. A tenured professor with the distinguished UMF Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program, Legler is one of only two professionals to ever receive a Fulbright Award to the small Buddhist country in the eastern Himalayan Mountains.

Selected through a competitive process based on academic merit and leadership potential, Legler has been awarded a nine-month Fulbright grant to teach and do research at Paro College of Education in western Bhutan. The grant runs from October 2011 to early summer 2012, during which time Legler will be teaching college writing, creative writing and American literature. Established in 1975, Paro College of Education is part of the Royal University of Bhutan System that includes the country’s 11 public post-secondary schools.

“This is an unbelievable honor and opportunity,” said Legler. “I am delighted to have been selected by the Fulbright Program and to be able to challenge myself to grow as a writer and an educator while I learn about the spiritual and cultural legacy of the people of Bhutan.”

Map of BhutanAccording to Legler, one of the most intriguing aspects of living in Bhutan will be learning about the country’s policy of measuring national success in terms of gross national happiness as opposed to the western economic indicator of gross national product. “I am very interested in the eastern idea of happiness, as I think many Americans are in these challenging economic times. I’m looking forward to learning more about the Bhutanese idea of happiness and well-being and creating opportunities to share that experience with my UMF students when I return.”

An author and scholar, Legler has written “On the Ice: An Intimate Portrait of Life at McMurdo Station Alaska” (Milkweed Editions, 2005), winner of the award for environmental creative writing by the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment; and “All the Powerful Invisible Things: A Sportswoman’s Notebook” (Seal Press, 1995.) She was a visiting scholar at the Cambridge University Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge, England and a grantee of the National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs: Antarctic Artists and Writers Program Fellowship.

Legler received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Minnesota.

The Fulbright Program, originally sponsored by the U.S. government in 1946, is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” Since its inception, it has provided almost 300,000 participants—111,000 from the U.S.—with the opportunity to study, teach, conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Fulbright Program operates in 155 countries worldwide.

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Media contact: Gretchen Legler, UMF professor of creative writing, at 207-778-7182, or gretchen.legler@maine.edu.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2011/09/RP112-011.jpg

Photo Credit: UMF photo

Map of Bhutan can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2011/09/RP112-011-A.jpg