November 11 to 16
Robin Owings '13 explores self through the remains of household objects: an installation of two-sided drawings and sounds.” Two-sided drawings are those created simultaneously with each hand—pairs of left-handed and right-handed drawings created at the same moment.
Interpreting Nature Through Art and Science
November 5 to 9
Lindsey Nielsen displays watercolors and based on intense observation of birds, whales, seals, while working on COA’s offshore islands. The exhibit stems from her senior project of looking at both art and science as ways of seeing what happens in the natural world. Her work, mostly watercolor and charcoal, some pen and ink, is all drawn from life. She used no photographs to aid her.
Turkish Delights, Buddhas, and Veils: Photographs from the Mid and Far East
August 17 to September 21
The travels of Clare Stone are seen, felt, and experienced in this exhibit for all the senses.
Talking Graphics with Waterscapes©
July 7 to August 3
An exhibit by renowned artist Jane Davis Doggett showcasing her canvas-printed vector graphics.
Senior Project Group Show
May 28 to June 3
A show highlighting the work of COA seniors.
Senior Project Show: Nine Paintings by Alonso Diaz Rickards
May 21 to 25
Alonso Diaz Rickard's subject matter consists of "still life" set-ups to be rendered with relative verisimilitude, and shall encompass a range of surface textures such as cloth, paper, wood grain, leather, plastic, and coal. The paintings are based on direct observation of the subject matter. He says, "In attempting to render these various aspects of visual complexity pictorially, I am seeking a juncture of what is generally distinguished as 'abstraction' and 'representation'. I hope, through the realization of convincing textures, to challenge my pictorial ingenuity beyond foundational problems of compositional design, and to infuse the accessibility of mimetic, genre-like subjects with the tactile formality of elaborate surfaces."
Senior Project Show: Coastal Culture: Maine’s Fisheries and Working Waterfronts by Alice Anderson
May 14 to 18
Through a combination of various media and art forms - woodcuts, photography, film, installation, and drawings, - Alice seeks to help people understand the world of fishermen and what it takes to get seafood onto a dinner plate.
Senior Project Shows: Entre Ambos Nogales by Julie Olbrantz
One World, One Dream: Free Tibet by Arika Bready
May 7 to 11
Portraits of displaced individuals. Arika's show features ten paintings, each a portrait of Tibetans she met while traveling through India, Nepal and Tibet. The paintings are paired with translations of interviews with the Tibetans. Julie's show is subtitled "An Illustrated Documentary from the Arizona-Sonora Border." It consists of charcoal portraits and drawings along with translated testimonies of border crossings, including stories of deportation and abuse by US immigration officials.
Senior Project Show: The Protectorate: Aligning Aesthetics with Landscape and Ecology
April 30 to May 4
A multi-media representation and recreation of The Protectorate, land recently given to the college by Mt. Desert Island resident and former trustee, Tom Cox, using installation, animation, pen and ink illustration, photography, and live performance.
Senior Project Show: M.S. 328: A Photo Essay, a senior project show by Anne Aviles
April 24 to 27
Anne Aviles spent three months in this public middle school in the New York City immigrant neighborhood of Washington Heights. About the images, she writes, "I am fascinated and bewildered by the diversity that exists within these schools, as well as working with students who struggle to meet the standards expected of them."
A Century of Farming
April 12 to 22
To celebrate local foods, and in conjunction with the Sustainable Foods Conference, Reconnecting Hands, Mouth & Mind through Food Systems Education, the Blum Gallery is hosting a photography exhibit curated by the Maine Farmland Trust. The show includes work by photographers Bridget Besaw, Lottie Hedley, Marty Hipsky, Lynn Karlin, Megan Mallory and Lily Piel. It also features images of Maine’s agriculture a century ago, courtesy of the Penobscot Maritime Museum.
Senior Project Show: Earthenware & Healing by Vivian Lambert
March 26 to 30
Inspired by the influence of Ayurveda (Indian medicine) in her life, Vivian combined her two passions, healing and art, for this exhibit. She harvested and researched 21 local herbs, based on their Ayurvedic qualities, dried them, prepared them for tea, and infused them in oil for massage. She also made pottery to hold the oils, herbs, and spices, along with basic dish- and cookware. Through this exhibit, Vivian hopes to educate and inspire people to take care of their bodies, eat wholesome food, and create a space for happiness.
Words as Art
January 25 - February 10
Combining a love for both the written and visual worlds, curator Ivy Sienkiewycz '13 looks at how words can inspire art, and art can inspire words. A collection of art from photography to photo collages with artists from coast to coast.
Photo Booth Portraiture
An exhibition of photographs taken with the Mac Photo Booth program, capturing a moment in time that can easily be shared across the internet. A look into the intimacy and fun such a program engenders. Curated by Ivy Sienkiewycz '13.
Work from Ernie McMullen's class.
Buoys and Apples: Robin Owings '13 and Jill Piekut '12
An installation with photographs from Robin's Great Duck Island summer internship looking into the lobster buoys that wash ashore. Jill Piekut's statewide traveling exhibit on heirloom apples and local Ellsworth food systems from work she did on an internship at the Woodlawn Museum in Ellsworth.
Woodcuts and Drawings
October 27–November 5
Works from two recent classes taught by Catherine Clinger: Art History and Drawing in the Field.
Carnet de Voyage
An exhibition of journals created during the spring 2011 course in Vichy, France taught by Dru Colbert and Nancy Andrews, COA faculty members in art.
A multimedia show featuring work from COA alumni including paintings, pottery, sculpture, photography and more.
August 27–September 23
Nancy Evelyn Andrews lives on the coast of Maine, where she makes films, drawings and other stuff. She works in hybrid filmic forms combining storytelling, documentary, puppetry, vaudeville, and research. Her characters and narratives are synthesized from various sources, including history, movies, popular educational materials and autobiography. www.nancyandrews.net.
A Few of My Favorite Things 2011
Back by popular demand, avid art collectors of the MDI community showcase a favorite piece from their collection and tell us the story behind it.
Charting a Story: Martha Stewart's Maine Map Collection
Martha Stewart’s exquisite map collection from her Mt. Desert Island home Skylands has been featured in multiple publications. Come view this historical treasure for yourself.
Check out Martha's remarks at the opening reception.
July 2011–April 2012
Wendy Klemperer takes bands of recycled steel — the detritus of civilization — and fashions it into massive sculptures of elk, wolf, caribou, and mountain lion. Five of her sculptures are currently grazing on COA's campus. The exhibit is curated by June LaCombe of Pownal, Maine.
Klemperer is known for the strong gestures of her larger-than-life steel sculptures. Born in 1958, Klemperer attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1984, the year after receiving her BFA in sculpture from Pratt Institute. She holds a 1980 BA from Harvard-Radcliffe in biochemistry. Her sculptures are in private and public collections throughout the country. According to LaCombe, "These mammals are re-imagined by the artist, taking on mythic qualities and proportions. They are larger than life; the predators have grown in ferocity, the racks are abstracted, all reflecting the place the wild holds in our imaginations. The recycled materials, pulled from industrial salvage piles, give the animals a rough visceral quality while bringing those materials to life."
Senior Project Group Show
May 23–June 5
With work by Lily Allgood '11, Megan Laflin '11, Joseph Layden '11 Andrew Louw '11, Philip Walter '11 and others, including seniors who have been exhibiting throughout the spring. (Detail from Lily Allgood's installation, Terrain, Terrines & Terrariums)
May 16–May 21
A visual disclosure of the goddess via oil portraits of College of the Atlantic women by Grace Cherubino '11 and black and white photographs reflecting the shadow element of women by Aisha Mohamed '11.
My Truth: An Anthology of Visual Responses to Literary Works
An artist's book by Amelia Eshleman '11 exploring the various ways we all experience reading literature and how communicating these experiences may be attempted visually rather than verbally.
One State, Three Projects: Ethnographic research in the Yucatan peninsula
In the winter of 2011, Zimmerman Cardona, Adelina Mkami, and Neil Oculi, three COA students travelled to the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico to develop their senior projects. Their findings will be displayed through photography, excerpts and graphs.
Your Art Here
A group show of multi-media work: sculpture, paintings, fabric work and more by College of the Atlantic students, along with some faculty and staff organized by Julie Olbrantz.
Spirit in Matter: Clay as a Medium for Chinese Calligraphy
March 28–April 6
Combining raku with a passion for clay, Chinese calligraphy, and philosophy, Nina Wish '11 portrays certain key components of Chinese religion and culture through her senior project, which she created as an apprentice to local potter Rocky Mann.
Plants and People of New England: Our Contemporary Reliance on Traditional Knowledge
March 7–12, 2011
Through photography and interviews, Hazel Stark '11 explored the current relationships between plants and humans in New England for her senior project, mounting an exhibit of photographs of common native plants along with narratives about their common uses.
Those Dark Trees
February 28–March 6
Senior project by Matt Shaw '11, a video-sculpture installation exploring the liminal periods of twilight and adolescence.
January 28–February 17
Sculpture and two-dimensional work dedicated to coral, reflecting Bar Harbor artist Melita Westerlund's fascination with and concern over the state of coral, which has deteriorated badly from pollution.
Pinned and Wriggling on the Wall
Robin Ward's tale on expanding the reach of figurative drawing and painting.
People Who Have Made Their Mark
Images of individuals who have left their mark on the world, whether it is philanthropic, artistic, or scientific, combined with renderings of fingerprints that have been personally provided to artist Rachel von Roeschlaub.
Alumni Art Exhibit
A group exhibit of alumni work during Family and Alumni Weekend.
A Few of My Favorite Things
Exploring favorite objects from Mount Desert Island collectors.
Huellas: Past and Future
A solo exhibit of Nancy Manter’s newest works from her residency at The MacDowell Colony.
Words Along the River: A Personal Relationship with Dyslexic Children
Meg Barry '10 shows drawings and narratives of children with dyslexia.
I Met O
Kathryn Cyr '10 offers a playful and elegant display of calligraphy and letter arts in various media, all created by hand.
Reflections on the Water
May 4–12, 2010
Black and white photography from a semester at sea by James Liepolt '10.
Thrown and Blown
April 17–May 1, 2010
Handwork by two seniors: ceramics by William Eckley and hand-blown glass, jewelry and dream catchers by Linda Grecco.
In the Lyme-Light: Portraits of Illness and Healing
March 1–28, 2010
Images and notes reflecting alumna Emily Bracale’s extensive experience coping with Lyme disease.
November 7–13, 2009
Grace Cherubino '11, presents pen and ink drawings from her independent study in advanced drawing. Joining her is Luka Negoita '11, showing photographs of plants and insects taken during his internship in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri last summer.
Food for Thought
October 2–23, 2009
In collaboration with Maine Farmland Trust, presents an exhibit highlighting agriculture and food systems in Maine and beyond.
Maine Inspiration: Paintings, Prints and Drawings by Robert S. Neuman
August 16–September 25
This show addresses the 50 years in which Robert Neuman has enjoyed Maine and the effect that time has had on his work. The exhibition includes work from the Ship to Paradise, Stacks & Piles and Space Signs series, as well as a small group of Maine landscapes.
Selections from the Collection of Clare and Allan Stone
July 20–August 14, 2009
A sampling of works including pieces by Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Wayne Thiebaud, traditional African work and American folk art - a sampling of pieces collected over many years, that speaks for itself.
Moss and Wingspread Exhibit
June 14 through July 10, 2009
Paintings, sculpture and more were lost in the Northeast Harbor fire during the summer of 2008; this collection both memorializes and celebrates these two institutions of art on Mount Desert Island.
Asylum and Acceptance
by Michael Keller
June 1 through June 4
While Michael's senior project is a collection of short stories exploring themes of sanctuary and resettlement in the United States, particularly in his hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, the exhibition features photographs and narratives from Michael's 2007 Davis Project for Peace which is the inspiration and starting point for his stories that evoke the imagery and voices of Charlottesville refugees from Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia, Myanmar, China, Afghanistan, Togo, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Somalia who were resettled with the support and assistance of the International Rescue Committee.
Comadritas y Aires Buenos
by Diana Escobedo Lastiri
May 27 to May 30
An urban photographic portfolio of Buenos Aires, Argentina, "Aires Buenos" and a book of photographs and stories of the women of Juchitan, Oaxaca, Mexico.
by Julie Aguayo
May 22 to May 26
A photographic look into the lives of stray dogs in Bogota, Colombia, in digital color and black and white photography.
Below the Surface
by Adam Kumm
by Christiaan van Heerden
May 18 to May 22
Adam Kumm spent three months with a tank strapped to his back and a camera in his hand, photographing the life beneath the waves of the Caribbean Sea.
Christiaan van Heerden spent a similar amount of time working on watercolors in his studio in Northeast Harbor.
The Nature of Poland
by Matt McInnis and Mike Kersula
April 28 to May 8
Sixty-three years after World War II, 20 years since the end of Communism, and four years since joining the European Union, the traumas of the past slowly fade as Poland confronts a new era. Poland is a country of contrasting environments, from moss-covered old growth forests to smoggy industrial wastelands. During the winter of 2008, Poland became the center of the environmental spotlight as the host of the annual United Nations climate change conference. This conference prompted writer Mike Kersula and photographer Matt McInnis to explore how Polish people relate to the natural world. Exhibit includes digital C-Prints and an audio component.
Third Annual Alumni Art Show
April 17 through April 26
A multimedia exhibit of alumni working in painting, sculpture, installation, photography, animation and more, curated by Xander Karkruff '06. Image is Fire, a book by George Bennington.
by Denise Froehlich
October 22 through November 5
Froelich's Blum Gallery show features images shot with a disposable camera and fast film, but printed large-very large. The images are grainy, black and white and sized to about four feet by six feet. Says Froelich, "Unlike my usual work, the photographs are looser and not classically composed. I work intuitively so what it's really about is elusive at this moment. My child, my house and garden and my dog are seen often in the pictures. I'm aiming for transcendent images that make the viewer feel the work instead of just seeing it. I keep imagining a sound..."
Diana Escobedo Lastiri '09
October 1 through October 15
Imagine a girl lying flat on the ground, face up, on the streets of Paris, camera in hand. What is she doing? Who are those strangers she is photographing? Diana Excobedo Lastiri returned from a semester studying photography in Paris with stunning black and white portraits.
Selections from "At Home" and "Violence"
by Noah Krell '01
September 11 through 25
Home is not necessarily a cozy experience in Krell's mind. The Home (as physical or psychological space) is unique in the level of safety it provides, says Krell, who graduated from COA in 2001 and now lives in Portland where he has frequent shows. Krell, who taught photography at the college last spring, says home "allows us to let our guard down and exist unselfconsciously. Yet at the same time, it is also a highly gendered stage where different spaces can be ascribed feminine or masculine attributes such as the kitchen or the den, and where we enact culturally learned gender and power roles."
by Sam Van Aken
August 10 through September 6
Artist Sam Van Aken is creating an Eden in the Blum Gallery. This installation floats somewhere within the biblical parable of the lost paradise, a do-it-yourself garage project and a science fiction fantasy. Find living combinations of fruits and vegetables inside the gallery, and a farm stand outside. Sam Van Aken teaches at Syracuse University. He is the 2008 Maine Arts Commission Visual Arts Fellow of the Year.
America's National Parks: A Monumental Vision
by Clyde Butcher
July 6 through July 31
From the forests of the Pacific Northwest, to the Rocky Mountains, to the woodlands of the Chesapeake region and the wetlands of Florida, Clyde Butcher has been photographing America's most beautiful and complex ecosystems for over 30 years. In the tradition of Ansel Adams, artist and environmentalist Clyde Butcher creates large scale black and white contact prints of exquisite clarity and luminosity. He has said, "I want to show people that there is a unity between all undisturbed natural places, whether the peak of a renowned mountain range, or a stream-bed in an urban watershed. My hope is to educate and inspire . . . to let people know our land is a special place, and the way we take care of it determines the future qualify of life for our society."
Alumni Art Show: A Tribute to JoAnne Carpenter
April 18 - May 1, 2008
Local alumni, and those from further away, have gathered together to mount an Earth Day alumni show as a tribute to longtime faculty member in art, JoAnne Carpenter, who retires this year. Among the artists are Lelania Avila '92, Alana Beard '03, Jennifer Beckman, Emily Bracale '90, Tawanda Chabikwa '07, Matt Drennan, Bianka Fuksman, Abby Goodyear '81, Noreen Hogan '91, Julianne Kearney '06, Jude Lamb '00, Ondine Owens, Dina Petrillo '89, Barbara Sassaman '78, David Vickery '89 and Sam Wustner '04.
A Retrospective: Selected Works by Kathryn W. Davis
July 8 - July 28, 2007
A celebration of Kathryn Davis, the artist. A humanitarian, philanthropist, educator and COA benefactor, Davis has recently begun painting. Her vivid landscapes and still lifes reflect the joy with which she has approached her life. For more on the artist, read our press release, or view the film posted on her website: 100 Projects for Peace.
Images of Discovery: Paintings from a Watson Year
by Sarah Drummond '05
February 10 - March 2, 2007
In the age before the introduction of photography, explorer-artists formed an essential part of exploratory expeditions. These traveling artists recorded new landscapes, documented new species and provided vicarious glimpses of newly "discovered" or colonized areas to the people of their home countries. On a Watson Fellowship, Drummond undertook her own "voyage of discovery," seeking out areas important to different expeditions and creating her own artwork in the same places. The show includes 27 paintings plus some sketch books.
Speaking of Cloth: Three Fabric Artists of Mount Desert Island
January 11 - February 9, 2007
Speaking of Cloth, an exhibit by Jeanne Seronde Perkins and Shira Singer of Bar Harbor and Leanne Nickon of Bass Harbor, showing individual and collaborative work, both wearable art and abstract wall hangings, all created on fabric with a variety of surface design techniques. Individually, the three professional artists, have been using color on cloth for upwards of 15 years, displaying their work at local galleries and craft shows. But it has only been in the past year that the three friends began meeting regularly to share techniques and try new materials. When the artists have returned to their studios after these sessions, they not only carried new ideas, but often challenges that blurred the lines between their accustomed styles. In one experiment, each left the session with a piece of fabric another artist had made and deemed a failure, altering it to give it new life. In another, they chose some common phrases relating to fabric as a theme, creating individual pieces exploring those themes.
Prints and Letter Press Printing on Mount Desert Island
with works from August Heckscher's Printing Office at High Loft
November 1, 2006 through January 4, 2007
Works from August Heckscher's Press at High Loft, as well as three silkscreens by Richard Estes, lithographs from Ashley Bryan and monotypes by Susan Lerner. Writes curator Philip Heckscher of his father, "Heckscher's work at High Loft always drew from the deep reservoir of energy and creative production on the island. In the process it built networks and friendships among many people who had never before worked together, united by the archaic but deeply engaging process of building a book piece by piece - setting text in lead, letter by letter; locking text and illustrations into heavy forms spaced with pieces of wood; selecting fine handmade papers that brought out the quality of the text; running sheets by hand through one of the three High Loft presses, turning the cylinder and seeing appear as if by magic a completed page at the end of the run; cutting and sewing the sheets into their final form."
Classic Stillness: Recent Paintings and Watercolors
by JoAnne Carpenter with an essay by art critic Carl Little
August 10 through September 29, 2006
Through heightened color and a distillation of real-life imagery, JoAnne Carpenter transforms the real into the surreal, the natural into the iconic. Carpenter, who has taught art and art history at College of the Atlantic since 1973, uses classical technique, applying layer upon layer of thin, opaque paint to build richly realized, beautifully colored and deeply felt paintings.
Green Spaces, Green Places: Panoramic Photographs
by Esther Pullman
From a formal perspective, Pullman's panoramic photos reveal the elegant modular architecture of greenhouses. Their gridded structures allow us to see serial compositions which would not be revealed in an undivided space. Thematically, Pullman reflects her deep affinity for plants as they seek the light and respond to the ebb and flow of the seasons. She depicts the greenhouse as a temple of light, modulating the energy of the sun, a fragile, potent environment which mirrors our own condition of life on planet Earth.
Sewing Trees: An Installation by Barbara Andrus
January 11 through February 19, 2006
Sculptor Barbara Andrus magically transforms the Blum Gallery in response to the evocative life of trees in winter. Their elegant white-clad presence is not frozen, but reaches upward toward the sky and down toward the chthonic dark earth, always moving in the dance of life.
This is the season of dark, a time when nature beds down beneath a blanket of snow, moss and leaves. Local artists are celebrating this time with several installations including a bed of birch moss and gilded leaves by Susan Lerner. Other artists include Kathleen Bowman, Melita Brecher, Marcy MacKinnon, Jeanne Perkins, Sydney Roberts, Shira Singer and Carol Schutt, who offers an altered, antiwar version of the popular children's book Goodnight Moon.
Downset: Mixed media
by Tawanda Chabikwa
November 1 into December, 2006 opening November 5 from 4 to 6 p.m. followed by a dance concert at 7 p.m.
Artist, dancer and man of great heart, Tawanda Chabikwa's exhibit of mixed-media paintings and sculpture reflect a broad sense of the African diaspora and his own response to being between many worlds. A Zimbabwean, Chabikwa has spent the last six years away from home, studying first in China and now at College of the Atlantic. But his connection to his home remains strong. In 2004, he launched a nonprofit to fund tuition for AIDS orphans in his ancestral home. Already, ten orphans are in school thanks to this 20-year-old student. Proceeds from this show, and from the 7 p.m. dance concert that follows the opening on November 5, hopefully will fund more students.
Co-curated by June LaCombe
On campus through October 24, 2005
Featuring the work of regional artists who explore our experience of the natural world by creating sculpture out of earth materials. These sculptures, including the fluke by Cabot Lyford, help create space to meditate on the spirit of sea, sky and garden. "People are a part of nature," says co-curator June LaCombe. "This exhibit is about how we bring nature into our lives to nurture us, how we are a part of the outside world." Adds gallery director Susan Lerner, "The sculpture invites us to explore our relationship with nature, to value it in new ways."
October 3 through 29, 2005
Sometimes change is a matter of vision - which is why art is essential in our lives. When Peace Action Maine wanted to imagine a Maine economy not based on war, it asked artists for help.
The result is "War Flowers," artists' visions of alternatives to war. This touring exhibit comes to COA through Peace Action Maine and the Union of Maine Visual Artists. Organized by Natasha Mayers, artist-in-residence at Peace Action Maine, the exhibit includes work by Mayers, her son Noah Apple Mayers, Abby Shahn, Robert Shetterly, Katherine Porter, Kathy Bradford, Patricia Wheeler, Lori Austill, Rebecca McCall, Cathy Melio, Ken Bryant, Carolyn Cauldwell, Kenny Cole, Lynne Harwood, Pat Owen, Gary Pierre, Scott Small, Lesia Sochor, John Purrington, Julie Vohs and Matt Welch.
Form Light and Spirit: Recent Paintings of Mount Desert Island
by Ernest McMullen with a catalog essay written by John WIlmerding
Ernest McMullen doesn't merely paint Mount Desert Island, he seems to embody it on his canvases, bringing the massive rocks and dappled light of a summer's day right into the room, giving the viewer the sense of hovering over Otter Cliffs or treading carefully on the rocks at the edge of Ocean Drive. Art historian John Wilmerding, professor of American Art at Princeton University, a visiting curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a trustee of College of the Atlantic, is so impressed with McMullen's distinctive sensitivity to the landscape that he calls the artist the "Painter Laureate of Mount Desert Island" in his catalog essay accompanying the show.
A Rare View: Everyday Life on Mount Desert Island 1860-1940, The Raymond Strout Collection
On exhibit from July 8-August 6, 2005
Early maps, posters, broadsides, ledgers, letters, wooden signs, handblown glass bottles, oyster crocks and Soderholtz pots tell a special story of the life of villagers of Mount Desert Island of the nineteenth and mid-twentieth century. Local historian Raymond Strout, who as a Bar Harbor schoolboy became fascinated with collecting "ordinary" objects from the past, reveals how eloquent simple objects and papers become over time.
For exhibit information preceding 2005, please contact the COA Archivist.
Hours and Contact Info
Ethel H. Blum Gallery
105 Eden Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Monday through Friday,
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Summer Hours (July & August): Monday through Saturday,
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