If this year’s annual senior art exhibit is any indication, the 11 upperclassmen art majors at the University of Maine have a lot on their minds.
“Thought-Box,” the annual show of the students’ capstone projects which is up now in Lord Hall, is packed with a wide spectrum of work and media, even among the individual artists. Few of these artists stick to one medium, and the exhibit gives them a chance to show off their versatility.
The work of Randy Rackley of Howland, for example, includes photography, intaglio and collograph prints, and intaglio on banana paper – oh, and free-standing sculpture in aluminum and bronze. The work of Wiscasset’s Kevin Jewett includes a digital video series, abstract acrylic paintings and sculpture. Emily Monroe of Orono displays watercolors, gelatin prints and etchings. Then there’s Eliza Steadman of Fryeburg, whose work includes ink and pastel, oils, charcoal, pen and ink, and a free-standing sculpture of the White House made entirely of playing cards and poker chips on a piece of green felt.
While the exhibit is a chance for blossoming artists to show their work, it’s also a serious way for students to learn how an exhibit is mounted and organized. The students selected the works, framed and hung the pieces and arranged a recent opening reception.
Hurry – the show closes Jan. 23. The Lord Hall Gallery is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the exhibit is free and open to the public.