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The Figure Revealed IV exhibit of life drawings opens at USM

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Nancy Morgan Barnes, Searsport, ME "Robert Pollien Painting, oil, 11" x 16"

November 14, 2012
Press Release for “The Figure Revealed IV” exhibition

The Atrium Art Gallery at the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn campus presents “The Figure Revealed IV,” a statewide juried exhibition exclusively focused on work created in the environment of a life-drawing group. The exhibition features over 80 works by 53 artists with media ranging from pencil and charcoal to oil and watercolor. The exhibition continues through Dec. 14.

Jurors were Joel Babb and James Strickland.

Joel Babb, one of Maine’s most-noted representational painters, is known for his large street-level views of historic city districts, cityscapes from an aerial perspective, and woodland landscapes inspired by his home in rural Sumner, Maine. He graduated with a degree in art history from Princeton, received his MFA in painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and continues his interest in drawing and painting the human figure. His work is exhibited nationally at museums and galleries including Vose Galleries in Boston. Carl Little and Arnold Skolnick are preparing a book about his work for publication this fall. www.joelbabb.com

A resident of Belfast, Maine, Strickland is known as an artist, theologian, heliocentric and kinetic sculptor, and philosopher, whose studies of architecture, Japanese temples, ocean navigating, mountaineering, and technology illuminate his work. He has academic degrees from Arizona State University and California Divinity School of the Pacific. His work has been included in over 100 exhibitions around the country and abroad. www.jamesstricklandart.com

One of Maine’s better known poets, Elizabeth W. Garber of Belfast, includes a poem written exclusively for the exhibit. Her poems have been read on National Public Radio’s The Writer’s Almanac and included Garrison Keillor’s anthology “Good Poems for Hard Times” (2005). She has created many poems in collaboration with painters and sculptors as well as initiating the Poetry and Art Walk at the Belfast Poetry Festival.

Drawing groups exist around the state, somewhat in isolation. They usually meet once a week for the purpose of drawing, painting, or sculpting with a live model, with participants chipping in to pay the model. Exhibit curator Robyn Holman notes that “since most of the work is not intended for exhibition but as practice, we have an opportunity to enter the private world of artist and model and to better understand the tradition they continue – a tradition that began in Europe during the 15th century.”

Naturalist and writer Peter Steinhart (The Undressed Art: Why We Draw, 2004) received national acclaim for his insight into the expressive nature of drawing and the innate and human impulse to draw what we see. In his essay for the Atrium Art Gallery’s The Figure Revealed II (2005), he describes drawing groups as “deliciously democratic institutions, with professional artists working alongside wincing amateurs and eighty-year-old matrons working alongside tattooed teenagers, all together searching for what makes us human.”

Artists in the exhibition are:

Lois Anne, Rockland, ME
Donna Asquith, Moody, ME
Olena Babak, Pittsfield, ME
Nancy Morgan Barnes, Searsport, ME
Jane Banquer, Peaks Island, ME
Stephanie Berry, Durham, ME
Todd Bezold, York, ME
Martha Bovie, Shapleigh, ME
John Bowdren, Pownal, ME
Martha Briana, Northport, ME
Bruce Bulger, Deer Isle, ME
Anita Clearfield, Durham, ME
Charles Cramer, Portsmouth, ME
Paula Dougherty, Brooklin, ME
Laurie Downey, West Baldwin, ME
Liz Evans, West Paris, ME
Keith Eveland, Rye, NH
Michael Fletcher, Jackson, ME
Roberta Goschke, Waldoboro, ME
Stevan Hall, Rockport, ME
Hara Harding, Kennebunkport, ME
DeWitt Hardy, South Berwick, ME
Pat Hardy, North Berwick, ME
Simon Harling, New Castle, NH
Paul Heroux, New Gloucester, ME
Michael Heskanen, Brunswick, ME
Richard Jacobs, Portland, ME
Matthew Kelley, Bowdoinham, ME
Joe Klofas, Bridgton, ME
Bonnie Lashin, Scarborough, ME
Janet Ledoux, Biddeford, ME
Eric Legassie, Topsham, ME
Diane Lent, Arundel, ME
Margaret Leonard, Harpswell, ME
Robert MacLeod, Cape Porpoise, ME
Janet Conlon Manyan, Saco, ME
Mark A. Mellor, Boothbay Harbor, ME
Lou Kohl Morgan, Sanford, ME
Molly O’Rourke, Brooklin, ME
Carole Palmer, East Boothbay, ME
Pierre Patenaude, Arundel, ME
Wendy Newbold Patterson, Gray, ME
Lincoln Perry, York, ME
June Roberts, Auburn, ME
Delores Rollins, Boothbay, ME
Kathleen Rummler, Portland, ME
Sandra Stanton, Farmington, ME
Sharon Townshend, Pownal, ME
Michael Walek, York, ME
Cornelia Walworth, Portland, ME
Noel Watson, Naples, ME
Richard Winslow, Waterboro, ME
Edward Zelinsky, Falmouth, ME

The University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn campus at 51 Westminster Street in Lewiston offers interdisciplinary bachelor and graduate degree programs with both online and on-site classes.

Art gallery hours are Mon.-Thurs., 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri., 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is free. For more information contact Robyn Holman, holman@usm.maine.edu,753-6554. The exhibit website is www.usm.maine.edu/atriumgallery

Robyn B. Holman
Atrium Art Gallery
University of Southern Maine
Lewiston-Auburn College