Woodcut Show at COA’s Blum Gallery

Posted April 02, 2013, at 3:31 p.m.
Woodcut by Maya Critchfield
Woodcut by Maya Critchfield

Thursday, Jan. 1, 1970 12 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Location: Ethel H. Blum Gallery at College of the Atlantic, 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, Maine

For more information: Catherine Clinger; 207-288-5015;

BAR HARBOR, ME—College of the Atlantic’s Ethel H. Blum Gallery presents an exhibit of woodcuts created by students during the academic year. The exhibit runs from Thursday, April 4 to Thursday April 11. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

In keeping with COA’s learning by doing philosophy, students in classes taught by Catherine Clinger, the Allan Stone Chair in the Visual Arts have been completing their art history studies by creating woodcuts. Clinger is both an art historian and master printmaker. The classes taught were Art Since 1900 and Contemporary Artist as Researcher and Activist.

Clinger asked students to be aware of the nature of the wood—knots, nap of the grain, and pattern of growth. For the linocuts, Clinger asked students to vary the line since the surface does not present as much resistance as wood. In the Art Since 1900 class, students considered the cubist, expressionist and surrealist movement from the early part of the 20th century.

The images from the Contemporary Artist as Researcher and Activist course are mostly photographs and drawings. Students were asked to propose an action or the making of an artwork that engages with a specific public/population and/or issue in a relevant and positive way.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Ivy Sienkiewycz at or 207-288-5015.

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