By Debra Bell
Of the Weekly Staff
In celebration of Michael Crouser’s photography exhibit, “Dog Run,” the University of Maine Museum of Art wants the public to show them the animals.
The museum will accept photos from pet owners throughout the area until Monday, March 4, for PETSNAPS, a community exhibit of pet photos. Owners of all skill levels may submit up to four 5-inch by 7-inch prints to the museum. UMMA Education Coordinator Eva Wagner said the museum recommends that the photos submitted be reproductions and not the original images.
According to Wagner, the public exhibit compliments Crouser’s exhibit of gelatin silver prints of dogs at urban dog parks. As the museum prepared for the exhibit, UMMA Director George Kinghorn tossed out the idea of pulling the public in. The staff agreed.
“People love their pets unconditionally,” Wagner said. “They enhance life, a lot like art does. It’s a connection to our humanity. Plus, this is a fun way to connect the exhibit to just about anybody.”
PETSNAPS will be on display Feb. 25-March 16 at the museum, and as as part of the Downtown Bangor Art Walk on Friday, March 15.
Wagner said that photos should have contact names and information clearly printed on the back of the prints. UMMA will not mail prints back to their owners. Prints may be picked up March18-30.
“We’ll have three large panels all the images will be posted on,” Wagner said. “We will not be identifying people with their pets, however if a photographer wanted to include a business card next to their work, they should include it with the photos.”
Images will be posted on the display with adhesive on the back side of the print.
If the exhibit receives a large volume of images, UMMA will rotate the submissions to allow all images to be featured.
Admission to the museum is free because of funding from Penobscot Financial Advisors. The museum is open Mon.-Sat. from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and is located at 40 Harlow Street in Bangor.
For information, call the museum at 561-3350.