UMA Joins Harlow Gallery to Celebrate Area High School Artists

In celebration of Youth Art Month, the University of Maine at Augusta is partnering with Harlow Gallery and Kennebec Valley Art Association to present a series of arts shows that showcase the work of Maine high school art students.

This partnership is an effort to reinforce the value of teaching art in high schools and to provide high school artists the ability to show their work in a public gallery.  2014 marks the first year that University of Maine at Augusta is working together with the Harlow Gallery in the spirit of connecting and celebrating art, artists and community.

Earlier this year, UMA and Harlow Gallery presented the Collaborative Portraits Project a show that brought together farmers from 10 Maine organic farms, 10 local art teachers and over 200 of their students to assemble 10 large scale collaborative portraits at UMA’s Danforth Gallery.

Higher Forms of Art, will take place March 14th through April 5th at UMA’s Gannet Building Gallery. The show will give emerging artists from Cony, Gardiner, Hall-Dale, Kents Hill, Maranancook, Monmouth, and Richmond high schools the opportunity to showcase their work in a professional space, and to get a taste of what goes into organizing a professional art exhibit. The public is invited to come meet the artists on opening night, Friday, March 14th from 5:00 to 7:00pm. 

The 1st Annual Maine Statewide High School Ceramic Arts Show, will run April 9th through 26th at UMA’s Gannet Building Gallery. High school ceramic teachers are invited to enter one utilitarian clay piece and one sculptural clay piece of they students’ work (one entry per school) on or before March 29th, the show is free to enter. The public is invited to an opening reception on Wednesday, April 9th from 5:00 to 7:00pm in which donated prizes will be given to recognize quality ceramic pieces.

The Gannet Building Gallery is located on the first floor of 331 Water St. in Augusta. Gallery hours are 12:00 to 5:00pm, Wednesday through Saturday.