2019 UMA Art Student Thesis Exhibition

2019 UMA Art Student Thesis Exhibition

Charles Danforth Gallery • Jewett Hall, University of Maine at Augusta
May 11th – 31st, 2019

Opening Reception in the Danforth Gallery
Saturday, May 11th   12:00pm – 2:00pm

AUGUSTA – Each spring the final art exhibit of the academic year at the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) is the Art Student Thesis Exhibition.  This year’s show, entitled Story of Us, highlights each artist’s individuality through an array of media and explores the concept of personal narratives.  The artworks include fiber arts, graphic design, graphic storytelling, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture, upcycled media, and wheatpaste murals.  This year’s exhibiting artists are Kimberly Baker, Dianne Chicoine, Jenna Clifford, Marcea Crawford, Lisa Hodgkins, and Jessica Morton, and each one presents a body of work developed throughout the year as part of the thesis project.

UMA Illustrative Artist— Jessica Morton's "Melissa’s Story: How I Got Here" as part of the STORY OF US."
UMA Illustrative Artist— Jessica Morton’s “Melissa’s Story: How I Got Here” as part of the Story of Us.”

The UMA Art Program offers a Bachelor’s Degree in studio art with courses in drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, design, printmaking, electronic arts, and photography, and this year’s art seniors have taken these skills one-step further.

Kimberly Baker a “photographer and artist from Ashland, Maine…emphasizes on the memories that flow through her mind while driving on familiar roadways.”

Dianne Chicoine of West Gardiner focuses “on sculptural fiber art and the absent body.  Her thesis work is a narrative of her inner transformational journey represented in mixed media sculpture.”

Jenna Clifford of Vassalboro “a graphic artist and designer…focuses on the emotional journey of her everyday struggle with Type I diabetes.”

Illustrative artist, Jessica Morton of Waterville, showcases “a painted excerpt of her current working project, a visual novel.”

Lisa Hodgkins of Jefferson “explores the beauty and spirit of the female face, nature, and loving relationships using mixed media, stylized portraits with iconic relevance.”

Marcea Crawford of Lisbon “is a public muralist…[whose] wheatpaste work is a representation of the biological and chemical responses resulting from an embrace. She uses markers, digital media and paper.”

Families of the students, the UMA community and the general public are also invited to the opening reception on Saturday, May 11th from 12:00pm to 2:00pm, following the University of Maine at Augusta’s graduation and commencement ceremonies.  Refreshments will be served.

The Exhibition will be on display from May 11th through May 31st, and the public is welcome to visit the gallery in Jewett Hall, which is open on Mondays through Thursdays from 9:00am to 5:00pm and on Fridays from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

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