Kennebec Valley Art Association’s (KVAA) 12th annual Higher Forms of Art exhibition of artwork by students from area high schools will be presented in partnership with the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) at the Danforth Gallery located at Jewett Hall, 46 University Drive in Augusta. Higher Forms of Art is on view March 5-30, 2018 and is the 5th year KVAA and UMA have partnered to present this exhibit.
Higher Forms of Art gives emerging artists the opportunity to show their art in a professional gallery space, and offers students the experience of organizing and installing a major art exhibition. The public is invited to attend a reception for the artists and their art instructors on Sunday, March 25 from 3-5pm.
Area Maine high schools participating in Higher Forms of Art this year are:
Cony High School, Augusta
Edward Little High School, Auburn
Gardiner Area High School, Gardiner
Hall-Dale High School, Farmingdale
Kents Hill School, Kents Hill
Maranacook High School, Readfield
Richmond High School, Richmond
Snow Pond Arts Academy, Sidney
Wiscasset Middle High School, Wiscasset
UMA is committed to working with Maine high schools in various programs and partnerships. In addition to its partnership with the Harlow Gallery and the Higher Forms of Art exhibit, several statewide initiatives allow high school students to take college level courses while still in high school. Early College programs such as Aspirations and Bridge Year, seek to expand the opportunities for high school students to receive college level instruction—in their schools, at UMA, online and in their community at a UMA University College Center or site.
One example of this type of outreach is Robert Rainey, UMA Associate Professor of Photography and Director of the Danforth Gallery, who brings university level classes into area high schools. Over the years, Professor Rainey has brought a college-level academic experience into local high schools, including Edward Little, Cony and Snow Pond Arts Academy.
KVAA’s annual Young at Art K-8 Exhibition, highlighting student artwork from area elementary schools will also be on view during March at the Harlow Gallery’s new location at 100 Water Street in Hallowell. The KVAA is a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community. They have owned and operated the Harlow Gallery in downtown historic Hallowell since 1963. Programming is funded in part by a Partnership Grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Art.
The University of Maine at Augusta transforms the lives of students of every age and background across the State of Maine and beyond through access to high-quality distance and on-site education, excellence in student support, civic engagement, and professional and liberal arts programs.
The UMA Art Program is an interdisciplinary program focused on multiple areas of the visual arts, including traditional and media arts. Courses include art history, ceramics, drawing, media arts, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Those studying at UMA will find ways to express ideas visually and learn to problem-solve, collaborate, and think critically. These skills allow a UMA graduate of the Arts Program to be uniquely ready to respond to the needs of the future and, as an artist, contribute to new and evolving economic and social realities.
A Bachelor of Arts in Art opens the door for a variety of career opportunities including, professional practice and exhibiting; creative economy and entrepreneurship; design in publications, exhibitions, and advertising; media and digital content creation in entertainment or business; and cultural and community collaborations.
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Preview examples from the “Higher Forms of Art” exhibit