UMF commemorates Constitution Day with U.S. Supreme Court case preview

FARMINGTON, ME (September 18, 2017)—For the 11th year in a row, the University of Maine at Farmington is proud to commemorate Constitution Day with a presentation by James Melcher, UMF professor of political science, on the U.S. Supreme Court.

In this annual event, he will present a docket of U.S. Supreme Court cases focusing on last term’s highlights and this term’s coming attractions. Free and open-to-the-public, this event will be presented at 11:45 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 20, in Lincoln Auditorium, in UMF Roberts Learning Center.

Docket of cases to be previewed from the 2017-8 Term:

Christie v. NCAA
Carpenter v. US
D.C. v. Wesby
Gill v. Whitfield
Masterpiece Cake Shop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission

Docket of cases to be reviewed from the 2016-17 Term:

Trinity Lutheran Church v. Pauley
Fry v. Napoleon Community School District
Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Project
Packingham v. North Carolina
Malal v. Tam

Previously known as Citizenship Day, Constitution Day was created by Congress in 2004. This federal holiday was revised to recognize not only those who have become U.S. citizens, but also the ratification of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. In addition to renaming the holiday “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day,” the act mandates that all publicly funded educational institutions provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution on that day.

Opinions on last term’s cases can be found at www.supremecourtus.gov.

UMF’s Constitution Day event this year is sponsored by the UMF Provost’s Office, UMF Pre-Law Program and UMF Dept. of Political Science.

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A nationally-recognized liberal arts college, UMF enjoys a 150-year tradition of providing a quality academic experience combined with the personal attention and close student / faculty collaboration that helps prepare all students to be successful. Rooted in a tradition of teacher preparation, UMF offers top quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and pre-professional studies.

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 Media Contact: James Melcher, UMF professor of political science, 207-778-7416, or jim.melcher@maine.edu

UMF starts up Public Classroom Series with talk on fisheries, fish farming and the future, Sept. 26

FARMINGTON, ME  (September 18, 2017)—The University of Maine at Farmington once again welcomes members of the public to the UMF Public Classroom Series—a selection of informative and insightful talks and discussions by University faculty exploring important contemporary issues.

This semester’s first talk is “What’s on your dinner plate? A story of fisheries, fish farming and the future,” by Timothy Breton, UMF assistant professor of biology. This talk takes place at 6:30 p.m., with refreshments at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 26, in the UMF Emery Community Arts Center. It is free and open to the public.

“We warmly invite members of the Maine community to join us at UMF for a stimulating educational series created with the public in mind,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. “UMF deeply appreciates its inclusion as part of an engaged community and The Public Classroom is a wonderful way to contribute. We welcome all and hope you can join us.”

Timothy Breton

Timothy Breton

Breton’s talk will explore how many wild fisheries in the U.S. are stagnant or in decline, while demand for seafood continues to increase. A large proportion of our seafood consumption now comes from imports, which has resulted in a seafood trade deficit over $14 billion in 2016.

To reduce our reliance on seafood imports and meet our increasing needs, recent efforts have focused on developing fish farming, or aquaculture. In many cases, however, relatively little is known about the biology, dynamics, or optimal growing strategies for a particular fish or seaweed. Often, fishermen, farmers, and researchers work closely to develop better techniques and grow emerging commercial industries.

Breton’s research aims to understand the genetics and physiology of diverse marine species, and to apply that knowledge for future gains in sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. His talk will introduce the problems facing fisheries and aquaculture today, and what research is being conducted across the country, and in Farmington, to find solutions.

At UMF Breton teaches human anatomy and physiology courses, as well as bioinformatics and endocrinology classes for biology majors.  His interests focus on the intersection of fish physiology and molecular biology, with applications to fisheries and aquaculture, or fish farming.  He has conducted diverse research on many commercially important fish, including Atlantic cod, summer flounder, black sea bass, rainbow smelt, and alewives.  He recently received funding through the Maine Economic Improvement Fund to study sugar kelp aquaculture in Downeast Maine, in collaboration with the University of Maine at Machias.

Originally from Massachusetts, he received both a master’s and Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire before joining UMF in 2015.

The UMF Public Classroom Series is sponsored by the UMF Office of the President.

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Media contact: Timothy Breton, UMF assistant professor of biology timothy.breton@maine.edu

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UMF ranked as “Best College” for 20th year by U.S. News & World Report

FARMINGTON, ME  (September 14, 2017)—For the 20th year, the University of Maine Farmington has once again been recognized as a “Best College” by U.S. News & World Report.

According to the 2018 national rankings, UMF ranks among the top 10 colleges in four separate categories within its classification of Regional Colleges in the North—ranking it No. 4 in Top Public Schools, No. 6 in Best Value Schools, No. 8 overall  and No. 3 in  Best College for Veterans.

“We are so proud of this continued recognition of UMF’s long history of excellence and commitment to student success,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president.  “A college education is an important investment for today’s families, and UMF’s unique combination of quality academics and affordability set in the spectacular Maine mountains offers a tremendous value.”

UMF’s Carnegie classification of Regional Colleges in the North includes schools that focus on the undergraduate experience throughout Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland.

UMF Merrill Hall

UMF Merrill Hall

To calculate the rankings, U.S. News gathers data from each college on up to 15 indicators of academic excellence, which are then scored, weighted and ranked against their peers.

The Best Value School category is based on a college’s academic quality paired with its affordability. As stated on the U.S. News Best College website, “The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal.”

The Best Schools for Veterans category was created to provide military veterans and active-duty service members with data on which top-ranked schools offer benefits that can help veterans make pursuing a college education more affordable.

This year’s U.S. News college guide ranked over 1,300 regionally credited institutions throughout the U.S. Colleges were grouped into categories based on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the most widely accepted classification system in U.S. higher education.

UMF has also recently been recognized by AffordableColleges.com as one of the top 50 best affordable out-of-state public schools in the U.S. According to the online resource, affordability is measured in both quality and cost. It highlights UMF’s unique self-designed majors, close faculty engagement and top education programs in addition to its reasonable price.

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A nationally-recognized public liberal arts college, UMF enjoys a 150-year tradition of providing a quality academic experience combined with the personal attention and close student / faculty collaboration that help prepare all students to be successful. Rooted in a tradition of teacher preparation, UMF offers top quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and business and pre-professional studies. UMF is located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region and is a welcoming, close-knit academic community that prepares students for engaged citizenship, enriching professional careers and an enduring love of learning.

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UMF Visiting Writers Series opens with reading by author Debra Spark, Sept. 21

FARMINGTON, ME  (September 11, 2017)—The University of Maine at Farmington’s celebrated Visiting Writers Series opens the new academic year with a reading by author, journalist and professor Debra Spark. Spark will read from her work at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 21, in The Landing in the Olsen Student Center. Sponsored by the  UMF Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, the series events are free and open to the public.

Debra Spark

Debra Spark

Spark is the author of five books of fiction, most recently “Unknown Caller,” that Kirkus Review called “A book of candor and complexity that captures human relations with heart-rending accuracy.”

Her work also includes “The Pretty Girl,” “Good for the Jews,” “Curious Attractions.” “The Ghost of Bridgetown,” “Coconuts for the Saint” and “Twenty Under Thirty.”

Spark is also a senior writer for Maine Home + Design—a shelter magazine for which she writes a monthly feature on homes in Maine.

Spark has been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, Bunting Institute fellowship from Radcliffe College, Pushcart Prize, Michigan Literary Fiction Award and John Zacharis/Ploughshares award for best first book.

A graduate of Yale University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she is a professor at Colby College and teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She lives with her husband and son in North Yarmouth, Maine.

More Information on the UMF Creative Writing Program

As the only Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program in the state of Maine and one of only three in all of New England, the UMF program invites students to work with faculty, who are practicing writers, in workshop-style classes to discover and develop their writing strengths in the genres of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Small classes, an emphasis on individual conferencing, and the development of a writing portfolio allow students to see themselves as artists and refine their writing under the guidance of accomplished and published faculty mentors. Students can pursue internships to gain real-world writing and publishing experience by working on campus with The Beloit Poetry Journal, a distinguished poetry publication since 1950; or Alice James Books, an award-winning poetry publishing house.

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Media Contact: Jeffrey Thomson, UMF professor of creative writing, at 207-778-7454, or jeffrey.thomson@maine.edu.

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UMF Art Gallery presents the compelling imagery of artist Pamela Johnson, Sept 14–Oct 27

FARMINGTON, ME  (September 6, 2017)—The UMF Art Gallery proudly presents the imagery of artist Pamela Johnson as its opening exhibit for the academic year. “BRING ME the girl: Wonder Tales, Ghosts and Catastrophes” will be on display from Sept. 14–Oct. 27, at the UMF Art Gallery on the University of Maine at Farmington campus. The opening reception is from 5-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14. These events are free and open to the public.

Wonder Tales: Snow White Geisha (portion)

Wonder Tales: Snow White Geisha (portion)

Pamela Johnson’s seductive paintings, drawings and prints mine myth, fairy tales and contemporary media to explore female identity. Lifting popular lines from movies (“bring me the girl!”), placing Disney heroines in unfamiliar situations and creating text fragments from secretarial shorthand, Johnson reveals the ways persistent social suppressions are embedded in visual and cultural languages.

Also on view is a new short film Johnson made in collaboration with artist Carolina Gonzalez Valencia, a meditation on catastrophic illness that honors the work of LifeFlight of Maine.

Pamela Johnson is associate professor of Art and Visual Culture at Bates College, where she teaches painting, drawing, printmaking, visual theory and advises senior theses in the studio arts.

Carolina Gonzalez Valencia is assistant professor of Art and Visual Culture at Bates College. Her work in film, video and other mediums engages gender, otherness, migration, diaspora and labor.

The gallery is located at 246 Main Street in Farmington, behind the UMF Admissions Office. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sundays from 12 to 4 p.m. and by appointment. For more information or to make an appointment please contact Sarah Maline, UMF Art Gallery director, at maline@maine.edu or 207-778-1062 or visit the website at artgalleryumf.org.

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UMF mobile video team helps Farmington public submit their nominations to New Commons Project, Sept 12, 16

FARMINGTON, ME  (September 5, 2017)—The University of Maine at Farmington invites members of the community to the first in a series of statewide public  opportunities to nominate their favorite cultural work to UMF’s New Commons Project.

A mobile video team will be on hand from 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the UMF Mantor Library, and Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Farmington Public Library, to help campus and community members create and submit a video nomination to the New Commons Project website. All contributors need is the title of a work they love and ideas about the value of the work for the Maine community.

Submissions can be of any work of art or ideas, including novels, plays, poems, graphic novels, songs, films, videos, performances, artistic or scientific works, or any meaningful work that might inspire and provide value to the people of Maine.

The New Commons Project will select 24 works from those nominated to be a part of the Commons. Once the works are selected, people will come together in a variety of ways, on-line and in person, to study, discuss and create around these works.

Nominations to-date include Walden, The Iliad, Wonder Woman, the record player, Pride and Prejudice and Songs by Bob Dylan, John Coltrane and the Clash, to name a few.

Members of the public are also invited to submit videos independently on the Commons website at newcommons.umf.maine.edu.

The New Commons Project is supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, University of Maine at Farmington and the Maine Humanities Council.
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Media Contact: Kristen Case, UMF associate professor of English, at kristen.case@maine.edu or 207-778-7239

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Vibrant new UMF arts initiative brings emerging artists to campus

FARMINGTON, ME  (August 29, 2017)—The University of Maine at Farmington kicks off the 2017-18 school year with a vibrant new arts initiative that brings the creative works of emerging artists to the UMF campus, year-round.

The new UMF “Art on Campus” program exhibits the expressive work of two artists per semester in UMF’s Mantor Library. Artist talks will also be featured each semester in the Performance Space in the Emery Community Arts Center, helping campus and community members engage directly with the artist.

“We are delighted to have this opportunity to bring rising artists and their creative works to our campus and community,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. “Integrating the arts into our students’ daily lives expands their cultural experience and is one more way we can enhance the quality of their time at Farmington.”

This semester’s featured artists are Shoshannah White and Parisa Ghaderi. Their work will be on exhibit in Mantor Library from Aug. 28 thru Dec. 31, 2017.

The Emery Community Arts Center will feature an artist talk by White at 12 p.m., Wed., Sept. 13. Ghaderi will speak on her art in Emery at 12 p.m., on Wed. Oct. 18, followed by a screening of her recent short films at 7 p.m.

Shoshannah White

Shoshannah White installing a CHATTERMARK mural

Shoshannah White - Blackstone Glacier

Shoshannah White – Blackstone Glacier

In addition to her interior Mantor installation, White will also be installing a CHATTERMARK mural on an exterior wall of the University’s library from 1:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13. CHATTERMARK is a street-art initiative, sponsored by the Kindling Fund, bringing imagery of the Arctic and melting glacial ice to the streets of Maine.

An opening reception will be held Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 5-6:30 p.m. on the Mantor Library patio to celebrate White and Ghaderi’s exhibit and the unique CHATTERMARK installation.

The CHATTERMARK mural at UMF is one of a series of White’s rural installations that inject images of a continally changing Polar landscape into the busy rush of daily life. The printed mural will adhere to the wall with an all-natural binder meant to disintegrate with time.

The Art on Campus program is sponsored by the UMF President’s Office and the H. King & Jean Cummings Charitable Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. All events are free and open to the public.

Artists are selected by a committee of UMF art faculty and unversity staff. A national open call has been distributed for the upcoming Spring 2018 series

More on the Artists

White’s installation work is on exhibit throughout Maine and her photography has been featured in publications and exhibitions internationally. She has completed many private and public commissions, one of which was selected as one of the top 50 installations in the U.S. by American for the Arts, Public Art Network’s Year in Review 2012.

Parisa Ghaderi

Parisa Ghaderi

She has participated in the Portland Museum of Art’s Artist Intervention series. Her fine art and editorial photography has appeard in National Geographic, Newsweek, Psychology Today, Paris Vogue and The Wall Street Journal and others.

A visual artist with her roots in Iran, Ghaderi uses photography and video to explore moments of pause that are, “filled with vulnerability, silence and contradiction.”

Parisa Ghaderi - Confession

Parisa Ghaderi – Confession

Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the Shirin Gallery and the A.I.R. Gallery in New York City; the 6th International Media Arts Award in Queensland, Australia; and the Red Bull House of Art in Detroit. Her work is featured in The Huffington Post, The Brooklyn Rail, Video Focus (France), the Michigan Daily and the Visual ARTBEAT Magazine (Australia.)

Tamar Etingen, a painter, printmaker and theatrical set designer, was the program’s first featured artist in spring 2017. Her artwork maps concepts of the layering of ecosystems and the interface between industrial society and botanical biodiversity. She has exhibited sculpture, installations, paintings and prints in universities, galleries and museums on both the East and West coasts and in New Mexico.

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Media Contact: Ann Bartges, UMF assistant professor of visual arts, ann.bartges@maine.edu

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Photo Caption: Shoshannah White – Blackstone Glacier

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UMF accreditation process seeks comments from the public

FARMINGTON, ME  (August 18, 2017)—The College of Education, Health and Rehabilitation at the University of Maine at Farmington is hosting an accreditation visit by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) on November 5-7, 2017, and is inviting interested parties to submit third-party comments to the site team.

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered and should specify the party’s relationship to the provider (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates, etc.)

Members of the public can submit written testimony by Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 to:

CAEP
1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
Or by email to: callforcomments@caepnet.org

Such comments must be within the specified period and based on the core tenets of CAEP accreditation standards of excellence, which recognize that:

 

  • In CAEP’s performance-based system, accreditation is based on evidence that demonstrates that teacher candidates know the subject matter and can teach it effectively so that students learn. In the CAEP system, EPPs must prove that candidates can connect theory to practice and be effective in an actual P-12 classroom.

 

  • A professional education provider that is accredited by CAEP is expected to be involved in ongoing planning and evaluation; engaged in continuous assessment and development; ensure that faculty and programs reflect new knowledge, practice, and technologies; and be involved in continuous development in response to the evolving world of education and educational reform.

 

  • Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the respondent’s relationship, if any, to the institution (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates). Copies of all correspondence received will be sent to the university for comment prior to the review. No anonymous testimony will be considered.

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Media contact: Katherine Yardley, UMF associate provost and dean of education, at kyardley@maine.edu or 207-778-7154

UMF raises the curtain on campus fall art scene with BORDERLAND exhibit by Alia Ali, Sept 1 thru Nov 13

FARMINGTON, ME  (August 16, 2017)—The University of Maine at Farmington Emery Community Arts Center raises the curtain on the fall art scene on campus with an exhibit by multi-media artist Alia Ali.  A stunning  photography and textile-based installation, BORDERLAND will run from Sept. 1–Nov. 13, in the ECAC Flex Gallery, with an opening reception 5-7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 1. Gallery hours are daily from 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

BORDERLAND Series 2017

BORDERLAND Series 2017

An artist talk will be presented by Ali, Wednesday, at 11:30 a.m., Aug. 30, in the Emery Performance Space. These events are free and open to the public.

The term “borderland” is most commonly referred to as the crossroads where nations collide or the naturally occurring interactions among people and nature trying to forge an existence in proximity to what is around them. BORDERLAND examines these relationships as territories of exploration drawing attention to them as transient physical spaces and a contemporary phenomenon from which the body of artwork is presented and the viewer is a participant.

Ali’s work asks the questions: What are the fabricated barriers in society that inhibit the incorporation of others? Or are the obstacles just that: ideas, intuitions, fear, discriminations and ‘understandings’?

When all is said and done, borders shift and textiles disintegrate, but if well preserved and nurtured with culture, knowledge and grace, they remain intact. Borderlands, like textiles, are territories of exploration and zones in which we will be judged for our humanity.

Alia Ali, multi-media artist

Alia Ali, multi-media artist

A Yemeni-Bosnian-American multi-media artist, Ali has traveled to 63 countries, lived in seven and grown up among five languages. Her extensive travels have led her to process the world through interactive experiences. Her most comfortable mode of communication is through image and multi-sensory mediums.

As a child of two linguists, Alia believes that the interpretation of verbal and written language has dis-served particular communities and presents more of a threat than a means of understanding. It is for this reason that Alia’s aesthetic interests stem from people, place, and the processes which unite and divide us, all at once.

Her work reflects on the politics and poetics of contested notions surrounding the topics of identity, physical borders, universality, mental/physical spaces of confinement, and the inherent dualism that exists in everything. Her work blurs the lines between what we claim to be objective and subjective, illusion and reality, truth and interpretation.

Ali has just completed working on two transglobal projects, the People of Pattern and BORDERLAND. She is exploring cultures and conflicts through the medium of textile and the processes of making them. Her projects have most recently taken her to Oaxaca, Mexico; Bokhara, Uzbekistan; Yogyakarta, Indonesia; Sapa, Vietnam; Kyoto, Japan; Udaipur, India; and Lagos, Nigeria.

She is a graduate of the United World College of the Atlantic (UWCAC) and holds a B.A. in Studio Art and Middle Eastern Studies from Wellesley College. Her work has been featured at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Marrakech Biennale as part of the Swiss-Moroccan KE’CH Collective, Gulf Photo Plus Dubai during Art Week Dubai 2017.

Her most recent series, BORDERLAND has been exhibited at Mondo Galeria in Madrid, Spain; Galerie Siniya 28 in Marrakech, Morocco; and Space Gallery in Portland, Maine. She has been awarded the Alice C. Cole ’42 Grant of Wellesley College, LensCulture’s Emerging Talent Awards 2016 and Gold Winner in a Fine Art Category of the Tokyo International Foto Awards.

More on the UMF Emery Community Arts Center

The Emery Community Arts Center is an innovative, experimental venue for the arts in Western Maine. It features an exciting 2,500-square-foot, 160-seat multipurpose performance space with dynamic vertical foldaway doors that open onto an outdoor performance area and a 1,600-square-foot Flex-Space gallery for traditional exhibits, new media and performance art. A dramatic interior corridor offers additional exhibition space and connects the center with the UMF Alumni Theater.

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Media contact: Jayne Decker, director of Emery Community Arts Center, at jdecker@maine.edu

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Master guitarist Mahmoud Chouki featured in next UMF Emery Concert on the Lawn, Aug. 25

FARMINGTON, ME  (August 8, 2017)—Relax to the eclectic sounds of Mahmoud “Mood” Chouki at the next UMF Emery Community Arts Center “Concert on the Lawn.” Chouki, an international master guitarist, composer, artistic director and multi-instrumentalist, will perform at 6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 25. The concert is free and open to the public.

Mahmoud Chouki

Mahmoud Chouki

Chouki’s performances and compositions consist of music from around the globe fusing oriental and occidental ethnic and electric style of music. He leans especially towards flamenco, jazz, and oriental styled music.

Mahmoud began his studies at the Conservatory of Larache in northern Morocco from the age of eight and eventually completed at the National Conservatory in Rabat with training in music theory and classical guitar. He continued with additional enrichment by taking master classes with musicians, such as Jorje Cardoso, Antonello Lexi, Tim Williams, Francisco Ortiz and Juan Fallo.

In 2002, Mahmoud toured the south of Spain with the Guitar Ensemble of Morocco, winning first prize in the International Guitar Competition in St. Esteban del Puerto. This gave Mahmoud the jump-start to make several collaborations with other musicians, including his very own called “Mahmoud and Friends.” His projects lead him to travel and perform with key figures in the music world and with fusion groups, including at the Rencontre Orient Occident at Chateau Mercier in Switzerland and the Magic Lutes Concert with Hughes de Courson and his Symphonic Orchestra in Qatar and Bahrain.

More on the UMF Emery Community Arts Center

The Emery Community Arts Center is an innovative, experimental venue for the arts in Western Maine. It features an exciting 2,500-square-foot, 160-seat multipurpose performance space with dynamic vertical foldaway doors that open onto an outdoor performance area and a 1,600-square-foot Flex-Space gallery for traditional exhibits, new media and performance art. A dramatic interior corridor offers additional exhibition space and connects the center with the UMF Alumni Theater.

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 Media contact: Jayne Decker, director of Emery Community Arts Center, at jdecker@maine.edu

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Photo Caption: Mahmoud Chouki at the Magic Lutes Concert composed by Hugh de Coursons. Manama, Bahrain.