UMF Art Gallery Kicks Off New Year with DÉCOR Exhibit, Jan. 19

FARMINGTON, ME (January 10, 2012)—The UMF Art Gallery is pleased to present DÉCOR—an exhibit featuring an expansive 30-foot wall drawing by Clint Fulkerson, exquisite metal work by Ian Henderson, intriguing sculptural installations by Katrazyna Randall and unique fabric interventions and drawings by Kate Russo. This free and open to the public exhibit runs from Jan. 19–Feb. 12, and begins with an opening reception from 5-8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19.

An image of Kate Russo’s “Floral Intervention #2”

An image of Kate Russo’s “Floral Intervention #2”. Submitted image.

From pristine and entrancing geometries to unsettling extravagances of color and scale, DÉCOR explores the complex interrelationship of formalism, functionalism, domesticity and commercialization.

It poses the questions: How do architecture and design reflect a postmodern understanding of the natural world? How do globalization and mass production impact our understanding of workmanship and craft? How do we come to terms with the idea of “beauty” in a world saturated with branded, brilliantly marketed objects of virtually infinite description?

These artists vary widely in methodology and media, but all share the kind of formal adventurousness and intellectual rigor that make for an extremely exciting exhibition.

This exhibit is sponsored by the UMF Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry.

The UMF Art Gallery is located at 246 Main St. in Farmington, immediately behind the Admissions Office. The gallery is open noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, during the UMF academic year and by appointment. For more information, or to make special arrangements, please call 207-778-7002, or email Elizabeth Olbert, director of the UMF Art Gallery, at

More about the UMF Art Gallery

The UMF Art Gallery is a nonprofit professional art space dedicated to bringing contemporary art and artists to campus and the regional community. In its dedication to new art, the gallery reinforces the vision of the UMF Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry in celebrating art as a powerful agent of social and cultural change and artists as generators of community and cultural identity. The gallery works with local schools to integrate arts programming into their curricula and opens its space to community events and gatherings.

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Media contact: Elizabeth Olbert, director of the UMF Art Gallery, at 207-778-7002, or


An image of Kate Russo’s “Floral Intervention #2” can be found at

Photo Credit: Submitted image