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,
Photo Caption: Shoshannah White
Photo Caption: Parisa Ghaderi
Photo Caption: Shoshannah White – Blackstone Glacier
Photo Caption: Parisa Ghaderi – Confession

Photo Credits: Submitted photos