LEWISTON – The Atrium Art Gallery at Lewiston-Auburn College is preparing for an exhibit later this year of work in all media by members of the Maine Crafts Association.

The juried exhibit, “The Inspired Hand II,” will run from Sept. 12 through Oct. 23.

In order to be considered, portfolios are due by May 15.

Artists working in craft media such as clay, metal, fiber, glass and wood are encouraged to enter, organizers say.

There is no entry fee and artists do not have to be members of the Maine Crafts Association to submit work. But, if accepted, they must become a member to participate. Entries will be juried on the overall quality of the work based on the review of portfolios. If selected, members may include one to three pieces of their choice, created within the past two years. Work may be two- or three-dimensional and in any craft media.

Assembling portfolios

Portfolios should include slides, photographs or CD-ROM with images of current work, a resumé or other biographical information, newspaper or magazine articles and reviews, exhibition announcements and any material that will provide the jurors with an accurate overview of the artist’s work, according to the exhibit organizers.

Portfolios must be delivered or mailed to the Atrium Art Gallery, USM/Lewiston-Auburn College, 51 Westminster St., Lewiston, ME 04240. Delivery of work for the exhibition is by Aug. 25.

Jurors for the exhibition will be Genetta McLean, Wally Mason, and Laurie Adams.

McLean, the executive director of Round Top Center for the Arts in Damariscotta, is a former director and curator of the Bates College Museum of Art. Mason is director of the Museum of Art at the University of Maine in Orono and a former board member of Florida Craftsmen. Adams is a painter and has been a potter for the past 42 years, who has served as past president of the Maine Crafts Association.

A success in 2000

The Crafts Association is a nonprofit founded in 1983. It is committed to promoting and advocating for contemporary crafts throughout the state.

The Atrium Art Gallery features year-round exhibitions of sculpture, painting, drawing and contemporary crafts. In 2000, the Atrium, working with the Maine Crafts Association, hosted “The Inspired Hand,” an invitational exhibit of work by 60 craft artists from around the state. Its success led to the development of this upcoming exhibit.

For more information and entry forms, people can contact Robyn Holman, Atrium Art Gallery, 753-6554 or [email protected], or go online at the exhibit’s Web site usm.maine.edu/lac/art/inspired.

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