LEWISTON – The Atrium Art Gallery at the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn campus will present an exhibition of sculpture and related work by artists Lynn Duryea and Jeff Kellar.

The exhibition opens Thursday, June 3, and continues through July 2. A reception will be held Thursday, June 3, 5 to 7 p.m. It’s free and open to the public.

The artists will exhibit sculpture with related work, including drawings, photographs, prints and three-dimensional models. Both artists have what Duryea refers to in her work as a “stillness and simplicity.”

“I often use drawings as a first step toward my finished sculptures,” Kellar said. “I usually start with conceptual drawings in my sketchbook and then make working drawings on the computer, but the drawings in this show are different. They were done after the sculptures were completed. The sculptures appear in these pictures as if they were actors on a stage.”

Kellar’s work has been widely exhibited in Maine. He is represented by galleries in Maine, Philadelphia and New Mexico. He was awarded an individual artist fellowship from the Maine Arts Commission in 1996, and his work is in the permanent collections of the Portland Museum of Art and the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland.

Kellar also has a solo exhibit at Icon Contemporary Art in Brunswick, and his work is included in the Maine Biennial at the Center for Contemporary Art in Rockport.

Duryea, known primarily for her ceramic and steel constructions, will also be exhibiting photographs for the first time.

“A sense and memory of place and object are rich resources for my work,” Duryea said. “For over 25 years, I’ve been using a camera to record images of structures and surfaces that intrigue and interest me, in situations both familiar and new.”

She was recently appointed assistant professor of art at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. She has exhibited her work in solo and group shows nationwide, including ones at the Colby College Museum of Art, the Portland Museum of Art, the Philbrook Museum and the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution.

Duryea is a founder of Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts and Sawyer Street Studios.

The Atrium Art Gallery is located at USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College, 51 Westminster St. Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 753-6500 or contact Robyn Holman, curator, at 753-6554 or by e-mail at [email protected]

The gallery is open free to the public.


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