“Winter Trackers,” by JM Manley Submitted photo

An opening reception for “Inside Vision: An Outside Exhibition of Inside Art,” a traveling exhibit of art by residents of Maine prisons curated by Jan Collins, Olivia Hochstadt and Nicole Lund (UMF ’24), will be held from 5-7 p.m. with remarks by the curators at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 5, in The Emery Community Arts Center on the campus of the University of Maine at Farmington. It is free and open to the public.

The exhibit runs from Thursday, Oct. 5, through Thursday, Nov. 16 and is on display throughout the lobby spaces in The Emery Community Arts Center.

Residents of Maine’s prisons express their lived experience, their hopes, and their dreams in the art they create. Their artwork defies stereotypes and emphasizes that we are all more than the worst act that we have committed. Through their art, those living inside convey the message that, “We are whole people with loves and losses, skills, talents, ideas, and gifts . . . and a longing to be free.”

The Emery Community Arts Center is an innovative, experimental venue for the arts in Western Maine. It features an exciting 2,500-square-foot, 109-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.

The Emery Arts Center gallery is located on Academy St. (between Main St. and High St.) in downtown Farmington. The gallery is open Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday, 12pm-6pm. Closed Sundays and holidays.  Please check Emery’s website for updates at https://wpsites.maine.edu/emerycommunityartscenter.

For more information, contact Ann Bartges, director of UMF Emery Community Arts Center at ann.bartges@maine.edu or 207-778-7461.

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