Project Compass Ceramics Show

During the month of April 2010, the work of University of Maine at Presque Isle ceramics students was on display in downtown Presque Isle in the Project Compass Ceramics Show. The completed works were made possible through a Project Compass mini-grant. Renee Felini, Assistant Professor of Fine Art, secured the mini-grant and created the course framework in order to offer a unique learning experience for the students. As a result, students had access to materials that would not normally be available and learned an alternative ceramics technique. The process was not only an opportunity to learn the use of new materials, but also an exercise to promote further understanding of Native American history. Each student chose a Native American tribe and story from their selected tribe, which they depicted on the surface of the ceramic vessels they created using the coiling technique. Some of the works narrate stories from tribes local to the region.  Read the full press release and event information here

Phish Retrospective

Twelve years ago, a first-of-its-kind event was held at the former Loring Air Force Base that drew thousands of people and, for a few days, turned Limestone into the ‘largest city' in the State of Maine. The 1997 event was called The Great Went and behind it was the American rock band Phish. The overnight-city phenomenon was repeated twice - in 1998 for the band's Lemonwheel concert and in 2003 for the IT festival. Together, the three concerts brought more than 200,000 concertgoers to northern Maine and pumped more than $25 million into the economy.

The Phish Retrospective was co-organized by Art Professor Anderson Giles, Cultural Affairs Director Carol Ayoob, and Reed Art Gallery Director Sandra Huck to pay hommage to these events and further analyze their effect on the area. During September/October 2009, in addition to a Reed Fine Art Gallery exhibit displaying artifacts from the concerts, a week-long event was also held at the University of Maine at Presque Isle to reflect upon the three Phish concerts held in northern Maine, the creative energy surrounding them, and their impact on Aroostook County.  Find out more about the events and their documentation at