The University of Maine at Presque Isle's Reed Fine Art Gallery will present Navigation Lights by Portland artist Carrie Scanga from Jan. 27 through March 8, 2014. The public is invited to view the exhibition throughout the show's run and attend the Opening Reception on Feb. 7 from 5-7 p.m., which is being held in conjunction with the Presque Isle First Friday Art Walk.
Carrie Scanga is a printmaker and installation artist. She has been featured in over 50 solo and group exhibitions and has received critical recognition in The New York Times and The Boston Globe. She has exhibited in locations from Portland, Maine, to Quito, Ecuador; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Chico, California.
Scanga is revered for her experimentation within the discipline of printmaking. Her exhibition, Navigation Lights, is a new series of etchings that are dark and loosely drawn, using marine beacons and nighttime at the fair as subject matter. Scanga remarked, "They are meant to appear very 'touched,' because I drew them with powdered photocopy toner that I pushed around with my fingers and blew threw a straw all over the plate before etching."
"Our Fine Art program at UMPI relishes pushing limits and experimentation," Reed Director Heather Sincavage said. "Scanga is the epitome of how a strong foundation of technique allows for sound and directed experimentation. The result is atmospheric, moody and chock full of memory. The viewer does not have to be Scanga to recall summer nights at the fair."
Scanga attended Bryn Mawr College and the San Francisco Art Institute as an undergraduate and earned her MFA degree from University of Washington in Seattle in 2001. Her current projects include a book arts collaboration with Maine artist Rebecca Goodale, her traveling solo exhibition and performance work, Breathe: The Emergent Colony, and ongoing explorations in printmaking.
She has been awarded two consecutive fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a fellowship from The MacDowell Colony, and residencies at the Blue Mountain Center, Fundación Valparaíso, Sculpture Space, Artspace, and the Salina Art Center. Grants from the Pollock Krasner Foundation and the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation have supported the development of her work.
She is currently an Assistant Professor of Printmaking at Bowdoin College. For more information about her current projects, please see her website: www.carriescanga.com.
There will be a First Friday Reception, during the Feb. 7 First Friday Art Walk, from 5-7 p.m. in the Reed Gallery. Scanga will be present for an Artist's Talk at 5:30 p.m. The public is encouraged to come out and attend this free event. Light refreshments will be served.