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Reed Gallery to present 2011 Fine Art Senior Thesis Exhibitions

The University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Reed Fine Art Gallery and the faculty of the Fine Art Program at UMPI are pleased to announce that, for the first time ever, solo exhibitions from the 2011 Fine Art Senior Thesis Exhibitions will be hosted at the Reed Gallery.

The Pullen Gallery, which typically hosts the solo exhibitions, will be undergoing renovation work as part of a major upgrade to Pullen Hall – one of the University’s main classroom buildings – prior to the end of the academic semester. The Reed Gallery presents an excellent opportunity to allow the senior thesis exhibitions to continue as planned during the months of April and May, and for students to utilize a professional art space for their exhibitions, according to officials.

Nine students will display their works during week-long shows held between April 15 and May 20. The exhibition schedule is as follows:

April 15-21 – Sean Smith, sculpture

Reception will be held Friday, April 15, 5-7 p.m.

April 22-28 – Lynn Cote, painting; Laurel Green, photography

Reception will be held Friday, April 22, 5-7 p.m.

April 29-May 5 – Shelly Hanson, painting; Clifford McDonald, drawing and painting

Reception will be held Friday, April 29, 5-7 p.m.

May 6-12 – Demerese Montgomery, photography; Elizabeth Sawyer, painting

Reception will be held Friday, May 6, 5-7 p.m.

May 13-20 – Chastity Bernier, photography; Dione Skidgel, photography

Reception will be held Friday, May 13, 5-7 p.m.

Most weeks will feature dual exhibitions, which officials believe will create some very interesting juxtapositions. The Reed Gallery is also a larger facility than the Pullen Gallery, which demands that the Fine Art students create additional work in order to have a complete body of work to display in the space. As is required within the program, each student will host a reception at the gallery to speak about his or her work and the development of a personal vision as an artist.

At the completion of the individual exhibitions, the Reed Gallery will host a group show with selected works by each artist. Because the exhibitions in the gallery will be changing every week during April and May, campus and community members are encouraged to visit the gallery often.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Leo-Paul Cyr at 768-9609, or Reed Art Gallery Director Sandra Huck at 768-9611. The Reed Fine Art Gallery is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery is closed Sundays and university holidays.