Boundless Possibilities: USM Book Arts
March 2 – 24, 2018
in the Lewis Gallery
In an age where most people buy mass-produced books at chain stores [or download and read on an electronic device], one would think the days of holding and opening a hand-bound book are over. Except, of course, for a growing contingent of book artists who create works of art as limited edition, hand-printed books or unique handmade volumes. An art form that reaches back to medieval bookbinding and letterpress tradition and forward to installation art and novel constructions, book arts cover a wide spectrum.
In the exhibit, The University of Southern Maine presents an array of artists’ books from current students in Rebecca Goodale’s class, Art 341 The Visual Book 2: Historical Influences on Contemporary Artist’s Books; and an eclectic display of topics and book formats from artists in the Critique Group at the USM KCC’83CBA.
Reverence of a Thread: Function and Form
Curated by Juliet Karelsen and Barbara Sullivan
Threads metaphorically and physically connect everything imaginable. The inspiration for “Reverence to the Thread” is an appreciation of the resurgence of hand stitchers, knitters, and art makers using fibers in the broadest sense of the word; from insider to outsider, from hand to machine, from refuse to fine cashmere, from urban to rural, from folk to fine art. Covering a broad scope of approaches – from functional to fine art, from artist to craftspeople, to the craftspeople of Spindleworks – “Reverence to the Thread” is a show that attempts to connect all these threads in an egalitarian spirit.
May 4 – 26, 2018:
Count Me In: Work from the artists of Publication Studio and The Art Department
From vibrant landscapes and playful illustrations to inventive sculptural works, Count Me In offers the public a closer look at the art being made by the creative and talented group of people affiliated with The Art Department and Publication Studio in Portland, Me. The Art Department and Publication Studio, neighboring studios on Congress Street, support over 40 individual artists. The Art Department has been a part of the Portland Landscape since 2011 with a mission is to support artists with intellectual uniqueness in the pursuit of their individual artistic craft. Focusing in disciplines of print media, Publication Studio has emerged as a separate program to compliment The Art Department and offer further opportunity for artistic exploration.
June 1 – 23, 2018:
30×30 by 30: Maine Comic Artists
Held in conjunction with the Maine Comic Arts Festival
Held in Conjunction with the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine
The Art of Rube Goldberg
Work by Maine’s Immigrant artist community
The Lewis Gallery at Portland Public Library is a large and open gallery that has 75 feet of wall space, a soaring entry, track lighting, and great public visibility. Voted the Portland Phoenix’s Best Non-Gallery Art Space 2013, the Lewis Gallery is a space that attracts visitors and encourages public engagement with art.
The Library’s Cultural Center Team reviews exhibit proposals on a quarterly basis and selects shows based on a goal of attaining a mix of mediums and content for the gallery. Submitting a proposal form does not ensure that a show will be hosted in the Lewis Gallery.