from Art+Architecture who are retiring or recently retired
September 4 - 27, 2018
Gallery Talks/pot luck lunch:
Tues. 11th Jere DeWaters 11:30 - 12:30
Tues. 18 Karen Adrienne 11:30 - 12:30
Tues. 25 Roger Richmond 3-D photography slide show 11:30 - 1:00
Retirement Dinner Event:
Sept. 20 Open reception 5:00 - 6:00pm
Reflections by each of the faculty begining at 6:00 a celebratory dinner in the gallery 6-8pm TIckets $20 and $10 with student ID
Tickets available at UMAbookstore.com and click on the Danforth tab
This exhibition is celebrating the work of Karen Adrienne, Jere DeWaters, Roger Richmond and Brooks Stoddard, who have each served the University of Maine at Augusta for decades. Although the products of their labor are quite varied: printmaking, photography, stained glass, 3-D slide shows and archaeological digs, their supreme dedication to their students is a common thread.
Between them they have inspired thousands of students to see differently, craft impeccably, strive for excellence, make connections, care deeply and invest themselves wholly in their work and their communities. These four who were here from the early days have collectively made the University what it is today. Through their lives of dedication to teaching they have quite simply; made the world a better place.
The exhibiting faculty are:
My ongoing relationship with nature flattens out into planes of color, mark and movement. An underlying structure holds my delicate emotional attachment to a piece of sky, water, night or moment of transformation. As marks and layers color, value, pattern and light accrue I re-experience the vision and emotional connection to nature. It’s
about chance, and the urge to capture a moment and the vision of that experience.
My prints are conceptually and physically embedded in reciprocity. They are built by the mutual relationship of concealing and revealing, plan and chance. As I investigate properties of nature with marks and inky flats of color, I also explore properties of by paper and metal by folding or embossing by hand or with the pressure of the press. These layers are built upon until I have captured a momentary balance of chance with a
fugitive experience of nature.
Gather into sheaves,
and save useful knowledge
within these leaves.
It begins innocently as a pen is pocketed at the bank. A book of matches is picked from a counter display, a snapshot of hot dogs on a plate. A wishbone carefully extracted or a cap is saved from a bottle of Ballantine Ale. A random item calls out to a collector in a frequency only they and a few others can hear. Soon the item —no longer random— finds like companions. A collection gathers and the arbitrary finds order. Five collections are represented in this exhibition. Organized for display, these are recollections, memories in photographic form.
The common thread that goes through all my artmaking is space and light...I am an architect by training, but find that the space and light that reveals architecture’s potential may be in other non-building expressions...The glasswork I do is also architecture and is all about space with clear glass and light with glass that contains color... 3-D photography “forces” perceptions to seek the space around and through “objects” rather than having the objects dominate...Light defines mood, and character...all is architecture.
100 YEARS OF TEACHING
Central to much of my life’s work has been the collaboration I undertook with my father, Whitney Stoddard, a professor of medieval art, to embark on a decades-long archaeological dig in the South of France and to carry it on with the collaboration of various colleagues as well as teams of enthusiastic students. Digging at the site of a medieval monastery allowed us to ask questions about how that community had lived and worked in their daily lives in revealing the parameters of their buildings, uncovering their daily objects, their art, and their graves, bringing the mysteries of their history to light. It is always satisfying, often exciting work that also requires focus, repetition and discipline, the part of archaeology that Indiana Jones and his father never portrayed!
This journey of discovery through collaboration is the subject of the exhibition and involves our work with students both in the classroom and outside in different contexts. Between us, Whitney and I taught for a total of 100 years. The work Dad and I shared, what we did and how we did it, the long discussions we would have, and the sense of fun he engendered in our projects are what I hope this show reveals.
Three Wheeled Childhood, Fabrication Blues, 2018
from the body of work “Familial Memories”
Acrylic on Canvas Paper, 11.5” x 16.5”