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Coastal Studies Center and the Scholar-in-Residence Program: Application Deadline Approaching!

Story posted October 18, 2001

About 12 miles from campus on Orr's Island, the Bowdoin College Coastal Studies Center (CSC) occupies a 118-acre site surrounded on three sides by the ocean, and encompassing open fields, orchards and old-growth spruce-fir forest. Known as Thalheimer Farm, the CSC is devoted to interdisciplinary teaching and research. Each semester it is also the home of a scholar-in-residence.

The CSC offers facilities and resources that support student and faculty research, and courses, focused on coastal settings and issues. With its marine biological laboratory (with flowing seawater for observation of live marine organisms), and terrestrial ecology laboratory (serving as a field station for research and study of coastal ecology, as well as an art studio), the CSC has played an active role in Bowdoin's programs in biology, environmental studies, geology and, most recently, archaeology.

The CSC has also been widely used for studio art courses. And this year, the Coastal Studies Center Scholar-in-Residence Program is working with the Visual Arts Department to host two visiting artists. This fall, Lucy Barber, a landscape painter originally from New York City, is the scholar-in-residence at CSC. She is not only painting, but teaching an advanced course in landscape painting, preparing an exhibition of her own work and her students' works, and will give a public lecture December 6. (Next semester the scholar-in-residence will be photographer Nigel Poor.)

"The Scholar-in-Residence Program provides the CSC with an important intellectual bridge to the curriculum and other campus activities," says Anne Henshaw, CSC director. "We hope to rotate the residency throughout the major divisions of the College in the coming years as a way to broaden the participation of departments in research and other projects related to our unique coastal setting."

The deadline for applications for 2002 is October 26, 2001. All departments and programs at Bowdoin are encouraged to apply to host a scholar-in-residence. For more information contact Anne Henshawe (ahenshaw, ext. 3085).

The Coastal Studies Center Scholar-in-Residence Program provides an opportunity for departments and programs at Bowdoin to invite scholars or artists from outside the College to engage in research or related activities that will enhance their own programs and promote the intellectual growth of the CSC. The scholar-in-residence lives at the CSC, teaches one course in their respective discipline, and gives a lecture. Last year's scholar was Dean McCurdy, a post-doctoral fellow in marine biology.

Barber is teaching Art 265: Landscape Painting. Studio projects in the course investigate various relationships to nature through painting at a variety of sites and through the changing seasons of the coastal landscape, primarily through the use of the CSC and its grounds.

About her landscape paintings Barber says, “I am inspired by light, spirit of place, and color. The paintings, articulated by brushmarks for buildings or trees or skies, are given meaning by incidents such as the line of a highway, atmosphere, sunlight reflected off the side of a truck, a man mowing grass. They are intended as meditations, a vehicle to explore the dialogue between spirit and matter; and become my roadmaps.”

Barber earned her B.F.A. in photography at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, N.Y., and her M.F.A. in painting and drawing at the Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. She did further study at the New York Studio School and the New York Academy of Art. She previously taught at the Maine College of Art, the College of William and Mary, and the Pratt Institute.

She is the recipient of two Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants (2001, 1994), as well as a 1994 Grumbacher Art Award and Gold Medal for a still life painting in the National Academy of Design's 169th annual exhibition.

She is represented by Sears-Peyton in New York City. Solo exhibitions have occurred at Davidson & Daughters Gallery (Portland, Maine), Andrews Gallery (College of William and Mary), and First Street Gallery (New York City).

Recent group exhibitions include the 2001 Juried Biennial at the Portland Museum of Art and the 2001 Summer Exhibition at The Painting Center, New York City, among many others. When her work was on exhibit in July 2001 at the Kouros Gallery in NYC for the ongoing Serial Thinking exhibition, it was cited by Ken Johnson of The New York Times: “Some impressive works stand out
Lucy Barber’s hazy images of objects that seem almost dissolved by light and heat.”

She is a member of the College Art Association, and ZEUXIS, a collaborative of artists painting still life.

Barber will give a public lecture and exhibition at 7 p.m., Thursday, December 6, at the Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium. A reception and exhibition of her work and the work of her students will follow.

Click here to visit the Coastal Studies Center Web site.

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