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Bowdoin Art Students, Faculty Featured in CMCA Exhibit

Story posted February 21, 2003

Forty-five junior and senior artists from nine Maine college and university campuses are featured in the "Next Generation" exhibit, opening Saturday, March 1, at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport village.

Works by eleven Bowdoin students are included in the exhibit. Simultaneously, photographer Michael Kolster and painter James Mullen, both assistant professors of art at Bowdoin, have paired up to present "Coastal," offering fresh views of Maine's renowned mid-coast area.

The show will run through April 5. A public reception will be held in conjunction with the show’s opening from 2-4 p.m. on March 1.

"Our third 'Next Generation' biennial provides serious art students an opportunity to prepare for exhibiting beyond their respective schools," said Bruce Brown, CMCA curator. "Students prepared slides, resumes and statements of their work for the Center's consideration, just as they will be required to do after they graduate. We hope we're offering a useful service to emerging artists as well as providing a strong exhibition for the public."

Bowdoin students in the exhibit are Caroline Budney ‘03, Alexandra Franke ‘03, Jeremy Goldsmith ‘04, Ellen Kenney ‘03, Eric LeGris ‘03, Brian McGregor ‘04, Michelle Lynn Platt ‘03, Arnd Seibert ‘04, Eliza Stewart ‘01, Rachel Tannebring ‘03, and Elizabeth Wendell ’03.

"Traditionally we like to recognize faculty who teach undergraduates at the same time," Brown continued. "For the past two years Mike and Jim paired up to explore their new environment with the help of a grant from the Rusack Project Initiative Fund through the Coastal Studies Center at Bowdoin College. 'Coastal' is a visual dialogue between how photographs and paintings function, as well as of what caught the attention of both artists."

The exhibition is the second in a series of Maine landscape shows to be featured at CMCA throughout 2003. Kolster and Mullen will discuss their work at CMCA on Tuesday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. Their talk is open to the public and free of charge. The Illumination lecture series, which provides a means of discovery to the viewing public, is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Students from Bates, Colby, Maine College of Art, University of Maine-Augusta, University of Maine-Farmington, University of Maine-Orono, University of Southern Maine, and Rockport College also have art in the show.

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. CMCA is closed Sunday and Monday. Admission is $3 for the general public, and free for members, children, and Rockport residents. For more information call 236-2875.

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