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Ten Bowdoin Artists in Portland Museum of Art Biennial

Story posted April 07, 2003

Bowdoin College will be well represented at the 2003 Portland Museum of Art Biennial, a juried show devoted to the contemporary art scene in Maine.

Of the just 70 artists chosen for the show, 10 have a connection to Bowdoin. Bowdoin's representation is particularly impressive in light of the fact 877 artists submitted more than 3,500 slides to be considered by the panel of jurors.

The following artists have work in the Biennial:

Current faculty members: Lucy Barber, John Bisbee, James Mullen, and Mark Wethli.

Former faculty members: Anne Harris, Sarah Malakoff, and Celeste Roberge.

Bowdoin alumni: Steven Albert '88 and Cassie Jones '01.

Current Bowdoin student: Eric Legris '03.

As a series (held every two years) the PMA Biennial exhibitions create a visual record of Maine’s evolving contemporary art scene and testify to the profound influence that the landscape, traditions, and people of Maine continue to have on living artists.

The 2003 Biennial highlights 132 works by both emerging and established artists associated with the state. Media include paintings, photographs, sculptures, works on paper, installations, watercolors, print and video.

Wethli’s work will be the first visitors to the Museum see. He is doing an installation titled “Transom” on the wall of the Great Hall (the entrance foyer).

The exhibition will be on view from April 10 through June 1. For more information call the Portland Museum of Art at (207) 775-6148 or visit

In addition, several of the Bowdoin artists will participate in “Meet the Artists” lecture series. On Saturday, April 12, Lucy Barber will be among the artists to speak at 11 a.m., and Cassie Jones will join other artists for a presentation at 1 p.m. Both Mark Wethli and John Bisbee will speak Sunday, April 27, at 1 p.m. Eric Legris will be among the artists to lecture Sunday, May 4, at 1 p.m. (Please call the Museum to confirm the speakers if you are interested.)

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