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Visual Arts

Carrie A. Scanga

Associate Professor of Art

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Visual Arts

Edwards Center for Art & Dance - 232

Teaching this semester

VART 1201. Printmaking I

Carrie Scanga
An introduction to printmaking, including etching, drypoint, engraving, monotype, and relief printing methods. Studio projects develop creative approaches to perceptual experience and visual expression that are uniquely inspired by printmaking. Attention is also given to historical and contemporary examples and uses of the medium.

VART 3801. Narrative Structures

Carrie Scanga
Explores narrative content, forms, processes, meanings, and approaches in the visual arts, especially in the context of contemporary practice, through interdisciplinary media, as determined jointly by faculty and students in the course.

Carrie Scanga: Bowdoin College: Visual Art

Carrie Scanga is a printmaker and installation artist. Her works on paper, artists books, and installations have been exhibited in over 50 solo and group exhibitions and received critical recognition in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and the popular art blog, Printeresting.org. Her recent notable exhibition venues include: the Portland Museum of Art (Portland, ME), the Kingston Museum of Contemporary Art (Kingston, NY), PLUG Projects (Kansas City, MO), Islip Art Museum (East Islip, NY), St. Louis Craft Alliance (St. Louis, MO), Tiger Strikes Asteroid (Philadelphia, PA), El Conteiner (Quito, Ecuador), Janet Turner Print Museum (Chico, CA), and the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art (New Paltz, NY).

She has been awarded two consecutive fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a fellowship from The MacDowell Colony, and residencies at the Blue Mountain Center, Fundación Valparaíso, Sculpture Space, Artspace, and the Salina Art Center. Grants from the Pollock Krasner Foundation and the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation have supported the development of her work. 

Carrie Scanga attended Bryn Mawr College and the San Francisco Art Institute as an undergraduate and earned the MFA degree from University of Washington in Seattle in 2001. She lives in Portland, Maine with her partner, Ron Harrity. Her current projects include a book arts collaboration with Maine artist Rebecca Goodale, her traveling solo exhibition and performance work, “Breathe: The Emergent Colony,” and a new installation piece incorporating components of cast bronze and a sea of delicate printed, cut, and folded paper.


Solo Exhibitions

2013 Breathe and Swarm, Kingston Museum of Contemporary Art, Kingston, NY

2013 Ballast, Impact 8, University of Dundee, Scotland, UK

2013 Air Mail, Institut für Alles Mögliche, Berlin, Germany

2012 Breathe: the Emergent Colony, Plug Projects, Kansas City, MO

2012 Ballast/Break, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX

2011 Breathe, St. Louis Craft Alliance & SGCI, St. Louis, MO

2011 Fashion Lab, Display Windows, SAKS 5th Avenue

2010 The Big Blow-Up (a collective breath experiment), Salina Art Center, Salina, KS

2010 View From High Places, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Philadelphia, PA

2006 Pastland, Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Provincetown, MA

2006 Orienteering, collaboration with writer, Martin Seay, Provincetown Theater, Provincetown, MA

2005 Fantastic Girlhood, Artspace, Raleigh, NC

2005 Relaciones Espaciales, El Conteiner, Quito, Ecuador

2002 Of Being Not Places, Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY 

Installation Works in Group Exhibitions

2013 Portland Museum of Art Biennial Exhibition, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME

2012 Large Scale Prints, Bromfield Gallery, Boston, MA

2012 Scale in Contemporary Printmaking, A.P.E. Gallery, Northampton, MA

2012 Building New Traditions, The Janet Turner Print Museum at California State University Chico, CA

2012 A Thickening Rhythm, Coleman Burke Gallery, Brunswick, ME

2011 Inside and Outside the Clamshell Box, DCCC, Wilmington, DE

2008 The Medium is the Message, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY

2005 Fine Arts Work Center Fellows, Shreve, Crump, and Lowe, Boston, MA

2005 Works in Progress, Sculpture Space, Utica, NY

2004 New Works, Provincetown Art Association Museum, Provincetown, MA

2003 Projects ’03, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY

Drawings and Prints in Group Exhibitions

2014 7th Annual Printmaking Biennial of Douro, Douro Art Museum, Alijo, Portugal (September 2014)

2014 Animalia, The Milk Factory Gallery, Bowral, New South Wales, Australia

2013 Global Print 2013, Lamego Art Museum, Lamego, Portugal (catalog) (August 2013)

2013 Transitions, Leipzig International Art Programme Gallery, Leipzig, Germany (online catalog) (April 2013)

2013 Urban, Zea Mays Printmaking at Bing Art Center and Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MA

2013 Art House Coop Print Exchange, Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, New York, NY

2013 Wheaton College Drawing Biennial, Wheaton College, Norton, MA

2013 Tabloids, Southern Graphics Council International, Milwaukee, WI

2013 Esta Tierra Plana, Embajadores de Provisiones, Madrid, Spain

2013 This Flat Earth, Rose Contemporary, Portland, ME

2012 Maine Women Pioneers III, University of New England Art Gallery, Portland, ME (catalog)

2012 A Poem to Behold, University of Maine Hutchinson Center Gallery, Belfast, ME

2012 Mythologies, Rose Contemporary, Portland, ME

2012 East – West, traveling exhibition: University Art Gallery at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Central Connecticut State University Art Gallery, University of Central Florida Visual Arts Gallery, University of Colorado Art Museum, University Art Museum at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Nicholls State University Art Gallery, Clara M. Eagle Gallery at Murray State University, Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art at Utah State University, Rockford College Art Gallery, McNeese State University Art Gallery, North Dakota State University Art Gallery, University of Wyoming Art Museum, Boston University Department of Visual Arts, Purdue University Rueff Galleries (catalog)

2012 Wish You Were Here, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY

2012 Reading, Writing, and Defining, Atrium Art Gallery at University of Southern Maine, Lewiston, ME

2011 Chain Letter, Golden Parachutes, Berlin, Germany

2011 Space Invaders, Rose Contemporary, Portland, ME

2011 Refugee Reading Room, Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA

2010 Cut Shuffle and Draw, Illges Gallery, Columbus State University, Columbus, GA

2010 Philagrafika 2010 portfolio, Crane Arts and the Free Library, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

2010 Hudson Valley Artists 2010, Contemporary Art and Praxis, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY (as part of the Hudson Valley Seed Library Exhibition.)

2009 The Sketchbook Project, Art House Gallery, Atlanta, GA; 303 Grand, New York, NY; Art and Shelter Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Soulard Art Market, St. Louis, MO; Home Gallery, Chicago, IL

2009 A Book About Death, The Emily Harvey Foundation Gallery, New York, NY

2009 Paper Narratives, Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, CO

2009 Reconsidered, Artspace, Raleigh, NC

2009 Intaglio a go-go, Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

2008 In Residence: Recent Projects from Sculpture Space, EFA Project Space, New York, NY

2007 4 Aces Wide Format Print Exhibition, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Texas, Louisiana State University, and University of Wisconsin, Madison

2007 New Prints 2007/Winter, International Print Center, New York, NY

2006 New Prints, 2000 – 2006, International Print Center New York, NY

2005 Domestic Policy, District Fine Arts Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Jewett Gallery, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA; Glass Gallery, University of Texas at El Paso, TX

2003 New Prints 2003/Spring, International Print Center New York, NY

2003 Traditional and Contemporary, Ball State University Gallery, Muncie, IN

Drawing publications, DIALOGIST Journal, Vol. I, Issue III, June 2013

Artists’ Initiatives, Portland Museum of Art, Portland ME

“What’s Left to Judas,” collaborative word and image project with Jefferson Navicky, 2012

Collaboration with writer, Martin Seay, “New Strategies for Invisibility,” MAKE magazine, spring 2010

Collaboration with writer, Martin Seay: “Orienteering,” Shankpainter, literary publication for the Fine Arts Work Center, 2006

Cover art for Brevity and Echo, Rose Metal Press, Boston, MA, 2006

2013 Artist Residency, Art Print Residence, Barcelona, Spain

2012 Artist Residency, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA

2011 Artist Residency, Blue Mountain Center, Blue Mountain Lake, NY

2010 Artist-in-Residence, Salina Art Center, Salina, KS

2009 Fundación Valparaíso Fellowship, Mojácar, Spain

2008 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

2008 Special Opportunity Stipend, New York Foundation for the Arts

2007 Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation Grant

2006 Second-year Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown Winter Fellowship

2005 Summer Artist-in-Residence, Artspace, Raleigh, NC

2005 Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown Winter Fellowship

2004 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship

2004 Creative Capital Foundation Finalist

2004 Sculpture Space Funded Residency, Utica, NY

2003 The MacDowell Colony Fellowship

2003 Special Opportunity Stipend, New York Foundation for the Arts