LEWISTON — The Atrium Art Gallery at the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn campus, 51 Westminster St., presents “The Figure Revealed IV,” a statewide juried exhibition focused on work created in the environment of a life-drawing group. The exhibition features more than 80 works by 53 artists with media ranging from pencil and charcoal to oil and watercolor. The exhibition continues through Dec. 14.
Jurors were Joel Babb and James Strickland.
Babb, one of Maine’s most-noted representational painters, is known for his large street-level views of historic city districts, cityscapes from an aerial perspective, and woodland landscapes inspired by his home in rural Sumner. He graduated with a degree in art history from Princeton, received his MFA in painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and continues his interest in drawing and painting the human figure.
His work is exhibited nationally at museums and galleries, including Vose Galleries in Boston.
A resident of Belfast, Strickland is an artist, theologian, heliocentric and kinetic sculptor, and philosopher whose studies of architecture, Japanese temples, ocean navigating, mountaineering and technology illuminate his work. He has academic degrees from Arizona State University and California Divinity School of the Pacific. His work has been included in more than 100 exhibitions around the country and abroad.
One of Maine’s better-known poets, Elizabeth W. Garber of Belfast, includes a poem written exclusively for the exhibit. Her poems have been read on National Public Radio’s “The Writer’s Almanac” and included in Garrison Keillor’s anthology “Good Poems for Hard Times” (2005). She has created many poems in collaboration with painters and sculptors, as well as initiating the Poetry and Art Walk at the Belfast Poetry Festival.
Drawing groups exist around the state, somewhat in isolation. They usually meet once a week for the purpose of drawing, painting or sculpting with a live model, with participants chipping in to pay the model. In a news release, exhibition curator Robyn Holman noted that “since most of the work is not intended for exhibition but as practice, we have an opportunity to enter the private world of artist and model and to better understand the tradition they continue — a tradition that began in Europe during the 15th century.”
Artists in the exhibition: Lois Anne, Rockland; Donna Asquith, Moody; Olena Babak, Pittsfield; Nancy Morgan Barnes, Searsport; Jane Banquer, Peaks Island; Stephanie Berry, Durham; Todd Bezold, York; Martha Bovie, Shapleigh; John Bowdren, Pownal; Martha Briana, Northport; Bruce Bulger, Deer Isle; Anita Clearfield, Durham; Charles Cramer, Portsmouth;
Paula Dougherty, Brooklin; Laurie Downey, West Baldwin; Liz Evans, West Paris; Keith Eveland, Rye, N.H.; Michael Fletcher, Jackson; Roberta Goschke, Waldoboro; Stevan Hall, Rockport; Hara Harding, Kennebunkport; DeWitt Hardy, South Berwick; Pat Hardy, North Berwick; Simon Harling, New Castle, N.H.; Paul Heroux, New Gloucester; Michael Heskanen, Brunswick; Richard Jacobs, Portland; Matthew Kelley, Bowdoinham; Joe Klofas, Bridgton;
Bonnie Lashin, Scarborough; Janet Ledoux, Biddeford; Eric Legassie, Topsham; Diane Lent, Arundel; Margaret Leonard, Harpswell; Robert MacLeod, Cape Porpoise; Janet Conlon Manyan, Saco; Mark A. Mellor, Boothbay Harbor; Lou Kohl Morgan, Sanford; Molly O’Rourke, Brooklin; Carole Palmer, East Boothbay; Pierre Patenaude, Arundel; Wendy Newbold Patterson, Gray; Lincoln Perry, York;
June Roberts, Auburn; Delores Rollins, Boothbay; Kathleen Rummler, Portland; Sandra Stanton, Farmington; Sharon Townshend, Pownal; Michael Walek, York; Cornelia Walworth, Portland; Noel Watson, Naples; Richard Winslow, Waterboro; Edward Zelinsky, Falmouth.
Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Admission is free.