BANGOR – “Place of Mind: The John Bailly-Richard Blanco Collaborative Project” will be featured in an exhibition opening Friday at the University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor.

The exhibition features the mixed-media art of Bailly, produced in collaboration with Blanco, the poet who read at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration. It showcases three large-scale paintings and a selection of works on paper from the “Place of Mind” series, including three owned by the university.

Bailly is a French-American painter and printmaker who teaches at Florida International University in Miami. Blanco is a Cuban-American poet and teacher from Bethel.

The duo produced “Place of Mind” primarily in 2007. Bailly’s 25 works on paper and paintings complement Blanco’s poems.

“They started this project as a way to explore the creative process in different media — the visual and literary arts — and how they inform each other,” George Kinghorn, director of the UMaine Museum of Art, said in a press release. “There was a dialogue between them — a give and take, a call and response.”

The exhibit will run through June 8. For more information, go to


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