The Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art is showing a new exhibit called “East to East,” which features the work of Maine artists Elin O’Hara Slavick and Shane C. Smith.

Slavick is showing her work, “After Hiroshima,” a project from the Far East that includes a monograph with an essay by James Elkins. Visitors will also see cyanotypes of atomic-bombed artifacts from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contact prints of rubbings of A-bombed surfaces and objects in Hiroshima, and color documentary photographs.

Slavick is a professor of visual art, theory and practice at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her work from the exhibit has been shown internationally, and will be included in an upcoming show in Brazil and in a solo show at Cohen Gallery in Los Angeles this summer, in connection with the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

The show also includes work by Shane C. Smith, an MFA student with with Slavick. His exhibit, “Avi Form,” is a project about the Penobscot tribe living on Indian Island. Smith is a Penobscot from Indian Island whose work highlights issues of the disappearing Eastern Abenaki language, cultural traditions, history, loss, memory and bearing live witness.

Both artists highlight specific cultural sites on which they work or to which they refer – Hiroshima, Japan, the Far East; and native lands near Down East coast of Maine.

The exhibit opened Friday and will run through July 3. A panel discussion will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. July 2 with Slavick and Smith, as well as photographer Peter Shellenberger and basket-maker Theresa Secord.

The ICA at MECA is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on First Fridays.

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