The University of Southern Maine Art Department and galleries will present the creative work of art educators from around Maine to celebrate the creation of art that takes place beyond the classroom.

The artists represented in this show teach in Maine’s public and private schools and universities and are members of the Maine Art Education Association, an arts advocacy organization that promotes the artistic learning of children, encourages innovation and research in art education and the exchange of ideas and practices among teachers.

Artists were invited to create their interpretation of the concept of “Portal” — a gate or entrance that is especially grand or imposing; or, an entryway, doorway or threshold. The show runs Jan. 25 through March 2 with an opening reception on Jan. 28 from 2-4 p.m. Artist talks begin at 2:30 p.m. during the reception.

USM Art Gallery is located at the Gorham Campus on 37 College Ave. The gallery is open Wednesday and Thursday, noon to 6 p.m.; Friday-Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.; and other days and times by appointment. The gallery is closed for Winter Break, Feb. 22-24. All exhibitions and events hosted by the USM Art Department and Gallery are free and open to the public. For more information visit usm.maine.edu/gallery.

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