Past Exhibitions

lost landscapesLost Landscapes

April 18–August 1, 2017

An exhibition of plein air paintings by Charles Matthew Thompson, UNE Professor of Art and founder of the UNE Department of Fine Arts, will be on view in the UNE Art Gallery, Ketchum Library, Biddeford Campus, from April 18, 2017 through August 1, 2017.

While visiting the Dyer Library in Saco, Maine, Thompson came upon a book from the turn of the 20th century, filled with black and white photographs of the Saco and Biddeford area. Fascinated by the changes that had occurred in the landscape of our community, he realized that many of these photographs were taken at locations he had visited and painted over the years and was struck by the changes that had occurred to many of these landscapes through the activity of development. The seed was planted for this visual project documenting the landscape of Saco and Biddeford as it once was and what it has now become.

lost landscapesThompson selected seven locations with corresponding photographs to create a body of work completed over many months, often returning to a location numerous times to capture a light or weather condition similar to that in the original photograph. Unfortunately, the original landscapes have been largely lost to the insatiable human demand for possession and development. Time and progress stand still for no one. Now there is an historical record of the original locations and an artistic rendering of the locations as they now appear."


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NATIVE VOICES: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness and KIKEHTAHSUWIW — “It Heals”

March 6–April 12, 2017

A new traveling exhibition, Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, examining concepts of health and medicine among contemporary American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian people, is showing now through April 12, 2017 in the UNE Art Gallery in the Ketchum Library on the UNE Biddeford Campus. This exhibition, produced by the National Library of Medicine, explores the connection between wellness, illness, and cultural life through a combination of interviews with Native people, artwork, objects and interactive media. The exhibition will be open to the public the Ketchum Library from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. A free, public event presenting current views on treatment of Native and diverse populations will be held in the Ketchum Library art gallery on April 6 at 5:30 p.m. More information to come for that event. 

Showing simultaneously in the Ketchum Library gallery is another traveling exhibition, Kikehtahsuwiw — “It Heals.” Created by George Neptune, museum educator at the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, Maine, with photos by Thom Willey, It Heals is a story about several women of the Passamaquoddy Tribe who share a common goal — healing Native communities. This exhibit goes to the heart of health issues in Native communities and examines issues of culture, treatment and healing.

native voicesThe University of New England sits within reach of many Native tribes in Maine and Canada. The University maintains an endowed program on Native issues called the Donna M. Loring Lecture. This year’s program will also take place on April 6 in the Ketchum Library gallery and be a reading of Donna Loring's play "Mary and Molly," which explores issues of Native identity, Native history and the importance of keeping cultural traditions alive. Please call 221-4324 or email cgurley@une.edu for start time and other information.

The National Library of Medicine has a history of working with Native communities as part of the Library’s commitment to make health information resources accessible to people no matter where they live or work. The Native Voices exhibition concept grew out of meetings with Native leaders in Alaska, Hawai`i and the Lower 48. “We hope that visitors in communities across the country will learn from the ideas, practices, and traditions shared here,” says Betsy L. Humphreys, acting director of the National Library of Medicine.

“This exhibition honors the Native tradition of oral history and establishes a unique collection of information,” says Donald A.B. Lindberg, MD, director emeritus of the National Library of Medicine. “We hope visitors will find Native Voices both educational and inspirational, and we hope Native people will view it with pride.” 


“ZERO ~los desplazados de Colombia, photography in black and white”

By Photographer Robert Pennington

January 26, 2017 – March 1, 2017

Zero photography exhibit

The University of New England’s Biddeford Campus Ketchum Library Art Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibition, ZERO ~ los desplazados de Colombia, photography in black and white by Robert Pennington, running from January 26 through March 1, 2017. 

ZERO is an intimate study that examines the lives of Colombia’s desplazados (displaced). It is a story about people; those who are disenfranchised and often invisible.

Latin America’s oldest democracy is home to the world’s longest-running civil war. And, after more than 52 years of conflict, currently has 6.9 million internally displaced persons — more than any other country on the planet. Equally disturbing is that no one knows! ZERO gives face and voice to los desplazados de Colombia. It is an exploration of life after displacement, a story about courage, resilience and the willingness to begin anew.

The title, ZERO, surfaced while researching Colombia's history with social stratification (16c.) and its current system of estratos (strata), which ranks people from six (highest) to one (lowest). The system was introduced in the 1980’s as a way to identify and provide essential services at affordable rates to the poor. A system once designed to help poor communities has instead marginalized an entire class of Colombians. On one of my first trips to the barrio of Altos de la Florida in Soacha, I met un desplazado who said to me, “I am strato ZERO!”

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A Gateless Garden: Quotes by Maine Women Writers

By Photographer Kerry Michaels, Editor Dr. Liza Blakewell

August 24, 2016 - December 16, 2016

gateless gardenThe Biddeford Campus UNE Art Gallery will present an exhibition titled "A Gateless Garden: Quotes by Maine Women Writers" from August 24 - December 16, 2016.

The exhibition features 53 quotations by Maine women writers, edited by Liza Bakewell, Ph.D., director of Maine Women Write, paired with black and white images by Maine photographer Kerry Michaels.

Maine has been home to great women authors — erudite, wise and passionate — whose writing has changed the world. Maine women, armed with pen and paper, have influenced the outcome of the Civil War, mobilized women’s political and domestic rights and powered the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. They have upset the status quo again and again. Many of them — not only the well-known — have made this world a better place.

The exhibition is based on the book A Gateless Garden: Quotes by Maine Women Writers by Bakewell and Michaels, which contains 100 quotations and 100 photographs. Fifty-three of the 100 pairs will be on display as well as the book of which they are a part. The interplay of the words and photographs presented creates a synergy that celebrates the essence of place, women’s lives and the singular world that is Maine.

All of the women writers featured have connections to Maine. Most have lived in the state for many years — some for their entire lives — and have produced in Maine the works that are quoted in the exhibition. Writers whose quotations are featured include Harriet Beecher Stowe, Louise Bogan, Edna St. Vincent Millay and Rachel Carson.

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A photo by Dr. Frank Willard from the exhibit Anatomy Dissection: the quest for knowledge and beauty

Anatomy Dissection: The quest for knowledge and beauty

An exhibit of photographs by Dr. Frank Willard, Ph.D.
Curated by Oran Suta

April 12, 2016-August 16, 2016

Cadaveric dissection has long been a rite of passage for physicians. There is no book that can impart the lessons that this experience can, challenging the intellect, hand-skill and integrity of the initiate. The donor’s gift challenges the assured authority of textbooks, demonstrating innumerable variations of individuals and adaptations to life’s experiences. The body makes real a bewilderingly complex collection of mechanical systems, and gives an experience that fosters reflection on life, death, altruism and bravery. 

You are cordially invited to look behind the curtain of this solemn practice, at a sampling of the work done by Dr. Frank Willard, faculty at the University of New England College of Medicine, who has documented his efforts with photography for more than twenty-five years. His dedication to the discipline has made him an authority on Neuroanatomy, spinal mechanics and the role of connective tissue within the skeletal muscular system. Dr. Willard teaches classes all over the world and authors scholarly papers, while being the guiding hand of UNE’s anatomy donor lab curriculum.


“FIZIKS: Freakin' Impossible Zonking In Kinetic Studies”

By Maine artist Kim Bernard

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January 16, 2016 - April 4, 2016     

FIZIKS is the result of Bernard's research, experimentation and collaboration with the physicists at Harvard University where she is the artist in residence. This solo exhibit includes polyhedron pattern paintings, an interactive grid and cube of oscillating balls that invite the viewer to engage their motion and crocheted hyperbolic planes made out of recycled bicycle inner tubes. The exhibit coincides with the unveiling of Wave Phenomena, a permanent installation of sound wave vibrations made visible as floating blue fabric discs suspended overhead. Bernard says, "It’s fascinating that there are predictable patterns in matter and motion. I’m interested in creating work that demonstrates this phenomena simply, with an aesthetic that allows the viewer easy access, and provides a tangible way of seeing physics."

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Ant Girls exhibition at the Biddford Campus art gallery

Ant Farm: at the Nexus of Art and Science: merging art and science through the visual exploration of leafcutter ants

A Collaborative Exhibition by Dorothy Schwartz, Rebecca Goodale, Vivian Russe and Colleen Kinsella

August 17, 2015-December 18, 2015

A collaboration of four printmakers, known as the Ant Girls, created this exhibit in a eusocial way to imitate the social structure of leaf cutting ants. The Ant Girls are four Maine-based artists working collaboratively to merge art and science through the visual exploration of leafcutter ants. Leafcutter ants live in tropical areas, including the United States, and are notable for cutting and gathering leaves that they use as nutritional substrates on which they grow their own food — a fungus. The ant girls show this alongside mating and communication practices among leafcutters. The show includes examples of handmade books. Sculptures, prints, drawings, scrolls, books, installations, signage, paintings, puppetry and origami are all part of the exhibition.


The Photographs of Chansonetta Stanley Emmons Focusing on Home and Beyond: The Photographs of Chansonetta Stanley Emmons, 1897‐1937

April 30 - August 19, 2015

Throughout the late-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Chansonetta Stanley Emmons (1858-1937) returned home to Kingfield, Maine, each summer to document the family homestead, rural life, traditional labor practices and the many pleasures of summer. Trained in drawing, painting, and as an art educator, Emmons gravitated toward photography when her twin brothers, F.E. and F.O. Stanley, the noted inventors of the Stanley Steamer, were working on perfecting the photographic dry plate process in the mid-1880s.

This exhibition, guest-curated by Libby Bischof, Ph.D., features a variety of Emmons’ photographs of New England as well as images she made in the Carolinas and Europe. Photographs courtesy of UNE’s Maine Women Writers Collection and the Stanley Museum in Kingfield, Maine. On view through August 19, open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


Write Again Soon: Letter from World War II

Write Again Soon: Letters from World War II

December 4, 2014 - April 15, 2015

An exhibit created by UNE undergraduate history students opened at the Biddeford Campus' Jack S. Ketchum Library on December 4, 2014. The exhibit features images and letters from World War II, with interpretive text researched and written by students. It encompasses three different themes: The Homefront; Frontlines; and Romance and relationships in WWII. Students researched primary source material from the Randall J. Cushing Collection, a collection of original letters housed in the UNE Jack S. Ketchum Library. The Cushing Collection houses more than 2,000 letters from both World Wars, written by a variety of people including flight nurses, fathers, mechanics, mothers, students, Mainers, priests and salesmen. These documents were gathered by Randall J. Cushing, a University of New Hampshire alumni and local contractor, whose hobby was collecting rare books and war memorabilia. The Cushing family gave his collection to UNE after his passing.


The Maine Artist's Animals exhibitionThe Maine Artist’s Animals: Bernard Langlais at UNE 

September 15 - December 2, 2014

The Maine Artist’s Animals gathered paintings, drawings and sculptures that together highlight a powerful concern in his work: how to explore the aesthetics of form through animal representation. Whether in paint, pencil or pen as well as with paper, formica, wood and nails, the artworks chosen here from the Kohler Foundation’s 2014 gift to UNE’s permanent collection combine simple materials to considerable effect. Sometimes folksy, sometimes cartoonish, but always carefully designed to show recognizable animals, these artworks also often call attention to their own constructedness. An early pioneer of a trend among artists that has only intensified in recent decades, Langlais goes beyond the mere intention to observe animals with his art. His purpose, instead, seems to be to provoke our thinking about them.

Bernard Langlais’ ambition was simple: he wanted to be the artist who represented Maine. A native Mainer, born the son of a carpenter in Old Town in 1921, he served in the navy during World War II, after which he returned to study art at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, among other places. Although his art training led him to spend many years in New York, Washington, and Paris, the man known to friends all his life as Blackie came back to settle for good in Cushing, Maine.