The Art of the Comic
July 10–October 6, 2019
Opening reception: July 11, 5–7 PM
Featuring the work of more than 25 local comic and sequential artists, illustrators, and professional doodlers, The Art of the Comic explores the diversity of styles and subject matter that characterizes comics and related media. The exhibition also showcases the comic series The Pirate Ship, a collaboration between comic artists Bob Bergeron and UNE alum Katy Finch (M.S.W. ’18) that runs regularly in the Portland monthly The Bollard. Drawing inspiration from Steinbeck’s Cannery Row and independent “zines,” The Pirate Ship follows the humorous stories, antics, and adventures of homeless men and women in Portland, Maine, and represents how the comic format can be a rich but accessible device for nuanced and meaningful storytelling.
Comic, cartoon, and illustrator artists include: Katy Finch, Bob Bergeron, Jeff Pert, Rick Parker, Michael Connor, Amanda Kahl, Michael Sloan, Melanie Kim, Mort Todd, George Danby, Ian Richardson, Lisa Trusiani, Turner Huston, Jamie Hogan, Eda French, Patrick Corrigan, Ben Williams, Sean Moran, Fulton Beal, Mary Anne Lloyd, Joe Rosshirt, Mike Lynch, RJ Matson, David Jacobson, John Klossner. Mili St. John, Michael Proia, and Rowan Elliot
The Complete City: Imagined
October 24, 2019–January 31, 2020
Opening Reception: October 26, 2019, 5–7 PM
Since 2017, The Portland Society for Architecture has been using blank maps of Portland, Maine as a tool for citizen engagement. This project, called "Mapping Portland: The Complete City," provides the platform to collect ideas and inspiration about our city: what we love, what we don't, and what we can imagine. To date more than 350 maps have been collected and cataloged from high school students to senior citizens, new Mainers to salty trawlers, each telling a unique story directly tied to our shared place and community. They are honest, wildly imaginative, and extremely inspiring — and we continue to add more. With more public citywide mapping exercises, charrettes, and school activities planned the project has just begun.
In October 2019, the Portland Society of Architects will collaborate with the University of New England Art Gallery and the Center for Global Humanities to exhibit maps collected to date. The maps will be accompanied with entries for the Portland Society of Architects’ inaugural design competition The Complete City: Imagined.