Upcoming Exhibitions

Annual Sculpture Garden Invitational

June 7–October 31, 2019

Opening Reception June 7, 4–6 PM

Curated by Anne B. Zill and Carolyn Heasly

Mounted in honor of Grant Jacks, the Sculpture Garden Invitational's original creator, who in his lifetime was a Portland-based collector and curator, this year's exhibition is the 18th annual show. Works will include sculptures by more than 20 local Maine artists, and will be mounted in the Gallery vestibule, Gallery exterior gardens, and in the historic quadrangle facing Stevens Avenue.

The Art of the Comic

July 10–October 6, 2019

Opening reception: July 11, 5–7 PM

Featuring the artwork of local comic artists, The Art of the Comic will bring varying styles, media, and subject matter used in comic art into one exhibition. In addition to the work of other local artists, this exhibition will showcase the comic series The Pirate Ship, an artistic and literary collaboration between comic artist Bob Bergeron and recent UNE graduate of the master’s of social work program, Katy Finch. Drawing inspiration from John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row and the artistic styles of the zine, The Pirate Ship follows the humorous stories, antics, and adventures of homeless men and women in Portland, Maine. Since its conception, The Pirate Ship has been featured in The Bollard monthly since August of 2017, and represents how the comic format can be a rich device for nuanced and meaningful storytelling.

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. 

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