March 01, 2016
The University of New England’s Portland Campus Art Gallery will host an exhibition, “The Art of Mildred G. Burrage,” from March 26 to June 26, 2016. An opening reception will be held at the Art Gallery on March 26, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., followed by an overview presentation of the exhibition from 6:30 to7:30 p.m. by co-curator Earl G. Shettleworth Jr. in UNE’s Ludcke Auditorium.
Shettleworth and Sally W. Rand curated the exhibition, which traces the 65-year career of Mildred Giddings Burrage (1890-1983), one of Maine’s most creative 20th century artists. Her many genres included American Impressionism, patriotic posters, portraits, historic maps, southwest and Central American flora and World War II shipbuilding. Influenced by Jackson Pollack, Mildred, in her post war years, began to paint increasingly abstract and unique mica collages, her own version of the abstract expressionist movement that catapulted America to the center stage of modern art.
In addition to Shettleworth’s overview presentation, two other educational programs in association with the exhibition will be offered. “Remembering Mildred G. Burrage,” will be held on May 25, 5-6:30 p.m., in the Art Gallery with presentations by Dahlov Ipcar, Shettleworth, Rand, John Lorence and Tomlin Coggeshall. On June 8, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Shettleworth and Laura Fecych Sprague will present “Mildren G. Burrage as a Historic Preservationist.”
The exhibition, opening reception and educational programs are free and open to the public. The Portland Campus UNE Art Gallery is located at 716 Stevens Avenue. Gallery hours are Weds, Fri, Sat and Sunday, 1-4 p.m., Thurs, 1-7 p.m., and by appointment.