UNE’s Spring Student Art Show features still life and abstract still life painting

"Starfish" by Phuong Lu
"Starfish" by Phuong Lu

April 18, 2019

The University of New England’s Spring Student Art Show is on display at the university’s Biddeford Campus Center until May 1. This year’s exhibit features student works from an introductory painting class taught by Sarah Gorham, M.F.A., M.A.T. Both still lifes and abstract still lifes will be featured.

According to Gorham, throughout the semester, the students learned the basic principles of composition and design, focusing on depicting light and shadow to create an illusion of volume and weight. For the still life assignment, students chose one object and situated it in space, thinking of the “rule of thirds” to balance the composition. Those students who opted to paint an abstract still life were inspired by Matisse’s “Harmony in Red” and looked at the work of contemporary painter Kahinde Wiley, whose paintings use pattern and design as background elements.

Students who have work mounted in the exhibition include the following: Avery Backus, Abby Carney, Mariah Chase, Lindsey Droun, Phuong Lu, Madison Lux, Arianna Paul, Trina Sayed, Allison White, Michael Wilkes, Mark Stubbs, Jake Gagne, Seth Masciangelo, Tess Lawlor, Melissa Stein, Erin Shores, Brogan Hurst, Nolan Laakso, Gabby Swisher, Megan Thomas, Cory Johnson, Natalie Buscemi, Emily Rottino, Olivia Pol, Gabby Swisher, Jason Harmon, Olivia Scott and Alissa Krusezenski.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. UNE’s Campus Center is located at 11 Hills Beach Road, Biddeford, Maine. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, contact Diane Noble by email or phone (207-284-6394).

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