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Traveling exhibition of art by people incarcerated in Maine prisons presented at the UMF gallery

CK Bird on a Wire Photo submitted

“Inside Vision: An Outside Exhibition of Inside Art,” an exhibit of artwork created by those incarcerated at Maine State Prison and Maine Correctional Facilities is presented at the UMF Emery Community Arts Center on the campus of the University of Maine in Farmington. Alongside the exhibition, the center will hold an opening reception with the exhibition curators, a panel discussion and a special screening of the community film as a preview of the 2022 documentary, “Master of Light”. All events are free and open to the public.

Exhibition: “Inside Vision: an outdoor exhibition of indoor art”
From Thursday 3 November to Saturday 10 December
Emery hall space

Maine prison residents express their lived experience, hopes and dreams in the art they create. Their works challenge stereotypes and emphasize that we are all more than the worst act we have ever done. Through their art, those who live within convey the following message: “We are a whole people with loves and losses, skills, talents, ideas and gifts. . . and a desire to be free.

Opening: “Inside Vision”
4:30-7 p.m. Thursday, November 3
Emery hall space

Curators Jan Collins, Olivia Hochstadt and Sophie Craven will talk about the exhibition at 5:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Panel discussion: “Outside In-Inside Out: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Incarceration”
11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4
Emery Performance Space

Join Jan Collins of the Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition; Cara Furman, UMF associate professor of language arts education; Nicole Kellett, professor of anthropology; and educator Cassidy Marsh, a 2018 UMF graduate, for an analytical, forward-thinking discussion of discipline and incarceration practices, with insights drawn from their academic research, field experience, and experience. activism.

“Master of Light” Photo submitted

Screening of the film: “Master of light”
7 p.m. on Friday, December 9
Emery Performance Space

This event includes a special community preview screening of the award-winning 2022 documentary film, “Master of Light”, directed by Rosa Ruth Boesten. George Anthony Morton, a classical painter who spent ten years in federal prison, travels to his hometown to paint his family members. The return forces George to confront his past in his quest to rewrite the script of his life.

The Emery Arts Center gallery is located on Academy St. (between Main St. and High St.) in downtown Farmington. The gallery is open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Closed on Sundays and public holidays. Please check for updates at For more information, contact Ann Bartges, director of the UMF Emery Community Arts Center, at [email protected] or 207-778-7461.

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