Higher Forms of Art at UMA’s Richmond Gallery

“Imagination” by Katie Sprague, grade 11, Kents Hill School (detail)

WHAT: Higher Forms of Art, an exhibition of artwork by students from 7 area high schools

WHERE: UMA’s Richmond Gallery, Handley Hall, 331 Water St, Augusta, ME 04330

WHEN: March 4 – April 2, 2016

GALLERY HOURS: Wednesdays & Fridays 12-5pm and Saturdays 10am-1pm (except for Saturday, March 12)

OPENING: Saturday, March 19, 5-7pm, with open house: tour UMA art & architecture studios and classrooms and meet faculty, students and administrators.
In celebration of Youth Art Month the Kennebec Valley Art Association is presenting an exhibition of artwork by students from area high schools for the 10th consecutive year; and for the 3rd year in a row, Higher Forms of Art is being presented in partnership with the University of Maine at Augusta, in the spirit of connecting and celebrating art, artists and community.  Higher Forms of Art is on view at the Richmond Gallery, located in UMA’s Handley Hall at 331 Water Street in downtown Augusta from March 4th to April 2nd. Gallery hours are Wednesdays & Fridays 12-5pm, Saturdays 10am-1pm, with the exception of Saturday, March 12 when the gallery will be closed for an unrelated event.
The public is invited to join students and faculty at the opening reception on Saturday, March 19, 5-7pm. The reception is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served.  UMA’s art and architecture programs are hosting an open house during the opening.

Higher Forms of Art gives emerging artists the opportunity to show their art in a professional gallery space, and to experience organizing and installing a major art exhibition.  Students participate in hanging the exhibition and help with planning and organizing the shows opening event. 

Participating Schools, by town (and listing art teachers) are:

Cony High School, Augusta, Kelly Stottler

Hall-Dale High School, Farmingdale, Jennifer Paisley

Gardiner Regional High School, Gardiner, Meghann Gipson

Kents Hill School, Kents Hill, Babette Wheeldon

Monmouth Academy, Monmouth, Laura Damon

Richmond High School, Richmond, Jeff Orth

Higher Forms of Art is supported this year by a grant from the Oak Grove School Foundation and by our generous sponsors Eaton Peabody Attorneys at Law, Kents Hill School, and Rosemary Presnar.

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Higher Forms of Art is a project of the Kennebec Valley Art Association (KVAA) in partnership with the art and architecture departments of the University of Maine at Augusta. The KVAA is a 501(c)3 membership-based non-profit founded in Augusta in 1958. The KVAA opened the Harlow Gallery at its current location at 160 Water Street in downtown historic Hallowell in 1963, where they have been supporting and celebrating art, artists and community for more than five decades now.

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