XX – the Women of UMA

“XX” represents the diverse and prolific artworks created by the women art faculty of the University of Maine at Augusta.  Artwork by Karen Adrienne, Susan Bickford, Hélène Farrar, Lihua Lei, Natasha Meyers and Deborah Randall will be on view at the Harlow Gallery through April 30th.

Co-sponsored by UMA, this exhibition hopes to open the doors of communication between the university art community, local artists and the community at large.  The title of the show refers to female sex chromosomes.


Karen Adrienne brings to this exhibition new charcoal and pastel drawings.  Karen teaches drawing, printmaking, senior seminar, and bookmaking at UMA. Organic transformations are seen in both her two dimensional work and mixed media installations. She is founder of ARTDOGS which is a building in downtown Gardiner devoted to creating a core community of artists.

Susan Bickford, works in installation, performance and video and has most recently performed at the Portland Museum of Art.  She teaches 2-D and 3-D design, Contemporary Studio Practices and Theory.


Hélène Farrar, an interdisciplinary artist whose work is primarily rooted in storytelling and painting, teaches drawing at the university.  Hélène has a studio in downtown’s Gardiner’s Artdogs.

Lihua Lei is a sculptor and installation artist who teaches three dimensional design and sculpture at UMA. Her installation work refers to personal struggles that have broad ranging social and political ramifications.


Natasha Mayers is a painter and art activist who teaches drawing. This year her community service and her inspiration to others was acknowledged with the Peace Action Maine Award and the Arthur Hall Award. Her many mural projects can be seen throughout the state.

Deborah Randall is a painter and has a studio in her home in New Gloucester.  Her imagery ranges from abstract to more literal depiction inspired by personal narratives through memories of childhood and everyday experiences.  She teaches drawing, painting and two dimensional design.