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Reimagining the Real


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**Opening Reception has been RESCHEDULED for FRIDAY, SEPT. 3rd from 4-7pm**

Reimagining the Real

September 2 – October 21, 2021 

OUTDOOR Opening Reception: September 2nd from 4:00pm-7:00pm

Rain date: September 3rd

This event is free and open to the public. 

“Reimagining the Real,” (co-sponsored with The New Commons Project) presents a broad survey of artworks by local and nationally-recognized artists engaging the legacy of realism in the 21st century, continuing, complicating or contesting this tradition. Curators Ann Bartges, UMF assistant professor of Visual Arts and Emery director, and Kristen Case, UMF professor of English and co-director of the New Commons Project, hope the show will spark conversations about what “realistic” means as well as how aesthetic conventions and representations of “the real” affect our ways of perceiving the internal and external realities in which we live.

The show features representations of landscape and ecological processes, familiar objects presented in new contexts, expanded notions of portraiture, and depictions of reality as mediated by the internet and news media. Many of the artworks engage the charged tension between objective and subjective experience, while others explore myths and narratives held within the body and the landscape. This selection of works includes painting, video, photography, drawing, sculpture and textiles.

Participating Artists: Ann Arbor, K. Johnson Bowles, Michael Burd, Peter Christenson, Bailey DeBiase, Chao Ding, Hannah Duggan, Diane Fitch, Niloofar Gholamrezaei, Pato Hebert, Jang soon Im, Tom Jessen, Andrew Ellis Johnson, Juliet Karelsen, Iris M. Kirkwood, Heidi Kumao, Hui Chi Lee, Justin Levesque, Mary McFarland, Susan McPherran, Lake Roberson Newton, Phil Poirier, Jesse Potts, Jennifer Seo, Kendra Stenger, Jude Valentine, Nelda Warkentin, Raphael H. Warshaw and Holden Willard.

The exhibition will be on view from September 2-October 21, 2021 in Emery Community Art Center’s Flex Space Gallery, University of Maine at Farmington. Gallery open hours are Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm. Please wear a mask inside the Emery Arts Center, and check Emery’s website,, before your visit for updated hours or unexpected closures due to the pandemic. All visitors will be screened for COVID symptoms before entering and will be required to register with name and contact info (either phone number or email address). This information will only be used if the university needs to conduct contact tracing in the event of confirmed exposure to the coronavirus.

Image on Poster: Heidi Kumao, Swallowed Whole, video still, 2014

Image on Homepage button: Iris M. Kirkwood, Smoke Ring detail, mixed media, 2019

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