UMF celebrates the creative arts with annual Arts Week events, April 18-23

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Arts Week includes Arts Night events on April 19, 4-8:30 p.m., leading up to UMF Symposium Day, April 20

FARMINGTON – The University of Maine at Farmington is thrilled to announce its annual Creative Arts Week celebration. Art Week events will feature work by students in the visual, performing and literary arts; musical performances; and artist talks. A National Science Foundation study found a direct link between arts and culture and innovative thinking, one of the top ten soft skills sought by employers.

UMF Arts Week 2022 events run from Monday, April 18 through Saturday, April 23. All events are free and open to the public.

The Arts Night events will take place on Tuesday, April 19 from 4-8:30 p.m. and will take place at several university venues. This special evening of events is a prelude to the university-wide symposium, which takes place on Wednesday, April 20.

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Pixel Hunter Student Film and Animation Festival

Monday, April 18, 7 p.m.

Emery Community Arts Center

A collection of experimental short films and animations created by UMF students. Note that these movies are unrated and may contain adult language or content.

An improvised music concert (Nuit des arts)

Tuesday, April 19, 4 p.m.

Nordica Auditorium

A selection of improvised music will be composed for you on site by UMF students.

“Cirque du Surreal” – Surrealist Fashion Show and Micro-Salon (Night of the Arts)

Tuesday, April 19, 5 p.m.

Emery Art Center and UMF Art Gallery

A presentation of works of art and a live fashion show by the students of class ART224A-Surrealism: the permanent revolution of Elizabeth Olbert.

Presentations of senior performing arts projects (Arts Evening)

Tuesday April 19, 6-8:30 p.m. 6-8:30 p.m.

Emery Community Arts Center

As a prelude to the day of the symposium, the Nuit des arts will highlight senior projects in the performing arts. The day will include back-to-back art, sound, culture and theater presentations at the Emery Community Arts Center immediately following the Grote Scholarship announcement at 6 p.m. and continuing into the evening.

· Eli Mowry of Kennebunk talks about his directing project – “Senior Prom” by Robert Means.

Mollie Smith from Farmington presents her costume design project – ‘Ever After’.

· Charity Webster of Dixfield presents a live musical performance of the original composition ‘My Children – Imagination to Life’.

· Tristan Huntoon, from the canton of Madrid, presents a live musical performance of the original composition “The Sublimity of Metal”.

· Simoane Lowell, from Belgrade, presents a reading-performance of original poems “This is a title if you will.”

· Audrey Bradbury, from Farmington, presents an original performance “Have Felt”.

“Who we are, what we do”: interviews with senior artists from the exhibition

Wednesday, April 20, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Emery Community Arts Center and UMF Art Gallery

Seniors from the visual arts program will discuss their art exhibit for seniors Who are we, what do we do. This exhibit represents the culmination of their synthesis research and features Alan Baker of Etna, NH; Abigail Cloutier of New Gloucester, Theo Estêvão of Old Orchard Beach; Audrey Keith of Chesterville, Drew Monteith of York; Gardiner’s Aaron Montell; Emma Pierce of Gorham; Alexis Ramee of Troy; and Alexus Valeriani of Portland. Each student will discuss the concepts they have explored and the topics that inform and shape their work, ranging from environmental activism, surrealism and horror to issues of identity, diversity, equality and personal growth. . Please join us at the Flex Space Gallery at the Emery Community Arts Center.

A Reading by Advanced Fiction Students

Wednesday, April 20, 4 p.m.

Emery Community Arts Center

Current semester students of Advanced Fiction Writing will each read a three-minute excerpt from a work in progress. Throughout the month of April, the students will lead their own “Portrait of the Artist” workshop in which they describe a source of inspiration (visual arts, music, film, etc.) before presenting their fiction. For this Symposium event, each student will choose a projected image to accompany their reading. Participating students include: Ava Anderson of McCamey, Texas; Theo Cerami of Holderness, NH; Carrie Close of Farmington; Augusta’s Josh Hoffman; Karly Jacklin of Mount Vernon, Ohio; Anastasia Mertz of Reno, Nevada; Elliot Morelli-Wolfe of Hebron, Conn.; Ally Pickarts of Littleton, Co.; Em Platt of Sunapee, NH; Jay’s Terri Potvin; Jocelyn Royalty of New Haven, Conn.; Saco’s Katie Sewell; Campbell Tankersley of Bowdoinham; Amy Wiggins of Norridgewock; and Jared Wood of Greene.

An evening of performance

Thursday, April 21, 7 p.m. and Friday, April 22, 7 p.m.

Emery Community Arts Center

A Performance of Actors in Monologue (selected monologues from Advanced Acting)

· Senior Prom – a one-act play by Robert Means and directed by Eli Mowry

· Students of Advanced Acting Perform Monologues and “Senior Prom” – a one-act play by Robert Mearns and directed by Eli Mowry in a project for Advanced Directing.

UMF Chorus Performance

Saturday April 23, 7:30 p.m.

Nordica Auditorium, Merrill Room

Doors will open at 7:10 p.m. The performance is free and open to the public.

Come join the UMF choir as they sing a cappella contemporary choral works from around the world, including England, Newfoundland, Brazil and the United States. The UMF Chorus will conclude the concert with a performance of Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway musical, Sweeney Todd. Arts Week is sponsored by the UMF Arts Division.

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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