1st Annual Maine Statewide High School Ceramic Arts Show at UMA’s Gannett Gallery


In celebration of Youth Art Month the Harlow Gallery / Kennebec Valley Art Association is presenting an exhibition of ceramic art by students from high schools statewide. New for 2014, The Maine Statewide Ceramic Arts Show is being presented in partnership with the University of Maine at Augusta in the spirit of connecting and celebrating art, artists and community.

The exhibition is on view in the 1st floor gallery space in UMA’s Gannett Building at 331 Water Street in downtown Augusta from April 9 – 26, 2014, with an opening reception on Wednesday, April 9 from 5 to 7 pm. The reception is free, open to the public and refreshments will be provided. Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays 12-5pm.

“The show sprouted out of a need to highlight students ceramic work in the state of Maine. I saw two dimensional art work being highlighted at the Blaine House and other venues around Augusta but not three-dimensional work. The whole project started about 2 years ago and I have been working on a venue in and around Augusta and everything finally fell into place this past fall, especially with the help of the people working at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell,” said Russell Kahn, project organizer & art instructor at Camden Hills Regional High School.”This will be the first year to get the project off the ground and see great work from high school students in the state of Maine in the clay medium.”

The Maine Statewide Ceramic Arts Show has been made possible by support from the University of Maine at Augusta, and by the generous support of Harlow Gallery Season Sponsors: The Bank of Maine, Capitol Dental Care, Dead River Co., Great Gatherings, the City of Hallowell, Mr. Brooks Harlow, Jr., the Jennings Family, Kennebec Savings Bank and the Vallee Brothers.

“My hope is to have a show in a larger venue one year in all grades K – 12. Another inspiration came from a fellow clay instructor Jonathan Mess, who organized a regional show of high school ceramic work in Darmiscotta, commemorating the 25th year of Watershed Ceramics being in Maine,” said Kahn.

A project of the Harlow Gallery / Kennebec Valley Art Association in partnership with UMA and Russell Kahn art instructor at Camden Hills Regional High School.

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