StudioWorks Artist Talk – Adriane Herman
November 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
For the second year in a row, the Tides Institute & Museum of Art’s (TIMA) StudioWorks Artist-in-Residence Program has offered a special longer 8-week residency term in the fall for artists to focus on art education and outreach to area schools. All applications to StudioWorks are reviewed by a jury panel, but applications to this special term are also reviewed by local art educators to ensure artists and their proposals will be well suited for area schools. This option is of great interest to artists seeking a residency at StudioWorks as many artists are seeking the opportunity to make meaningful connections with students. Says Kristin McKinlay, coordinator of the StudioWorks program, “We designed the longer term with this in mind, and the timing of the term in the fall makes the possibility of working directly in the schools possible. We offer this opportunity to area schools at no cost. TIMA raises all funds to support the StudioWorks program and other museum outreach initiatives.”
This fall, Adriane Herman, a professor in the MFA in Studio Art and BFA Printmaking program
at the Maine College of Art in Portland, has been in residence at StudioWorks for this
extended term. In addition to her teaching at Maine College of Art, Adriane Herman had
past experience working intensively with students at Yarmouth High School, where she
partnered with the visual art teacher as well as classroom teachers on interdisciplinary
projects relating to themes, such as accumulation and release, that she explores in her own
Adds McKinlay, “We’re delighted by how enthusiastically this opportunity was received by
staff at both Eastport Elementary School and Shead High School. The projects Adriane is
facilitating are aligned with classroom goals and outcomes and are developed in partnership
with classroom teachers. At the core of Adriane’s practice is a desire to challenge ideas,
kindle experiences and support creative play.” One of Adriane’s past projects involved
collecting, displaying, and making art work based on found lists, from grocery lists to “to
do” lists, and others that she collected over a long period of time. She presented this art
project to Ms. Melissa Mitchell’s English classes, and students will be assigned the task of writing
“to do” lists that a character in a book might make at various point in their development.
In Mr. Sanchez’ 7th and 8th grade music class, the students are creating soundtracks to accompany a stop-action film that Adriane shared, created by one of her former students. Sanchez’s students will then be making their own animations with soundtracks for an upcoming project on the Civil War, which will be team-taught with history and art teachers. Additionally, students are making visual timelines based on the book “Holes” in Ms. Zinni’s English class and ‘zines comparing an aspect of Eastport’s geography with that of another place in Mr. Lynch’s class at Shead.
There will be an additional opportunity to meet Adriane Herman and learn more about her
own work and her outreach projects. She will host an open studio and artist talk at StudioWorks, 48 Water Street, on Wednesday, November 13, at 7 pm. This event is free, open to the public and
For more information about Adriane Herman, see her website, www.adrianeherman.com
The StudioWorks Artist-in-Residence Program, now in its seventh year, is an initiative of TIMA. Funding for StudioWorks comes from generous support from ARTPLACE, private funders and individual donors. For more information, see tidesinstitute.org, or call (207) 853-4047.