Poetics of Process:
2022 Maine College of Art & Design Alumni Triennial

On View from January 28 – March 12, 2022
Exhibition Reception: 
Friday, March 4, 5–7pm
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art & Design
ICA Gallery hours:
Wed–Sun, 11:00am–5:00pm, Thursday, 11:00am–7:00pm

Poetics of Process brings together seventeen artists whose work often settles within a hybrid space of imaginative making and unmaking; ritual and rigour; and documenting the everyday. The exhibition proposes intimate strategies and coping mechanisms for navigating the current socio-political climate. The last two years have caused the world to pause, reflect and reimagine and the works that make up this exhibition mirror this moment through their materiality, visible labor, and conceptual underpinnings. There is something powerful in the terrain of the everyday and the deliberate ways in which meaning can be made. As the artist and educator, Manny Farber writes in his seminal 1962 essay White Elephant vs. Termite Art, “A peculiar fact about termite-tapeworm-fungus-moss art is that it goes always forward eating its own boundaries, and, likely as not, leaves nothing in its path other than the signs of eager, industrious, unkempt activity.”1

– Kate McNamara, Guest Juror

Exhibiting Artists: Ellen Babcock '84, Adam Chau '10, Elijah River Dion '19, Dylan Hausthor '15, Kate Holcomb Hale MFA '07, Cade Jarvis '20, Sandra Lapage MFA '13, Addison de Lisle '11, olivier '19, Lynn Simmons '01, Brian Smith MFA '20, Lin Snow '20, C. David Thomas '68, Evelyn Wong MFA '19, Paula Wood MFA '04, Aurelia Wrenn '20, Jay York '80

About the Juror

Kate McNamara is a curator and educator based in Providence, RI. She currently holds the position of Executive and Creative Director of My HomeCourt, a nonprofit arts organization working with contemporary artists to revitalize city parks. McNamara is also working as the Curator-at-Large for Providence College-Galleries during the 2021-2022 season; and is a Visiting Critic at Rhode Island School of Art and Design.

McNamara’s recent projects include: Staying With the Trouble at Tufts University Art Galleries in Boston, MA; and a two-person exhibition with artists Joiri Minaya and Anne Austin Pearce at Providence College Galleries in Providence, RI. Previously, McNamara served as Director of Galleries and Exhibitions at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, where she curated significant exhibitions and commissioned large-scale solo projects with a range of artists including: Polly Apfelbaum, Anna Craycroft and Kenzi Shiokava. Prior to joining Otis College, McNamara worked as Director and Chief Curator at the Boston University Art Gallery where she organized exhibitions with Leidy Churchman, Destroy All Monsters and Vlatka Horvat, among others. McNamara is also co-founder of Cleopatra’s, a former alternative Brooklyn-based project space founded in 2008. She has held curatorial positions at MoMA PS1, NY; and Participant, INC., NY. McNamara received her MA at The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and a BA with a Curatorial Concentration from Hampshire College, MA.

Artist Conversation: January 27

Please join us Thursday, January 27 at 6:00 - 7:00PM for a virtual conversation featuring selected artists in Poetics of Process: 2022 Maine College of Art & Design Alumni Triennial, Elijah River Dion '19, Kate Holcomb Hale MFA '07, Sandra Lapage MFA '13, and Brian Smith MFA '20, and C. David Thomas '68.

Exhibition Catalog

Header Image: Aurelia Wrenn, The Summer's Last Watermelon, 2020

1 Farber, Manny (1998). Negative Space: Manny Farber on the Movies (Expanded ed.). New York: Da Capo Press. p. 135