Artist Talks

Maine College of Art & Design's Artist Talks provide our community with invaluable dialogue and exchanges of ideas within creative disciplines. Our mission is to create a dynamic engagement between young and established creatives working across the fields of Art, Craft, Design, and academic areas of cultural production. We aim to amplify Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and LGBTQ voices through a balanced program. All viewings are free and open to the public on a space-available basis.

Visiting Artist Series
Our Visiting Artist Series is dedicated to providing lectures and unique student interactions. This is funded through the generous support of the Gene R. Cohen Charitable Foundation.

Gary Ambrose Sculpture Lecture Series
The Gary Ambrose Sculpture Lecture Series (established in honor of Sculpture Professor Emeritus Gary Ambrose) is supported by a generous gift from Dr. Edward M. Friedman ’08 and Carole J. Friedman.


2022-23 Schedule

Danielle Scott*Monday, September 12 | 12:00-1:00pm | Osher Hall
April VollmerMonday, September 26 | 12:00-1:00pm | Osher Hall
Raul De Lara*Monday, October 3 | 12:00-1:00pm | Osher Hall
Henri Paul BroyardMonday, October 17 | 12:00-1:00pm | Osher Hall
Jon Kessler*Monday, October 24 | 12:00-1:00pm | Osher Hall
Tony LewisMonday, November 7 | 12:00-1:00pm | Osher Hall
Natalia ArbelaezMonday, November 14 | 12:00-1:00pm | Osher Hall
Events listed with * are part of the Gary Ambrose Sculpture Lecture Series.

Danielle Scott*

The Gary Ambrose Sculpture Series
Monday, September 12 (12:00-1:00pm)

Osher Hall

Danielle Scott is a mixed-media assemblage artist who grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey.  Her work expresses politically and socially charged messaging. She recently received the 2021 Artist of the Year honor from ESKFF, which is the Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation Artist Residency Program in Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ.

A soft-spoken artist, Danielle has begun to use her art as a conduit to explore bold, fearless, thought-provoking works that draw inspiration largely from her own journey and life experience. Her latest pieces are brazen offerings conveying the intense beauty and wretched pain the artist absorbs from the world around her. She creates using photo montage, found objects, paint, raw materials, old books and collage. From vivid paintings to piercing photography to striking sculptures, all of Danielle’s artistic offerings aim to arrest the viewer and transport them away from the pretentious and into a realm rooted in truth.

Artist Website: https://artistdaniellescott.com/

Funded through a generous gift from Dr. Edward M. Friedman '08 and Carole J. Friedman, in honor of Sculpture Professor Emeritus Gary Ambrose.

April Vollmer

Monday, September 26 (12:00-1:00pm)
Osher Hall

April Vollmer is a New York artist and educator who specializes in mokuhanga, Japanese water based woodcut. Her autobiographical work concerns the patterns and contradictions of the natural world. She earned her M.F.A. from Hunter College, New York, in 1983 and first visited Japan with the Nagasawa Art Park Program in 2004. She has taught classes at the Japan Society and the Lower East Side Printshop in New York; Cabrillo College and Kala Art Institute in California; MakingArtSafely in New Mexico; The Morgan Conservatory in Ohio; Art Print Residence in Spain, as well as many other locations. She has given lectures and demonstrations at many colleges and independent print shops and has assisted in the organization of exhibitions of contemporary mokuhanga. Vollmer actively promotes cultural exchange through the study of mokuhanga. She was on the board of the First and Second International Mokuhanga Conferences in Kyoto and Tokyo and communications attaché for the third in Hawaii attracting approximately a hundred participants from sixteen countries. In addition to exhibiting her prints, her work has been published in journals including Science, Printmaking Today and Contemporary Impressions. Her book on the history and contemporary use of mokuhanga, Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop was released by Watson-Guptill in 2015.

Artist Website: https://www.aprilvollmer.com/

Hosted by the Printmaking Department

Raul De Lara*

The Gary Ambrose Sculpture Series
Monday, October 3 (12:00-1:00pm)

Osher Hall

Raul De Lara immigrated from Mexico to the United States at the age of 12, and has been a DACA recipient since 2012. Growing up in Texas as a non-English speaker, feeling neither from here nor there, his work now reflects on ideas of nationality, language barriers, body language and the sense of touch. His sculptures explore how stories, folklore and rituals can be silently communicated through inanimate objects, tools and foreign environments. De Lara often works with wood, a material that always shows the passing of time on its skin. His aesthetics and materials are inspired by the shared backyard between the United States and Mexico.

De Lara received his MFA in Sculpture + Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin. He has been awarded the Ox-Bow School of Art Fellowship, a Chicago Artists Coalition HATCH Residency, the International Sculpture Center Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award and currently, he is a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

Artist Website: www.rauldelara.com

Funded through a generous gift from Dr. Edward M. Friedman '08 and Carole J. Friedman, in honor of Sculpture Professor Emeritus Gary Ambrose.

Henri Paul Broyard

The Gene R. Cohen Charitable Foundation Series
Monday, October 17 (12:00-1:00pm)

Osher Hall

Henri Paul Broyard's engagement with the interior scene as framework for painterly experimentation. Originally from South Central, Los Angeles, Broyard harbors a lifelong fascination for vintage items and a genuine care for old things, collecting photographs from thrift shops, flea markets, and cast-off design magazines, often cropping them or removing figures to generate an initial pictorial situation. Within this structure, Broyard creates zones of abstraction that are alternately improvisatory and deliberate, working until portions of the picture may be unrecognizably distorted or transformed. 

Henri Paul Broyard received a B.F.A. in Drawing and Painting from the California College of the Arts in 2013. He attended the Klasse Peter Doig at the Kunstakademie, Dusseldorf, in 2014. His work has been included in exhibitions at: SOLA Art Gallery, Los Angeles; the School of Painting Hangzhou, China; Tom Dick or Harry, Dusseldorf; 41 Cooper Square Gallery, New York; Haphazard Gallery, Los Angeles; and 119 Essex Street, New York. His work has been featured in Surface and Studio Visit magazines. Broyard is represented by the Grant Wahlquist Gallery in Portland, Maine.

Artist Website: https://www.grantwahlquist.com/henri-paul-broyard

Funded through the generous support of the Gene R. Cohen Charitable Foundation.

Jon Kessler*

The Gary Ambrose Sculpture Series
Monday, October 24 (12:00-1:00pm)

Osher Hall

With his chaotic kinetic installations, Jon Kessler critiques our image-obsessed, surveillance-dominated world. His machines are at once complex and lumbering, combining mechanical know-how with kitschy materials and images. Structurally complex and narratively engaging, Jon Kessler’s multimedia sculptures often deliver an emotional punch beyond their humble means. With his distinct vocabulary, Kessler taps into our all-too-real modern-day anxieties, but at the same time, spirits us away into an exciting wonderland that is ultimately uplifting.

Artist Website: www.jonkessler.com

Funded through a generous gift from Dr. Edward M. Friedman '08 and Carole J. Friedman, in honor of Sculpture Professor Emeritus Gary Ambrose.

Tony Lewis

Gene R. Cohen Charitable Foundation Series
Monday, November 7 (12:00-1:00pm)

Osher Hall

Tony Lewis was born in 1986 in Los Angeles, California, and currently lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. In an ever-expanding engagement with drawing, Lewis harnesses the medium of graphite powder to confront such social and political topics as race, power, communication, and labor. His work has been the subject of recent solo exhibitions at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC (2018); Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts (2017); Museo Marino Marini, Florence, Italy (2016); and Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Ohio (2015). He participated in the 2014 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, New York and was the recipient of the 2017–18 Ruth Ann and Nathan Perlmutter Artist-in-Residence Award at the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts.

Work by the artist is included in the ICA at MECA&D exhibition Sympathy for the translator — curated by Daisy Desrosiers.

Artist Website: https://www.blumandpoe.com/artists/tony_lewis

Funded through the generous support of the Gene R. Cohen Charitable Foundation.

Natalia Arbelaez

The Gene R. Cohen Charitable Foundation Series
Monday, November 14 (12:00-1:00pm)
Osher Hall

Natalia Arbelaez is a Colombian American artist, born and raised in Miami, Florida to immigrant parents. She received her B.F.A. from Florida International University and her M.F.A. from The Ohio State University, with an Enrichment Fellowship. In 2016-2017 she was a Rittenberg Fellow at Clay Art Center; Port Chester, New York and was awarded the Inaugural Artaxis Fellowship that funded a residency to Watershed in Newcastle, ME. Her work has been exhibited internationally, in museums, galleries, and included in various collections, such as the Everson Museum and MAD Museum. She has been recognized by NCECA as a 2018 Emerging Artist and was a 2018-19 resident artist at the Ceramics Program at Harvard University where she researched pre-Columbian art and histories. Natalia was an artist in residence at the Museum of Art and Design in New York City where she researched the work of historical and influential women ceramicists of color and continues this research as a Visiting Artist at AMOCA in Pomona, CA.

Artist Website: http://nataliaarbelaez.com/

Funded through the generous support of the Gene R. Cohen Charitable Foundation.