Maine College of Art & Design celebrates new work by Professor Joshua Reiman

Joshua Reiman, film still from Time Washes Over Us, 2022 – single channel video, 21:19 - Somniosus Microcephalus, © Nick Caloyianis Productions Inc. & Joshua Reiman. Watch the trailer.

PORTLAND, ME Wednesday, February 2, 2022Maine College of Art & Design (MECA&D) today celebrates new work from Associate Professor of the MFA in Studio Art and Sculpture Joshua Reiman that will be exhibited in the North Atlantic Triennial co-organized by the Portland Museum of Art, the Reykjavík Art Museum, Iceland, and the Bildmuseet, Sweden.

In the North Atlantic Triennial—the first exhibition devoted entirely to contemporary art of the North Atlantic region—Reiman’s Time Washes Over Us film encourages viewers to contemplate mortality through marine life and poetic observational storytelling. The full film will be on view at the Portland Museum of Art between February 18 and June 5, 2022.


Time Washes Over Us is an immersive cinematic essay that is transdisciplinary and is meant to instigate questions about our place within the natural world,” explains Reiman. “Through encountering these animals in their natural habitat, it helps to bring consciousness to the fragility of life, while quietly interlacing theory, philosophy, historical context, with questions about mortality and the human condition.”


From the Greenland Shark (Somniosus microcephalus) and the Icelandic Clam (Arctica islandica) that may each live longer than 500 years to the Red Sea Urchin (Mesocentrotus franciscanus) in British Columbia that can live for a couple hundred years, Reiman captures some of the longest living animal species in the world's oceans. The film expresses the concept of mortality through a voiceover of an extended poem that was constructed after each encounter with these animals. The project has been supported by two MECA&D faculty development grants, a Maine Arts Commission New Media Fellowship and Project Grant, and the Artist's Resource Trust Fund (A.R.T.) Fund, a fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.


“We are so proud of the well-deserved recognition and excitement Joshua’s work here and in his own art practice is receiving,” said Laura Freid, President of Maine College of Art & Design. “Joshua demonstrates what makes our community so special—the ability to do what we teach and push the limits of our creations every step of the way.”  


Reiman is the Gary Ambrose Chair of the Sculpture Department at MECA&D and became the Dr. Edward M. Friedman ’08 and Carole J. Friedman Gary Ambrose Professor of Sculpture at MECA&D thanks to an endowment gift that the Friedmans made to honor Sculpture Professor Emeritus Gary Ambrose. Ambrose served as an integral part of the College’s evolution for more than 30 years as it defined and advanced the sculpture major. The gift directly supports faculty teaching in the sculpture program. In addition, the Friedman’s gift funds the newly created Gary Ambrose Sculpture Lecture Series established to bring visiting artists to the College to speak on areas related to sculpture and new innovations.

View the Time Washes Over Us trailer at


explore Reiman’s solo show, Some Passions, on view at Arts Fort Worth February 4-26, 2022, via

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Maine College of Art & Design (MECA&D) has activated students of all pursuits to immerse themselves in art, make an impact, and inspire change since its founding as Portland School of Art in 1882. Located in Portland's thriving Arts District, students have access to state-of-the-art facilities, 24-hour-a-day studios, a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio, and a community-based Artists at Work program—making MECA&D the right-sized school in the right-sized city for every student who wants to make their mark and be seen. MECA&D offers 11 BFA Majors and seven Minors, three Graduate Programs, Continuing Studies, Pre-College opportunities, and includes the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and the Institute for Contemporary Art. Follow us at @mecaart.


Jacqui Walpole
Director of External Relations