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July 16, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Kathy Bradford

Kathy Bradford, Fathers, 2013-2016, acrylic on drop cloth, 70x96"

Monday, July 16, 5:30pm
Painter Katherine Bradford's cast of characters–ships, swimmers, superheroes–are often caught mid-motion, floating, flying and drifting against bold brushstrokes and luminous fields of color. Bradford conjures her symbolic imagery including red skies and archetypal figures from an economy of intuitive and primitive marks. Her lush, painterly surfaces merge abstraction with figuration in a highly personal way to describe, not form, but feeling. The paintings flicker and glow with a strange phosphorescent light that suggest deep, dark dreams and a hazy space between reality and imagination. Consistent throughout the work is the suggestion of new frontiers and failed journeys. Humanistic and intense, Bradford's paintings explore the infinite through color, shape, and symbol and are, in turns, humorous, epic, emotional and vulnerable.

Her works have been exhibited at MoMA PS 1 in New York, the Brooklyn Museum, the Portland Museum of Art, the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, the Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, and Philadelphia's University of the Arts. She has been honored with an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Text courtesy of Adams and Ollman.

Maine College of Art & Design’s MFA in Studio Art Program is pleased to announce our 2018 Summer Visiting Artist Series. The MFA program brings a national and international roster of artists, curators, and scholars to deliver public lectures, attend critiques, and conduct studio visits with graduate candidates during their week-long stays in Portland, Maine.

All lectures in this series are hosted in Osher Hall and are open to the public at no charge. Seating is limited. Call 207.699.5010 for more information.

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July 16, 2018
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Osher Hall, Maine College of Art & Design, 2nd Floor
522 Congress St.
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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