SELF/selfie, curated by Donna McNeil, will feature self-portraiture work from regional artists and a call for “selfies” from the international community.The exhibition opens at Engine on May 30th during the Biddeford+Saco ArtWalk and will run through Saturday, July 19, 2014. The exhibition consists of two parts: SELF and selfie. The exhibition SELF/selfie features 2D and 3D work by Cig Harvey, Jonathan Laurence, Aaron Stephan (courtesy of Aucocisco Galleries, Portland, ME), Julie K. Gray, Alan Magee, Nancy Andrews, Joseph Nicoletti, Alison Hildreth, Nathan Eldridge, Deborah Randall, Gina Siepel, and Shoshannah White among others artists from Maine and New England. The exhibition opens May 30 and will run through Saturday, July 19. selfie includes “selfies” submitted by the international community via Instagram tagged with #SELFtheshow. View all the submissions on Tumblr at SELFselfie.tumblr.com
Nancy Andrews lives on the coast of Maine, where she makes films, drawings, props and objects. She works in hybrid forms combining storytelling, documentary, animation, puppetry, and research. Her characters and narratives are synthesized from various sources, including history, movies, popular educational materials and autobiography.
She has been the recipient of grants and fellowships including: the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, LEF New England Moving Image Fund, Illinois State Arts Council, The Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art (supported by the Jerome Foundation and New York State Council on the Arts), and National Endowment for the Arts.
Her work has been presented by the Museum of Modern Art, Pacific Film Archive, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, Jerusalem Film Festival, Flaherty Seminar, Nova Cinema Bioscoop, Brussels, Belgium, and Taiwan International Animation Festival, among others.
Six of her films are in the film collection of the Museum of Modern Art and one is in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Film Collection
She studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received a Master of Fine Arts in 1995, and her undergraduate studies were at the Maryland Institute, College of Art, BFA, 1983. Nancy is currently on faculty at the College of the Atlantic where she teaches video making, animation, time-based arts and film studies.
Nathan Eldridge is a commercial, editorial & fine art photographer. Specializing in portraits he published Portraits of the Public in 2012, a small book of portraits of Portland, Maine. His work examines and exposes the humor and horror of being human.
William Eldridge was an American painter born in Orrington, Maine in 1908. He attended Vesper George in the 20’s then moved to New York City until WWII. He was married shortly after WWII and raised 5 children in Bangor and Belfast, Maine. He was an avid outdoorsman and painter. He died in 1996.
Julie K. Gray is a multi-media artist who works primarily with photography, embroidery, craft media and video. She earned her BFA in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design in 2005, and in 2012, she earned her MFA in Studio Arts from Maine College of Art.
The photographs and artist books of Cig Harvey, MFA, have been widely exhibited and remain in the permanent collections of major museums and collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine; and the International Museum of Photography and Film at the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York. She was recently nominated for the John Gutmann fellowship and a finalist of the BMW Prize at Paris Photo and the Prix Virginia, an international photography prize for women. Cig had her first solo museum show at the Stenersen Museum in Oslo, Norway, in the spring of 2012 in conjunction with the release of her monograph, You Look At Me Like An Emergency (Schilt Publishing, 2012). Her second book, Gardening At Night, will be released in the spring of 2015. Cig’s devotion to visual storytelling has lead to innovative international campaigns and features with New York Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar Japan, Kate Spade, and Bloomingdales. Cig teaches workshops and regularly speaks on her work and processes at institutions around the world. She is known for her high energy, sense of humor and creativity. She brings a profound sense of optimism to all that she does.
Cig lives in a farmhouse in the Midcoast of Maine with her husband Doug (who has the profile of an emperor on a Roman coin), their wayward daughter Scout, and Scarlet the dog (the original baby). She was an assistant professor at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University for ten years, but recently took a leap of faith to devote her life to purely making things. She tries to do this every day, and then pretends to clean up the mess she’s made with varying degrees of success.
Alan Magee Born in 1947 in Newtown, Pennsylvania, Alan Magee attended art school in Philadelphia and, in 1969, began working as an editorial and book illustrator in New York. Among his regular clients were Time, Atlantic, Playboy, New York Magazine, The New York Times, and Simon & Schuster, Ballantine, Avon, and Bantam Books. During the 1970s Magee produced paintings for the covers of books by Graham Greene, Saul Bellow, Bernard Malamud, John Irving, Henry Miller, Edward Abbey, Yasunari Kawabata, Yukio Mishima, Stanley Elkin, John Neihardt, Ken Kesey, Russell Hoban, Agatha Christie, Patrick White, Arkady and Boris Strugatski, and others.
Magee has received awards for his painting from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and the National Academy of Design. Several television documentaries have been made about his work including the Maine PBS production, Alan Magee, Visions of Darkness and Light, and Alan Magee, Maine Master by the Union of Maine Visual Artists. He has been interviewed on Voice of America, Monitor Radio (Christian Science Monitor) in NY, WHYY in Philadelphia, and Pacifica Radio in San Francisco. A profile of the artist appeared in the March/April 2001 issue (#332) of Graphis.
Magee’s works can be seen in many public collections including The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Art Institute of Chicago, The National Portrait Gallery, the US Capitol, the Portland Museum of Art, the Farnsworth Art Museum, Arkansas Art Center, Arizona State University Art Museum, The Newark Art Museum, and the Columbus Museum of Art. His work is included in the private collections of Mobil Oil, the Atlantic Richfield Co., Lucasfilm Inc., Cargill Corporation, Continental Grain, the Bank of Japan, the Union Trust Bank, The Janss Collection, and the collections of Billy Wilder, Henry Fonda, Chermayeff & Geissmar, Arnold Newman, Johnny Carson, Mike Nichols and Diane Sawyer, Nicolas Cage, Morley Safer, Burton and Deedee McMurtry, and the Richard and Jalane Davidson Collection of American Realist Drawings.
Gina Siepel is an interdisciplinary artist based in Greenfield, MA. She works in a wide range of media and materials, including sculpture, performance, drawing, traditional woodworking, and video. She was awarded the Zorach/Bingham fellowship by the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, (Skowhegan ME) and a studio fellowship at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship (Rockport, ME) as well as grants from the Berkshire Taconic Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, and the Northampton Arts Council. Her works have been exhibited in many venues in New York, New England, and internationally including the Colby Museum of Art, Flux Factory, Space Gallery, the A.P.E. Gallery, the New Art Center, Eli Marsh Gallery at Amherst College, the Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA, and the PROGRAM Initiative for Art and Architecture Collaborations, Berlin. She holds a BFA from the School of Art + Design at SUNY Purchase and an MFA from the Maine College of Art. Her newest project will be presented at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA this coming October.
Shoshannah White was born in New York, grew up in Florida and has called Maine home for many years. Her photography has been featured in publications and exhibitions internationally. Her installation work is sited throughout Maine. White has completed many private and public commissions – often incorporating photography into architectural and sculptural form. Shoshannah has been a guest critic, a visiting artist and lecturer and has taught workshops in a number of specialized photographic and painting techniques.