FARMINGTON — The University of Maine at Farmington will present Arts Week, Monday, April 23, through Friday, April 27. This annual celebration of the creative arts will feature a variety of art installations, performances, presentations and new media throughout the UMF campus. Arts Week events are free and refreshments will be available in the Emery Community Arts Center, Main Street.

Schedule of events

Monday, April 23 through Friday, April 27

Art installations in the UMF Art Gallery, Emery Community Arts Center and Nordica Auditorium.

Monday, April 23

Performance Space in the Emery Community Arts Center

Pixel Hunter is set for 7 p.m. For the 10th year, UMF’s Pixel Hunter Video and Animation Festival will provide students with an opportunity to design creative storytelling through video and animation. This annual screening includes a wide variety of techniques and themes and features UMF student works ranging from comic narrative to the experimental pieces that blend new and found footage.

Tuesday, April 24

Emery Community Arts Center

The Grote Scholarship announcement is set for 6 p.m. The award is a scholarship that covers full tuition at UMF for one year. This competitive scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time junior or senior female student, of meritorious academic standing, with preference given to those who have exhibited proficiency in one of the creative arts. The recipients are nominated and selected by faculty in the Arts Division.

Elevator Speeches will begin at 6 p.m. Seven students from Melissa Thompson’s Project 2: Performance Management course will introduce themselves and their areas of specialization .

“Gruesome Playground Injuries” will begin at 6:30 p.m. A brief scene from the play by Rajiv Joseph will be performed by Hailey Craig and Jonas Maines.

“Fight Scene” will be staged at 6:45 p.m. An original stage combat scene written and choreographed by Ian Grima and Jonas Maines as part of Jayne Decker’s Dramatic Performance class.

Student Piano Composition is set for 7 p.m. Student Greg Baxter will have his original composition, “The Devil in Beethoven” played by Steven Pane, UMF professor of music.

Sound and Spirit Visual and Performing Arts Senior presentations will begin at 7 p.m. A physical, emotional and spiritual journey that explores how individuals are affected by what we experience, making us aware of how superficially we look at the world day to day. By exploring intangibles such as sound and spirituality, we may ultimately connect better to the world around us and to the individuals that inhabit it, and find we are better for it.

“A Sensorial Experience,” by Shane Waters, a sensorial experience of our relationship within sound and music, has been increasingly more popular in research because of responses of heightened or relaxed emotions. This project intends to manipulate pitch, amplitude and timbre to explore individual experiences through an interactive sound installation. Water’s sound installation can be experienced on Monday, April 23, in Nordica Auditorium in UMF Merrill Hall. Look for posters announcing times.

Wednesday, April 25

Flex Space in the UMF Emery Community Art Center and the UMF Art Gallery

Senior Capstone Presentations, senior art students will discuss their work on display in “Feint,” the senior capstone on exhibit as a part of the UMF Symposium. Times to be announced. “Feint” will be on display through May 12.

Thursday, April 26

Performance Space, Emery Community Arts Center

“Gruesome Playground Injuries” will begin at 7 p.m. The play by Rajiv Joseph. will be performed by Jonas Maines and Hailey Craig as part of the Honors Enhancement program for the Dramatic Performance class. Over the course of 30 years, the lives of the characters intersect at the most bizarre intervals, leading the two childhood friends to compare scars and the physical calamities that keep drawing them together. The world premiere of “Gruesome Playground Injuries” was produced by Alley Theatre, Gregory Boyd, artistic director; and Dean R. Gladden, managing director. Produced by Second Stage Theatre, New York, January 2011, Carole Rothman, artistic director.

Arts Week is sponsored by the UMF Division of the Arts. Some content may be for mature audiences.

For more information, contact April Mulherin, UMF associate director for media relations, at 778-7081 or [email protected].


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