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Exhibiting Artist Alice Spencer Presents Lecture Nov. 4

November 4, 2009

Maine artist Alice Spencer will present a slide lecture at the Museum of Art, Wednesday, Nov. 4 at noon in conjunction with the exhibition “Alice Spencer: Fabricating Time.” The exhibition and program are open to the public free of charge.

“Alice Spencer: Fabricating Time,”features textiles collected by the artist from around the world, including Bhutan, China, Guatemala, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Mongolia, and Uzbekistan. The exhibit includes wall hangings, ceremonial panels, floor coverings, clothing, and tent panels. These hand-woven, embroidered, resist dyed and pieced textiles were all acquired from the societies where they were made and used, often from the actual maker or owner.

Spencer, whose eclectic collection has been built during the past 30 years, studies original textiles not only to learn more about various cultures, but to use them as visual references that inspire and inform her work. The paintings showcased in “Fabricating Time” reflect how her in-depth analysis of the construction of the textiles is translated into richly modified compositions with subtle graphic patterns.

She has lived and worked in Maine for almost 40 years and has worked in a variety of mediums including watercolor, acrylics and oils, as well as monotype printmaking and low-relief sculpture. For the past 25 years, her work has been shown extensively throughout Maine, New England and New York and has been featured in exhibits in U.S. embassies in Chile and Bosnia Herzegovina. She was one of ten women painters featured at the United Nations "Ingredients for Peace" celebration held in New York in March 2001. Her paintings and prints are included in numerous museum and corporate collections including the Portland Museum of Art, Colby College Museum of Art, Simmons College, United Technologies and UNUM Corporation.

Spencer is a co-founder of Peregrine Press, a printmaking cooperative in Portland and she teaches printmaking at the Maine College of Art continuing studies program and the Haystack School of Crafts in Deer Isle. She serves on the Board of the Maine College of Art and is chairman of the City of Portland Public Art Committee.

Guided group tours of “Alice Spencer: Fabricating Time” are available with advance reservation by contacting Catherine Mazur, education and publicity coordinator, at catherine.mazur@unh.edu or 2-3713. 

For more information, contact the Museum of Art at 2-3712, museum.of.art@unh.edu, or visit www.unh.edu/moa.

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