UMF Art Gallery spotlights interactive installation by visual artist Maggie Libby, Feb 7–Mar 14

FARMINGTON, ME  (February 7, 2019)—The work of visual artist Maggie Libby is the next featured exhibit at the UMF Art Gallery on the University of Maine at Farmington campus. The exhibit is on display from Feb. 7 – March 14, 2019, with an opening reception 5–7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7. The event is free and open to the public.

Libby’s interactive installation, “across references,” speaks to the intersection of geological time, the course of rivers and women’s lives. Featuring erasable drawings of glacial retreat and the Sandy and Kennebec Rivers, interactive portraits, self-portraits and mappings—women viewers are invited to mark their presence on the environment as a challenge to the “heroic” (masculine) American landscape tradition.

“What Will Be Works Both Ways” 2018. Acrylic, charcoal, painter’s tape on canvas.
“What Will Be Works Both Ways” 2018. Acrylic, charcoal, painter’s tape on canvas.

Libby’s portraits of local Maine women and female international human rights activists who have spent time in central Maine celebrate women’s stewardship of climate-change and environmental dialogue.  Viewers must struggle to decide whether to interact and change an artwork’s surface, creating a parallel to our behavior in the natural world.

The artist will be in residence at the gallery for several days throughout the show to conduct oral interviews, offer help with constructing life maps, instruction for self-portrait drawing, and prompts for journaling.

Libby is based in Waterville, Maine.  She is an alumna of Colby College and studied at the New York Studio School, the Vermont Studio School, and in 1987 was awarded the William and Marguerite Zorach Scholarship for an emerging-artist residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

The UMF Art Gallery hours are noon-4 p.m.,Tuesday through Sunday and by appointment. For more information or to make an appointment, contact Sarah Maline at or 778-1062 or visit

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The UMF Art Gallery is a teaching gallery dedicated to bringing contemporary art and artists to campus and the regional community. In its focus on innovative and challenging new work, the gallery reinforces the academic vision of the university and the Department of the Visual and Performing Arts in celebrating art as a powerful agent of community and cultural identity. The gallery develops interdisciplinary educational opportunities for students and community and works with local schools to integrate art into their curricula.

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Photo Caption: “What Will Be Works Both Ways” 2018. Acrylic, charcoal, painter’s tape on canvas.
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April Mulherin
UMF Associate Director for Media Relations
office: 207-778-7081
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