Students accepted to 'Next Generation' exhibit

Six studio art majors from Bates College have had work accepted to a juried exhibit titled The Next Generation, which opens Thursday, Feb. 22, and runs through Saturday, March 24, at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport. An opening reception will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at the museum.

The goal of the CMCA’s exhibit, which features 42 artists from 7 campuses statewide, is to “call attention to emerging artists in Maine and provide an opportunity for people to meet one another,” the museum’s curator Bruce Brown said. Students eligible to submit work were juniors and seniors in undergraduate visual arts programs in Maine.

Elena John, a senior from Houston; Alison Impey, a senior from St. Johnsbury, Vt.; Philip Andersen, a senior from Thomaston; Eliza Stamps, a senior from West Newton, Mass.; Duncan Murdoch, a senior from Shelburne, Vt.; and Jay Surdukowski, a junior from Concord, N.H., all had work accepted by the jury. Much of the work accepted is part of the students’ senior studio art theses, said Pamela Johnson, associate professor of art at Bates College.

“The fact that so many Bates students were accepted really speaks wonderfully of the art program there,” Brown said.

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