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Husson University’s Ninth Hart Open Studio Event to Showcase Student Art, Photography and Graphic Design



Published on: December 18, 2018
Husson University Student Painting Art Work

New this year: With the help of a visiting artist, students were able to expand their horizons this semester and experience new forms of expression. Printmaking, sculptures and handmade books, created by students while the artist was on campus, will also be included in this exhibition. 

Also new this year: Husson's Art & Design Club will have a "Pop-Up Shop" where people can do some last minute shopping for handmade gifts, including knitted winter hats. For every knitted hat purchased, the Art & Design Club will donate another knitted hat to the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter.

The artistic expressions in this show were conceived in a variety of fine arts courses offered by Husson University’s College of Science and Humanities. In addition, video, photography and graphic design pieces made by students at Husson University’s New England School of Communications will be on display. Individual student submissions are also included.

Students from the following courses contributed work to this show: 

  • CT 234 Advanced Lighting for Digital Filmmaking
  • CT 243 Video Compositing and Motion Graphics I
  • CT 245 Photography
  • CT 338 Camera in Motion
  • CT 345 Photography II
  • FA 101  Art and Human Experience
  • FA 110 Photography
  • FA 120 Drawing I
  • FA 125 Art for Children
  • FA 205 Painting I
  • FA 299 Integrated Arts
  • MC 245 Graphic Design
  • MC 248 Typography
  • MC 329 Digital Illustration

The exhibition is free and open to the public. No tickets are required

WHO: Kathi J. Smith, an assistant professor of studio arts and art appreciation at Husson University, organized this exhibition. She will be available for interviews. 

Smith joined Husson University in 2014 as an assistant professor in studio arts and art appreciation. For over 15 years, she has been practicing and educating within the discipline of art here in New England. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and drawing, with a minor in art history from the University of Southern Maine, and a Master of Fine Arts in painting from the University of New Hampshire.

Smith’s reputation and career are rapidly growing. In 2014, she was given the Distinguished Teaching Lecturer Award at Plymouth State University. In recent years, she has participated in numerous regional and national exhibitions, and five prestigious residencies. She received a full fellowship supported by the Joan Mitchell Foundation to attend the Vermont Studio Center and has been a Fellow and Artist-in-Residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Weir Farm National Historic Site in Connecticut. During In the summer of 2014, she attended the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation residency in Maine, the Alfred and Trafford Klotts International Program for artists, and a seven-week, artist-in-residency program in Brittany, France, sponsored by Maryland Institute College of Art. 

Awards include a full fellowship supported by the Joan Mitchell Foundation to the Vermont Studio Center in 2011, a Distinguished Community Service Award for faculty at Husson University in 2016, and in 2014 the Distinguished Teaching Lecturer Award at Plymouth State University. 

Articles featuring her work include Artscope Magazine, Kathi Smith’s New England (July 2013) as well as Maine Home + Design Expressive Impression (May 2016). 

She exhibits her work in New England regularly and is represented by Greenhut Galleries in Portland. She also maintains a working studio in Bangor, Maine. Smith practices primarily in the arena of painting and drawing, though she also has facility in ceramics, printmaking, and other mediums.

For more than 100 years, Husson University has prepared future leaders to handle the challenges of tomorrow through innovative undergraduate and graduate degrees. With a commitment to delivering affordable classroom, online and experiential learning opportunities, Husson University has come to represent superior value in higher education. Our Bangor campus and off-campus satellite education centers in Southern Maine, Wells, and Northern Maine provide advanced knowledge in business; health and education; pharmacy studies; science and humanities; as well as communication. In addition, Husson University has a robust adult learning program. According to a recent analysis by U.S. News & World Report, Husson University is the most affordable private college in New England. For more information about educational opportunities that can lead to personal and professional success, visit Husson.edu.

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