UMF gallery presents unique public work of art

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“Remembering September 11th: A Memorial Sculpture,” Penn State University, University Park, Penn, by sculptor and artist Sallie McCorkle.

FARMINGTON – Sculptor and installation artist Sallie McCorkle invites the public to attend as she invents and installs a multi-dimensional public work of art at the UMF Art Gallery daily from Sunday, Oct. 3 – Thursday, Oct. 7. Assisted by a team of UMF students, McCorkle will create an inclusive sculptural space that explores both the interior and exterior dimensions of the contemporary art gallery.

Once completed, this site-specific project will be the featured exhibit for the University of Maine at Farmington’s fall gallery show, which is free and open-to-the-public from Thursday, Oct. 7 through Sunday, Nov. 7. The public is also invited to attend the exhibit’s opening reception at the UMF Art Gallery from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 7, featuring a gallery talk by the artist at 5:30 p.m.

Noted for her public art projects in Germany and across the U.S., McCorkle’s inventive and unexpected works address a broad range of socio-political issues, the specific form of each piece growing directly out of the unique geography and culture of the site in which it is created. Working closely with local communities of all kinds, McCorkle’s work is truly “public” in the most fresh and dynamic sense, drawing on the energy and traditions of both people and place.

McCorkle is best known for her public artwork, including: “The Barn-Raising,” Hershey Medical Center, Penn; “Fences,” Empire Fulton Ferry State Park, Brooklyn, New York; “Remembering September 11th: A Memorial Sculpture,” Penn State University, University Park, Penn.; and “Consuming Nature-Forest Art Path,” Darmstadt, Germany. Her work has also been shown at exhibits throughout the U.S., including, “Women Artists/Women Subjects” at Lincoln Center in New York and “Project Enduring LOOK” at the Chicago Art Institute.

Sallie McCorkle is professor of art and director of the Doel Reed Center for the Arts, Oklahoma State University.

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