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UMF Presents New Media Exhibit, “American Conversations”


Dawn Nye Photo submitted

“The Bombing of Munich”, 2021, digital video, animation and sound. Photo submitted

FARMINGTON—UMF Emery Community Arts Center kicks off its spring semester programming with “American Conversations: Short Films and Artifacts,” an insightful exhibit on new media from Dawn Nye, associate professor of Art – New Media at UMF.

The exhibition runs from January 27 to March 9, 2022. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, January 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. An artist talk is scheduled for Wednesday, February 2 at 11:45 a.m.

The exhibition and related events are free and open to the public. Masks are required at all indoor events, at all times, by all attendees on the UMF campus. All visitors to the Emery Community Arts Center will be required to register with their name and contact details at the entrance. This information will only be used if the university needs to conduct contact tracing in the event of a confirmed exposure to the coronavirus. Updates to COVID-19 protocols for all campuses in the University of Maine system are available at https://www.maine.edu/together/community-guidance/everyone/.

American Conversations marks the beginning of a new body of work by Nye about the conversations and stories we tell ourselves and others every day. By examining formative moments in the lives of her subjects, she asks the questions: when do our disparate histories collide? And when does the personal become universal?

Blending interviews, animation and print media, his work aims to transcend traditional documentary and reveal these intimate stories in a way that honors our collective experience.

Nye has worked as a graphic designer and has also maintained a studio art practice for the past 20 years. She has exhibited and screened her work in the United States as well as in Europe. She’s more interested in telling stories of conflicting human desires, better intentions, beauty, and futility. She uses humor, pathos and image story to connect to ideas that cannot be accurately described in words. She is influenced by graphic design, film, animation, music, literature and art history, but also by the people she meets, the neighborhoods she has lived in and the headlines she she reads.

She earned an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in New Media and Design. Since then, his work has been screened and shown nationally and internationally at film festivals and art galleries, including The Art Kitchen in Milan, The Torpedo Gallery and CICA Museum in South Korea.