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Art Teacher Selected

May 12, 2013

2013 Monhegan Island artists-in-residence

Thanks to a new initiative supported by the Maine Arts Commission, Melinda Campbell from Old Orchard Beach will take the first-ever art teacher residency offered by the program. Congratulations Melinda!

The first residency exclusively for a Maine teacher has been awarded to Melinda Campbell of Old Orchard Beach. Ms. Campbell is a K-6 Art Specialist in the Auburn School Department, where she has been teaching since 1988.  In 2008 she was the recipient of a Maine Arts Teacher Fellowship given by the the Maine Community Foundation and the Maine Alliance for Arts Education. She holds a MS in Education from the University of New England and a BFA from the U/Mass, Dartmouth.

Melinda Campbell, "Maine Morning Mist," 2011, acrylic on canvas, 18 x 24 in

Melinda Campbell, “Maine Morning Mist,” 2011, acrylic on canvas, 18 x 24 in

Writing about her plans for the residency, Melinda expressed her desire to share her Monhegan experience with her students by keeping a sketch-book journal and creating “teachable moments” — “Given the opportunity to paint uninterrupted on beautiful Monhegan Island — without worries of shelter, food, or daily distractions — would not only be a dream come true, it would be an honor and a privilege.”

This year’s fellows will lodge in two new studio spaces, Elva’s Old P.O. and the Shumaker Cottage, both of which feature outdoor working spaces overlooking the island’s distinctive landscape.

Jurors for the 2013 residencies were Suzette McAvoy, director, Center for Maine Contemporary Art; Charles Melcher, associate professor for Graphic Design, Maine College of Art; and Virginia Sassman Rose, director, Rose Contemporary Gallery in Portland.

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Caption for attached images:

Daniel Anselmi, Artist’s Studio, 2012, oil on paper collage, 28 x 28”

Melinda Campbell, Maine Morning Mist, 2012, acrylic on canvas, 18 x 24”

Kristin Fitzpatrick, reciprocal 4/4, 2013, monotype, beeswax, etching ink, aquacolor on kitikada paper, 49 x 32”


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