University of Farmington Center for the Arts to Present New Media Exhibit

“The Bombing of Munich” is a short animated excerpt from a 2019 interview with Josepha Worden, an 83-year-old German immigrant to the United States. During World War II, she was a child living in Munich when it was bombed by the Allies. Image submitted

FARMINGTON — The University of Maine at Farmington Emery Community Arts Center kicks off its spring semester programming with “American Conversations: Short Films and Artifacts,” a media exhibit by Dawn Nye, associate professor of art – new media at UMF , according to a press release from the center.

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

American Conversations marks the beginning of a new body of work by Nye about the conversations and stories people tell themselves 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 people’s collective experiences.

Dawn Nye, associate professor UMF Art – New Media. Photo submitted

Nye worked as a graphic designer and also maintained a studio art practice for 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.

Nye 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 lives in. ‘she reads.

She received 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.

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 center will need 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

Center Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, and closed Sundays and holidays.

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