University of New England - Innovation for a Healthier Planet

Coyote Connections

Coyote Connections

October 9, 2014 - January 15, 2015

Portland Campus Art Gallery

Featured guest: UNE professor Noah Perlut

Coyote Connections features works by 31 Maine artists celebrating the Coyote and its relationships with the wild, the land, fellow wildlife, prey, families—mates, pups and parents—and with us humans as well. Included are sculpture, drawings, photographs, prints and paintings created in styles both figurative and abstract. Our Native People have revered the Coyote for its ancient wisdom, spirituality and wily adaptability—the trickster. These works of art capture the coyote’s play, pain and joy as well as its connection to urban dwellers, rural folk and farmers, those who hear Coyote’s song and those who don’t.

Co-curated by conservation biologist, Geri Vistein and Anne B. Zill, the exhibition includes works by Susan Amons, Donna Asmussen, Michael Boardman, Mary Brennan, Sandra Crowell, Evelyn Dean, Evelyn Dunphy, Kathleen Fox, Anne Garland, Melissa Glendinning, Gretchen Halpert, Forest Hart, Carolyn Heasly, Glenn Hines, Janice Kasper, Richard Brown Lethem, Jacqueline Maloney, Mark McCollough, Judith Mitchell, Leslie Moore, Linda Murray, Jean Noon, Mary Beth Owens, Rebekah Raye, Jessica Rhys, Linda Shepard, Elizabeth Starr, Gwen Sylvester, Lisa Tremblay, Helen Warren and Carole Whelan.

Educational Programs

October 14 | 7 p.m.: Montsweag Musicians: The Music of the Wild and Free—Coyote

October 23 | 5-6:30 p.m.: Cynthia Simon: Encounters with Coyote: One Woman’s Journey

October 26 | 1-2 p.m.: Songdog Puppeteers: Coyote and the Boy Ben Puppet Show

November 5 | 5-6:30 p.m.: Conservation biologist Geri Vistein: Coyote—America’s Songdog

December 16 | 5-6:30 p.m.: Artists’ Holiday Panel Discussion

January 15 | 5-6:30 p.m.: Performance by Vera Francis, Passamaquoddy educator, environmental activist, storyteller