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Home Fires Opening

Home Fires Opening Reception

October 22, 2021

3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Portland Campus Art Gallery


The University of New England Art Gallery on the Portland Campus is pleased to present “Home Fires: Freedom & Captivity.” An opening reception, free and open to the public, will be held Friday, Oct. 22, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.  The exhibit runs through January 23.
Part of the statewide exhibition partnership “Freedom and Captivity,” “Home Fires” centers the narrative of the families and loved ones of incarcerated people.

“Home Fires” has been featured in an article in the Maine Arts Journal


The experience of having a family member or friend who has been through the carceral system, or having family history that involves incarceration, is very common in the United States. However, this experience is not commonly shared outside of the family context.
Incarceration can also encompass larger historical experiences while maintaining its personal impact. “Home Fires” presents the work of artists who have experienced incarceration in their immediate or distant family, or who use this concept as a structural theme in their work, to shine a light on what incarceration can mean for those of us who have stayed at home.

Featuring the work of Gustavo and Aguilar (TUG Collective), Carol Ayoob, Julie K. Gray, Judy Glickman Lauder, Forrest Meyer, Mai Snow, Lauren Tosswill, and Kim Wilson. “Home Fires: Freedom and Captivity,” will be part of the “Freedom and Captivity” curatorial project, including exhibitions and events at Maine’s college campuses, as well as exhibitions and virtual events and performances throughout the state. 


The Portland Campus Gallery is open Thursday through Sunday 12-5 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, please contact hirons@une.edu