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The House of the Soul

Philip Brou, Transparent Eyeball, 29×46″, oil on linen, 2019

The UNE Art Gallery on the Portland Campus has been an important part the university and the Maine art scene since 1977, serving as a vital connecting bridge between the diverse intellectual worlds represented in the academic community and beyond.

Looking at visual art allows us to open up to the process of being confronted with expansive questions rather than secure answers. It allows open-ended thought to be creative, generative, and innovative, rather than threatening or limiting.

“The House of the Soul” is the 2020 spring exhibit at the UNE Art Gallery on the Portland Campus. Conceived as an exhibit honoring UNE’s strong medical science traditions, the show juxtaposes medical and anatomical drawing with more experimental figuration. It opens up questions around embodiment and representation.

The COVID-19 crisis has made these questions of medicine, the body, and how we envision our own embodiment urgent in an unexpected way. The narrative of the show has grown to encompass our growing awareness of our bodies’ vulnerability and resilience in this strange and unsettling time.

“The House of the Soul” helps us reconcile the blunt fact of the body with the limitlessness of the imagination.

February 21–July (tba) 2020 at the University of New England Gallery, Portland Campus, 716 Stevens Avenue, Portland, Maine

Opening Reception Friday, February 21, 5 – 7 p.m.

This exhibition is sponsored by InterMed and Delta Dental


  • Anoushé Shojae-Chagorvand
  • Baxter Koziol 
  • Ben Spalding 
  • Bianca Beck
  • Evelyn Kok 
  • Gretchen Halpert 
  • Oran Suta 
  • Philip Brou 
  • Reggie Burrows Hodges 
  • Stephen Burt

Curated by Hilary Irons

left to right: Baxter Koziol, Gretchen Halpert, Evelyn Kok, Reggie Burrows Hodges
left to right: Anoushé Shojae-Chaghorvand, Gretchen Halpert, Bianca Beck, Gretchen Halpert
left: Evelyn Kok. right: Oran Suta
left to right: Reggie Burrows Hodges, Ben Spalding, Philip Brou
left to right: Stephen Burt, Reggie Burrows Hodges, Ben Spalding
left to right: Philip Brou, Baxter Koziol, Evelyn Kok, Stephen Burt
left: Baxter Koziol, ARCHIVE ADVENTURE KIT, 48 x 84 inches, processed trash, velour, yarn; 2020. right: Evelyn Kok, medical illustration, gouache
Ben Spalding, ”Energetic Body I & II (Orgone)”, Wood, steel, resin, foam, cotton, paint. 2020

Evelyn Kok, “Lung Sections”, ink and gouache, 1947
Oran Suta, “Arm, Axilla”, conté on brown paper, 2019
left, Anoushé Shojae-Chaghorvand Banging On The Open Gate (Figure)
Acrylic on canvas, pine wood, silicone, tattoo ink, steel, rubber gloves, tennis shoes, and zip-ties, 42” x 84” 2019; right, Gretchen Halpert
Gretchen Halpert, “Removal of Adrenal Tumor”
Stephen Burt, “Severed From Nature”. Brush drawing on paper; ink and gouache, 31×41”. 2020

Reggie Burrows Hodges, “Puzzle Pieces — DeeDee”. Acrylic and pastel on wood panel, 63×48”. 2020
Bianca Beck, “Untitled” 2019

UNE Gallery’s spring exhibition, “The House of the Soul”, will present a unique look at medical/anatomical drawing in dialogue with artwork focusing on the human body in a more extended sense. Viewers from various intellectual fields (from medicine, to critical theory, and beyond) will be confronted with the divergent and sometimes contradictory communicative aims of each visual artifact. The inclusion of intelligent contemporary work dealing with representations of the body’s physical form will allow a deeper and more abstract reading of the scientific drawings, while in turn the scientific drawings will highlight the power of conceptual idiosyncrasy in the contemporary work.

The ten artists represented in the exhibit span a range of approaches, from direct, highly-articulated medical illustration, to conceptually-oriented space-based constructions. Through their explorations, a window into the diverse uses of figurative interpretation will be opened.

Upcoming Exhibits

River to the Sea: the 2020 faculty exhibition
June 26 – October 11, 2020 (Opening reception June 26)

This show will feature work by UNE visual arts faculty, using the narrative framework of water rights and water access in the State of Maine. Co-curating this show is Diana Furukawa, an Island Institute Fellow based in Millinocket.


Photography in Maine, 1840-2020, curated by Stephen Halpert
October 30, 2020 – January 31, 2021 (Opening reception October 30)

Organized in collaboration with Susan Danly, this photography-based show will feature photographic works that highlight the growth and development of the medium in Maine for our Maine Bicentennial exhibit.  Drawing on UNE’s collection and other sources, the show will offer a new look at the history of representation in our state.


Afrofuturism, Speculative Histories, & Material Culture
February 19 – June 13, 2021 (Opening reception Feb 19)

Featuring African masks from the collection of Oscar Mokeme in juxtaposition with site-specific installation by Asata Radcliffe. Radcliffe is an artist, writer, and filmmaker with a focus is on participatory, history-based installations, emphasizing Afrofuturism, science fiction, and a speculative approach to the African diasporic experience. The fictionalized core of Radcliffe’s work revolves around very real narratives, forming a counterpoint to Mokeme’s masks, which present a specifically embodied history related to the African diaspora and original homeland.


Recent Acquisitions in Photography, curated by Stephen Halpert
June 25 – October 10, 2021 (Opening reception June 25)

This exhibition will focus on recently-acquired photography, collected and curated by Curator of Photography Stephen Halpert. Featuring work from UNE’s Stephen K. Halpert Photography Collection, we will present a comprehensive look at new photographic works (and other highlights) in our unique collection.

Previous Exhibits

The Complete City: Imagined
October 24, 2019–January 31, 2020
The Art of the Comic
July 10–October 6, 2019
Everyday Maine, Curated by Bruce Brown, with Steve Halpert
March 25–June 25, 2019
Partners in Art, Partners in Life: John David Ellis & Joan Beauregard
November 8, 2018–March 10, 2019
2018 Department of Arts Faculty Exhibition
August 1–October 21, 2018
2018 Annual Sculpture Garden Invitational, curated by Anne B. Zill and Carolyn Heasly
June 15–October 31, 2018
Inside the Cube: Looking Back Over 40 Years
April 20–July 15, 2018
Images of Children/Images of Youth: Period and Contemporary Photographs
January 11–April 1, 2018
Ahead of Her Time: The Life and Work of Nancy Hemenway Barton
September 28–December 20, 2017
Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints, Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil
April 6–May 25, 2017
Land Sea Stone: Photographs by John Eide
Januray 18–April 2, 2017
Pastels Only, the 17th Annual International Juried Exhibition of the Pastel Painters of Maine
October 15, 2016–January 7, 2017
The Fifteenth Annual Sculpture Garden Invitational
June 10–October 31, 2016
Vision & Verse
July 6–October 2, 2016
Recent Acquisition to the UNE Photography Collection
Through October 2, 2016
The Art of Mildred G. Burrage
March 26–June 26, 2016
February 17–March 13, 2016
A Tale of Three Cities: Period and Contemporary Photographs of Paris, New York and Portland
July 28–Oct 25, 2015
Portraits of the Artist
November 5, 2015–February 7, 2016
The Paintings of John Calvin Stevens
April 21–July 19, 2015
A Gateless Garden
January 20–April 12, 2015
Color Fields Printed Painting
February 3–April 12, 2015
Coyote Connections
October 9, 2014–January 15, 2015
13th Annual Sculpture Garden Invitational
June 6–October 31, 2014
Making a New Whole: The Art of Collage
June 26–September 28, 2014
2014 Art Department Faculty Exhibition
February 5–23, 2014
Joe Guertin: A Graphic Designer Remembered
November 6, 2013–January 26, 2014
A Mountain Rises: The Art of Katahdin
July 31–October 27, 2013
Annual Sculpture Garden Invitational In honor of creator Grant Jacks
June 7–October 31, 2013
Maine Women Pioneers III – Dirigo
May 22–July 21, 2013
Women Pioneers III – Dirigoe Women Pioneers III – Worldview
March 12–May 12, 2013
Maine Women Pioneers III – Homage
January 2–March 3, 2013
Maine Women Pioneers III – Vanguard
October 12–December 16, 2012
Annual Sculpture Garden Invitational 2012
June 8–October 31, 2012
Upon Reflection: Judy Ellis Glickman
June 26–September 30, 2012
Lullaby for Maine Exhibition by Rebecca Goodale
March 15–June 16, 2012
Faces of War: A Photographic Essay Exhibition by Jerry Robinov
November 11, 2011–February 12, 2012
Children’s Book Illustrators
July 27–October 30, 2011
Critters: A Show of Paintings and Sculpture Curated by Nancy Davidson
April 12–July 20, 2011
The Feathered Hand: Installation, Drawings, Prints by Alison Derby Hildreth
January 5–April 3, 2011
The Architecture of Environmental Landscapes, Within & Without
September 20–December 19, 2010
The Ninth Annual Sculpture Garden Invitational
June 18–October 31, 2010
The Artful Art of Drawing
June 18–September 12, 2010
Celebrating Women
March 8–June 13, 2010
Out of the Studio: The UNE Faculty Exhibition of 2010
February 9–28, 2010
Going Forward, Looking Back: Practicing Historic Photographic Processes in the 21st Century
November 17, 2009–January 31, 2010
Selections from the Permanent Collection
September 9–November 8, 2009
Eighth Annual Sculpture Garden Invitational
June 5–October 31, 2009
Photography in Maine: New Work
April 7–June 7, 2009
The Freedom Place Collection
January 16–March 15, 2009
Alice Spencer Fabricating Time: Paintings and Collected Textiles
November 13, 2008–January 11, 2009
From Observation to Illustration
September 13–November 9, 2008
Holga: 53 Photographs
September 13–November 9, 2008
The Seventh Annual Sculpture Invitational
June 6–October 31, 2008
William Manning: From Here to Eternitime
July 10–September 7, 2008
The Art of the Message: Posters New and Old
May 6–July 6, 2008
UNE Faculty Art Exhibition
April 8–30, 2008
Wall Envy: A Passion for Collecting
February 5–March 30, 2008
Picturing Portland: A Century of Change
December 6, 2007–February 2, 2008
Photographs of Abelardo Morell
November 30, 2007–January 27, 2008
Picturing Portland: A Century of Change
September 25–November 25, 2007
A Season under the Sun: Photographs from the Maxwell’s Farm
October 4–November 25, 2007
Faces of the Mind
September 25–November 25, 2007
On Island: Women Artists of Monhegan
July 26–September 23, 2007
Cuba Hearts and Minds Past and Present
May 21–July 22, 2007
Annual Faculty Art Exhibition
April 27–May 13, 2007
Marriage of True Minds: The Work of Couples
February 14–April 22, 2007
Americans Who Tell the Truth: by Robert Shetterly
November 29, 2006–February 4, 2007
John Muench: A Retrospective
September 19–November 19, 2006
5th Annual Sculpture Garden Invitational
June 16–October 31, 2006
In Black and White and Color: Photographs by Denise Froehlich and Murad Sayen
May 4–July 2, 2006
Studio Connections: Artists Supporting MPBN
April 2–30, 2006
Student/Faculty Exhibition
March 9–26, 2006
The Holga Show
January 26–March 5, 2006
Maine Women: Living on the Land: Photographs by Lauren Shaw
December 5, 2005–January 22, 2006
Extreme Nature: Images from the World’s Edge
October 5–November 27, 2005
A Celebration of the Artists of Southern Maine
July 29–September 26, 2005