John A. Knight
John Knight was the Maine Arts Commission Visual Arts Fellow for 2007. He has had recent solo exhibitions at Elizabeth Moss Galleries in Falmouth, Maine, and Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland, Maine. Nationally, he has been awarded residencies at the Fine Arts Work Center (2003-04), the Millay Colony for the Arts (1999), and the Vermont Studio Center (1994). In Maine he has been awarded residencies at Great Spruce Head Island, Acadia National Park (2002), and Monhegan Island (Carina House, 2001). From 2010 to 2012, his work was on display in the US embassy in Timor-Leste as part of the art for embassies program. He currently resides in Portland with his wife and daughter.
Andrea Sulzer earned her Master of Fine Arts in 2004 from the Glasgow School of Art with a concentration in drawing. Before focusing her attention completely on art, she studied and worked in both languages and biological sciences. She has taught at the University of Maine, Augusta, and Maine College of Art, and has been a visiting artist at Bowdoin College and Western Connecticut State University. Her work has been exhibited extensively, including a solo show at the Portland Museum of Art (summer, 2014), as well as USM's Area Gallery in Portland (2012).
Ryan Adams is a painter and muralist residing in his hometown of Portland, Maine. He began emulating the work from his comic books as a child, but when he received his first copy of 'Subway Art', at age 10, his life became consumed by bright colors and bending letter forms. His current work is inspired by his experiences in graffiti culture and a pure obsession for letters; as well as conveying human emotions and insecurities using bold imagery inspired by traditional tattoo flash.
Check out an Interview we did with Ryan here.
You can see more of Ryan's work on his site here.
Jenny Mcgee Dougherty
Jenny McGee Dougherty is an artist living and working in Portland, Maine. She graduated with a BFA in printmaking from Maine College of Art in 2005 and has since been teaching youth arts, traveling, and working in her studio experimenting with painting and textiles. She has been the Associate Director of SPACE Gallery, a non-profit contemporary arts venue in Portland, Maine, since 2010.
Check out an interview we did with Jenny here.
You can see more of Jenny's work on her website here.
Tessa Greene O'Brien
Tessa Greene O’Brien earned her MFA from Maine College of Art in 2016, and her BS from Skidmore College, studying painting at both schools. She was the 2017 recipient of the Joseph A Fiore Painting Prize, and recently completed residencies at Hewnoaks, The Stephen Pace House, and Vermont Studio Center. Her work explores themes of place, architecture, humor, water, and text, using layering, drawing, erasure, and color to convey her ideas. Today she lives in South Portland, Maine, and paints in her studio at Fort Andross in Brunswick, ME
Check out an interview we did with Tessa here.
Check out more of Tessa's work on her website here.
Will Sears was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1987, where he spent his formative years, until going on to studying Painting at Syracuse University. He now lives and works in Portland, Maine where he splits his time as a sign painter and fine artist.
Sears works primarily in assemblage, drawing upon the rich tradition of assemblage artists such as Louise Nevelson, Bernard Langlais, and Robert Rauschenberg. His work utilizes imagery of hand painted typography and abstract geometry. By cropping and rearranging the painted words, the viewer’s focus shifts from the associated message of words to the physical composition of the letters as form. Sears carefully selects materials for their meaning, using found wood and ephemera of daily life. Often the artwork samples a variety of unique cultural aesthetics, most commonly focusing on Americana.
Sears uses the visual chaos of deconstructed and rearranged signage, found materials, and painted elements to comment of the overwhelming nature of contemporary visual culture. His thoughtful compositions and restrained color palate are evidence of his desire to break up the daily barrage of sensory input and find beauty in the outcome.
Check out an interview we did with Will here.
Check out more of Will's work on his website here.
Greta Van Campen
Greta Van Campen is a painter from Thomaston, Maine known for her contemporary hard-edged style. She comes from a family of artists and grew up painting beside her mother and father. Greta continued her studies in visual art at Bowdoin College. In 2011 she kickstarted her career with several cross country trips during which she painted all 50 states. She now lives and works in Portland, Maine.