Bowdoin Students to Display at Portland Art Walk

Bowdoin art students explore empty gallery space.

Among the mix of galleries and museums opening their doors for this month’s First Friday Art Walk Dec. 2 in Portland is a storefront at 643 Congress Street. The empty retail space is being “hijacked” by a dozen students in Alicia Eggert’s senior seminar visual-arts class.

On display will be drawings, photographs, sculpture and installations the students created expressly for the evening. “Students don’t usually have a show until the end of spring semester,” notes Eggert, “but they thought it would be a great idea to have an informal exhibition of their work to get their feet wet.”

Eggert contacted several Portland property owners before securing the storefront ““ formerly part of a USM dormitory ““ from owner Greg Shinberg, who donated the space to Bowdoin students for the night. “He was really excited about the idea,” notes Eggert, adding: “The show should bring in a good crowd.”

A Bowdoin shuttle to Portland is being organized by the Student Museum and Arts Committee. To reserve space, contact comachi@bowdoin.edu.

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