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 firstname.lastname@example.org.