Historically, artists have celebrated the beauty and richness of the American landscape. The newly established Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm in Jefferson, a program of Maine Farmland Trust, aims to continue to evolve the dialogue between human and environment within the context of our current culture and time. This is done through exhibitions and public educational events, through research and development of new farming practices, and by hosting residencies for artists.This past summer, the Center hosted its first four artists-in-residence, all of whom were artists currently living and working in Maine: Robert Pollien, J. Thomas R. Higgins, Thérèse Provenzano, and Susan Smith. “It was exciting to see each artist delve deeply into their artistic practice; the stretch of uninterrupted time at such a peaceful, visually stunning location allowed them to be both prolific and contemplative,” said Anna Witholt Abaldo, co-director of the Fiore Art Center.
The Art Center will offer an expanded selection of residencies in 2017. There will be six, month-long residencies for visual artists: two in July, two in August, and two in September. There will be a new, one-time historic writing residency, focused on researching and then writing the story of the farm; and a new “agriculture and art” residency from May through September, which will be the first step in reviving farming activities at Rolling Acres. This unique residency combines gardening responsibilities with the opportunity to devote time to artistic pursuits.Applications for the 2017 residencies at the Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm are now open!Information and applications can be found linked on the Maine Farmland Trust website:
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