For the second-ever exhibition in their newly constructed Joan Dignam Schmaltz Gallery of Art at the Paul J. Schupf Art Center in downtown Waterville, Maine, the Colby College Museum of Art is showcasing the thought- provoking interplay between the thematically connected work of two otherwise utterly distinct artists.
This exhibition, “Ashley Bryan/Paula Wilson: Take the World into Your Arms” — guest curated by Jennifer R. Gross, the inaugural executive director of the Hauser & Wirth Institute and founding director of the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art & Design — brings together these two extraordinary artists for a fascinating look at their dynamic creative pursuits.
“This exhibition introduces Wilson to Maine audiences,” stated Gross, “and offers a new perspective on Bryan, an artist who was beloved for his children’s books but is insufficiently recognized for his contributions as a contemporary artist. With knowing and critical eyes, Bryan and Wilson also examine cultural history and tropes of identity and self-representation. Each encourages us to look around us with greater care and listen to one another more attentively.”