Date: March 9, 1999
Contact: William Jefferson
Painter Anne Harris will give a slide lecture on Tuesday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Given Auditorium of the Bixler Art and Music Center at Colby College in Waterville. A reception will follow the talk, allowing guests to meet and talk with the artist.
Harris gained recognition this fall when the portrait of her infant son, Max, was a co-winner of the juror's prize in the Portland Museum of Art's Maine Biennial exhibition. In December the New York Times described Harris as an artist on the threshold of an important career.
Harris's self-portraits, one of which was included in the Portland show, are known for both their unsettling intensity and their seamless technique. As critic Miles Unger notes in her gallery catalogue: "Harris appears to confess far too much about herself, but the pathos of the situation is made paradoxical by the obvious mastery with which she describes her defects and pathologies to us."
Harris received her B.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.F.A. from Yale University School of Art. She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 1997 and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1993. In recent years, she has taught at Bowdoin College and Maine College of Art. Harris has participated in shows across the country. She is currently represented by Nielsen Gallery in Boston and D.C. Moore Gallery in New York City.
Harris's talk is sponsored by the Colby College Art Department and supported by the Arts Lecture Fund. The public is invited, and admission is free. The Bixler Center is accessible to persons with disabilities. For additional information, please call 872-3223