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|Alice Spencer was born in Colorado in 1944 and grew up on the East Coast. She received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and continued her studies at the San Francisco Art Institute. She has lived and worked in Maine over the last 30 years.|
During her career she has worked in a variety of mediums including watercolor, acrylics and oils. She is a printmaker focusing primarily on the technique of monotype. In recent years she has pioneered a form of low relief sculpture using a sandblasted foam signboard.
Over the last 35 years, Spencer has had 19 one-person exhibits. Her work has been shown extensively throughout Maine, New England and New York and was featured in exhibits at the United States embassies in the Chile and Bosnia Herzegovina. She was one of 10 women painters exhibited at the United Nations "Ingredients for Peace" Celebration held in New York in March 2001.
Her paintings and prints are in the Portland Museum of Art, the Colby College Museum of Art, Simmons College, United Technologies and the UNUM Corporation.
Spencer is a co-founder of Peregrine Press, a printmaking cooperative in Portland. She has taught printmaking in the Maine College of Art Continuing Studies Program and at the Haystack School of Crafts in Deer Isle. She has served on the Board of the Maine College of Art and as chairman of the City of Portland Public Art Committee. Spencer resides in Portland. She is married to Richard Spencer, a Portland attorney, and has three grown children.
PUBLICATIONS AND MEDIA:
Maine Public Broadcasting, Maine Museum Trail: Portland Museum of Art, August, 2004
The Portland Phoenix, ’Pigeon’s Progress’, Chris Thompson,
Art In Embassies Program,‘Maine Rest, Art in Embassies Program Exhibition, Bosnia-Herzegovina’, Washington D.C., September, 2002
The Times Record, May 17, 2001, ‘Art Than Can Be Read Like Archeology,’ Shannon Murphy, Brunswick, Maine.
Maine Sunday Telegram, August 26, 2001 ‘Hand Pulled Prints, Philip
Time Warner Cable and The Muskie School, "Maine Matters," Panel for Women’s History Month, hosted by Libby Mitchell
Museum of Fine Arts, 1999, Maine Light: Art in the American Embassy (Santiago, Chile); catalog, Margaret Burchenal, Curator of Paint, Boston, Massachusetts.
Maine Times, November 19, 1998, ‘Metaphysics Made Manifest,’ Edgar Allen Beem.
WCSH Television, "Behind the Scenes, Behind the Art"
Downeast Magazine, November, 1998, ‘The Art Behind the Art,’ Edgar Allen Beem.
Sun Journal, November 20, 1998, ‘The Art Biennial,’ Pat Davidson Reef, Lewiston, Maine.
Art New England, August/Sept. 1998, ‘Maine Coast Artists Peregrine Press,’ Shirley Jacks.
Milton Academy, May, 1998, ‘Milton Creates, Milton Collects,’ Milton Massachusetts.
Maine Sunday Telegram, March 23, 1997, ‘Beneath One’s Layers,’ Ken Greenleaf.
Art New England, August/September 1995, ‘A Sense of Place,’ Karen Kitchen.
Maine Sunday Telegram, June 1995, ‘State of the Art state-of-the-art prints,’ Philip Isaacson.
Maine Sunday Telegram, April 30, 1995, ‘A Strong Sense of Place,’ Philip Isaacson.
Casco Bay Weekly, April 12, 1995, ‘Making a Place for Themselves,’ Karen Kitchen.
Maine Times, February 9, 1995, ‘At UMF, Personal Journey is a Matter of Course, Haines Sprunt Tate.
Maine Times, January 13, 1994, ‘The Art of Getting the Inside Out,’ Pam Chodash.
Art New England, August 1994, ‘Selected Prints from the Peregrine Press, Barbara Sullivan.
Old Port Guide, April 1994, ‘Peregrine Press: Portland Artists’ Cooperative,’ Shirley Jacks.
Downeast Magazine, December 1993, ‘Local Color,’ Sarah Goodyear.
Maine Sunday Telegram, June 1992, ‘Artists Are All Women, But Color Key to Show,’ Donna Gold.
Casco Bay Weekly, October 8, 1991, ‘Secret Places,’ Margot McWilliams.
COMMISSIONS AND RESIDENCIES
2004 Artist-in Residence, Pouch Cove, Newfoundland, Canada
1998 Artist-in-Residence, Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore, Munising, Michigan
1993 Banner, Maine Festival, Brunswick, Maine
1992 Illustrations, Portland Public Library, Annual Report, Portland, Maine
1987 One Percent for Art Commission, Maine State Commission for the Arts, Surry Elementary School, Surry, Maine
1966 San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California
1966 B.A., Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York
2002 "Art Walk: Public Art in Portland", Channel 4, writer and host
"Public Art and Placemaking in Portland and Other Cities", Greater Portland Landmarks
noon lecture series, Portland, Maine
2000 "Revealing the Process and Power of Public Art", Panel Discussion, Institute of
Contemporary Art, Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine
EMPLOYMENT AND COMMUNITY SERVICE:
1999 - Present Council of Advisors, University of New England Art Gallery, Westbrook, Maine
1999 Juror, Maine Arts Commission Artist Registry and Artist Roster
1998 - Present Chairperson, City of Portland Public Art Committee, Portland, Maine
1997 Curator, Images in Multiple: Six Maine Women Printmakers, State House Gallery, Augusta, Maine
1996 - Present Trustee, Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine
Chair, Academic Affairs Committee
1996-Present Printmaking Instructor, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine
1994 - Present Printmaking Instructor, Maine College of Art Continuing Education Program, Portland, Maine
1991 – 1994 Co-Founder and President, Peregrine Press Printmaking Cooperative, Portland, Maine
Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine
Art Museum, Colby College, Waterville, Maine
Ogunquit Museum of Art, Ogunquit, Maine
Bates College, Lewiston, Maine
Boston Athenaeum, Boston, Massachusetts
CORPORATE COLLECTIONS (partial list):
United Technologies, Hartford, Connecticut
Thomas H. Lee Venture Capital, Boston, Massachusetts
Unum Corporation, Portland, Maine
Fleet Bank, Portland, Maine
Great Bay Corporation
Liberty Group, Portland, Maine
Housing Resources Corporation, Portland, Maine
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