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 Alice Spencer  (1944 - )

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Lived/Active: Maine/Colorado      Known for: abstraction, botanic, landscape

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Biography from Aucocisco Galleries:
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,

June 20,2003

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

Isaacson.

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

 
EDUCATION

1966 San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California

1966 B.A., Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York

 

LECTURES

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

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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

 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS:

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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