Monhegan Artists’ Residency Program Hosts Artists’ Talks

  • September 05, 2023

The public is invited to a free zoom presentation by three artists recently hosted by MARC, the Monhegan Artists’ Residency Corporation, a non-profit organization established to support artist residencies on Monhegan Island, Maine.  The program will feature talks by Steve Budington, Justine Lasdin Springer and Amanda Case Millis on Thursday, September 28 at 7pm via Zoom. Registration is free.

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Steve Budington’s art broadly engages with landscape -- how the natural world is seen, felt, and represented. Budington has exhibited his work nationally and internationally for 15 years, including recent exhibitions in Vienna, Austria, and at the Hall Foundation in Reading, Vermont. A 2019-20 recipient of the Vermont Arts Council Creation Grant, Budington has been awarded residencies at the Hotel Pupik in Schrattenberg Austria, at the Ambrosetti Foundation for Contemporary Art in Italy, and a fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center. He holds an MFA in painting and printmaking from the Yale School of Art, and a BFA in painting and art history from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with additional studies at the New York School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture. Budington works as an Associate Professor of Painting at the University of Vermont.

Born and raised in the Bay Area, north of San Francisco, Justine Lasdin Springer started her art training by taking classes at the Academy of Art in San Francisco during high school. She continued her studies at the California College of Art and Craft in Oakland and earned a Bachelor of Arts at Humboldt University in Northern California. She holds a MFA in Teaching from Maine College of Art & Design) and a professional Maine Teaching Certificate for Art (K-12). She currently teaches at the Middle School of the Kennebunks.  Justine says of her work, ““My creative process is driven by those moments of awe where color, texture, and line play together harmoniously. My work explores the scenes of Maine and how looking deeply brings out the colors, shapes, and lines we might not see if we just pass by. I want my work to express that feeling of paused time and capture the abundance of nature surrounding us.”

Amanda Case Millis is a Boston-based painter who is inspired by place. She often works en plein air in collaboration with the natural elements to capture the immediacy and energy uniquely experienced while working outdoors.  When she paints, she integrates her physical observations with her interior feelings—translating the seen and felt into a language of shape and color. Millis received her MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and a BA from Smith College. Her work has been recognized in numerous exhibitions throughout the United States and Australia and is in private collections worldwide. She has been in juried shows in the US and Europe and awarded residencies at PLAYA (OR), the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts (GA), Monson Arts (ME), Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VA), the Eastern Frontier Educational Foundation (ME), the Mount Gretna School of Art (PA).

For well over 150 years, Monhegan Island has inspired countless artists. The Monhegan Artists’ Residency provides comfortable living quarters, studio space, a stipend, and time for visual artists to reflect on, experiment, or develop their art while living in an artistically historic and beautiful location. Each summer three residencies are offered to artists with strong connections to Maine: two 5-week sessions, and one 2-week session specifically for K-12 visual art teachers.
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