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A new photography exhibit displaying the work of Brunswick High School students debuted at the Merrymeeting Plaza on Friday night.

The collection stemmed from a photography class that was taught by art educator Jennie Driscoll and was sponsored through a grant from the Maine Department of Education and the Maine Arts Commission. The class worked alongside a visiting artist from Portland.

The exhibit is hosted by Brunswick Public Arts in a space provided by the Merrymeeting Plaza and WS Development. The installation is called “How We See Now: New Dimensions of Photography.”

According to Driscoll, through various assignments the class focused on making images that push the boundaries of perception and photography, allowing to students to visualize new realities through their work.

For example, in one project students took images and cut them up to recreate sculptures and then re-photographed them while working with lighting.

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An Akron Public Schools teacher and community artist has been helping young high school artists leave their mark, guided in a yearly summer program. He’s also helped countless other young artists through his teaching, much like he was encouraged when he was a student. 

Dan Coffield, 38, has been serving as the education coordinator for the Akron Arts Lift Program for 12 years, helping Director Elisa Gargarella. 

During the school year, Coffield is an art teacher at Firestone High School in the Akron School for the Arts program. For the first two weeks after school is out, he and Gargarella work with 15 to 20 high school students from Akron Public Schools on a community project. 

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What is Arts lift?

Arts Lift was started 20 years ago by Gargarella as a summer resident art program. Students

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Laying bare their complicity as an institution with its own flaws and omissions, gallery notes cop to photographer Edith H. DeLong’s work in the High’s collection being misattributed to her husband. And, of course, many of these images have been unearthed for public exhibition for the first time. To their credit, the High’s photography curators have acknowledged women’s contributions to the medium by bringing their work into the collection. But it may have taken the High’s first woman photography curator in 21 years, Sarah Kennel, to make “Underexposed” happen.

Academics have long discussed the “male gaze” as the organizing principle of film and art; that women are the objects surveyed and men are the ones doing the looking. In “Underexposed” women survey themselves, reflected in an Ilse Bing 1931 self-portrait captured in a series of mirrors. Such self-reflexive examinations of the circumstance of being a woman also crop up in

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Ilse Bing (American, b Germany, 1899-1998), “Self-Portrait in Mirrors, Paris,” 1931, printed circa 1941, gelatin silver print, 1987.14. Purchase with funds from Georgia-Pacific Corporation.

Ilse Bing (American, b Germany, 1899-1998), “Self-Portrait in Mirrors, Paris,” 1931, printed circa 1941, gelatin silver print, 1987.14. Purchase with funds from Georgia-Pacific Corporation.

Photos courtesy High Museum of Art

ATLANTA, GA. – This spring, the High Museum of Art presents “Underexposed: Women Photographers from the Collection,” an exhibition featuring more than 100 photographs from the museum’s collection, including many that have never before been exhibited. The artworks demonstrate the notable contributions of women throughout the history of photography, spanning from innovators of the medium to contemporary practitioners who investigate the intersections of photography, representation and identity.

The exhibition was conceived in conjunction with the centennial of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, which granted suffrage for some women. It will remain on view through August 1.

“Underexposed” pays homage to the work of women who have pioneered and championed the art of photography, from its earliest days through

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