Waterville Creates presents diverse year-round exhibitions incorporating local, regional, established, and emerging artists. This arrangement of exhibitions on view in Ticonic Gallery, the Maine Film Center Cinema Lobby, as well as, murals located in Paul J. Schupf Art Center Lobby, and North Stairwell allow for a broad representation of artists and media throughout the state of Maine and beyond.

Art in the Lobby (MFC)

Art in the Lobby was established at Railroad Square Cinema to showcase Central Maine artists’ work. The exhibition program continues in the new Maine Film Center cinema lobby on the second floor of the Paul J. Schupf Art Center and is free and open to the public.

Public Art

Waterville Public Art Program is a collaborative initiative of Waterville Creates and the City of Waterville. The Waterville Public Art Program’s mission is to enhance the city’s public spaces, to capitalize on Waterville’s reputation as a center for arts and culture, and to further establish Waterville as a vibrant place to live and work through the thoughtful and intentional curation, maintenance, and promotion of a diverse public art collection.

Ticonic Gallery

Designed to shape + create programming that is relevant, inclusive, and accessible for all community members, Ticonic Gallery continually solicits proposals to provide a dynamic and engaging exhibitions program.

Paul J. Schupf Art Center Lobby Mural

Tessa Greene O’Brien, Fields Alive with Pollen + Wings. The title of her mural Fields Alive with Pollen + Wings, is an excerpt from Stuart Kestenbaum’s poem, In Praise of Hand. The mural grounds the new downtown art center in its natural environment by combining painted native flora and fauna and together with geometric shapes that reference artwork at the Colby College Museum of Art by Alex Katz and Sarah Cain.

Paul J. Schupf Art Center North Stairwell Mural

Elizabeth Jabar + Colleen Kinsella, Common Threads. Outside of the gallery walls, visitors to the Paul J. Schupf Art Center can visit the north stairwell to immerse themselves in a vibrant, community-based large-scale mural designed by Elizabeth Jabar and Colleen Kinsella. The graphic elements incorporated in this mural were created over the course of the Common Threads project in the summer of 2022.

Exhibition Proposals

Waterville Creates seeks to ensure relevant and accessible exhibitions for all community audiences. We continually invite applications for exhibitions in our Ticonic Gallery space and the MFC Art in the Lobby space.

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