Associate Professor of Art History
Dr. Michael Grillo is Associate Professor of History of Art in the Department of Art, and the Director of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies minor. His signature work with Italian fourteenth-century images investigates how they operate as primary sources that visually articulate ideas inexpressible in any other media, including written or oral speech.
Dr. Grillo received his PhD from Cornell University with a dissertation on Medieval History of Art. He continued this work with his 1997 book, “Symbolic Structures: The Role of Composition in Signalling Meaning in Italian Late Medieval Painting.” He offers seminars on Fifteenth-Century Ways of Knowing, Renaissance New Media, and Theory and Practice in Photography, and lectures on Photography, Film Studies, and New Media. He is also a practicing photographer, and seeks to explore how aesthetic theories play out directly in application in our world, particularly how photography operates as a social process. Recent publications include ‘Dissolving the Frame: Phenomenology and Index in Trecento Painting’ and ‘Illuminated Architecture: The Influence of Manuscripts on the Palatine Chapel’, and recent international conference presentations include ‘Spatial Memory, Mapping and Perspective in the Wake of the Plague’ and ‘Talking about the Ineffable: Bergson, McLuhan, and Plato’s Supervening Forms’.
Professor of Art
Susan Groce received her MFA from the University of Michigan and B.F.A. from the University of Arizona. She works in large scale Mixed Media Drawing, and Printmaking. Her research focus is on emerging technologies, and non-toxic materials and processes. She has worked at Atelier 17, Paris; the Edinburgh Printmakers, Scotland; Open Bite Print Workshop, Australia and the MacDowell Colony, NH. She has been an Artist Mentor for the MFA program at Vermont College, and Artist in Residence, Visiting Artist, Guest Lecturer and Visiting Researcher at over 40 Art Schools, programs and Universities in Australia, Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Scotland, Canada and the USA.
Her prints and drawings have been in over 180 solo, invitational and juried International, National, and Regional exhibitions and is included in private, public and corporate collections in the USA, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Singapore. Susan served 6 years on the Visual Arts Panel of the Maine Arts Commission, two of those years as Chair, and has received a variety of research grants and awards in the arts, including the University of Maine System Trustee Professorship which provides research support to recognize, reward, and retain exceptional scholars, for her research project The Interface Between Digital, Non-Toxic, and
Traditional Print Technologies.
Laurie E. Hicks
Professor of Art
Laurie E. Hicks is a professor of art and art education in the Department of Art, and curator/director of the Lord Hall Gallery at the University of Maine. Her research and publications focus on issues pertaining to feminism, cultural theory and environmental design. Her publications have explored the issues of culture within art education, the concept of play and its contribution to our understanding of a socially responsible art education; contemporary body modification as a process of liberation; and the relationship of visual and material culture to our memory of place. Professor Hicks’ artistic work links her scholarly interest in our memory of place with photographic representations of experiences of place. She has served as photographer and ethnologist for the ChinaVine project, travelling to different parts of China in an effort to document and provide information to an English-speaking audience on China’s cultural heritage.
As a faculty member, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in art education theory and practice, as well as courses on contemporary issues in art education, environmental design, and museum education. She also teaches research methods within the IMFA program at the University of Maine. In addition to her research and teaching efforts, Professor
Hicks has served as the chair of the University of Maine’s Department of Art, Interim chair of Theatre and Dance, Interim Director of the University of Maine’s Museum of Art and Interim Director of the IMFA Program. She also served as President of the Women’s Caucus of the National Art Education Association, is a member of the National Council on Policy Studies in Art Education, as Senior Editor for the research journal Studies in Art Education, and was the founding editor of the Journal of Gender Issues in Art and Education. Professor Hicks was co-organizer of Vizcult (a group of North American art educators and researchers dedicated to the possibilities of a more inclusive and culturally relevant form of art education) and the Art Education Research Institute (AERI). Professor Hicks has received the national Mary J. Rouse Award for Outstanding Contributions to Art Education.
Andy (Andrea) L. Mauery
Associate Professor of Art / Dept. Chair
Andy Mauery is an artist and educator currently living in Veazie, Maine. A sculptor who works with a variety of methods and materials, Mauery creates objects/sketches and large-scale installations as well as designing collaborative workshops. She earned her MFA in Sculpture from West Virginia University, and is an Associate Professor of Art and the Foundations Coordinator at The University of Maine, where she has been teaching since 2000.
Her courses include 2D Design, 3D Design, Sculpture, and Studio topics courses such as Sustainable Sculpture and Sculptural Fibers. Her creative work centers on questioning and placement, and the human desire to make plain the complexities of life. She has exhibited in the US, Denmark, and Peru, and has been awarded several faculty research grants to study fibers techniques, glassblowing, and glass casting.
Professor of Art
James Linehan is a painter. He teaches course in a wide variety of painting media and topics and also teaches the Studio Professional Practice course for Seniors. He offers one graduate course in Painting As Practice. Linehan is represented by Littlefield Gallery in Winter Harbor, Maine. He has exhibited widely in Maine and New England, as well as New York and Japan in twenty solo exhibitions including three in NYC at Sherry French Gallery, and 150 group exhibitions over the past 25 years. He has completed 20 public and corporate art projects, including 15 Percent For Art murals for the Maine Arts Commission. His work is included in over 30 public and corporate collections including the Portland Museum of Art, the Farnsworth Museum, Bates College, L.L. Bean, Bank of America, and UNUM, as well as over 75 private collections.
Associate Professor of Art History
Justin Wolff has been a faculty member at the University of Maine since 2008. He teaches courses on art theory and criticism, contemporary art, and the history of modern art in Europe and the United States, and his research interests encompass varied aspects of nineteenth- and twentieth-century American art, visual culture, and intellectual history. An active writer and critic, Justin has published two books — Richard Caton Woodville: American Painter, Artful Dodger (Princeton University Press, 2002) and Thomas Hart Benton: A Life (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012) — and contributed essays to anthologies, journals, and newspapers. His most recent publication, the chapter “A Strange Familiarity: Alexander Forbes and the Aesthetics of Amateur Film,” appears in Amateur Movie Making: Aesthetics of the Everyday in New England Film, 1915-1960 (Indiana University Press, 2017). Currently Justin is researching the modern American painter Rockwell Kent and, in association with the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, developing an exhibition and book about Rufus Porter, a nineteenth-century artist and inventor.